Herbal Medicine Residential Study Program at Esalen
Date: July 12 – August 8, 2020
Location: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
The Residential Study program is a 28-day immersion in Esalen’s integrative approach to personal and social transformation. Learn how to begin or expand an herbal practice at home
Over this month-long immersion, you will spend time in the beautiful gardens, identifying key patterns in plant identification and learning how to use your senses to discern some of the medicinal qualities of cultivated and wild plants. Through experiential learning, you will gain confidence in how to harvest, dry and process fresh medicinal herbs.
Every week, you will experience new ways to take and make herbal medicines, including teas, decoctions, tinctures, nut butter balls, syrups, medicinal oils, creams
The majority of time will be spent in the field with the plants or in the kitchen processing herbs. Additional activities include
You will leave with an individualized plan of which herbs, and in what form, can support your health and wellness. You will also have samples of herbal preparations to take home, and the recipes to make them again on your own.
Herbal Medicine Field Day, Spring 2020
Root your herbal know-how with a field day in the Sierra Nevada foothills! Learn to identify commonly used medicinals – cultivated, native, and “weedy” varieties – that grow well in our climate and can be used for health and wellness. Read more
ArtStay at Emandal: The Craft of Herbal Skin Care
Dates: Next date TBA
Cost: $575 – $635, including lodging and farm-to-table meals
Location: Emandal, 16 miles East of Willits in Mendocino County
Making your own
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,
Introduction to Herbalism
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
Medicine Making for the Cold & Flu Season
Be prepared for the cold and flu season this year! Learn how to prepare safe and effective herbal preparations that can help
(1) keep your immune system working well
(2) prevent illness after exposure to seasonal colds and flu
This is a hands-on class, where you will be making
This class will also include additional tips and strategies to prevent and treat colds and flu at home
This is not an introductory level class – participants should have some basic knowledge of how to make herbal preparations like tinctures and teas. You don’t need to be proficient, but note that there will not be introductory level explanations of these processes, so if you are unfamiliar, this class may not be the right fit.
Wild Food & Medicine CSA
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
A Weekend Retreat at Esalen: Organic Skin Care From the Garden
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
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