Herbal Events Calendar

Welcome to the AHG Calendar of Herbal Events.  If you have an event that you think would be of interest to our members and those who visit this website, send a description and contact information to specialprojects@americanherbalistsguild.com

ACHS Webinar: Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Memory Retention
Offered by: ACHS President and Founder Dorene Petersen
When: June 29, 2016

In this webcast with Dorene, founder and President of American College of Healthcare Sciences, and a renowned aromatherapy expert, you’ll learn about developing research on essential oils, specifically:

  • black pepper Piper nigrum
  • coriander Coriandrum sativum
  • clove Syzygium aromaticum
  • Spanish sage Salvia lavandulifolia
  • Greek sage Salvia fruticosa
  • lavender Lavandula angustifolia
  • rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis

June 29 at 4 p.m. Pacific time

Price: $100 (members receive 50% discount with code AHG6816)

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aromatherapy-essential-oils-for-memory-rete...

Herb Camp for Kids
Offered by: Centro Ashé
July 1, 2016 to July 22, 2016

Centro Ashé invites youth ages 7-11 to join us for this hands on class that includes explorations of various medicinal plants, plant identification and field walks on the farm, herbal activities including medicine making, herbal gardening, arts and crafts and more! This is a wonderful opportunity for kids and parents alike to connect with local plants!

We ask kids below the age of 8 to have a chaperone during class. Each child should come prepared for weather and the outdoors, and bring a water bottle and snack if needed.

Dates: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2016
Time: 9 am to 12 noon
Price: $ 108 per child for four classes including all materials ($ 78 for additional children in immediate family)

Location: Centro Ashé Farm, Bryans Road, MD

- Rebecca Cecere Seward (Prickly Pear Produce): babysitter, lifeguard, vegetable grower, and plant educator. She is looking forward to share some plant knowledge and wonder with herbal kids!
- Molly Meehan (Centro Ashé Herbs & Education): herbalist, gardener, and plant and people lover. Keeping the knowledge of our food, herbal medicine, seeds, and our healing traditions alive and vital within our communities, is her passion. Molly has worked extensively at kids camps and providing kids programming throughout her career.

Space is limited, we encourage you to sign up soon!

To register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/herb-camp-for-kids.html

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org
Grassroots Herbal Apprenticeship Program Year 1
Offered by: Centro Ashé
July 9, 2016 to October 30, 2016

Centro Ashé is dedicated to putting herbal medicine in the hands of the people. Explore folk herbalism from various traditions and understand nature’s ability to support our health, strength, and vitality in our Herbal Apprenticeship Program. It includes herbal fundamentals, North American and Mid-Atlantic medicinal plants (and others), practical and therapeutic applications of herbs, herbal preparations and medicine making, harvesting and wild crafting plants, permaculture and herbal gardening, herbal energetics and more. A strong sense of social, racial, healthy, economic and environmental justice is integral to our program.

- Herbal Healing Traditions
- Kitchen Herbalism
- Social, Environmental and Economic Justice in Herbalism and Healthcare
- Medicinal Plants and Plant Walks!
- Fermentation
- Nourishing Herbs
- Herbal Gardening & Permaculture
- Herbal Therapeutics
- Flower Essences
- Doctrine of Signatures
- Herbal Actions, Tastes, & Energetics
- Botany & Herbal Plant ID
- Herbal Medicine Making
- Herbal Body Care
- Nutritional Healing
- Herbal First Aid
- Grassroots Herbalism and Social Change
- Intro to the Herbal Apothecary
- Introduction to Ayurveda
​- And more!

The Grassroots Herbal Apprenticeship Program is:
- For individuals with an interest in herbal and nutritional wellness and self care. 
- Focused on empowering participants with basic knowledge and information on holistic health and self care.
- Taught by skilled herbalists in areas of holistic health, herbs, nutrition, energy healing and more.
- Designed to give you practical skills as well as basic theoretical background on how to incorporate holistic wellness into your life, how to incorporate herbs into your diet and how to make basic herbal remedies.
- A great way to gain a better understanding of herbs and medicinal plants, to refine your knowledge moving from a more mechanistic approach of "this  herb is for this issue" instead toward looking at patterns, interrelationships, and systems of the body and their relationship with herbs, a more holistic view.

- Molly Meehan of Centro Ashé
- Ayo Ngozi, Clinical Herbalist
- Karen Culpeper
- Holly Poole Kavana of Little Red Bird Botanicals
- Suzanna Stone

July 9-10, August 6-7, September 17-18, October 1-2, October 29-30, 2016

Herbalists who complete our program receive a beautiful Certificate of Completion which documents the amount of hours of our program as well as the subject matter. Our first year program is geared towards beginners, in the second year we lay a more firm foundation and in depth knowledge.

Program takes place at Centro Ashé Farm, Bryans Road, MD.

For prices, partial work trade options and to register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/maryland-herbal-school--centro-asheacute-grass...

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org
Herbal First Aid Class
Offered by: Centro Ashé
When: July 17, 2016

Join Centro Ashé for this class learning about all things herbal first aid! We will go through and learn herbal strategies for various common first aid needs including everything from bumps and bruises to vomiting and nausea and so much more! We will teach you how to assemble your very own herbal first aid kid, and teach you practical applications, dosing and considerations. You'll leave feeling prepared to create a kit to have around the house or perfect for packing on your next adventure!

Time: 12 noon - 4 pm
Price: $ 30 per person

Location: Centro Ashé Farm, Bryans Road, MD

To register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/herbal-first-aid-workshop-at-centro-asheacute....

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org
Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Offered by: Centro Ashé
August 13, 2016 to October 10, 2016

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course is a training program that utilizes the teachings of Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Design System based on the study of nature and design systems implemented by indigenous and land based communities over thousands of years. The goal is to achieve a basic working understanding in ecologically-based planning, site design and management. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Permaculture principles, applications and design practices.

Key skills and proficiencies learned include: composting, soil management, animal systems, natural building, implementation planning, concept and detail drawings, botany, propagation, food forests and orchards, native plants, integrated pest and weed management, planning food security, small crop production, storing and preserving crops, wild foods and restoration ecology, seed saving, biochar, and much more!

Who should take this course: everyone! Urban and rural homesteaders, gardeners, farmers, those interested in integrating permaculture into their careers, real estate, construction and development professionals, teachers and educators, planners and public officials, and all those interested in more sustainable holistic system designs.

Teacher of this PDC course is Eric Kelly, a lifelong, avid naturalist and outdoorsman, and certified Permaculture designer and PDC course instructor. He is the founder of Charm City Farms, LLC, an initiative in Baltimore to turn unused urban spaces and vacant lots into productive, food bearing gardens which both serve and engage local communities while bridging food gaps. Eric also founded Foragers of Baltimore, and Baltimore Bushcraft and Primitive Skills, through which he regularly teaches a variety of local workshops and classes.

Dates: August 13-15, September 3-5, October 8-10, 2016

Location: Centro Ashé Farm, Bryans Road, MD

For prices, work trade options and to register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/maryland-permaculture-design-course.html

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org
Wilderness Herbal First Responder with Sam Coffman
Offered by: CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism
August 15, 2016 to August 24, 2016

We’re thrilled to have Sam Coffman, founder of The Human Path and Herbal Medics, back in the Boston area for another Wilderness First Responder certification course – this time taught in Royalston, MA at the school property just 90 minutes out of Boston.

Sam will be offering the Wilderness Herbal First Responder course. This includes a W(H)FR certification (WFR plus the extra herbal medicine component) through The Human Path, as well as an additional WFA certification through ECSI.

The program will be based at our school retreat property in Royalston, MA. Camping is available free of charge.

The program will take place Monday, August 15th – Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, from 9 – 5 each day, inclusive of the weekend. Most materials will be provided, though a list of things you might like to have, such as notebook, camera, fixed-blade knife, etc, as well as your camping gear, will be sent out closer to the time. Meals are not provided, though there is an outdoor kitchen available for your use and there will likely be some pre-workshop food coordination among the participants. Please note, our space is strictly gluten and dairy free, please do not bring gluten and dairy items into our kitchen or eating areas.

The WHFR is taught both from the perspective of pure wilderness first aid techniques as well as being able to successfully rely on and work with plant medicine – both in the local ecosystem and using self-prepared herbs from elsewhere around the world. The WHFR covers the following subjects and more – all subjects contain orthodox, wilderness first responder treatment as well as the use of botanical medicine (internally and externally). Exercises and scenarios put every subject to the test for all students.

Unlike other WFR programs, this program will include an online video component to be studied before the program starts to familiarize you with many of the ideas and techniques that will be taught in the program – this will give you a head start! The more times you see a skill and practice it, the easier it will be for you: we recommend that you spend some time with these videos both before the program for familiarity and after the program for skill drill practice. These are provided with no extra charge.

  •     Field and urban hygiene and sanitation
  •     Sports medicine injury testing and care, short-term and long-term: Dislocations, partial and    complete connective tissue tears, fractures
  •     Immediate and long-term wound care in the field, including assessing and managing trauma from head to toe and wound and infection management
  •     Bandaging and splinting using minimal equipment
  •     Environmental injuries
  •     Bone and soft-tissue trauma
  •     Moving and transporting injured, including long-range evacuation and survival basics and considerations: stretchers, travois, carries, water rescue
  •     Setting up a post-disaster clinic in remote and urban environments
  •     Shock
  •     Burns
  •     Acute infectious diseases – viral, bacterial, protozoan and helminthic, including gastrointestinal, urinary tract, respiratory tract, and skin
  •     Chronic illnesses in the field, including type 1 and 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular-related illness, arthritis, digestive issues (GERD, Uulcers, IBS, etc.), depression and emotional issues, and COPD
  •     Herbal medicine making and appropriate use
  •     Scenario activities to practice the skills learned

The cost for the program is $800, plus an $80 fee for the ECSI book, certificate, and filing for WFA certification through ECSI. There is not a separate fee for the W(H)FR registration, as that goes through Sam’s own school. Together, that’s a total of $880. Materials (except your knife and personal items) will be covered in the cost, but meals are not provided.

Also included in the price is a copy of William Forgey’s book Wilderness Medicine, as well as a copy of Sam Coffman’s book The Herbal Medic. Everyone will also take home at least one tincture, at least one salve and at least one syrup that we’ll make in class.

A deposit of $300 is required to hold your space in the program; after March 1, the deposit is non-refundable. Because there will be a waiting list for this program, we will require the remainder be paid in full by July 15; this way we will have time to let folks on the waiting list know if there are any spots that become available.

We will cap this program at 22 participants.

Growing Herbs for Medicine and for Sale
Offered by: Centro Ashé
When: August 20, 2016

Habanera Farm sits on 21 acres on the eastern shore of Maryland, just minutes from the Whitehaven Ferry and the Wicomico River. Experience what it is to be part of the land and join us on a tour on this working medicinal plant farm and their processing facility used to produce incredible medicinal teas. We will explore herbal farming and what being a production oriented medicinal plant grower entails in the state of Maryland. Habanera Farm is the first licensed herbal tea processor and producer in Maryland and has been growing and blending since 2007. It added the nation’s first solar thermal herb dryer in 2011 to produce the teas in an energy efficient and responsible way.

Time: 9.30 am to 3.30 pm
Price: $ 55 per person

Location: Habanera Farm, Tyaskin, MD

From DC area we will carpool from location in Annapolis leaving at 7.00 am. Send us an email if you like to carpool.

To register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/growing-herbs-for-medicine--for-sale.html

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org
Foraging and Wildcrafting Food, Medicine, Herbs
Offered by: Centro Ashé
When: August 21, 2016

During this practical class we will explore our wild plant ID, foraging basics for food and medicine, processing for safety and/or flavor and/or digestion, some do's and don’ts, mushroom hunting (depending on rainfall), plants for material and other uses, and so much more! This class will meet at Centro Ashé Farm and we will visit various local parks throughout the day.

Your teacher for this day is Eric Kelly, a lifelong, avid naturalist and outdoorsman, and certified Permaculture designer and Permaculture Design Course instructor. He is the founder of Charm City Farms, LLC, an initiative in Baltimore to turn unused urban spaces and vacant lots into productive, food bearing gardens which both serve and engage local communities while bridging food gaps. Eric also founded Foragers of Baltimore, and Baltimore Bushcraft and Primitive Skills, through which he regularly teaches a variety of local workshops and classes.

Time: 9 am to 4.30 pm
Price: $ 55 per person

Location: Centro Ashé Farm, Bryans Road, MD

To register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/foraging--wildcrafting-for-food--medicine-work...

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org
MidAmerica Herbal Symposium
September 16, 2016 to September 18, 2016

Explore the plants of Southeastern Minnesota at the
MidAmerica Herbal Symposium
The Midwest’s best herb gathering…

September 16, 17, 18, 2016 @ picturesque Whitewater State Park

Herbal Practitioners like Phyllis D Light, Christopher Hobbs, Julia Hoffman Graves, and David Christopher will share with you their knowledge and use of the plants through their many decades of clinical experience.
Other local Midwest Herbal Clinicians will be gifting you with more plant wisdom.
Registration is open and space is limited.  Enjoy September in Minnesota!

Phone: (507) 474-9970
For more information, visit: http://www.midamericasymposium.com
Chesapeake Herb Gathering
Offered by: Centro Ashé
September 24, 2016 to September 25, 2016

The Chesapeake Herb Gathering is an annual event organized by Centro Ashé bringing together intergenerational herbal, land-based, and healing communities to celebrate our stories, our knowledge, our culture and traditions.

Enjoy a weekend of workshops, plant walks, youth activities, community artwork, social justice, artisans market, campfire, and community connections with local herbalists, teachers, clinicians, healers, botanists, farmers, birth keepers, medicine makers, rootworkers, artists, homesteaders, community organizations and much more! This is a family friendly event so bring the youth and elders!

Location: Piscataway Indian Cultural Center, Waldorf, MD

To register, visit:

For more information, visit: http://www.chesapeakeherbgathering.com
Intro to Herbal Medicine Series
Offered by: Centro Ashé
October 5, 2016 to October 19, 2016

This three part series will include a foundational background in herbalism and medicinal herbal preparations including tinctures, oils, salves and more! We'll explore how to incorporate herbal medicine in our daily lives. We will go through folk medicine making techniques and students will have an opportunity to learn how to create their own herbal medicine. In this fun class you will use simple recipes to make home and body products that are good for your health, good for the earth, and great for your budget. Best of all - they will be easy to follow and simple to make at home! This is a great class to take before holiday season comes around for awesome and wholesome handmade gifts.

Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 2016
Time: 5.30 to 7.30 pm
Price: $ 75 for three classes
Instructor: Molly Meehan

Location: Emergence Community Arts Collective, Washington, DC

To register, visit:

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org
Herbal Medicine Making Workshop
Offered by: Centro Ashé
When: October 16, 2016

This class will be a hands on day including a herbal plant walk around the farm, a foundational background in herbalism and medicinal herbal preparations including tincture making as well as medicine making, medicinal oil and salves. We will go through folk medicine making techniques and students will have an opportunity to create their own medicine. Each student will leave with their own tincture and salve, an incredible beginning to a herbal medicine kit!

Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Price: $ 55
Instructor: Molly Meehan

Location: Centro Ashé Farm, Bryans Road, MD

To register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/herbal-medicine-making-workshop-at-centro-ashe...

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org
The Art of Pleasure Medicine Retreat
Offered by: Centro Ashé
November 21, 2016 to November 28, 2016

The Art of Pleasure Medicine Retreat is a week of gratitude and self-care. In this all natural retreat you will be making your own body care products, herbal jewelry, natural plant dyes, chocolate from locally grown cacao, and natural incense and paper. Also you will be sipping Sweet Medicine cocktails, hiking to waterfalls, learning about indigenous bush plant medicine, yoni steaming, visiting the local farmers market, receiving a herbal body oil massage, doing a Caribbean cooking class and more!

The retreat takes place in and around Manzanillo and Puerto Viejo, small villages on the stunning jungle-lined South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/the-art-of-pleasure-medicine-retreat-in-costa-...

Cost: $1308 shared room, includes all materials
Instructor: Ayo Ngozi

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/
Doula Training
Offered by: Centro Ashé
January 11, 2017 to January 18, 2017

The Doula Training is designed to give you the tools necessary to provide physical, emotional and informational support to birthing families; whether they are birthing in a hospital, birth center or home. We will co-create a space to explore ways to reclaim and preserve traditional birthing practices within this modern birth culture.

Topics we will explore: honoring the legacy of grand midwives; creating a sacred birthing space; comfort measures from around the world including aromatherapy, acupressure, rebozo, herbology, homeopathy and more; the business side of being a doula; visualizations and meditations for sacred birthing; how to facilitate a birth blessingway; whole body health during pregnancy; normal physiological labor; common medical interventions and how to help when they are needed; positive and effective communication; birth plan preparation; linkage to community resources; facilitate communication between mother and partner/family and medical personnel; infant care education and support;  motivating and supporting women in breastfeeding; perinatal mood disorder screening; and much more!

The training is offered by Nilajah Brown who has been serving pregnant families for over 20 years and brings a wealth of traditional birthing wisdom from African, Caribbean and Native American cultures. Reclaiming pregnancy and childbirth as a sacred rite of passage is her life's work and passion.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/doula-training-in-costa-rica.html

Cost: $1558 shared room
Instructor: Nilajah Brown from The Birth Well

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/
Plant Spirit Herbalism Retreat
Offered by: Centro Ashé
February 22, 2017 to February 28, 2017

Learn about the spiritual side of plants in this week-long retreat on the stunning jungle-lined South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica!

On the program: plant spirit healing; bush medicine and plants for spiritual use; energy anatomy and plant allies (protector plants); plant communication (sensory awareness and felt sensation); traditional BriBri Awa storytelling and chocolate; medicine for pleasure; ancestral healing ceremony; hike to BriBri waterfalls; indigenous plant medicine and chocolate; how we sit with the earth (seven sacred directions); flower, plant and gem essences; energetic hygiene and plant spirit bathing, traditional Caribbean cooking class; Puerto Viejo farmers market (meet local farmers, see local tropical produce); and much more!

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/plant-spirit-herbalism-retreat-in-costa-rica.html

Cost: $1675
Instructor: Lupo Passero

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/
Tropical Herbal Apprenticeship
Offered by: Centro Ashé
April 20, 2017 to May 18, 2017

Join us in the tiny beach village of Manzanillo for a month exploring tropical herbal medicine, where the jungle meets the Caribbean Sea. It’s an amazing opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the local culture and to explore plant medicine while surrounded by natural beauty. This program focuses on providing a strong foundation in folk herbal medicine, and includes an engaging balance between field studies to local indigenous and traditional herbalists and farms, practical and theoretical classes at our center, and time working with the plants in our gardens. You will stay at our rustic group Caribbean Cabina located in the heart of Manzanillo, just one block from the beach! Staying in a private room in a nearby hotel is also possible. The activities take place in the weekdays, the weekends are off to give you the opportunity to explore the local area. We accept only a limited number of apprentices per session, so we encourage you to reach out if you are interested!

For more information and to register, visit:

Cost: $2888 (shared room in rustic cabina) or $3650 (private hotel room), includes local transport to field studies, housing, and three meals daily Monday-Friday
Instructor: Molly Meehan

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/
© Copyright 2016 American Herbalists Guild • All Rights Reserved • Contact Us