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Be sure to sign up early to ensure you get a spot.  Seats are limited, and we ask that you preregister to help us prepare for class. If you see a class you want, but it's already full, you can give us a call and see if we're taking names for a wait list in case of a cancellation.
Classes are held in a room at the back of the shop.
You can call or stop into the shop to sign up.  810-569-6820
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Cancellation Policy: If you find that you can't make a class you've signed up for after all, give us at least 48 hours notice, and we can forward your class credit to a future class upon request.  Our classes often fill up, and if there's not enough notice, its hard to fill your spot from the waitlist we almost always have!
Thank you for your understanding.

Upcoming Classes
 

May 18th  10:30 am   (Saturday) Uses and Benefits of Castor Oil - Taught by Lauren Mills $25 

Every plant has a story that needs to be told. Castor Oil has a long history and a lot to discover.  You may have heard about this oil and all of its marvelous benefits, such as reduced inflammation, detoxification, and menstrual symptom relief, but were a little intimidated and didn't know where to start. In this class we will learn about all of the different ways to apply and use the oil as well as dive into the many benefits. We will also touch on how to combine castor oil with some of your favorite herbs for added benefit. Castor oil may just be the missing link on your journey to better health.

May 21st 6:00 pm (Tuesday). Herb Walk at Dauner Martin $25

One of the best parts of learning about herbalism is finding all the wonderful herbal allies that grow in our region. Michigan is rich in herbs that are potential allies if you know how to identify and use them! For this class, we will meet at the southern entrance of Dauner-Martin Nature Preserve on Dauner Road. **Parking can be somewhat limited. For those of you who would like to carpool, meet at the Hawthorn & Violet parking lot by 5:45 and we'll go as a group or two and make parking easier!We will go on a one mile hike through wooded trails and meadow. Along the way, we will stop many times to point out and discuss medicinal plants growing in Michigan. I plan to do three herbs walks over the course of the warm weather on this same trail so that we can see how the plants look in later summer. (May, July & September)It's always a good idea to wear good close toed walking shoes, and maybe even long pants, and to apply bug deterrent spray. We will still plan on going if it’s raining. Cancellation will only happen if weather is dangerous such as a thunderstorm with lightening is imminent. So if it looks like rain and you’d like to bring an umbrella, take that into account. A notebook and camera may also be useful, but there are some great notetaking apps for smartphones that are great for just this kind of thing if you're a quick typer.

 

May 22nd  6:00 pm.  (Wednesday).  Herb Walk at Dauner Martin.   $25

One of the best parts of learning about herbalism is finding all the wonderful herbal allies that grow in our region. Michigan is rich in herbs that are potential allies if you know how to identify and use them! 
For this class, we will meet at the southern entrance of Dauner-Martin Nature Preserve on Dauner Road. **Parking can be somewhat limited. For those of you who would like to carpool, meet at the Hawthorn & Violet parking lot by 5:45 and we'll go as a group or two and make parking easier!
We will go on a one mile hike through wooded trails and meadow. Along the way, we will stop many times to point out and discuss medicinal plants growing in Michigan. I plan to do three herbs walks over the course of the warm weather on this same trail so that we can see how the plants look in later summer. (May, July & September)
It's always a good idea to wear good close toed walking shoes, and maybe even long pants, and to apply bug deterrent spray. We will still plan on going if it’s raining. Cancellation will only happen if weather is dangerous such as a thunderstorm with lightening is imminent. So if it looks like rain and you’d like to bring an umbrella, take that into account. 
A notebook and camera may also be useful, but there are some great notetaking apps for smartphones that are great for just this kind of thing if you're a quick typer.

May 24th  6:00 pm. (Friday)   Michigan Wild Plants and How to Use Them $25

Come learn about the medicinal properties of plants that grow around us in Michigan, as well as their preferred growing habitats. So many of the things we pull out when we are weeding are actually plants our ancestors were very familiar with and used as food and medicine. You may find yourself looking at your own backyard with new eyes!

 

 

May 31st   6:00 pm.  (Friday)Medicinal Mushrooms $25

Here we'll learn about the qualities of various medicinal mushrooms including Reishi, Lions Mane, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Maitake Chaga, and many more.  We'll talk about , how they can be used medicinally, how to identify them, where they grow, about their constituents and how best to extract them.  We'll also touch on certification programs for the state of Michigan.

June 7th   6:00 pm  (Friday)      Herbalism for Beginners $25 

The most successful use of herbs requires an understanding that different people have different underlying constitutions and require plants with different qualities based on this. The art of herbalism is more complex than "take this herb for this problem." This class lays a solid foundation to start to think of herbs in a constitutionally appropriate way and to start to work your way through how to really use herbs with a deeper knowledge of how they affect the body.

In this class we will talk about how to choose herbs based on their energetics- cooling, warming, moistening, drying, as well as some examples of herbs from each of these categories. We will meet a few of our best allies and learn the basics of how to use them.

June 14th  6:00 pm (Friday)      Supporting  Gut Health & How it Impacts Allergies,  Autoimmune and Inflammation $25 

The root of all disease begins in the gut. We'll talk about why gut health is so important for reducing your hay fever symptoms, your aches and pains, your mental health outlook, as well as the impact on autoimmune conditions.

June 18th  6:00 pm (Tuesday) Herb Walk in Fenton Backyard $25

I'm offering an herb walk class in our back garden, adjacent to the Shiawasee River. I have a dedicated medicinal herb bed that includes some things you may not see as frequently in the wild around here like rue, feverfew, valerian, angelica, mugwort, marshmallow, chamomile, comfrey, lemon balm, black cohosh, blue cohosh, wood betony,as well as plants you may come across in the wild like catnip, Saint John's wort, New England aster, boneset, yarrow, Monarda fistulosa, motherwort,  Solomon's seal, pleurisy root, blue vervain, and several more I'm probably not thinking of. 
We'll talk about these plants, their properties, identifying them and how to use them medicinally, as well as their preferred growing habitat. It's a small backyard, but with a little forethought and determination, a medicinal garden can fit just about anywhere, even amongst a lot of ornamental flowers!.  Address is 602 Mary Ct. - and is about 5 minutes from the shop.   Come up the driveway and through the wooden garden gate to meet in the backyard.  We''ll meet rain or shine.
Please note, we keep honeybees in our backyard. They aren't aggressive, but they are bees, and can sting, so please take that into consideration if you are allergic or afraid of bees! We won't be near them for long, but the comfrey and elderberry is right next to them.

June 20th 6:00 pm (Thursday) Herb Walk in Fenton Backyard $25

A repeat of June 18th's class

June 28th   6:00 pm   (Friday). Herbal Mocktail Making.  $35

I'll show you how to make some fun new drinks for your next summer get together, or just to enjoy on your back porch. There are lots of great options to make these non-alcoholic, but you can certainly make them with your favorite liquor instead. We'll talk about how.
Its wonderful to know how to make a really great drink for everyone in your life, including those who don't consume alcohol. We had a recent family party and it was great to be able to make fun drinks for the kids and non-drinking adults too that were healthy, delicious and gorgeous.
We'll talk about how to make your own herbal infused ingredients to make them truly unique and to bring them up to the next level.
We'll sample some lovely treats (all non-alcoholic for class) and you'll leave with an understanding of how to mix up what you have growing in your backyard into something truly delicious!

July 12tth  6:00 pm  (Friday)  Herbal Medicine Making  $35 (2.5+ hours)

This class will be a demonstration of how to make your herbs into medicine, with many opportunities to get up and help with the medicine making if you like to be a little more hands on!. We will learn about how to make infusions, decoctions, tinctures, poultices, steams, salves, syrups and more. This class tends to run closer to 2.5 hours

July 13th  10:30 am (Saturday)   Herbal Medicine Making $35 (2.5+ hours) 

This is a repeat of the July 12th Herbal Medicine Making class

July 17th  6:00 pm.  (Wednesday).  Midsummer Herb Walk at Dauner Martin.   $25

For this class, we will meet at the southern entrance of Dauner-Martin Nature Preserve on Dauner Road. **Parking can be somewhat limited. For those of you who would like to carpool, meet at the Hawthorn & Violet parking lot by 5:45 and we'll go as a group or two and make parking easier!
We will go on a one mile hike through wooded trails and meadow. Along the way, we will stop many times to point out and discuss medicinal plants growing in Michigan. I plan to do three herbs walks over the course of the warm weather on this same trail so that we can see how the plants look in later summer. (May, July & September)
It's always a good idea to wear good close toed walking shoes, and maybe even long pants, and to apply bug deterrent spray. We will still plan on going if it’s raining. Cancellation will only happen if weather is dangerous such as a thunderstorm with lightening is imminent. So if it looks like rain and you’d like to bring an umbrella, take that into account. 
A notebook and camera may also be useful, but there are some great notetaking apps for smartphones that are great for just this kind of thing if you're a quick typer.

August 9th 6:00 pm (Friday) Herbs for Stress & Anxiety $25

You may have heard about herbs like St. Johns wort for depression and Chamomile for soothing stressed nerves, but let me take you a little deeper into the world of herbs we can use to help balance our energy patterns, that will help alleviate stress, fatigue and other emotional states. We will look at several different adaptogenic and nervine herbs and discuss the types of imbalances and personalities they best address.

August  23rd  6:00 pm (Friday)  Herbs for Women’s Health $25

This is a class to become more familiar with herbs that are beneficial for many areas specific to women's health in the different phases of our lives. We'll talk about herbs that are useful for menstration issues including cramps and PMS, fertility, libido, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, menopause and more.

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