Spring & Summer 2019
Our classes often fill up ahead of time. Please plan ahead and register early. Thank you!
Herbalism Series 1: CLASS IS FULL
Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 21, 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 2 complementary field classes to focus on 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 $190 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.
Herbalism Series 2:
Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesdays August 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24, 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 $190 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 2019: 1 Saturday per month, April-Sept. ~ Winter Session 2019-20: 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 Herbs of New Mexico Field Series: CLASS IS NEARLY FULL
Upcoming Class Dates: Friday May 10 (6-8pm), Saturday May 11 (10am-12), Saturday June 8 (10am-1pm)
This course is a 3 part series, in which you will learn about wild medicinal plants from a variety of habitats in central New Mexico in 1 classroom session and 2 field trips. Through this series we will explore plant communities of the Bosque, the Sandias, and the West Mesa. The classroom session will include discussions on the wild habitat, landscape history, and ecological issues for selected medicinal plants of the 3 regions. The herb walks take place in the wild areas surrounding Albuquerque and focus on plant identification and medicinal plant uses. This class is an excellent companion for the Ecological Herbalism Series (see below). This series costs $85 and space is limited. Registration is required and the classroom session takes place at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE. Get notified when the next session opens for registration.
Urban Medicine Garden:
Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday June 4, 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 space is limited. This class is for continuing Albuquerque Herbalism students only and registration is required. Contact us to register for this session.
Edible and Medicinal Weeds: CLASS IS FULL
Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday June 11, 6-8pm
Gardeners and Herbalists, put those pesky weeds to good use! In this 2 hour class, students will learn about local edible and medicinal weeds commonly found in parks, fields, yards, roadsides, and waste areas of the Albuquerque area. Herb discussions will include identification, harvesting, preparation, herbal actions, and healing or culinary uses for each plant. We will end class with a short neighborhood weed walk to practice ID skills. Class cost is $25 and space is limited. This class takes place at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE and registration is required. Get notified when the next session opens for registration.
Join Us For This Special Summer Solstice Event with the Yerba Mansa Project:
Summer Solstice Medicinal Plants of the Bosque Walk:
Upcoming Dates: Saturday June 22 (6:30-8:30pm)
Join Yerba Mansa Project Director, Dara Saville, for this easy stroll through the Bosque on Summer Solstice weekend. We’ll visit our restoration site to look at the many medicinal plants that make up the Bosque’s rich mosaic. We’ll discuss plant identification, the balance of native and non-native plants, medicinal and edible uses of common plants, and herbal preparations. We’ll also sample a variety of different hand-crafted herbal remedies made from Bosque plants as we meet them. To end our evening, we will walk to a nearby wild Yerba Mansa patch just before sunset. Most importantly, we will enjoy the resounding beauty of the Cottonwood forest and wetland habitats that our treasured riparian habitat offers us everyday. All ages are welcome.
Space is very limited! Register below by paying a suggested donation amount from $25 to $75 per person. This is a fundraising event, the proceeds of which will allow us to continue our restoration work and to continue to provide our many free programs and events for school classrooms and the community. Register via the Yerba Mansa Project website.
Cannabis: Common Uses for Symptom Relief
Upcoming Class Dates: Tuesday August 6, 6pm-8pm
With Instructor Rachel Furnari ~ Cannabis has a multitude of uses, from pain management to skin disorders. Did you know that cannabis has never been proven to kill one person (unlike dangerous pharmaceuticals and/or simple over the counter medications)? When used with intention and guidance along with healthy lifestyle, this medicine can be a safe alternative or complimentary therapy to many common ailments. This class is intended to cover the use of medical cannabis for chronic pain, anxiety, and chronic stress. Come join the discussion in a safe environment with like-minded souls! 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:
Bosque Restoration Field Day: Saturday September 14, 9am to 12 noon ~ FREE EVENT with 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.
An Albuquerque Herbalism Class offered through the University of New Mexico’s Continuing Education Holistic Health Program:
Ecological Herbalism Series:
Upcoming Dates: Mondays September 9, 16, 23, 30 (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. Click here to register via UNM Continuing Education.
Join Albuquerque Herbalism Instructors for Classes at the Good Medicine Confluence in Durango, CO, May 15-19:
Dara: Native Plant Identification Walk + Desert Aromatics + Old World Herbs in the American West + The Wisdom of Plants
Rachel: Industrial and Medicinal Uses of Hemp + Cannabis Nurse: Kindness Medicine
Angie: When Plants Are Abused + No, You Aren’t Crazy
For conference details and registration: http://planthealer.org/intro.html