The Best in Gentle Medicine
30+ years experience in non-drug solutions and plant partnership
THE SELF-CARE INSTITUTE
The Founder and Director of the Golden Apple Healing Arts Self-Care Institute, Dr. Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, is a board-certified holistic Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with 30 years' experience as a nurse and master teacher in Self-care, herbal, and other non-drug solutions for children and families. Dr. Martha is responsible for introducing innovations in integrative holistic care, nurse-herbalism, healthcare reform, health culture diplomacy, and Self-care, such as her Elements of Care® program to the American public, health professionals, and acclaimed institutions around the world. The Elements of Care training program incorporates healing traditions that have stood the test of time and innovations in pattern science to promote informed choices about Self-care with plants as partners that result in greater health, life balance, and peace of mind.
The Self-care Institute is committed to providing sustainable programs that are always meaningful, mindful, and memorable! Following in her ancestors’ footsteps and drawing from historical research documented in her award-winning books on American healthcare reform, Dr. Martha is leading teams dedicated to the transformation of American and global healthcare.
In keeping with a 400-year-old nursing tradition of caring companionship, Dr. Martha formed the Self-Care Institute’s Ivy League, a teaching and learning community of those who would utilize the Elements of Care program to promote Self-care, caregiving, and nursing as a spiritual path of deep love and truth inspired by people and plants!
As experts in Self-care education, plant partnership, and the art and science of caring, we at Golden Apple Healing Arts strive to improve health care and systems through communication and education about the value of Self-care with non-drug and other gentle medicines used throughout history by peoples of all cultures when seeking solutions that address the tough health problems that challenge us all.
A Unique Plant Perspective
Plants are a vital part of the healing practices of the people of the world. They are a part of modern bio-medicine and ancient healing traditions. Wise people of many cultures have prophesied that the 21st century would be a time when people would find greater ways to integrate traditions and emerging science.
Dr. Martha and the Golden Apple Healing Arts Ivy League instructors and medical science liaisons offer a unique plant perspective rooted in a broad base of botanical understanding from the clinical and biomedical inquiry of plant constituents to the holistic energetic applications of botanical healing knowledge gained from participating in plant-human partnerships.
"Our medical science touches only the surface of things, not the source. The only disease is unconsciousness."
~ Sri Aurobindo, Philosopher (1872 - 1950)