Wild Cherries Herbal Studies Program: Courses and Workshops

We offer a host of herbal courses and workshops to spread plant knowledge, fun and juiciness and support resilience in the face of systemic oppression and violence. Our workshops offer a chance to get practical information and experience on specific health and herbal topics, while our immersive courses go deep into the herbal world to lay down new roots and pathways.

Courses

In 2018, we’ll be offering the following courses:

Class Title: Intro to Herbal Studies 110-Hour Immersion (superimposed over happy students leaping in an autumnal field of dried goldenrod, lightly silhouetted against a bright mackerel sky near dusk.)

Class Title: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (superimposed over an image of the bright sunset-colored yellow and magenta spines of a barrel cactus.)

Class Title: Queer Herbal Studies (superimposed over the technicolor green and fuchsia stems of a rhubarb.)

Workshops

We offer several community workshops and activities monthly. Our workshops aim to be accessible to all, to address individual needs in the audience, and to deepen our understanding and connections to plants and plant medicine.

Check our Calendar for upcoming workshops!

Book a Workshop!

If you would like to book us for a class or workshop, please be in touch.  We love bringing our workshops to you and can tailor each class to your audience, time frame and topic.

Here are a few topics we have taught on:

  • Introduction to using Plant Medicine / Herbs 101
  • Medicine Making – Herbal Teas, Tinctures, Salves, Syrups and Lip Balm
  • Herbal Support for Anxiety and Depression
  • Managing Chronic Pain with Herbs
  • Cease Fire: Herbs to Help with IBS, Irritable Bowel, Heartburn and Discomfort
  • Fix your Sleep Cycle Naturally with Herbs
  • Growing Herbs – What to Grow and How to Grow it
  • Herbal Energetics: Matching the People to the Plants
  • Herbal First Aid
  • Plant and Weed Walks – Meeting and Identifying Plants Where they Live
  • Trans Self-Care with Herbs
  • Trans Competence and Herbal Support for Practitioners
  • Herbs for Sexual Health
  • Herbal Medicine for Childhood Ailments
  • Herbal Medicine through the Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Using Herbs for People Living with HIV
  • Botany for Beginners

Intro to Herbal Studies 110-hour Immersion

Read more and apply online at our Intro to Herbal Studies page.

Grounding in the Seasons with Herbs and Ritual

EMERGE, INDULGE, REFLECT, SURVIVE.

JOURNEY through the four seasons to reconnect with the cycle of the natural world. We will bask in the transition of each season with an immersive experience. Across these four classes, we will learn ways to practice an understanding of the energetic and
physiological changes in our bodies and plants. We will learn affirmations and self care strategies to help our bodies shift with
the constant changing of the seasons.

Each solstice and equinox you are invited to take part in a ritual. We will draw on the themes of the classes and the energy of the group, using herbs, plants, and other objects to harness our collective power for the upcoming season.

Spring: March 19th & 20th
Summer: June 4th and 21st
Autumn: September 17th & 22nd
Winter: November 12th & December 21st.

Classes are 6-9pm; Rituals are 8-9pm
Four three hour classes and four rituals – $240

Individual season class and rituals – $75

Apply to Grounding In the Seasons with Herbs and Rituals

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

is the zombie apocalypse coming? or are we already in it? Whatever our struggle for survival, we need to keep building our skills for using what’s around us to support our health. This class combines survival skills, first aid and plant medicine to address immediate needs, hone our awareness and provide tools for disasters and apocalypses.

Field Work
+ Plant identification
+ Wild edibles
+ Medicine making

First Aid Training
+ While travelling
+ Crowds and disasters
+ In daily life
+ Social gatherings

Social Context
+ Non-linear time
+ Emotional well-being
+ Science fiction
+ Disaster capitalism

Topics covered
+ Healing from broken bones and sprains
+ Fevers, colds, flus, asthma
+Wounds, bites, infections, burns
+ Constipation, diarrhea and more!

Every other Tuesday, May 1st through June 26th, 5-9 pm
Five four-hour classes – $200

Enrollment is currently closed. Please stay tuned for future Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse courses!

Herbal Studies Weekend Intensive for Queerdos and Transparkles

Our first Homo-Intensive Herbal Studies weekend was June 15-18! We look forward to returning to the Meadow, IDA and Short Mountain for more nerdy herb times soon!

Introductory Herbal Intensive for Queer and Trans Folks to explore herbal medicine & the plant world with all the gay a goose can gander. We want to nurture our queer and trans communities’ capacity for self care, community care, support, and healing. Join us in the rolling gay hills of the “Middle TN gayborhood” this June to explore the plant world and how it can be woven into self-care and community care. Since so much of the medical industry is hostile towards our humanity, health and wellbeing, we gotta learn how to support ourselves and each other. Together, we can explore the many ways plants can support and celebrate our full selves.

Topics include: First Aid, Digestion, Mental Health, Stress, Sexual Health, Immune Support, Herbs and/as HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), Sleep, Autoimmune Conditions/Chronic Pain + The Domino Effect of Food Allergies, UTI’s, PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), Androgenic Alopecia (Hair Loss), Personal and Psychic Boundaries & more

Activities included: Plant Walks and Plant ID, Medicine Making: Tinctures, Oils, Salves and Different Non-alcoholic Preparations, Plant Meditations and Games