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

Rosemary Gladstar's Science & Art of Herbalism Course
Offered by: Twin Star Herbal Education
When: December 9, 2016

This 10 Lesson course includes Rosemary’s core curriculum, a specially designed binder, correction of all homework, and a certificate upon successful completion of the course. The Lessons are designed to provide practical, hands-on experience with each assignment designed to enrich your personal experience with the plant world. Each lesson provides directions and recipes on making herbal preparations, dozens of herbs to research, projects such as making an herbal first aid kit, designing an herb garden, making your own herbarium and much more. 

“The Science & Art of Herbalism Home Study Course is not a clinical level program, nor is the focus only on medical herbalism. Rather, the course builds a firm foundation upon which to continue to build one’s herbal education. It guides the student into the many areas and aspects of herbs providing pathways to deepen one’s awareness.  The students complete the course with a well-rounded and grounded herbal education.  The course is geared towards the beginner/intermediate students of herbalism, though I’ve had many knowledgeable well-trained herbalists sign up. They use the course material as a review and/or to better organize their own source of knowing and information. The Science & Art of Herbalism provides a systematic comprehensive way to organize ones studies and gives excellent resources and techniques for doing so.”  - Rosemary Gladstar

Class Schedule: December 2016 - October 2017  Classes will be held on the second Friday of each month (with the exception of April due to a holiday). Monthly classes will be held from 6-10 PM in the Twin Star Classroom for course overview, herbal lab time and study group.

When: Friday, December 9, 2016 6:00-10:00 PM

Price: $250 Deposit

Location: 65 Bank Street New Milford, CT

To register, visit: http://www.twinstartribe.com/events/2016/12/9/rosemary-gladstars-science...

For more information, visit: http://www.twinstartribe.com
Introduction to Creating Therapeutic Essential Oils Blends with ACHS Faculty, Amanda Lattin, BA, MAT, Dip.Aroma., MH, RA
Offered by: American College of Healthcare Sciences
When: December 13, 2016

NOTE: This event can be attended live at the ACHS Campus in Portland, OR or via live Internet stream (from anywhere in the world!).

In this live class, we will discuss some of the steps involved in creating a therapeutic essential oil blend. We will discuss how to choose a functional focus for a therapeutic blend, how to pick which essential oils to use while balancing the following: therapeutic actions, aromas, client preferences, and safety. We will practice this process in class and design a therapeutic essential oil blend for a case study example.

Learning objectives for this class are:

    Describe the steps involved in creating a therapeutic essential oil blend.
    Describe how to choose a focus for a therapeutic essential oil blend,
    Describe how to choose which essential oils to use in a therapeutic essential oil blend.
    Describe tools which can be used to find balance between aroma, therapeutic actions, safety, and client preferences.
    Discuss general bottling, labeling, skin patch testing, and instructions which should accompany a therapeutic essential oil blend.

Amanda Lattin, BA, MAT, Dip. Aroma., MH, RA is an experienced aromatherapist, herbalist, and teaches extensively at ACHS and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Amanda is a graduate of ACHS and also holds a BA in Chemistry from Huntingdon College and a Masters of Teaching with a concentration in Chemistry from Lewis and Clark College.

Tue, December 13, 2016

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PST

Cost: $99

Legal Issues for Herbalists with ACHS CSO, Erika Yigzaw, B.Com, LL.B (Hons)
Offered by: American College of Healthcare Sciences
When: December 15, 2016

NOTE: This event can be attended live at the ACHS Campus in Portland, OR or via live Internet stream (from anywhere in the world!).

In this class with ACHS CSO Erika Yigzaw, learn the crucial ins and outs of the legal issues that are facing herbalists today. You'll learn the answers to questions like: What can you legally do as an herbalist? What words can you use on your herb labels? What organizations regulate herbalists?

In this webinar, you’ll gain an overview of the major issues facing herbalists today, such as scope of practice, licensing, registration, misrepresentation, DSHEA and GMPs.

In this webinar, you will:

    Explain scope of practice
    Recall licensing issues
    Describe and define misrepresentation
    Describe DSHEA and GMPs

About the presenter: Erika Yigzaw, B.Com, LL.B. (Hons), MG, is Chief Strategy Officer and faculty member at ACHS. She holds a Bachelors Degree (B.Com) in Commerce (Economics major) from the University of Otago; an LL.B. (first professional law degree) from the University of Otago Law School; New Zealand, and completed the Master Gardener program through Oregon State University in 2008. She is also a 2014 Certified Primal Blueprint Expert.

Thu, December 15, 2016

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Cost: $99

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/
Holistic Journeys 2017 Eco-wellness Retreat Costa Rica: The Art & Science in Wellness
Offered by: Rebecca Wood, Valerie Dearing, & Lura Shopteau
February 4, 2017 to February 11, 2017

Yoga, Meditation, Herbs, Creative Art Exploration- all Costa Rican Style!

Join three amazing Wise Women Healers and local expert guides for eight days and seven nights of unique wellness and adventure experiences in sunny Costa Rica. Your adventure includes healthy, local, tropical foods, the beauty, peace and magic of the tropics and boutique accommodations at the sustainable bio-dynamic eco-lodge Finca Luna Nueva and Hotel Bougainvillea. 

Workshops and Tours

  • Daily yoga exploration (Yin, Hatha, Iyengar, MFR, Kundalini, Partner and Qi Gong flow).
  • Nature based & sensory meditation. 
  • Art awakening workshops (Painting the Chakras, Sumi Ink, Drawings, Healing Mandalas, and Solarized Botanical Prints.
  • Herbal exploration (Tropical Hydrolsol & Flower Essence preparation, Sacred Seed, Farm  & Chocolate Tours,  Tropical Fruits as Food & Medicine.
  • Three Eco-tours in and around Arenal & the Central Valley.

Let Rebecca Wood; Herbalist, Yogi, Holistic Health Practitioner, Valerie Dearing; Yogi, Omega Inst. Artist in Resident & Lura Shopteau; Yogi, Integrative Medicine Professional share their love of wellness, creativity and introspection. Want to delve deeper? Schedule a private session in your free time.

All of this for the Amazing Early Bird Price of $1,475.00-1,575.00, based on double or triple occupancy.  A $300.00 non-refundable deposit is due by Nov. 1st . Pay in full upon registration, save another $100!  After this date add $100.00 surcharge. Round trip air, tips and gratuities not included. Please have your own international travel & health coverage.

For Info or to Register Contact
Rebecca Wood, Hopewood Holistic Health, www.hopewoodholistichealth.org, 740-590-3954 
Lura Shopteau, Bienstar Yoga Shala, www.bienestarlife.com, 506-8505-1369
Valerie Dearing, Yoga & Art, www.valeriedearingart.com, 330-397-1250

Phone: (740) 590-3954
For more information, visit: http://www.hopewoodholistichealth.org
Belize: Through the Lens and Beyond, A Photography & Herbal Workshop
Offered by: Steven Foster and Rebecca Wood
February 12, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Join Steven Foster- renowned Ethnobotanist, Author, and Photographer, and Rebecca Wood- Herbalist, Educator, Holistic Health Practitioner, and International Guide for this all-inclusive journey to Belize. Discover the magic of this culturally diverse country, known by many as "Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret". This is a unique opportunity to improve your photography skills while enhancing your knowledge of the amazing varieties of native plants used by the ancient and present day Maya for food, ritual, medicine, and daily living.

- Rainforest to Reef accommodations at DuPlooy's Jungle Lodge & Southwater Caye Marine Reserve

- Special Guest Dr. Rosita Arvigo, Co-founder of the Belize Ethnobotany Project

- Photography Q & A sessions and field workshops with Steven Foster

- Tropical food and medicine demo with Rebecca Wood

Add adventure and cultural tours to Barton Creek Cave, The Inland Blue Hole, Belize's Xunantunitch, and Guatemala's Yaxha, with optional daily yoga and personal massage services, and you have an UnBelizeable experience!

Spend 5 nights in jungle luxury surrounded by 200 acres of the Belize Botanical Gardens and your two nights on a 12-acre island paradise situated on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef, so pristine that UNESCO has named it one of their World Heritage Sites. White coral sand, tropical flowers, coconut palms, and unique bird species abound.

- Paddle the Macal River

- Snorkel and reef excursions with IZE's expert guides

- Hands-on photography how-to sessions with Steven Foster

All for the amazing price of $2,795.00 based on accommodations and payment option. Registration by December 1, 2016 with a $600.00 non-refundable deposit.

Phone: (617) 855-9209
For more information, visit: http://www.artsandculturaltravel.com
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/
The Art of Pleasure Medicine Retreat
Offered by: Centro Ashé
March 9, 2017 to March 16, 2017

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/
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/
Herbfeast 2017
Offered by: Community of Irish Herbalists (CIH)
May 26, 2017 to May 28, 2017

Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or student just starting out, we have an eclectic lineup of speakers as well as practical demos, including:

  • 2017 Keynote Speaker: Rosemary Gladstar
  • medicine making
  • plant stalls
  • local food
  • morning yoga
  • herb walks
  • herbal Jeopardy
  • social events

See www.herbfeast.com for more info!

For more information, visit: http://www.herbfeast.com/
Celtic Herbal Medicine Intensive
Offered by: Drimlabarra Herb Farm
June 12, 2017 to June 25, 2017

After the success of our  first Intensive last year we are very happy to offer another 14 day intensive on Celtic Herbal Medicine; this is included as part of  the Apprenticeship programme. The intensive includes 4 days of guided herb walks to Arran’s special and sacred sites interspersed between the teaching days. This intensive has its zenith on the 21st with a Celtic Fire Ceremony for the Summer Solstice . Please get in touch if you want to join us next year in Scotland.

Cost including all materials etc is £950 plus accommodation and meals.
Full Board – our accomplished team use Vegan Organic Local  produce –  Camping own tent etc £35 per day. Individual packages available. Local accommodation is also available and meals can be supplied here if required.
From the beginning of human her/history we have lived in an elemental world.

Without the soil and rain and wind and sun and space we could not have stood here in anything like our present form. After many years of study and research into the elements of Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether and their inter-relationships with health and healing plants, traditional herbalist and renowned teacher Keith Robertson MSc FNIMH is ready to bring his own systematic approach on seeing how these elements move through plants and humans. Keith was born on the Island of Arran into a family with strong healing and Celtic roots and this new initiative of the Celtic Herbal Medicine Intensive, and the wider apprenticeship programme for 2016, springs from an ardent desire to reconnect with an authentic spirit of Celtic healing, using primarily the living medium of our native plants. As humans we find ourselves mobile in space but constrained by linear time. Plants are mainly constrained in space but more mobile in time, as they reincarnate as seeds or clone themselves by shoots, runners etc. This makes them such important teachers as they so different and yet so closely entwined with the human being.

This Intensive will use the progression of the Elements as a structure to view plants and the human body, working through each element in sequence and fully exploring all their many aspects. A contemplative and experiential approach has been built up over the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine’s long career and this is our key into unlocking the book of nature and allowing us to glimpse the meanings emblazoned on creation.

The Celtic Mysteries, so important to seers such as Rudolf Steiner, have been mainly lost in a sea of Celtic Bling. This initiative is an honest expedition back to the heart of the plants and the land here (set up as a veganic sanctuary for the purpose of facilitating this work) and to the heart of what it means to be a Celtic Healer in today’s world. If you would like to be part of this exciting journey then please get in touch.

My personal e-mail is keith at herbalmedicine.org.uk (please help us avoid spam by the supplying the @ yourself) and we are also on Facebook at Drimlabarra Herb Farm and as Keith Robertson.

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