Upcoming Classes

Herbal Medicine Field Series, Spring 2018

Field classDates: Saturday, June 23 and July 7
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



ArtStay at Emandal: The Craft of Herbal Skin Care

Dates: September 17 – 21, 2018
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 Herbalism, Fall 2018

mimosa tinctureDatesFall 2018, dates TBA
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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Medicine Making for the Cold & Flu Season

elderberryDate: Fall 2018, date TBA
Location: Gaia’s Hearth, Nevada City

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
(3) naturally treat discomforts of common colds and flu

This is a hands-on class, where you will be making a classic elderberry syrup, a cough soothing oxymel, a fever relief tea, and an immune-boosting herbal broth that can be folded in to winter soups, grains, and more. You’ll leave class with each of these remedies to stock in your home herbal medicine pantry, as well as the recipes to make them again on your own at home. We will also be reviewing how to make herbal vinegars, glycerites, honey and syrups without refined sugar.  Most of the herbs we will be using can be grown locally in the Sierra Nevada foothills, so it’s a great way to learn how to localize your medicine!

This class will also include additional tips and strategies to prevent and treat colds and flu at home uing herbs and other gentle remedies.

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

Spring CSADates: Dates TBA
Location: 5-minutes from downtown Nevada City
Cost: $150

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

Esalen gardens Date: Spring 2019
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.


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