Current Workshop Descriptions & Dates

Kitchen Medicine: Spring Rejuvenation
with Lisa Masé, Harmonized Cookery
Wednesday, April 23rd 5:30-8:30 pm
$25 (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 Mase is a food as medicine educator, translator and homesteader living in East Montpelier. She is passionate about the language of food, traditional foodways, and raising as much of her own food as possible. www.harmonizedcookery.com

Herbal Allies for Pregnancy and Lactation
with Emily Wheeler, Clinical Herbalist
Wednesday, April 30th 6-8 pm
$12/$10 for members

Plants in the form of herbs and food have been used safely by pregnant and lactating women for generations. However, herbal safety operates along a continuum, and not all herbs are suitable or safe for the pregnant woman, lactating mother, or nursing child. Join the discussion as we explore evidence versus myth and leave with a considerable list of safe plant allies. Parents, parents-to-be, midwives, doulas, and anyone interested in supporting women during the childbearing years are encouraged to attend!

Emily Wheeler is a graduate of VCIH’s clinical herbalist program and a student of Health Arts and Sciences at Goddard College. She is also a farmer, educator, whole-foods chef, and yoga teacher based in central Vermont. She believes in the wisdom of the natural world and in the hope of future generations. It is her vision to build resilient communities by supporting individuals and families to slow down, breathe deeply, share in the process of bringing wholesome food to the table, and celebrate interconnection.

Garden Plants with Medicinal Interest
with Heather Irvine, Clinical Herbalist
Wednesday, May 7th 6-8 pm
$12/$10 for members

Many plants that local herbalists use can be grown quite easily in our region.  Learn practical ways of establishing medicinals such as angelica, black cohosh, calendula, california poppy, echinacea, elderberry, feverfew, hops, sage, solomon’s seal, and valerian. We will also talk about  the most successful ways of establishing a few different medicinal tree species and learn about overwintering a non-hardy medicinal beauty, passionflower.  Participants may opt to take home a cutting of passionflower vine that can live indoors through winter and flourish outdoors in the summer.

Heather Irvine is a VCIH graduate who joined the pilot year of the school after completing both programs at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine.  She has her own small herbal product business, Giving Tree Botanicals, and enjoys gardening and working with Vermont’s largest gardening company.

The Science (and Art) of Great Sleep!
with Dr. Melanie Meyer, ND
Wednesday, May 28th 6-8 pm
$12/$10 for members

In this workshop, we’ll explore the many reasons why people struggle with insomnia and sleep intrusion.  We’ll discuss the physiology of sleep and investigate many unique (and sometimes hidden) causes of disordered sleep patterns.

Dr. Melanie Meyer is a Naturopathic Physician with a private practice (Well-Natured PLLC) in Montpelier. She specializes in helping people with chronic health concerns to reclaim wellness!  Dr. Meyer also teaches a number of courses at the Community College of Vermont, including Anatomy and Physiology, Wellness for Life, and Introduction to Nutrition. While she loves the challenges that come with her professional life, her greatest delight comes in spending time with her husband and 2 wonderful daughters. Having had a history of struggles with insomnia, Dr. Meyer is especially excited to tackle this topic in the The Science (and Art) of Great Sleep workshop.

Kitchen Medicine: Cooling and Colorful Tonics of Summer
with Lisa Masé, Harmonized Cookery
Wednesday, June 25th 5:30-8:30 pm
$25 (includes materials fee)

The same phytonutrients that give delicious summer fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors also promote our resilience and help prevent cancer and other regenerative disease. Learn how to support your heart and have the deep flexibility needed to stay healthy into old age with berries, peppers, tomatoes and other anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory foods.

Lisa Mase is a food as medicine educator, translator and homesteader living in East Montpelier. She is passionate about the language of food, traditional foodways, and raising as much of her own food as possible. www.harmonizedcookery.com

Kitchen Medicine: Building Winter Immunity
with Lisa Masé, Harmonized Cookery
Wednesday, September 17th 5:30-8:30 pm
$25 (includes materials fee)

Many foods can be used to strengthen the immune system in preparation for winter, including promoting a healthy respiratory tract and intestinal flora. Learn creative ways to include immune-supportive foods in your meals to stay healthy and warm during the colder months, including baked winter squash, medicinal mushroom and allium stock, warming and anti-microbial spices, and lacto-fermented vegetables.

Lisa Mase is a food as medicine educator, translator and homesteader living in East Montpelier. She is passionate about the language of food, traditional foodways, and raising as much of her own food as possible. www.harmonizedcookery.com