Current and Upcoming Herb Classes

 Spring & Summer 2017

Donate to The Yerba Mansa Project for a discount on class registrations.

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

Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 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 complementary field classes in an urban medicine garden and in the Bosque to focus on cultivated and native 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 $185 for the series, which includes a supplies fee to cover the cost of all herbal preparations. Class is limited to 12. This class is offered through The Source and takes place at 1111 Carlisle SE.  Get notified when the next session opens for registration.

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Herbalism Series 2:

Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesdays August 15, 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26, 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 two complementary field classes in the mountains and 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 $185 (plus tax) for the series, which includes a supplies fee to cover the cost of all herbal preparations. Class is limited to 12. 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: SUMMER SESSION IS FULL

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.   This series is limited to 10.  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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globemallow-angustifolia_med_hr-2Local Medicinal Weeds: CLASS IS FULL

Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday April 22, 10am to 11:30am

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 is limited to 15. This class takes place at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE.  Get notified when the next session opens for registration.

pedicularis-centranthera_med_hrWild Herbs of New Mexico Series: CLASS IS FULL

Upcoming Class Dates: Friday (6-8pm) and Saturday (10am-12) May 19, 20 & June 9, 10

This course is a 4 part series, in which you will learn about wild 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 series costs $98 (plus tax) including all supplies and is limited to 12. It is offered through The Source and classroom sessions take place at 1111 Carlisle SE.  Get notified when the next session opens for registration.

sunflower-2-2_med_hrUrban Medicine Garden: CLASS IS FULL

Upcoming Class Dates: Wednesday June 7, 6pm-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 is limited to 8.  Please contact instructor to register.

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Wild Food Foraging: CLASS IS NEARLY FULL

Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday June 27, 6pm-8pm

In this 2-hour class, students will learn to identify, harvest, and prepare common edible weeds in your yard as well as wild foods on the mountain. We will also prepare a delicious snack using plants discussed in class. Students are encouraged to register for companion field trip classes such as Native Plant Medicine: Wild Herbs of NM or Urban Medicine Garden (see below). Class costs $28 (plus tax) including all supplies and is limited to 15. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE.  To register for this class:
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scarlet giliaBioregional Flower Essence Field & Lab:

Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday August 26, 9:30am- 4:30pm

With Guest Instructor Angie True ~  In this workshop we will work with local plants to make mother essences as well as stock bottles for you to keep. Know that practicing the art of subtle, earth- based medicine is not a mechanical process, however – it is an enchanted one. In this experiential immersion, we will explore potent experiences in healing through our connection to place. We’ll learn consciousness-expanding techniques and delve into practices for cultivating intuition. We will also feast in the forest on gorgeous floral salad and mocktails! Designed for all levels of experience, this class serves as a gateway between self and the green world. Here is where we will learn how to open enduring channels of communion and communication. Our session begins in the classroom at The Source at 1111 Carlisle Blvd. SE and then we will carpool to our mountain field trip.  Pack a notebook or journal, any additional food & drink, your sense of humor and an open heart ready to travel beneath and beyond the everyday world. This full day class costs $85 (plus tax) including all your supplies and is limited to 15 people.  To register for this class:

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bosque-porcupine_1_med_hr-2Bosque Restoration Field Day: Saturday September 9, 10am to 1pm ~ 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 with the sign ‘Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond’.  Wear protective long sleeve clothing and bring work gloves and a shovel, if you have them. (Open Space will 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.

Parsley Chimaja plant croppedHealthy Hand-Crafted Cocktails:  NEW CLASS!

Upcoming Class Dates: Wednesday September 13, 6pm to 8pm

With Guest Instructor Rhonda Newby-Torres: Hand crafted cocktails are delicious, inventive, and all the rage! Unfortunately, many of the ingredients available on the market are full of high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, dyes and preservatives. In this new class, learn to make your libations healthy and organic by infusing your mixers and liquors with beneficial herbs and natural flavors. Participants will make and take home vitamin-packed Grenadine and beneficial Bitters- 2 essential mixers in any bartender’s apothecary. In addition, participants will sample and learn recipes for several basic infused liquors as well as more complex recipes for a traditional New Mexican Christmas whiskey and homemade Gin. All participants will also receive a Craft Cocktail recipe book with class recipes as well as cocktail suggestions. We will finish the class off with a homemade, healthy cocktail! Participants must be 21 years old or older and have a valid ID during class. Class costs $35 per person (plus tax) including all supplies and is limited to 15 people. To register for this class:
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Join Dara for classes at Plant Healer’s Good Medicine Confluence in Durango, CO

Wednesday June 14- Sunday June 18

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  • Rivers, Restoration, and Hope for Medicine Plants
  • Topics in Wildcrafting (with fellow Herbalist Shana Lipner Grover)
  • Pedicularis: Community Coordinator and Facilitator of Change
  • Drought, Climate Change, and the Future of Medicinal Plants
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For conference information or to register: http://planthealer.org/tickets.html

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