Herbal Medicine Making Part I: Oils, Creams & Balms

Date: June 22, 2024
Time: 9am – 3pm
Cost: $105 – $135
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Location: Nevada City

 

In this two-part series, learn how to identify and process commonly grown herbs (and weeds!) in the Sierra Nevada foothills and make them into concentrated herbal preparations you can use at home.  Learn to create your own fresh, customized products without the cost (or unwanted ingredients!) of commercial products.  In Part I, you will learn how to make medicinal oils, creams and balms for skincare, health and wellness.  Read more

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Herbal Medicine Making Part II: Tincture Extractions

Date: July 13, 2024
Time: 9am – 3pm
Cost: $105 – $135
Location: Nevada City

In this two-part series, learn how to identify and process commonly grown herbs (and weeds!) in the Sierra Nevada foothills and make them into concentrated herbal preparations you can use at home.  Learn to create your own fresh, customized products without the cost (or unwanted ingredients!) of commercial products.  In Part II, you will learn how to make the following tincture extractions: with and without alcohol, double extraction method for medicinal mushrooms; topical and internal applications and more.  Read more

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elderberryMedicine Making for the Cold & Flu Season

Date: Fall 2024
Location: 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 and a fever relief tea. We’ll also discuss how to craft immune-boosting herbal broths that can be folded into winter soups, grains, and more. You’ll leave class with a sample of several 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!

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Herbal Medicine Residential Study Program  Postponed

Esalen has suspended its residential learning programs.

Date: Next date TBA
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 through exploring the plant world at the Esalen gardens. Experience the touch, taste, and ‘personalities’ of common garden plants that can your vitality and ease common ailments like indigestion, headaches, muscle strains and colds and flu. You will gain a broad overview of home-scale herbalism and learn techniques and guidelines for incrementally expanding your herbal repertoire in a fun, joyful, and safe manner.

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 and salves. You will also learn how to infuse more nutrition into your regular diet with medicinal pestos, herbal vinegars, tangy and refreshing shrubs, culinary oils, herb-infused jello and nourishing broths.

The majority of time will be spent in the field with the plants or in the kitchen processing herbs. Additional activities include lectures, and focused study to create a personalized health-promoting herbal regime designed to fit your needs and lifestyle.

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.

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Introduction to Herbalism

Dates: Next dates TBA
Location: Nevada City

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 principles 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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Wild Food & Medicine CSA

Dates: Next dates TBA
Location: 5-minutes from downtown Nevada City

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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