A course to take you from curious to confidant in the realms of Bioregional Herbalism and Medicine Making.
Geraldine Lavin has been studying herbalism for over a decade. The past 5 years have been completely devoted to the practice. She has taught classes on herbal medicine making and theory at Yale University, Bard College, conferences, retreats, food coops, lifestyle stores, urban farms, even at a feminist music festival. Now, she’s finally taking her teaching online! After every class she receives feedback that her style is organized, thorough, and students feel like they have vastly expanded their understanding of the subject matter. Geraldine believes that each class is an opportunity to empower her students and demystify the world of plant and mushroom medicine.
This course focuses on Bioregional Herbalism and Medicine Making. Bioregional herbalism is the practice of working with the abundant herbs of our region rather than importing ingredients in from all around the globe. You’ll explore a materia medica of herbs native to the US, so called “invasive” species of herbs that are abundantly available, and herbs that belong in every herb garden and apothecary. The Medicine Making aspect of the course will guide you through 5 major solvents of the herbal apothecary - water, apple cider vinegar, honey, alcohol, and oil. By the end of each module you will feel fully capable of how, why, and when to use each solvent.
The course spans 5 months, May through September. Each month is considered a module, during which we will meet twice. Sessions will be live so students can ask questions and participate in class, however each session will be recorded just in case a student can’t make it and will need to watch on their own time. The first session of each month will be largely lecture (and answering questions) and will end with an assignment. The second session will be a review, discussion and an opportunity to present findings with the class. The goal is to make sure students leave each module feeling like the subject matter has been demystified and they have a full understanding of the techniques and information shared. Don’t let the word “assignment” scare you - these will be enjoyable tasks that will ensure the lesson becomes personal for you.
The modules & meeting dates are as follows:
May: Materia Medica
Meeting Dates: May 2nd, May 23rd
Meeting Dates: June 13th, June 27th
July: Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey
Meeting Dates: July 11th, July 25th
Meeting Dates: August 8th, August 22nd
Meeting Dates: September 12th, September 26th
Write to Geraldine with any questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
$350 early bird sign ups 3/1-4/15
$450 regular price 4/16 -5/1
$115 per module - sign up anytime before the first class meeting of the month