Current Workshop Descriptions & Dates

Herbal Support for the Post Partum Mom
with Sasha McGarvey, Clinical Intern
Wednesday, October 7th 2015 6-8 pm
$12/$10 for members

Birth is a tremendous event.  The body requires immediate support to recover from immense exertion and possible tissue damage, while at the same time adjusting to the new demands of motherhood, namely the production of milk.  This is combined with the emergence of new responsibilities, stresses and anxieties.  This workshop takes a holistic view of the physical, emotional, and psychological post-partum experience and explores the ways that herbs can support the whole mother during this time.

In this workshop we will learn practical skills and recipes for a range of support needs. We will talk about nutritional needs of this special time in our physiology and medicinal foods that support healing.  We will taste herbal iron syrup, medicinal soup stock, galactagogue tea, nervine tea, and adaptogen bliss balls.

If you know a new or expectant mother or are one yourself then this class is for you. It takes a village to support a new mother.

Intro to Herbal Infusions: Teas, Tinctures, Oils, Wines, and Syrups
with Kate Sinnema, Clinical Intern
Wednesday, October 21st 2015 6-8 pm
$17/$15 for members (includes $5 materials fee)

This class is an introduction to infusing herbs in various mediums.  We will discuss infusing herbs in oils for skin care and culinary use, making teas, tinctures, infused wines, and simple syrups.  Tastings and samples will be available.

Stayin’ Juicy: DIY Herbal Lubes for Health and Happiness
with Lroy Meryhew, Clinical Intern
Wednesday, October 28th 2015 6-8 pm
$22/$20 for members (includes $10 materials fee)

This workshop will educate folks on the importance of lube and how one can make their own at home with herbs and other natural materials. Lube can be used for all types of play (the sexy kind, that is) but also for health and healing. We will discuss in this workshop different peoples body chemistry and physiology to get a better understanding on what type of lube could be right for you. We will also be making lube for people to take home to use on themselves or some one else. Come prepared to learn about how the right herbal lube could be just what you need to spice things up in your sex life. This workshop will be a safe and consensual space that is queer, trans, woman, disability and sex worker friendly!

Quit Smoking with Herbs!
with Cassandra Sears, Clinical Intern
Wednesday, November 4th 2015 6-8 pm
$12/$10 for members

We will begin with a discussion of the traditional use of tobacco as a sacred plant, our modern relationship with this plant (Why do we smoke?).  We will also talk some of the phytochemistry including nicotine and how it affects our physiology. Learn some key strategies of using herbs to quit or reduce your smoking. We will make herbal smoking blends for you to take home! Prepare to spend some time outside.

Herbs for Children and Picky Eaters
with Justine Calnan, Clinical Intern
Monday, November 9th 2015 6-8 pm
$12/$10 for members

In this class we will explore the use of common culinary herbs and backyard medicinal plants in simple, wholesome meals, beverages and condiments.  Participants will learn basic uses for the plants and will work together, hands-on, in small groups to prepare simple recipes created by Justine with the purpose of integrating these herbs into familiar dishes with familiar flavors for the more picky eater. Participants will go home with samples as well as the recipes covered in the class.

Fun With Ferments: Learn The Basics of Lacto Fermentation. 
with Beracah Sullivan, Clinical Intern
Wednesday, November 11th 2015 6-8 pm
$12/$10 for members

We’ll touch a bit of the history of why we have Lacto Fermented food, explore why the good bacteria created in fermented foods is important for bolstering our digestion, strengthen our immune system and add to our over all well being.  We will create a simple Lacto Ferment in the the class as well as go over some recipes that can be tried at home by the class participants.

Mushrooms, Roots and Berries: ​Immune ­Stimulating Remedies for Winter
with Allison Dellner, Clinical Intern
Monday, November 16th 2015 6-8 pm
$17/$15 for members ($5 materials fee included)

Learn what to look for while walking the woods and garden to collect plants that will keep you well through the cold winter months. In this class, we will discuss immune ­stimulating herbs, warming remedies and some basic medicine ­making techniques. We will make two useful winter remedies for supporting a healthy immune system–a syrup, and a medicinal chai blend. This class will be hands ­on, with lots of tasting!

Please bring a jar for syrup.

Herbed Up! Winter Wellness from the Kitchen
with Elli Bayer, Clinical Intern
Monday, November 30th 2015 6-8 pm
$17/$15 for members ($5 materials fee included)

Another cold and flu season is upon us in chilly Vermont. I will be hosting an introductory class to introduce beneficial herbs and foods to have on hand this winter to support your family’s immune systems. We will go over three classes of herbs used to keep us well, and herbs to soothe when us or our loved ones are under the weather. We will visit and create simple kitchen preparations, study medicinal preps, such as tinctures, teas, and topical uses. We will also discuss daily recipes for tasty, nourishing foods, such as soups and broths.