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

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.


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

Herbal Remedies for Stress
Offered by: Twin Star Herbal Education
When: November 15, 2016

Join Connecticut Herbalist Lupo Passero, for this informative class on how familiar herbal remedies can help to combat everyday stressors. Herbs have been used for centuries for health and wellness and there are many common, safe and effective herbs can be utilized to support and nourish our often overworked nervous systems.  Lupo will discuss a few of her favorite herbs and share recipes for how to easily incorporate them into your lifestyle.

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:30pm-8:00pm
Price:  $25.00
Location: Western Connecticut State University White Hall room 127, Midtown Campus
To register, visit:http://www.twinstartribe.com/events/2016/11/15/herbal-remedies-for-stress


For more information, visit: http://www.twinstartribe.com
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/
Herbal Practice and Protocol Training Level II
Offered by: Twin Star Herbal Education
When: December 3, 2016

Beginning in December of 2016 the level ll portion of Twin Star Herbal Studies will begin (please note Twin Star level one or another comparable herbal studies course is a pre-requisite for Twin Star level II). Classes will meet for the first Saturday of each month December-October ( with one exception, the third Saturday in May (20th) from 9-5 and one Wednesday evening a month from 6-8:30 (see below). There will be a summer break in June and July and classes will resume in August.

2016-17 Class Dates: Weekdays (6-8:30) & Saturdays (9-5), December 3rd & 14th (Tuesday), January 7th & 18th, February 4th & 15th , March 4th & 15th, April 1st & 19th , May 20th & 24th, BREAK JUNE/JULY, August 5th & 23rd, September 2nd & 20th, October 7th & 18th The class will be a total of 200 hours, combined classroom hours and home study and may be paired with our Costa Rica trip for an additional 75 hours in tropical herbalism. Topics Covered: Advanced Herbal Medicine Making, Pathology and Herbal Protocols for all Systems of the Body, Materia Medica on 100 + Popular Herbal Remedies, Herbal Case Studies, Herbal Shamanism, Healer Heal Thyself, Botanical Illustration, Wild Food Feast & More!  200 Certificate Hours from Twin Star Herbal Education Our most comprehensive training! *Please note Twin Star level one or another comparable herbal studies course is a pre-requisite for Twin Star level II.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016 9:00am  5:00pm

Price: $215.00 deposit
Location:  65 Bank Street New Milford, CT

To register, visit: http://www.twinstartribe.com/events/2016/12/3/herbal-practice-and-protoc...

For more information, visit: http://www.twinstartribe.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
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/
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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