2016

JAN
SPICE RACK MEDICINE Winter Class Series begins Jan 10th. 1 Sunday/month Jan-March (1/10, 2/7, 3/6). At Blue Dragon Apothecary in Greenfield, MA.
Learn about the rich topic of Kitchen Medicine, demystifying herbalism and bringing it back into the home! Topics include medicinal uses of the culinary herbs, harmonizing with the seasons, food as medicine, food and herbal energetics, using the herbal "deep immune" tonics in the kitchen, medicine-making, and more! {More info here}

Home Medicine-Making 101. Saturday January 16th. NOFA Winter Conference.  Worcester State University. The local medicine movement is growing right along with the local food movement, and rightly so! Home medicine-making is empowering, ecological, effective, and builds community resilience. Come learn how to harvest and dry your own herbs, and make preparations such as tinctures, teas, herbal honeys, and more.  See how simple and easy making your own herbal medicine can be!

Winter Tree Medicine. Saturday Jan 30th, 10am-12pm. Tower Hill Botanic Garden (in collaboration with the Herbal Community of Central Mass). Boylston, MA.
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't still make medicine! In this workshop we will meet some of our local evergreens and learn how to identify them,  We'll also discuss their medicinal benefits and learn how to capture these properties in easy and effective preparations such as salves, oils, and elixers.  We'll demonstrate how to make the medicine and recipes will be shared! $25/Tower Hill members, $35/Non-members. Pre-register at http://www.hcocm.org/

MARCH
Herbal Support for Pregnancy & Postpartum. Tuesday March 15th, 6-7:00 pm. The Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Northampton, MA. FREE
Pregnancy and postpartum months are times of great change and transformation, and can be joyfully supported with the help of many safe and simple herbal remedies. Herbs can be of much use in both maintaining optimal health and gently helping correct imbalances as they arise.  Common issues we'll discuss include preparation for birth, low energy, anemia and nutrient deficiencies, low milk production, postpartum "baby blues," emotional support, and more! Bring your questions and concerns and learn how you can use herbal medicine with confidence during your pregnancy and beyond! No need to pre-register, just show-up!

APRIL
FROM THE ROOTS UP Bioregional Herbalism Series Spring Session begins. Spring session is full

The Herbal D.I.Y Spa. Monday April 4th. 6:00-7:30pm. UMASS, Amherst. French Hall room 102. FREE ($5 materials fee for those wanting to take home products made in class)
In this workshop participants will learn to make their own facial masks and body scrubs, calming and invigorating bath salts, and luscious body butters- all with healthy and natural ingredients that are actually good for you and the environment! Folks will all leave with a few products made together in class and recipes will be demoed and provided.  Open to all!

Tree Medicine Plant Walk. At The Bower Studio. Pelham, MA. Sunday April 10th. 12-1:30pm.  By Donation ($0-$10)
The northeast is home to many medicinal tree species, and spring is one of the best times of the year to harvest them- especially medicinal barks- while the sap is running! Learn techniques for wildcrafting bark, how to to I.D. some of our local medicinal trees while they are still in bud before they have leafed-out, their medicinal benefits, and how to capture these properties in your own homemade medicines like tinctures, oils, syrups, and teas.  This walk will take us around the land surrounding the Bower Studio and also the vast Quabbin Reservoir, which is right across the street!

MAY
Wild Edibles Walk. At Bullard Memorial Farm. 7 Bullard Lane, Holliston, MA. Saturday May 21st. 2-3:30pm.  $10/adults, $5/children.
Join us for a wild edibles plant walk around the historic Bullard Farm.  We'll discuss identification and plant ID, recipes and preparation, nutrient content, medicinal benefits, and more! To reserve your tickets please email bmfaprograms@gmail.com or call (508) 429-1638

JUNE
Tree Medicine of the Northeast. At Herbstalk. June 5th. Somerville, MA
Working with the trees as medicine is fun, sustainable, and highly effective. In this class we will discuss some of our local medicinal trees including Sassafrass (Sassafrass albidum), Sweet Birch (Betula lenta), Peach (Prunus persica), White Pine (Pinus strobus), Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), and Wild Cherry (Prunus serotina). Topics covered will include proper harvesting of barks, plant ID, medicinal preparations, and medicinal use. Participants will leave this class feeling confident in harvesting and using some of our wonderful bioregionally abundant trees!

Wild Edibles & Medicinals Plant Walk. At Unifier Festival. Sunday June 19th. Tolland, MA
Join us for a walk around the grounds exploring our bioregionally abundant wild edible and medicinal trees, shrubs, flowers, roots, berries, and more!  We'll focus on field botany and plant ID, common medicinal uses, edibility and recipes, medicine-making, wildcrafting and harvesting practices, and practical tips for weaving the use of these plants into our every-day lives.  We'll also spend some time practicing sensory integration and gaining intimacy with the green world all around us.

JULY
FROM THE ROOTS UP Bioregional Herbalism Series Summer Session begins

Creating Bioregional Incense. Saturday July 16th. 1-4pm. At Sawmill Herb Farm.  Florence, MA. $25.
Learn how to turn your local weeds, trees, and berries into aromatic and medicinal treasures! Using plants local to our own bioregion that are easy to grow and wild-harvest, we’ll cover several types of incense, including smudges, loose incense, and kyphi (also known as compound incense).   Many aromatic plants are powerful anti-microbials, and have a number of other powerful herbal actions as well.  In addition to learning the step-by-step process for making these sumptuous preparations, we will also cover the medicinal uses of the incenses we make and the plant ingredients we use.  Recipes will be demoed and given, and participants will all leave with some incense and a smudge of their own!

AUGUST
Two workshops: Making and Using Herbal Honeys & Wild Medicinals Plant Walk. NOFA Summer Conference. August 12th-14th. UMASS, Amherst. Class descriptions TBA!

SEPT
FROM THE ROOTS UP Bioregional Herbalism Series Fall Session begins.  Topics include plant ID, field botany, herbal ecology, medicine-making, developing deep connections to the plants, and more. {More info}

Herb Walk & Medicine-Making 101. Thursday Sept 15th. 6:00-7:00pm.  At the People's Medicine Garden in Greenfield, MA (at Just Roots Farm). By Donation- $0-$10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Take a walk around the medicine gardens of the People's Medicine Project in Greenfield and learn to how to turn common medicinal plants and culinary herbs into potent plant medicines! We'll cover medicinal benefits of plants in the garden and discuss how to make your own tinctures, elixers, vinegars, and oxymels.  Participants will be able to harvest plants fresh from the gardens to take home and make into their own medicinal preparations.  Handouts and recipes will be provided!

NOV
Medicine-Making 101: Tinctures, Vinegars & Oxymels.
Tuesday Nov 15th. 6:30-8pm. At River Valley Coop, Northampton, MA. FREE!
Join us for the first class of our 3-part "Herbal Medicine-Making 101" series.  We will learn to make tinctures, herbal vinegars, and oxymels (a vinegar-honey combination). Recipes will be made and demoed in class, with a special focus on winter immune health. Participants will make and take home their own 4 Thieves Vinegar and Respiratory Support Oxymel (please bring 2 glass jars)! Recipes and handouts provided as well!  Pre-registration is required. Please call River Valley at 413-584-2665 to register.

DEC
Medicine-Making 101: Honeys, Syrups & Cordials. Tues 12/13. 6:30-8pm. At River Valley Coop, orthampton, MA. FREE!
Join us for the second class of our 3-part "Herbal Medicine-Making 101" series. We will learn to make herbal syrups, honeys, and cordials.  Recipes will be made and demoed in class, with a special focus on winter immune health. Participants will make and take home their own Deep Immunity Syrup and Conifer Cordial (please bring 2 glass jars)! Recipes and handouts provided as well! 
Pre-registration is required. Please call River Valley at 413-584-2665 to register.