Upcoming Classes & Events

Herb Walks with Dina Goodwill
Saturdays: May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th - 9:00am-10:30am
The Medicine Tree, 3706 E 34th St, Minneapolis

Learn about the local plants growing all around you right here in the city! Saturday herb walks with Dina. Meet at The Medicine Tree at 9:00. Donation based, all proceeds go to Herbalists without Borders


Herb Walks with Dina Goodwill
Sundays: May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th - 9:00am-10:30am
The Soo Line Community Gardens, 2845 Garfield Ave, Mpls

Learn about the local plants growing all around you right here in the city! Sunday herb walks with Dina. Meet at The Soo Line Community Gardens. Donation based, all proceeds go to Herbalists without Borders


Upcoming May Herbalists Without Borders meeting
Monday, May 22, 6:00-8:00 pm
400 Cedar Lake Road South in Minneapolis
At the Community Gathering Space in Bryn Mawr

Wishing everyone a wonderful warming of the season. How fantastic it feels to be welcoming back all of our dear plant allies. What joy the spring harvest brings! With Spring time officially underway, let's start blossoming with the flowers into the summer!
At our May meeting we will be discussing:
+Coast to Coast fundraiser for June 17th.
+A space to begin offering free clinics in the city.
+Allocating our resources and donations. The Herbalist Guild has offered a wonderful donation to our cause.
+Anyone have newly harvested plants to donate for the growing apothecary. Lise Wolff donated a batchful of tinctures, let's start building! A big thanks to her as well!
+Other project ideas we could begin doing?!? First Aid Kits?
Also, we have two events coming up!:
+ Herbalists without Borders Fundraiser on Sunday, May 21
+ Coast to Coast Herbalist without Borders Workshop Fundraiser on June 17
>> herbalistswithoutborders.weebly.com


Herbalists without Borders Fundraiser
HWB Fundraiser Hosted by Healing Elements
Sunday, May 21st 1:00-5:00pm
Healing Elements: 2290 Como Avenue in St Paul

This is medicine making workshop as well as how to nourish and detox the body according to the spring season, and how to make a wild greens pesto.
It is donation based, pay what you can to attend.
We are also offering a silent auction, so if anyone has any gifts to donate, please contact Sacha at: barerootremedies@gmail.com and we can coordinate.
>> herbalistswithoutborders.weebly.com



Backyard Snackin’ with Marie Spencer
at The Medicine Tree, 3706 E 34th St, Minneapolis
Tuesday, May 9th, 6:00 – 7:30pm
$15 (Sliding Scale & Barter accepted)

Hiding away in your garden and backyard are many “weeds” that are both tasty and nutritious. Learn how to prepare local, abundant, herbs that are in season. Class will include samples and recipes to take home.


Working with Flower Essences with Martin Bulgerin
at our BPI office: Uptown Office Park Bldg, 3249 Hennepin Av. S., Suite 235
2 Tuesday evenings: May 23 and 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$30 an evening

Flower essences are highly effective vibrational remedies made from medicinal flowers for working with psycho-emotional problems in people’s lives. This beginning class, taught by flower essence consultant and maker Martin Bulgerin, is an opportunity to get acquainted with these powerful remedies, or to deepen your understanding and skills in their use. This is a short 2 evening class that introduces the concepts behind flower essences, how they are made and used, and how to work with people to determine the most appropriate remedies to help them. The second evening includes some hands on practice with using pulse testing as a means of choosing appropriate remedies for clients.
No prior experience is presumed, but we will cover a lot of material in a short time. It is highly recommended that you attend both evenings.
For more information about classes: BioPscInst.com/bpi/cps.html
Please contact the instructor to register for classes (at least one week in advance) or for further information, bunlion@bitstream.net or 612-872-7998

Herbal Teas and Infusions with Marie Spencer
at The Medicine Tree, 3706 E 34th St, Minneapolis
Tuesday May 23rd 6:00pm – 7:30pm
$15 (Sliding Scale & Barter accepted)

Come learn all about herbal teas and infusions! We will go over how to prepare each, what their benefits are, and learn how to create your own custom blend using locally grown and organic herbs! Class will include a handout and a custom tea blend for you to take home with you.


Plant Spirit Walk with Sacha Runa
at The Medicine Tree, 3706 E 34th St, Minneapolis
Wednesday May 24th 6:00pm – 7:30pm
$5 + $5 optional donation for Herbalists without Borders

Last month, due to the skies sending us water, we had a lovely indoor discussion and meditation with plant spirit medicines. This month let's take that journey outside and connect with the plants themselves! We will come together to learn techniques based on Eliot Cowan and Pam Montgomery, soar into solo meditations with a plant that calls to you, and end with sharing our spiritual experiences.

Meet at The Medicine Tree at 6pm. If you are running behind, come find us at West River Parkway at E 36th St. and W River Pkwy S.

Dress for the weather, bring a blanket to sit on, and a journal to write your experiences.


Botanical Medicines: Foundations and Practical Applications
Instructors: Carolyn Porta & Lise Wolff
June 4 & 5, 8:30am - 5:00pm
at the U of MN Center for Spirituality and Healing
Register for CSPH 5423, 1 cr, at: www.csh.umn.edu

There is an accumulating body of scientific evidence supporting the use of some botanicals for preventive or therapeutic purposes. This experiential course offers health professional students and others an integrative and practical approach to medicinal plants that includes theoretical underpinnings and obtaining the skills to gather, process, and apply selected local plants and herbs. Methods are multi-sensory, following an eclectic tradition practiced by many modern herbalists. Review of empirical scientific evidence is included for key plants.

Course Objectives

• Differentiate among common forms of botanical medicines;
• Discuss legal and professional factors that have an impact on using botanical medicines in practice;
• Identify common local plants in the field and describe their historical and current medicinal applications;
• Practice gathering plants in a sustainable manner;
• Differentiate between herbal application methods (tinctures, ointments, infused oils, flower essences) and gain experience in making each;
• Apply principles of eclectic herbalism and knowledge from Western science to explore botanical treatments for common ailments or conditions;
• Analyze the characteristics and applications of selected plants using conventional scientific literature review and principles of herbalism, comparing and contrasting the knowledge and experience gained by each method.


Chakras for Flower Essence People with Martin Bulgerin
at our BPI office: Uptown Office Park Bldg, 3249 Hennepin Av. S., Suite 235
Saturday, Jun 10, 10:00 amto 6:00 pm
$80 for the entire day

The chakra system is an indispensable tool for understanding and talking about the human subtle energy system (aura). I routinely use the condition of a client’s chakra system as a way to describe their aura and to choose the flower remedies for treating them. We will study in depth the types of experiences common with each of the chakras, flower essences that have a particular affinity with each point (based on my own research) and how to assess the points through observation and pulse testing. This is one of my advanced topics in flower essence work, so some prior experience is recommended.
For more information about classes: BioPscInst.com/bpi/cps.html
Please contact the instructor to register for classes (at least one week in advance) or for further information, bunlion@bitstream.net or 612-872-7998

The Coast to Coast HWB Fundraiser
Coast to Coast Herbalist without Borders Workshop Fundraiser
June 17th, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Dodge Nature Center, (Shephard Farm in Cottage Grove) Between Inwood and Jamaica Ave S., 8946 70th St S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Cost: Suggested Donation: $5-$50 Sliding Scale

Events included throughout the day:
+Plant Walk
+Medicine Making
+Healing Circle
+Growing Medicinal Plants
+Standing Rock: Stories from the Medic Tent and What Can We Do Now
>> herbalistswithoutborders.weebly.com

Dr. Bach & the Bach Flower Remedies with Martin Bulgerin
at our BPI office: Uptown Office Park Bldg, 3249 Hennepin Av. S., Suite 235
4 Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30, starting Jun 20
$35 an evening

Edward Bach introduced his famous kit of Bach Flower Remedies back in the 1930’s, creating the entire field of flower essence therapy in the process. How he came up with the idea in the first place, not to mention how he chose the 38 flowers in his kit and how he used them with patients is a bit of a mystery in our time, as he deliberately destroyed much of that history and changed his mind frequently. The remaining clues paint a brief picture of a sensitive and innovative healer at odds with his time — and ours as well. In 4 evenings, we’ll explore this trail of discovery of these 38 remedies from Impatiens to Sweet Chestnut and try to dig a little deeper into their energies, personality patterns and healing usages. Along the way, we get to cast a critical eye on the way flower essence therapy is pursued and practiced, both in his time and our own. (This is new material I haven’t presented before.)
For more information about classes: BioPscInst.com/bpi/cps.html
Please contact the instructor to register for classes (at least one week in advance) or for further information, bunlion@bitstream.net or 612-872-7998

Herbalism with Lise Wolff
Thursday, June 22, 9:00 - 4:00
University of Minnesota Continuing Education, $140
Sign up today: http://learning.umn.edu

Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and herbalism (or phytotherapy, or botanical medicine) is the study of using plants and plant extracts for therapeutic and medical purposes. One of the earliest systems of medicine known, herbalism remains widely practiced today.

Herbs strengthen the inherent ability of the body to heal itself by providing life-enhancing benefits, including mental clarity, restful sleep, digestive health, increased energy, and resistance to infection. Herbs are not a replacement for pharmaceuticals—they neither suppress nor merely soothe symptoms. Instead, they gently remind the body how to resume proper function, eventually without herbal supplementation.

The nutrition and healing powers of plants may be apparent, but where do you start? In this immersion, a registered herbalist will show you how to identify and use vegetation in your environment for medicinal purposes. (A walk through the Saint Paul campus will help you to identify various plants.) You’ll also learn about various medicine-making techniques, such as drying herbs for teas and the preparation of tinctures, oils, and salves. Throughout the day, there will be presentations, a demonstration of oil and salve making, and a hands-on activity during which you’ll prepare a tincture to take home.

Participants should be prepared to walk and stand a great deal. Tuition includes breakfast and lunch. Itinerary subject to change.

Lise Wolff, MS, University of Wales, has taught herbalism at the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine University. A student of herbalism for 28 years, she is a member of the American Herbalist Guild, the largest professional botanical medicine organization in the US. Wolff focuses on the nutritional and healing powers of the most prolific plants available locally, which she gathers and prepares to supply her apothecary.


Weekend Intensives with Matt Wood
4 class series in June and July in the Twin Cities
Preregister, class sizes are limited!

We invite you to join us for an incredible herbal journey lead by the beloved teacher Matthew Wood! This summer Matthew will be teaching four weekend intensives in the Twin Cities area, each with its own focus yet relating to and building upon each other. These classes will be profound for both the curious novice and the well versed herbal practitioner. You are welcome no matter what you know or don’t!

This marks the first time in over four years that he has been here for such an in-depth series and says he won’t be back for a while so don’t miss this opportunity!

We created a Facebook group for the class series that has all the class descriptions and information on it: facebook.com/Matthewwoodsummerseries/

4 Class Series:

June 3rd & 4th: The Musculoskeletal System, Chronic Pain and Lyme Disease
Facebook June 3-4 event link: facebook.com/events/116395868903604/

June 24th & 25th: Pulse and Tongue Evaluation
Facebook June 24-25 event link: facebook.com/events/199829227175466/

July 8th & 9th: The Endocrine System
Facebook July 8-9 event link: facebook.com/events/402755290088358/

July 29th & 30th: Shamanic Herbalism: Animal Medicines, Plant Medicines and the Spirit Facebook July 29-30 event: facebook.com/events/315708772177719/

**All Classes are 9:00am-4:00pm both Saturday and Sunday**

Two Locations:

June Classes: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318

July Classes: Dodge Nature Center
365 Marie Ave W, West St Paul, MN 55118

Single Class Early Bird until May 20th- 185$
Single Class regular price- 225$

Class Series- 650$

Class size is limited as to keep our space intimate and profound so please visit our Eventbrite pages to purchase your ticket! PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED

Other details: Please pack yourself a lunch and bring what ever snacks you may need. For June classes you will be able to purchase food from the arboretums café if you desire. Please dress for the weather as we will be taking plenty of time to play with the plants outside!


The Australian Bush Essences, Part 1 with Martin Bulgerin
at our BPI office: Uptown Office Park Bldg, 3249 Hennepin Av. S., Suite 235
3 Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30, starting Aug 8
$35 an evening

Australian naturapath Ian White traveled all over the “Down Under” to make his collection of vibrant and powerful flower remedies that embody the aboriginal healing powers of this sacred land. In this advanced class, we will start exploring this collection, covering the remedies from this large kit that come up most often. Much of the material is based on class notes I took during workshops that Ian taught here in the US, plus my own experiences with the remedies after using them for several decades. This is a brand new class of material that I’ve only recently started teaching. 3 evenings.
For more information about classes: BioPscInst.com/bpi/cps.html
Please contact the instructor to register for classes (at least one week in advance) or for further information, bunlion@bitstream.net or 612-872-7998

Flower Essence Therapy Training Course
presented by Loey Colebeck

Sundays, 9:00-6:00 on Sept 24, Oct 15, Nov 5, Dec 3 Jan 14, Feb 4, Feb 25, Mar 18, Apr 8, May 6

This course provides a solid base of international training in the use of flower essences for home or clinic. Flower Essence Therapy (FET) is a highly advanced and scientifically proven, yet extremely simple and safe therapy, but with few clinically sound training opportunites in the United States. This course provides a foundation for future Flower Essence Therapists, an invaluable tool for integrative clinical practices, and an opportunity for self discovery.
>> More information (PDF)


Mark Your Calendars!
Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival

Belle Plaine, MN
Sunday, September 17th


Upcoming Regional Conference

6th Annual Midwest Women's Herbal Conference
June 9, 10, & 11, 2017 — Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI
Registration starts on December 15, 2016

Check out their new website!


Join us for the 4th Annual MidAmerica Herbal Symposium
September 15th, 16th, and 17th
Whitewater State Park, Group Camp, Altura, MN

Whether you’re a healthcare professional or a plant enthusiast starting out, you’ll love the lineup of this years incredible Women of Herbalism; Karyn Sanders, Sarah Holmes, Kathleen Maier, Deb Soule, Suzanna Stone, Amy Goodman Kiefer, and Sylvia Gaboriault.

Spend 3 days deepening your connection to the plant people, to our Earth Mother, to Yourself. Sit in on 3 hour workshops and classes; learn to prepare plant medicine, mediate with the plants and walk amongst them, learn how they fuse with health conditions and aid the body.

Join us and expand your knowledge of plant medicine September 15th, 16th, and 17th at Whitewater State Park, Group Camp, Altura, MN.
Visit us at www.midamericasymposium.com or call to register or get a brochure 507-474-9970.

check out these websites for ongoing classes:

Herbal Classes with Lise Wolff
The Medicine Tree, local clinc & classes/Dina Goodwill
2016 Class List from Four Elements Herbal/Jane Hawley Stevens
Herbal Classes with Angela Campbell
Sacred Journey Healing Arts, also on Facebook
Herbal Classes with Erin Piorier
Midwest Women's Herbal Conferences and Workshops
Sassafras Healing Arts
Western Herbalism Classes with Matthew Wood
Adagio Holistic
Veda Yoga Therapy & Body Work Classes
Medicine Tree Herbs
North Country Herbal Exchange facebook page
Wild Ones Twin Cities event calendar
Minnesota Natural Health, Life Unlimited
Midwest School of Herbal Studies
Cooking Classes with Jennette Turner
Flower Essence Classes by Martin Bulgerin
Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs, Sheboygan, WI
Dancing Yarrow, Mondovi, WI
The Coulee Region Herbal Institute

If you teach or know of a class that you would like to see listed here please send an email to nchgbod@gmail.com.

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