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I have been teaching herbal medicine workshops and classes since 2010. I have had the opportunity to teach at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies, the Dandelion Seed Conference, The Homestead Junction, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), the Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG), and various community spaces.
Custom classes: I would be happy to develop a class for your community’s specific interest.
Medicinal Plant Walk: I can lead your group on a walk outside, whether it be in a garden, forest, park, or by the train tracks – we will explore the plants growing around us, learn how to identify them, and how to use them medicinally.
Herbal Medicine-Making: I can lead workshops on how to make herbal preparations. We can cover teas, decoctions, oils, salves, bliss balls, tinctures, honeys and vinegars.
Wild Carrot Seed for Natural Contraception: Wild Carrot, or Daucus carota has been used for centuries throughout the world as a contraceptive ally. We will explore this plant’s historical use for birth control from different traditions and the recent research by contemporary herbalists. The class will include a balance of intuition and spirit with scientific information. Information presented will include a short “materia medica” with botany, actions, dosage, safety, and contra-indications. Differentiation from poisonous relatives will also be discussed. Participants will leave with a “Wild Carrot Seed 101” booklet. This class is an opportunity for empowering discussion about reproductive autonomy, and is trans* inclusive.
Herbs for Stressful Times: Stress, especially over the long-term, has widespread impacts on the body, mind and spirit. Herbal adaptogens and nervines can help balance the body’s stress response and ease symptoms like tension, insomnia, anxiety and fatigue. From a holistic radical herbalist perspective, this workshop will explore how stress can affect the body, and how herbs and lifestyle changes can help shift us towards body repair and emotional healing.
Plant Allies for Emotional Well-Being: How does our relationship with ourselves determine how we relate with the world and how we treat each other? What are the obstacles to our health? Self-care is a necessary element in a collective of strong-willed individuals struggling for liberation. We will explore herbs that are used to help support us in changing unhealthy emotional and mental patterns like depression, anxiety, anger, etc. For each herb we will cover identification, harvesting, specific indications, personality, contraindications, drug interactions including hormone replacement, and dosage.
Herbs and Hormones: When taking hormones and herbs concurrently, there are many important effects to consider. In this class we will explore the possible interactions and effects of herbs with cross-sex hormone replacement therapy. This class will have a focus on trans health, but is also applicable to any hormone supplementation. We will cover estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, liver enzymes, energetic support and more.
Herbs to Support Restful Sleep: Insomnia is frustrating and exhausting. Sleep is essential for healing from illness and for maintaining well-being. Too little sleep can cause or aggravate major health issues in all parts of the body. This workshop will explore the reasons people have insomnia, the functions of sleep, different kinds of sleep disturbances, and herbal strategies to support quality sleep. The goal with this workshop is to give the participants tools for improving sleep and thereby improving capacity to do all the important work we do in the world.
Herbs for Digestive Health: Digesting nutrients from our food is essential for emotional and physical health – issues with digestion can worsen inflammation, depression and many other health issues. In this workshop we will explore medicinal herbs to improve nutrient absorption, reduce inflammation, relieve gas and bloating, and balance digestive flora. You will learn tools for making custom herbal medicine formulas at home, for yourself or others, including bitters and teas.
Constitutional Approach to Chronic Pain: Chronic pain can be caused by many conditions, and is often mysterious in origin. The mainstream medical system has tools to help people cope for a time, but generally does not offer a long-term solution. As a clinical herbalist, I use constitutional assessment to determine appropriate herbal support for each individual person. In this class we will explore: reasonable short and long-term goals; different types of herbs for pain; strategies for different constitutions; the roles of sleep, digestion, and stress in chronic pain processes; and complimentary supportive therapies.
Home Remedies for Colds and Flus: Come learn how to make and use herbal remedies for common colds and flus! We will focus on using herbs that are easy to find: culinary herbs and spices. Participants will gain understanding of how to differentiate symptoms to pick the most appropriate herbs, and how to prepare herbal infusions. We will make Fire Cider together for participants to take home. This class will provide accessible and useful knowledge to share with family and friends.
Antispasmodics and Muscle Relaxants: This class will cover commonly used herbs for muscle tension and spasm – from headaches and menstrual cramps, to restless leg and post-hike soreness. We will explore about 10 herbs and reasons you would choose each one, including different mechanisms of action and constitutional considerations.
Healing the Blood Flow: from Surgery to Stroke: When blood vessels are damaged or blocked, it can cause damage to surrounding tissues and cause inflammation, neuropathic pain, and function loss. Though modern medicine may excel at invasive techniques such as surgery, they generally have nothing to offer for the post-surgical or post-stroke patient to recover and heal fully. People are left with pain, numbness, scarring, infections, and generally low vitality. This class will cover some essential herbs and diet choices for healing the blood vessels and nerves, encouraging tissue regeneration and reducing inflammation. In my practice I have seen clients who had not fully recovered from a surgery or stroke, and after years of illness have found great relief from herbal medicine.
The Bitter Truth about Digestion and Metabolism: There are hundreds of bitter taste receptors that initiate a cascade of reactions throughout your body. Bitters are used to stimulate digestive juices, support the liver, regulate blood sugar, and even lower cholesterol! We can incorporate bitters into our daily lives to help support our digestive system and overall metabolism. Come learn when to use which bitter herbs and why!