Upcoming Classes and Events
Education is at the heart my herbal philosophy and I love partnering with local community businesses and organizations.
Some groups I have collaborated with and places I have taught:
Conferences & Festivals- Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference, NOFA-MA Winter Conference, HERBSTALK, Northeast Permaculture Convergence, RADHERB Convergence, Yoga + Herbs Convergence, UMASS Residential Life Wellness Conference, Unifier Festival, Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival
Non-Profits-CISA (Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture), Railroad Street Youth Project, Brickhouse Community Resource Center, Just Roots/Greenfield Community Farm, Bullard Memorial Farm, Grow Food Amherst, Spiral, People's Medicine Garden, Amherst Historical Society
Cooperatives- Food For Thought Books, River Valley Co-op, All Things Local Cooperative Market
Farms- Next Barn Over, Sawmill Farm, Montview Farm, The Farm at Avalon, Dig In Farm, Montague Retreat Center, Brookfield Farm
Please be in touch if you'd like to host a workshop or series in your community!
Educational Programs/Groups/Institutions of Higher Education- Permaculture FEAST, UMASS Medicinal Plant Program, Hampshire College, Western Mass Herbal Meet-up Group, The Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, SPIRAL, Herbal Community of Central Mass, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Amherst LSSE
Apothecaries- Blue Dragon Apothecary, Goldthread Herbal Apothecary, Bower Studio
2018 Class Schedule
Spice Rack Medicine Winter Class Series begins Sun 1/14. This 3 class series (1/14, 2/11, 3/11) covers the elements of Kitchen Medicine- demystifying herbalism and bringing it back into the home! Learn about the medicinal uses of the culinary herbs, food as medicine, herbal and food energetics, medicinal soups and broths, harmonizing with the seasons, mushroom medicine, and more! More info and register
Medicinal Soups & Nourishing Broths. Sat 1/13. At the NOFA Winter Conference. Worcester, MA.
Fall and winter are great times to start cooking-up nourishing and medicinal foods, and broths and soups lend themselves incredibly well to herbal additions! We'll learn about the best herbs to include in our cooking, how to combine them for different flavor profiles, and learn about the medicinal benefits of these herbs as we go. Handouts and recipes will be provided!
The Hidden Healers in your Spice Rack. Sat 1/21. 1-3pm. At Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Boylston, MA
The culinary herbs and spices have been uses in cuisines throughout the world for thousands of years. Not surprisingly, these herbs are just as medicinal as they are delicious! Come learn the medicinal uses of many familiar culinary herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Basil, Fennel, Ginger, Cardamom, Turmeric, and more. In addition to learning their medicinal properties, we'll discuss ways to incorporate these plants into our meals as daily preventative healthcare measures, and also to treat problems as they arise. Recipes will be demoed and handouts will be provided. Pre-register for class HERE
Fire Cider-Making Workshop. Sat January 17th. 11:00am-12:30pm. At the Northampton Winter Farmers' Market
67 Conz St, Northampton, MA. By Donation (proceeds to benefit Tradition Not Trademark)
Fire Cider is a beloved traditional herbal folk remedy that can provide both potent protection from winter colds and flus, and also effective support and treatment when sickness hits. A wonderful example of food as medicine, it's a sweet and savory combination of common household ingredients like onion, garlic, and ginger, combined with raw apple cider vinegar and honey. We'll learn all about the medicinal properties of the ingredients, the wonderful versatility of Fire Cider and how to use it, and we'll make some together in class. Participants will leave with their own jar of Fire Cider (bring a glass jar!). Come see how fun and easy kitchen medicine can be!
Pre-registration Required! Email email@example.com to register. UPDATE: CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL!
Medicinal Herbs. Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners' Association Spring Symposium. Sat March 23rd. Holyoke, MA
The culinary herbs commonly grown in the home garden contain a treasure-trove of medicinal actions and uses. Incorporating these herbs into the home medicine cabinet can be simple and fun! We'll cover medicinal uses and preparations, harvesting and drying, medicine-making, and specific indications for many of our familiar classic herb garden medicinals, including Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Oregano, Basil, and more.
Tree Medicine Plant Walk. Sunday April 8th. 11am-12:30pm. At the Bower Studio & Apothcary. Pelham, MA. $10 (kids free)
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!
Pre-register here or just show-up! https://www.thebowerstudio.com/products/tree-medicine-plant-walk
From the Roots Up Apprenticeship in bioregional herbalism begins! More info here
From the Roots Up Bioregional Herbalism Series spring session begins! More info here
Good Medicine Confluence. May 16th-20th. Durango, CO.
I'm so thrilled to share that I'll presenting three classes at this wonderfully cutting-edge herbal conference!
I'll be teaching:
1) Spreading the Medicine: Running Your Own Medicinal Plant Nursery
2) Local Medicine & Community Resilience: Developing a Bioregional Materia Medica
3) Localvore Medicine-Making: Vinegars, Oxymels, and Honeys
I have an extra ticket available for sale- be in touch if you want it- I'm offering it at the early bird discount price!
From the Roots Up Bioregional Herbalism Series summer session begins! More info here
Making Wild Sodas. NOFA Summer Conference. August 10th-12th. At Hampshire College. Amherst, MA
Learn how to make your own fermented sodas using only raw honey, water, and herbs! This method is an easy and effective way to preserve summer bounty using only local ingredients. We'll cover the method step-by-step and also discuss the abundant options for medicinal herbs to include to make sodas that are both delicious and healthy.
From the Roots Up Bioregional Herbalism Series fall session begins! More info here