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 Johns Wort, Dicentra, Valerian, Ginger, Black Cohosh and Turmeric. 

Suzanne Talbert - Wild Medicinal Plant Walk - Description coming soon

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.

Jason Scott - Astro-Mycology 
Through their morphology, habitat, therapeutic actions and qualities mushrooms express their healing potential. As practitioners we can harness this potential and work with it through the medicines we create. Working with the doctrine of signatures and correspondences we will look at how to draw correspondences between the planetary archetypes and specific mushrooms to work with them in creating more potent medicines. 

Introduction to Spagyrics - Spagyric medicines are a potent extraction method developed through the tradition of Hermetic Alchemy. Through working with plants in the Spagyric method one not only is able to create more efficacious medicines, but draws themselves nearer to understanding the plants that they are working with, as well as themselves. Working with the elements we will learn together in how to create unique medicines, and potentiate the medicines we already make.

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.

Jason Scott and 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

Jo Rothstein and Natasha Clarke - Pulses
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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 beestings 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 and Take Herbal Medicine
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Creating delicious Lotions and SkinCare with Herbs
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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, 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' - 15 minute goddess spa near the end of class. Bring home the wisdom with easy notes, 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.-  practice Self-care Now-15 minute goddess spa relax time 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 than literally 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. I will give a marijuana liquor recipe There are many plants to suggest as herb relaxants or nervines. 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. And cannabis. As well as supporting herbs like cardamom, Oregon grape root, and hawthorn. Before choosing treatment, I like to find out about diet and routine life patterns. What do you do when you first wake up in the morning? Do you hydrate? What does your breakfast look like? Your diet in general? What is the stress level in your life on an average day? How do you move your body? Stretch? Are you on any medications, vitamins, other herbs? If somebody is having trouble sleeping, it’s important to know what their caffeine and carbohydrate intake is as well as to address diet, making food as well as herbal suggestions. A combination of catnip, chamomile, skullcap and lobelia could be just right: it addresses digestive needs and also central nervous system relaxation. For symptoms like restless leg syndrome, I ask about calcium intake and give oat straw and milky oats to take before bed as well as possibly skullcap. Lobelia has worked for many to relax the lungs after a coughing spasm. Lobelia is also used to help tobacco smokers quit because it helps to alleviate the cravings for tobacco. It’s important to consider a person’s ability to take the herbal remedy. When I work with street people (which I often do), those who don’t have access to a stove for making teas and can’t afford to buy herbs over a long period of time, I will give them tinctures or point out herbs they can harvest locally. When I work with people who are financially able, I like to offer a choice between tinctures, decoctions (reductions), or a series of simple teas. My suggestions usually depend on the severity of the symptoms, whether the issue is long-term or temporary, and if a tea or tincture would be better.

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 - Class description coming soon

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. Be 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 - Artemisia
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Natasha Clarke - Making Smudge Sticks from Local Plants
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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 these people, 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 (Daucas 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 - Description coming soon
Nikol will also be leading morning Morning Spirit Flow and Saturday night Qi Funk And Soul

Micheal Altman - Heart Center Strategies: Herbs, Notable Phytonutrients and Unique Approaches to Cardiovascular Health - Description coming soon

Merging Medicine with the Good Medicine: Building Synergy and Side Effect Mitigation with Rx and Botanicals - Description coming soon