Current Workshop Descriptions & Dates

Techniques and Tips for Successful Plant Propagation
with Joann Darling, Gardens of Seven Gables
Wednesday, April 1st 6-8 pm
$12/$10 for members

Seed starting, root cuttings, layering and more.  Learn from a master how to propagate plants with ease. Joann will discuss her favorite techniques for staring perennials and annuals from seed, how she increases her scented geranium population, roots rosemary cuttings, which perennials to divide in the spring and more.   Soils and growing mediums will be covered, along with rooting solutions.

Joann Darling is a native Vermonter whose life work is learning and teaching about the amazing gifts we receive from the plant world.

Herbal First Aid: Beyond Plantain Poultices and Echinacea
with Heather Irvine, Giving Tree Botanicals
Saturday, April 4th 1-4pm
$17/$15 for members

Learn a range of herbal first aid applications and precautions from an herbal product maker and herbalist with experience using conventional first aid and herbal medicine in wilderness medicine.  Discover some lesser known, but basic and potent herbs that will be useful to keep in an herbal first aid kit!

Heather Irvine is a 2009 VCIH graduate and has a small herbal product business, Giving Tree Botanicals.  She also studied at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, based in Ithaca NY, from 2002-2004 where she gained a great deal of experience using plant medicine for a range of first aid events.

Understanding and Treating Lyme Disease: Chinese Medicine and Western Herbs
with Brendan Kelly, M. Ac., L. Ac., herbalist
Wednesday, April 8th 6-9 pm
$17/$15 for members

A crucial understanding in treating Lyme disease is that things change. Using the Chinese medicine perspective of Sheng Hua, we’ll talk about how one set of symptoms leads to others, and how understanding the progression of the disease is essential to not only treating symptoms but also promoting health. Brendan will use several Lyme case studies of patients he’s worked with to talk about his experiences treating Lyme disease and the potential to treat the condition from very early through advanced stages. We’ll talk about using western herbs as well as dietary and lifestyle suggestions to treat the numerous symptoms associated with Lyme.

Brendan will also talk about research from his book that will published by North Atlantic Books in 2015—The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis. In particular, he’ll present how the progression of Lyme disease is a reflection of the progression of climate change and how Lyme is very much a condition of our times. Detailed handouts will be provided.

You can view of video of Brendan talking about the progression of Lyme disease at the Jade Mountain Wellness YouTube page:

Brendan Kelly has a master’s in acupuncture degree and teaches about Chinese medicine at schools, colleges, universities and conferences around the country. He is a faculty member at Johnson State College in VT and the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in FL. He has 20 years experience in western herbs and natural medicine, with 12 years in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He practices acupuncture and Chinese and western herbal medicine at the clinic he co-founded, Jade Mountain Wellness, in Burlington, VT— He also researches and writes about the connection between personal health and environmental sustainability. In September of 2015, North Atlantic Books will publish his first book The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis: Healing Personal, Cultural and Ecological Imbalances with Chinese Medicine, which presents the deeper, root causes of our warming planet.

Spring Into Clean
with Lauren Andrews RN, CA
Wednesday, April 15th 6-8 pm
$22/$20 for member (includes $10 materials fee)

Your home is your sanctuary. You can have a clean home that smells amazing, while actually supporting your health by using affordable green cleaning strategies. Get health compromising synthetic chemicals commonly found in cleaning products out of your home! Participants will create an antibacterial kitchen spray and bathroom sink and bath scrub, using common household items and organic and ethically wild-harvested essential oils.

Lauren Andrews is a Psychiatric Nurse at Central Vermont Medical Center and Certified Aromatherapist. She is the founder of AroMed Aromatherapy, providing Health Consultations, Community Education and Organic and Wild-Harvested Pure Essential Oils.

Kitchen Medicine: Spring Rejuvenation
with Lisa Masé, Harmonized Cookery
Monday, April 27th 5:30-8 pm
$22/$20 for member (includes materials fee)

Green spring tonics are a time-honored tradition to encourage gentle liver and gall bladder renewal. Leafy greens, both wild and cultivated, are some of the most nutrient dense vegetables of all, and we’ll discuss their nutrition as well as many other health benefits. Learn to prepare delicious dishes with leafy greens like pesto, herb potage, and steamed greens served with olive oil and lemon, which help maximize our absorption of their abundant vitamins and minerals.

Lisa Masé is a whole foods cooking teacher specializing in foods without gluten, dairy or sugar that taste terrific. She writes about food, cooking and culture on her blog, Harmonized Cookery.