Upcoming Classes

ArtStay at Emandal: The Craft of Herbal Skin Care

61987_10150280692510078_4253689_nDates: September 13 – 17, 2017
Cost: $575 – $635, including lodging and farm-to-table meals
Location: Emandal, 16 miles East of Willits in Mendocino County

Making your own skin care from garden herbs is a joyful and rewarding practice. Learn how these beautiful plants can nourish and protect your skin, and how to prepare them into therapeutic oils, toners, steams and creams. Over the weekend at Emandal, you’ll enjoy a series of herbal skin treatments and have the opportunity to make your own customized set of herbal skin and body care, including face cream, body cream, a facial scrub, lip moisturizer, and more. You will also learn recipes and techniques for making your own herbal hair care and herbal first aid products.

Emandal is a rustic and beautiful family farm, and this course is part of the ArtStay program, where all guests are engaged in various arts and enjoy happy hour storytelling, family style meals together, dips in the Eel River, and miles of hiking trails. Book early for best choice of accommodations.  Read more.


 Introduction to Home Scale Herbalism, Spring 2018

mimosa tinctureDates: Tuesdays, every other week, Feb 21, March 7, March 21, and April 4
Location: The HAALo Herb Shop & in Nevada City
Cost: $150 for the four-class series

This series is designed for beginning home herbalists who want to feel more confident using self-prescribed herbal medicine for health and wellness.  Topics include general principals of home-scale herbalism, tools of the trade, discussion of various forms of herbal medicine, safe and appropriate application, as well as how to make your own herbal preparations at home.  An emphasis will be placed on locally available plants with a long history of safe and effective use.

The core series includes four classes:

  • Getting Started with Home Scale Herbalism
  • Tincture, Tea, Powder, or Pill: How to Take Herbal Medicine
  • Making Tinctures at Home
  • Medicinal Oils and Salves

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A Weekend Retreat at Esalen: Organic Skin Care From the Garden

Esalen gardens Date: May 25 – 27, 2018
Location: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Take a personal retreat and discover the joy of making your own organic skin and body care in the beautiful gardens at Esalen. Over the weekend, you’ll enjoy a series of herbal skin treatments and have the opportunity to make your own customized set of herbal skin and body care, including skin cream, facial scrub, lip moisturizer, and more. After completing the class, you will have a set of organic herbal skin care products to take home, the recipes and know-how to make them again on your own, basic knowledge of how to prepare herbs, and the ability to make great gifts.   Located on the beautiful coastline of Big Sur, Esalen offers breathtaking views, inspiring gardens, and healing hot springs.  Read more.


Seasonal Medicine Making Series – Fall 2017

elderberryDate: TBA
Location: Nevada City
Cost: $100 for the three-class series, plus materials fee

Medicinal plants are growing all around us. How do we use them for health and wellness? In this 3-session series, you’ll learn how to use local wild and cultivated herbs to make seasonal remedies for the fall and winter season, and begin building up your own herbal remedy pantry. The local plants we’ll use and discuss will be determined by availability, but will likely to include pine, cedar, elderberry, choke cherry, manzanita, echinacea, elecampane, grindelia, ganoderma, horehound, calendula, self-heal and more. Class discussions will include plant identification, how to process fresh herbs and roots, and how to safely and ethically wildharvest. Every session, participants will take home three herbal medicines made in class.

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Herbal Medicine Field Series, Spring 2018

Field classDates: Dates TBA, Saturdays, every other week, 9:30 -1pm
Cost: $185
Location: Field sites within 30 minutes of Nevada City

The curriculum is designed to build the essential skills needed for using local herbs for health and wellness, and includes a mixture of lecture, plant walks, experiential activities and demonstrations. Participants will leave each class with a freshly made herbal prep, relevant hand-outs, and a template for three personalized herbal monographs for local medicinal plants.  A framework for self-study between classes will be provided and encouraged. Read more


Wild Food & Medicine CSA, Fall 2017

Spring CSADates: Dates TBA
Location: 5-minutes from downtown Nevada City
Cost: $120 -$130

The Wild Food & Medicinal Herb CSA (Community Supported Awareness) provides hands-on education for those who want to connect more intimately with their local landscapes and move towards more sustainable practices with respect to food and medicine.  CSA participants will:

•    learn how to safely use abundant local plants for food and medicine
•    experience their local bioregion more intimately
•    join a greater community to share knowledge about ethical wildcrafting

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