Medicinal Trees and Shrubs: Intermediate/Advanced Herbal Medicine Series Begins February 2013

Registration for the 2013 Medicinal Tree and Shrubs is closed.  This class is full.  Please check back for the 2014 session.


**Deepen your relationship with our natural landscape** Increase plant identification skills** Enlarge your herbal pharmacy** In-depth information about our tree and shrub medicines**Hone your hands-on skills as an herbalist

This series consists of about 35 hours of workshop time spread out over seven  months time  from March to September.  Exact dates will be determined soon and announced on my website and my blog.

Sunday,  February 24th. 1-:530 St. Paul

Sunday, March  10th.   1-5:30 Cannon Falls

Sunday, May 19th1-5:30 Cannon Falls.

Sunday,  June 9th, 1-5:30 St. Paul

1 Wednesday in July 6-9 St. Paul Date to be determined.

Sunday, July 14th. 1-5:30. Cannon Falls

1 Wednesday in August 6-9. St. Paul Date to be determined.

1 Sunday in August 1-5:30 Date and location to be determined.

Sunday, September 29th.  1-5:30 St. Paul.

Some classes will take place in Cannon Falls (or other rural locations)and other classes will take place at locations around the Twin Cities.

  • In depth: Black Walnut, Cramp Bark, Elder(blossom and berry), Ginkgo, Hawthorn, Juniper, Linden, Oak, Prickly Ash, Quaking Aspen, Raspberry, Rose, Sumac,  Northern White Cedar and Wild Cherry.
  • Plant identification walks with a special emphasis on trees and shrubs, but encompassing whatever local flora we come upon, differentiating between plants in the same genus, plant families and relationships, understanding plant habitats and where you are likely to find what you are looking for. Some classes, particularly the May class and the July Sunday class will have opportunities to harvest herbaceous plants when available and time permits.
  • Identification during different seasons
  • Harvest of medicinal parts
  • Tincturing, oil and salve making(Black Walnut and White Cedar) and syrup making (Elderberry, Hawthorn and Rosehip syrup)
  • In-depth  Materia Medica
  • Opportunities to practice your clinical skills  such as case-taking, pulse and tongue assessments with clients or each other
  • No homework or projects outside of class: but two or three quizzes will be given.

Class is limited to eight participants.  $50 deposit to confirm your place.  $250 additional class fee that you may pay as you go. Online payment with credit card is also available via paypal.

Extensive handouts will be available online and students will provide their own medicine making supplies such as jars, alcohol, oil and honey.

This class is best suited for those who have a foundation in herbal medicine. Participants ideally can identify common medicinal plants/weeds such as Yellow Dock, Burdock, Chickweed, Motherwort , Mullein etc., are able to make a tincture or infused herbal oil,  are conversant with general herbal terms and actions (for example: diaphoretic, emmenagogue, astringents , tannins, mucilage and so on).

Email Erin at  if you have questions about if this class is right for you.  Registration is by email. Deposit is required to hold your spot.  Deposits by check may be mailed to Erin Piorier, 851 Dayton Avenue, St. Paul MN 55104.  Oruse the paypal button below to make a deposit online.

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