Class Descriptions

Katolen Yardley - Perimenopause: Preparation for a Smooth Transition
Much has been said about menopausal support. We will discuss tools for optimal health and protection during the years of hormonal transitions prior to menopause. Some topics we will discuss:
Herbal energetics and rites of womanhood, Adrenal health and the power of scent in hormone and emotional wellbeing, herbal banos, breast health care, supporting hormone balance and libido, lubrication, tips for strong flexible bones, joint nourishment support and anti-inflammatory support, anti-aging secrets and favourite herbal tonic blends and well-loved herbal recipes, medicinal tea blends and elixirs for self-care or clinic premenopausal support will be covered.

Thuja- getting to know the Tree of Life
We will discuss some historical and ethnobotanical importance of this sacred tree,  some clinical use while understanding the actions and have an opportunity to sit with this plant. Please bring a cup or drinking mug.

Erin Vanhee - Plant based Remedies for Pain
The pains we feel are messengers and plant based remedies are a powerful response to listening. This class is part lecture and part hands on to help you understand the physiology of pain while providing practical solutions that you can begin to apply immediately. Topics of discussion include muscle pain and weakness, nerve pain, acute vs chronic pain, fibromyalgia, TMJ, and heartache. Hands on demonstration of plant based remedies includes application of liniments, plant infused oils/salves and plant placement for ritual use of plants in healing. Materia Medica includes but is not limited to Solomon’s Seal, horsetail, St. John’s Wort, Dicentra, Valerian, Ginger, Black Cohosh and Turmeric. 

Suzanne Tabert - Herbal Bitters

Bitters ~ Bartenders use bitters in tasty cocktails while herbalists use bitters to support a healthy digestive system. We’ll discuss the anatomy and physiology of this body system and how bitters go far beyond digestive health to weight loss, reversing chronic inflammation, and much more. We’ll even delve into the compounds that present the bitter profiles in the herbs we study during the workshop.

Students will learn how to make bitter simples and the beautiful complexity of creating formulas that join potent medicinal plants with aromatics to create one-of-a-kind blends. My motto is “get the medicine to the people in ways that they’ll take it!” We’ll discuss ways to seamlessly add bitters to our diet as well as creative ways to introduce these powerful medicinal creations to others. Fun and yummy bitter treats will be on hand to taste.

Wild Medicinal Plant Walk - Wild Medicinal Plant Walk

Before harvesting or making herbal remedies, the first step is meeting the plants in their happy environment. In our wild medicinal plant walk, we begin to solve the mystery of Nature’s “green blur.” From the tallest tree to the deepest root, medicinal plants are all around us. We’ll explore flowering plants, deciduous trees, conifers, and ferns in varying ecosystems. Open your eyes to the medicine and food in Nature!

Discover wild plants that are beneficial for improving energy and metabolic function; plants to deal with pain, for stress reduction, combating bacterial and viral infections, and those which add macro- and micronutrients so needed to gain victory over chronic fatigue and other diseases.

Learn medicinal benefits, ethnobotany, sustainable ethical harvesting methods, and importantly - “How To Get The Medicine To The People In Ways They Will Be Delighted To Take.” Find out where and when to harvest herbs on your own for optimum vitality, potency and nutrition. Gain confidence in your ability to identify plants and their medicine.

Please note that this is an informational walk only, there will be no harvesting.

Ellen O'Shea - Growing and Using Adaptogens

An organic farmer and permaculturist, Ellen grows many herbs at her farm in Chimacum, WA. Recently expanding into global herbs Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Bacopa Monnieri, Tulsi (Holy Basil) and others are now in her large repertoire. Ellen will summarize the concept of adaptogenic plants and how they traverse the body starting with the question: Can plants be adaptogenic in their modes of healing? Ellen will teach how to grow some of the more popular ayurvedic plants that are considered adaptogenic. She will share growing techniques and planting mix recipes

Anna Sitkoff - Medicinal Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest: Ethnomycology, Biochemistry, Extraction Methods, Identification
We will be exploring medicinal mushrooms on multiple levels; journeying with the mushrooms through the world of ethnomycology, biochemistry, pharmacognosy and the most current research. This class will cover mushroom identification of local medicinal mushrooms, the collection season, and an in depth constituent analysis and the relationship between these constituents and the human system. We will also discuss formulating with mushrooms and their practical and clinical applications. People will leave this class feeling confident in using polypore mushrooms in medicine and food, and have a thorough understanding of how these mushrooms are supporting us through mind, body and spirit.

Anna Sitkoff will also be holding a Q&A on all you need to know about Making Medicinal Mushroom Medicine. Take advantage of having these two champions of the medicinal mushroom world to answer your questions

Missy Rohs - The First Aid Kit at Your Feet: Plant Walk
The best emergency medicine is the kind you can find anywhere!  On this plant walk, we’ll check out the trailside plant allies that could be used for ailments that come up when we’re out in the forest, from bee-stings to bruises.  We’ll also talk about what can’t be improvised easily so that you can design your own bare-bones first aid kit for hikes or camping.

The Medicine of Water
Water-based remedies are among the cheapest and most accessible modalities that we have to offer.  They can also be profoundly healing!  We’ll talk about using hydrotherapy, soaks, steams, and teas in our herbal practices to increase the accessibility and effectiveness of plant medicines.  You may be surprised at the range of conditions that can benefit from the medicine of water.

Kelly Ann Nickerson - Make & Take Herbal Medicine: Forest Salves & Infused Oils

Join us for an introduction on how to make an extract of aromatic and vulnerary (skin healing) herbs using a fixed oil (i.e., olive oil). Herb infused oils are useful as healing massage oil, therapeutic respiratory oil, salves and lotion (free from harsh chemicals). We will make a salve out of the infused oil that we make in class. Salves are used to repair skin cells and in first aid. The unique piece of this medicine making class is that we will ID and harvest local plants to be used in our oils and salves. Also, you will take home a jar of salve! Empower your family through home-made herbal remedies to support health and well-being! Please join Kelly Ann Nickerson, MS Herbalist for this fun filled class that includes presentation, samples, recipe hand-out to take home.  

Make & Take Herbal Medicine: Wild Herbal Rose Lotion

Join us for an introduction on how to make lotion from herb-infused oil. Making lotion at home puts you in control of what you put onto your body. Lotion is moisturizing to the skin, and when made with an herbal-infused oil is also healing to the cells of the skin. In this class, you will learn how to preserve your lotion naturally and how essential oils can be safely added to your home-made lotion. The unique piece of this medicine making class is that we will ID and harvest local plants to be used in our lotion. You will also take a home a jar of lotion! Empower your family through home-made herbal remedies to support health and well-being! Please join Kelly Ann Nickerson, MS Herbalist for this fun filled class that includes presentation, samples, recipe hand-out to take home.    

Angela Renzetti - Understanding Your Cycle with Chinese Medicine

Our bodies ebb and flow with the moon and seasons. Something I love about Eastern medicine is how it honors nature and mirrors these cycles to our bodies. The 5 Elements and seasons show us what we need in order to thrive and be in balance. In this class we will learn about your menstrual cycle in its phases and how that correlates to Chinese medicine. We will also learn how to support it through herbs, diet, lifestyle and paying attention to the seasons for relief from cramps, mood changes, irregular cycles, and more. In-depth diagnoses and treatment will not be discussed, but conversation welcome. This class will be most beneficial to those who bleed, but all are welcome! 

Michelle Mahler - Scentsuality & Aphrodisiacs Workshop

Come learn, heal, expand, and indulge your senses with a feast of rare and precious essential oils which have natural aphrodisiac qualities. We will learn how to create a sensual massage oil, personal lubricant, healing internal feminine balm, and create an oil blend to delight yourself and your lover (or attract one). Learn to love and appreciate your body with the art of natural femininity. Bring home the wisdom with easy notes and recipes for natural face & body care. Trusting your intuition and being confident should be a natural thing, but when we are working through fears and karmic drama, sometimes our intuition gets shut down, so we will practice with a 15-minute goddess spa near the end of class.

Diana Law - Plant Dye/Plant Totem
Ok, so you know the local plants, and you have favorites for herbal uses, but did you know there are so many other ways to connect with plants and their medicine other than ingesting them or slathering them on your body? We’ll explore one alternative, which is by dyeing cloth with the plants to carry around with you. I’ll talk about the history of this practice, such as in Ayurveda, and we’ll look at some examples of fabric dyed with plant extracts. Some plants have subtle dye properties and this practice is more concerned with imbuing the material with the plant energetics than for aesthetic reasons, although some of them can be quite bright! Learn to embrace the ephemeral! We’ll talk about some of the energetic properties the plants used for the samples might have. Students can pick out one piece of fabric from the samples provided to take a plant totem with them.

Denise Joy - Herbal Nervine Tonics
In this class we will cover herbs that work for simple as well as more complex relaxation and central nervous issues, how they calm the body, and why one would choose one over another. Many times individuals walk up to me at a crafts fair or farmers market or they come to me for a consultation. They have restless leg syndrome, trouble sleeping, body aches, heartache, or depression. They want something to help and the only thing they’ve used recently is marijuana because that’s the new buzz herb and it’s what they know. There are many other plants to suggest as herbal relaxants or nervines because each herb has its own way of working with different parts of the body. I work with chamomile, catnip, California poppy, lemon balm, lobelia, milky oats, motherwort, oat straw, skullcap, St. John’s wort, as well as with cannabis, and supporting herbs like cardamom, Oregon grape root, and hawthorn. We will discuss appropriate questions to ask before treatment, and then more focused questions once the issue has been expressed.

Natalie Hammerquist - A TCM Look at Addressing the Underlying Imbalances in Chronic Anxiety
Anxiety has massive effects on the physical body, but the physical body also effects anxiety levels. In this class we will take a look at physical imbalances that can create a tendency toward anxiety and how we as herbalists can help. The class we be taught from a Chinese Medicine perspective, but no prior knowledge of the Chinese system of thought is required. We will discuss things such as yin deficiency and heat, and herbs that might be used This is most appropriate for western clinical herbalists who are looking for a new angle on their work with clients who suffer from chronic anxiety.

Digestion - Foundations of Digestive Health

We’ll start class with a description of the journey that food takes through your GI tract. Then we’ll cover some of the most common types and causes of poor digestion and some helpful herbal, dietary and lifestyle changes specific to those causes. We’ll talk about stagnation, organ weakness, mucosal lining integrity, and lack of fluids. Finally, we’ll wrap up class by talking briefly about digestive flora: why we need them, where they should be, where they shouldn’t be, and how to support them.

My approach is heavily informed by Chinese medicine, but also informed by Traditional Western Herbalism, western medicine, naturopathy, ayurveda, and personal experience and observation. This is a complicated topic, so don’t come expecting answers for your hundred-doctor-stumping gastritis, but rather come with an open solar plexus, ready to assimilate the framework given here. After all, if the foundation is weak, the building will not stand.

Nessa Emrys - Mindful Walking in the Woods. 
Learning how to be more present and grounded in our outdoor excursions helps create an active relationship between body and ground, spirit and earth. By taking the time to come down into the natural world around you, healing and relationship happen organically. In this class, we will cultivate mindful ritual and awareness by walking a new way, by sitting in deep listening, and by communing with all that is around us. Let's learn how to feel our inherent connection to the world around us.

Ryan Drum - Beach walk, Land and Sea Plants
The Inclass patient intake and case history analysis(-ses) as needed.

Emma Day - The Plants of Artemis: Mugwort and Wormwood
The Artemisias are a plant family with a long and storied history with human beings, and have been seen as carriers of deep memory, medicine, and magic. Their namesake is Artemis, goddess of the crescent moon, of midwives and herbalists, the hunt, and of the wild and untamed beings of the world.

We will use the archetypal energy of Artemis as a lens through which to view the attributes of two of the most well-known Artemisias: Mugwort, Artemesia vulgaris, and Wormwood, Artemisia absinthum. We will dive deep into their folklore, mythic associations, and their many uses as medicine for body, mind, and spirit.

 Our time will be spent in lecture and discussion, as well as tasting and smelling and holding the plants themselves to directly perceive their powers. This is an offering for those with or without herbal experience, all are welcome!

Natasha Clarke - Making Smudge Sticks from Local Plants
Using smudge is an ancient practice that transcends many cultures. It is a practice that belongs to how we relate and honour the land we are part of, the land that shapes our stories. It is a practice of grounding and safty. Join me as we make smudge sticks from the herbs that grow on this land, and learn more about the reasons why we would use smoke to connect ourselves with earth and sky.

The Medicine of the Rose - A Story from the Heart
Join me in this story telling class as I take you through the tale and tastes of the many medicines of rose. We will be exploring this incredible medicine form head to toe, uncovering her healing as we travel through our senses with rose essence, rose petal tincture, honey, oxymel and elixer, rose leaf oil and root tincture. This is a class where we will travel, through our hearts with rose.

Trevor Clark - Botanical Medicine for Opiate Addiction: A case study class
Opiate abuse and addiction are a growing problem in this country. More and more natural health practitioners are being asked for help with this issue. Practitioners in both natural and allopathic healthcare can sometimes feel overwhelmed or ill-equipped to handle these cases. But botanical medicine can be used effectively to help, and in most cases more effectively than the allopathic options. Coming from a background of chronic pain and going through self led opiate withdrawal, the author has worked with this client set successfully over the years. In this class we will review two cases: a heroin addiction case and a chronic pain case.

Kristy Bredin -Engaging the Life Force: Wild Carrot and Contraception
Wild Carrot Seed (Daucus carota) has been used for centuries by women to prevent pregnancy. Working with this traditional method of contraception offers modern women not only an alternative birth control option, but also an opportunity to connect more deeply with the cycles of their bodies. This class covers: 

  • signs of fertility and charting your cycle for working with wild carrot

  • ways that wild carrot has been used successfully for contraception, as well cases where it has not been effective

  • how wild carrot works in preventing pregnancy

  • considerations for appropriate use, side effects and contraindications

  • sourcing, harvesting and additional medicinal uses of this plant 

Kristy shares from several years experience successfully working with wild carrot for contraception and from the work of her teacher Robin Rose Bennett, who has compiled a wealth of empirical wisdom over the past 30 years from women and herbalists working with this plant and has written in depth on this subject.

Nikol Angel - Plant Spirit Tea Meditation -
Musical Accompaniment by Randy Goetz 
Journey into the Wisdom of Plants. Discover and deepen your intuitive connection to your green allies. Open yourself to the teachings and ancient wisdom that plants hold. Learn how to quiet your mind and begin to fully Listen. We will sit, steep and sip in the radiance of a true green friend. Together we will explore the medicinal healing characteristics and the plant's spiritual, emotional offerings. Our time together will cycle through sacred journeys of drum and flute; silent meditations; and the savoring experience of an herbal tea.  Bring a journal and something comfortable to sit on!

Spirit Flow -

Take a few deep breaths and drop into your heart space. 
This invigorating yet gentle class is meant to vitalize, nourish and restore. 
This is my personal fusion of ancient wisdoms bought together to promote optimum vitality. Unique only to me and my studies. During this devotional practice of the heart,  we will combine Chinese Medicine Qi Gong, Ayurvedic Yoga Kriya, Pranayama, Chakra visualizations and deep meditation.

Please join me, Your Heart will thank you!

Qi Funk and Soul - An intentional movement dance party :)
Brothers and Sisters let’s DANCE!! Shake it out and swing that Groove Thing! Nikol will guide us in intentional energetic movements to help awaken our senses and cultivate flowing Qi and Vital energy. All to a spirited, booty shaking playlist.

Michael Altman - Heart Center Strategies: Herbs, Notable Phytonutrients and Unique Approaches to Cardiovascular Health -  Encompasses a comprehensive plan to reduce risk and optimize cardiovascular--and hence--whole body fitness.  We'll discuss the "Abundance Botanicals," widely found and sustainably harvest-able herbs and wild foods that support cardiovascular health.  We'll also cover protocols to improve cardio parameters, such as lipids and inflammation, using targeted botanical extracts and key nutrients for the heart and blood vessels.  Altman's First Law: "Don't let your client have a stroke or heart attack," is the key takeaway from the class, but we'll cover a lot of ground to establish a good defense.

Merging Medicine with the Good Medicine - We'll get into some of the most important aspects of working with Americans, especially older ones with chronic disease and health risks, those often under the care of multiple doctors prescribing more than one prescription med.  Most people are unaware of the potential risk-reducing effects of using herbs with Rx’s; in fact, they're much more likely to have the risks of using herbs reiterated to them.  We'll discuss various organ systems and herbal protocols for common problems: anxiety, sleeplessness, joint pain, cold/flu, prostate problems, chronic viruses, menstrual cramps, allergies and sinus issues, and supporting our senses, all while hypothetically titrating off Rx and using herbs to reduce their side effects.