Upcoming Classes

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.

September 13th, 2019- Summer Herb Walk- Starts at 6:00 pm

New England Aster in Bloom

One of the 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 at the end of summer.
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.

September 20th, 2019 Energy Medicine Using Esoteric Healing

“Esoteric” means hidden and implies that which lies behind or is further within. Esoteric healing is healing from within and addresses the cause of disease rather than symptoms.. This healing art calls the life of the Soul into conscious activity with the person’s life.
Esoteric Healing is an approach to healing that reaches far beyond the physical body, accessing the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being as well. Using various balancing techniques, we can bring a person’s energy field into a more flowing, healthy state.
Healing is a personal journey that awakens our Divine Spark within, allowing us to be one with the Universal Spirit. As we achieve and maintain that balance, healing on all levels has an opportunity to occur.
You’ll learn about -the Etheric body and the chakra systems -practical techniques for balancing the chakras and restoring the energy triangles between the major and minor chakras -the esoteric causes of disease -and much more
This class will be taught by guest speaker Wallace Smith, M.A., Cht, CPEH. He is a private practitioner trained in Esoteric Healing, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Therapeutic Touch. He has completed the INEH’s highest level of training and is also a certified instructor with the INEH and the National Association for Esoteric Healing USA. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking and Theatre and an Interpersonal Communications Consultant for Business and Industry. Wallace has conducted workshops for many years in Scotland, England, Hawaii, France, Crete, Poland and the United States.
Class fee is $20 in advance, $25 the day of class. It is possible the class may go over a bit, especially if Wallace decides to do a demonstration. If we do go over and you need to leave, you are welcome to do so.
We don’t want finances to be an obstacle to anyone who truly wants to participate in this class. If the fee presents a difficulty, please let us know, and we can discuss options.

September 27th, 2019 Winter Wellness

Back to school time and the changing weather often bring that first bout of illness. We’ll talk about how to build up your immune system to help you prevent or lessen the severity of winter colds and flus. We will discuss herbs, foods, and other strategies to do this. We will also discuss what herbs and foods will help us recover wellness if we do fall ill this winter, and how to determine when to use which herbs!

October 5th (Saturday class) 10:30am-12:30pm Elderberry Syrup Making Workshop

Now that you know how amazing elderberry syrup is to combat the first signs of viral infection or exposure, you’ll want to find a way to make this tasty remedy. The stuff in the stores is not only expensive, it leaves something to be desired in the taste department. I’ll show you how easily elderberry syrup can be made at home. You’ll also learn about the mechanisms by which elderberry is thought to work in the body, and learn about some other herbs that are helpful allies to add to your syrup.

Class is $10 in advance, plus $10 materials fee. If there is room on the day of class, cost is $15 plus $10 materials fee. You’ll bring home a bottle of elderberry syrup.

October 11th, 2019 Ancestral Nutriton: Your Genes, Your Immune System & Epigenetics

Have you ever tried to eat a certain way that someone else has used with great success, and found it didn’t work for you? Maybe you tried a keto, paleo, vegan or vegetarian diet and found you absolutely didn’t feel like you were thriving? Not everyone thrives on the same type of diet- we are all unique. We have specific immunologic and genetic needs for nutrients and the best forms in which to consume them. Discovering your best foods is not always straightforward with the latest fad diets declaring their virtues apply to all.
Learn just *why* blood type of all things affects the foods you should be choosing, and why we have to go beyond blood type to really find the foods that will help you to thrive. (Hint: your blood type isn’t only expressed on the surface of your red blood cells- it’s an expression of your immune system) Eating foods that go against your Genotype believe it or not contribute to inflammation (and therefore pain), weight gain, as well as increases in other diseases, especially when you’re already struggling.
Learn how we can zero in on the foods that will help *you* feel more energetic, optimize your health and help you to find your correct balance for weight.
If you can, find out what your blood type is before class. We have blood type testing kits available for sale in the store.