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Year of  Herbs 

Year of Herbs is a 12 month program, conducted January through December (You can start at what ever month works best for you), for those who desire an in-depth herbal program. This program offers a unique opportunity to totally immerse yourself in the world of wild plants and herbs. By the end of the program you will be able to identify and know how to use well over 36 different herbs.


This is a beginning level program which assumes the student has had little or no formal study of herbs, and will give you the foundation you need as a budding herbalist or home medicine maker. The cost of this class is $25.00 per month.





Schedule for 2022 - Sundays 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

January 10th - Start of Your Winter Wellness Cabinet with the making of Chest Rub, Cough Syrup & Lip Balm

February 13th - Smelling Good with the making of Candles, Incense & Oil Blends

March 13th - Spring Cleaning with the making of Melt & Pour Soap, All-Purpose Cleaners & Tinctures

April 10th - In the Kitchen Herb Garden, Vinegars for Health & Herbal Blends for Pasta

May 15th - Making of Insect Repellant, Flea Powders & Flea Sprays for the Pets and Garden Tonics

June 12th - Fun in the Sun with the making of Sun Burn Relief Sun Tan Lotion & Moisturizing Lotions

July 10th - Part 1 Body Products with the making of Hand Cream, Shampoo & Conditioner

August 14th - Part 2 Body Products with the making of After-Shave Tonic, Eye Make-up Remover, Shoe De-odorizer                            and Preparing for Lye Soap Making

September 11th - Lye Soap Making

October 9th - Part 3 Body Products with the making of Toothpaste, Mouth Wash, Bath Powder& Body Spray

November 13th - Preparing for the Holidays with the making of Teas, Carpet Freshener & Sneaker Peekers

December 18th - Making of Holiday Gifts

One thing to note, is that each class covers a complete, yet separate topic on herbs and that it is not necessary to attend all classes if a particular aspect interests you more than another. Whether you sign up for each class or come only to the ones you decide to participate, you will not feel lost in the subject.

The program is a unique experience, bringing together professional instruction in an informal setting which provides a relaxing environment in which to learn.  Our classes are informal and relaxed, and our small class size allows accessibility to our instructors both during lessons and after class. Only registered students may attend class. We are an adult learning center. Participants must be at least 17 years old.

The program was designed by Deb Burton and Jan DeFerbrache, both practicing herbalists and the class is taught by Amanda Wyss, Carla Resler and Ruth Sutherlin. The approach is towards a more holistic education.  Students learn about the medicinal plants, the wildlife that is around us and other healing modalities that promote health.

Here’s what you’ll learn over the course of the 12-month study:
How to approach herbal medicine so it doesn’t feel overwhelming and impossible to learn.
What the best books are to start with and how to use them
How to bring herbs into your life
Herb identification
How to put together a natural travel first aid kit
What are the most poisonous plants and how to learn which ones grow near you

Herbal terminology
Making herbal teas, infusions, vinegars, tinctures, oils, salves
Herbal harvesting, drying and storage
Making herbal cosmetics, body creams and herbal bath salts
Sacred herbs and ceremonial uses
Herbs for colds and flu
Planting a herb garden
How to cook with wild plants
Safe places to order herbs and supplies
Links to great on-line herbal resources, books, and schools
As a participant you will learn the gentle cycles and rhythms of the plants as they develop and change through the seasons. Together with the plants, we will discover our own rhythms and connection to the Mother Earth.

Come learn and grow with us!!!

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