Herbalista Free School

Welcome to the Free School, a new Herbalista initiative offering free online classes to help you along your herbal journey.

All classes are FREE and open to the PUBLIC.  Classes are on a variety of subjects and are open to herbalists and herb lovers of all levels.  We have put together a broad  foundational curriculum, based on the 50 hour in-person program we taught in Atlanta for many years. 

Topics include: Herbal First Aid, Wildcrafting, Medicine Making, Field Botany, Herbal Actions and Energetics, Holistic Lifestyle, Materia Medica, Herbal Therapeutics, Community Herbal Initiatives, and oh-so-much-more.

All classes are taught live via Zoom.  Classes are recorded and the links are sent to registrants after the class, as well as loaded to the Herbalista Toolkit for access by sustaining members.

 

How it works

To Register: Registration links will be posted in the month before a class takes place. Once you register, you will receive an email that includes the Zoom link to your class as well as links to any instructional materials so you can print or download them for class.  PLEASE NOTE: All registrants will be added to our mailing list for the Herbalista digi-newsletter.  Please email us if you would like to be removed from that mailing list.  

Using Zoom: You will need Zoom in order to attend these classes.  If you don’t already have a Zoom account, they are free to create.  Here is the link to get started and create your account: https://zoom.us/freesignup/  And here is a video that shows you how to join a Zoom meeting: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Zoom-video-call

Class Schedule: Classes take place on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the year.  There are between 2 and 3 classes each month.

Wednesday Classes are 90 minutes long and last from 2:30 – 4 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). For those of you joining us from Ireland, class meets from 7:30 – 9 PM Irish Standard Time (IST).

Sunday Classes are longer (yay!).  They consist of 3 hours of class time with a 30 minute break in the middle.  Classes run from 12:30 – 4 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) and 5:30 – 9 PM Irish Standard Time (IST).

Support the Free School

The Free School is only possible thanks to the support of our sustaining members and donors.  Please consider support this initiative by making a tax-deductible donation.

Calendar of Classes

Upcoming Classes – May classes are open for registration

The classes listed below are open to herbalists and herb lovers of all levels. 

Registration links and detailed class descriptions are posted in the month before a class takes place. We’ve color coded the classes — green for Sunday classes and blue for Wednesday classes

Folks can register for a particular class on the class date and even once the class has begun, as long you register before the officially posted end of class.  All those who have registered for a class will receive a link to the class video recording.

MAY

Botany for the Herbalist [TAKE 2!] **

Sunday, May 15th [12:30 – 4 PM EST]

Registration Closed

** We had a great Botany Class on May 1st, unfortunately, the recording didn’t go so well, so we are re-running the class!  This must be natures way of making sure we give her extra attention in this glorious month of May! 

If you were registered for the last Botany class, your previous link still works if you would like to attend. EVERYONE registered for class on either May 1st or May 15th will receive the link to the class video from May 15th.

There are many ways for an herbalist to deepen their relationship with plants.  Botany is one such way. It offers us a language with which we can observe and describe plant characteristics and also a structure through which we can understand the relationships between plants and plant communities.  An understanding of basic botany will not only enhance your understanding of herbs, but also assists us in the gathering and preparing of our medicines.  This class will cover Breathtaking Botanical Basics, from terminology to practical application.


Different Strokes for Different Folks

Wednesday, May 4th [2:30 – 4 PM EST]

Registration closed

“Different strokes for different folks” might be the phrase I use most as a practicing herbalist, as a teacher, and hopefully as a compassionate human.  Although I believe that what we share is greater than our differences, these differences are very important when it comes to selecting appropriate remedies and creating health plans for folks.  Most herbal traditions have created archetypal patterns for recognizing the various ways humans manifest these physical, mental, and spiritual differences. In this class we will touch on concepts such as western constitutional physiology, humoral theory, the 3 doshas of Ayurved, and Chinese 5 phase theory to illustrate ways you can begin to customize your herbal approach.

We will also concepts such as patient centered care and how we can meet people where they are at and help them get to where they want to go… another favorite phrase 💚


Hot Glycerite Extraction

Wednesday, May 25th [2:30 – 4 PM EST]

Register here

As we continue our studies of Herbal Medicine Making and Liquid Extraction, we now turn to Hot Glycerite Extraction, a great option for making effective, alcohol-free tinctures.  While Glycerites are not a commonly used form of liquid extract, often considered a “weak” alternative only for children, their importance is finally being recognized.  At Herbalista, we specialize in alcohol-free preparations and so have cultivated a wide range of glycerite medicine over the years.   Today’s class will focus on the “hot” extraction technique which quickly yields potent and delicious medicine.

JUNE

Kitchen Herbalism: Summer Health

Wednesday, June 1st [2:30 – 4 PM EST]


Water Medicine: Tea, Syrup and Hydrotherapy

Sunday, June 5th [12:30 – 4 PM EST]


Making Fresh Plant Tinctures

Wednesday, June 15th [2:30 – 4 PM EST]

JULY

Herbal Foot Care

Sunday, July 3rd [12:30 – 4 PM EST]


Creating an HerbCare Station

Wednesday, July 6th [2:30 – 4 PM EST]


Herbal Basics: Diet and Digestion

Sunday, July 17th [12:30 – 4 PM EST]

AUGUST

Urban Foraging

Wednesday, August 3rd [2:30 – 4 PM EST]


Herbal Basics: Daily Routine + Sleep Hygiene

Sunday, August 7th [12:30 – 4 PM EST]

SEPTEMBER

Maintaining a Botanical Dispensary

Sunday, September 4th [12:30 – 4 PM EST]


Kitchen Herbalism: Autumn Health

Wednesday, September 7th [2:30 – 4 PM EST]


Oil Medicine: Infused Oils and Salves

Sunday, September 18th [12:30 – 4 PM EST]

OCTOBER

Herbal Basics: Skin + Basic Wound Care

Sunday, October 2nd [12:30 – 4 PM EST]


Tincture Making: Percolation

Wednesday, October 5th [2:30 – 4 PM EST]


Distillation: Hydrosols and Essential Oils

Sunday, October 16th [12:30 – 4 PM EST]

NOVEMBER

Kitchen Herbalism: Ginger Candy

Wednesday, November 2nd [2:30 – 4 PM EST]


Herbal Basics: Heart Medicine

Sunday, November 6th [12:30 – 4 PM EST]


Making HerbCare Packs

Wednesday, November 9th [2:30 – 4 PM EST]

DECEMBER

Kitchen Herbalism: Winter Health

Wednesday, December 7th [2:30 – 4 PM EST]

Previous Classes

The classes listed below have concluded.

If you missed one and would like to watch the video from it, all class videos can be found in the Herbalista Toolkit, available to sustaining members.

FEBRUARY

Kitchen Herbalism: Fire Cider

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 [2:30 – 4 PM EST] Class Video + Resources Posted to Toolkit

As we kick off our first class of the Herbalista Free School, we thought what better way of kindling this fire than by making a batch of Fire Cider 🔥 We will also share info on starting a Fire Cider Brigade.


Herbal Traditions

Sunday, February 6, 2022 [12:30 – 4 PM EST] Class Video + Resources Posted to Toolkit

The world of Herbalism is vast and varied, a veritable rainbow of traditions. In this class we will explore a few traditions in order to discuss common themes of health and healing.  We can then apply these concepts to our work as community herbalists.


MARCH

Kitchen Herbalism: Spring Health 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 [2:30 – 4 PM EST] Class Video + Resources Posted to Toolkit

Living in harmony with the seasons is one of the most important ways we can support our health. And just as the earth awakens from her winter slumbers it’s time to energize and cleanse ourselves. In this class we will explore the energetics of spring– meeting seasonal herbs, sharing recipes and daily practices we can use in our kitchen apothecary.


Herbal Actions and Energetics

Sunday, March 6, 2022 [12:30 – 4 PM EST] Class Video + Resources Posted to Toolkit

Language is a building block of culture and in this class we will explore herbal language used to describe the medical action herbs have on the human body. Understanding categories of herbal actions will allow us to read herbal texts, deepen our understanding of our materia medica, make appropriate choices when we formulate, and can also be helpful when bridging the gap between conventional medicine and herbal medicine.

We will also spend time exploring the qualities of herbs, including energetics and flavors as an additional and exciting layer to understanding how herbs work in the body.


Tincture Making 101: Weight to Volume + Mixing Custom Menstruums

Sunday, March 13, 2022 [12:30 – 4 PM EST]

Making your own medicine is one of the most thrilling aspects of herbalism and it is something that can be done in your own kitchen. In this class we will focus on some of the basic aspects of creating herbal extracts known as tinctures, including understanding how to properly prepare them according to the weight to volume method. We will also share how to mix your own custom menstruums, allowing you to maximize the extraction potential.


APRIL

Herb Cart Crash Course

Sunday, April 3rd [12:30 – 4 PM EST]

The Herbalista Herb Cart served the Atlanta streets for 7 years, providing free, herbal care to communities in need.  This class offers a crash course on how we ran this unique grassroots program and will cover a wide range of topics– mobile clinic logistics, clinical forms, dispensary considerations, packing lists, safety and sanitation, and oh-so-much more.  There will be ample time for Q & A to support folks looking to set up mobile herb clinics of their own.  


Crafting a Materia Medica

Wednesday, April 6th [2:30 – 4 PM EST]

A “materia medica” is a detailed listing of the remedies used in medicine. For herbalists, our materia medicas are filled with simple and compound plant preparations. While there are many incredible materia medicas already in existence, gifted to us by herbal and medical authors over the centuries, the exercise of crafting your own materia medica is an empowering and enriching experience. Your materia medica will continue to grow with you, becoming a wonderful reflection of your unique herbal journey.


Herbal First Aid

Sunday, April 24th [12:30 – 4 PM EST]

Learning Herbal First Aid empowers us to take care of some of our most basic needs and those of our loved ones. Join Herbalista Lorna for a workshop exploring basic first aid principles; strategies and remedies for common injuries; and how to customize your own first aid kit.