Refund Policy:We are a very small business and we rely on tuition payments in order to teach our program. We can't buy materials or pay our bills without it! We cannot issue refunds for tuition payments unless you suffer a serious personal or family emergency that renders you incapable of attending.
February 17th, 2019 Botany for Herbalist Intensive Time: 10 AM- 4 PM Location:2233 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA Cost: $65 for AHG members/$75 non AHG members
February 23rd, 2019 Bark Eaters! The Edible and Medicinal Uses of Trees Time: 11-2 PM Location: The Hawk and Hawthorne, Barnardsville NC Cost: 30-90$ Sliding Scale Join The Wander School's Abby Artemisia and Becky Beyer of Blood and Spicebush for a winter woods walk. We'll practice winter tree ID and learn the edible and medicinal benefits of trees in the Southern Appalachians like black birch, white pine and many more. We'll taste and craft medicines from the trees and each student will go home with makings for a remedy all their own. In these times between the leaf fall and the leaf out, the woods can appear barren and empty, but when you look closer you'll see they are filled with medicine and magic.
Herbal oils and salves are two ways of preserving herbs for topical use. They can be used for skin irritations, like cuts, burns, and even splinters; or for massage or pain relief, along with many other uses. We’ll discuss which plants are most beneficial in oils and salves, including many local wild plants. You’ll get to watch a demonstration of how an oil is made and then turned into a salve. We’ll talk about the best ways to do this to preserve the plants and keep the oils from going rancid, extending the shelf life of your formula. Then, try some out and take some home (after adding the essential oil of your choice), along with plenty of recipes. Stay after class to see Abby's handmade Appalachian herbal products for sale and get ideas about what you can make yourself at home from locally foraged herbs.
March 31st, 2019 Spring Bitters with Abby Artemisia Time: 3-6 PM Location: Villagers, Ashville NC The Bountiful Bonanza of Bitters: Making herbal formulas to support your digestion and spice up your cocktails, mocktails, and sodas Though bitters are trending, they are concoctions that go way back! Back in the day, folks would eat wild, bitter greens because they were the first fresh food to pop up in the spring. Coincidentally, they’d tonify the body and kickstart the liver after a winter of eating preserved foods. Today we have so many more choices for supporting our livers and protecting us from invaders like environmental toxins and hard-to-digest fatty foods and alcohol. Once you get used to the taste, you’ll actually start to crave it! Did you know that citrus peels, chocolate, vanilla, and reishi are actually bitters? Just think of all the tasty and tonifying combinations you can come up with! Learn a little bit more about what bitters are and how they function, do a taste test to find your favorites, and make some to take home.
APRIL - OCTOBER (WEEKENDS) RETREAT & RECONNECT: A SERIES OF BOTANICAL RETREATS
Two days of plant walks, foraging, wild food cooking, herbal medicine making, botanical identification, primitive skills and MUCH much more! Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (+ time for dinner) Saturday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sunday Location: 128 Sugar Creek Rd Weaverville, NC Cost:$250 each weekend (includes all food and materials) or $250 off (one FREE retreat!) if you register for the whole series by January 1st ($1,500), $150 discount if you register for the whole series after January 1st ($1,600)
More details coming in the next few days... Stay tuned!
A Botanic Folk School: We see a school based upon the principles of knowing and working with plants in the folkway: a return to the old lore of learning and making food and medicine. Where the way in which we craft our baskets is as important as the way we brew our tea. Kudzu and sweet birch. Violet and bittercress. Old is made new.
Make Your Own Field Journal Wild Foods and Spices Ancestral Nutrition/ Wild Food Nutrition Cooking over Fire Appalachian Folk Uses of Plants Appalachian Folk Medicine Crafting your own Harvest Baskets Medicine Making: teas, tinctures, liniments, oils, salves, syrups, oxymels, glycerites and alcohol-free tinctures Creating Your Home Apothecary Sustainable/Ethical Wildcrafting Making an Herbal First Aid Kit