ONLINE COURSE: Bioregional Herbalism and Medicine Making, the live 2021 sessions

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:

(Each meeting is 10am-noon, EST)


May: Materia Medica 

(Introduction to Bioregional Herbalism)

Meeting Dates: May 8th, May 22nd


June: Water 

(Hot & Cold Infusions, Decoctions, Steams + Materia Medica)

Meeting Dates: June 5th, June 19th


July: Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey 

(Vinegar, Honey, and Oxymels + Materia Medica)

Meeting Dates: July 10th, July 24th


August: Alcohol 

(All about tincture making + Materia Medica)

Meeting Dates: August 7th, August 21st


September: Oil

(Infusing oils, making balms, making creams + Materia Medica)

Meeting Dates: September 4th, September 18th

Entire Course

$350 early bird sign ups: December 8th - March 20

$450 regular price: March 20 - May 1st


$90 monthly, charged at the beginning of each month May-September

Write to Geraldine with any questions or comments:

ONLINE COURSE: Bioregional Herbalism and Medicine Making, the live 2021 sessions

$450.00 Regular Price
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