Current and Upcoming Herb Classes

 Spring & Summer 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: CLASS IS FULL

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. Get notified when the next session opens for registration.

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Herbalism Series 2: No Prior Classes Required

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

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Local Medicinal Weeds: CLASS IS FULL

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. Get notified when the next session opens for registration.

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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.

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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. Registration is required and classroom sessions take place at  The Source , 1111 Carlisle SE.  To register for this class:
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Urban Medicine Garden:

Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday June 5, 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 and registration is required. Please contact instructor to register.

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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-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.

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Hand-Crafted Herbal Cocktails:

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 (plus tax) 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:
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Passionflower profileBotanical Dreaming:

Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday August 25, 10am-2pm

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 the 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 dream salve. This half-day class costs $55 with all supplies included and space is limited. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE.  To register for this class:
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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:
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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 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 mesa country, the Chihuahua Desert, the riparian valley, and the mountains.  Registration coming soon via the UNM Continuing Ed 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)

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