Monday
Jan282019

March 9: Making Medicinal Creams 

The focus of this workshop is on making medicinal creams for therapeutic use using herbs and other natural substances. The workshop covers all aspects of the process of cream-making including:

  • What is a cream.
  • What is meant by a medicinal cream.
  • Comparison with other types of topical preparations.
  • Understanding emulsification.
  • Herbs used in medicinal creams.
  • Using infused oils and herbal teas.
  • Using Bach Flowers, homeopathics, essential oils, tissue salts, etc.
  • Understanding different base oils.
  • Jars and equipment.
  • Storage and preservation.

This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations and participants will receive samples of creams that are prepared during the workshop as well as informative handouts. Though the focus of this workshop is on making therapeutic creams, it will be applicable to anyone who wants to know the basics of successful cream-making. Class size is limited to 15 people.

Date:  Saturday, March 9, 2019; 10am - 5pm.    

Location: Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario. Carpooling can be arranged.

Tuition: $125

Instructor: Monika Ghent

Registration: To register, please click here.

Questions: If you have any questions about the workshop please contact Monika at monika@livingearthschool.ca

 

 

Sunday
Jan272019

March 23: Tree Spirit Medicine Workshop - Hawthorn: "Following the Flow of Your Heart"

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In this experiential workshop, participants will receive the spirit medicine, wisdom, healing and guidance of Hawthorn.

The Tree Spirit Medicine of Hawthorn is about following the flow of our hearts which aligns us with the intelligence of the natural world of which we are a part. This alignment helps us regain the sense of wonder that we had as children and connects us to the aliveness and deep mystery of the world around and within us. When we flow where our heart goes, we attune to the magic of life. We move in ease, love, deep connection, pure joy, adventurousness and trust, fearlessly open to whatever comes, with greater understanding of our place in the world.

Date:  Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Location:  Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario. Carpooling can be arranged.

Tuition:  $95.

Instructor:  Monika Ghent.

Registration: To register, please click here.

Questions: If you have any questions about the workshop please contact Monika at monika@livingearthschool.ca

Friday
Jan252019

March 30: Making Oil Extractions, Ointments and Other Topical Herbal Preparations with Michael Vertolli

This workshop covers all aspects of the process of making poultices, compresses, infused oils, liniments and ointments from both fresh and dried herbs, including:

    • Understanding different base oils.
    • Different methods for preparing oil infusions.
    • Herbs that are suitable for oil extractions.
    • Jars and equipment.
    • Differences between using fresh and dried herbs.
    • Using essential oils.
    • Comparison with other types of oil-based preparations.
    • Using water-based topical preparations such as poultices and compresses.

This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations of how to prepare, infuse and press fresh and dried herbal oils using different kinds of equipment. Students will receive samples of an infused oil and ointment that are prepared as a demonstration during the workshop.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019. 10 am to 5 pm. 

Location:  Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario. Carpooling can be arranged.

Tuition:  $95. 

Instructor:  Michael Vertolli.

Registration: This workshop will be open for registration February 4th. To register, please click here.

Questions: If you have any questions about the workshop please contact Michael at michael@livingearthschool.ca

Thursday
Jan242019

April 13: Making Sun Care Products Workshop

In this fun and informative workshop you will learn the art of making your own effective, natural sunblocks, SPF lipbalm and after sun care products with no toxic compromises using only 100% natural and organic ingredients.

The workshop covers:

  • What is SPF?
  • An introduction to many different natural products such as base oils, essential oils, butters, teas, etc. that have natural SPF.
  • How to make everyday, light sunblock and stronger sunblock for more intense sun exposure.
  • How to make SPF lip balms including tinted lip balms using natural pigments.
  • After sun care: how to heal your skin when you’ve gotten too much sun.
  • Facial repair serums: what natural substances can be used to reverse sun damage.
  • Equipment, storage and preservation.

This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations. Participants will receive samples of products that are prepared during the workshop as well as informative, detailed handouts including lots of recipes.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Living Earth School, Maple, Ontario. Carpooling can be arranged.

Tuition: $125 which includes all material fees, handouts and samples.

Instructor: Monika Ghent

Registration: To register, please click here.

Questions: If you have any questions about the workshop please contact Monika at monika@livingearthschool.ca

Tuesday
Jan222019

Beginning April 20: Herbal Field Studies with Michael Vertolli

 This is a series of seven full-day workshops running monthly from April to October. You will learn how to identify, harvest and use many wild herbs that grow in Ontario, many of which are native or naturalized in other regions as well. At each field workshop you will also have the opportunity to make some kind of herbal preparation using herbs that they will harvest during the workshop.

The course begins with an online Introductory Class that establishes the theoretical foundation for the field workshops. The field workshops take place in various wilderness locations outside of the Toronto area. Whenever possible, carpooling will be arranged for participants who do not have vehicles.

For students who enroll in the Traditional Herbalist program that do not live in southern or central Ontario and are unable to attend the regularly scheduled field workshops, the field workshops will be included as an extension to the Level 2, Advanced Workshops.

Topics include: Identifying local herbs through the various stages of their life-cycle; introductory botany and plant anatomy; the ecology of wild harvesting herbs; harvesting instructions for different herb species; drying herbs; making herbal preparations from fresh plants; the medicinal properties and uses of local herbs.

Prerequisite Herbal Field Studies Online Introductory Class.

Required textbooks:  Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Lawrence Newcomb); Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants of Eastern and Central North America (Steven Foster, James Duke).

Dates: Saturdays 10:30 am to 5 pm: April 20, May 11, June 8, July 6, 27, August 17, October 5. Carpooling can be arranged.

Tuition:  $65 per workshop. For students who attend the first six workshops in the year that they first enroll, the seventh workshop is free.

Instructor:  Michael Vertolli.

Registration: Once you have completed the online introductory lecture, please contact Michael at michael@livingearthschool.ca to sign up for the individual field workshops.