Hello! I’m a holistic herbalist with roots in the American Eclectic tradition, now teaching here in Berlin.
This is a list of all of the classes I have taught. I’d gladly teach any of the below classes again, or create a custom class just for you!
Getting to Know the Culinary Herbs
How can you incorporate herbs into your cooking in order to support wellness? Meet the plant families that have fed us for thousands of years! We’ll do a tea tasting and make our own spice blends.
How Herbs Work
When people ask me to “say something about herbs” to a group I usually call my session “How Herbs Work”. We do a tea tasting meditation and go through a list of herbal action words and learn how to be critical of what we read about herbs.
How to Use Herbs
AKA Apothecary tools. This is a really fun class, my basic introduction to the apothecary. We start with a list of tools herbalists use and discuss how each one is used. I do demonstrations of basic herbal preparation methods and we learn when to use which.
How to Learn Herbalism
Students work on developing a personal study plan. I provide information about the resources available for you to achieve your educational goals – schools, conferences, distance programs, books, online resources, practices, and more. My answer to the question “How did you learn all this stuff?”
How Plants Work
An introduction to botany, aimed at understanding how and why plants do the things they do. This class evolved from questions about when to harvest which parts.
Central Texas Native Medicinal Plants for Gardens and Landscapes
Finally, a materia medica class! A list of plants, with pictures and information.
Chemistry for Herbalists
My translation and condensation of chemistry class, in which I make Neutralizing Cordial and everyone goes home with samples! Covering concepts like pH, osmosis and concentration gradients as well as laboratory techniques (better pouring!).
Exercise for Herbalists
I’m a personal fitness trainer and completed a one year exercise science program at Austin Community College, after I had already been to herb school. This class is my collected highlights of what I learned in that program, designed to be useful and relevant for practicing herbalists.
Teaching Sideways: Interpretation for Herbalists
My most requested class. It will help you give better presentations, while feeling more comfortable, confident and relaxed.
I’d taught many classes on a variety of topics, and the students kept saying they wanted more magic. “Can you just do a whole class about magic? Please?” Sure, no problem. Poof! A class about magic.
Getting outside with the plants is one of the great joys of herbalism. I like to incorporate activities into plant walks, and often include sensory awareness exercises, a healing ritual or a handout with the walk. (For example: owl eyes, plant talking, smudges, limpias, flower essence making)
These are designed to be very focused, yet stand-alone classes. They are accessible to first-time herb students while also enriching and engaging for experienced herbalists.
- Herbs for the Lymphatic System
- Herbs for the Urinary System
- Herbs for the Musculoskeletal System
- Herbs for the Nervous System
- Herbs for the Circulatory System
- Herbs for the Endocrine System
- Herbs for Inflammation
- Herbs for Mouth Care
- Herbs for Surgery Support
- Herbs for Colds and Flus
- Herbs for Energy Metabolism
- Invaders!!! Parasites, Germs and Bugs
Such fun. I’ll usually start with 15 minutes of talk and a hand out. We’ll go over some basic recipes and concepts, then get to the mess making. Theory, practice, fun AND products made. Kitchen classes feel so productive!
- Oils, Body Butters and Lotions
- Baths and Balms: AKA Spa Night
- Spice Blends and Salad Dressings
- Fragrances and Sugar Scrubs
- Tinctures and other Extracts
- Dried Herbs and their many Uses
- Teas and Tea Blends
- Fire Cider and other Vinegars
- Cordials and Elixirs
Sacred Journey Series
When Ginger Webb was starting her Sacred Journey School of Herbalism, she asked me to co-teach and help develop curriculum. She taught Materia Medica and I did the rest. I created this 13 class series as a foundations course in herbalism.
- Introduction to Herbs and Herbalism
- Foundations of Holistic Health
- Digestive System
- Circulatory Systems
- Musculoskeletal System
- Nervous System
- Endocrine System
- Respiratory and Renal Systems
- Reproductive Systems
- Exercise and Diet
- Sleep and Stress
- Client Intake and Formulation
A group of students felt confident with herbs, but unsure about how to move forward into the herb world. This 6 part series is designed to get herbalists comfortable with using their knowledge.
- The Practice of Herbalism as a Way of Life
- Business, Law, Community and Making Your Own Way
- Stocking Your Apothecary
- Health Psychology and Client/Practitioner Relations
- Therapeutic Strategies
- Teaching Herbs