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Preregistration with payment is required and many classes fill up early, so sign up early if you see something you're interested in!  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
 

Please note- all winter classes are Saturday at 10:30 am or Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Jan 6th        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.

 

Jan 13th        Winter Wellness & Herbs for Colds $25

If you or your family members ever get sick, this is a class you'll want to take to learn about how to make things a little easier. If you've been struggling with fighting things off, or want some good strategies for when colds and flu strike at your house, you will super appreciate this class. We'll talk about how to build up your immune system to help you prevent or lessen the severity of winter colds and flus. We will discuss herbs, foods, and other tools to do this. I love biology so will sneak a little of that in there too. We will also discuss what herbs and foods will help us recover wellness if we do fall ill this winter, and how to pay attention to the specific symptoms to determine which herbs will work best.

 

Jan 14th         Elderberry Syrup Making Workshop $35

Many of us know how amazing elderberry syrup is to combat the first signs of viral infection or exposure. However, commercially made stuff in the stores is not only expensive, it leaves something to be desired in the taste department (with the exception of our small batch syrup of course!)  I'll show you how easily elderberry syrup can be made at home and how delicious it can be. But while it's cooking, we'll be learning! You'll  learn about the mechanisms by which elderberry is thought to work in the body, and learn about some other herbs that are helpful allies to add to your syrup. And you'll take a bottle of our delicious elderberry syrup home with you.

 

Jan 20th        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.

 

Jan 21st        Medicinal Mushrooms $25

Here we'll learn about the qualities of various medicinal mushrooms, 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.

 

Jan 27th        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

 

Jan 28th        Herbal Medicine Making $35 (2.5+ hours)

This is a repeat of the Jan 27th Herbal Medicine Making class

 

Feb 3rd        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, you aches and pains, your mental health outlook, as well as the impact on autoimmune conditions.

 

Feb 4th        Listening as a Spiritual Process taught by Wallace Smith $25

We offered this one last fall for the first time after a few years.  Wallace is ready to teach again, so we are so pleased to welcome him back!! His classes are always so engaging, enjoyable and uplifting.

This talk will help you to improve your ability to listen effectively, whether at home or in the workplace, both physically and intuitively. Without a doubt, this session will help you to enhance your understanding of the importance of listening and effective interpersonal communication, especially in your significant relationships. Great for couples, parent-child and employer-employee relationships. For all those who want to connect on a clearer and deeper level. A perfect workshop for couples (of all kinds) to attend together. These techniques are also particularly helpful for practitioners of all of the healing arts and sciences. The talk will include several examples of how this method has been put into practice.

This class will be taught by guest speaker Wallace Smith, M.A., CCH, CPEH. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking and Theatre and an Interpersonal Communications Consultant for Business and Industry. He is also a private practitioner trained in Esoteric Healing, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Therapeutic Touch. He has completed the INEH’s highest level of training and is also a certified instructor with the INEH and the National Association for Esoteric Healing USA. Wallace has conducted workshops for many years in Scotland, England, Hawaii, France, Crete, Poland, Australia and the United States.

 

Feb 10th        Flower Essences: A Tool for Addressing Emotions $25

Emotions are a part of being a human and forging our souls, shaping us into who we are meant to be. But sometimes emotions can be overwhelming. Fear, doubt, anxiety, or depression can sometimes hold us back from growth. Or maybe you find yourself snapping at others when you wish you were more patient. Maybe you absorb emotions of those around you. There are as many nuances to emotions as there are flowers probably.
Flower essences may be able to help. They are a type of energy medicine, akin to homeopathy, yet different. 
Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants which interact with the subtle energies of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. We can say that they work in a similar way to inspirational music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light, while the flower essences work through the medium of water.
Some people are familiar with the flower essence blend Rescue Remedy for themselves, their children and their pets. This is just one of a myriad of blends that can be made.
In this class, we will explore many of the Bach Remedies and several of the North American flower remedies.

 

Feb 11th        Personalized Nutrition: Bloodtype, Genotype and Diet $25

Have you ever tried to eat a certain way that someone else has used with great success, and found it didn't work for you? Maybe you tried a keto, paleo, vegan or vegetarian diet and found you absolutely didn't feel like you were thriving? Not everyone thrives on the same type of diet- we are all unique. We have specific immunologic and genetic needs for nutrients and the best forms in which to consume them. Discovering your best foods is not always straight forward with the latest fad diets declaring their virtues apply to all. Learn just *why* blood type of all things affects the foods you should be choosing, and why we have to go beyond blood type to really find the foods that will help you to thrive. (Hint: your blood type isn't only expressed on the surface of your red blood cells- it's an expression of your immune system) Eating foods that go against your Genotype believe it or not contribute to inflammation (and therefore pain), weight gain, as well as increases in other diseases, especially when you're already struggling.Learn how we can zero in on the foods that will help *you* feel more energetic, optimize your health and help you to find your correct balance for weight.If you can, find out what your blood type is before class. We have blood type testing kits available for sale in the store.

 

Feb 17th        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.

 

Feb 18th        Introduction to Chakras and Energy Work $25

This class is for anyone interested in learning about the human etheric field, how we can influence 
and balance it, and how this contributes to health. We’ll talk about the 7 main chakras, energy fields, techniques for practicing energy work as well as discuss how our energy fields interact with other living beings.
We'll have a chance to practice feeling energy and energy work techniques on volunteers.

Feb 24th    Herbal Allies for Aches & Pains $25

There are lots of herbal allies that are helpful to know about for different types of pains, and we'll tease those apart to help you come up with the best strategies for different circumstances.What herbs are might be helpful for a headache? Which ones for nerve pain? Which ones for toothaches? What is the type of pain? We're not talking of course about a silver bullet for intense chronic pain, but some allies with which it is useful to become familiar

 

Feb 25th        Intro to Homeopathy with a focus on flu symptoms $25

Homeopathy- many of us have heard of it, but what is it exactly?  Come to get an introduction to this form of non-toxic healing that was discovered in the 1700s in response to the toxic forms of medicine used at that time. We'll get to know a few of the more common remedies more intricately and also learn how to narrow down which remedy is right for a particular set of symptoms.  Particular attention will be paid to Homeopathy and it's use during flu season, to any set of symptoms regardless of which virus causes it.

 

March 2nd    Flower Essences Part 2 $25

This is especially for those who took Flower Essences part 1 (recently or in years past) and enjoyed it, though it's not a prerequisite for the class. However, it is a good idea to already be familiar with flower essences generally (what they are and how to use them). Here we will take a broader look at the North American Flower Essences not covered in the first class, talk about how to make and test your own flower essences, and alternative uses for flower essences, like combining with energy work and acupressure.

 

March 3rd    An Introduction to Parasitology $25
Ready for a bit of a creepy crawly class?  It's ok. Take a deep breath. We will talk about some of the myriad of parasites that can affect people right here in Michigan and more importantly, what to DO about them!

 

March 9th    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!

 

March 10th    Medicinal Mushrooms $25

Here we'll learn about the qualities of various medicinal mushrooms, 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.

 

March 16th    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, you aches and pains, your mental health outlook, as well as the impact on autoimmune conditions.

 

March 23rd    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.

 

March 30th    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.

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