HERBS FOR EVERYDAY LIVING:
A 6 Week Long Evening Series
from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Monday evenings: July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, Aug. 5
Held at Craftwork Somerville in Somerville, MA
~ Taught by Vicki Sargsyan ~
We will taste and experience each herb in order to get more intimately acquainted with each.
By the end of the course you will gain the knowledge, tools and confidence to use 15+ herbs at home in ways that most benefit you. This is a wonderful class for anyone who is new to or just beginning herbal work, as well as for those who already have experience and are looking for a new perspective.
Each class will cover:
- three herbs in-depth, with tastings of all herbs
- information about traditional use, origin, and harvesting practices
- herbal medicine-making demonstrations, with time for hands-on experience
- fun & practical recipes and ways to prepare each herb at home
- dosage information and any contraindications for use
The Summer Syllabus:
~ Taught by Vicki Sargsyan ~
Herbs: Rose, Hibiscus, Mint
Technique: Solar and Lunar Teas
Herbs: Lemon Balm, Holy Basil, Lavender
Technique: Infused Honeys
Herbs: St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, Goldenrod
Technique: Infused Oils
Herbs: Raspberry Leaf, Wood Betony, Blue Vervain
Technique: Infused Wines
Herbs: Motherwort, Mullein, Calendula
Technique: Flower Essences
Medicinal & Edible Uses of Urban Plants
Technique: Plant Identification
(This class will be co-taught with Steph Zabel.)
Vicki has studied traditional Western herbalism and Ayurvedic practices for several years, deepening her knowledge of the plant world with herbal teachers such as Brittany Wood Nickerson, Heather Irvine and Steph Zabel. She also works as the Assistant Manager + Bulk Herbs Lead at Cambridge Naturals, where she helps connect people with herbs every day. Vicki's mission in teaching is to be a voice for the plants, and to share their healing with as many people as possible. She wants to inspire her students in creating their own herbal experiences, and to have fun while doing it!
Steph has studied and worked with herbs for over a decade and it is her joy to share the love of plants with others. She is a graduate of the clinical herbal program from the CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine and holds a MSc in ethnobotany from the University of Kent at Canterbury. She worked for many years in the botanical collections at the Harvard University Herbarium. Steph is also the founder of HERBSTALK, New England’s popular community-based herbal conference.
~ Dried herb samples of each plant to work with at home
~ Herbal supplies -- such as glass jars -- as needed
~ Extensive resource lists: books, websites, supplies and detailed handouts with recipes
~ Unlimited email access for herbal-related questions
Please email me at email@example.com with questions, and register below to hold your spot.
What People Have Said:
"I am in my fourth semester studying with Steph. Her teachings continue to guide, inspire, nourish, and even protect me in my work with my clients, myself, and the world at large. What I find amazing about Steph is that she does not just know about plants, she really embodies their essence in her work -- and is a very powerful, soothing, and peaceful presence to be around. I have felt truly graced with her presence in my life -- and I don't say that lightly! She has actually been a huge catalyst and example for me to remember my power and pursue my life purpose, fervently. I recommend Steph’s work to everyone on Earth -- she is my favorite!"
"I loooooved Steph's Herbs for Everyday Living class!! The class space created was gentle and warm, as is Steph, and the classes themselves were well-structured, thorough, and experiential-based. We learned through exploration - of how each herb tasted, how it felt in our bodies, how it could be used to physically and emotionally heal, and how to use it in various herbal remedies. Definitely highly recommended!!!"
- Sarah F.
"I've enjoyed Steph's herb series immensely; her rich knowledge of and joy for plants permeates every class. As a teacher she is articulate, detailed, and generous. We are making things in every session and are sent home with samples of each herb. Steph's warmth and enthusiasm make her a joy to be around--I can't recommend her classes highly enough!"
"I learned so much in Steph’s class. Being able to take sample herbs home (and importantly, mason jars, spray bottles, etc.) along with the infusions, etc. made in class helped to demystify the process---making it seem more doable. You had me at Nettles! I am hooked!"
- Liza B.
"Thank you sooo much for your class series. I loved everything about the classes-the herbs, the group, the way you taught and presented the information. It was so fun and informative! I appreciate how it was knowledge attained through experiences and hands-on learning."
"I loved the Herbs for Everyday Living class; it's a heavenly experience to go each week and sample teas. Steph is an amazing herbalist. Her love for herbs is palpable and it's a treat to sample teas each week, as well as sample and make hand baths, facial steams, dream pillows, tinctures, etc. Steph's creativity and generosity of knowledge and experience is special."
- Herb Pearce
"Thank you Steph for your patience and love for the plants, you really inspire people to learn more about this beautiful world making every lesson so pleasant and fun!"
"Steph is very knowledgeable and her well-organized class allows attendees to absorb a lot of useful information about herbal preparations in a short time. Her enthusiasm and love of herbs is catching. She has a healthy respect for the many properties of herbs and is able to communicate that while at the same time empowering her students to work confidently to create herbal remedies."
How to Register:
Class Deposit for Summer Herbs for Everyday Living
Class deposit to hold your space in the 6-week-long SummerSession of Herbs for Everyday Living. Please note that deposits are non-refundable, and full payment is due the first day of class, unless other arrangements have been made. This class takes place at Craftwork Somerville and is taught by Vicki Sargsyan.