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

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
Plant Meditation and Medicine Circle
Offered by: Sacred Warrior founder, Vanessa Chakour
September 14, 2016 to December 7, 2016

This series with Sacred Warrior founder, Vanessa Chakour, is devoted to deepening relationship with ourselves and the living earth. We’ll work with one local medicine plant each session and ignite our intuition through combined practices to learn directly from nature. We’ll explore plant ally work, methods of harvesting, make tinctures and dry herbs for infusion. Our time together will serve as a continued circle for healing, medicine making and support of our personal practices. There will be opportunities for medicine making field trips throughout the season. This is limited to 12. Register soon to reserve space.

PROSPECT PARK & Radicle Herb Shop
Brooklyn, NY

September 14th & 28th
5:30-7:30pm Prospect Park
October 12th & 26th
5:30-7:30pm Prospect Park
November 9th & 23rd
7:15-9:15pm Radicle Herb Shop
and December 7th
7:15-9:15pm Radicle Herb Shop

First session: $35
Entire series: September 14th-Dec 7th $225

*AHG Members receive a 10% discount!


*notes and practices will be provided for anyone who misses a session

About Teacher, Vanessa Chakour: Sacred  Warrior Founder, Vanessa Chakour. has been cultivating her multi-dimensional approach as a teacher, artist, athlete and trainer for over 15 years. As an avid environmentalist and herbalist, she is passionate about helping to deepen people’s relationships to their own bodies and the body of the earth. She has studied and taught with renowned Herbalists such as Robin Rose Bennett, Matthew Wood and local healers in Costa Rica where she teaches, runs retreats and studies the indigenous, Latin and Afro-Caribbean medicines. She has an incredible partnership with the Wolf Conservation Center in So Salem NY where she offers Sacred Warrior workshops and rewilding retreats that also educate about the true nature of wolves and their vital role in our ecosystem. As a former professional fighter, long time meditation practitioner and teacher, she approaches boxing as an internal and external martial art, integrating exercises to cultivate self-awareness, instinct and intuition. For more about Vanessa, click HERE.

Drawing From Within: The Transformative Power of Art & Herbs
Offered by: Sacred Warrior founder, Vanessa Chakour
September 15, 2016 to December 8, 2016

Drawing From Within:
The Transformative Power of Art & Herbs

Visual art provides a meditative space where the wisdom of the body can come through in shapes, colors & images. We’re surrounded by the healing powers of plants whose medicine resonates with particular parts of our body, mind and spirit. Through this series with visual artist & herbalist, Vanessa Chakour, we’ll explore how local medicinal plants evoke healing and awareness through the creative process. We’ll share an herbal infusion, meditate and draw during each session. Each session includes take-home mindfulness & creative practices.

Sept 15th:
Our connection to the earth, foundation, groundedness
Root medicines

October 13th:
Exploration of our internal waters & exploration of the dream realm
Water medicines

November 17th:
Ignite or release the transformative, passionate power of fire
Digestives & Aphrodisiac herbs

December 8th:
Use of Herbs & art in ritual release & envisioning for a new year

Radicle Herb Shop, Brooklyn NY

All 4 Workshops before August 31st:
Sliding Scale:
$35-40 per workshop

*AHG Members receive a 10% discount!

Register above asap to ensure space.


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
Soft Skills for Success with Stephanie Torres
Offered by: American College of Healthcare Sciences
When: October 5, 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!).

Communication is flowing, and then all of a sudden, a co-worker says something that throws us into a reaction we didn't expect. This can happen at work or in our personal life. So what do we do in those moments, so we can move to a more effective and open dialog?

Learn techniques for self-intervention and analysis to help you communicate powerfully for success.  We’ll explore the importance of attitude, resourcefulness, how to manage your mind, and what it means to manage up.

In this Master Lecture you will:

    Assess your current state of affairs
    Understand the impact of attitude on success
    Uncover your motives in communication
    Identify the elements of a powerful conversation
    Describe and demonstrate what “yes, and…” means
    Recognize and describe obstacles to achieving your goals
    Describe the elements that comprise a strong work ethic
    Understand how to “manage up”


Stephanie Torres is the Alumni & Community Programs Manager for ACHS where she runs the Alumni Success program. She was previously a trainer for Life Force Educational Corporation, co-leading The Liberty Experience weekend intensive and teaching the Mastery Course in Portland Oregon. She is also a Life Coach and Pastoral Counselor and has coached hundreds of people in moving beyond their personal blocks to achieving success. 

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
    American College of Healthcare Sciences - 5005 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland, OR 97239

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
Herbal Constituents Intensive for Practitioners
Offered by: Lisa Ganora, Director of Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism
October 17, 2016 to October 21, 2016

A 30-hour, five-day intensive. In-depth study of practical phytochemistry for herbalists and holistic health practitioners. Explore the art and science of constituents and herbal pharmacy, including therapeutics, safety and toxicology, synergy, solubility and extractions, and more. Learn about the active molecules in medicinal plants and how they contribute to herbal actions and energetics.

Classes will meet October 17-21 at CSCH, 2900 Valmont Rd. (lower level of Zarlengo Plaza), Boulder, CO; 10 am – 1pm and 2-5 pm, Monday – Friday.

We’ll learn constituents and hands-on herbal pharmacy with a combination of lecture, beautiful PowerPoint illustrations, 3D molecular modeling software, and demonstrations with a variety of herbal products and living plants.

Cost: $495 for the 30-hour Intensive, including book, notes, and materials. Student discounts may be available, please inquire.

Taught by Lisa Ganora - author of the textbook Herbal Constituents, Director of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism (CSCH) in Boulder, CO, Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, and traditional Western herbalist in practice for 30 years. Participants will receive a free copy of the book Herbal Constituents.

Phone: (720) 722-4372
For more information, visit: http://clinicalherbalism.com/workshops/
Basics of Chinese Herbal Medicine with Scott Stuart
Offered by: American College of Healthcare Sciences
When: October 19, 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!).

Have you been curious about Chinese herbal medicine? Join ACHS Faculty Scott Stuart, L.Ac in this fascinating exploration of Chinese herbs and learn just how multifaceted and complex this modality is.

In this two-hour class, you’ll learn:

    Concept of Qi
    What is Yin & Yang
    The Five Elements
    Properties of the Eight Syndrome Diagnosis
    Fundamentals of the Chinese herbalist


Scott Stuart’s love of herbal medicine, Chinese martial arts, and Taoist philosophy called him to change careers from journalism and photography to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Scott has completed a four-year Master's program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He has skills in acupuncture, herbal medicine, Zen Shiatsu massage, flower essences, and Qigong. Scott is Vice President of The Clackamas Center for Traditional Medicine (CCTM). Scott also teaches herbal medicine and holistic health at ACHS.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
    American College of Healthcare Sciences - 5005 SW Macadam Ave., Portland, OR 97239

The Kidney, The Silent Sufferer with Dr. Judith Allan
Offered by: American College of Healthcare Sciences
When: November 11, 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!).

Did you know that the kidney is known as the “Silent Sufferer?” Isn't that a curious name? Learn why the kidneys are extremely important in this live presentation with Judith Allan, DC. Join Dr. Allan for an action-packed hour to dive in and discover how this magnificent organ works and why it’s earned its nickname.

At the end of this lecture you'll be able to:

    Recall the anatomy of the urinary system including the anatomy of the kidney
    Describe the nephron and two capillary beds of the kidneys
    Describe how blood circulates to, through, and from the kidneys
    Explain the function of each component of the urinary system
    Explain how urine is formed
    Explain the factors that can affect the urine


Dr. Judith Allan received her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Western States Chiropractic College. She has been the Owner and Chiropractic Physician at Oregon Natural Health Clinic since 1998. She has served as Research Clinic Director at NCNM owned, Natural Health Sciences Research clinic from 1999–2001 and taught Kinesiology/Biomechanics in 2003-2004. Dr. Allan works in a holistic model that approaches each patient as a whole person with a unique and complex history. Rather than focusing exclusively on the patient’s musculoskeletal problem, Dr. Allan also concentrates on the patient’s lifestyle (diet and exercise), personal and family health history, as well as the history of the current issues. She is a member of the Chiropractic Association of Oregon, SPBA, the Internal Review Board of NCNM, and is on the Board of Directors for Portlandia.

    Friday, November 11, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PST)
    American College of Healthcare Sciences - 5005 Southwest Macadam Avenue, Portland, OR 97239

Healthy and Happy Kids, Naturally! with Dr. Denise Dallmann
Offered by: American College of Healthcare Sciences
When: November 15, 2016

Childhood is a wonderful and miraculous time! Like all parents, you want to keep your child happy, healthy, and safe. When your child is sick, knowing what to do isn't easy. Thankfully, for mild childhood conditions, there are gentle and effective natural options that you can use in your own home to keep your child healthy. We’ll cover common childhood complaints such as allergies, diaper rash, diarrhea and vomiting, ear pain, fever, runny nose, and cough.

In this webcast you’ll learn how to:

    Use safe and gentle home remedies for the most common childhood complaints
    Implement dietary changes to strengthen the immune system
    Select herbal remedies to restore balance and keep your child healthy

About the Presenter: Denise Dallmann, ND is the ACHS Academic Dean. She holds a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from NCNM, a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from Portland State University (PSU), and a graduate certificate in student affairs in higher education from PSU. Denise’s master’s thesis answered the question of how to develop high-quality and cost-effective undergraduate online programs. Her passion lies at the intersection of education and integrative medicine. Denise lives in Portland with her husband and daughter. Together, they enjoy picking organic blueberries with friends and DIY home improvement projects.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PST)
    ACHS Campus and Online - 5005 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland, OR 97239

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/
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/
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/
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