Learn Herbal Medicine! 2014 Summer Classes at Bluebird Hill Homestead

The world feels ripe to bursting right now with plant life.  I am excited to offer a few herbal medicine making classes this summer at a new location,  Bluebird Hill Homestead. It’s always fun to explore new places in our region and I am thankful to Heidi for having this idea and willingness to share their land with herbal students and enthusiasts.   Check out the descriptions below and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  You can leave questions in the comments section or email me at epiorier@mninter.net or call at 612-508-0584

Summer Herbal Medicine Making Classes at Bluebird Hill Homestead

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This July join herbalist, Erin Piorier, for herbal education in the countryside.  Learn to identity wild native and naturalized plants, connect with nature, make natural, handmade, low impact medicines that you can use for yourself, your friends or family.  Classes will take place at Bluebird Hill Homestead, a permaculture homestead just 35-40 minutes from St. Paul in the enchanting St. Croix River Valley.  The landscape includes rolling hills, prairie and oak savanna.

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Join us for one class or all three!

On Saturday, July 26th we will offer two classes; participants may choose just the morning or afternoon workshops or take both classes with a relaxing lunch break for a discounted rate.

Wild Plant Identification Walk

***This class is full and registration is closed.  There’s still room  for more participants in the Natural Sunscreen Class described below.  If you are looking for more opportunities to learn about herbal medicine consider The Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival on September 6th and follow this blog or my facebook page for upcoming classes including classes about cough, cold and flu season coming up this fall and my annual intermediate/advanced lecture series offered in the winter/spring, topic TBA**

Saturday, July 26,  10 am
$15

We live in an area of great plant diversity and summer is the perfect time to experience this lush, green riot of plant life. We’ll walk through the homestead identifying the plants we meet.  A focus will be on learning the identifying characteristics of useful plants, including basic botanical terminology in the service of plant i.d.  and plant family relationships. We will discuss edbility, traditional and contemporary medicinal uses, folklore, toxicity and more.

 

Handmade Wildcrafted Herbal Medicine Making

Saturday, July 26,  1-4 pm
$35

***This class is full and registration is closed.  There’s still room  for more participants in the Natural Sunscreen Class described below.  If you are looking for more opportunities to learn about herbal medicine consider The Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival on September 6th and follow this blog or my facebook page for upcoming classes including classes about cough, cold and flu season coming up this fall and my annual intermediate/advanced lecture series offered in the winter/spring, topic TBA**

Anyone and everyone can make herbal medicine.  Spend an afternoon learning to make your own medicine!  We will discuss safe and ethical wildcrafting. Erin will guide you through the process of making tincture, concentrated, natural herbal extracts and participants will gather plant material to make their own tinctures.  We will also discuss and prepare infused herbal oils which can be used topically as they are or transformed at a later date into salves or ointments.  Erin will explain and demonstrate the steps to making these fresh and potent preparations and participants will gather plants to make their own infused oils.

There will be a small list of commonly available supplies that are necessary for the medicine making workshop.

 

 

Full Day Bluebird Hill Herbal Medicine Classes

Saturday, July 26,  10 am-4 pm
$45

 

***This class is full and registration is closed.  There’s still room  for more participants in the Natural Sunscreen Class described below.  If you are looking for more opportunities to learn about herbal medicine consider The Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival on September 6th and follow this blog or my facebook page for upcoming classes including classes about cough, cold and flu season coming up this fall and my annual intermediate/advanced lecture series offered in the winter/spring, topic TBA**

 

If you are planning to stay for the whole day of herbal fun, please bring a potluck item.  Erin will provide her signature desserts (including a gluten free choice) and herbal iced tea.

Natural Sunscreen

**Registration is now  closed. 

 If you are looking for more opportunities to learn about herbal medicine consider The Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival on September 6th and follow this blog or my facebook page for upcoming classes including classes about cough, cold and flu season coming up this fall and my annual intermediate/advanced lecture series offered in the winter/spring, topic TBA**

 

Thursday, July 316:00-8:30 pm
$25

In this hands on workshop we will review some of the latest information on conventional commercial sunscreen: what’s in it, what works, what doesn’t, how much does it protect you and what are the risks of using commercial sunscreen? Then we will turn our attention to some of the alternatives from nature including butters and oils with spf, traditional and safe barriers like zinc and titanium oxide  and botanicals like Yarrow, Green Tea and others.
As a group we will make natural sunscreen and participants will take home a generous jar for personal use. This sunscreen is not a greasy salve; it‘s a rich, creamy, fragrant water–oil emulsion that you won’t mind slathering on your skin. You’ll learn the recipe and the technique so you can continue making your own sunscreen in the future.

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