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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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Upcoming Classes
 

Please note- all classes but the herb walk are on either Friday evening at 6 pm or Saturday morning at 10:30 am.

August 25th 6:00 pm - Gut Health: Healing Inflammation, Allergies and Autoimmune - $20 (FULL)

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.

Sept 6th (Wednesday) 6:00 pm -Herb Walk at Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary in Fenton $20 (FULL)

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.

Sept 15th 6:00 pm - Herbalism for Beginners - $20 (FULL)

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.

Sept 16th 10:30 am - Herbs for Brain Health - $20

We will talk about different herbs that can help improve memory and support that very important organ, the brain. We'll also talk about how they work.

Sept 22nd 6:00 pm- Digestive Bitters and Why Your Poor Bloated Belly Might Need Them - $20

Heartburn, gas, bloating and difficulty with digesting fats,  proteins and carbs is really common in our modern day lives.
Find out how the bitter flavor nips this right in the bud and how to get it into your diet so you don't have to resort to medications that might actually be making the problem worse at it's root.

I know, I know, you just can't stand the taste of bitter. That might just change when you learn more about them! America has gotten really good at breeding the bitter out of our food supply, but that has been to our detriment because we just aren't used to that flavor anymore. But we are truly meant to consume bitters. We are living through a time of bitters deficiency in most peoples diets, which is manifested as the myriad digestive problems we face. 

Bitters have helped so many people get their digestion back on track, and I'd love to teach you how.

We'll meet a range of bitters and learn about subclasses of bitter flavors so you can really play around with experimenting with them if you'd like!

Sept 23rd 10:30 am - Personalized Nutrition: Blood Type & Genotypes $20 (FULL)

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.

Sept 29th 6:00 pm - Winter Wellness $20

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.

Sept 30th 10:30 am - Spice Rack Herbalism $20

Sage, turmeric, garlic, thyme, basil, rosemary, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla.
You may already have some of the worlds most lovely and fragrant herbs right in your kitchen! But did you know you can use them medicinally as well?
Learn about which of these powerhouses to reach for next time you have a stomachache, can't sleep, have a cold, or are have aches and pains. Learn which of these herbs are useful for some of the chronic health conditions many people experience.

Oct 6th 6:00 pm - Healing Allergies and Inflammation with Gut Health (FULL)

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.  We'll focus on the importance of gut integrity, what weakens it, and how to strengthen it. It goes well beyond taking probiotics!

Oct 7th: 10:30 am- Elderberry Syrup Workshop $30

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.

Oct 13th 6:00 pm - Medicinal Mushrooms $20

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.

Oct 14th 10:30 am- Uses & Benefits of Castor Oil $20 - Taught by Lauren Mills

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.

Oct 20th 6:00 pm- Listening as a Spiritual Process $20- Taught by Wallace Smith

We haven't offered this for a few years, but 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.

Oct 21st 10:30 am- Tuning in With Tarot $40 - Taught by Heather Durling

Learn how to tune in to Tarot using your own body-based awareness and heart-felt intuition.  Price includes a deck of gorgeous cards- the Light Seer's Tarot- price of the deck alone is normally $24.99)

Oct. 27th 6:00 pm Herbs for Women's Health $20

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.

Oct 28th 10:30 am Herbalism for Beginners $20

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.

Nov 3rd 6:00 pm Herbal Medicine Making $30

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.

Nov 4th 10:30 am Herbal Medicine Making $30

This is a repeat of Friday evenings class to accommodate more people

Nov 17th 6:00 pm Herbal Allies for Aches and Pains $20

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

Nov 18th 10:30 am Herbs for Stress, Anxiety & Low Energy $20

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. Perfect timing before the holidays!

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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.
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