Past North Country Herbalist Guild Meeting Topics

2019 NCHG Schedule (PDF postcard)

February 6, 2019
Greg Reynolds – February Is Not Too Early to Dream About This Summer’s Garden

March 6, 2019
Aszani Stoddard – Herbal Approaches to Lyme Disease

April 3, 2019
Elizabeth Heck – Eat Your Medicine: Healing Herbs as Food

May 1, 2019
Chris Patton – Enjoying Native Elderberry: It’s Horticulture and Health Potential

June 5, 2019
Martin Bulgerin – Questions of Healing

August 7, 2019
Sonia Casey – Plant Spirit Healing

September 4, 2019
Matthew Wood – Plant walk (location TBD)

October 2, 2019
Lise Wolff – Pulse Testing

November 6, 2019
Anna Needham – Changing the Face of Clinical Prescriptions: Moving from Pharma to Gaia

December 4, 2019
Dr. John Hauser – Marijuana… Just Another Useful Herb
Plus our Annual Silent Auction


2018 Meetings (PDF)

February 7, 2018
Brian Fredericksen – Honeybees and their Interactions with the Minnesota Landscape

March 7, 2018
Erica Fargione – The Aromatics

April 4, 2018
Dr. Spencer Blackie – An Existential Journey to the Heart Through Eyes

May 2, 2018
Luann Raadt – Adaptations: The What, Where and How

June 6, 2018
Matthew Wood – Adrenal Fatigue

August 1, 2018
Jessica Belden – Plant Walk

September 5, 2018
Loey Colebeck – The Spirit of the Fountain: an Investigation of the Flower Essence

October 3, 2018
Carolyn Smith – Metaphors of Healing, the Body, and the Environment

November 7, 2018
Jane Hawley Stevens – Gardening by the Moon's Cylces (& how these cycles effect all activities)

December 5, 2018
Dr. Helen Healy – Influential Herbalists, Impressive Herbs
Plus Our Annual Silent Auction


2017 Meetings (PDF)

February 1, 2017
The NCHG Guild will present Exploring Bitters

March 1, 2017
The Menstrual Cycle and Flower Essences with Loey Colbeck

April 5, 2017
Spring Edibles or Something of that Nature with Jessie Belden

May 3, 2017
The Naming of Plants with Judith Sims

June 7, 2017
The Earthwise Herbal Repertory with Matthew Wood

August 2, 2017
Kitchen Medicine and Folk Remedies with Kathy Tran

September 6, 2017
All About Medicinal ROOTS with Angela Campbell

October 4, 2017
Breast Health Promotion with Katherine Krumwiede

November 1, 2017
Essential Oils for Health and Wellness with Terra Johnson

December 6, 2017
Ask the Herbalist – Panel Discussion with local herbalists
Plus Our Annual Silent Auction


2016 Meetings (PDF)

February 3, 2016
NCHG Board will make Rosemary Gladstar’s Perfect Cream with Calendula — a hands on class

March 2, 2016
Adapto–Powder, Osteo−Gomasio & Other Herbal Powders with Dina B. Goodwill

April 6, 2016
A brief History of Western Herbalism presented by Macey Flood

May 4, 2016
The Pharmacy in my Backyard presented by LuAnne Raadt

June 1, 2016
Plant Walk with Angela Campbell at Cold Water Springs, Minneapolis

August 3, 2016
Living in Harmony with Nature: Appreciating Wild Plants for their Gifts of Food, Medicine, and Utility with Matthew Alfs

September 7, 2016
Bach Flower Essences and Chinese Medicine with Loey Colebeck

October 5, 2016
Herbal Nervines with Jane Hawley Stevens

November 2, 2016
Drying Herbs & Blend Teas with Megan Thrasher Pierce

December 7, 2016
The Constitutional body types in relation to Herbs with Francis Bonaldo
Annual Silent Auction


2015 Meetings

February 4, 2015
Tincturing By Percolation with the Guild

March 4, 2015
Iridology and Herbs: Balancing your bodies energy need with herbs (as seen through the eyes) with Dr. Spencer Blackie

April 1, 2015
Ayurvedic Cooking — The Healing Power of Ghee with Lisa Fecarotta

May 6, 2015
The Beautiful World of Bees with Joseph and Ellen Coffey of C&C Apiaries

June 3, 2015 (rain date: June 17, 2015)
Lake Como Plant Walk with Erin Piorier

August 5, 2015
Little – known, Indigenous Herbal Allies with Matthew Alfs

September 2, 2015
Bitters with Jane Hawley Stevens

October 7, 2015
Explore the Subtle Anatomy of Flower Essences and the Chakra System with Martin Bulgerin

November 4, 2015
What can we Learn from Biomedical Studies on Herbs? with Lise Wolff

December 2, 2015
Mastering the Art of an Herbal Medicine Wellness Consult with Connie Karstens
Annual Silent Auction


2014 Meetings

February 5
Making Herbal Cough Drops with Selena & the Guild, Herbal Cough Drop Recipes (PDF)

March 5th
Wellness Tool Kit with the Energy Sisters: Fran and Nadine Dassier

April 2
Tame the Tick and Heal Lyme Naturally with Paula Quinn

May 7
Building the Blood with Chinese Herbs with Julie Colby
Download her lecture (PDF)

June 4
Flower Essences with Loey Colebeck

August 6
August Abundance, Medicinal Plants of Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden with Elizabeth Heck

September 3
Love Your Liver and It Will Love You with Katherine Krumwiede

October 1
Herbal Cough Syrup with Jane Hawley Stevens

November 5
About Digestion and How You Can Help with Katie Murphy

December 3
Herbal Wisdom with Lise Wolff
Annual Silent Auction


2013 Meetings

February 6th
Winter Seed Sowing with Selena Tunison

March 6th
Gingko Biloba: History of Cultivation and its Behavioral Oddities with Kent Honl

April 3, 2013
Natural Sunscreen Workshop with Erin Piorier

May 1, 2013
Botany-Based Plant Walk (Part 1) with Elizabeth Heck

June 5, 2013
Herbs as Food and Medicine with Jennifer Heinzel

August 7, 2013
Botany–Based Plant Walk at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden (Part 2) with Elizabeth Heck

September 4, 2013
Bitters are Back! Hands on workshop with Carol Jacobs

October 2, 2013
The Obesity Epidemic with Paul Ratté, ND

November 6, 2013
Building the Blood with TCM Herbal Medicine with Julie Colby
Board Elections

December 4, 2013
The Wisdom of Nature and the Herbal Path with Matthew Wood
Silent Auction


2012 Meetings

February 1, 2012
Winter Skin Care with Anna Dvorak

March 7, 2012
Herbs for better bones, a better outlook on life, and a better response to cancer treatments with Helen Healy

April 4, 2012
Why Herbs Work: A Phytochemical Perspective with Mary Schmidt

May 2, 2012
Creating Your Herbal Pharmacy with Connie Karstens

June 6, 2012
The Co–evolution of Herbalism and Healing: Galen, Hippocrates, Hildegard, Chakrahs, Herbal Practice & "The Celestine Prophecy" with Shannon Anderson

August 1, 2012
Experience the Qi of Essential Oils with Jodi Baglien

September 5, 2012
Tree Walk at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden at 6:00 with Kent Honl

October 3, 2012
Ritualistic Herbs and Smudge Stick Making with Jane Hawley Stevens

November 7, 2012
Treat The Pattern Not The Disease: Making Sense Of Signs and Symptoms with Anita Teigen
Board Elections: Sue Fecarotta/President, Haggith Nadav/Treasurer, L. Carolyn Thompson/Web Master
The Board welcomes Selena Tunison/Vice President and Jennifer Heinzel/Secretary.

December 5, 2012
Healing Applications of Minnesota Plants Not Typically Available on the Herb Market with Matthew Alfs
Silent Auction


2011 Meetings

February 2, 2011
Holistic Health Relief Clinic: A Haiti Experience with Cynthia Thomas

March 2, 2011
The Art & Science of Essential Oil Diffusion & Australian Essential Oils with Bill McGilvray

April 6, 2011
Invasion Biology with Mark A. Davis

May 4, 2011
A Botany Focused Plant Walk with Lydia Daugherty

June 1, 2011
Choosing Breast Health Over Fear of Breast Cancer with Katherine Krumwiede

July 6, 2011
Herbalism and the Need for Advocacy with Greg Schmidt

August 3, 2011
Earthly Wisdom with Dennis Anderson

September 7, 2011
Fire on the Mountian: Heather Flower Essence with Loey Colebeck

October 5, 2011
Consumer Wisdom with Carol Jacobs

November 2, 2011
Flower Essences with Martin Bulgerin
Board Elections: Katherine Krumwiede/President, Sue Fecarotta/Vice-president, Haggith Nadav/Treasurer, L. Carolyn Thompson/Web Master, Kirstin Cross/Graphic Design

December 7, 2011
Silent Auction
Ethnobotany with Sara Sherva


2010 Meetings

February 3, 2010
An 80 minute documentary film Numen, The Nature of Plants focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural world at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Communtiy.

March 3, 2010
Holistic Skin Care & Anti–aging with Melissa Farris

April 7, 2010
Introduction to Permaculture with PRI Cold Climate Institute

May 5, 2010
Plant Walk with Lise Wolf

June 2, 2010
TCM Herbal Plasters for Traumatic/Sports Injuries with Michael Egan

June 25–27, 2010
Special event: Foundational Herbcraft with Jim McDonald *registration required

July 7, 2010
Sleep Health with Erin Piorier

August 4, 2010
Compounding Herbal Formulas with Francis Bonaldo

September 1, 2010
Mushroom Foray with Ron Spinosa

October 6, 2010
Medieval Beer Brewing with Scott Brown

November 3, 2010
Salve Making with Becca Dallinger
Board Elections: Katherine Krumwiede/President, Sue Fecarotta/Vice-president, Haggith Nadav/Treasurer, L. Carolyn Thompson/Web Master, Kirstin Cross/Graphic Design

December 1, 2010
Silent Auction
Leading Herbs Holistic Doctors are Using to Address Cancer and Heart Disease with Will Winter


2009 Meetings

February 4, 2009
Winter Teas with Mary Mueller

March 4, 2009
An Herbal Approach to Autism with Libby Rupp

April 1, 2009
Honey with Brian Fredricksen of Ames Honey

May 6, 2009
Spring Herb Walk with Carolyn Thompson

June 3, 2009
An Intro to Mushrooming with Anna Gerenday

July 18, 2009
Special All Day Saturday Event: Say Cheese! with Linda Conroy

August 5, 2009
Local Probiotic Beverages with Carol Jacobs

September 2, 2009
Fall Foraging with Erin Adams

October 7, 2009
Energetics of Essential Oils with Dina Goodwill

November 4, 2009
Homeopathy with Aaron Means
Board Elections: Katherine Krumwiede/President, Sue Fecarotta/Vice-president, Haggith Nadav/Treasurer, L. Carolyn Thompson/Web Master, Kirstin Cross/Graphic Design

December 2, 2009
Silent Auction
Men's Vitality with Matt Wood


2008 Meetings

February 2008
Herbal Aphrodisiacs with Liz Johnson

March 2008
Healthy Detoxification with Helen Healy, N.D.

April 2008
The Magic of Herbal Beer Making with Sara Sherva

May 2008
Edible Plant Walk at Minnehaha Park with Sam Thayer

June 2008
Lyme's Disease with Carol Jacobs

August 2008
Tincture Making with The Herbalist Guild Board

September 2008
Plant walk at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden with Elizabeth Heck and Cynthia Thomas

October 2008
A taste of Ayurvedic herbs with Marcia Meredith

November 2008
Kitchen Cupboard Herbalism: Healing With Common Herbs and Spices with Erin Piorier
Board Elections:

December 2008
Go for Joy: Annual Meeting & Silent Auction
Hear from two of the Guild’s joyful herbalists: Carol Jacobs and Mary Schmidt


2007 Meetings

February 2007
Flower Essences with Martin Bulgerin

March 2007
Minerals and Soil and How They Support Your Health with Dennis Anderson

April 2007
Latin Plant Names and Organic Gardening with Judith Sims

May 2007
The Elusive Spring Ephemerals: Herb Walk at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden with Lydia Dauhgerty

June 2007
Summer Plants to the Rescue with Matthew Alfs

July 2007
Herb Walk at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden with Cynthia Thomas

August 2007
Cooking with Herbs and Wild Edibles with Linda Conroy

September 2007
Herb Walk at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden with Elizabeth Heck

October 2007
Sacred Protection of Plant Energy with Erica Fargione

November 2007
Cordials & Elixirs with Carol Jacobs
Board Elections:

December 2007
Herbs for Winter Health with Lise Wolff


2006 Meetings

February 1, 2006
The Change into a Wise Woman: Menopause from an Herbalists View with Mary Schmidt

March 1, 2006
Gardens by Design: An Introductory Workshop to Drawing Garden Plans with Mary Mueller

August 2006
Herb walk with Yako Tahnahga and Cynthia Thomas

September 2006
Gardens by Design: Introduction to Drawing Garden Plans with Mary Mueller

October 2006
Big Stones! with Kristin Becker, ND

November 2006
Annual Meeting, Pot Luck
Board Elections:

December 2006
Winter issues with Mathew Wood
and Silent Auction


2003-05 Meetings

February 5, 2003
Sacred Beauty with Bernie Saunders

April 2, 2003
Feng Shui in the Garden with Mary Schmidt

May 5, 2004
Member Forum

Saturday, May 8, 2004
Spring Conference — United Plant Savers at the MN Valley Wildlife Refuge
Keynote speakers will include: Rosemary Gladstar, Mindy Green, Matthew Wood, Dawn Gates, Mary Schmidt, Gigi Stafne, Lise Wolff, Dennis Anderson, and Paul Red Elk

Sunday, June 6, 2004
Medicinal Tree Walk with Judith Simms

July 7, 2004
Herbs for Animals with Herbalist and board member Dawn Gates, Dawn Margavage ("the Pet Herbalist"), and board member Siannon Anderson

August 4, 2004
Meditation, Positive Energy of Pyramids, and a Special Technique of Drinking Water for Health with Swami Anand Veetrag

November 3, 2004
Flower essences with Martin Bulgerin

April 5, 2005
Back by popular demand, Mary Schmidt, Herbalist and Master Gardener, will continue this enlightening discussion of menopause

May 3, 2005
Cardiovascular Health and Cholesterol with Helen Healey, ND

June 2, 2005
Herbs for Children's Health with Erin Piorier
Plant Swap/Sale: Bring your plants to our Annual Event!

July 6, 2005
Ancient Traditions and Future Promise: An Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms with Ron Spinosa