Current Workshop Descriptions & Dates

Soak it, Steam it, Rub it: Herbal Care for Down There
with Rachel Leaf, 3rd year VCIH Clinical Intern
Wednesday, September 28th 6-8pm
$10 members / $12 non-members / Free for VCIH students

In this class we will learn short and long-term herbal and lifestyle support for common infections of the genito-urinary system, with a special focus on BV, yeast infections, UTIs and herpes. We will explore different herbal preparations including steams, sitz baths, compresses and suppositories, with a short suppository-making demo. The goal of this class is for folks to leave with more information, tools and strategies to feel self-empowered to work with their bodies to heal and counteract these infections. While somewhat vulvic-focused, remedies and preparations for all genitalia will be covered.

Food As Medicine: Ride the Wave of Fall Change, Build Immunity, and Thrive all Winter
with Lisa Mase’, Harmonized Cookery
Monday, October 3rd 5:30-7:30 pm
$20/$18 for members (includes materials fee)

During this nourishing, hands-on class, we will learn about the flavors of fall and which foods can support this profound seasonal transition. We will: prepare recipes that help us adapt to the change in seasons, mix anti-biotic spice blends for winter, start a sauerkraut culture, and sample fermented grains. Leave with a full belly, recipes, and inspiration.

Lisa Mase’ is a food as medicine educator, writer, mother, and homesteader in Central Vermont. Her work is informed by traditional nutritional philosophies, from Ayurveda and Chinese Five Element Theory to the Mediterranean Diet. She strives to help others find their ideal sources of nourishment and thrive with food as medicine. For recipes, meal plans, and more, visit: www.healthyeatingprogram.info

Herbal Preps and Therapeutic Uses for Medical Cannabis
with Stephanie Boucher, 3rd year VCIH Clinical Intern
Thursday, October 6th 6:30-8:30pm
$10 members / $12 non-members / Free for VCIH students

Are you a patient or caregiver registered with the VT Medical Marijuana Registry, or interested in becoming one? Do you want to learn more about the science behind medical Cannabis, and be empowered to make your own potent and delicious herbal preparations at home? This class will cover the basics of Cannabis pharmacology and therapeutics, as well as discuss different methods of using the plant including tinctures, oil extractions, topicals, and edibles. You will also learn how to calculate a safe and effective dose, and the benefits of blending Cannabis with other botanicals.

Backyard Herbalism, No Shipping Required
with Michelle Broaddus, 3rd year VCIH Clinical Intern
Wednesday, October 12th 6-8pm
$10 members / $12 non-members / Free for VCIH students

There are many benefits of getting to know the plants that grow locally! In this class, we will look at herbs that grow right outside your door, in the local woods and meadows and learn their actions and common traditional uses along with some simple and effective recipes. Important tools to gain confidence in plant identification as well as safety concerns will also be discussed

Aging Herbally to Maintain Health and Vitality
with Eleanor Baron, 3rd year VCIH Clinical Intern
Wednesday, October 19th 6-8pm
$10 members / $12 non-members / Free for VCIH students

No matter your age, if you’d like to be proactive about feeling good and living well as the years pass, take a pause to learn plant-based strategies to help you greet your later years feeling vibrant and energetic. Through a functional approach to our goals, we’ll look at plants to help us maintain mobility, strength, strong circulation, digestive fire, energy, resilience, immunity, cognition and memory. Plants, both food and medicinal, can play a huge role in creating healthy tissues and physiology, both for prevention of health problems and support of healing once they occur. Knowing how to use a few medicinal herbs in your kitchen will empower you to augment your other health and wellness activities with a few new kitchen herbalism recipes and tricks of your own. With an emphasis on safe, easily accessible herbs and foods, we’ll create a recipe for aging herbally.

Building a Home Apothecary: Remedies for Poison Ivy and Skin Rashes
with Stephanie Cohen, 3rd year VCIH Clinical Intern
Wednesday, October 26th 6-8pm
$15 members / $17 non-members / $5 for VCIH students
(includes $5 materials fee)

The best time to stock your medicine cabinet is before you or a loved one need relief. Learn which plants to use and how to prepare remedies for poison ivy and other skin rashes using plants you can easily find or grow in your backyard. Together, we will prepare a salve and attendees will leave with recipes and samples of Stephanie’s tried and true poison ivy remedies.

Herbs for Acute and Chronic Respiratory Issues
with Mica McDonald, 3rd year VCIH Clinical Intern
Wednesday, November 2nd 6-8pm
$10 members / $12 non-members / Free for VCIH students

Respiratory concerns of the lungs and sinuses are common in all populations and often lead to overprescription of antibiotics, steroids, and other pharmaceuticals. In this class, we will discuss how to use herbs to address a wide variety of respiratory complaints including colds and flus, acute and chronic lung infections (bacterial, fungal, and viral), asthma, bronchitis, as well as chronic sinus irritation and infection. We will discuss the roles that diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors play in the development of respiratory illnesses. The goal of this class will be to improve your understanding of the appropriate use of herbs for a wide variety of respiratory conditions, and how they may compliment the more limited set of tools that mainstream medicine has to offer.

Understanding Homeopathy
with Hannah McLeod, 3rd year VCIH Clinical Intern
Thursday, November 3rd 6:30-8:30pm
$10 members / $12 non-members / Free for VCIH students

Initiate or deepen your exposure to the often mystified practice of homeopathy, a holistic system of treatment using low doses of natural substances on a “like treats like” basis. In this comprehensive intro we will revitalize this modality, its story and place in health care as well as lay a foundation in its theory, method, principles and applications. Welcoming all levels; come with your curiosity, whether it be intrigue or doubt and leave with practical knowledge and inspiration. *There will be treats!

Savor The Sour: Vinegars For Vibrant Health
with Nicole Dunnan, 3rd year VCIH Clinical Intern
Wednesday, November 9th 6-8pm
$15 members / $17 non-members / $5 for VCIH students
(includes $5 materials fee)

Explore the many uses and health benefits of vinegar, the basics of vinegar home brewing and preparing vinegar-based herbal preparations for both culinary and health use. Participants will learn the ideal herbs for vinegar-based preps, delight their palates with a sampling of zesty vinegars and vinegar-based remedies, prepare their own unique herbal vinegar to take home, and receive detailed handouts with recipes and resources for further exploration.  

Take Care, Give Care: Herbal First Aid for Common Wounds
with Beatrix Dalton, 3rd year VCIH Clinical Intern
Thursday, November 10th 6:30-8:30pm
$15 members / $17 non-members / $5 for VCIH students
(includes $5 materials fee)

Oops! Ouch! Accidents happen to ourselves and others. How can we be more well prepared when these acute situations arise, and which local plants and trees can aid our bodies in healing faster and more thoroughly?

In this class we will learn about some different kinds of common injuries, and various techniques, plants, trees and topical preparations to help promote wound healing.

We will have some time to practice dressing wounds with materials provided, and all who attend will go home with some important and helpful components of your own basic herbal first aid kit. And hopefully feeling more empowered in the face of injury.

Queen Anne’s Lace:  A Look Into Nature’s Contraceptive
with Ayeen Telopa, 3rd year VCIH Clinical Intern
Wednesday, November 16th 6-8pm
$10 members / $12 non-members / Free for VCIH students

This class will dive into the practical application of wild carrot as an herbal contraceptive. It will also give a comprehensive look into the female bodied fertility cycle. All are welcome, come to spark or deepen your understanding of an age old medicine, reclaiming your fertility and supporting self reliance.

Smile! Herbs for Oral Health
with Martha Waterman, 3rd year VCIH Clinical Intern
Wednesday, November 30th 6-8pm
$15 members / $17 non-members / $5  for VCIH students
(includes $5 materials fee)

Good health begins with the mouth. What we put in our mouths and the way we take care of our teeth and gums have far-reaching impacts on the health of the rest of our bodies. Join me as we look at the importance of oral care and herbs that help us achieve and maintain a healthy mouth. Participants will make and take home a mouth-care remedy and will leave with recipes and inspiration for creating herbal dental remedies at home.