Why I’m using the framework “Transition Zones”

When I was creating my first online course I injured my back.

When I was walking up a flight of stairs to give the “pain lecture” my back went out. I wrapped my body in duct tape because that’s all I had with me (my #1 item in my first aid kit btw).

The injury (from sitting so much preparing) has stayed with me and become chronic low back pain.

After a year of every kind of therapeutic intervention I decided to research pain and how to manage it.

I, of course, used myself as a guinea pig.

Then as I was preparing a lecture on the Endocannabinoid system for a keynote speech to herbalists, I used the term “transition zones”.

It kind of stuck with me. It made sense.

Herbalists who give weed walks in unfamiliar places know to go to the edges – because that’s where the richness, the biodiversity is. Cannabis is a transition zone plant, she’s on that rich edge of the culture.

That’s just one example…

As holistic practitioners we are the edge walkers.

We continually span the worlds of western science and all the other sciences the western scientific world is still uncomfortable with.

This is why I teach, and why I’m teaching this framework of Transition Zones.

I love helping people who are committed to holistic healing balance their knowledge with physiology.

I know I sound like a broken record, but I mean it…. understanding HOW and WHY our healing actually works is key, especially for us herbalists, massage therapists, and holistic types.

Our curiosity and commitment to learning is our greatest strength as healers…

….as people, as practitioners, as loving caretakers.

Because even though the sciences provide incredible knowledge… there is no secret formula for life.

We improvise… we struggle… we discover…

We transform ourselves constantly with what we learn.

Which is actually part of why I started teaching online… because now I’ve been able to help hundreds of people who want to access the gifts and knowledge western science has to offer and make connections with holistic medicine and healing.

Which brings me more questions about these topics.

Which helps me learn even more, study harder (standing now), and motivates me toward the answers to these tougher questions;

  • What’s the connection between inflammation and disease?
  • What’s the connection between heart coherence and our stress response?
  • How can we respond to chronic pain without pharmaceutical pain medication?
  • How can we boost our ability to absorb herbs topically through the skin?
  • Why does the body respond the same way to almost all respiratory infections?
  • Why do we think that an allergy in the gut is different than any other allergy?

And that’s just a start.

And why I decided to pursue these particular topics in greater depth.

If you want to do the same thing, keep reading… learn more about Transition Zones Advanced Physiology for Herbalists.

What’s in the course?

Transition Zones is a powerful framework for understanding health and wellness – and gives you a depth of understanding beyond all the usual facts.

  • It will teach you how to to improvise with your medicine, based on your knowledge of how and why the body works in these 7 core areas
  • It will give you a foundation to think critically about these emerging topics as new discoveries are made.
  • It will give you a process to learn advanced physiology, even if you’ve never taken a science class.
  • You will have unlimited access to all 7 modules, discussion questions, and related materials – structures to help you learn.
  • You will have both video and audio lessons as downloadable files so you can engage in the way that works best for you.
  • You will have regular Q&A sessions (live or recorded) with myself and the entire community
  • You will gain access to a private community full of people dedicated to understanding our bodies and interactions with holistic medicine

If you know you need to learn these topics in greater depth, but feel lost when it comes to finding the right information, this course is the perfect fit.

How can you enroll in the course?

Enroll here at Heartstone Online – you’ll probably need to get on the waiting list and then check your email for upcoming enrollment periods.

I only open the course for 1 week at a time, making sure that I can focus on supporting the students.

Normally this kind of material would cost thousands of dollars in tuition, would require you commute and attend live classes, and you wouldn’t be able to keep the lectures for future reference.

However, this online format allows me to provide the material at a fraction of the price (I even figured out how to offer payment plans)

So check it out here: https://heartstone-online.teachable.com/p/transition-zones

– Tammi

P.S. Please send me a message and let me know…where in your life do these transition zones show up?


I'm a researcher, educator, guest lecturer, and co-founder of Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials in Van Etten, NY.