When I was taking applications for my apprenticeship program, I noticed a few things: 1- People WANT to learn about herbalism and a more natural holistic way of life. 2-Time and distance prohibited a lot of folks who were interested from applying. 3-I got a lot of great applicants and I am going to have a really hard time choosing only 2 people!
All of these things led me to realize that if I could somehow create an online interactive program, I could reach and serve all those people who really want and need herbalism in their lives.
Out of that came The Herbal Path. A comprehensive beginner’s herbalism course set in an a private Facebook group. Sort of like a classroom. I wanted it to be in a group format so students could help and learn from each other-and maybe make some friends! Other online learning programs seem so isolating with limited human interaction.
This is a 5 month program that will give you an introduction to the basics of working with herbs: methods of medicine preparation, history of herbalism, folklore, wildcrafting, beauty and skin care products, replacing chemicals in your home with natural homemade methods, how to eat a whole foods diet (both traditional foods and veganism), and more.
The group is hosted by myself and my good friend Carolyn Schreiner of The Natural Choice Apothecary. Each week a new file will be uploaded to the group. That week we will work on that particular topic. Assignments will be uploaded to the group for group discussion. Each student will receive a small sampling of herbs to work with-with the option to purchase more if desired.
Now, for the part that I am sure you are all wondering about: cost. That is always the big inhibitor, isn’t it? There are TONS of things that I have found that I would love to join and take part in, but they always cost way too much for me to be able to afford. So-with that in mind, I want to make this program available for EVERYONE who wants to participate. It is only $30 a month. That’s right! Can you believe it? This is such an amazing deal. $30 is about the cost of 1 class, typically. AND, you don’t have to leave your house. You don’t even have to put clothes on! So, you get 4 classes for the price of one, don’t have to get dressed, don’t have to spend gas money, and get a great learning experience. How can you NOT sign up? Our next series starts April 1st, so be sure to sign up soon!
Sign Up Here!
Hop on over to the Classes page to check out details and register for our fall workshops. We have something for everyone!
September 26th, We have our Medicine Making Workshop-you’ll be making salves, tinctures, teas, and oils.
October 10th is our Winter Wellness and Tincture 101 class.
November 7th we are doing a DIY Mom & Tot Pampered Spa Kit! Just in time for the holidays.
As always, I am available to do private classes in your business or home. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We all know what is going on this weekend. Black Friday. Time to fight the mobs for those great deals! Right? Wrong.
This year, I would like to challenge everyone to avoid the Wal-Marts, Targets, etc. and find a wonderful local, handcrafted, work at home shop to do your holiday shopping. Spending $500 at Wal-Mart doesn’t really do much for Wal-Mart, but spending $500 at a small business means so much more! You are impacting an entire family in the most positive way!
I would like for you to take advantage of the sales going on this weekend and jump start your herbal medicine cabinet with these great deals (just click on Shop Online to go to the storefront)
- All day Friday, all previously non-discounted items will be 25% off this includes customized gift baskets!!! Just use the coupon code: BLACK14 at checkout.
- Saturday and Sunday, any Wellness Consultations scheduled will be 50% off IF you purchase it through the Etsy shop.
- Monday, Free shipping ALL DAY. Use coupon code SHIPFREE at checkout.
Remember, this holiday season is about love, family, and community. What better way to express that by supporting your friends, neighbors, and other families’ businesses during this crazy weekend?
If you are a small business owner, WAHM, or independent artisan, mention your store information, website, facebook page, etc. in the comments!
As promised, we are having a giveaway since we reached over 1,000 likes on Facebook.
This giveaway is going to be awesome! One free Wellness Consultation and a free Herbal First Aid Kit! The first aid kit will contain:
- Garden Salve
- Echinacea Tincture
- Yarrow Tincture
- Dried Plantain, Peppermint, and Comfrey leaves
- Wormwood Tincture
Click the link below to enter! It ends in one week, so be sure to get in on the fun!
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There is a fun event going on next week! The Big Latch On 2014 is an event to promote breastfeeding awareness. Each year in August, at locations all over the world, breastfeeding mothers and babies all “latch on” simultaneously to promote and encourage normalcy in breastfeeding.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends babies to be breastfed for at least one year, and up to two years and beyond for maximum health benefits. Unfortunately, according to the CDC, in South Carolina only 16.4% of babies are breastfed to a year.
Spartanburg’s Big Latch On event will be held This Saturday, August 2 at 10am at Spartanburg Regional’s Heart Center Auditorium. Here is a link to their Facebook page to find more information.
Herb & Renewal is a sponsor of this event. As a breastfeeding mother of 3 (soon to be 4) children, I wholeheartedly believe in the benefits to both mother and child and our community at large. It truly is a public health issue.
So, whether you are a mother who would like to participate, or would like to volunteer as a counter, let Blair (heading up the Spartanburg group) know! You can message her via the Facebook event link.
For the past two years, Herb & Renewal has been a sponsor of the the Great Cloth Diaper Change.
What is the Great Cloth Diaper Change? Glad you asked! Every year, families from around the world simultaneously change cloth diapers to attempt to break the World Record and raise awareness of the use of cloth diapers over disposable.
This year, the event will be hosted by Swamp Rabbit Cafe and also include an awesome Earth Day Festival! Music, food, vendors (including us!!), face painting, and more. Click HERE to go to the Facebook page for more information, but the basics:
- Saturday, April 26th at 10am
- Swamp Rabbit Cafe 205 Cedar Lane Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29611
- Register HERE to change a diaper