We offer herbalism and other natural health classes at Hawthorn & Violet as part of our mission to help empower people to take charge of their health and wellness. Throughout the course of the year, our offerings cycle through beginner herbalism classes, winter wellness, making elderberry syrup and other medicines, and finding medicine in the plants that grow in our region or that might be sitting right on our spice rack. Classes are always changing- sometimes we come back to old favorites, and some offerings are brand new.
All classes are $10 in advance, or $15 the day of the event, and are 7:00-8:30 pm on a Friday evening, unless otherwise noted.
Contact Rebecca at 810-569-6820 to sign up. You’ll get an invoice via e-mail to make sign up easy.
July 12th, 2019- Summer Herb Walk- Starts at 6:00 pm
One of the best parts of learning about herbalism is finding all the wonderful herbal allies that grow in our region. Michigan is rich in herbs that are potential allies if you know how to identify and use them!
For this class, we will meet at Hawthorn & Violet, carpool and park at the southern entrance of Dauner-Martin Nature Preserve on Dauner Road. We will go on a one mile hike through wooded trails and meadow. Along the way, we will stop many times to point out and discuss medicinal plants growing in Michigan. If you have come on previous herb walks, you’ll see how the plants look in later summer. (And we’ll see them again at the end of summer- keep your eyes out for that class announcement)
It’s always a good idea to wear good close toed walking shoes, and maybe even long pants, and to apply bug deterrent spray. We will still plan on going if it’s raining. Cancellation will only happen if weather is dangerous such as a thunderstorm with lightening is imminent. A little light rain might feel good after the heat we’ve had this week! So if it looks like rain and you’d like to bring an umbrella, take that into account.
A notebook and camera may also be useful, but there are some great notetaking apps for smartphones that are great for just this kind of thing if you’re a quick typer.
July 19th, 2019 Herbal Medicine Making
This class will be a hands on demonstration of how to make your herbs into medicine. We will learn about how to make infusions, decoctions, tinctures, poultices, steams, salves and syrups.
It’s a good idea to sign up early for this class, because it usually sells out early.
August 16th, 2019 Adaptogens- The Herbs for Dealing with Stress and Low Energy
You may have heard about herbs like St. Johns wort for depression and Chamomile for soothing stressed nerves, but let me take you a little deeper into the world of herbs we can use to help balance our energy patterns, that will help alleviate stress, fatigue and other emotional states. We will look at several different adaptogenic and nervine herbs and discuss the types of imbalances they best address.
August 23rd: Balancing Emotions with Flower Essences
Feeling overwhelmed by emotions? Do you have fear, doubt, anxiety, depression? Maybe you find yourself snapping at others when you wish you were more patient. Maybe you absorb emotions of those around you? There are probably as many nuances to emotions as there are different types of flowers.
Flower essences may be able to help. They are a type of energy medicine, akin to homeopathy, yet different, made from flowers.
Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants which interact with the subtle energies of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. We can say that they work in a similar way to inspirational music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light, while the flower essences work through the medium of water.
In this class, we will explore the Bach Remedies and many of the North American flower remedies. Attendees will have the option of having me blend their chosen remedies into a special formula for them for an additional $10.