Continue Your Journey as an Herbalist
~ The Online Beyond the Home Herbalist Series ~
LIVE In the Classroom in Allenstown, New Hampshire
Taught by Clinical Herbalist Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG)
The Autumn 2019 Series on Wednesday Nights
September 4 through November 6, 6-9 pm*
Want to deepen your studies in herbal medicine? This series picks up where the Home Herbalist Series leaves off. Following a similar format, in these nine classes, you'll learn about additional body systems and common health concerns, how to make unique medicinal remedies, and key concepts in herbal medicine as well as a slew of important herbs. Each class covers a body system and at least one remedy. For each body system or health concern, you'll learn how the body should work, how things get out of balance, and how to use herbs, diet, and lifestyle changes to bring it back into balance. Common health concerns will also be covered, from the strong bones to brain health, chronic pain, to skin health.
**We meet nearly every week, skipping September 11, for 9 classes total.
Optional free herb walks will be available before select classes from 5:30-6 pm.
Exact dates and schedule listed below.
The course material closely follows Maria's best-selling, award-winning Body into Balance book, which has become required reading in many herb schools across the nation. While it's not essential to own a copy of the book because your class notes also cover the material, you'll find the book a handy companion with additional tidbits not in the notes.
The Beyond the Home Herbalist Series can be taken as a stand-alone series to give beginner and intermediate herb students a solid base in herbalism so that you're comfortable and capable of using them safely and effectively in your home -- for yourself, your family, and your friends. If you'd rather take the Beyond Home Herbalist Online, click here. While you will be better off having taken the Home Herbalist Series first because it covers so much core material, it is not absolutely necessary (it is also available online). You can further your studies with the Advanced Herbalist Training Program (currently only available as a live classroom program, possible distance program TBA in 2020). The Home Herbalist and Beyond the Home Herbalist Series are excellent launching points for further studies to become a clinical, professional herbalist.
Certificates will be granted to classroom students who attend at least 7 of the 9 classes.
Wintergreen Botanicals Education Center is Proud to Be
an American Herbalist Guild Member School and a
United Plant Savers Partner in Education
Beyond the Home Herbalist Series
9/4: Class 1: Backyard Medicine | Tea Blending
9/18: Class 2: Herbal Safety | Herb-Infused Broths
9/25: Class 3: Longevity & Vitality | Cordials, Elixirs & Oxymels (Herb Walk)
10/2: Class 4: Brain-Boosting Herbs | Brainiac Bonbons
10/9: Class 5: Strong Bones | Nourishing Infusions & Seaweed Snacks (Herb Walk)
10/16: Class 6: Managing Chronic Pain | Gin Raisins or Topical Pain Oil
10/23: Class 7: Strong Lungs | Herbal Cough Syrup & Glycerite (Herb Walk)
10/30: Class 8: Healthy Skin with Herbs | Flower Water & Herbal Exfoliant
11/6: Class 9: Herbal Allies for Weight Loss | Herbal Chocolate Truffles!
About Classroom Study
This LIVE version of the course welcomes you into Maria's Wintergreen Botanicals classroom located in Allenstown, NH, nestled in the pine forests of Bear Brook State Park. You'll enjoy the dynamic classroom environment that allows for full interaction with Maria as your teacher as well as with your fellow classmates. Enjoy hands-on remedy making activities, take-home remedies, regular excursions into Maria's herb gardens, and periodic opportunities to bring home freshly-harvested plants and seedlings from her garden. These interactive regular classes make it easier to work through the material, stay on task, and better understand herb.
The Live Classroom Version of this Course Includes...
• Nine 3-hour classes
• Hands-on remedy making and take-home goodies (materials fee included in your registration)
• Optional free herb walks before select classes
• Access to Maria's gardens, trails, and library (during class time)
• Opportunities to take home select plant seedlings, freshly harvested herbs, and to share plants with your fellow classmates
• Student membership to the American Herbalists Guild, which includes a sweet discount for Mountain Rose Herbs, access to hundreds of free webinars and online conference recordings, journal subscription, and other snazzy perks.
Plus Access to All Online Materials
• Lengthly class notes with recipes
• Audio mp3 files of live classes
• Exclusive access to remedy-making videos
• Homework assignments and feedback
• Access to an online community of Maria's students via Facebook.
Detailed Course Overview
September 4: Class 1
Basic Concepts & Favorite Medicinal Herbs from the Garden and Wild
Remedy Making: “Backyard Tea” Blending
One of the most rewarding aspects of herbal medicine is the empowerment of being able to harvest an herb in your backyard to feel better. This class will offer an overview of the basic concepts of backyard medicine including the most common remedy-making techniques, key New Hampshire herbs, and considerations for cultivating and wildcrafting local plants. Everyone will be able to blend a “backyard tea” to bring home
September 18: Class 2
Combining Herbs & Pharmaceuticals Safely
Remedy Making: Herb-Infused Broths
We will delve more deeply into herbal safety than we did in the Home Herbalist Series, discussing additional safety concerns and particularly how to use herbs safely even when you or someone you love is on many medications. We will also spend quite a bit of time revisiting and expanding our knowledge of tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms, simmering a nourishing and delicious broth. You’ll bring home an ounce of herbs to simmer at home; you can choose from ingredients that support overall health, nutrition, bones, immune health, thyroid, energy, vitality…
September 25: Class 3
(Optional Herb Walk 5:30-6 pm)
Longevity & Vitality:
Plants that Slow Aging & Promote Good Health
Remedy: Cordial, Elixirs & Oxymels
Learn how to use safe, tonic herbs to boost your vitality no matter what your age! Maria will share some of her favorite herbs from the pages of her book Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care. Learn which herbs improve brain function, provide calm energy, fight oxidative stress, fend off common chronic diseases, help us age more gracefully, and more. During this class, everyone will get to blend a four-ounce tasty longevity cordial, elixir, or oxymel (honey-vinegar base) to bring home.
October 2: Class 4
Remedy Making: Brainiac Bonbon
Feeling foggy lately? Learn about some amazing, safe herbs that enhance brain circulation, reduce the effects of stress, energize, and have proven memory-enhancing effects. We'll also discuss helpful foods and lifestyle techniques to keep your brain running top-notch whether you're a student, a busy parent, or approaching old age and are concerned about mental decline. Together, we’ll make bonbons (more formally called an electuary in herbal medicine) with energy and memory herbs and foods to bring home.
October 9: Class 5
(Optional Herb Walk 5:30-6 pm)
Strong Bones for Life
Remedy Making: Super Nourishing Infusion & Seaweed Sesame Snacks
We'll explore the facts and confusion surrounding bone health, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin K, and magnesium, acid-alkaline balance, and weight-bearing exercise. Maria will take you on a photo journey through the garden to explore mineral-rich herbs and weeds that can have a profound effect on estrogen balance, bone loss, and bone formation. Learn how to make strong teas, broths, and yummy recipes with these herbs to encourage bone strength at any age. We’ll muddle through fact and myth, food and supplements, look at the traditions of cultures with the strongest bones, and do a few fun activities to make your bones stronger. You’ll get to taste a nutritive Super Infusion with bone-building herbs and get to blend your own to bring home. Maria will also cook up a seaweed and sesame seed snack to sample.
October 16: Class 6
Managing Chronic Pain
Remedy Making: Gin Raisins or Pain Oil/Liniment
Headaches, migraines, back pain, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia. These are not easy conditions to treat. However, it’s worth sleuthing out the cause of your pain and looking at it as a task master rather than something to overcome and ignore. Through this, you can achieve better health and less pain. We’ll discuss natural pain-relieving herbs as well as useful minerals, supplements, dietary changes, and lifestyle changes. Everyone will get to make a four-ounce batch of the old timer remedy Gin Raisins for arthritis and inflammation or a topical pain oil/liniment.
October 23: Class 7
(Optional Herb Walk 5:30-6 pm)
Remedy Making: Herbal Cough Syrup
We often take our ability to breathe for granted, but when chronic or acute illness prevents our lungs from functioning properly, it can be very scary. We’ll discuss herbs that can support the lungs in a variety of conditions including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and stubborn colds. We’ll use some of the better-tasting lung herbs to make cough syrup for everyone to bring home. (I’ll also share some cough drop and lozenge recipes, but I personally feel like the syrup is both easier and more effective.)
October 30: Class 8
Healthy Skin with Herbs
Remedy Making: Herbal Exfoliant & Flower Water
Your skin is the manifestation of your body. Learn how herbs and dietary changes can significantly improve (and, in some cases, eliminate) common skin issues including eczema, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, fungal infections, even aging! You’ll come to understand how closely linked your skin is with the health of your digestive system, liver, nervous system, and general lifestyle. We’ll discuss remedies that provide quick relief as well as healthy lifestyle tips to help your skin glow. We’ll make an aromatic flower water to share. Everyone will also get to make a specially crafted skin exfoliant scrub.
November 6: Class 9
Herbal Allies for Weight Loss
Remedy Making: Herbal Chocolate!
You know that a healthy diet and exercise are crucial to achieve a healthy weight, but perhaps you need a nudge to help you maintain your goals and accelerate the process? Many herbs safely boost metabolism, curb cravings, and give you the energy to keep up your exercise routine. Learn which plants to turn to for your weight loss challenges and which ones to avoid due to potentially dangerous side effects. We'll also discuss herbal therapies for sneaky weight loss saboteurs including stress, blood sugar, and thyroid issues. We’ll make a batch of herbal chocolate for everyone to bring home to satisfy a sweet tooth healthfully.
How to Register
This series is affordably priced at $375 for the series,
which includes all the materials outlined above, accessible to you for as long as you'd like.
Certificates will be granted to classroom students who attend at least 7 of the 9 classes. (Homework is optional.)
Click Here to Order any Single Class from the Series for $25/class
Access to course materials will be emailed to you within two business days.
If space is available once the course opens, students may register for individual classes for $45/class.
Course registrations are nonrefundable.
Click here for series comparisons, certificate info, policies, and FAQ.
Course fees may be "upgraded" as follows:
• Online students who "Try It" or purchase individual classes may apply that balance to the full Home Herbalist series at a later date.
• Local students may opt to "upgrade" their online series registration to a live Home Herbalist course in the future, applying the price paid for the online program towards the live classroom series.