Backyard Remedies: Online Course

Next offering in 2021

Connecting with the Plant Medicines Around you

4 weeks: Thursdays June 4, 11, 18, 25 at 3-6pm Atlantic Time on Zoom

Are you craving connection to medicinal herbs but not sure where to start?

This mini-course is designed to help you learn about the plants growing around you and connect you to the natural space you have access to. Whether you live in an apartment or on a farm, medicine is growing around you. In these four weeks, you’ll be introduced to plant identification, connecting with plants, basic herbal energetics, ethical harvesting and medicine making. We will cover common and abundant medicinal herbs such as Dandelion, Yarrow, Plantain, Peppermint, Motherwort, Rose, and more. You will have homework assignments each week that get you outside learning about and from the plants growing around you.

Together we create a learning environment based on connection with the land and discussion of broader societal issues, while building practical skills to apply plant medicine to your daily life.

Cost: $200

Reduced rate: $100 (reserved for BIPOC, unemployed, low-income)

Further discounts may be available upon request

Deposit of $40 required upon registration to hold your spot

To register, send an email to

Here is a description of the classes:

Week 1: Introductions and intention-setting, plant identification, plant connection. Materia Medica: Dandelion, Yarrow, Plantain.

Week 2: Introduction to taste and energetics: hot/cold/damp/dry, aromatic/pungent/bitter/astringent/salty. Materia medica: Mint, Motherwort, Rose

Week 3: Principles of ethical harvesting, how to harvest and dry herbs, making teas

Week 4: Principles of extraction in medicine making. Tinctures, vinegars, glycerites, honeys

Each participant in this program will choose a plant to delve into and build a deeper relationship with - homework will be assigned each week towards this project.

“Learning from/with Ember is a gift. Her style is warm, accessible and informative. She has so much valuable practical experience working with folks across lived experiences, which she generously shares. I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate not only their herbal knowledge, but also their commitment to social justice and solidarity in their teaching and their work.” - Katie

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