Terra Johnson is National Educator for Veriditas by Pranorom. She brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge, from Essential Oils 101 to Advanced Aromatherapy. Her positive approach and knowledge provide an environment to learn and safely enjoy the many health and skincare benefits of essential oils.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Essential Oils for Health and Wellness with Terra Johnson

In this class Terra will offer an array of background information on essential oils, and a broad range of ideas and inspiration to use organic essential oils to enhance wellness and well-being.

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Katherine Krumwiede is a licensed acupuncturist, an herbalist and uses nutrition extensively in her Uptown practice at Avenues of Health. Katherine had the pleasure of being the Board President of the North Country Herbalist Guild from 2008-2012. Please check out her updated informative website: Diamond Stone OM, Inc.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Promoting Breast Health on a Daily Basis with Katherine Krumwiede

There is no shortage of fundraisers in October bearing the symbol of breast cancer, the pink ribbon, from pink KitchenAids to pink Victorinox 7-function classic knives. But not enough is being done to prevent breast disease.
Genetics aside, there is plenty that can be done to promote breast health. Come learn about the many things that adversely affect your breast health plus the many powerful strategies to keep your breasts healthy.
Great handouts included.

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Angela Campbell is a traditional healing practitioner and educator practicing community-based earth & energy healing. Through her heart-centered practice that is grounded in earth and all the gifts it bestows upon us, she holds space for healing and matches plants & stones to people. She is a clinical herbalist practicing Traditional Western Herbalism, flower essence practitioner, crystal healer, Reiki master and professional gardener. She loves teaching and holding space for people to heal. She practices out of her home office in South Minneapolis and does distance sessions via phone.
herbalistangelacampbell.com
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
All About Medicinal ROOTS with Angela Campbell

As foliage dies back and starts to decompose, the energy in plants descends into their roots. This is the perfect time to collect and make medicine out of our deep, dark underground allies. This talk will cover plant identification of both weedy and cultivated medicinal roots; the medicinal properties of these plants; how to prepare them into tinctures; where to purchase these plants to grow in your own garden.

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Kathy Tran
, a woman of many interests, added herbs to her lifelong passions several years ago. She is also a graphic designer, artist, puppeteer and mom. She got sucked into the herbal rabbit hole after a hike with an herbalist in Northern Minnesota. It lead her on a tangent that has been life changing. She has studied with some amazing and inspirational teachers: Lise Wolf, Francis Bonaldo, Erin Piorier and Matthew Wood.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
"Kitchen Remedies" with Kathy Tran

Kathy will show us how some of the common herbs and spices you may already have in your kitchen can be use to heal us and taste great!! We will get some new ideas on putting together some awesome recipes and at the same time doing good for our bodies. Kathy will show us how to make Fire Cider, why it's so healing, and some other folk remedies. We will serve one of her favorite recipes for a cold, Lemon Ginger tea with cayenne pepper. And Matthew Wood's recipe for cucumber water. Sounds refreshing doesn't it.

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Matthew Wood
has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The NCHG welcomes Matthew Wood for a discussion of his latest book “The Earthwise Herbal Repertory: The Definitive Practitioners Guide
Internationally known herbalist Matthew Wood takes the guesswork out of the application of medicinal plants and provides an invaluable cross-reference of constitutional types, energetic categories, and specific symptoms that helps the herbalist narrow down the number of possible remedies for a specific condition. Unlike many reference books in which medicinal plants are defined simply by condition or disease name, this book contains tools to differentiate between remedies and analyze each case in a holistic fashion. While this system of cross-referencing is well known to homeopaths, it is less frequently used by herbalists; The Earthwise Herbal Repertory seeks to bridge the gap between different systems, incorporating knowledge from ancient Greek and traditional Native American medicine, nineteenth-century botanical medicine, homeopathy, and modern biomedical research. This definitive repertory proves useful for homeopaths and herbalists, professionals and home practitioners alike.

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Learn about Herbal Gardening and Plant Communication
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A change of topic for the May 3rd meeting.

Spring is here, and many of us are thinking about our gardens. A panel of skilled, experienced, and passionate (obsessive!) herbal gardeners has been assembled to stimulate your imaginations and answer your gardening questions. These four gardeners are all members of the North Country Herbalist Guild. Selena Tunison and LuAnn Raadt maintain a large variety of medicinal plants, indoors and out, and enjoy trying something new or challenging. Marcea Frazier operates an herbal CSA outside of Northfield. Paige Swanson grows an amazing variety of medicinal plants in pots on the deck of her home in Farmington. The panel will be moderated by Kerry Raadt who is fortunate to be married to LuAnn and proves that anyone can learn a bit about herbalism just by paying attention.
Lectures are from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. We invite you all for social time with tea and snacks at 6:30 pm. There is a suggested donation of $5, free for members. You can join here: http://www.nchg.org/nchg_join.html or at the meeting.

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Jessie Belden grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis and spent most of her free time exploring the woodlands, creek, and surrounding hills of the home she grew up in. It wasn't until a high school environmental science class, that she learned of even the possibility of edible and medicinal flora in her immediate areas, (although she had been eating clover, cedar, and dandelions in secret for as long as she could remember). Once armed with this knowledge, her passion for plants snowballed. She is now a mother, community herbalist, botanical product creatrix, facilitator, and forever student of the plants in Minneapolis, MN. She has studied with such amazing and inspirational teachers as; Rosemary Gladstar, Kiva Rose, Matthew Wood, Darcy Blue, jim mcdonald, Martin Bulgerin, Dina Goodwill and more! Jessie adores dancing, cuddling her family and friends, singing, roller skating, hiking and adventuring, and of course, being with the plants! She facilitates an accessible and eclectic 6-month herbal apprenticeship in the heart of Minneapolis, and various fun and informative classes and workshops in the surrounding twin cities area.
Follow her adventures on facebook at Herban Vagabond Apothecary and on instagram at @herbanvagabond
Spring Edibles with Jessie Belden on
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Join community herbalist and plant lover, Jessie Belden for an interactive and enthusiastic presentation on Spring Edibles of Minnesota. Learn common and even “invasive” spring fare that will excite and inspire the foodie and plant lover in you! A bountiful harvest of wild recipes will be provided, as well as snacks, and herbal community.

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The Menstrual Cycle and Flower Essences with Loey Colbeck
Wednesday, March 1, 2017


If you have a menstrual cycle or know someone who does, this class is for you. Men and boys will learn how to be perceptive to better relate with their enigmatic daughters, sisters, partners, mothers. Women and girls will learn how to navigate and honor their cyclical nature with greater harmony and wisdom. Neat-o menstrual clocks will be handed out for posting on your fridge so that everyone in the household can become more aware, attuned and honoring of the natural moon phases that women and mature girls embody with their hearts, minds and physical beings.

A wise teacher once said about clinical Flower Essence Therapy: first, regulate the menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle and endocrine system are intimately linked to the emotions. What is more, Blood, in Chinese Medicine, is the material base for Spirit. In this class we will cover a couple key flower essences for the menstrual cycle as a whole, and also look at how emotional trauma can affect the mind-body relationship, organs and menstrual cycle, and how flower essences and clinical Flower Essence Therapy can be of help.

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North Country Herbalist Guild presents Exploring Bitters

Join the NCHG Board members for a fun and inspiring night where we will learn how to create 2 different bitters. The class will be a hands–on class where you will make your own bitters to bring home and enjoy. We will have a brief discussion on the benefits of incorporating bitters into your daily diet.

Please bring a pint–size glass jar and we also ask for a $5.00 donation to help cover the cost of the supplies.

We look forward to seeing you then,

Sue, Haggith, Selena, Vince and Tammy Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NCHG Bitters Recipes (PDF)
NCHG Bitters 2017 Presentation (PDF)

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Francis Bonaldo has been a practising herbalist for 11 years. He served as a member of faculty in the acupuncture department of Rosemont College (Montreal, Canada) from 2011 to 2015. He specializes in chinese pulse evaluation and is co-author of “Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation – a conversation” with Matthew Wood and Phyllis Light. Francis wildcrafts over one hundred plants from the northeastern forests and prairies of the continent for use in his clinical practice and also commonly teaches beginning and intermediate classes in herbal medicine and pulse evaluation. Practising and teaching these ancestral forms of medicine is for Francis both a passion and a vocation.
Francis holds a Master of Science degree in acupuncture and oriental Medicine from AAAOM (Minnesota). He is a continuing education provider certified with NCCAOM. He has also completed an apprenticeship with Lise Wolff, M. Sc. (herbalist) as well as advanced studies with Matthew Wood M. Sc. (herbalist).

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:00
The Constitutional body types in relation to Herbs with Francis Bonaldo

Old doctors, East and West were traditionally quite concerned with the study of constitution. Knowing how to regulate different kinds of body types to better adapt to local weather patterns, workload, and reproduction needs (fertility etc.) was a way to keep people in strong health.
This lecture will go through some common body types (tall, short, thick, skinny, tense, lax etc.), and the health issues they are invariably prone to. We will, of course discuss favorite plants to address these.

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Megan Monarda Thrasher Pierce
is a community herbalist, medicine grower, educator, tea maker, activist, holistic childbirth advocate and mother. She has been growing and studying medicinal herbs and holistic wellness since 2008. She is co-owner of Tea for the People, LLC and co-founder of the Driftless Herbal Exchange Network. She is currently focusing on raising money and collecting supplies to support Water Protectors at the Standing Rock.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
From Garden to Tea: Drying Herbs & Blend Teas with Megan Thrasher Pierce

What do you do with all these amazing herbs you grew? You make tea, of course. In this workshop, we will discuss harvest and drying methods. And then how to blend and brew the perfect tea for you.

Drying Herbs and Blending Teas Handout (PDF)

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Jane Hawley Stevens
has been working with herbs from propagating seeds to creating herbal wellness since 1981. Four Elements Organic Herbals is located in the Pristine Baraboo Bluffs, Wisconsin, on Jane and David’s 130 acre certified organic farm, composed of cultivated fields, prairie, woodland and a formal garden based on the Chakra System.
Jane believes that healing comes from Nature, working with healing herbs, both cultivated and wild. These are hand harvested at peak potency to create her unique line of remedies.
In this rural setting, Jane has contributed her message of honoring Nature to schools, civic groups and through Four Elements Annual Open House over the past 23 years.
Four Elements: Cultivating Natures Wisdom
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Herbal Nervines with Jane Hawley Stevens from Four Elements Herbals

Herbal nervines are here to help us through life’s stressors and difficulties. Let’s spend an evening exploring the various herbs that support the nervous system. We will cover tonic, sedative, anti-spasmodic and nerve relaxants. Various teas and tinctures will be served, so be prepared to relax!

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Loey Colebeck
is a SEDIBAC accredited professional Flower Essence Therapist. Her therapeutic approach is based in Chinese Medicine, psycho-spacial techniques from Gestalt psychotherapy and Family Constellations, trauma healing work, and other integrative approaches such as diet and meditation. She translated Pablo Noriega's Bach Flower Essences and Chinese Medicine to English, published by Inner Traditions in 2016, and lectured at the fourth biennial SEDIBAC/SEFLOR Flower Essence Therapy conference in Barcelona, Spain, in 2013. She has been welcomed as a speaker for NCHG twice before, and teaches workshops in Minneapolis and neighboring areas. She completed Bach Flower Therapy coursework in various institutions in Spain, and studied herbal medicine at Pacific School of Herbal Medicine in San Francisco. She follows a Wise Woman approach with herbs, using the local remedies where'er she wanders, while following a more international clinical approach with Flower Essence Therapy, infusing just a few homemade flower remedies in her kit which include Bach, FES and Bush Australia.
Wednesday, September, 2016
Bach Flower Essences and Chinese Medicine

Flower Essence Therapy and Chinese Medicine are both valuable from several approaches, from the soul's purpose to skin rashes. We will talk about these applications and their interrelation. The new book, Bach Flower Essences and Chinese Medicine, will be available for purchase and signing.

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Matthew Alfs, MH, RH (AHG)
has been an herbal clinician and educator for almost twenty years. He has taught herbal medicine at both universities and colleges in the Twin Cities area and has lectured to many organizations, associations, and groups on the subject, both locally and nationally. Numerous articles of his have been published in both journals and magazines (incl. Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, Medical Herbalism, Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, and Herb Quarterly). Matthew is further the author of the widely-acclaimed books Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants of the Midwest (2d ed., 2013) and 300 Herbs: Their Indications and Contraindications (2003), as well as a 1500-page curriculum on herbal medicine for the Midwest School of Herbal Studies (www.midwestherbalstudies.com), a forum for herbal education that he founded in 2003 and directs to this day.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Living in Harmony with Nature: Appreciating Wild Plants for their Gifts of Food, Medicine, and Utility

Mathew Alfs will also be signing copies of his brand new book, Diary of a Country Herbalist and will bring some copies of his other books along to sign as well.
Notes from Matthew Alfs meeting (PDF)

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Angela Campbell is a practicing herbalist and professional gardener in South Minneapolis. She has been working with and studying plants since 2005, both in San Francisco and Minneapolis. After a few years of working in the gardening profession, Angela felt there was something missing with her relationship to plants, so she decided to study herbal medicine. With a background in yoga, meditation, bodywork, and energy work, Angela brings a well-rounded holistic approach to her herbal sessions, often giving her clients more to think about other than just taking herbs. Her main herbal education took place at The California School of Herbal Studies and with LIse Wolff, with whom she also gained her clinical experience through a traditional apprenticeship. In addition, she has studied and continues to study with a variety of herbal educators. She is in continual awe of all the gifts plants bring to our lives and how much they positively alter our spirits and bodies.
herbalistangelacampbell.com

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Plant Walk with Angela Campbell at Coldwater Springs

Join Angela Campbell for a medicinal plant walk through Coldwater Springs in Minneapolis. Angela will identify and talk about how to use the medicinal plants growing in the park.
Coldwater Springs: nps.gov/miss/planyourvisit/coldwater.htm
5601 Minnehaha Drive South, Fort Snelling, MN 55111

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LuAnn Raadt, raised on a farm in southern Minnesota, grew up with a love of plants and growing things. She now happily gathers many of the “weeds” her family once tried to eradicate and uses them in remedies for common physical ailments and imbalances. Trained under Lise Wolff and other local herbalists, this farmer’s daughter particularly enjoys identifying plants, learning their botanical markers, and growing a variety of medicinal herbs that are not readily available or are considered at-risk in the wild. She is also passionate about introducing others to the fascinating world of herbal remedies and teas and teaching them how to make and use remedies for themselves.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
“The Pharmacy In My Backyard” with LuAnn Raadt

Would you like to cut back on remedies you have to purchase? Would you like to just walk out to your backyard or patio to gather some herbs for teas or medicinal preparations? This presentation will discuss choosing, buying, propagating, and maintaining/nurturing plants on the United Plant Savers “at risk” list as well as others used in a variety of healing systems, but not available for wildcrafting in our area. The focus will be primarily on the cultivation of medicinal plants, with minimal reference to their energetics and medicinal uses. LuAnn sells plants at her home in Northfield and will have some available for purchase at the meeting (check the list on the following link: goo.gl/6ny9Na). Handouts for the presentation will be finalized and available to print out or upload to your devices for note taking by May 2 at: goo.gl/2flEjT.

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Macey (Margaret) Flood received her BA in Liberal Arts in 2007 from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM. She is currently a graduate student in the Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Minnesota, where she studies the history of botanical medicine in the 19th- and 20th-century United States. Her work is supported by a fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Macey is a trained herbalist and Reiki practitioner. She lives in South Minneapolis with her son.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
A brief History Of Western Herbalism with Macey (Margaret) Flood


“A brief History Of Western Herbalism” is a whirlwind tour of professional herbalism in the Western world from 400 BC to 1900 AD. Over the course of about two hours, we’ll put herbs in political, economic, and cultural context, and highlighting a few of the big names and big events that have shaped modern professional practice and ideas. The takeaway is (of course) that history matters. The class is lecture-based with time for questions and discussion.

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Dina Goodwill, BS, MAcOM, LAc grew up in central Maine where her love for plants began. She obtained her BS in Botany from UMASS-Amherst and pursued a Masters Degree in Biology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.

She has studied plants both in the field and laboratory including such disciplines as plant ecology, evolutionary biology, plant physiology, biochemistry, and toxicology. As her knowledge of holistic medicine grew, she naturally turned towards herbal healing. Dina has a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dina specializes in integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnostics and Dietary Therapy with Western Herbalism and Phytotherapy. Through acupuncture, deep relaxation allows the body to communicate with itself and reach harmony. Maintaining this balance is the goal and can be reached through the use of herbs, nutritional supplements, exercises, diet and lifestyle changes, etc. all tailored to fit individual needs. Dina has been in practice since 1998.

For information regarding acupuncture and the herbal pharmacy located nearby in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis, please visit medicinetreeherbs.com

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Adapto–Powder, Osteo–Gomasio & Other Herbal Powders with Dina B. Goodwill


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We will be learning how to make Rosemary Gladstar’s Perfect Cream with Calendula — a hands on class with Selena and the NCHG Board

Greetings herb lovers. Happy 2016!
I hope you are all looking forward to another fun and educational year at the Herbal Guild. At the February meeting we will learn how to make a lovely body cream that Rosemary Gladstar has created and shared with us. It is fairly easy to make (after getting a hands on lesson from the guild board — namely Selena) and after this class you will be able to create your own body creams with all those oils you have been saving for something special! We will have all the ingredients and jars ready for you to take home ($3 supply fee) a sample to enjoy and be inspired to make next time you need a healthy, happy body cream.

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Connie Karstens, MS holds a BA in Biology from the University of St. Thomas and a MS in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University. She taught college nutrition for 14 years. As a professional herbalist, she has studied botanical medicine for over 15 years and completed her clinical training with an apprenticeship from Lise Wolff. Since 1986, she and her husband have worked on their 180-acre sustainable livestock farm where sheep and other livestock are grazed with bio-dynamic farming practices near Hutchinson, Minnesota.
She also owns and operates The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center which is an on-farm specialty health food store featuring grass fed meats, organic foods, fermented foods and beverages, medicinal herbs and other natural remedies to facilitate health and healing.
Connie offers private wellness consultations incorporating whole foods nutrition, herbal medicine, flower essences, essential oils, and other natural remedies to support and build overall health and re-balance the body. She teaches numerous classes and conducts workshops at her wellness center to empower others. To learn more visit www.LambShoppe.com.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Mastering the Art of an Herbal Medicine Wellness Consult with Connie Karstens of the Lamb Shoppe
Anyone can look in a book or search online to find a possible herbal remedy for a specific ailment. But to “think like an herbalist” and individually match protocols to bring clients to a more holistic method of healing is truly an art. To achieve success in clinical practice, a practitioner needs to address the root causes of an imbalance rather than just address the symptoms. Connie Karstens will take you through the steps involved in establishing winning clinical consultations to help determine the individual needs of each client. This session will give you an inside understanding to using your herbal pharmacy in a way that inspires healing from the inside out. Connie will help you learn to draw upon multiple sources during the client interview and then transform that information to develop protocol that gains deeper understanding in mastering the art of herbal medicine.

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Lise Wolff, Registered Herbalist, AHG has studied herbalism for twenty-six years, with herbalists from Susun Weed to Matthew Wood with whom she apprenticed in 1995. She is a professional member of The American Herbalist Guild and received her MSc in Scotland. An active practitioner, Lise supplies her apothecary primarily with herbs she gathers and prepares. She maintains a private practice in South Minneapolis and is available for private consultations. For the past seventen years she has taught beginning and advanced herb classes in the Midwest based on actual case histories. Lise's primary focus is on the most prolific plants available commonly called weeds, that insistently volunteer their nutrition and healing powers everywhere we walk. Since 2010 Lise has taught at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing as a part of the School of Nursing curriculum for the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Fall 2010 Lise was appointed to the academic faculty of St. Katherine University. As adjun ct professor, she teaches the Herbology course for the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies. Beyond herbalism, her other great loves include her husband and 5 year old son Nick.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
What can we Learn from Biomedical Studies on Herbs? with Lise Wolff
Biomedical studies on herbs can seem completely unrelated to traditional herbalism or even real life. This class will address the many things that can be gleaned from the myriad of studies, often from other countries, that both support and introduce new ideas about how our common weeds may be used in life and practice.
herbalistlisewolff.com

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Martin Bulgerin has been active in the area of natural healing for 21 years and is locally recognized as a skilled expert in flower essence therapy, as well as creating his own line of essences. Martin formed BioPSciences Institue in 1987 to explore and report on the subtle, energetic side of life. This search has led him into various healing arts and arcane studies for bringing the body/mind to a more refined state and for understanding the world about us at a deeper level. One of these important tools is Astrology, the language of energy and life. Another is the use of Flower Essences (and other similar remedies) to work with these energies for the purposes of healing and spiritual growth. His study of Ortho–Bionomy®, a gentle but powerful form of energy–based physical bodywork, has also been an important influence.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Explore the Subtle Anatomy of Flower Essences and the Chakra System with Martin Bulgerin
Traditional herbalism uses the notions of anatomy, organ systems, etc. as a way of organizing our knowledge of herbs and their effects on the body. When it comes to areas like flower essences which work on the level of subtle energies and their effects on people, especially on the psychological level, what are the corresponding organizing principles? I'll be discussing some of the central notions of these energies, primarily the chakra system and the structure of the aura, that have been most useful in my own work and help me make sense of the often confusing situations when bringing people together with flower remedies. Further, these energies can be felt directly via the pulse, another useful, but bewildering experience that demands some organizing principles. Welcome to a world where people, bodies, personalities, flowers and their energies come together in a seemless fashion.
Martin Bulgerin

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From the time Jane Hawley Stevens chose her professional path, it was clear it was with the plant world. For over 30 years she has specialized in herbs. In 1987 Jane started producing herbal products made from herbs she grew on her farm. Certified organic since 1990, she still grows and produces herbal products from the 130 acre farm in the Baraboo Bluffs, Four Elements Organic Herbals (fourelementsherbals.com). Her products are inspired by the healing qualities of herbs and align with the power of Nature.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Bitters with Jane Hawley Stevens from Four Elements Herbals
Bitters are one of the five flavors people love to hate.
But these plants contain constituents which helps to build immunity, inhibit microbes, protecting against oxidation, reduce inflammation and improve digestion.
This class will feature: Wormwood, Mugwort, Gentian, Rue, Celandine, Yarrow and a bit of Absinth from Wollersheim distillery using Jane’s herbs.

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Matthew Alfs, MH, RH (AHG) has been an herbal clinician and educator for almost twenty years. He has taught herbal medicine at both universities and colleges in the Twin Cities area and has lectured to many organizations, associations, and groups on the subject, both locally and nationally. Numerous articles of his have been published in both journals and magazines (incl. Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, Medical Herbalism, Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, and Herb Quarterly). Matthew is further the author of the widely-acclaimed books Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants of the Midwest (2d ed., 2013) and 300 Herbs: Their Indications and Contraindications (2003), as well as a 1500-page curriculum on herbal medicine for the Midwest School of Herbal Studies (www.midwestherbalstudies.com), a forum for herbal education that he founded in 2003 and directs to this day.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Little – known, Indigenous Herbal Allies with Matthew Alfs

Although many of us are familiar with herbal superstars like echinacea, ginkgo biloba, hawthorn, garlic, turmeric, and ginger, it is a fact that many local wild plants not currently available on the herb market possess remarkable healing powers. In this lecture, local clinical herbalist Matthew Alfs, M.H., R.H. will show color photographs of some of these plants and discuss their healing applications as utilized by Native Americans, folk herbalists, and by Alfs in his own clinic (the Midwest Herbs & Healing center in Roseville).

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June 3, 2015, 6:00 (rain date: June 17, 2015)
Lake Como Plant Walk with Erin Piorier

We will meet outside of the Como Pavilion at 1360 Lexington Parkway North. It is 1.6 miles around the whole lake and it will probably take about 2 hours to make it around the lake win hike stopping to identify and discuss the plants.

Erin Piorier is a Traditional Western Herbalist who has been offering consultations, herbal education, and plant–based medicine to the Twin Cities community for over eight years. Erin is available for private consultation and provides her clients with handmade wildcrafted herbal products gathered from the fields and forest of the upper Midwest or grown in her organic garden. She is committed to safe, collaborative, respectful natural health care that treats the whole person.

Erin teaches extensively. She enjoys introducing beginners to the world of plant id and medicine making and enjoys digging into the big questions of herbal medicine and helping advanced students take their herbal work to the next level. Erin is the co–organizer of the community event the Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival, which takes place annually in Cannon Falls, MN.

Erin is also a traditional midwife who offers homebirth services. She integrates her herbal practice into the care she provides childbearing women. She also offers classes and consultations focusing on health for women, babies, children and the whole family.

Erin is a mother of two children and lives with her family in St. Paul. Find her on the web where she blogs about plants at minnesotaherbalist.com
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C&C Apiaries, LLC is small business operation located in southwest Burnsville, MN that was founded in 2009 by Joseph and Ellen Coffey. We have apiaries located in Dakota and Scott Counties, MN and this year we are expanding into Pine County, MN. In addition to honey, we provide extraction and hobby farm pollination services, custom HI-REZ label printing, technical and scientific support, and we are dedicated to the advancement of beekeeping by providing educational and public service programs to all age groups. We are classed as small scale to serious sideliner in the beekeeping industry.

Ellen is a Mid-West Certified Master Beekeeper through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Joseph is completing his Master Beekeeping Certification and is also a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pursuing a Masters in Entomology. We have attended many extension and academic classes provided by the University of Minnesota, NC State University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Both Ellen and Joseph are active members of the MN Hobby Beekeepers Association, the MN Honey Producers Association, and the American Beekeeping Federation. Ellen is in her second term as the President of the MN Hobby Beekeepers Association.
May 6, 2015
The Beautiful World of Bees with Joseph and Ellen Coffey of C&C Apiaries

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Lisa Fecarotta is the owner and founder of Veda Yoga Therapy & Body Work. She is a certified massage therapist, Reiki Master, registered yoga instructor and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist. Additionaly, Lisa holds a certificate in nutrition from Ashworth College, Norcross Georgia.

April 1, 2015
Ayurvedic Cooking — The Healing Power of Ghee with Lisa Fecarotta
Ayurvedic Cooking Recipes Handout


Heal your body using Ayurvedic techniques in food preparation. This class will introduce Ayurveda and the science of yoga into your kitchen. We will learn about the amazing healing benefits of Ghee and Medicinal Ghee using Ayurvedic herbs. We will talk about how to incorporate North American herbs into Ghee for cooking and for salves and olenation. We will have a Dosha quiz for you to determine your Dosha and talk about supporting herbs for your Dosha. We will make Ghee with and without herbs and have some for you to bring home. We will also make a wonderful Dhal soup and have some Naan to eat with our Ghee.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Iridology and Herbs: Balancing your bodies energy need with herbs (as seen through the eyes) with Dr. Spencer Blackie

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Tincturing By Percolation with the Guild

Greetings Herbal Enthusiasts!
February 4th meeting we will explore the technique of "Tincturing By Percolation." This is taken from the book by James Greene. The Herbal Medicine–Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual Selena and the Guild will lead the way for this hands–on class in exploring a fast method to prepare medicine when you are short on time. Plus it is FUN!!

You will need to bring a glass water bottle and a mason jar. A one liter Crystal Geyser or Calistoga–like water bottle. The water bottle–cap helps regulate the percolation and fits nicely into a wide–mouthed mason canning jar.

There will be a $5.00 fee to cover the cost of the herbs and vodka.
You will bring some home to enjoy in your mason jar.
See you then and get ready for a fun–filled informative year!!
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Minnesotan Herbs for the Muscular–Skeletal system with Lise Wolff

Many local and available plants are incredibly effective remedies for healing and easing the pain of arthritis, sprains, strains, tight muscles, whiplash, bone breaks, repetitive stress injuries and so much more. Come learn what, where and how to use these effective and simple remedies.
herbalistlisewolff.com
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With a career spanning over twenty–three years training therapists, consulting, writing and lecturing, Katie Murphy has performed/supervised over 60,000 colonic hydrotherapy sessions making her business Healing Insights Therapy Center the largest colonic detox business in the Midwest. The growing number of naturopathic, chiropractic, and medical doctors referring patients to Healing Insights has provided a documented base of success stories. Currently, Katie is opening a market growth area promoting colonic hydrotherapy cleansing as an FDA approved pre–colonoscopy and pre–surgery alternative to laxative protocols.

About Healing Insights Therapy Center
Healing Insights Therapy Center was created to provide a professional clinic that would set the standards for the practice of Colon Hydrotherapy for hygiene, professional therapists, client comfort, and client confidentiality. Since its inception, Healing Insights has continued to be the leading Colonic practice in the Twin Cities and five state area. Katie is dedicated to promoting public awareness, professional support, and raising professional standards for Colon Hydrotherapy.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
About Digestion and How You Can Help Yourself with Katie Murphy

With increasingly more money spent on laxatives and digestive aids every year, it is apparent we are suffering digestive distress. Are you ready to hear about digestive problems and corresponding health issues from a colonic therapist’s perspective? Katie Murphy presents information from her experience about some of the problems behind acid reflux, parasites, prescription drugs, colon peristalsis, and the detoxing rhythm. She talks about the many helpful at home things to do to help with indigestion. She will describe the Colonic session from start to finish, the types of equipment used, and answer questions. Katie is a long–time advocate of the colonic process as an assist for the use of herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy and naturopathic therapies and remedies.
Contact information:
www.HealingInsights.net or www.colonicsmn.com
Email: 4healinginsights@comcast.net
Bloomington Clinic: 952-886-HEAL(4325)
Woodbury Clinic: 651-222-HEAL(4325)

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From the time Jane Hawley Stevens chose her professional path, it was clear it was with the plant world. For over 30 years she has specialized in herbs. In 1987 Jane started producing herbal products made from herbs she grew on her farm. Certified organic since 1990, she still grows and produces herbal products from the 130 acre farm in the Baraboo Bluffs, Four Elements Organic Herbals. Her products are inspired by the healing qualities of herbs and align with the power of Nature.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Making Herbal Cough Syrup with Jane Hawley Stevens

Get prepared this Wednesday, Oct. 1st for the unpleasant side effects of winter, the cold season. Jane Hawley Stevens, specializing in herbs since 1981 and owner/ creator of Four Elements Organic Herbals will be sharing her herbs and wisdom focusing on Herbal Cough Syrups and herbs for the cold season.

We will cover the different aspects of an effective cough syrup, how to make a syrup and incorporate the herbs.
Which herbs to choose from and why will be discussed in detail.
Jane will bring various herbs used for coughs to smell and taste, bringing life to this presentation.
Learn the terminology and herbs that address these common cold symptoms: anticatarrhals, antitussive, expectorants, and demulcents.
Not to worry—no test will follow, but you will gain insight into making your own herbal remedies this winter.

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Katherine Krumwiede is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and gardener whose practice focuses on using acupuncture, herbs, flower essences, nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to bring about balance and good health. Katherine has had the pleasure of studying with Lise Wolff and Matthew Wood, and she is a past President of the North Country Herbalist Guild. Her website, www.diamondstoneom.com contains plenty of inspiration, recipes, links, and ways to incorporate acupuncture into your wellness routine. Katherine also sends out a monthly newsletter with health–promoting tips and articles of interest. You can find the archived versions of her newsletter on the home page of her website.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Love Your Liver and It Will Love You with Katherine Krumwiede

An Eastern versus Western view of the liver, our largest internal organ. We'll dispel a few myths or two, discuss which foods and herbs support the health of the liver and its role in detoxification. You'll learn how to support your liver so that it can enhance your life to its fullest.
Handout >> Love Your Liver and It Will Love You with Katherine Krumwiede (PDF)

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Elizabeth Heck is an inspirational herbal educator and writer imparting what she loves best, nurturing the human/plant connection. She teaches at conferences locally and nationally with an emphasis on botany and plant identification. As an herbalist, she organically cultivates and formulates herbal medicines and is the founder of Clearwater Botanicals. Elizabeth is also a former naturalist at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and a past Board member of the Minnesota Native Plant Society. She conducts endangered plant inventories and participates in native and medicinal plant conservation projects.

Wednesday, August 6 at 6:00, 2014
August Abundance — Medicinal Plants of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
with Elizabeth Heck

As late summer approaches, the prairie at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden fills with blooms. We will spend the evening strolling through the wildflowers discussing identifying features of the plants we see and how they are used in herbal medicine.

This plant walk will begin earlier than our regular scheduled meetings. Meet at 6:00 at the main garden entrance at Eloise Bulter Wildflower Garden on Theodore Worth Parkway. The plant walk will go until 7:30.

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Loey Colebeck is an accredited professional Flower Essence Therapist through SEDIBAC (Catalonia Society for the Study and Diffusion of Dr. Bach’s Therapy), movement instructor, investigator and translator. Loey gives treatments at Adagio Holisitc in Minneapolis. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, in 1996, she studied Herbal Medicine at Pacific School of Herbal Medicine in San Francisco in 1998, where she began using FES flower essences. In 2009, she earned a Bach Flower Remedies certificate from the Superior Institute of Traditional Medicine (ISMET), in Barcelona. She continued training in Barcelona through SEDIBAC, Ricardo Orozco’s Anthemon Institute, and Enric Homedes’ Aula Bach, in: psychotherapy tools for flower essence therapists based in Gestalt and Family Constellations with Carmen Rosety; Chinese Medicine and Flower Essence Therapy (FET), and Taoist Sexuality and FET with Pablo Noriega; FET for pathologies in the female reproductive system with Carme Roig; and various other FET–related topics. She has been attending weekly FET–related classes and presentations at SEDIBAC since 2010, and in the same year was initiated in Australian Bush essences.

Loey also combines conscious movement with FET for diagnosis and treatment, and gives therapeutic sensual dance workshops to women since 2005. She has university training in dance, is trained in Pilates and Chi Kung, and holds a practitioner’s certificate in Traditional Japanese Reiki.

In 2013, Loey lectured at the fourth bi–annual SEDIBAC Flower Essence Therapy Congress along with some 30 other FET professionals. She has published articles in the SEDIBAC quarterly and is currently translating Pablo Noriega’s book, Chinese Medicine and Bach Flower Therapy, to English, and doing independent flower essence research.

Loey receives clients who speak English, Spanish or Italian.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Flower Essence Therapy with Loey Colebeck

Flower Essence Therapy. 1. Discussion—How is Flower Essence Therapy (FET) different from taking flower essences? 2. Presentation—FET, Sexuality and Movement, given at the IV biannual SEDIBAC FET congress in Barcelona, 2013. How movement and FET can work together to catalyze healing in sexuality and ancestry through the universal feminine, Yin. 3. And if we have time, a quick preview of Pablo Noriega's book, Chinese Medicine and Bach Flower Therapy, published in 2012 in Spanish, currently being translated to English. Approaching a synthesis of Classical Chinese Medicine and Dr. Bach’s Flower Therapy in clinical practice.
For more information about Loey visit her website: www.loeyfloweressences.blogspot.com

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About Julie Colby: I received my bachelor’s degree in Womens Studies at Smith College and my masters degree from the American Academy of Acupuncture. I am NCCAOM certified and am a licensed acupuncturist by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. I am honored to attend births as a doula and teach at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. I reside in Northeast Minneapolis with my husband and two youngest sons. I just have made peace with my eldest son leaving the nest and is feeding his soul at college in the Pacific Northwest. Some of my other interests include painting, running, going to garage sales, seeing live music, anything involving food and traveling. My favorite place in the world is Muir Woods. I dream of a world where mothers are honored and revered and birth is viewed as a normal and natural physiological journey.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Building the Blood with Julie Colby

This discussion will be an overview of botanicals used to nurture the blood in accordance to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. I will discuss some single herbs, herbal combinations and classic formulas used in TCM empirically as well as some modern applications. I will discuss specific conditions which often accompany blood deficiency and specific approaches to replenish the vitality which is lost. I will also discuss indications to determine which manifestations belong to the category of blood deficiency and other potential body imbalances that may present with blood deficiency.
Download her lecture (PDF)

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Paula Quinlan is a former Asphalt Construction Consultant turned Certified Natural Health Professional and also certified aromatherapist and Super Charged Reiki II practitioner. Paula contracted a vector borne disease in May of 2006 while working in Rock Rapids, IA for an asphalt contractor. After several bouts with the “summer flu” in 2006, Paula was enlightened to Lyme disease via a book called Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease. Paula contacted the one and only Lyme support group leader at the time, was offered advice on antibiotic treatment. Intuitively, Paula knew that would not be her journey. She was deeply connected to Mother Nature’s plant medicine, whole food nutrition and body–mind–spirit healing. After much research on the disease, she realized she was being called to a higher purpose in life. She realized the physical symptoms were indicators of a life out of balance with the laws of Nature. It was a 5 year journey of healing to break through to the other side of Lyme and replace her pain story with an uplifting, healing story. She is now committed to helping people who are choosing plant medicine, whole food nutrition and body–mind–spirit healing as their choice for healing naturally from a chronic illness, to live their life on purpose with purpose. Paula believes it is possible to tame the tick and heal chronic Lyme naturally, as well as other chronic illnesses.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Tame the Tick and Heal Lyme Naturally with Paula Quinn

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Nadine and Frannie Dassier, co–founders of EnergyWorks! Intuitive Healers, are a sister healing team of natural visionaries working to make energy healing accessible to everyone. Their ability to get the story behind the energy blockages is both enlightening and empowering to the people they serve. Nadine and Frannie, both Reiki Masters, trained in multiple healing modalities, specialize in their own brand of Intuitive Chakra Reading & Healing, known as Celestial Chakra Healing TM. They run a drop–in Chakra Healing/Energy Healing Clinic at Present Moment Books and Herbs, offer Private Chakra Healing Sessions, Chakra classes, Spiritual development classes, Reiki Attunements/Initiations, Healing art, Metaphysical coaching and more.
Follow Nadine and Frannie on Facebook and youtube (energyworks444) or visit them at energyworkshealers.com.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Emotional Wellness Toolkit—An Energy Perspective with the Energy Sisters: Fran and Nadine Dassier

Life isn't about what happens to you, it's about how you respond to it! Gain practical, yet powerful tools to help you overcome the many challenges that you face, and experience a greater sense of peace in your life. During this interactive session, we will use a repertoire of movement, breath work, mudras (yoga hand postures), affirmations, visualizations, and other tools to shift your mood in minutes. We will also discuss the energetic chakra system and how it affects your overall health and wellness. You have the power to make positive change in your life, and we will help you rediscover this power!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Making Herbal Cough Drops with Selena & the Guild

Remember those old horehound cough drops you use to get as a child? In our Making Herbal Cough Drops class Feb 5th, we will learn how to make these drops ourselves using basic ingredients and some candy making skills!!

We will all help in the production of preparing herbs, stirring the pot, and making balls of cough drops for you to take home.

Hopefully this will inspire you to try your hand at making your own medicines at home. The recipe is simple and contains some of our favorite winter herbs; horehound, echinacea, elderberry and wild cherry bark.

Herbal Cough Drop Recipes (PDF)

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Wisdom of Nature and the Herbal Path with Matthew Wood
and our annual silent auction

This class will discuss herbal medicine as a discipline that shines forth from the inner soul of the Living Nature, a living vocation that helps us to attune to both the soul of Nature and the wisdom that is implicate in the natural world. The class will be based on a lifetime of personal experiences of the Living Nature and therefore it will be somewhat autobiographical. I would like members of the Guild and the herbal community in general to hear some of my story, a story which contributed greatly to the popularity of herbal medicine in Minnesota today. Once I was a young herbalist forging my path, now I am an elder looking back at it.
matthewwoodherbs.com

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Men’s Vitality with Matt Wood and our Annual Silent Auction

The North Country Herbal Guild invites you to join in the festivities of our Annual Silent Auction. Our silent auction will be overflowing with a delightful assortment of finely-crafted items. The auction is an ideal time to obtain unique gifts or simply purchase a treat for oneself.

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Cancelled: Building the Blood with TCM with Julie Colby

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Daniel Vitalis Movie and Immunity Elixir

Daniel Vitalis Immunity Elixir Recipe from this meeting (PDF) (LINK COMING SOON)

Daniel Vitalis website
surThrival.com: products that Daniel Vitalis uses in this and other elixir recipes
Paula Quinlan, infomation on Lymes Disease
Wolf Creek Ranch
Raw Guru raw foods
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Paul Ratté, ND is a naturopathic doctor and an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. He creates personalized wellness programs for his patients that focus on blood sugar regulation, digestive health, adrenal health, and detoxification. He can be reached at paul@paulratte.com.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Obesity Epidemic with Paul Ratté, ND

The incidence of obesity and diabetes has increased dramatically in the last 50 years. This is most likely due to a shift in the standard American diet (aka SAD). This workshop will discuss the possible explanations for this epidemic to include:

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Carol Jacobs is a life–long student of the plants and a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies. She's that ‘Herbalus Educatorus’ from the Driftless Region (MN, WI, IA) who loves to play in the kitchen & have those wild tea parties. She has worked in the woodlands & prairies of the Midwest Corridor for many, many years, and has organized educational activities for adults & children for many more.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Bitters are Back! with Carol Jacobs

Whether as food, in vinegar, cocktails, mocktails or medicine, bitters are a part of the whole “Local” movement — and seasonal, too. This Bitter Revival combines herbal traditions with modern curiosity & creativity. Join us for an informational evening & a hands–on experience.

Each person participating in the hands–on part of this workshop is asked to bring a local apple and a small jar partially filled with alcohol (vodka, bourbon or ____? high proof or not) In addition, we will need small donations of a few spices to share, such as cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, coriander seeds, &/or whole cloves. If desired, bring a few favorites for yourself: c/s dried dandelion root, burdock root, gentian?

Carol will bring other ingredients & we'll create a sample to take home…
>> Handout: Bitters with Carol Jacobs (PDF)

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Elizabeth Heck is an inspirational herbal educator and writer imparting what she loves best, nurturing the human/plant connection. She teaches at herbal conferences locally and nationally with an emphasis on botany and plant identification. As an herbalist, she organically cultivates and formulates herbal medicines. Elizabeth is also a naturalist at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and a past Board member of the Minnesota Native Plant Society. She conducts endangered plant inventories and participates in native and medicinal plant conservation projects.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, 6:00pm —cancelled due to the weather
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 6:00pm
Fall Botany Plant Walk with Elizabeth Heck at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

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Jennifer Heinzel is a freelance herbal writer, community herbalist, medicine maker and presenter. She specializes in writing about herbal folklore, and finding evidence that proves traditional uses of herbs. She has written plant profiles and about herbal experiences for the Chequamegon co–op Grapevine, United Plant Savers journal, the Herb Companion blog (Now Mother Earth Living) one article was a ‘editors pick of the month’, and another a ‘top 5 article’ of the month; she also writes for her personal blog “Thymes Ancient Remedies”. She has presented at her college on the history of herbalism, and at the Minneapolis Convention Center on “Herbs for Winter”, and taught classes on beauty product making. Recently she completed Lise Wolff’s “3 Seasons of Herbal Medicine” course, has her own Etsy shop Thymes Ancient Remedy, and is working at Shady Acres herbal farm, in Chaska, MN.

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Herbs as Food & Medicine with Jennifer Heinzel

The class entitled “Herbs as Food & Medicine” will cover the basic herbal history of medicine systems throughout the world, and how the herbs that were once a major part of their culture, are still very useful in our western world, as food and medicine. Examples of how to use these herbs in the form of teas, salves, food and beauty–product recipes will be include/provided.

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Elizabeth Heck is an inspirational herbal educator and writer imparting what she loves best, nurturing the human/plant connection. She teaches at herbal conferences locally and nationally with an emphasis on botany and plant identification. As an herbalist, she organically cultivates and formulates herbal medicines. Elizabeth is also a naturalist at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and a past Board member of the Minnesota Native Plant Society. She conducts endangered plant inventories and participates in native and medicinal plant conservation projects.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, 6:00pm — cancelled due to the weather
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 6:00pm — Summer Botany Plant Walk
Spring Botany Plant Walk with Elizabeth Heck at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Understanding basic botanical characteristics is fundamental for learning how to positively identify plants. On this two part botany–based plant walk we will explore the plant patterns that help us to more easily identify them and learn their uses. Simple botanical terminology will be introduced along the way. We will also discuss plant classification, in particular, plant families which often have similar medicinal properties. Let’s see what is emerging in the garden as the snow melts away this spring.

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Erin Piorier is a Traditional Western Herbalist who has been offering consultations, herbal education, and plant–based medicine to the Twin Cities community for over eight years. Erin is available for private consultation and provides her clients with handmade wildcrafted herbal products gathered from the fields and forest of the upper Midwest or grown in her organic garden. She is committed to safe, collaborative, respectful natural health care that treats the whole person.

Erin teaches extensively. She enjoys introducing beginners to the world of plant id and medicine making and enjoys digging into the big questions of herbal medicine and helping advanced students take their herbal work to the next level. Erin is the co–organizer of the community event the Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival, which takes place annually in Cannon Falls, MN.

Erin is also a traditional midwife who offers homebirth services. She integrates her herbal practice into the care she provides childbearing women. She also offers classes and consultations focusing on health for women, babies, children and the whole family.

Erin is a mother of two children and lives with her family in St. Paul. Find her on the web where she blogs about plants at minnesotaherbalist.wordpress.com

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
Natural Sunscreen Workshop with Erin Piorier

In this hands on workshop we will review some of the latest information on conventional commercial sunscreen: what’s in it, what works, what doesn’t, how much does it protect you and what are the risks of using commercial sunscreen? Then we will turn our attention to some of the alternatives from nature including butters and oils with spf, traditional and safe barriers like zinc and titanium oxide (not the micro–ionized stuff!) and botanicals like Yarrow, Green Tea and others.
As a group we will make natural sunscreen and participants will take home a generous jar for personal use. This sunscreen is not a greasy salve; it‘s a rich, creamy, fragrant water–oil emulsion that you won't mind slathering on your skin. You’ll learn the recipe and the technique so you can continue making your own sunscreen in the future.

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Kent Honl is a Board Certified Master Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture and serves as Chief Training Officer for Rainbow Treecare. He has spent 20 years working on behalf of trees and their health. Kent was raised in northern Minnesota, where he spent countless hours investigating edible and medicinal plants of the region. He enjoys cultivation of American ginseng and other medicinal plants at his wooded property in Wisconsin and at his home in Minneapolis.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 7:00–9:00 pm
Ginkgo biloba: History of cultivation and its behavioral oddities with Kent Honl

Come learn the history and evolution of this species of tree, its uses in Chinese and Western medicine, its use as an ornamental tree, and the future prospects of the species on Earth.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012, 6:00–8:00 pm
Tree Walk in Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden with Kent Honl

When referring to trees, many people interchange the names of pines and spruces. This would be similar to mistaking a cat for a horse. As always, plant and tree identification is essential in herbalism. Kent Honl teaches the use of a key to look at trees in finer levels of detail and how this relates to their structure and classification. Along the way he also shares random bits of lore about the trees he has gleaned from decades of experience as an arborist. Join Kent for this informative and entertaining walk, and you will not mistake a spruce for a pine again.

We’ll meet in the parking lot at the Front Gate of Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden.Be sure to bring quarters for the parking meters in the lot.

Click here for a PDF Map of Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

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Selena Tunison Hi y’all! I’m a contradiction in terms. I was a Cosmetologist in the 1980s so I love herbal lotions, salves, and oils. I then became a Combat Medic and Practical Nurse, Army trained in the 1990s with a bunch of ER training. In the 2000s I became a nurse in the Birth Center at United Hospital. I’ve been at the OB/GYN clinic, Post Partum, Newborn Nursery, and now as a scrub nurse in Labor and Delivery. I love Western Herbalism but I was a grower first and learned everything I could about growing plants in Zone 4–5 during the long winter's months and I’m from Alabama. So that’s where —y’all— came from and I hope I can be of service to you on your Herbal Journey.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013, 7:00–9:00 pm
Winter Seed Sowing with Selena Tunison

Come learn an easy, natural method of winter seed sowing. A method that turns your recyclables into mini greenhouses that are placed outside during the winter months. You watch the snow pile on top, wait for the weather to warm up and seedlings magically appear. Make your own mini greenhouse to take home.

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Matthew Alfs Matthew Alfs, M.H., R.H. is a clinical herbalist (since the mid–1990s) and one of fewer than 200 of such in the USA who is nationally–peer–reviewed as a registered herbalist (R.H.) by the American Herbalists Guild. He is the founder and director of the Midwest School of Herbal Studies, offering distance education in herbal medicine throughout North America), the founder and director of the Midwest Herbs & Healing Center , an integrative natural–therapies center in Roseville), and a highly–sought–after teacher and lecturer throughout North America. He has authored dozens of articles in magazines and journals on herbal medicine and two popular books on the subject: 300 Herbs: Their Indications and Contraindications (2003) and Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants of Minnesota & Wisconsin (2001).(A revised and expanded edition of the latter book is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2013 under the new title Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants of the Midwest.) He is also the author of the 1,500–page curriculum used by the Midwest School of Herbal Studies.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7:00–9:00 pm
We‘ve all heard about black cohosh, echinacea, garlic, cinnamon, saw palmetto, ginkgo, and ginger ad nauseum! Judging from articles in popular health mags and by TV/radio news "bites," one gets the impression that these herbs are all that there is to herbal medicine. Without a doubt, they are best sellers on the herb market and also have been highly studied in the scientific literature. Yet, none of them are native to Minnesota. On the other hand, hundreds of other herbs native to our state have a long history of successful usage by native–Americans and by white pioneers in our area (including by Physio–medicalist and Eclectic physicians who practiced in our area), yet have been little studied in the modern scientific literature, are largely ignored in the media, are not typically available on the herb market, and are little used by modern Minnesotans. This lecture reviews a number of these neglected herbal powerhouses (mainly native plants, but a few EuroAsian imports), revealing how they have been successfully used by the aforementioned healers and in the modern clinical practice of the lecturer. Included for discussion are anise hyssop, bull thistle, bunchberry, clearweed, field pennycress, fireweed, horsemint, Labrador tea, peppercress, pineapple–weed, sweet everlasting, and wild mint (and perhaps a few others, if time allows). The goal is that attendees will be educated, empowered, and enriched by the information presented.

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Anita Teigen is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Board–Certified Herbalist, and a Licensed Massage Therapist. She is the owner of Red Clover Clinic in Roseville, MN, where she uses a unique blend of acupuncture, botanical medicine, and bodywork to decrease pain, increase energy and restore health and balance to the body, mind and spirit. In addition to her Master’s studies in Oriental Medicine at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville, MN, Anita has studied western herbalism with a variety of teachers, including Lise Wolff, Erin Piorier and Matthew Wood.
Red Clover Clinic in Roseville

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:00–9:00 pm
Treat the Pattern Not the Disease: Making Sense of Signs and Symptoms

Have you ever prescribed herbs to someone, fairly certain they would have a positive effect… and they didn’t? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by complex symptom presentations, misled by biomedical diagnoses, and make false assumptions like fatigue equals deficiency, or hot flashes equal yin deficiency/dry–atrophy. In this class we will find out how to avoid these stumbling blocks, practice basic tongue and pulse diagnosis, and learn how to start making sense of signs and symptoms. You will leave with a useful set of tools that will help you to create successful treatment plans for your family, friends and clients.

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Jane Hawley Stevens From the time Jane chose her professional path, it was clear it was with the plant world. For over 30 years she has specialized in herbs.  In 1987 Jane started producing herbal products made from herbs she grew on her farm. Certified organic since 1990, she still grows and produces herbal products from the 130 acre farm in the Baraboo Bluffs, Four Elements Organic Herbals.  Her products are inspired by the healing qualities of herbs and align with the power of Nature. Four Elements Organic Herbals

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Ritualistic Herbs & Smudge Stick Making

Jane will cover traditional uses of herbs used in rituals throughout the globe. Herbs have been used for protection of things seen and unseen, to stay healthy and for ceremony. Some plants we will cover are Tulsi or Holy Basil, White Sage, St. John’s Wort and Roses. This class offers an opportunity to make your own smudge stick using Jane’s certified organic White Sage, Salvia apiana.

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Jodi Baglien, C.A., C.S.T. is a certified, clinically trained Aromatherapist and Shiatsu Therapist with a 25 year background in healing and spiritual development. Owner of Jodi Baglien well being + wisdom studio. Jodi has taught aromatherapy for over 10 years in state colleges, health care settings, wellness programs and individuals interested in an educated, hands on approach to essential oils. She is considered the Twin Cities “go to” resource in aromatherapy.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Experience the Qi of Essential Oils with Jodi Baglien

Jodi serves as the regional director for the Alliance of International Aromatherapists, providing education using scientific research and traditional information to promote the responsible use of aromatherapy. Oils with Jodi Baglien Using the framework of eastern energetics we will learn, sample, experience, intuit and define a few essential oils based on their energetic qualities. We will sample Mandarin, Frankincense, Black Pepper and Roman chamomile.

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Shannon Anderson has been in practice as an herbalist for 10 years and is a past NCHG board member. She encountered the herbalism of the Benedictine monks in the late 1980s at the College of St. Benedict and caught its trail again while earning her MA in English with a focus in Medieval Literature. That lead her to some of our herbalist ancestors such as Hildegard Von Bingen, Galen, and Hippocrates. She taught writing composition at St. Cloud State University and later worked in corporate IT. She studied with herbalists Matthew Wood, Julia Graves, Lise Wolff, Dennis Anderson, Martin Bulgerin, and others and has been a lifelong student of animal medicine. She teaches natural medicine classes in several school districts and enjoys teaching and performing Middle Eastern dance. She is currently writing a work of fiction. Shannon lives with her family in Minnetrista, MN.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Co–evolution of Herbalism and Healing: Galen, Hippocrates, Hildegard, Chakras, Herbal Practice & “The Celestine Prophecy” with Shannon Anderson

Spring is a time for new beginnings, for leafing, blooming, and growing. Each plant needs firm roots and rich soil in order to succeed. Let‘s spend an evening looking at a few of our western herbal ancestors who influence us in our herbal medicine today. Using one modern and one ancient tool we will begin to examine how herbalism and healing have informed and continue to form one another. Draw your own conclusions and leave with an interesting perspective from which to approach your own healing and practice.

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Connie Karstens, M.S. is a Traditional Western Herbalist and Holistic Health Educator who uses local plants for medicinal remedies. Connie is a 3rd generation natural healer and holds a BA in Biology and an MS in Health and Nutrition Education and taught college nutrition for 14 years.
For over 25 years, she and her husband have worked on their 180–acre sustainable livestock farm in Hutchinson, Minnesota where sheep and other livestock are grazed with bio-dynamic farming practices. She also is the owner of a health food store and wellness center located on her farm.
Connie offers private wellness consultations incorporating whole foods nutrition, herbs, stress management techniques, and other natural remedies to support and build overall health and re–balance the body. She teaches classes both privately and through Community Education and conducts workshops to facilitate health and healing. Her passion is to empower others to attain self–sufficiency and build vibrant health by sharing her knowledge.
healthbyconnie.com

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Creating Your Herbal Pharmacy with Connie Karstens

Many of our common ailments and health concerns can easily be managed with medicinal herbs and healing foods. You will discover how easy and fun it is to make safe and effective herbal remedies from your backyard with plant foliage, blossoms, berries, barks and roots. In this session you will find out everything you need to know to get started making high quality, affordable herbal preparations. Learn step–by–step exactly how to use local plants for tinctures, teas, tonics, oils, salves, balms, syrups, compresses, poultices, liniments and more.

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Mary Schmidt‘s wandering in the woods as a youngster, started a life long love for nature, and especially plants. This lead to an education in horticulture, landscape, herbalism and a long standing stint as a Hennepin County Master Gardener. She owns her own business in landscape gardening, specializing in Permaculture design. Attending a Master‘s program in herbal studies spurred an interest to more deeply understanding the plants‘ relationship and affect on us, and lead to ongoing research in ethnobotany.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Why Herbs Work: A Phytochemical Perspective with Mary Schmidt

Phyto–chemistry made easy… is that possible? An exploration in phytochemicals: considering where they come from, why the plant makes them and how they work for us.

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Helen Healy, N.D. is a Registered Naturopathic Doctor in Minnesota. She received her B.A. in BioPsychology from Vassar College in 1977. Following graduation she worked in the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research at the National Institutes of Health until 1979.

She earned her degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in 1983 from The National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to hold a license to practice. She practiced in Portland‘s Alameda Clinic and taught acupressure at the East–West College of Massage. In 1984, Dr. Healy moved to St. Paul, MN to join Dr. Thomas Stowell at Wellspring Naturopathic Clinic, where she utilized her knowledge of botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, and acupuncture. She assisted parents in natural home birthing, and gave birth to her own two daughters safely at home.

Dr. Healy taught Herbology at the College of St. Catherine for the Masters Level Holistic Studies program from 2004 to 2008. She is a community based faculty member of the University of Minnesota Medical School and other Naturopathic Medical Schools from around the country. Students and residents observe Helen at Wellspring Naturopathic Clinic as part of their rotation within the Spirituality and Healing program of the U of M. Dr. Healy is a founding member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), has served on its Board for two terms (1987–88 and 2010–present), and is the AANP Speaker of the House of Delegates. She is also a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP), and is the Immediate Past President of the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MNANP). She has appeared before both the Minnesota Health Department and the State Legislature as a spokesperson for Natural Medicine and to promote regulation of Naturo pathic Medicine in Minnesota. She continues to work hard to achieve truly integrated healthcare within all specialty areas of natural medicine and the allopathic medical community.
Wellspring Naturopathic Clinic

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Dr. Healy will discuss herbs, nutrients, and other lifestyle measures to foster a balanced nervous system, healthy bones, and help our friends in fighting cancer. She will cover nervine relaxants, nervine tonics, and nervine stimulants as well as some commonly utilized salivary testing for adrenal function and urinary testing for brain neurotransmitter levels. She will explore herbs noted for their high levels of minerals and use in mending bones in addition to exposing modern day habits that lead to bone loss. And finally, Dr. Healy will offer insight into the world of fighting cancer with uni–molecular (pharmaceutical) and multi–molecular (herbal) methods, will share which herbs she uses most frequently with her cancer patients, and how light plays a role in halting cancer‘s progression.

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Anna Dvorak is a personal guide for living a vibrantly healthy life. She teaches how healthier choices can be attainable for our skin, home environment and bodies through natural products, organic ingredients, and balanced living. Anna incorporates her passion for herbs and budding practice of herbalism into her organic skin care line, classes and retreats. Her body and skin care classes emphasize products that soothe and protect the skin using natural and herb–infused ingredients, while her cooking classes focus on decadent simplicity in anti–inflammatory, plant–based recipes. Anna teaches at the Wedge Co–op and other Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area co–ops, at the Kitchen Window Cooking School, and leads weekend retreats focused on exploring balanced living. She is certified as a Nutrition and Wellness consultant.
annadvorak.com

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Winter Skin Care with Anna Dvorak

Even the driest, chapped skin can be healed with simple remedies using herbs, plant–based oils and butters with essential oils. We’ll talk about the most effective herbs and natural ingredients for skin care and the benefits for prevention and healing. Included will be a demonstration and hands–on participation with a sample to take home.

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Sara Sherva: I am a plant person and collector of plant knowledge. I have studied herbalism for about a decade, including time with Lise Wolff, Matthew Wood, and Stephen Buhner. More recently I entered the world of academia, where I created a degree with a foundation in health sciences, combined with ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology. I studied with Prof. Dennis McKenna, and Kathleen Harrison, and was able to do ethnobotany course work in Hawaii. I have a B.S. degree Health and Wellness, with a focus in Spirituality and Healing.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Ethnobotany with Sara Sherva & Annual NCHG Silent Auction

Plants have, in a very real way, shaped the world as we know it. It is likely that civilization sprang from the beginnings of agriculture. Exploration to new lands was almost always seeking exotic spices, food, and plant based textiles. The initial exchange, and subsequent use of coffee, tea, and coca have influenced politics, class barriers, and information exchange. But plants may have shaped our inner landscapes as well. Did our first intimation of deity come from psilocybin mushrooms? What is the mystical plant called Soma, mentioned in the Rigveda, that was considered the god of gods? Around the world indigenous peoples have used plants as a tool to experience and be in communion with the sacred. These plants, in the hands of shamans, curanderos, medicine men and women, and midwifes, have provided healing and divination. We will be talking about some of these psychotropic plants/ power plants/sacred plants, in the context of culture, ritual and history. We will also talk about the science behind these plants, how they are being utilized in research and in therapy settings.

Wednesday, April 2008
The Magic of Herbal Beer Making with Sara Sherva

Discover the basics in using herbs in the beer or wine making process. We will discuss some local herbs, how to use them and what effects or tastes they impart on your brew. This class is meant to give enough information to inspire experimentation with good results.

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Martin Bulgerin has been active in the area of natural healing for 21 years and is locally recognized as a skilled expert in flower essence therapy, as well as creating his own line of essences.
Martin formed BioPSciences Institue in 1987 to explore and report on the subtle, energetic side of life. This search has led him into various healing arts and arcane studies for bringing the body/mind to a more refined state and for understanding the world about us at a deeper level. One of these important tools is Astrology, the language of energy and life. Another is the use of Flower Essences (and other similar remedies) to work with these energies for the purposes of healing and spiritual growth. His study of Ortho–Bionomy®, a gentle but powerful form of energy–based physical bodywork, has also been an important influence.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Flower Essences: Beyond Healing with Martin Bulgerin
& Board Elections

Flower Essences: Beyond Healing
Herbs are commonly used to cure illness and physical weaknesses, but a higher usage is to maintain and even foster greater health and vitality. Similarly, flower essences, normally used to correct psychological or emotional problems, can also be used to enhance psychological and spiritual growth and development. Going beyond healing, essences lead you to greater health and awareness of your subtle energy anatomy, the analogue of the physical body on the subtle plane. They open up a wider realm of what it means to be fully human in this larger context through the magical influence of plants. Come explore with us this view of plants as teachers in our lives, wise companions that help us to see further.
http://biopscinst.com/bpi/

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Carol Jacobs is a life–long student of the plants, but also a graduate of Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies (RMCBS – Colorado). She's a member of both the Coulee Region Herbal Institute & North Country Herbalist Guild and considers herself an ‘Herbalus Educatorus’, organizing outdoor and indoor educational activities for children and adults for various groups and events in the ‘Driftless Region’ (SE Minnesota, SW Wisconsin and NE Iowa). She also loves to play in the kitchen and have those ‘Wild Tea Parties.’ Carol has spent many years working in State and National forests, private woodlands and prairies of the Midwest corridor — from the Great Lakes of MN and WI down to the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and the Piney Woods of NE Texas. Past classes have included such diverse topics as Cordials & Elixirs, Dead Plant Walks (in honor of Halloween), Ephemeral Wisdoms, Healing Lyme (and other conditions with similar underlying causes and treatment approaches using food and herbs), Local Probiotics, Summertime Ghouls, Wild West Medicines and others.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Consumer Wisdom with Carol Jacobs

It can be a confusing world out there! The last 60 years (or more) have been tough on consumers. Are you buying what you think you are buying? Co–ops & health food stores try to sort through alternatives, but often find themselves immersed in the same issues as other retailers. Knowledge is power! Join Carol in a discussion about some of our choices as we explore this topic together.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Local Probiotics, with Carol Jacobs

Local Probiotics? Another dimension to GO LOCAL! Even the United Nations is now encouraging people to return to ethnic, traditional & local diets, including fermented foods. Children the world over seem to thrive better, too, on this advice, although it's controversial & obviously not for everyone. Other organizations promote probiotic foods with EVERY meal. Why not include probiotic herbs, too? Curious? Come prepared to taste test a wide variety of treats that go beyond the typical yogurt, kefir & kraut.

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Loey Colebeck is a flower essence therapist, artist and herbalist. A native Minnesotan now living in Spain , Loey has been using flower essences since 1998 and finished formal studies of the Bach Remedies at ISMET (Superior Institute of Traditional Medicine) in Barcelona, Spain in 2009. She is a member of SEDIBAC (Catalonian Society for the Study and Diffusion of Dr. Bach‘s Flower Therapy), regularly attending seminars and conferences with some of the world‘s leading Bach remedies teachers and researchers, and is in the process of translating to English some of Dr. Ricardo Orozco‘s work.
loeyfloweressences.blogspot.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Fire on the Mountian: Heather Flower Essence with Loey Colebeck

After an introduction to flower essences for those of us not yet acquainted with them, we will delve deeply into one of them: Heather. Looking at what‘s been established already (Heather‘s personality characterstics, possible causes, Orozco‘s Transpersonal Pattern under study, anatomy and the 5 elements in TCM) we will study further potential transpersonal applications of Heather. If there is time to spare we can talk about some of what‘s going on in the international Spanish–speaking flower essences community.

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Dennis Anderson is a man of the soil, and he is also self taught (meaning constant inquisitiveness) in many areas of holistic health. Dennis taught Facial Evaluation Skills for Herbalists for 8–9 years before moving out to Dancing Yarrow full time.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Earthly Wisdom with Dennis Anderson

Dennis will discuss a variety of topics to pique our interests. Food as medicine will be the overriding theme. Dennis recently discovered old writings about corn medicine, and he’ll bring samples of the Indian corn he grows on his DancingYarrow farm in Wisconsin. He’ll also update us on all that is happening at Dancing Yarrow. As for current events, he’ll touch on radiation gardening… intriguing, yes indeed!

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Greg Schmidt will discuss health freedom and state/local regulations which impact health/personal freedoms and food freedom as well as how big business is misusing national, state and local authorities to limit or even deny access to healthy food under the guise of public protection. These two areas are inextricably linked.

State and local regulations govern occupational regulations. Greg will clarify the different levels of regulation and various occupations that have sought regulation, i.e. massage therapy. Often times these regulations run counter to natural health freedoms, and they could possibly impact herbal practices.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Herbalism and the Need for Advocacy with Greg Schmidt

Greg Schmidt is currently President of the Minnesota Natural Health Legal Reform Project (www.mnhlrp.org). He has also been Vice President and was a co–founder of the organization in 1997. MNHLRP is a consumer based, 501c4 advocacy group for natural health. The Food Freedom Project and Minnesota Moms for Raw Milk are initiatives of MNHLRP. Greg has been self–employed as a carpenter since 1997. Previously he was co–owner of Silver Bullet Design Build. He has an M.F.A from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

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Katherine Krumwiede is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and gardener whose pratice focuses on using acupuncture, herbs, flower essences, nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to bring about balance and good health. Katherine has had the pleasure of studying with Lise Wolff and Matthew Wood, and she is the current President of the North Country Herbalist Guild. Her website, www.diamondstoneom.com contains plenty of inspiration, recipes, links, and ways to incorporate acupuncture into your wellness routine. Katherine also sends out a montly newsletter with health–promoting tips and articles of interest. You can find the archived versions of her newsletter on the home page of her website.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Choosing breast Health Over Fear of breast Cancer with Katherine Krumwiede

When it comes to breasts, many of us may spend time worrying whether they are too small or too big, or other cosmetic issues. But how much time have we actually spent thinking about whether they are healthy or not? Many women think breast cancer is inevitable. Not so!!!
We will cover the issues that adversely affect breast health and steps to take to promote breast health.

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Lydia Daugherty spent her summers in the woods of Minnesota and northern New Mexico not realizing the huge wealth of plants around her. However, this lead to pursuing a degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Management from the University of Minnesota and working as a Naturalist at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden for a number of seasons. Motherhood lead to a job as a childbirth educator, but through all of that she's been a member of the NCHG—including a position on the board before the birth of her third child. Gardening and enjoying the out of doors continues to be a love, and Lydia looks forward to sharing her knowledge with the Guild members.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
A Botany–Focused Plant Walk with Lydia Daugherty at Silverwood Park in Saint Anthony

Location: Silverwood Park in Saint Anthony, 2500 County Rd. E, St. Anthony, MN 55421
As you drive into the park the road is curvy and there’s a small, 8 space parking lot on the left, and then the road curves hard to the right and you come to a very large building and parking lot. Meet at the “Maple seed” sculpture to the right.
www.threeriversparks.org/parks/silverwood-park.aspx

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Mark A. Davis plant ecologist, will discuss the biology and ideology associated with non–native species. The distinction between native and exotic species was a dichotomy that while not created in the 20th century, was one that in the latter decades of the century became a call to arms in the worlds of ecology, conservation, and restoration. As a group, non–-native species were widely vilified as polluting native environments, driving native species to extinction, and destroying ecosystem services. Hyperbole, military language, false claims, and fear–mongering were common tactics used during this time to persuade the public of the dire threats posed by non–native species. It is easy to find examples of these tactics during this time in the scientific literature as well as in the popular media. The phenomenon of native and non–native species was essentially cast as a moral issue. In many parts of the world, these efforts were highly successful, with large portions of the public being persuaded that native species were inherently good and non–native species inherently bad. Mark will contest this perspective.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
Invasion Biology with Mark A. Davis

Mark is currently the DeWitt Wallace Professor of Biology at Macalester College as well as Chair of the Biology Department. Over the years Mark has published many articles on the topics of invasion biology, restorative ecology, succession ecology and climate change. Most recently he was featured in February's issue of Scientific American in an article entitled A Friend to Aliens and his book, Invasion Biology, was published by Oxford University Press in 2009.
Mark's Professional Preparation:
1981 Ph.D. Dartmouth College (Department of Biology)
1974 Ed.M. Harvard University (Graduate School of Education)
1972 A.B. Harvard College (History of Science)

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William R. McGilvray is the founder and owner of the Australian Essential Oil Company in New South Wales, Australia and Co–Director of Plant Extracts International Inc. in Hopkins, Minnesota.

Bill McGilvray's initial business involvement with essential oils and plant extracts was in the Tea Tree oil industry in 1986, as a consultant in production and distillation. Soon after, as a member of a family partnership, he purchased several properties in the Northern New South Wales area and began to develop a substantial Tea Tree oil business. He designed, constructed, and commissioned one of those properties as a Certified Organic Tea Tree plantation.

Since then he has been deeply involved in all facets of the industry, from distillation to plantation development and management (both conventional and organic), through to research, sales, and marketing. He has developed a network of buyers and agents in over twenty countries around the world.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Art and Science of Essential Oil Diffusion and the Australian Essential Oils with Bill McGilvray

Essential oils, the concentrated volatile natural chemicals of plants, have a long and rich history in plant medicine. Studies around the world support their use in the prevention and treatment of many conditions. Because of their potency, these precious substances can be most safely, effectively, and economically utilized through proper diffusion into the air in your environment. This presentation, by one of the world's top authorities on the production, chemistry and use of essential oils, will address the art and science of diffusion.

In particular, native Australian plant essential oils have long been known and prized for their highly therapeutic properties. Learn about these properties and the uses of specific Australian essential oils from this expert, who has been deeply involved for over 25 years in all facets of the Australian essential oil industry — plantation development and management, distillation, and marketing to more than 20 countries throughout the world. Under Bill's direction, the Australian Essential Oil Company's ongoing research and development have introduced to the world essential oils such as Australian Blue Cypress, Rosalina and Nerolina.

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Cynthia Thomas is a practicing herbalist, educator, massage therapist and doula serving the Twin Cities area. Through Sacred Journey Healing Arts, she treats each person as a whole, helping to restore balance of the body, mind and spirit. She has been working with medicinal herbs for 20 years, studying Western European and Native American traditions, and has a B.S. in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University. In herbal consultations Cynthia takes a thorough health history, assessing diet and lifestyle, and uses a holistic approach to incorporate herbs into a personalized health protocol. Her bodywork is grounded in traditional Swedish massage, Myofascial Release and Bodywork for the Childbearing Year®. Her work as a doula is family centered, offering labor support and helping families create a loving, safe environment in which to give birth. Cynthia teaches classes in herbal medicine throughout the Twin Cities, and can be reached by phone or email. cynthia_thomas@mac.com (612) 991-2717. She is the past President of the Board of Directors for the North Country Herbalist Guild.

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
Holistic Health Relief Clinic: A Haiti Experience with Cynthia Thomas

Join Herbalist Cynthia Thomas to learn about her recent experience in bringing herbal, homeopathic, essential oil and flower essence therapy to Port Au Prince, Haiti as part of a small mobile Natural Health Relief Clinic. Come to know Haiti a little better, and learn about some of the key remedies used to counter the effects of shock and trauma, worms, malaria and chronic skin and lung conditions all made worse by the January, 2010 earthquake. Explore some of the ways in which we as herbalists have a unique ability to change the world.

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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
Will Winter with Leading Herbs Holistic Doctors are Using to Address Cancer and Heart Disease

Save this night! I'm going to give a presentation, starting at 7 pm, that includes specific information on how we utilize the Price Foundation dietary constructs, the GAPS diet, as well as the brilliant new work presented by DR TOM COWAN. I'll try to synopsize his new work regarding the use of diet and herbs to prevent and/or treat the modern maladies of heart attack, stroke and cancer. I believe his insights are brilliant and stunning and will change how you think about healing and disease forever! This information has never been presented here before.

There will also be an outstanding SILENT AUCTION at which anyone may bid on some great things. Fellow TF regular and WH vendor MARY MUELLER is a stalwart in this group and will be there sharing her knowledge and wares. Fellow member and renowned herbalist MATTHEW WOOD will be present as well. There are wonderful connections between the local herbalists and the locavore foodists! The stars will be out this night. Come EARLY if you can so you can meet people as well as bid on the great stuff.

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Becca Dallinger has studied with such wonderful herbalists as Lise Wollf, Erin Poirer and Matt Wood. A wild food enthusiast and herbalist she lives in Northern Minnesota on the White Earth Reservation teaching families about wild foods and plant medicine often found in our backyards.

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
Salve making with Rebecca Dallinger

Rebecca will help us begin in creating a herbal first aid kit by learning the simple steps to make a herbal salve for cuts and bruises. We will cover how to make a salve from plantain as well as from calendula and yarrow. Participants will take home a small salve with them they have learned to make themselves.

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Scott brown has been homebrewing with herbs since 2005 and been involved with the Minnesota Homebrewers Association for 4 years. He is also a BJCP Certified beer judge and has participated in many homebrewing competitions. He has also given talks on medieval brewing techniques at the Minnesota Renaissance Fair.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Medieval Beer brewing with Scott brown

This class will introduce the historical use of herbs in brewing beer and the vinting of wines, mead, and ciders. How to brew beer with herbs as well as basic brewing and fermenting techniques will also be covered.
Handout (PDF)

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Ron Spinosa is past president of the Minnesota Mycological Society and current editor of the society’s newsletter, “The Toadstool Review." He is the Chair of the Mushroom Cultivation Committee of the North American Mycological Association. Ron presents workshops on mycology, mushroom identification, and mushroom cultivation in the Twin Cities area.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Mushroom Foray with Ron Spinosa at Battle Creek Park

Here are the directions to Battle Creek Park:
Take I–94 to McKnight exit. Go South on McKnight. Proceed past Upper Afton Rd. to Lower Afton Rd. Take a left on Lower Afton, go about one block, and you will see a parking lot on your left. We can meet in the parking lot at 6:00 pm. (Lower Afton and McKnight, St Paul, MN 55119)

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Francis Bonaldo M.Sc. L.Ac. holds a Masters in Science from the American Academy Of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in Minnesota. In addition he has completed apprenticeships and advanced training with some of Minnesota’s most prominent herbalists (Lise Wolff, Matthew Wood). Using a combination of Chinese and Western herbal medicines (many locally wild–crafted) and acupuncture he has successfully helped many people with difficult chronic illnesses both in Minnesota and Quebec, his native home. A passion for the traditional medical arts has also led him to work with colleges in Montreal, Quebec in creating extensive degree programs in clinical herbal medicine.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Compounding Herbal Formulas with Francis Bonaldo

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
A Good Nights’ Sleep with Herbs with Erin Piorer

It is hard to feel good when you aren’t sleeping well or getting enough sleep. In addition, current research suggests that poor sleep can have wide reaching implications for our overall health including mental health, immune system function and body weight. Herbs can be a helpful addition to a program to improve sleep. In this lecture we will focus on herbs to help people fall asleep and stay asleep. We will discuss specific remedies for anxiety, worry and racing thoughts that can hinder falling asleep. We will also explore other health issues and the herbs used to treat them that can interfere with sleep like bedwetting in children, insomnia in pregnancy, frequent night urination and nightmares.

Wednesday, November 2008
Kitchen Cupboard Herbalism: Healing With Common Herbs and Spices with Erin Piorier

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jim mcdonald has been practicing the art of herbcraft for over fifteen years, and offers a knowledge of herbalism that blends western folk and indigenous views of healing with the Vitalist traditions of 19th century western herbalism. He has taught classes and workshops throughout Michigan and the U.S., hosts the website herbcraft.org and is currently writing “A Great Lakes Herbal.”

jim is a community herbalist, a manic wildcrafter and medicine maker, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herbcraft… the plants themselves.
Friday 7:00-9:30 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church
Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm & Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm at Garden Farme

June 25th, 26th and 27th, 2010
Foundational Herbcraft with jim mcdonald

Our weekend will be an exploration of the foundational principles that support traditional western herbalism. What are the actions by which herbs work? How do plants communicate their virtues to us through our senses, and how can we learn to take in and apply this information in a practical and meaningful way?

We’ll look more deeply at bitters, astringents, demulcents, relaxants and other primary actions to discover how they reveal the deeper virtues of herbs, and tell us far more of their nature than terms like “anti-inflammatory” or “antibacterial” could ever convey.

Understanding herbs through flavors, scents, traditional herbal properties, and the manner in which they simply live and grow will be covered through a blend of story, experience, humor and lore.

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Lise Wolff has studied herbalism for 20 years and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild as well as a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine, from the University of Wales. An active practitioner, Lise supplies her apothecary primarily with herbs she gathers and prepares. She has taught beginning and advanced herb classes in the Midwest for the past 15 years.
herbalistlisewolff.com

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
Plant Walk with Lise Wolff along the Parkway

We will meet at 6:00 PM at Minnehaha Parkway and Cedar Avenue, on the corner of the Super America and we'll walk across the street to the more overt greenery. There is easy parking a block away on 18th Avenue.

Wednesday, December 2007
Herbs for Winter Health with Lise Wolff

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Paula Westmoreland has a master's degree from the University of Minnesota in ecology and sustainable agriculture. She was certified as a permaculture designer in 2001 and applies these design principles in her company, Ecological Gardens. Paula is executive director of the the Permaculture Research Institute for Cold Climate. She has developed a plant database for designing polycultures and guilds for the Upper Midwest.

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
Using Permaculture to Create Productive and Abundant Landscapes with Paula Westmoreland

How do we design landscapes to mitigate the impacts of climate change? How can we create beautiful, productive and abundant landscapes in these challenging conditions? Permaculture offers a set of design principles and tools to do just that. We will discuss these design principles and ways you can apply them to build natural wealth in your own backyard.

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Melissa Farris is a certified herbalist, aromatherapist and teacher. She has studied herbalism and aromatherapy for the past 15 years and teaches locally as well as internationally.

Melissa was inspired by Hildegard Von Bingen to start her first company, Veriditas Botanicals, in 1995. One year later she founded Simplers Botanical Company, LLC, an organic essential oil and herbal extract provider, located in Forestville, California. Melissa holds the distinction of being the first herbalist to bring organic essential oils to marketplace while refusing to sell endangered species. After selling Simplers in 2002, she moved back to her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Melissa is also part owner of a small cooperative in Provence, France. She visits Veriditas Botanicals’ essential oil distilleries annually. Melissa has a deep respect for the growers and producers for whom she has worked with for over a decade. Melissa founded Veriditas Botanicals with the intention of working with only cooperative and independent distillers AND cooperative and independent stores.

Melissa continues to bring the consumer information on how pure essential oils can be used to promote a healthy lifestyle. She wrote Aromatherapy Guide to Essential Oils and is currently working on an in–depth book on aromatherapy.
Clinical Herbalist, Aromatherapist and owner of Veriditas Botanicals, LLC, veriditasbotanicals.com

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Holistic Skin Care and Anti–Aging with Melissa Farris

Just what we need after a long winter — a holistic skin care class focusing on beauty, anti–aging and feeling top form through the use of tonic herbs such as turmeric, nettle, burdock and dandelion root.

We will begin this class by making and drinking a strong detoxification tea that works directly with cleansing the blood and the skin. We will talk about the long-term and short-term impacts of regular detoxification, diet and exercise, and the benefits of essential oils.

Join us for beauty secrets and demonstrations for making your own teas, herbal masks and clays, dry brushing, herbal sea weed baths and much more.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Movie night: Numen, The Nature of Plants

An 80 minute documentary film focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural world. Numen, defined as the animating force in nature, brings together innovative thinkers to discuss how our disconnection from nature affects human and environmental health and the healing made possible by embracing our place in the wider web of life. We hope to inspire viewers to think deeply about the source of their medicine and the impact of healthcare systems on their health and the earth.

The North Country Herbalist Guild invites you to a special showing of this inspirational and life affirming movie. The location for this special meeting is the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community's beautiful building at 4401 Upton Avenue South. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM. There is on street parking and a small parking lot; we recommend car pooling. We are suggesting a $5 - $10 donation, per person to help cover the rental cost for the space.

Rosemary Gladstar says, "Finally, a film steeped in the medicine of grass-roots herbalism and the sentient nature of the plants! Numen is a project rooted in the desire to both educate and inspire, to grant us each an intimate look into the world of plants and our innate connection to them. Utilizing gorgeous time-lapse photography, the words and insights of many well known herbalists, ethnobotanists and ecologists, as well as the simple power of watching real humans work and play with the healing herbs."

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Matt Wood is a locally–based, internationally–known author of six highly–regarded books on herbalism. Matt has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism since 1982. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine. For more information on Matt visit www.matthewwoodherbs.com

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Men’s Vitality with Matt Wood and our Annual Silent Auction

The North Country Herbal Guild invites you to join in the festivities of our Annual Silent Auction. Our silent auction will be overflowing with a delightful assortment of finely-crafted items. The auction is an ideal time to obtain unique gifts or simply purchase a treat for oneself.

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Aaron Means is a homeopathic practitioner with a private practice at 1516 W Lake St in Minneapolis, MN. He welcomes adults and children of all ages. He is a graduate of the American Medical College of Homeopathy in Phoenix, AZ. He is a member of the National Center for Homeopathy and has an active interest in educating the community about homeopathy. He has studied and used homeopathy since 1994. One of the greatest rewards Aaron receives in his professional life as a homeopath is helping people toward greater health and vitality, naturally and effectively.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Homeopathy: A Natural and Effective Approach to Healthcare with Aaron Means
and Board Elections

Discover homeopathy, a comprehensive form of alternative medicine that is natural and holistic. It is highly effective in treating chronic physical and mental health conditions. It stimulates deep healing and restores balance to body, mind, emotions and spirit. Learn about homeopathy, its principles, common remedies for various acute and chronic conditions, and its life changing benefits.

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Dina Goodwill grew up in Maine where her love of plants began at an early age with the help of her grandmother and aunt. She got her first herb book as a gift when she was 12 and absorbed it. The book was "The Heritage of Our Maine Wildflowers" by Judith B. Johnson. It contained credible information on the history, folklore and medicinal aspects of hundreds of plants as well as very good plant identification, medicinal terms, edible herbs and herbal preparations. She has a BS in Botany from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and a MA in Biology from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. She has studied plants both in the field and in the laboratory including such disciplines as plant ecology, evolutionary biology, plant physiology, biochemistry and toxicology. As her knowledge of holistic medicine grew, she naturally turned to phyto [plant] medicine. She has completed Dr. John Christopher's Master Herbalist Program, and Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy's course in Aromatherapy.

In 2001, Dina received her Master's Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Minnesota College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She specializes in integrating TCM diagnostics and dietary therapy with western herbalism and phytotherapy. She has practiced herbalism in the St. Croix River Valley since 1998. In 2005 she opened a second clinic in East Minneapolis where she now resides.
http://plantspirit.net/

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Join herbalist and acupuncturist, Dina Goodwill for a unique look at essential oils.
The class will promote thinking of imbalances and essential oils in terms of their energetics. After some discussion on theory and principles, case studies will be presented in order to demonstrate the usefulness of treating illness by balancing the energetics of the dis–ease with the energetics of the essential oil(s). The goal is to provide useful information that may lead to more refined, and perhaps more effective, choices for healing.

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Erin Adams lives and breathes the wild ways of nature. In addition to being a passionate wild food enthusiast, she is also an herbalist, basket weaver and primitive skills educator.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Fall Foraging with Wild Food Enthusiast Erin Adams

Join us for an adventure in discovering the wild edibles available in the fall — primarily grapes, roots, seeds and sumac. If time permits, Erin will also discuss the harvest of wild rice.

We'll meet at East Cedar Lake Beach (aka Hidden Beach) on the corner of W 21st St. and Upton Ave S in Minneapolis (55405) at 6:00 pm. There is on–street parking available. When heading down W 21st St., cross the bike path and railroad tracks and you'll come upon Upton Ave.

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Carol Jacobs is a life–long student of the plants, but also a graduate of Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies (RMCBS – Colorado). She's a member of both the Coulee Region Herbal Institute & North Country Herbalist Guild and considers herself an ‘Herbalus Educatorus’, organizing outdoor and indoor educational activities for children and adults for various groups and events in the ‘Driftless Region’ (SE Minnesota, SW Wisconsin and NE Iowa). She also loves to play in the kitchen and have those ‘Wild Tea Parties.’ Carol has spent many years working in State and National forests, private woodlands and prairies of the Midwest corridor — from the Great Lakes of MN and WI down to the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and the Piney Woods of NE Texas. Past classes have included such diverse topics as Cordials & Elixirs, Dead Plant Walks (in honor of Halloween), Ephemeral Wisdoms, Healing Lyme (and other conditions with similar underlying causes and treatment approaches using food and herbs), Local Probiotics, Summertime Ghouls, Wild West Medicines and others.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Local Probiotics, with Carol Jacobs

Local Probiotics? Another dimension to GO LOCAL! Even the United Nations is now encouraging people to return to ethnic, traditional & local diets, including fermented foods. Children the world over seem to thrive better, too, on this advice, although it's controversial & obviously not for everyone. Other organizations promote probiotic foods with EVERY meal. Why not include probiotic herbs, too? Curious? Come prepared to taste test a wide variety of treats that go beyond the typical yogurt, kefir & kraut.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009
Say Cheese! Home Cheesemaking with Linda Conroy

Linda Conroy was well–received last July when she taught “Wild Edibles and Fermentation” for the Herb Guild, so please join cheese maker, herbalist and whole/wild food enthusiast Linda Conroy for this exploration into the lost art of cheese making. Find out how simple it is to make cheese in your own kitchen. During this day long class we will create and sample a wide spectrum of cheese that can be cultivated at home. We will make cultured butter, feta cheese, paneer, mozzarella, several varities of soft cheese and more!

Participants will leave understanding the basic principles of culturing dairy products and crafting cheese. You’ll also learn some cooking ideas for whey, a by product of cheese making. Students can build on this introduction to create many varieties of cheese at home. We will also discuss approaches to pressing and curing cheese in the home environment.

The workshop includes instruction, samples, cheese to take home, recipes, a cheese culture to get you started and a cheesey whole/wild food lunch.

Saturday, July 12, 2008
Linda Conroy’s Wild Eats and Fermentation Seminar

Morning session: Wild Eats: A Whole and Wild Food Adventure
Afternoon session: Promoting Health with "Probiotic Foods": Sauerkraut, Miso, Kim Chee, Kefir and More!

The workshops are facilitated by Linda Conroy; an herbalist, wild crafter and whole food enthusiast. She has been cooking with wild foods as well as making cheese and fermented food in her kitchen for close to a decade. She regularly teaches classes on these topics and is committed to offering others the skills to craft food in their own kitchen. She is the founder of Moonwise Herbs a community resource promoting health through whole and wild foods, compassionate communication and simple herbal preparations. Linda dedicates her life to these practices and is grateful to her mentors Susun Weed and Isla Burgess for their encouragement and wisdom passed on the Wise Woman Way. Linda apprenticed at Ravencroft Gardens, The Wise Woman Center and studied with Isla Burgess of the International College of Herbal Medicine. To learn more about Linda see www.moonwiseherbs.com

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Anna Gerenday is a soon to be retired scientist at the U of M. Mushrooming is my hobby; that is, I am an amateur Mycologist (people who study fungi). I became interested in mushrooms in the mid seventies, one bright October day, while birding and finding no birds. My eyes moved from the tree branches to the forest floor. To my amazement the ground was carpeted with mushrooms of all shapes and colors, and I simply had to find out more about them. That was in NJ; I joined the NJ Mycological Association, started learning and I never stopped. I am looking forward to retirement to be able to spend more time studying mushrooms and teaching about them.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Introduction to the World of Mushrooms with Anna Gerenday

Mushroom collecting is a fast growing pastime. Mushrooms are collected for their nutritional value, for their health promoting properties and to add new and wonderful flavors to our foods. In my talk I will define mushrooms as biological organisms and explore ways they interact with the natural environment. Through images of mushrooms I will illustrate their different forms and will point out features that help distinguish poisonous from edible.

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Carolyn Thompson, member of the North Country Herbalist Guild Board of Directors, has been a serious student of the plants since 2003. Her special interests are native plants, wild edibles, and wild medicinals.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Spring Plant Walk with Carolyn Thompson at North Mississippi Regional Park

We'll meet at the benches in front of the interpretive center and then meander the beautiful trails along the river to make the acquaintance of both woodlands and prairie plants.

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brian Fredericksen, owner and founder of Ames Farm Limited grew up in a family of master gardeners and naturalists in NE Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin Stout and holds a BS and MS in Manufacturing Engineering. After a 12 year stint in R&D at 3M Company in Minnesota, brian left to run Ames Farm full time in 2001 after establishing the farm business in 1995. Ames Farm is the most active and largest apiary operating near the Twin Cities with over 400 hives. Ames Farm uses organic principles whenever possible in the production of bee related products and in the growing of apples.
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Wednesday, April 1,2009
Honeybees and Their Products from the Hive with brian Fredericksen

An outline of the topics brian will cover:
History of honeybees in America
Life cycle overview
Managed versus wild colonies
Honeybees as pollinators
Honeybee diseases and pests that altered the balance
Stationary beekeeping versus Feedlot beekeeping

Products from the Hive
Honey raw vs processed honey
Beeswax - rendering
Propolis - tincture
Royal jelly
Venom

Future of beekeeping
Natural selection and resistance
Honeybees in permaculture
Urban Beekeeping

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Libby Rupp is the mother of a child with autism and is a parent researcher. She has mentored more than a hundred families in their quest for biomedical treatments for autism. She and her daughter have been featured in the New York Times, Mothering Magazine and United Press International for their work with autism recovery. She is also a strong vaccine safety advocate and counsels parents with vaccine safety concerns. Currently, Libby is working to develop a protocol for autism recovery based solely on nature’s gifts of food, herbs and flowers.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
An Herbal Approach to Autism with Libby Rupp

An Herbal Approach to Autism will discuss the current thinking as to the causes of autism, underlying medical problems that lead to autistic behaviors and herbal approaches for treatment.

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Mary Mueller owns and has operated Garden Life, a landscaping garden company for the past 16 years, with her husband Joe. They specialize in sustainability, with an organic approach to all aspects of the land and environment.
She is also an herbalist, studying with such teachers as Matthew Wood, Yako Myers, Paul Red Elk, Mary Schmidt, and Cynthia Thomas. She is beginning her next course of studies with Christopher Hobbs this year.
Mary has been exploring the richness of traditional food preparation, learning from Dr. Westin Price, Sally Fallon and through studying historical and unusual cookbooks. Her focus is to broaden her classroom teachings on preparing fermented foods, wild foods, bone soups — along with the preservation of these foods. Through her work and teaching, she focuses on weaving together the healing benefits of medicinal plants with the healing properties of traditionally prepared foods.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Winter Teas, Infusions and nourishing Winter Foods with Mary Mueller

Enjoy an evening with Mary learning about Winter Teas, Infusions and traditional foods to support your health during the winter months. Mary will share some of the background of how Native Americans use tea as a winter medicine, sharing stories and the tasting of three different kinds of teas and infusions. She will also be discussing preparation of nourishing foods that support our bodies during the winter months, with recipes and samples to warm you from the inside out.

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Wednesday, December 2008
Go for Joy: Annual Meeting & Silent Auction, Hear from two of the Guild’s joyful herbalists: Carol Jacobs and Mary Schmidt

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Marcia Meredith Marcia Meredith has been a registered nurse for 29 years and a nurse practitioner since 2002. She is a 2006 Ayurvedic Studies Program level 2 graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also studied with Swamini Mayatitananda (formerly bri. Maya Tiwari) of the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda from 1998 to 2004. Currently, she is employed at the Institute for Health and Healing at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus in Minneapolis where she offers Ayurvedic health consultations. Being a nurse practitioner, the clinic consultations are billable to insurance. She also works out of her home in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her home business is called “Health Through Ayurveda” and she offers Ayurvedic health consultations, Ayurvedic marma massage and treatments, and Ayurvedic cooking classes in the Wise Earth Tradition. Her website is www.healththruayurveda.com. Please visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
A Taste of Ayurvedic Herbs with Marcia Meredith

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Wednesday, September 2008
Plant walk at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden with Elizabeth Heck and Cynthia Thomas

Wednesday, August 2008
Tincture Making with The Herbalist Guild Board

Wednesday, June 2008
Lyme's Disease with Carol Jacobs

Wednesday, May 2008
Edible Plant Walk at Minnehaha Park with Sam Thayer

Wednesday, March 2008
Healthy Detoxification with Helen Healy, N.D.

Wednesday, February 2008
Herbal Aphrodisiacs with Liz Johnson

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Wednesday, December 2007
Herbs for Winter Health with Lise Wolff

Wednesday, November 2007
Cordials & Elixirs with Carol Jacobs
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Wednesday, October 2007
Sacred Protection of Plant Energy with Erica Fargione

Wednesday, September 2007
Herb Walk at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden with Elizabeth Heck

Wednesday, August 2007
Cooking with Herbs and Wild Edibles with Linda Conroy

Wednesday, July 2007
Herb Walk at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden with Cynthia Thomas

 

Wednesday, June 2007
Summer Plants to the Rescue with Matthew Alfs

Wednesday, May 2007
The Elusive Spring Ephemerals: Herb Walk at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden with Lydia Dauhgerty

Wednesday, April 2007
Latin Plant Names and Organic Gardening with Judith Sims

 

Wednesday, March 2007
Minerals and Soil and How They Support Your Health with Dennis Anderson

Wednesday, February 2007
Flower Essences with Martin Bulgerin


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Wednesday, December 2006
Winter issues with Mathew Wood and Silent Auction

Wednesday, November 2006
Annual Meeting, Board Election, Pot Luck

Wednesday, October 2006
Big Stones! with Kristin Becker, ND

Wednesday, September 2006
Gardens by Design: Introduction to Drawing Garden Plans with Mary Mueller

Wednesday, August 2006
Herb walk with Yako Tahnahga and Cynthia Thomas

Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Gardens by Design: An Introductory Workshop to Drawing Garden Plans with Mary Mueller

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
The Change into a Wise Woman: Menopause from an Herbalists View with Mary Schmidt

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005
Ancient Traditions and Future Promise: An Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms with Ron Spinosa

Wednesday, June 2, 2005
Herbs for Children's Health with Erin Piorier
Plant Swap/Sale: bring your plants to our Annual Event!

Wednesday, May 3, 2005
Cardiovascular Health and Cholesterol with Helen Healey, ND

Wednesday, April 5, 2005
Back by popular demand, Mary Schmidt, Herbalist and Master Gardener, will continue this enlightening discussion of menopause

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Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Flower essences with Martin Bulgerin

Wednesday, August 4, 2004
Meditation, Positive Energy of Pyramids, and a Special Technique of Drinking Water for Health with Swami Anand Veetrag

Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Herbs for Animals with Herbalist and board member Dawn Gates, Dawn Margavage ("the Pet Herbalist"), and board member Siannon Anderson

Sunday, June 6, 2004
Medicinal Tree Walk with Judith Simms

Saturday, May 8, 2004
Spring Conference — United Plant Savers at the MN Valley Wildlife Refuge.
Keynote speakers will include: Rosemary Gladstar, Mindy Green, Matthew Wood, Dawn Gates, Mary Schmidt, Gigi Stafne, Lise Wolff, Dennis Anderson, and Paul Red Elk

Wednesday, May 5, 2004
Member Forum

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Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Feng Shui in the Garden with Mary Schmidt

Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Sacred Beauty with Bernie Saunders