$200

Winter Study: Herbal Learning Circle

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Fox Haven Farm and Learning Center

3630 Poffenberger Road

Jefferson, MD 21755

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This winter we’ll delve into Fox Haven’s herbal stores and explore winter traditions and rituals that build phytonutrients into our lifestyle; whether you need restoration to recover from the year or stimulation to power you towards new goals.

This hands-on collaborative study session will include winter plant ID and harvesting, kitchen and apothecary experimentation and crafting, group research and formula making and many many opportunities to develop relationships with local plants.

The group project topics serve as an anchor and focus for each person throughout the time we learn together. The creativity, research and preparation that each group puts into their final product (whether it be tea, ferment, lozenge, salve, broth ect.) will enrich each of our understanding of herbal actions and winter herbs.

Class fee includes herbal supplies for all classes and take-homes, study guides, field trip fees and teacher stipends.

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What do you mean by research and final presentation?

During the first class we will discuss herbal energetics and winter ailments. We’ll split into teams or groups and choose an ailment we want to learn more about (last year groups chose topics like skin health, seasonal affectedness disorder, herbal support for our romantic/love life and respiratory ailments) and then each group will be assigned an herbal energetic to work with in conjunction with their study topic. Over the 8 weeks together we’ll explore lots of topics in class, make herbal goodies to take home and use each other as a sounding board for ideas and questions. In between classes each group will be doing a little research on their topics and experimenting with a preparation (this can be as simple as drinking a tea every day and recording the effects) and at the end of our study we’ll share our findings, recipes, data and take-aways. Last year groups led us in lymphatic massages and sensory meditations, we tried herbal aphrodisiac treats and took home some scrubs for dry skin. Through the power of our teams, we’ll all come away with new knowledge, recipes and practical ways we can use herbs!

Can the final project be done individually instead of as a group?

Yes! Winter is a time for reflection, introspection and slowing down and we honor that. It’s also a time to sit in circles sharing stories, working together and easing each others load. Everyone will have a “group” that they can work with to conceptualize herbal energetics and share information and research with but if making an individual presentation is your preference we welcome that desire for personal creation.

What do you mean by “take-homes”?

We’ll be experimenting with making all kinds of things like tea-blends, creams, steams and bitters and we’ll be plucking pine needles, gathering winter roots and poking around looking for tender edibles. All of these things may find their way into your basket to go home after class.

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