Current and Upcoming Herb Classes

 Fall & Winter 2017-2018

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 Oct 10, 17, 21, 24, Nov 7, 14, 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 in the wilds 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 $160 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 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: NEXT 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.   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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Botanical Dreaming: NEW CLASS!

Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday October 28, 10am to 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 enrollment is limited. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE.  To register for this class:

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Body Bliss: Herbal Gift Making

Upcoming Class Dates:  Saturday November 4, 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 enrollment is limited. This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE.  To register for this class:

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Kitchen CosmeticsSkin Creams, Lip Balms, & More:

Upcoming Class Dates: Saturday December 2, 10am to 12 noon

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.  Enrollment is limited.  This class takes place at The Source at 1111 Carlisle SE.  To register for this class:

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Medicinal Cannabis Education: FREE CLASS!

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

With Instructor Rachel Furnari ~ 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 takes place at The Taylor Ranch Library. Please RSVP as space is limited. (Photo courtesy: growweedeasy.com)

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Herbs for Cold and Flu Season:

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!

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. 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:

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.  Registration coming soon via the UNM 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.