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

Grassroots Herbal Apprenticeship Year 2
Offered by: Centro Ashé Community Herbal Center
When: June 24, 2017 to October 15, 2017

This program offers our community a chance to explore folk herbalism with a second year that is meant to deepen our practice of herbalism. Participants must have either completed our first year of the Grassroots Herbal and Holistic Wellness Program, or have a strong foundation in herbalism.  During our Grassroots Herbal Program, we build cooperatively to keep the knowledge of our food, herbal medicine,  seeds, and our healing traditions alive and vital within our communities.

Birthkeeper Apprenticeship
Offered by: Centro Ashé Community Herbal Center
When: July 1, 2017 to October 2, 2017

Birthkeepers Apprenticeship, a program designed to support mamas, new or expecting parents, babies, birthkeepers and workers and all those who support the birth process to explore together.  Participants will receive their Doula Certification via the Birth Well during the first portion of the course, and then will go on to receive in depth classes as well as develop skills to support mamas, babies, birth and beyond!

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/birthkeeper.html
Grassroots Herbal Apprenticeship Year 1
Offered by: Centro Ashé Community Herbal Center
When: July 8, 2017 to October 29, 2017

Community based herbal program - we're dedicated to putting herbal medicine in the hands of the people!  This program offers our community a chance to explore folk herbalism from various traditions, and to understand natures ability to support our health, strength, and vitality.  The series is an introduction and 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.

Foundations in Western Herbalism 300 Hour Course
Offered by: Herbal Wisdom Institute
When: September 5, 2017 to August 2, 2018

The Foundations in Western Herbalism course offers 300 hours of classroom and field study instruction along with experiential projects designed to develop and strengthen your unique herbalism gifts and talents.

Course Topics

  • Herbal Medicine Introduction
  • Plant Identification and Botany
  • Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology
  • Pharmacology & Formulary
  • Medicinal application by Body System
  • Plant Spirit Medicine
  • Herbs of the Desert
  • Wildcrafting / Foraging
  • Gardening, Harvesting & Preparations
  • Medicine Making
  • Herbal Medicine Systems around the world
  • Business Development for Herbal Advancement
  • Community education
  • Working knowledge of approximately 150 herbs
  • Field Study and Internship experiences
  • Clinical Internship program (optional add-on)


The herbalist certification course is designed to give you a strong foundation of the historical and contemporary use of herbs, laws and regulations governing herbal medicine, business development for the herbalist, and effective preparation and formulation of herbal medicine to be used in clinical practice.

Phone: (928) 227-2760
Into the Wild: A Wise Woman Herbal Gathering
Offered by: Celebrate Your Existence Coaching and Retreats
When: September 22, 2017 to September 24, 2017

Into the Wild is a weekend in the woods, honoring the traditions of the wise woman and exploring the healing power of nature and herbs. We come together as mothers, daughters, nature lovers and healers to experience the joy and wonder of the wild. As a community of women, we gather to celebrate, share, learn and reconnect to our own creativity and wisdom.

The conference-style agenda includes workshops and several activities:
-An Herbal Tea Party and Opening Ceremony
-Herbs for Stress (led by Holli Richey, LCSW, RH)
-Forest Bathing (led by Holli Richey, LCSW, RH)
-Medicine Making Basics (led by Lauren Haynes, owner of Wooden Spoon Herbs)
-Wildflower Folklore (led by Naturalist, Ila Hatter)
-Cherokee Plant Medicine (led by Naturalist, Ila Hatter)
-Wildcrafting Walkabout (led by Naturalist, Ila Hatter)
-Fire Circle, Yoga, Forest-inspired Crafts and Community Meals

Location: Camp Woodmont, 381 Moonlight Dr. Cloudland, GA (Lookout Mountain)

Registration is $179 for camping or $189 for shared cabin option. Meals are included.

Phone: (931) 629-6694
The Medicine of Aspen Tree
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: September 24, 2017

Sunday September 24th, 2-4pm

Fall is right around the corner and what better time to get acquainted with one of Colorado's native keystone species, the Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides).
Autumn is a time when the Aspen shines, reminding us to let go of what doesn't serve us and return to our authentic selves and our roots.

This class will take place under an aspen grove where participants will get to experience its medicine first hand! We will discuss the chemical constituents and actions of Aspen medicine, try a few different medicines made with the aspen, discuss its role in the ecosystem, threats facing it with climate change (Sudden Aspen Decline) and how to make medicine with respect to the forest and plants health. 

Lastly we will meditate with the Aspen and participants will leave with a deeper connection to it's medicine as well as a deeper understanding of themselves. 

Details of what we will explore;
Chemical constituents & actions of Aspen's medicine (We will try firsthand its medicine & experience its actions!). 
Aspen's ecosystem impact as a keystone species and how it shapes the forest as well get up close and see how climate change is affecting our local Aspen populations (Sudden Aspen Decline, insects, pathogens). 
How to ethically & respectfully make medicine with different parts of the tree
Meditate underneath the canopy of Aspens and gain direct insight from the species itself to help us bloom to be the best we can be!

Taught by Staff member and aspen admirer Sheehan Meagher

Cost: $10

Class limit is 12 people so sign up early to claim your spot. https://goldenpoppyherbs.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentTy...

For more information, visit: http://www.goldenpoppyherbs.com/classes
Health & the Chakras - Root Chakra
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: September 30, 2017

A series on healing at every level using the chakras as an energetic framework
Saturday September 30th  2-4pm

In Ayurveda, the chakras are energy centers located in our bodies that each govern different aspects of our life; from our sense of self worth to our connection with a higher purpose, the chakras have long been used to help describe some of the multitudes of ways we interact with the world around us.

When looked at from different perspectives, we can see that the chakras can correlate not only to our energetic/emotional/psychological being, but also to our physical selves in a very real manner.

By using the chakra system as a framework, we can address the many aspects of health from multiple levels and angles.

This class series will be an exploration of how the chakras correspond not only to our more subtle selves, but also to our very real and physical selves, and how we can use this framework to achieve greater overall health and well being.

As we move through the series, addressing one chakra at a time, you will learn about herbs, nutrients, essential oils, and other natural health modalities that correspond to the individual chakras and how to use them.

You will leave each class with at least one remedy or recipe to take home and begin using right away.

You do not have to take every class in the series to benefit from this work, but just image how healthy you would be if you did!

Taught by Owner & Clinical Herbalist Sarah Josey

Cost: classes are $20/class, sign up for the whole series and get one class free.

Class size is limited to 18 so you must pre-register to hold your spot:
https://goldenpoppyherbs.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentTy...

For more information, visit: http://www.goldenpoppyherbs.com/classes
Dyeing Fibers with Mushrooms
Offered by: Midwest Women’s Herbal
When: October 5, 2017 to October 6, 2017

If the Colonists had known about this, they wouldn't have wasted their time with Poke Berries! Mushrooms aren't just for eating: Certain types of fungi contain the chemistry necessary to provide unique color as pigment or dye. In this two day workshop you will learn which kinds work and are considered permanent colors. This workshop is an interactive activity and all participants will be expected to participate cooperatively to do the dyeing of yarns on both days. We will be working with yarns of wool and a few other fibers. Participants will take home approximately a pound of samples from all of the beautifully dyed yarns!

Mary Scott has been teaching fiber-related classes for over 30 years and is the owner of Serendipity Farm's Studio in Florida. Her interest in dyeing has lead to cultural experiences with members of an international organization devoted to experimentation and educated study of mushrooms that produce color for dye.

Workshop is limited to 24 participants so register early!

Phone: (920) 452-4372
For more information, visit: http://www.midwestwomensherbal.com/
Mycelium Mysteries: Women’s Mushroom Retreat
Offered by: Midwest Women’s Herbal
When: October 6, 2017 to October 8, 2017

A unique women’s mushroom retreat - with workshops on wild mushroom gathering and identification, fungal ecology, mushroom medicine & nutrition, ethnomycology, women's roles in the herstory of fungi and more - held at Camp Helen Brachman in Almond, Wisconsin.

Phone: (920) 452-4372
Essential Oils for Immune Health
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: October 7, 2017

Saturday October 7th 2-4pm

From Oregano oil to Thieves, the use of essential oils for boosting your immune health and preventing illnesses abound.

This informative and hands-on class will take you through some of the essential oils that can be used to both prevent and reduce illness.

You will gain a deeper understanding of how the specific oils work and the best ways to use them.

During class you will be able to formulate and take home your very own blend of pure essential oils to use all during the cold and flu season.

Taught by staff aromatherapist Leesa Balik

Cost $30

Class size is limited to 14, you must pre-register to hold your spot:
https://goldenpoppyherbs.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentTy...

Phone: (970) 682-4373
For more information, visit: http://www.goldenpoppyherbs.com/
Beyond the Basics: Herbal Energetics - Moistening Herbs
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: October 8, 2017

Sunday October 8th 2-3:30pm

It’s time to go Beyond the Basics.

For several years our community classes have focused on introducing the world of herbalism to those new to the craft. However, the time has come to step beyond the beginning and into a slightly deeper spectrum.

This class is a continuation of our series on the Energetics of Herbalism. Herbal Energetics are one of the foundational principles of understanding and working with herbs, and give insight to how herbs are different than conventional medicine. In order to grasp how herbs work in the body, having a foundational comprehension of herbal energetics is key.

If you are someone who has been using herbs for a little while and are ready to deepen your body of knowledge, or looking for a refresher class this is the series for you!

While this class series will not build upon itself, meaning you don’t need to take the one before it in order to take the one currently being offered, it is part of a complete body of knowledge.

Taught by Staff Botanical Herbalist and director of the Equinox Center of Herbal Studies (ECOHS) Laura Cascardi
Cost $10

Class size is limited to 16, you must pre-register to hold your spot:
https://goldenpoppyherbs.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentTy...

Phone: (970) 682-4373
For more information, visit: http://www.goldenpoppyherbs.com/
The Five Flavors of Herbs
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: October 11, 2017

Wednesday October 11th  6:30pm

A journey through the 5 flavors & their actions on the human body.

Do you find yourself craving sweets? How about salty foods?

Food is a great way to nourish and bring balance to our bodies and being aware of our food cravings can help us recognize imbalance in the body and how to properly realign.

In this class we will explore the 5 flavors (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, acrid/pungent/spicy) from the perspective of oriental medicine in a sensory experience that’s fun for all walks of life.

According to ancient oriental medicine each of the five flavors corresponded to a different organ in our bodies.

We will try different preparations from each of the 5 flavors, discuss the science behind actions and feel its effects on our bodies first hand!!

After the class participants will have a better understanding of using food as medicine and may become better cooks.

Taught by staff member Sheehan Meagher

Cost: donation based, offer what you can to the teacher for their time

Class size is limited to 20 so you must pre-register to hold your spot:
https://goldenpoppyherbs.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentTy...

Phone: (970) 682-4373
For more information, visit: http://www.goldenpoppyherbs.com/
Phytomedica: Theory and Practice of Herbal Medicine
Offered by: Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM)
When: October 12, 2017 to June 29, 2018

The new Phytomedica program is an integrated approach to the use of nutrition, herbal medication, and preventative medicine in clinical practice, drawing upon several traditions and aspects of medicine, including Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, Western herbal medicine, and clinical nutrition. The program is divided into fourteen primary modules, each of which details a specific area of clinical work such as gastroenterology, immunology, anti-aging, and cancer. Each module provides a detailed anatomical and physiological review of each body system, traditional medical perspectives on each system, and a review of medical and holistic treatment protocols for specific health issues. Based on 20+ years of clinical experience, the Phytomedica program provides a solid foundation for anyone wishing to establish or enhance their clinical practice. The Phytomedica program is a prerequisite to the full Mentorship program offered at the DSBM.

Instructor: Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH(AHG), CAP(NAMA)

Dates: Thursdays, 11am-3pm Pacific; Oct 12 - Dec 21 2017, and March 1 - June 29 2018

About the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine: https://dogwoodbotanical.com/FAQ

Food As Medicine Online Learning Program
Offered by: Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM)
When: October 13, 2017 to June 29, 2018

The Food As Medicine online learning program is based upon and expanded from the best-selling book Food As Medicine, providing for a highly detailed and comprehensive approach to the subject of nutrition. Based on 25 years of consciously using food as a therapeutic and preventative tool, Todd Caldecott provides a perspective of time-tested truths and traditional knowledge from all over the world, supported by and augmented by the latest medical research. Not beholden to any dietary dogma, nor relying upon a “one-size-fits-all” or “paint-by-number” approach, Food As Medicine provides the knowledge and tools you need to be an effective clinician. This sixteen part Food As Medicine program begins with a review of digestive health, human metabolism and macronutrients, followed by a detailed review of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and phytochemicals. The course then continues with an introduction to Ayurveda, followed by a detailed review of diet and dietary practices, methods of food preparation, herbs and spices, fasting and detoxification, and dietary therapies.

Registration in the Food As Medicine online learning program provides you with detailed lecture notes for each class, as well as on-demand access to video and audio classes, a recorded weekly Q&A webinar, detailed assessment tools, and membership in our online discussion group for two years. In addition to these resources, we have a library of instructional videos that will show you how to utilize the many of the food preparation techniques discussed in this course. The Food As Medicine program is a prerequisite to the full Mentorship program offered at the DSBM.

Instructor: Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH(AHG), CAP(NAMA)

Dates: Live Q&A webinar runs on Fridays, 11am-12:30pm Pacific, Oct 13 - Dec 15 2017, March 1 - June 29 2018

About the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine: https://dogwoodbotanical.com/FAQ

For more information, visit: http://dogwoodbotanical.com/foodasmedicine
Inside Ayurveda: Clinical Education for the Western Practitioner
Offered by: Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM)
When: October 13, 2017 to June 29, 2018

Inside Ayurveda is a comprehensive and highly detailed online study program that is an advanced introduction to the theory and practice of Ayurveda. Designed for those that have a deep passion for learning and want to avoid the common faddisms that permeate the popular conception of Ayurveda, this program is specifically designed for the Western learner, incorporating modern and alternative concepts on health and nutrition, while remaining true to the authentic source. The program includes a detailed introduction to the history of India to provide context, and an insightful review of the philosophical underpinnings of Ayurveda. Following this is an in-depth analysis of Ayurveda’s various components including the humoral theory, lifestyle therapy, knowledge of substance, food and diet, pathology and diagnosis, treatment, and materia medica. The course also includes a 612 page course manual with extensive appendices, indexes and a glossary, as well as on-demand access to video and audio classes, a recorded weekly Q&A webinar, detailed assessment tools, and membership in our online discussion group for two years.

The Inside Ayurveda program is a prerequisite to the full Mentorship program offered at the DSBM. Students that successfully complete Inside Ayurveda are eligible to continue their studies in the Ayurveda Overseas Study Program, where they will be introduced and learn practical techniques for health and healing by two of the oldest surviving lineages of Ayurveda, in Nepal and Kerala.

Instructor: Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH(AHG), CAP(NAMA)

Dates: Live Q&A webinar runs on Fridays, 11am-12:30pm Pacific, Oct 13 - Dec 15 2017, March 1 - June 29 2018

About the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine: https://dogwoodbotanical.com/FAQ

For more information, visit: http://dogwoodbotanical.com/ayurveda
Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference
Offered by: Southeast Wise Women
When: October 13, 2017 to October 15, 2017

Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference
October 13-15, 2017 in Black Mountain, NC

The Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference is a weekend for women to learn, celebrate and connect. For one weekend in autumn, we share inspiration, celebration and practical learning about earth-based healing and women’s health. Surrounded by the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, our venue at Lake Eden offers a beautiful, serene backdrop for over 60 workshops and classes in herbalism, nutrition, personal growth and natural healing. Our 2017 featured speakers include Aviva Romm, Phyllis Light, Robin Rose Bennet, Sobande Moss-Greer, gina Breedlove, and many more!

For all of the details and easy online registration visit  www.sewisewomen.com
Contact us at info@sewisewomen.com or 877.739.6636 (877.SEWOMEN)

For more information, visit: http://www.sewisewomen.com/
Herbs for Stress & Relaxation
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: October 15, 2017

Sunday October 15th 2-4pm

Herbs have been shown to help support the nervous system at a deep level, not only helping to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety, but to also nourish the nervous system and make feeling of stress and anxiety less common.

Come learn about some of our favorite herbs for on-going support of your system and some of the many ways to use them so you can begin to incorporate them into your everyday life.

You will leave class with your own personalized herbal tea formula.

Taught by staff herbalist Brita LaTona

Cost $15

Class size is limited to 16, you must pre-register to hold your spot:
https://goldenpoppyherbs.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentTy...

Phone: (970) 682-4373
For more information, visit: http://www.goldenpoppyherbs.com/
Health & the Chakras - Sacral Chakra
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: October 28, 2017

~ Generative Organs ~ Hormones ~ Emotions ~ Water ~ Lymph ~

Saturday October 28th  2-4pm

In Ayurveda, the chakras are energy centers located in our bodies that each govern different aspects of our life; from our sense of self worth to our connection with a higher purpose, the chakras have long been used to help describe some of the multitudes of ways we interact with the world around us.

When looked at from different perspectives, we can see that the chakras can correlate not only to our energetic/emotional/psychological being, but also to our physical selves in a very real manner.

By using the chakra system as a framework, we can address the many aspects of health from multiple levels and angles.

This class series will be an exploration of how the chakras correspond not only to our more subtle selves, but also to our very real and physical selves, and how we can use this framework to achieve greater overall health and well being.

As we move through the series, addressing one chakra at a time, you will learn about herbs, nutrients, essential oils, and other natural health modalities that correspond to the individual chakras and how to use them.

You will leave each class with at least one remedy or recipe to take home and begin using right away.

You do not have to take every class in the series to benefit from this work, but just image how healthy you would be if you did!

Taught by Owner & Clinical Herbalist Sarah Josey

Cost: classes are $20/class, sign up for the whole series and get one class free.

Class size is limited to 18 so you must pre-register to hold your spot:
https://goldenpoppyherbs.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentTy...

Phone: (970) 682-4373
For more information, visit: http://www.goldenpoppyherbs.com/
Halloween Herbal Potions & Brews
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: October 29, 2017

Sunday October 29th 2-4pm

Ever wanted to make a Love Potion, Sleeping Draught, or an Immune Zoom?

Now’s your chance!

Get festive with one of our favorite holidays and learn to craft your own magical herbal potions.

You’ll get to taste and explore as well as go home with recipes to craft your own at home.

Taught by staff herbalist Ashley Noack

Cost $20

Class size is limited to 14, you must pre-register to hold your spot:
https://goldenpoppyherbs.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentTy...

Phone: (970) 682-4373
For more information, visit: http://www.goldenpoppyherbs.com/
Ayurveda Overseas Study Program
Offered by: Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM)
When: September 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019

The classical texts of Ayurveda contain a vast body of knowledge based on a perennial philosophy that provides for deep insights into the nature of health and healing. Rather than simply being a stale body of knowledge, Ayurveda is based on empirical observations and practices that have been maintained and supported by an authentic living tradition for thousands of years.  With a recent emphasis upon the Western academic model, however, this type of traditional knowledge is at risk of being lost in India, and is only maintained by a precious few traditions. The focus of the Ayurveda Overseas Study Program is to introduce students to two authentic and distinctly unique lineages of traditional Ayurveda, found today in modern-day Nepal and southern India.

In its entirety, the Ayurveda Overseas Study Program consists of 10 weeks of overseas training, consisting of two five week programs that can be taken together or individually. The first five week program takes place in Kathmandu, Nepal, where students will be introduced to the 800 year old Bajracharya lineage. Here students will learn clinical techniques in Ayurveda from several different physicians, including Vaidya MB Bajracharya, a hereditary physician of Ayurveda with 42 years clinical experience. Students will also have the opportunity to prepare and purify remedies such as sulfur and guggulu, as well as learn to make classical remedies such as Chyavanprash and Kaishora guggulu, and even how to prepare bhasma. After a week’s break, the program reconvenes in Kerala to introduce students to the Keraliya school of Ayurveda, to study with highly esteemed physicians including Vaidya KV Unnikrishnan, who was a direct disciple of the late Shree Poomully Neelakandan Namboodiripad. During this program, students will gain a unique insight into the Keraliya school of Ayurveda, learning valuable clinic techniques including some of the practices of pancha karma, the treatment of cancer, and the preparation of classical remedies.

Instructors: Todd Caldecott, Vaidya MB Bajracharya (Nepal), Vaidya KV Unnikrishnan (Kerala)

Dates: September - November, 2019

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