Summer & Fall 2019
Our classes often fill up ahead of time. Please plan ahead and register early. Thank you!
Herbalism Series 1: 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.
Herbalism Series 2:
Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesdays August 13, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 6pm to 8pm
In this 7 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 2 complementary field classes 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 $190 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:
Advanced Herbalists Group:
Upcoming Class Dates: Summer Session 2019: 1 Saturday per month, April-Sept. ~ Winter Session 2019-20: 1 Thursday per month Oct.-March
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.
Students may enter the Advanced Herbalists Group in either April or October, depending on available openings. Annual membership costs $390 plus tax ($417) and includes 12 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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Medicinal Cannabis: Common Uses for Symptom Relief
Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday August 6, 6pm-8pm
With Instructor Rachel Furnari ~ Cannabis has a multitude of uses, from pain management to skin disorders. Did you know that cannabis has never been proven to kill one person (unlike pharmaceuticals and/or simple over the counter medications)? When used with intention and guidance along with healthy lifestyle, this medicine can be a safe alternative or complimentary therapy to many common ailments. This class is intended to cover the use of medical cannabis for chronic pain, anxiety, and chronic stress. Come join the discussion in a safe environment with like-minded souls! Class costs $25 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.
An Albuquerque Herbalism Class offered through the University of New Mexico’s Continuing Education Holistic Health Program:
Ecological Herbalism Series: CLASS IS FULL
Upcoming Dates: Mondays September 9, 16, 23, 30 (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.
Bosque Restoration Field Day: Saturday September 14, 9am to 12 noon ~ FREE EVENT with the Yerba Mansa Project
Help us restore Bosque habitat, Yerba Mansa, and other native plants. Our restoration work thus far has been focused on removal of invasive Ravenna Grass from the understory, along with the replanting of Yerba Mansa and other native plants. These events are open to all members of the community so bring your family and friends. Work takes place at our restoration site located along Tingley Drive, south of Central. Park in the lot at the south end of all the fishing ponds, which is .8 miles south of Central. Wear protective long sleeve clothing and bring work gloves and a shovel, if you have them. City of Albuquerque Open Space will train our field crew and provide gloves and tools for those who don’t bring their own. Please RSVP with the number in your group so we know how many volunteers to expect.
Join Us For This Special Fall Equinox Event with the Yerba Mansa Project:
Fall Equinox Plant Ally Meditation in the Bosque:
Upcoming Dates: Saturday September 21 (6:30-7:30pm)
Join Yerba Mansa Project Administrative Director, Angie True, for an enchanted evening meditation in the Bosque on the cusp of the Fall Equinox. The changing seasons are key points in the cycle of life in nature. Within this cycle, many ancient cultures perceived powerful messages for humanity. Consciously linking our awareness to nature’s cycles can deepen our understanding of our own personal cycles as well. Have you ever wished to develop a closer relationship with a local plant ally? After relaxing into the gentle wildishness of our restoration site, we’ll journey together on a guided meditation designed to open a space through which your seasonal plant ally may come forward, bearing harvest-time messages. Adults and older teens only, please.
Space is very limited! Register below by paying a suggested donation amount from $25 to $75 per person. This is a fundraising event, the proceeds of which will allow us to continue our restoration work and to continue to provide our many free programs and events for school classrooms and the community. Register via the Yerba Mansa Project website.
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. To register for this class:
Medicinal Cannabis: Holistic Balance
Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday November 2, 10am-12 noon
With Instructor Rachel Furnari ~ This course is intended to give herbalists beginning basics of how and why this medicinal plant collaborates well with the human body. It is proven that most beings possess what’s called the “endocannabinoid system”. It is believed, as humans, that this exact system is linked to complete holistic balance. With imbalance comes great chronic illness (mental and physical) and disease. Please join us to learn more. Class costs $25 and space is limited. This class takes place at The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd. SE and registration is required. To register for this class:
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: