Workshops + Classes

Join us for one of our upcoming learning experiences!

If you are interested in teaching a class at our farm/home, please contact me!

 

 

Yoga and Tea on the Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

10:00 – 11:30

Taught by Jenna Hull and Christine Cassella

Spend a relaxing morning on the farm enjoying a gentle, Earthy yoga practice surrounded by nature.  We’ll spend a little over an hour doing yoga and then refresh ourselves with some iced herbal tea featuring lemon balm (September) or hawthorn (October).  We’ll briefly discuss how and why lemon balm and/or hawthorne pairs well with yoga, health and wellness benefits of lemon balm/hawthorne, and everyone will leave with a sample to make their own at home.

Cost: $20

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Healing Herbs for a Peaceful Postpartum

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

@ Mother Rising Women’s Studio

The baby’s here! Now for the hard part – remembering to take care of yourself! Let’s discuss ways to use safe, effective herbal remedies to help with some common postpartum concerns.  We’ll talk about herbs to nourish your body and mind while we blend some remedies together.  We’ll discuss common postpartum concerns and herbal remedies to support mood changes, vaginal tears, hemorrhoids, milk production, and more.  Participants will leave with a sample to take home and recipes of the remedies discussed.

Cost: $15

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Herbal Medicine and Healing for Women

October 14, 2017

1:00 – 3:00 at Awaken Yoga Studio

Women have a long history of using herbs to improve health and vitality. In this session, experience a short discussion of history of women and herbs and learn the principles of the Wise Woman Tradition. Learn about some of the best herbs for women’s health. Taste and sample herbs that benefit women of all ages and stages as well as learn the benefits of nourishing herbal infusions. We’ll also blend a nourishing tea to take home to help calm and balance the body and mind. Come learn to embrace the healing gifts of the plant world!

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$45

 

Herbs and the Moon: Using Herbs to Support the Menstrual Cycle

Thursday, October 26, 2017

@ Mother Rising Women’s Studio

Herbs can be used through all stages of the menstrual cycle to promote health, vitality, and joy.  By embracing the gifts of the plant world, we can begin to normalize our menstrual cycle to promote fertility, decrease PMS, cramps, headaches, and other common concerns associated with menstruation.  Women at all stages of their menstrual journey are encouraged to attend. We will drink teas, explore various herbal remedies, and learn about the relationship between our menstrual cycle and the moon.  You will leave with a new appreciation of your body and Moon Cycle!

Cost: $15

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Herbs for the Skin

@ Salon Soleil’s Wellness Night

Friday, November 17 from 5:00-8:00

Christine Cassella of Light Footsteps will be sharing about herbs that are beneficial for the skin.  We will learn properties of some of the most prized herbs for the skin and what plants can help with damaged skin, itching, rashes, and to benefit overall skin health.  Many of them you can grow at home!  Everyone will make their own herbal infused oil and herbal salt scrub to take home.

 

Additional Workshops I Have Taught or Hosted…

Herbal First-Aid for Outdoor Adventures

Let’s take a plant walk to learn some garden and lawn plants that are tremendous allies for common first-aid concerns that arise after spending more time outdoors. We’ll discuss what plants you want to know for bee stings, mosquito bites, cuts/scrapes, summer colds, and poison ivy.  After our walk, we’ll talk about some of the best herbal remedies to keep in your summer first-aid kit and you’ll learn how to make a few.

 

Kitchen Cabinet Remedies: Exploring Food as Medicine.

You may have heard the popular adage “let thy food be thy medicine”, but what does that really mean? In this class we will take a deeper look at some of the basic foods and spices you’re likely to have in your kitchen and how they can be used for medicinal purposes. From oregano and garlic to sage and cinnamon (and even chocolate!), come learn how common spices can be incorporated into food or made into unique medicinal preparations like teas, infused honeys, compresses, and more. Demonstrations will be provided and there will even be some samples!

 

Yoni Steams for Fertility, Postpartum Healing, and Regular Self-Care

Yoni (vaginal) steams are an ancient Mayan method for warming and cleansing the female reproductive organs. They’re often used to help boost a woman’s fertility, assist in the changes that occur postpartum, and they can be incorporated into a regular self-care routine. Come learn why you might want to incorporate this practice into your life and how to do your own yoni steam. We’ll also go through a guided meditation that you can use while doing your steam to help you tap into the power of your reproductive organs. Participants will leave with a steam to take home and try in the privacy of their own home.

 

Alternative Menstrual Products 101

Throw out your tampons, ladies! It’s time to start exploring non-toxic, eco-friendly, body-loving ways of catching your moon blood! Let’s discuss the myriad reasons that more and more women are ditching disposable tampons and pads in favor of comfy cloth pads, convenient cups, or even sponges. We’ll take a look at some of the alternative menstrual products available, discuss pros and cons of various methods, and help you decide what method is best for you.

 

Herbal Support for a Healthy Transition to Fall

Let’s enjoy an evening walk looking for medicinal and edible plants that are still available for harvesting in early October. After our educational stroll, we’ll come together to discuss some essential herbal remedies to have on hand as we transition into fall. We’ll talk about making an immune-boosting tincture, the importance of adaptogenic herbs, and some herbal remedies for coughs and colds. You’ll leave with recipes for each remedy and we’ll make one together that you can take home. Come enjoy nature and share what natural remedies you rely on during the seasonal transition while learning some new ones, too!

 

Herbal Support for the Childbearing Year

Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to support women during their childbearing year. Come discuss ways that herbs have historically been used to support fertility, pregnancy, and the first days postpartum. We’ll discuss nutritive herbs that can help keep energy levels high and your mood positive, while we also touch on herbal remedies for common concerns such as morning sickness, low iron levels, and boosting milk supply. We will provide resources where you can purchase or find supplies to make your own home remedies.

 

Dandelion Day

Pesky weed or medicinal superfood? The dandelion is often considered a noxious weed to be ripped out of the lawn, but it’s actually an extremely beneficial plant medicine.  Join us for an afternoon of dandelion fun.  We’ll gather dandelion flowers, leaves, and roots and learn how each can best be used for food and medicine.  Leave with a new appreciation of dandelion and ways that this plant can be used to keep you and your family healthy!

 

5 Herbs Every Woman Needs to Know

Join us as we gather to discuss the important connection between women and plants. We will be talking about five of the top herbs that every woman should be familiar with to maintain a life of health and vitality during motherhood and beyond. These 5 herbs are easily and safely incorporated into your life for greater energy, wellness, and balance. Come taste and experience the herbs while sharing in sisterhood and growing in herbal knowledge.

 

Make Your Own Herbal First Aid Kit

Natural remedies can work wonders for scrapes, cuts, bites, bruises and burns. Work together, adult and child, to make your own Natural First Aid Kit. Christine Cassella shows you which plants can be used to be well and stay well. **This class was designed to be taught to parents and children.

 

Herbal Remedy Making: Using Plants from Your Own Backyard to Create a Healthy and Vibrant Life

Ever wonder how herbs can benefit your health and well-being but don’t know how to begin to incorporate them into your life? For beginners and herbal enthusiasts, we will cover some basic uses of common herbs growing in your yard and garden, different herbal preparations, and how to use herbs safely. Learn some of the history of herbal medicine and what roles herbs play in permaculture gardening, and engage your intuition and senses. Come learn how herbal medicine can be your guide in preventing and healing disease and how they can do the same in your garden. Come with curiosity and questions.

Topics include: Using herbs medicinally; Starting your own herbal apothecary; Herbal safety, Teas, infusions, decoctions; How to incorporate herbal food remedies into your meals; Medicinal plant garden tour; Herbal Medicine making: Oils, salves, tinctures and more!

 

Herbs and the Moon: Using Herbs to Support the Menstrual Cycle

Herbs can be used through all stages of the menstrual cycle to promote health, vitality, and joy.  By embracing the gifts of the plant world, we can begin to normalize our menstrual cycle to promote fertility, decrease PMS, cramps, headaches, and other common concerns associated with menstruation.  Women at all stages of their menstrual journey are encouraged to attend. We will drink teas, explore various herbal remedies, and learn about the relationship between our menstrual cycle and the moon.  You will leave with a new appreciation of your body and Moon Cycle!

 

The Tipsy Herbalist

Taught by Aniko Zala of Wild Origins

People have been infusing alcohol with plants for flavor and medicine for thousands of years.  In this class we will taste several types of infused alcohols and bitters while discussing the benefits and methods of making this type of medicine.

 

Herbal First-Aid Intensive

Taught by Leah Wolfe of The Trillium Center

Increase your self-reliance skills by integrating wild plants and kitchen ingredients into basic first aid remedies. Learn how to provide minor first aid and wellness care at home or outdoors and quickly identify emergencies. We will focus on common and easy-to-grow plants for herbal first aid. This is a hands-on class. No first aid experience required.

This preventive approach to natural first aid has three core values: the human mind and body is a self-healing organism, early detection of illnesses, and careful treatment of minor wounds to prevent infections. Find out why you only need to know five plants to enhance your first aid skills. Learn a quick assessment to determine when to call for help. Practice using plant remedies and learn how to make a few versatile herbal products to have in your medicine cabinet.

 

Plant Consciousness and Healing

Taught by Lynn Abbey Zukowski of Blue Lake Botanicals

The class will cover some of the exploding and exciting new scientific research on plant consciousness. Then we’ll talk about how these green beings have interacted with people since the beginning and how we can still connect with them energetically and spiritually today, and how this can impact disease. There will be a discussion of plant personalities and an experiential “green breath” exercise.

 

Beyond Chamomile: Herbs for Stress, Anxiety, and Sleep

Taught by Aniko Zala of Wild Origins

There are so many gentle but powerful herbs that can bring balance to your nervous system and help calm your mind when you experience anxiety or have trouble falling asleep.  In this class we will discuss and sample herbs that can be used to manage anxiety, stress, and insomnia. You will leave with an herbal dream balm that you can apply to your temples to help promote sleep.

 

Wheel of the Year Gatherings/Education

Imbolc Gathering

brigid

This will be an informal gathering to dip beeswax candles and discuss traditions and meaning associated with the Earth-based holiday Imbolc (also called Brigid and Candlemas). I’ll have traditional snacks and some notes to take home about further ways to celebrate.

Ostara History & Crafts

Children will learn the history and traditions of Ostara.  Why was this day so important to our ancestors?  Themes of Ostara will be discussed and children will learn ways to celebrate this Earth-based holiday while making some hands-on crafts.

What People are Saying About Our Classes…

Thanks for the very informative healing herb class, I enjoyed my afternoon with you and your lovely family. You sparked my interest to learn more. – Christine O. (Herbal First-Aid for Summer participant)

Yesterday was so inspiring thank you! Your farm is beautiful. – Lynn C. (Herbal First-Aid for Summer participant)

Great night… Very informative, thanks for the great info! – Jami C. (5 Herbs Every Woman Should Know participant)

It was lovely! 🙂 My husband and daughter are excited to attend one with me someday. I just educated them on Imbolc 🙂 I loved all the other ideas you brought up. I loved today’s format. – Kelly M (Imbolc Gathering participant)

We Host Guest Presenters, too!

We love opening our farm for others to share their wisdom, too!  If you have a class or workshop you’d like to conduct here related to natural health, permaculture, sustainability, herbalism, or another related topic, please contact us to arrange something!  We can host up to 40 people outdoors and groups of up to 10 – 15 indoors.

Previously, we have opened our farm for:

  • spiritual retreats for members of the Hope House Community.
  • Leah Wolfe of The Trillium Center who led a medicinal and edible plant walk and an Herbal Stress Solutions Workshop.

Please contact me to set up your workshop or retreat on our farm!