Upcoming Classes

March 28, 2020

How to Make Herbal Oxymels: Virtual Make-Along.

Oxymels are a delicious medicinal preparations of herbs that involves soaking herbs in honey and vinegar. Oxymels are great in cocktails, as a digestive tonic and especially for sore throats and coughs. Honey and vinegar bring their own medicinal attributes to the table, too! Join us for this live, virtual class that will be hosted on Zoom, so you can ask your questions, show me your work, and still practice social distancing.

In this two-hour virtual "make-along" class, we will cover:

- Making oxymels together (you'll be in your kitchen making your own!)
- What is an oxymel and when would you use it
- how to make an oxymel
- what herbs to use
- helpful and tasty combinations

MATERIALS NEEDED TO DO "MAKE-ALONG" Oxymel:
Please gather these supplies and have them ready for class. I have chosen herbs that should be readily available at the grocery store or in your garden. Rosemary can be subbed for thyme if needed.

Oxymel:
- 8 oz apple cider vinegar (that's one cup)
- 8 oz honey
- 2 oz fresh or dried thyme
- 2 oz fresh chopped ginger
- 32 oz jar (that's the large, quart sized mason jar)

You will also need a cutting board and a knife.

ABOUT VIRTUAL CLASSES WITH ADIANTUM SCHOOL:

Due to social distancing measures and potential shelter in place orders, I have decided to offer some virtual classes to keep us all from going crazy. Im sure this is a new platform for some of you, so heres all the info you need to join in!

Downloading Zoom and making an account:
We will be using Zoom for this class. You will need to download the software on your computer or phone. You can do this before the class by visiting this link: https://zoom.us/. Creating an account is free!

How to join the zoom call:
I will send you a link to the scheduled conference call to the email you provide at registration. When its time for class, you will follow that link (having already created your zoom account) and join the call. You may join with just audio, or just video. The call will start 10 minutes prior to the start of class so we can get settled in and technical difficulties worked out. I recommend using something with audio and video capabilities (phones or laptop computers work well).

How does a make-along work?
The great thing about joining virtually is that you can make the herbal preparation in your own kitchen while Im making it, thus the name make-along. Its like a sing along! I highly encourage you to do this, as it will give you the experience of making the product in your own kitchen, and you can ask questions and even show me your work (yes, Ill be able to see you!). Please see the list of materials needed and gather them before class starts.

I am so grateful for your support in this strange time! Please let me know if there are any other courses you'd like to see in this format.

-Natalie Hammerquist
The Adiantum School of Plant Medicine
www.adiantumschool.com

March 31, 2020

Herbal Remedies for Coughs

In this class, I will be sharing what I know about basic herbs for coughs (which is not based on any experience with the coronavirus). Herbal medicine has historically looked directly at what symptoms are present rather than looking at particular organisms. This is the context in which we will approach this topic. We will learn about herbs that moisten the bronchioles, stir up stuck phlegm, kill organisms etc.

Join us for this live, virtual class that will be hosted on Zoom, so you can ask your questions, show me your work, and still practice social distancing.

In this two-hour virtual class, we will cover:

- major types of coughs
- ideal herbal constituents for cough remedies
- in depth on 10 herbs for coughs
- ideal preparations and dosage
- recipe ideas

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor. I am not a licensed medical professional. I am a folk trained herbalist. This class will offer simple information on the traditional uses of herbal remedies for coughs. It does not claim to offer solutions for the coronavirus. Herbal remedies are not a substitute for a hospital visit. If you are experiencing difficult breathing or shortness of breath, please seek the appropriate medical care. Please do not bring your coronavirus specific questions.

DATE: March 31, 2020, 4pm-6pm
LOCATION: Zoom link will be sent prior to class.
TEACHER: Natalie
COST: $30.00

ABOUT VIRTUAL CLASSES WITH ADIANTUM SCHOOL:

Due to social distancing measures and potential shelter in place orders, I have decided to offer some virtual classes to keep us all from going crazy. Im sure this is a new platform for some of you, so heres all the info you need to join in!

Downloading Zoom and making an account:
We will be using Zoom for this class. You will need to download the software on your computer or phone. You can do this before the class by visiting this link: https://zoom.us/. Creating an account is free!

How to join the zoom call:
I will send you a link to the scheduled conference call to the email you provide at registration. When its time for class, you will follow that link (having already created your zoom account) and join the call. You may join with just audio, or just video. The call will start 10 minutes prior to the start of class so we can get settled in and technical difficulties worked out. I recommend using something with audio and video capabilities (phones or laptop computers work well).

I am so grateful for your support in this strange time! Please let me know if there are any other courses you'd like to see in this format.

-Natalie Hammerquist
The Adiantum School of Plant Medicine
www.adiantumschool.com

April 04, 2020

How to Make an Herbal Tincture: Virtual Make-Along

An herbal tincture is a potent alcohol extract of a medicinal herbs that is a convenient way to use herbal medicine. You can make them easily in  your own home and save lots of money. Join us for this live, virtual class that will be hosted on Zoom, so you can ask your questions, show me your work, and still practice social distancing.

In this two-hour virtual "make-along" class, we will cover:

- Making tinctures together (you'll be in your kitchen making your own!)
- What is an tincture and when would you use it
- using ratios to make tinctures in the standardized way
- the folk method
- possible equipment
- what herbs to use
- helpful and tasty combinations


DATE: April 4, 2020, 1pm-3pm
LOCATION: Zoom link will be sent prior to class.
TEACHER: Natalie
COST: $30.00


MATERIALS NEEDED TO DO "MAKE-ALONG" Tincture:
Please gather these supplies and have them ready for class. I have chosen herbs that should be readily available at the grocery store or in your garden.

Tincture:
- 15 oz vodka (40% or 80 proof), any level of quality is fine. (16oz= almost 2 cups)
- 3 oz of a dried medicinal herb (I recommend thyme, echinacea or elderberry)
- 32 oz jar (that's the large, quart sized mason jar)

EQUIPMENT:
- A kitchen scale
- a measuring cup with ounces
- An herb and spice grinder or a blender would be helpful, but not necessary.


ABOUT VIRTUAL CLASSES WITH ADIANTUM SCHOOL:

Due to social distancing measures and potential shelter in place orders, I have decided to offer some virtual classes to keep us all from going crazy. Im sure this is a new platform for some of you, so heres all the info you need to join in!

Downloading Zoom and making an account:
We will be using Zoom for this class. You will need to download the software on your computer or phone. You can do this before the class by visiting this link: https://zoom.us/ . Creating an account is free!

How to join the zoom call:
I will send you a link to the scheduled conference call to the email you provide at registration. When its time for class, you will follow that link (having already created your zoom account) and join the call. You may join with just audio, or just video. The call will start 10 minutes prior to the start of class so we can get settled in and technical difficulties worked out. I recommend using something with audio and video capabilities (phones or laptop computers work well).

How does a make-along work?
The great thing about joining virtually is that you can make the herbal preparation in your own kitchen while Im making it, thus the name make-along. Its like a sing along! I highly encourage you to do this, as it will give you the experience of making the product in your own kitchen, and you can ask questions and even show me your work (yes, Ill be able to see you!). Please see the list of materials needed and gather them before class starts.

I am so grateful for your support in this strange time! Please let me know if there are any other courses you'd like to see in this format.

-Natalie Hammerquist
The Adiantum School of Plant Medicine
www.adiantumschool.com

April 11, 2020

How to Make an Alcohol Intermediary Oil: Virtual Make-Along

An alcohol intermediary oil is a special kind of infused herbal oil that uses alcohol to pre-extract, resulting in a stronger infused oil. This is an oil making method that I have fell in love with over the last year and am so excited to share with you all. I've made deep green plantain oils and amazingly aromatic mugwort oil. Amazing! Join us for this live, virtual class that will be hosted on Zoom, so you can ask your questions, show me your work, and still practice social distancing.

In this two-hour virtual "make-along" class, we will cover:

- Making alcohol intermediary oils together (you'll be in your kitchen making your own!)
- What is an AIO and how does it work
- Ratios
- equipment
- what herbs work best
- ideas on how to use the oils.

DATE: Saturday, April 11, 2020, 1pm-3pm
LOCATION: Zoom link will be sent prior to class.
TEACHER: Natalie
COST: $30.00


MATERIALS NEEDED TO DO "MAKE-ALONG" AIO:
Please gather these supplies and have them ready for class. If you are unable to find plantain leaf, you may sub rosemary leaf.

Alcohol Intermediary oil
- 7 oz olive oil (or other liquid oil)
- 1 oz dried plantain leaf (many other herbs will work if you can't get your hands on plantain leaf)
- 1 oz everclear (you need the 95% kind)
- 16 oz jar (2 cup capacity)

EQUIPMENT:
- A kitchen scale
- a measuring cup with ounces
- a blender
- fine mesh metal strainer
- cheesecloth
- An herb and spice grinder or a blender would be helpful, but not necessary.


ABOUT VIRTUAL CLASSES WITH ADIANTUM SCHOOL:

Due to social distancing measures and potential shelter in place orders, I have decided to offer some virtual classes to keep us all from going crazy. Im sure this is a new platform for some of you, so heres all the info you need to join in!

Downloading Zoom and making an account:
We will be using Zoom for this class. You will need to download the software on your computer or phone. You can do this before the class by visiting this link: https://zoom.us/. Creating an account is free!

How to join the zoom call:
I will send you a link to the scheduled conference call to the email you provide at registration. When it's time for class, you will follow that link (having already created your zoom account) and join the call. You may join with just audio, or just video. The call will start 10 minutes prior to the start of class so we can get settled in and technical difficulties worked out. I recommend using something with audio and video capabilities (phones or laptop computers work well).

How does a make-along work?
The great thing about joining virtually is that you can make the herbal preparation in your own kitchen while Im making it, thus the name make-along. Its like a sing along! I highly encourage you to do this, as it will give you the experience of making the product in your own kitchen, and you can ask questions and even show me your work (yes, Ill be able to see you!). Please see the list of materials needed and gather them before class starts.

I am so grateful for your support in this strange time! Please let me know if there are any other courses you'd like to see in this format.

-Natalie Hammerquist
The Adiantum School of Plant Medicine
www.adiantumschool.com

April 28, 2020

Intro to Herbal Medicine

This class is a thorough and practical crash course in the practicalities of using herbs as medicine. We will start with an introduction about why herbs work, what they can and cant do, where to get them and what preparations they come in. We will highlight six common and useful herbs as we discuss different aspects of understanding their uses. We'll also cover the ins and outs of safety and working with symptoms versus underlying causes. Finally we'll discuss good resources for further learning. By the end of the class, you will have a working knowledge of six herbs, as well as a framework to understand how herbs are working and how to select herbs for maximum benefit.

Learning this type of foundational knowledge will help you get better success with herbs, and use them with more intention and awareness. If you've ever been frustrated with books telling you that an herb is "good for headaches," then this class might help you get beyond such oversimplification and begin to understand the complexities of our bodies.

Bring a notebook, come with questions, and be ready to learn. Natalie is a fast-paced teacher, and she likes to cover as much as possible in the time.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28th, 2020, 7-pm
LOCATION: Madrona House Apothecary, 1423 34th Ave, Unit C, Seattle 98122
COST: $35
TEACHER: Natalie H. of the Adiantum School of Plant Medicine

May 09, 2020

Local Edible and Medicine Plant ID Class (Bridle Trails)

In this class, we'll walk the trails of Bridle Trails State Park (Bellevue/ Kirkland) and learn about all the useful plants we find there. We'll observe the leaf shape of oregon grape, see ripe salmon berries, smell fresh green cedar boughs, munch on the spring tips of douglas fir and so much more. Natalie (that's me!) will also talk about how one might go about harvesting and using the plants we encounter.

This class is for plant lovers, foodies, aspiring naturalists, aspiring herbalists, wilderness survival enthusiasts, outdoorspeople, hikers and anyone who wants to get to know our local useful plants on a deeper level. The class will focus on medicinal uses, with added info on edible and materially useful plants.


DATE: May 9, 2020, noon-2pm
LOCATION: Bridle Trails State Park (https://goo.gl/maps/ExCTkPasVfvTkciz9)
COST: $30
MAX: 15 people

Please note: This class is not for harvesting. Seattle Parks and some parks in King County do  do not allow harvesting. Harvesting in urban public spaces has the potential to create a large impact that you may not be aware of. This class is for informational purposes only and does not condone harvesting in illegal areas.

May 12, 2020

Herbal Tincture Making

This is a comprehensive workshop where you will learn how to made tinctures (an alcohol extract of herbs) for internal and external use. Participants will prepare a tincture with both fresh and a dry plant material in class together, and they will get to take home a sample that we press in class.

This class will cover:
- standardized tincture making from fresh and dried herbs
- folk tincture making
- how to decide what strength of alcohol should be used for what herb
- how long to let it sit and how to strain it
- how to tell if it's strong enough
- storage
- general dosages/ ways of using your tincture
- where to get herbs and identifying quality material

This is a hands on class, so come ready to help out, measure, pour and wash. Bring an apron, a pen and something to take notes on to recall the knowledge you gain at a later time. I'll provide a handout.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 12th, 2020, 7-9pm
LOCATION: Madrona House Apothecary, 1423 34th ave, Unit C, Seattle 98122
COST: $40
TEACHER: Natalie H. (bio below)

June 09, 2020

Mixing Herbal Tea Blends

This hands-on evening workshop will be an exploration into different flavors and scents of common western herbs that can be mixed into various flavorful, medicinal tea blends. Each person will have the opportunity to mix their own tea blend in class with the herbs available.

Here are some of the things we'll go over in class:
- balancing drying herbs with moistening herbs
- balancing poor tasting herbs with tasty ones
- how to decide what ratios to use
- deciding what herbs to use when dealing with a specific health issue

Some of the herbs we'll be working with: elderflower, chamomile, linden, lemon balm, licorice, fennel, ginger, orange peel, cinnamon, peppermint, yarrow, hawthorn, marshmallow root and more.

This is a hands on class, so come ready to help out, measure, pour and wash. Bring an apron, a pen and something to take notes on to recall the knowledge you gain at a later time. I'll provide a handout.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 7-9pm
LOCATION: Madrona House Apothecary, 1423 34th ave, Unit C, Seattle 98122
COST: $45
TEACHER: Natalie H.

June 19, 2020

Local Medicinal Plant Hike and Learn (Cougar Mountain)

Come join me for an early summer walk on Cougar Mountain (where I grew up!). We will walk through patches of devil's club, among towering cedars, under black cottonwoods and through low Oregon grape on this very special mountain east of Seattle.

This class is a good opportunity to get more connected with the land, see somewhere new (or old and dear), and learn about out native forest plants.

We'll spend all day walking, and probably a good amount of time stopped and observing.

LOGISTICS:
Class starts by meeting at 10am at the Sky Country Trailhead near the Newcastle golf club. We'll depart the trailhead at 10:15 sharp, and head into the forest.

Please bring a lunch that you can carry with you and eat on the trail, please bring ample water, a notebook, a camera device (for taking pics of plants) and dress for weather. Please also wear hiking boots or athletic shoes. If you show up in sandals you will be uncomfortable. There will likely be some mosquitos up there as well, so wear repellent if you choose.

NOTE: This is one of the few classes I have ever taught where I am going to recommend some level of hiking experience and physical shape. We may walk up to four miles, which will include hills and uneven terrain. If that sounds like too much for you, I teach SO many other classes that are not as physically demanding, so please join me for one of those. Please see my website at www.adiantumschool.com

We will not be harvesting during our walk, and I ask that all students do not harvest during class time. As with most public natural spaces in the Seattle Area, harvesting is illegal and discouraged. We may be plucking a leaf here and there for learning purposes.

DATE: Friday, June 19th, 2020
TIME: 10:00am-3pm (Class starts at 10:005, depart trailhead at 10:15 sharp)
LOCATION: Sky Country Trailhead, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlife Park.
https://goo.gl/maps/6i6Cr3TDKscKLHha9
COST: $80.00

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