Current and Upcoming Herb Classes

Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Our classes often fill up ahead of time. Please plan ahead and register early.  Thank you!

bee-balm-twin-flowers_med_hrHerbalism Series 1: THIS CLASS IS FULL

Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 6pm to 8pm

In this 6 part series, learn how herbs can treat many acute and chronic illnesses including respiratory infections, digestive illness, ear infections, sore throats, auto-immunity, first aid, and skin treatments. Students will get hands-on instruction on how to prepare and use herbal remedies. Participants will take home a bottle of tincture and a jar of salve that are made during the sessions and will also build a booklet of reference handouts to keep. This series includes a complementary field class to focus on plant identification and land stewardship. This series is designed to accompany the Herbalism II Series, but may also be taken on its own. The cost is $165 for the series, which includes a supplies fee to cover the cost of all herbal preparations. Enrollment is limited. This class is offered through The Source and takes place at 1111 Carlisle SE.   Get notified when the next section of this class is offered.

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Herbalism Series 2:

Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesdays February 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 6pm to 8pm

In this 6 part series, learn how to use herbs for a variety of conditions including stress, chronic pain, insomnia, mood imbalances, deep immune issues, thyroid problems, heart health, lymph flow, urinary infections, and women’s health.   We will also discuss the herbal actions of plants and how to apply them.  Get hands-on instruction on how to prepare and use herbal remedies including making medicated soaps, liniments, syrups, and herbal honey. The series includes a complementary field class in the local wilds focusing on plant identification, land stewardship, and wildcrafting ethics.  Take home samples of the herbal preparations made in class and build a booklet of reference handouts to keep.  This series is designed to supplement the Herbalism Series 1, but may also be taken on its own. The cost is $170 for the series, which includes a supplies fee to cover the cost of all herbal preparations. Enrollment is limited. This class is offered through The Source and takes place at 1111 Carlisle SE.  To register for this class:

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Advanced Herbalists dara-herb-walk-7_med_hrGroup:

Upcoming Class Dates: Summer Session 2020: 1 Saturday per month, April-Sept. ~ Winter Session 2019-20: 1  Thursday per month Oct.-March  THIS CLASS IS FULL

Become part of the local herbal community. Meet monthly with other herbalists for field trips, hands-on medicine making, and in-depth learning about herbs. This class is for continuing students, who have a firm foundation in Herbalism and would like to build on the basics. The yearlong course is divided into 2 parts:

The Summer Series runs from April/May though September and includes 6 field trips, giving members the opportunity to develop relationships with wild places and living plants while creating their own field notebook. Field trips include a variety of different ecosystems such as the desert basin, foothills, mountain forests in different elevation zones, and riparian environments. By the end of this series, students will be familiar with a wide range of plants and landscapes of New Mexico. The Winter Series runs from October through March and includes 6 sessions, each with hands-on medicine making, discussion, and independent research. Members will get the opportunity to prepare a wide variety of herbs and experience them as different forms of herbal remedies. Participants will make vapor balm, sunscreen, lozenges, mouthwash, bath salts, an acetous tincture, and an elixir. The year-long course also includes an additional session on Western Herbal Energetics and Constitutions with hands-on medicine making.

Students may enter the Advanced Herbalists Group in either April or October, depending on available openings.  Annual membership costs $410 plus tax ($440) and includes 13 classes along with all of your supplies.  Enrollment is limited.  Payment plans are available – please inquire.  Students who have completed the annual class may elect to continue the Summer Series field trips and pay for summer membership only, $206.  Please contact instructor to register.

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Making handcrafted herbal body products in class. Make your own in the next round of Body Bliss or Kitchen Cosmetics.

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Western Herbal Energetics and Constitutions: Plants as Allies of Resilience

Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday October 19, 10am-1pm

With Instructor Donna O’Donovan ~ Understanding herbal energetics and constitutions helps us to build foundational health and formulate remedies more effectively for acute and chronic illness. Join us to learn about the energetics of plants through sensory immersion and explore your own constitution through basic assessment techniques. Diving deeply into these topics, we will do group case studies, propose formulation of remedies and approaches for each case, and match remedies to the energetics of common acute illnesses. Advancing our medicine making skills, we will learn how to make an herbal spice powder formulated to your own unique constitution that can be sprinkled on food, added to smoothies, or mixed with honey. We will also make a nourishing herbal vinegar in class for everyone to take home. Class costs $38 and space is limited.  This class takes place at The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd. SE and registration is required. Get notified when the next section of this class is offered.


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Body Bliss: Herbal Gift Making

Upcoming Class Dates: Friday (6pm-8pm) & Saturday (10am-2pm) December 6-7

Make your own hand-made gifts for the holiday season or pamper yourself by making your own herbal skin care products.  Be ready for hands-on fun as we will make a variety of recipes including luscious body butter, facial cleanser, aftershave, foot and body scrub, fizzy bath bombs, lip balm, moisture cream, and floral moisture mist. Take home all of the pampering delights we make in class and get ready to make gifts for yourself and friends.  This 2-part series costs $95. All supplies are included and space is limited. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE and registration is required.   To register for this class:

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unmce-logo-header1An Albuquerque Herbalism class offered through the University of New Mexico’s Continuing Education Holistic Health Program:

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Ecological Herbalism Series:

Upcoming Dates: Mondays January 27, February 3, 10, 24, 6pm to 8pm

The Ecological Herbalism Series is a 4-part series of interdisciplinary classes that explores the relationships between people, plants, and the land. Taught from ecological, botanical, and geographical perspectives, the course aims to connect herbalists and nature lovers to the local surroundings by illuminating medicinal plants and the dynamics of the landscapes that make up central New Mexico.  Each of the four classroom sessions will focus on a different region’s ecosystem(s) and the plants we find there including the West Mesa, the Chihuahua Desert, the Bosque, and the Sandia Mountains. Register via the UNMCE website.

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Distillates and Hydrosols:

Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday March 21, 10am to 12:30pm

With Instructor Donna O’Donovan ~ Join us in making a hydrosol and aromatic tincture distillate. Learn how to create your own basic still from items in your own kitchen. A number of folk methods in creating stills will be explored and you will be delighted with the results. We will tap into the world of forest and tree medicine and work with trees that can be freshly gathered this time of year. The aromatic tincture will be from regional plants in the area. This will be a hands on demonstration with two unique preparations for you to take home. We will assemble and operate the stills in class and also discuss what hydrosols and essential oils are. Additionally we will explore the benefits of using hydrosols, which require lesser plant material to make a therapeutic, aromatic product. Learn applications on how to use and make your own unique, aromatic tincture distillate, too. This is another way to deepen your experience in medicine making with a fun and hands on class on distillation. Class costs $39 (all supplies included) and space is limited. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE and registration is required. To register for this class:
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Join Us For This Special Spring Equinox Event with the Yerba Mansa Project:

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Spring Equinox Yoga in the Bosque:

Upcoming Dates: Saturday March 21 (11:00am – 12 noon)

View this event and register via the Yerba Mansa Project website.