Normally, we offer herbalism and other natural health classes at Hawthorn & Violet as part of our mission to help empower people to take charge of their health and wellness. Throughout the course of the year, our offerings cycle through beginner herbalism classes, winter wellness, making elderberry syrup and other medicines, and finding medicine in the plants that grow in our region or that might be sitting right on our spice rack. Classes are always changing- sometimes we come back to old favorites, and some offerings are brand new.
Most classes are just $15, unless otherwise noted.
1. Email me or send me a message on Facebook with your email address so I can send you an invoice to pay securely online. If you are registering for more than yourself, be sure to include the other participants names in your message! firstname.lastname@example.org
2. call and pay over the phone (or request an invoice to be sent to your email address if you’d rather pay online) (810) 569-6820
3. stop in the store during regular store hours and register in person.
Wild Herbs and How to Use Them
Friday, August 6th, 2020 6 pm-7:30ish pm
Come learn about the plants that grow around us in Michigan in a classroom setting. So many of the things we pull out when we are weeding are actually plants our ancestors were very familiar with and used as food and medicine. You may find yourself looking at your own backyard with new eyes!
Herbal Medicine Making
Friday, Sept 10th 6 pm- 8:00ish pm
Back by popular demand! This class sold out quickly last time it was offered, so be sure to register early! This class is $20 in advance, $25 the day of, if room is still available.
This class will be a hands on demonstration of how to make your herbs into medicine. We will learn about how to make infusions, decoctions, tinctures, poultices, steams, salves and syrups.
Late Summer Herb Walk at Dauner Martin
Friday, Sept 17th, 6 pm-7:30ish pm
One of the best parts of learning about herbalism is finding all the wonderful herbal allies that grow in our region. Michigan is rich in herbs that are potential allies if you know how to identify and use them!
For this class, we will meet at the southern entrance of Dauner-Martin Nature Preserve on Dauner Road. We will go on a one mile hike through wooded trails and meadow. Along the way, we will stop many times to point out and discuss medicinal plants growing in Michigan. I plan to do three herbs walks over the course of the warm weather on this same trail so that we can see how the plants look in later summer. (May, July & September)
It’s always a good idea to wear good close toed walking shoes, and maybe even long pants, and to apply bug deterrent spray. We will still plan on going if it’s raining. Cancellation will only happen if weather is dangerous such as a thunderstorm with lightening is imminent. So if it looks like rain and you’d like to bring an umbrella, take that into account.
A notebook and camera may also be useful, but there are some great notetaking apps for smartphones that are great for just this kind of thing if you’re a quick typer.
October 1st 6pm-7:30ish
If you’ve been struggling with fighting things off, or want some good strategies for when colds and flu strike at your house, this is the class for you. We’ll talk about how to build up your immune system to help you prevent or lessen the severity of winter colds and flus. We will discuss herbs, foods, and other tools to do this. I love biology so will for sure include a little of that in there too. We will also discuss what herbs,foods and supplements will help us recover wellness if we do fall ill this winter.
Herbs for Brain Health and Memory
Friday October 15th 6 pm-7:30ish pm
We will talk about different herbs that can help improve memory and support that very important organ, the brain. We’ll also talk about how they work, and in which instances you’d select different herbs.
Elderberry Syrup Making Workshop
Friday, October 29th 6 pm-7:30ish pm
The Friday night before Halloween, where do you want to be? Learning how to make a great tasting potion with herbs? I thought so.
After taking the winter wellness class and you know how amazing elderberry syrup is to combat the first signs of viral infection or exposure, you’ll want to find a way to make this tasty remedy. The stuff in the stores is not only expensive, it leaves something to be desired in the taste department. I’ll show you how easily elderberry syrup can be made at home.
You’ll also learn about the mechanisms by which elderberry is thought to work in the body, and learn about some other herbs that are helpful allies to add to your syrup. We’ll be making elderberry syrup in class and you’ll get to bring home a bottle at the end of class.
Class fee is $15 plus $10 materials fee- $25 total.
Herbs for Women- Periods, Pregnancy, Lactation, Menopause & More
Friday, November 5th 6pm-7:30ish
All new class- This is a class to become more familiar with herbs that are beneficial for many areas specific to women’s health. We’ll talk about herbs that are useful for periods, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, menopause and more.
Herbs for Helping with Stress, Anxiety, Low Energy & Depression
Friday, November 19th 6 pm-7:30ish pm
This is a timely class going into the holidays. You may have heard about herbs like St. Johns wort for depression and Chamomile for soothing stressed nerves, but let me take you a little deeper into the world of herbs we can use to help balance our energy patterns, that will help alleviate stress, fatigue and other emotional states. We will look at several different adaptogenic and nervine herbs and discuss the types of imbalances they best address.