Intensives & Workshops

plantain beeswax salve makingIntensives and Workshops offer the opportunity to study more deeply with a featured teacher on a specific subject. They are the only classes not included in your registration fee.

  • Intensives are longer than the regular classes (3 - 3.5 hours) to allow for more in-depth study on a topic.
  • Workshops provide demo and hands on opportunities for experiential learning, by advance sign-up.

 

Intensives

Nourishing Traditional Foods: The Key to Vibrant Health ~ Sally Fallon Morell

Nourishing Traditional Foods: The Key to Vibrant Health ~ Sally Fallon Morell

Join Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions, as she explains why they key to vibrant health is to enjoy the traditional foods that kept our ancestors healthy. Beginning with a presentation of Dr. Weston A. Price’s unforgettable photographs of healthy traditional peoples, Sally explains the underlying factors in a variety of traditional diets that conferred beauty, strength, and complete freedom from disease in so-called “primitive” populations. In this intensive, learn about the health benefits of butter and the vital role of high cholesterol foods, the dangers of modern soy foods and vegetable oils, and how to prepare grains for optimum nourishment and digestibility. Enjoy this rare opportunity to learn from the leading spokesperson for a return to nutrient-dense diets including raw milk, animal fats, organ meats, bone broths and lacto-fermented foods. Friday 1:30 - 4:30pm

Medical Cannabis Clinical Applications ~ Dr. Jody Noe

Medical Cannabis Clinical Applications ~ Dr. Jody Noe

With medical marijuana now legal in 33 states, our country is beginning to remember the power of a plant that has been used as herbal medicine by cultures for eons. Cannabis has been found to help with a plethora of disease states and symptoms. In this intensive, we will begin to understand the biochemistry of cannabinoids and the human endocannabanoid system. We will be introduced to the different species of the genus Cannabis and look at the edible versus the combusted medicines, as well as the difference in the half-life of these applications. We will also focus on the specific indications of how this plant medicine can be applied to different health strategies. Join us as we gain a deeper understanding of this powerful green ally. Saturday 9:00am - 12:30pm

Your Voice and the Power of Sound: Vibration of Grace™ ~ gina Breedlove

Your Voice and the Power of Sound:  Vibration of Grace™ ~ gina Breedlove

Your Voice can be medicine for your body. The sound that you create can be a potent, powerful ally for you, your beloveds, and community. In our Vibration of Grace™ intensive we will move sound through our skin, organs, blood and being, from the soles of our feet to the top of our crown. As we practice both ancient and new rituals of toning and intoning, we will discover where “stuck” energy may be lurking, holding, blocking our flow. Using the sound of your voice, you will develop mantras for personal intent, and receive practices for centering, presence, and releasing what no longer serves your life. *Please dress comfortably and bring something to write with. Saturday 3:00 - 6:30pm

Urban Herbalism: Cultivating Relationships with Community, Plants and Land ~ Karen Rose

Urban Herbalism: Cultivating Relationships with Community, Plants and Land  ~ Karen Rose

Urban herbalism is the practice of cultivating relationships with plants in city, community, rooftop, and fire escape gardens. Herbalists grow plants wherever they land. Access to a traditional farm does not dictate your herbalism practice. In this workshop we will explore an abundant vision of herbalism in city spaces, we will speak to the rich abundance of the wisdom of community elders, innovation and imagination found in Community Gardens. We will share learned practices from our Medicine Wheel Garden in Brooklyn, NY.

Sunday 9:00am - 1:00pm (with a break in the middle)

 

Workshops

Herbal Cordials to Sweeten the Spirit ~ Janet Kent

Herbal Cordials to Sweeten the Spirit ~ Janet Kent

Though “cordial” now most often refers to a liqueur, the word derives from the Latin word, cordialis, which means “of or for the heart”. Traditionally, cordials were sweet medicines made with herbs that support the heart. In this workshop we will return to the roots of the cordial as we discuss herbs that soothe the heart and lift the spirit, learn the qualities of herbs that make a dynamic cordial, and learn the art of mixing these ingredients to create our very own delicious and transformative mood-lifting medicine. We’ll create our own personal cordials to take home and enjoy! Friday 1:30 - 3:00pm

The Sacred Art of Plant-Based Skincare ~ Lucretia VanDyke

The Sacred Art of Plant-Based Skincare ~ Lucretia VanDyke

In this workshop, we will learn how to use what is in your kitchen and garden to craft skin and body care, as well as how plant spirit meditation and crystals can amplify your connection to the plants. From face massage, to masks, to infused oils, to Chinese face mapping, we will look at the anatomy of a facial, while studying the link between beauty rituals and self healing. Together we will explore a more holistic approach to skincare. Join me in creating sacred space for making medicines and leave with your very own hand crafted product! Friday 5:00 - 6:30pm

Tea for Self Care & Resiliency ~ Amanda David

Tea for Self Care & Resiliency ~ Amanda David

Water-based preparations are the foundation of herbalism and caring for ourselves is the foundation of resiliency. Discover how the simple act of making tea can be critical in our work towards liberation. We will learn a variety of internal and external applications of 'tea', demonstrate proper preparation techniques, and practice synergistic formulation strategies. We will meet plants to partner with for self care and create individualized tea blends to take home that will give comfort while nourishing our strength and vitality in the face of ongoing trauma and oppression. Join us as we co-create a simple, accessible tea ritual for self care and resiliency! Saturday 11:00am - 12:30pm

The Kitchen Herbalist ~ Chonteau McElvin

The Kitchen Herbalist ~ Chonteau McElvin

What better place to begin your herbalist journey than in your kitchen. Your "healing kitchen laboratory" is a place for alchemy--everything you have to nourish and support you and your community is right there. In this workshop we will explore the tools, energy, and spirit of your healing kitchen laboratory. We will also learn how to use the herbs in your spice cabinet to create nutritive and supportive remedies. Each participant will create and take home a multipurpose spice blend for health and wellness. Saturday 3:00 - 4:30pm

The Fine Craft of Herbal Bitters ~ Abby Artemisia

The Fine Craft of Herbal Bitters ~ Abby Artemisia

Bitters are all the rage! But do you know their original purpose and how they work? We’ll look at this bitter history and a little science behind the medicine. As an “herbtastic” addition to cocktails, or to help your liver and gallbladder digest rich food without falling into a food coma, bitters are your friends! We’ll discover the different components of bitters: how that bitter taste stimulates digestion, what a carminative is, and the perfect crafting techniques to make your bitters delicious. We’ll get to taste a delightful array of recipes and send you home with your own self-crafted bitters. Sunday 11:30 - 1:00pm

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