Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Autumn reflections



Wow… what a year this has been!
The 2014 Sacred Herbalism Apprenticeship ended this month, with a beautiful bonfire ceremony of transformation and prayer, and in a very real way it feels like the end of the year for Blackbird's Daughter Botanicals.
It's a real blessing to feel the energy turning inward in preparation for the coming winter. I know I'm not alone in feeling like the warm weather comes with an endless "to-do" list. From Farmer's Markets and classes to plant gathering and medicine making, the days seemed endlessly full. Add to that a wedding (yes - I got married!), and I can safely say this was the busiest year I've had in long time!
I am so grateful to all of the beautiful beings who participated and guided, dug and gathered, taught and grew and shared with us throughout the past three seasons. And I am especially proud of our graduates, Mitzi and Kensi, who made this the most personal, intimate, and brave group yet. It takes a lot of commitment and dedication to stick with a program this energetically, emotionally, and intellectually intense for eight months straight, and they did it!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer/Fall Class Schedule


Class Schedule Summer/Fall 2014

To RSVP, call Jessica at (802) 578-7931. See you soon!


JUNE CLASSES

Infuse Your Booze
Date/time to be determined... check back soon!
$20.00 per person
Release your inner mixologist with seasonal flavors including Cucumber JalepeƱo Vodka, Lemon Sweet Tea Liquor and Strawberry Watermelon Rum! In this deliciously decadent workshop, participants will learn the fine (and fun!) art of creating sumptuously impressive adult beverages from scratch. Recipes and all ingredients except alcohol included; please bring an inexpensive bottle of vodka or white rum to use and three jars to take home your libations!

JULY CLASSES

Make Your Own: Probiotics
Saturday, July 12, 10am-12pm
$30.00 per person, includes all food materials
In this hands-on (and hands-in!) introduction to lacto-fermentation, participants will learn about the importance of a healthy gut biome for mood, immunity, digestion, and overall wellness. Together we will make our own “kraut-chis” and ginger beer! Bring a notebook and three glass pint jars (recycled is great)  and leave with samples, information, and your own lacto-fermented vegetables and ginger ale starter (ginger bug).

Sunday Seacoast Weed Walks
Third Sunday of each month, 10am-11am, July 20, August 17, September 21 (Solstice)
Suggested donation of $12.00 per person, or $20 for families
Come to Odiorne State Park for a weed walk and discover a world of medinal and edible native plants along the beautiful New Hampshire coast. Learn to hone your plant identification skills and find out which wil
plants can be used for food, medicine, and more. Rain or shine.

AUGUST CLASSES

Natural Beauty Series:
Luxury Facial Products and Techniques for Naturally Beautiful Skin
Leave the chemicals behind and nourish your skin organically. In this four-part series, you’ll discover the simple elegance of using pure, clean ingredients to make your skin glow. Each week we’ll explore a different topic and create your own personalized beauty products. Whether your skin is sensitive, blemish-prone, dry, mature, or a combination of the above, this series will address your needs and bring you into Fall feeling confident, pampered, and absolutely radiant.
Saturday, Aug 2, 1-3pm: A Clean Slate: Steams and Honey Cleansers
Saturday, Aug 9, 1-3pm: The Nitty Gritty: Masques, Microdermabrasion and Cleansing Grains
Saturday, Aug 16, 1-3pm: Daily Treatments: Toners and Serums
Saturday, Aug 23, 1-3pm: A Kiss and a Wink! Care and Cosmetics for Lips and Eyes
Complete Series: $200, single class $65.00

Bootch Kamp (Kombucha 101)
Wednesday, August 6, 6-8pm
$35.00 per person, includes all food materials
Are you interested in growing your own kombucha but unsure how to start? Interested in bringing your current booch to a whole new flavor-level? In this in-depth and hands-on class we’ll cover everything you need to know to successfully and easily brewing your own; including microbial and environmental safety in growing and bottling, helpful tools, primary and secondary fermentation, flavoring, trouble-shooting, and the important health benefits of this ancient beverage - and what to do with all your extra “boochy mamas” (kombucha candy, anyone?!). Bring a notebook and a clean glass jar. Students will receive their own SCOBY and starter liquid and leave ready to join the new Counter Culture movement!

Sunday Seacoast Weed Walks
Third Sunday of each month, 10am-11am, August 17, September 21 (Solstice)
Suggested donation of $12.00 per person, or $20 for families
Come to Odiorne State Park for a weed walk and discover a world of medinal and edible native plants along the beautiful New Hampshire coast. Learn to hone your plant identification skills and find out which wild plants can be used for food, medicine, and more. Rain or shine.

SEPTEMBER CLASSES

Eliot Garden Club Wildcrafting Walk and Talk
Thursday September 11, 12:45-2:30pm
Congregational Church, Eliot, ME
At this month’s Eliot Garden Clubs’s meeting, we’ll take a walk on the wild side to learn about  the plants that plant themselves, including the often overlooked native and naturalized herbs that have been feeding and healing local people  for centuries. Learn to make wild tea, a first aid poultice, and infused vinegar or honey (depending on what we find). All members are encouraged to bring a notebook and pencils to make pressings, rubbings, and notes.

Sunday Seacoast Weed Walks
Third Sunday of each month, 10am-11am, September 21 (Solstice)
Suggested donation of $12.00 per person, or $20 for families
Come to Odiorne State Park for a weed walk and discover a world of medinal and edible native plants along the beautiful New Hampshire coast. Learn to hone your plant identification skills and find out which wild plants can be used for food, medicine, and more. Rain or shine.

P.S. -Keep your eyes open for the Sacred Aromatherapy Winter Apprenticeship!

Boomerang Adventures

Hola Beloveds,
Tomorrow afternoon I'll be at Stratham Hill Park with the folks from Boomerang Adventures, and you're welcome to join us! 

Workshop: An Herbal Solution to Bug Season
Time: Wed June 18 from 5:30 to 7:30
Theme:  A relaxed, plant identification walk following an instructional session on how to make our own herbal bug repellant.  Pot luck hors d’oeuvres and beverages encouraged. 
Fee: $10 (includes take home repellent).





Friday, June 6, 2014

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