Upcoming Classes & Events

7th Annual Midwest Women's Herbal Conference
June 1, 2, & 3, 2018
Optional 3-Day Immersions preceding main Conference on May 29-31
Check out midwestwomensherbal.com for information about presenters and topics!

Join us for a gathering of the feminine; a wide spectrum of Internationally acclaimed herbalists and earth-based speakers, plant walks, topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, movement, herbal wisdom the wise woman ways and much more!
>> Registration now open, early bird discounts: midwestwomensherbal.com

Wild Food & Folk Medicine with Tanna Worrell, aka The Friendly Forager
at Savanna Moon in western Wisconsin
Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 1:00-5:00

Discover a delightful variety of foods and folk medicine that can be gathered from the wild, and in your own backyard. We’ll talk about safe harvesting practices, then we'll head out into the beautiful Savanna Moon acreage to meet and learn about many of the spring plant friends growing here. We will respectfully harvest some of these plants and create nourishing foods and healing folk medicine with them. ​​​
This class will meet rain or shine (unless there are considerable winds and/or lightning.) Bring a bottle of water, a basket for gathering, and dress for the weather – hiking boots, rain gear, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.
Course cost: $40-60 (sliding fee scale)
>> For more information see: TheFriendly-Forager.com
>> for more information about Savanna Moon: savannamoon.org/courses
>> registration

A One-Day Herbal Medicine Workshop with Lise Wolff
Saturday June 9th 9:30AM – 4:30PM
Where: Marcy Jones’ farm, located by Foley MN, East of St Cloud, where we’ll explore and discover common medicinal and edible plants likely to live right by you!
Price: $95 for the workshop ($85 if your payment is postmarked by May 21st)

Spend a day in another world as close as your backyard. Developing a relationship with the plants that abound in our environment can teach us how to use those plants to enhance the quality of our lives by awakening us to their gifts. The practical nature of this class encourages the common sense use of local plants in everyday life.
During plant walks we will learn identification as well as the edible and medicinal uses of the plants we encounter. We will also discuss various medicine making techniques such as drying herbs for teas, as well as the preparation of tinctures and oils and salves. Students will prepare as many tinctures as they desire. Oil and salve making will be demonstrated.
>> More info (PDF)

Applied Botany for Practitioners: An Intensive Field and Lab Course for Herbalists, Wild Crafters, Restoration Ecologist and Permaculture Practitioners with Dr. Cynthia Lane
at Savanna Moon in western Wisconsin
June 8-10, 2018
Friday 6:30-8:00, Saturday 9-4:30, Sunday 9-3:30

Take your botanical chops to the next level by bolstering your plant taxonomic skills! A solid understanding of botanical science is the foundation of any plant-based practice. By deepening your knowledge of plant morphology and family characteristics, you will improve your confidence and credibility – greatly facilitating your effectiveness and success.

In this weekend intensive you will learn how to recognize common plant families of the Midwest, identify key morphological characters and work through dichotomous keys. We will spend part of the day in a lecture-lab setting, then go out and study plants and key characters in native habitats.

Meals: Tuition includes vegetarian meals on Saturday and Sunday through lunch.
Lodging: Camping space included in tuition. Camping space includes access to composting outhouse and outdoor shower, and use of communal kitchen. A limited number of shared or private rooms in the farm house on site are available for an additional cost of $30-$45 per night. Also, there are several nearby Airbnb sites.
Course cost: Early registration - $295 before April 15, 2018,
after April 15: $350
*One reduced course cost space is available for work trade for limited income locals.
Course limited to 12 participants
>> for more information about Savanna Moon: savannamoon.org/courses
>> for registration: https://fs3.formsite.com/clane3737/form5/index.html


Herbal First Aid with Lise Wolff
Wednesday night June 13th or Monday June 25th 6:30-8:30 pm

Taking care of yourself, your family and friends can be simple. Learn about four miraculous but common plants that cover many first aid situations. The basic precepts of herbal medicine will also be covered.
Please register ASAP. Classes fill quickly.
>> for more info and registration information (PDF)

The Saint John’s Wort Class with Lise Wolff
Sunday June 24th 10am-3:00pm

Begin with an in-depth exploration about this both literally and figuratively magical plant on its most powerful day; St John’s Day. Then we will travel to a hidden location in the Twin Cities to gather this flower for both oil and tincture for students to take home
Please register ASAP. Classes fill quickly.
>> for more info and registration information (PDF)

Making Herbal Medicine with Lise Wolff
Monday July 16th 6:30-8:30 pm

This class will cover the gathering and preparation of herbal medicinals. Includes hands-on tincture making. Oil and ointment making will be demonstrated. Participants will take home a tincture that they have prepared.
Please register ASAP. Classes fill quickly.
>> for more info and registration information (PDF)

14th Annual Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Prairie Oaks Institute in Belle Plaine, Minnesota

Since 2006 The Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival has been an an opportunity for holistic health and herbal medicine practitioners, students and enthusiasts from the Upper Midwest to learn from regional teachers in our own backyard. The 2018 festival will take place at Prairie Oaks Institute a retreat center on a beautiful farm in Belle Plaine, MInnesota just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities. Instructors and participants come from all over Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

The festival is organized like a conference and consists of four different sessions with participants choosing from among 3 or 4 workshops offered at each session. We offer diverse workshops with offerings suitable for beginners as well as intermediate/advanced workshops. This year’s schedule includes several workshops on foraging and wild foods cooking, adaptogens, Lyme disease, plant identification walks, pulse testing, flower essences for gut and brain health, kombucha making, holistic assessment techniques of the face and more.
>> More information at: minnesotaherbalist.com
>> Registration link, Save $10 by registering by July 16th


Flower Essence Therapy-Training Course: Transform your Life and the Life of your Practice with Loey Colebeck

Dates: Every third Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm, from October 2018-May 2019: Oct 7, Oct 28, Nov 18, Dec 9, Jan 6, Jan 27, Feb 17, Mar 10, Mar 31, Apr 28, May 19.
Price: $1950 for the course. $1775 if paid in full by June 23th. $1875 if paid in full by August 12th

This exciting, in-depth course provides a broad, solid base for using flower essences in the home or in established clinical practices. Flower Essence Therapy (FET) is a highly advanced and scientifically proven, yet extremely simple and safe therapy, but with few clinically sound training opportunities in the United States. This course provides a necessary foundation for future Flower Essence Therapists, an invaluable tool for integrative clinical practices, and an opportunity for self discovery.
We will cover material both deep and wide including Dr. Bach's life and work, topical applications and scientific studies, psychological portraits and companion essences, Chinese Medicine aspects, trauma theory, and more. We will thoroughly cover the Bach Remedies as well as selected remedies from other systems. As most of the clinical advances in FET are being made in Spanish-speaking countries, much of the contemporary information that we will cover has not yet been translated to English, so this course is a truly unique learning opportunity! A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.
>> Mind is Body Therapies: mindisbodytherapies.com
>> resgistration & more informaton


Wetlands Flora with Dr. Cynthia Lane

at Savanna Moon in western Wisconsin
July 14, 2019, 1:00-4:00

This course is designed for Professionals seeking to improve their skills in wetland plant identification. Special attention will be given to difficult taxonomic groups including sedges and grasses.
Bring a water bottle, hand lenses (10x and 20x), notebook, camera (or phone with camera), and baggies to collect samples. Bring rain gear as we will go out rain or shine. If severe weather is predicted we will email you to let you know of cancelation.
Location: (off site - to be announced)
Cost: $55
Students: Professionials: Intermediate to Advanced
>> for more information about Savanna Moon: savannamoon.org/courses
>> registration


Intermediate/Advanced Herbal Medicine Course with Matthew Wood
Summer of 2018
At the beautiful MN Landscape Arboretum in Chaska Minnesota
6 weekends of learning from Master Herbalist Matthew Wood - Classroom teaching and Herb Walks!

After a hiatus of several years, Matthew Wood will again be teaching his course on intermediate and advanced herbal medicine directed towards a knowledge of tissue states and organ systems, especially the "master systems" in modern disease:
- Digestive
- Metabolic
- Eliminative (in-mix-out)
- Circulation
- Lymph/immune
- and muscular/skeletal

We will also discuss the extracellular matrix, the primal organ system of all life.
- Every subject will include extensive discussion of the corresponding herbal remedies.
- A little bit of pulse and tongue evaluation will be taught each weekend to help develop clinical skills.

In-person and online attendance options are available and both options include access to the recordings - online at the MatthewWoodInstituteOfHerbalism.com

This course and much more with Matthew Wood at… MatthewWoodInstituteOfHerbalism.com

check out these websites for ongoing classes:
Herbal Classes with Lise Wolff
The Medicine Tree, local clinc & classes/Dina Goodwill
2016 Class List from Four Elements Herbal/Jane Hawley Stevens
Herbal Classes with Angela Campbell
Sacred Journey Healing Arts, also on Facebook
Herbal Classes with Erin Piorier
Midwest Women's Herbal Conferences and Workshops
Sassafras Healing Arts
Western Herbalism Classes with Matthew Wood
Adagio Holistic
Veda Yoga Therapy & Body Work Classes
Medicine Tree Herbs
Savanna Moon Wild Life Sanctuary
North Country Herbal Exchange facebook page
Wild Ones Twin Cities event calendar
Minnesota Natural Health, Life Unlimited
Midwest School of Herbal Studies
Cooking Classes with Jennette Turner
Flower Essence Classes by Martin Bulgerin
Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs, Sheboygan, WI
Dancing Yarrow, Mondovi, WI
The Coulee Region Herbal Institute

If you teach or know of a class that you would like to see listed here please send an email to nchgbod@gmail.com.

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