Combine learning with service at our medicine making workshops!
Discover the satisfying and empowering experience of creating plant medicine!
And the best part? Your hard work will help provide herbal remedies to the people who need it most! We make medicines to stock the apothecaries of the Herbalista Free Clinics and also to share with other clinics and communities in need.
We make batches of some of our most needed herbal preparations, reviewing a variety of medicine making skills from beginner to more advanced techniques. Participants will go home with new skills, recipes and samples of their creations, and the knowledge that they have made batches of sweet, sweet herbal medicine to nurture their neighbors. We run these workshops several times each year.
A little history…
When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in 2012, Lorna had a medicine making workshop scheduled that weekend. The original plan was to spend the day making remedies that were both tasty and healthy to support our friends and family during the winter season. It was an all day workshop and we thought, why not direct some of this energy towards putting together a care package for the folks up in the NYC. So for the last hour of class, we made a dozen lavender sachets and created hundreds of winter tulsi chai blend teabags (warming and soothing) to send up north. It touched something extra special inside of us all.
Flash forward 2 years, the Herb Bus is now on the scene and we are doing our best to make the Herbalista Free Clinic a sustainable project. But, as we all know, free clinics aren’t really “free.” They cost money to stock and money to run. So on October 24th, 2014 we tried something a little new.
Since we were looking for more community support for the Herbalista Free Clinic, then what better solution than to literally put the community to work, stocking the bus! We spent the day learning to make the remedies we use most on the Bus, with particular attention to the needs of the coming winter months. The registration fees purchased the herbal ingredients and 7 hours later everyone had acquired new skills and the Bus had new medicines!!
The list of medicines we make is either based on what the clinics are currently low on or to help gear up for a change in season. For example, in preparation for winter, we might create batches of Defender Glycerite Extract and Fire Cider. You can find recipes, medicine making instructions and class outlines on the website. Please check out the Toolkit if you are interested in using this model to create herbal infrastructure in your neck of the woods.
We run these workshops several times a year. We make remedies to both stock our free clinics as well as to send to other communities who need our help, just like that first care package we sent to New York City!
Thanks to these workshops, our community is that much stronger! Not only do our clinics receive the medicines they need, but more and more folks have the skills to make their own medicines!