Current and Upcoming Herb Classes

 Winter & Spring 2018

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

bee-balm-twin-flowers_med_hrHerbalism Series 1:

Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 22, 29, 6pm to 8pm

In this 7 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 two complementary field classes in the Bosque and in a medicinal herb garden to focus on plant identification. This series is designed to accompany the Herbalism II Series, but may also be taken on its own. The cost is $185 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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Herbalism Series 2: No Prior Classes Required – CLASS IS NEARLY FULL

Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesdays February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 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 Bosque 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 $160 (plus tax) 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: WINTER SESSION IS FULL – SUMMER SESSION OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

Upcoming Class Dates: Summer Session 2017: 1 Saturday per month, April-Sept. ~ Winter Session 2017-18: 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 Education: FREE CLASS!

Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday January 16, 6pm to 8pm

Ever wonder how cannabis works in the body? Did you know that we have a system in our bodies labeled as the Endocannabinoid system? There are receptors found in every body system that are specifically geared for endocannabinoids. Cannabis can be thought of as a “supplement” for this system, benefiting symptoms from sleep disturbances to autoimmune disorders. We will be discussing common uses of cannabis medicine including sleep disturbances, anxiety, and pain as well as how it works within the endocannabinoid system. We will cover initial dose recommendations and side effects that accompany cannabis use along with the importance of the use of whole plant medicine. This will be a very informative class! Bring your questions! This class is sponsored by and takes place at The Taylor Ranch Library. Please RSVP as space is limited. (Photo courtesy:


Herbs for Cold and Flu Season: CLASS IS NEARLY FULL

Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday February 3, 10am to 12 noon

Cold and flu season is upon us, so get ready with this class on herbs for respiratory health.  In this 2-hour class, we’ll talk about how to use herbs to strengthen the lungs and to ease runny noses, coughs, colds, fevers, and sinus infections.  We will also discuss herbs for chronic lung issues and students have the opportunity to prepare their own in-class herbal steam treatment.  The class costs $25 and space is limited. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE. To register for this class:
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Distillates and Hydrosols: NEW CLASS! – CLASS IS FULL

Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday March 3, 10am to 12 noon

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. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE. Class costs $35 and space is limited.  Get notified when the next session opens for registration.


Local Medicinal Weeds:

Upcoming Class Dates: Friday April 27, 6pm to 7:30pm

Gardeners and Herbalists, put those pesky weeds to good use! In this 1.5 hour class, students will learn about local medicinal weeds commonly found in parks, fields, yards, roadsides, and waste areas of the Albuquerque area. Herb discussions will include identification, wild habitat, cultivation, harvesting, preparation, dosage, herbal actions, and healing uses for each plant. Class cost is $15 and space is limited. This class takes place at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE. To register for this class:
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Bosque Restoration Field Day: May 5, 9am to 12 noon ~ FREE EVENT for 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.


Wild Herbs of New Mexico Series:

Upcoming Class Dates: Friday & Saturday May 11 (6pm to 8pm) & May 12 (10am to 12 noon) and Friday & Saturday June 8 (6pm to 8pm) & June 9 (10am to 1pm)

This course is a 4 part series, in which you will learn about wild New Mexico herbs from a variety of habitats in central New Mexico in 2 classes and then experience many of them as living beings during 2 complementary field trips. Through this series we will explore plant communities of the Bosque, the Sandias, the Chihuahua Desert, and the high mesa country.  In the 2 hour classes herb discussions will include the wild habitat, cultivation, harvesting, preparation, dosage, herbal actions, healing uses, and ecological issues for selected plants. We will also do some hands-on medicine making, preparing a water-soluble tincture and a famous turn-of-the century herbal formula for you to keep.  The wild herb walks will take place in the areas surrounding Albuquerque and focus on plant identification and changing landscapes. This class is an excellent companion for the Ecological Herbalism Series (see below).  This series costs $110 (including all supplies) and space is limited. It is offered through The Source and classroom sessions take place at 1111 Carlisle SE.  To register for this class:
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Urban Medicine Garden:

Upcoming Class Dates: Monday June 4, 6pm to 8pm

Get to know 75+ medicinal plant species in one location and learn how to turn your yard into a medicine garden. This class takes place in an urban medicine garden (in ABQ) and focuses on plant identification, cultivation, harvesting, and uses for common medicinal plants in the southwest garden. Class costs $25 and space is limited.  This class is for continuing Albuquerque Herbalism students only. Please contact instructor to register.


Wild Food Foraging Series:

Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday June 12 (6pm to 8pm) and Saturday June 16 (4:30pm to 7:30pm)

With Instructors Dara Saville and Rhonda Newby ~ Explore wild foods from your backyard and the mountains in this course that focuses on plant ID, hands on fun, and eating! This can be taken as a single class or as a 2-part series including the classroom session and a wild food dinner. In the classroom session, students will learn to properly identify, harvest, and prepare common edible weeds and wild food plants. We will also prepare a delicious snack using plants discussed in class.  At the wild food dinner students will engage in harvesting, preparing, and enjoying a full course wild meal including an appetizer, main course, condiments, and desert. The single Tuesday class costs $28 or the combined series costs $68 (including all supplies).  Space is limited. The Tuesday night class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE and the Saturday dinner takes place at the instructor’s home in ABQ.

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

Ecological Herbalism Series: Mondays January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 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 mesa country, the Chihuahua Desert, the riparian valley, and the mountains.  Register via the UNM Continuing Education website.

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Good Medicine Confluence Classes:

Join Dara at the Good Medicine Confluence in Durango, CO May 16-20, 2018 for the following classes:

~ Inciting Change: Conservation Projects on Public Lands

~ Signature Species of the Southwest

~ Invasive Plant Medicine and Ecology

~ Plant Walk: Beyond Acquaintances

~ A Sense of Place (with Jesse Wolf Hardin)

Get the details and register.