2018 Intensive Workshops
The Intensives offer participants an opportunity to experience specific topics in greater depth and also provide the opportunity to study more closely with individual teachers. Intensive Workshops are approximately 3 ½ – 4 hours in length. The cost for each intensive is $35 and includes material fees. Register early as the Intensives are limited in space and fill up quickly.
We are excited to be offering Pre-Conference Intensives again for those arriving early.
This allows women to attend these popular intensives without having to miss out on other classes. Please make sure to arrive in time for early check-in on Thursday evening or to arrive by 8 a.m. on Friday, as you must register first before class.
You must be registered for the entire conference in order to sign up for an Intensive.
PRE-CONFERENCE INTENSIVES: Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1. Healing from Trauma with Karyn Sanders
In this class we will look at ways to heal from traumas: personal (both on-going and old), ancestral, societal and cultural. How to understand and find where we carry trauma in the body. We will look at how herbs and energetic exercises can help us to release trauma and what patterns we have created in response to trauma. We will be doing some energetic exercises during the class and using some herbs. This class is geared to teaching individuals how to be able to work on themselves in order to heal and come back into balance. We will explore ways to have on-going resiliency in life. (all levels)
2. Traditional Plant Bathing with Rocio Alarcon
This old traditional practice will be oriented towards removing the energy of depression and anxiety that result from our daily activities and the environment that surrounds us. Plants will be used to remove energy from the cells and generate positive thoughts. (beginner)
3. Keeping Your Brain Brilliant with Charis Lindrooth
Forgetfulness, foggy thinking, brain fatigue, and mood changes are disconcerting symptoms that many of us experience but seldom know the best options for treatment and prevention. These symptoms can happen to anyone and are often telling us that our brains need more support. Taking a proactive approach to support healthy brain function is the best way to prevent more serious neurological issues as we age. Many measures can be taken naturally, by learning how to self evaluate so you can “feed” the brain for optimal function and eliminate lifestyle factors that undermine brain health. This intensive is specifically designed to guide you through the various components of self evaluation of your brain health. Whether you are a practitioner helping clients, or whether you struggle with cognitive function or have suffered a traumatic brain injury or stroke, or if you simply want to prevent problems down the road, this intensive will help you lay the foundations of your personalized natural brain care program that will boost confidence in your overall health and happiness. (intermediate)
4. The Art of Fermentation: Ways to Ally With the Amazing Micro-biodiversity Within and Around You with Suzanna Stone
Current research continues to show the impact our micro-biome has on our overall physical health and mental well being in addition to the immune building qualities that have long been recognized. Fermentation is a traditional way of food preparation and transformation that not only preserves the harvest but also yields greater nourishment, a healthier digestive system and thus increased vitality. Digestion is so much more than the mechanical breakdown of food into nutrients. We also digest our thoughts and experiences and build our intuition through the building and support of a healthy micro-biome. In this hands-on intensive, you will learn the foundations of making lacto-fermented foods in an accessible way and why they are such an important inclusion in the modern diet. We’ll make a variety of ferments, enjoy delicious samples and you’ll leave with the skills and recipes to get you well started on your fermentation journey at home. (beginner)
5. Materia Medica: Cannabis with Tammi Sweet
As herbalists we all know when giving a weed walk in a new place, the richest areas are the transitions zones, the margins, the edges. In this light, we will examine a much maligned, misunderstood and misrepresented plant we have pushed to the margins, Cannabis. It is time for us, the herbalists, to reclaim the proper uses of this medicine in our materia medica. Time for us to help educate people about how, when, and why cannabis works (and it’s not a cure for everything!). We will discuss time tested uses of this plant showing positive results, simple medicine making and finally we will discuss “right relationship” with this master plant and brainstorm ways to assist clients in creating ways to honor this sacred and healing plant. (all levels)
6. The Labyrinth: Exploring Labyrinths for Ourselves & Our Community with Jude Christian
In this class we will look at ways in which we can bring the labyrinth into our daily lives. We will learn how to draw several different labyrinth patterns and then look at how to build labyrinths, both large and small, physically and spiritually. We will learn how to create sacred labyrinth space for ourselves and for our community and then, with flowers, prayers, songs, sacred stones and herbs we will create the labyrinth for the women of the New England Women’s Herbal Conference! (all levels)
7. Discovering our Wild Plants ~ Edible and Medicinal Uses; A Wild Plant Walk with Rosemary Gladstar
Join Rosemary for a stroll through meadow and forest, learning common wild edible and medicinal plants and enjoying the green energy infusing through all. Rosemary will share stories, medicinal and edible uses, and identification features of many of the plants that are found growing wild throughout New England. This will be a leisurely stroll and is geared towards beginner and intermediate students of herbalism. Bring songs and offerings…we’ll leave them for the wild ones. If it looks like rain, be sure to bring a rain jacket! (all levels)
Friday 2:30 – 6 Intensives
1. Tongue Assessment for Western Herbalists with Larken Bunce
Traditional assessment methods, such as reading the tongue, face or pulse, are invaluable doorways to the inner terrain, giving us clues about qualities such as moisture and heat, as well as a sense of tension and overall vitality. We can also gain entry into the psychoemotional world of the client, allowing insight into a person’s world view and perceptions, as held in and expressed through the body. Assessing the tongue is especially useful for understanding the state of digestion, but also serves as a microcosmic mirror of all of the organs, as well as a person’s integrated function. This class is meant to demystify this valuable tool for Western herbalists and get folks comfortable using it right away. We’ll learn some theory and then start practicing together, learning to select potential herbs based on what we see. (beginner/intermediate)
Saturday 9-1 Intensives
1. Making Powerful Plant Medicine at Home with Nancy Scarzello
Nancy has been making plant medicines at home for over 35 yrs. Through studying advanced techniques, traditional “folkloric” methods, and her years of direct experience with the plants, her home apothecary is flourishing with powerful medicines. Not your basic tincture-making class, in this workshop we will explore the menstruums for specific herbs and appropriate applications. Use dried or fresh plants? Proportions of alcohol to water or adding vinegar or glycerine. Infusions, decoctions, syrups and infused honeys. Which carrier oils extract or absorb the best? Nancy has been making a superior medicinal mushroom extract for 20 years and will share the double extraction method used and how it can be applied to other herbal preparations. Come and learn how to empower your herbal medicines, the finest creations ~ at home. (beginner/intermediate)
2. Ozain Herbalism System: A Wholistic African Approach to Client Assessment & Evaluation with Angelique "Sobande" Greer
This class will be divided into lecture teaching and the last hour half is dedicated to group work and hands activity from participants. Ozain herbalism is a spiritual and philosophical science born from the idea that oneness with the Creative Essence brings about a wholeness in the human spirit. Seekers or aspirants of the system of Ozain seek to bring themselves into alignment with their relationship to the divine cause of life. As with all ancient systems of medicine, this system of herbology teaches students to condition the body in its entirety so that disease will not attack it. The word Ozain means ""Divine Orisha of Plants."" Students will get a small glimpse into the beautiful world of African Plant Herbology and how it connects to our physical and spiritual world. (all levels)
Saturday 2 – 6 Intensives
1. Healing the Heart with Candis Cantin
The Heart is an extremely vital organ and heart disease is a major health problem with serious consequences. But heart conditions can go beyond clogged arteries and cholesterol readings. In the ancient systems of healing, such as Chinese, Ayurvedic and the Greek/Arabic system called Unani, the concept of “heart” references the physical heart and the entire arterial system but also encompasses a broad physiological as well as psychological function as well. In these Ancient systems of medicine, nightmares, anxiety, feeling mentally dispersed or even excessively excited might be determined to be a Heart disorder. Other maladies of the heart are long term resentment, hatred, deep sorrow and lack of joy. To determine if their patient had “heart” problems, the ancient doctors would observe the demeanor of their patient and ask questions about their vitality, nerves, emotions, sleep, dreams, appetite, digestion, lungs and the other organs. We will talk about herbs that ease the heart traumas and also discuss what the ancients herbalists of the East called "exhilarents," which are herbs and aromas that helped with many "heart conditions." We will also discuss the effects that emotional shocks, loss and sustained grief have on our bodies. We will sample herbs and formulas that may give us greater ease as we traverse the underworld of loss and shock. We will also talk about some of the very potent Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs that help the heart to function more optimally and that help resolve heart symptoms as well. Herbs such as Tienchi ginseng, Dan shen, albezzia flowers and bark, rose petals, and many tonic herbs will be discussed in depth. (intermediate/advanced)
2. A Blissful Pairing: Chocolate and Cannabis CBD with Hailey Cohn & Rochelle Baca
In this intensive, Hailey Cohen and Rochelle Baca will explore the amazing (and delicious!) healing properties of cannabis CBD and chocolate. In this class, participants will learn how to make different herbal infusions, including Cannabis CBD flower oils using stove-top and solar methods. Then these oils and infusions will be transformed into delicious chocolate truffles. Truffles will be made from coconut based fats, so no animal products will be used. This class will also discuss both constituents of CBD & CBD-a and will explain the benefits of eating and topically using CBD oil. (all levels)
Sunday 9- 1 Intensives
1. Parasitic Infection: The Unwanted Little Creatures Inside of Us with Caroline Gagnon
More common than we think and not just in our gut, we will explore different plants, homeopathic remedies, flower essences and protocols for adults and children to effectively get rid of them safely. I will share different case studies to help understand the scope of the problems that parasites can cause and how to rebuild the body after the damage they have done. (all levels)
2. Hedonistic Herbalism: A Sensory Experience with Susan Belsinger
For this intensive, Susan Belsinger will discuss some of the basic chemistry of herbs and how scent + taste = flavor. Recently described as a “flavor artist”, Susan will discuss how she goes about smelling and tasting herbs and will guide you through a tasting experience. She will do hands-on fragrance and flavor profiles of six different herbs representing the four celebrated tastes: sweet, sour, salt and bitter, as well as pungent and umami. In addition, she will describe some of her favorite herbs that she uses most often, representing the different tastes. Each participant will get to make a flavor-packed version of Susan’s recipes for gomasio and umami powder to take home. (Materials fee $5.00) (all levels)