Summer & Fall 2018
Our classes often fill up ahead of time. Please plan ahead and register early. Thank you!
Herbalism Series 1:
Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 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. 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. To register for this class:
Herbalism Series 2: No Prior Classes Required – CLASS IS NEARLY FULL
Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesdays July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28, Sept. 4, 11, 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 $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:
Advanced Herbalists Group:
Upcoming Class Dates: Summer Session 2018: 1 Saturday per month, April-Sept. ~ Winter Session 2018-19: 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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Wild Food Foraging Series: CLASS IS FULL
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-Torres ~ 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 and registration is required. 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. Get notified when the next session opens for registration.
Hand-Crafted Herbal Cocktails: CLASS IS NEARLY FULL
Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday July 28, 6pm-8pm
With 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 including all supplies and space is limited. Registration is required and class takes place at The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd. SE. To register for this class:
Botanical Dreaming I:
Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday August 25, 10am-2pm (Also see below: Botanical Dreaming II on Oct. 27)
With Instructor Angie True ~ Botanical dreamwork is a practice of remembering and honoring the places where the wild within and the wild without intersect. Helping us to drink more deeply from the powerful underground currents each of us contains, certain common plants have the uncanny ability to bring forth bubbling springs of vividly illuminating images, while others provide protection or speak to specific types of questions. In the first portion of this workshop we will explore ways of supporting truly restful sleep, conditions that can interfere with sleep as well as dreaming and developing or enriching a daily dreaming practice. Next we will work with a selection of classical dreaming herbs, all of which grow or can be grown locally. Each student will take home their own personalized dreaming tea blend and wildcrafted dream pouch, as well as a sample dreaming salve. This workshop establishes the foundations of a healthy dreamlife, which is in turn necessary to working with the more advanced dreaming herbs in the second workshop. Choose this half-day class only for $55 or register for both Botanical Dreaming I and II for a discounted $100 (with all supplies included). See below for Botanical Dreaming II description. Space is limited. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE.
To register for both Botanical Dreaming I and II:
Bosque Restoration Field Day: Saturday September 15, 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.
Cannabis: Holistic Balance
Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday September 25, 6pm-8pm
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:
Botanical Dreaming II: Botanical Dreaming I (see above) is recommended
Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday October 27, 10am to 2pm.
With Instructor Angie True ~ In this class we begin to further explore where different types of dream-inducing herbs and elements may take us, and how to negotiate this both human and more-than-human territory. Here in this rich underworld we may be visited by powerful animals, beautiful strangers or familiar terrors and we sit with them, we host them, we listen to the healing messages they bring. In this workshop we will cover intermediate dreaming topics and techniques, including ways to increase your dreaming, dreaming for specific situations, ethics and safety around using herbal oneirogens – or dream-inducing plants – and crafting a sustainable dreaming lifestyle. Also covered is how to work with certain kinds of dreams that are crucial to a healthy and creative life, including nightmares, bereavement dreams and dreams that may warn of illness. Next we will work with a selection of powerful herbal oneirogens. Each student will develop their own plant dream incubation and custom oneirogenic formula, along with a dreamwork primer and the opportunity to continue botanical dreamwork in small groups beyond. Choose this half-day class only for $55 or register for both Botanical Dreaming I and II for a discounted $100 (with all supplies included). See above for Botanical Dreaming I description. Space is limited. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE.
To register for Botanical Dreaming II only:
Body Bliss: Herbal Gift Making
Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday November 3, 10am to 2:30pm
Make your own hand-made gifts for the holiday season or pamper yourself by making your own herbal skin care products. Come learn about herbs for healthy glowing skin and make your own luscious body butter, facial cleanser, aftershave, foot and body scrub, and fizzy bath bombs. Take home all of the pampering delights we make in class and get ready to make gifts for yourself and friends. This half-day class costs $70 with all supplies included and space is limited. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE. To register for this class:
Kitchen Cosmetics: Skin Creams, Lip Balms, & More:
Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday December 4, 6pm to 8pm
Make your own moisturizing skin cream and healing lip balm and learn how to infuse them with herbs, customized for your needs. Plus we’ll make an additional surprise body product recipe that I know you will love. This is a fun hands-on class and students will take home what we make. The cost is $35, which includes all supplies. Space is limited. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE. To register for this class:
An Albuquerque Herbalism Class offered through the University of New Mexico’s Continuing Education Holistic Health Program:
Ecological Herbalism Series:
Upcoming Dates: Mondays Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 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 here via the UNM Continuing Ed website.