Herbal Events Calendar

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

ACHS Summer 2017 Herbal, Aroma, and Holistic Health Online Class Offerings
Offered by: American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)
When: May 15, 2017 to August 27, 2017

ACHS is pleased to announce its herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and holistic health courses for the 2017 Summer Semester beginning on May 15, 2017.

Registration for the following courses will remain open until April 14, 2017.

Undergraduate Herbal, Aroma, and Holistic Health Classes:

HERB 101: Basics of Herbalism Online
HERB 201: Herbal Studies Online
HERB 302: Herbal Materia Medica I Online
HERB 303: Herbal Materia Medica II Online
HERB 304: Herbal Materia Medica III Online

AROMA 101: Introduction to Aromatherapy Online
AROMA 103: Introduction to Aromatherapy for Spa Management (7.5 weeks)
AROMA 203: Aromatherapy I Online
AROMA 303: Aromatherapy II Online
AROMA 304: Aromatherapy III Online
AROMA 305: Aromatherapy Chemistry Online
HED 303: Stress Management and Emotional Health Online
HLTH 101: Personal & Community Health Online
HLTH 201: Physical Activity & Wellness Online
HOMB 201: Dynamic Phytotherapy Online
NAT 101: Nutrition, Bodycare & Herbalism Online
NAT 202: Energetic Modalities I: Flower Essences Online
NAT 203: Historical Modalities I: Iridology Online
NAT 204: Energetic Modalities II: Homeopathy Online
NAT 305: Wellness Coaching & Communication Skills Online
NAT 306: Holistic Health Consulting & Business Skills Online
NAT 307: Healthcare Terminology Online
NAT 308: Holistic Nutrition Online
NUT 101: Introduction to Nutrition Online
NUT 309: Topics in Holistic Nutrition Online
SPA 120: A Comprehensive Introduction to Spa Management Online (7.5 Weeks)

Graduate Herbal, Aroma, and Holistic Health Classes:

HERB 502: Advanced Herbal Materia Medica I Online
HERB 503: Advanced Herbal Materia Medica II Online
HERB 504: Advanced Herbal Materia Medica III Online

AROMA 501: Aromatherapy Science Online
AROMA 503: Aromatherapy I Online
AROMA 504: Aromatherapy II Online
AROMA 505: Aromatherapy III Online
AROMA 507: Aromatherapy Chemistry Online
BOT 501: Botany and Plant Identification for the Holistic Health Practitioner Online
HED 503: Stress Management and Emotional Health Online
HOM 501: Homeopathy Online
HOMB 501: Dynamic Phytotherapy Online
NAT 504: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Pathology and Protocols Online
NAT 515: Wellness Coaching & Communications Skills Online
NUT 501: Advanced Applied Holistic Nutrition Online
NUT 509: Graduate Topics in Holistic Nutrition Online
NUT 510: Nutrition and Dietary Supplements Online
RES 501: Assessment and Integration of Research Online
TOX 501: Fundamentals of Toxicology and Safety in Botanical Medicine Online

Phone: (800) 487-8839
For more information, visit: https://www.achs.edu/request-achs-viewbook
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
ACHS Summer Accelerated 2017 Herbal and Aroma Online Class Offerings
Offered by: American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)
When: July 6, 2017 to August 27, 2017

ACHS is pleased to announce its herbal medicine and aromatherapy courses for the 2017 Summer Accelerated Semester beginning on July 6, 2017.

Registration for the following courses will remain open until June 16, 2017.

Undergraduate Herbal, Aroma, and Holistic Health Classes:

HERB 101: Basics of Herbalism Online  *8-week accelerated course

AROMA 101: Introduction to Aromatherapy Online  *8-week accelerated course
SPA 220: Retain Management for Spas
SPA 250: Supervision in the Hospitality Industry
SPA 367: Financial Management for Spas

Graduate Herbal, Aroma, and Holistic Health Classes:

HERB 502: Advanced Herbal Materia Medica I Online

NUT 509: Graduate Topics in Holistic Nutrition Online
RES 501: Assessment and Integration of Research Online

Phone: (800) 487-8839
For more information, visit: https://www.achs.edu/request-achs-viewbook
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.

Herbs for Meditation, Balance and Deeper Awareness
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: August 21, 2017

So many of us are living lives of high stress and anxiety, and despite all of the information about how meditation can be helpful for reducing these issues, it’s not always easy to do.

In this class you will learn about some of our favorite plants that can be aids for deeper meditation and mindfulness. They can help calm our minds, and generate a sense of balance and calm.

Come learn ways that sacred plants can be incorporated into your daily life and prepared prior to meditation or yoga practice, allowing you to relax into a natural state of relaxation and balance.

You will make a product to take home with you for use before meditation practice.
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/classes
Brewing Herbal Kombucha
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: August 23, 2017

Learn the in's and out's of Kombucha brewing- that wonderful, probiotic rich, living, fermented tea.

You will learn the complete brewing process and methods of brewing your own Kombucha at home. You will also be familiarized with the secondary fermentation process, which includes flavoring with herbs and different fruits.

Everyone who attends will be sent home with their own SCOBY (the symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast that you will need to start your  brew) as well as enough black tea to brew your first gallon batch.

Happy brewing!

Taught by staff member Genevieve Gaskill

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/classes
Chesapeake Herb Gathering
Offered by: Centro Ashé Community Herbal Center
When: August 26, 2017 to August 27, 2017

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

Enjoy a weekend of workshops, plant walks, youth activities, community artwork, social justice, artisans market, campfire, and community connections with local herbalists, teachers, clinicians, healers, botanists, farmers, birthkeepers, medicine makers, rootworkers, artists, homesteaders, community organizations and much more!

For more information, visit: http://www.chesapeakeherbgathering.com/
Observing and Drawing Plants
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: August 26, 2017

Time spent observing plants is never time wasted.

Come express yourself artistically by making plant connections and sitting down with some of life’s great beauties for a class designed to get you to stop and draw the roses. Before we begin we'll spend time taking a step back and observe our subjects as they are in the present moment. As a group, we'll practice noticing the natural world with our senses in subtle detail to prepare us for deepening our process. Mindfully sitting with our subjects will help us to shift into dynamic drawing exercises using a variety of mediums.

Artist or not, you will leave this class feeling refreshed, inspired, and with a greater sense of appreciation for the intricate details of some of the plants that fill your world.

Please bring your own sketchpad. Also, come prepared to be outside with appropriate clothing, sun protection, and plenty of water. Drawing utensils will be provided, but always feel free to bring your own.

Taught by staff herbalist Ashley Noack

Cost: Donation based, please come prepared to donate to the teacher for her time, minimum suggestion is $5

This class is first come first serve, so come a few minutes early to grab your spot!
https://goldenpoppyherbs.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentTy...

Phone: (970) 682-4373
For more information, visit: http://www.goldenpoppyherbs.com/classes
Herbal Facial Masks
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: August 27, 2017

Did you know that almost all of the science around skincare originally developed out of the study of compounds found in plants?

For thousands of years humans have used plants for skincare, from bumps and bruises, cuts and scrapes, to anti-aging and skin brightening, plants hold the key to revealing your skin’s beauty.

In this class you will learn about some of the best herbs to use to create your own facial masks at home for your skin type and skin needs.

Taught by staff aromatherapist Leesa Balik

Cost: $15

Class size is limited to 16 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/classes
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
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
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

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/
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
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
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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