April 8th – AM: Herbal Properties and Actions – Valerie Blankenship
Whether you are planning on working toward your certificate or are just attending out of interest, this class will be your introduction to the exciting world of herbs. We will cover the various properties of herbs, and review some of the most important herbs in each category. This is an organized, cohesive method for learning about herbs and will give you an important tool in the development of your herbal knowledge base.
April 15th – AM: Materia Medica Part I – Valerie Blankenship
In this class we will take a look at some of the most interesting and important herbs and discover what makes them valuable as medicine. You will learn to identify the herbs by recognizing their distinguishing characteristics and learn how to use them for healing.
April 22rd – AM: Materia Medica Part II – Valerie Blankenship
April 29th – AM: Herbal Medicine Making I – Infusions, Decoctions, Syrups, Herbal Honeys, and Capsules – Valerie Blankenship
In this interactive herbal preparations class, you will expand your medicine making skills by learning the correct way to prepare medicinal infusions, decoctions, double and triple decoctions, medicinal syrups and capsules. In addition to these preparations, there will be a fun, bonus preparation, plus lots of recipes.
May 6th – AM: Healing Digestive Disorders – Margaret Harris
This class will cover the digestive system and how to maintain its health. We will look at major digestive imbalances, including constipation, diarrhea, IBS, colitis, parasites and candida. Included in the class will be information on food combining, juicing, raw food diets, cleansing and weight loss basics.
MAY 13th – Mother’s Day – NO CLASS
May 20st – AM: Life-Changing Fermented Foods – Valerie Blankenship
Fermented foods have been used by traditional peoples all over the world for thousands of years. If used on a regular basis, fermented foods can provide amazing health benefits to help reverse many wide-ranging conditions. In this exciting new hands-on class, you will learn the traditional methods of preparing cultured foods of all kinds in your own kitchen. Together, we will prepare a delicious fermented dish for you to take home for your own use.
May 27th – AM: Healing the Pancreas – Margaret Harris
In this class we will learn the causes of diabetes and hypoglycemia. Proper nutrition and supplementation with herbs and other nutrients can reverse these disorders if caught in time. We will review what optimal blood sugar levels are, and you will get to take a glucose test in class to determine whether your blood sugar is in balance.
June 3rd – AM: AM: Herbal Medicine Making III – Tinctures & Percolation – Valerie Blankenship and Yaremi Davila
You will be learning how to calculate and prepare tinctures and percolations in this final preparations section. You will learn the medicinal properties of some important herbs, and you will leave with lots of useful recipes.
June 10th – AM: A Low Elevation Herb Walk in a Magical Garden – Brigitte Mars
You will learn to identify and use many edible and medicinal plants that grow wild in the Colorado area. You will be introduced to the art of wildcrafting, plant lore, botanical pharmacology, and medicinal uses to the plants. Learn the basics of holistic healing where nature is the classroom. Plant walks emphasize understanding the medicinal actions of plants through taste and smell, as well as through traditional and clinical indications.
June 10th – Afternoon: Natural Remedies for Mental and Emotional Health – Brigitte Mars
Learn to use food, herbs, essential oils and lifestyle techniques to improve conditions such as anxiety, depression, grief, fear, anger, obsession, lack of focus. We will also explore techniques to enhance brain function, cope with pain and sleep better.
June 17th – AM: Father’s Day – NO CLASS
June 24th – AM: Herbal Harvesting and Processing – Jeanie Taylor
An experiential class, where you will learn how to properly harvest, process, and dry medicinal leaves, flowers, roots and seeds, each in their correct season to capture medicinal constituents at their peak.
July 1st – AM: Healing Cardiovascular Disorders – Margaret Harris
This class will cover the cardiovascular system, including the heart, arteries, and veins. We will examine the root causes of heart disease, varicose veins, high and low blood pressure, poor circulation, and cholesterol imbalances and how to reverse these disorders using herbal strategies and proper diet.
July 8th – AM (10:00 am): A High Elevation Herb Walk – Valerie Blankenship
On a beautiful winding nature trail in Woodland Park, you will learn the most important plant characteristics needed to identify the many edible and medicinal plants that grow wild at this higher elevation.
July 15th – AM: Healing Musculoskeletal Disorders – Valerie Blankenship
Our bones, joints and muscles and teeth provide the framework for our entire system. What happens when inflammation and degeneration begin to weaken our valuable musculoskeletal system? How do we address the pain and stiffness experienced with arthritis and thinning bones? In this class, you will learn to use herbs to balance the conditions and diseases of your muscles, bones, and teeth.
July 22nd – AM - TBA
July 29th – AM: Herbal First Aid – Valerie Blankenship
This class is always a student favorite. You will be surprised at your ability to address many first aid emergencies using natural ingredients and preparations. Many of the first aid supplies can be found in your own kitchen! Included will be treatments for spider and animal bites, allergic reactions, poisonings, and heart attacks, as well as more common issues including cuts and scrapes. You will also learn the Heimlich maneuver.
August 5th – AM: Herbal Medicine Making II – Oils, Salves & Poultices – Valerie Blankenship
Immerse yourself in this hands-on class, where you will learn to make your own herbal medicines for yourself and your family! You will be making herbal oils, salves and poultices in Part I. In addition to learning how to make these herbal medicines, there will be a fun, bonus preparation, plus lots of recipes.
August 12th – AM: Healing Kidney & Bladder Disorders – Lisa Ganora
In this class will explore the function of the kidneys, bladder, and urinary tract and the common disorders associated with them. Bladder weakness, kidney infections, UTIs, and kidney stones will all be covered. You will learn how to properly treat these imbalances using herbs from several important categories, including demulcents, astringents, antibacterial & diuretics.
Afternoon: The Magic & Mystery of Herbal Constituents – Lisa Ganora
How do the healing herbs do what they do? What are the unseen entities that give herbs their properties, actions, characteristics, energetics, aromas and tastes? In this introductory class, we’ll learn how the molecules in plants are related to their medicinal powers. Using all of our senses, instincts, and intellects, we’ll explore aromatics, nutritives, bitters, mucilages, astringents and discuss how a knowledge of constituents can improve your medicine making skills.
August 19th – NO CLASS
August 26th – AM: Herbal Research – Margaret Harris
Are herbs researched? Absolutely! But the quality of the research and the interpretation of the data is a mixed bag. Become an informed consumer of herbal research and information. Learn the differences between poor quality vs high quality research of medicinal herbs and how the nutrition field and the food industry may influence that research.
September 2nd – AM: Growing and Foraging Herbs – Jeanie Taylor
In this class, you will learn strategies for growing your own herbs and foraging for locally abundant herbs.
September 9th – AM: Healing Respiratory Disorders – Valerie Blankenship
Delve into the patterns of acute and chronic respiratory disease, and learn how to regain the health of the upper and lower respiratory system using diet, herbs and special therapies. You will also learn about the side effects of common medications given for colds, flu, allergies and asthma, and how to apply safe, effective herbal alternatives.
Afternoon: Aromatherapy Basics – Margaret Harris
In this fun, interactive class, we will cover the principles and applications of aromatherapy. You will be learn how oils are produced, how to tell a poor quality oil from a high quality one, and how to use oils therapeutically. You will be introduced to the scents, applications, and dilutions for 10 or more important essential oils and learn practical applications and dilutions for each.
September 16th – AM: Healing the Immune-Lymphatic System – Valerie Blankenship
Your immunity is an integrated system with many moving parts. In this class, we will focus on the amazing lymphatic system, a critical part of the immune system that is able to identify and destroy foreign pathogens, providing you with protection from infection and autoimmunity by strengthening the immune system.
September 23rd – AM: Herbs for Children’s Health – Brigitte Mars
Learn to use food, herbs and lifestyle techniques to help children from teething to the teen years. We will talk about natural remedies for conditions such as measles, mumps, chicken pox, and ADHD. Getting kids to eat healthier and helping with concerns such as bedwetting, and behavioral issues will also be covered.
Afternoon: Addiction Free Naturally – Brigitte Mars
Learn to use food, herbs, essential oils and lifestyle techniques to let go of habitual behaviors with sugar, tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, prescription and recreational substances and activities.
September 30th – AM: Herbs for Women’s Health – Valerie Blankenship
Learn to use food, herbs, essential oils and other natural remedies to improve menstrual and breast health, libido, fertility and to ease through the menopausal years smoothly.
October 7th – AM: Student Research Projects and Graduation Celebration
Student projects consist of special topics chosen by the students themselves which are researched and presented to the class.