Our Upcoming Classes

Classes are held at Smile Herb Shop and online

Smile Herb Shop
4908 Berwyn Road, College Park, MD 20740
301-474-8791   Click for Map

Foundations of Herbalism Professional Herbalism Course - Air Module
Our Professional Herbalism Classes through the Mid-Atlantic School of Herbalism at Smile can be taken as a continuous year-long course leading on to the second year of the Professional Herbalism course or taken separately as a one day or weekend course for Continuing Education credit (AHG) or simply for interest’s sake.
October 7-8, November 4-5, December 2-3 2017 from 9am-5pm
3 Weekend Module
October 7-8: The Respiratory System & EENT (Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat)
November 4-5: The Nervous System
December 2-3: The Skin & Lymphatic System; Paediatrics
Monthly Mushroom & Plant ID Walk
Join Jared, acupuncturist and nature enthusiast, for an engaging and interactive ID walk where we will focus on learning our native mushrooms and native plants! We will start out at Smile and take a wander through our local walking trails and local woods. Come learn about our Natural Neighbors! Please be prepared for a gentle walk through nature, remembering to bring along water, a small collection basket, bug spray, and any other essentials you might need.
Multiple Dates
August 26, 2017 from 10am-12pm
September 23, 2017 from 10am-12pm
October 28, 2017 from 10am-12pm
November 25, 2017 from 10am-12pm
WEBINAR: Supporting Skin Health with Herbs & Food
Our skin can tell us so much about our health- from stress levels to digestive function and hormone balance. In this class, we will explore many of the avenues that contribute to the health of our skin, and how we can influence the vitality of our skin with foods and herbs. We will learn how to use various herbs internally and topically to improve skin quality.
August 15, 2017 from 7-9pm
Orgonite Artisan Crafting Workshop
Learn to transform energies with hi-tech energy transforming tool Orgonite. Orgonite is known to absorb and clear harmful energy and to protect from EMF and cell phone radiation. All materials will be provided for you to create your own energy clearing device using organic and inorganic materials, crystals and resin. Gain the understanding of the principles and techniques behind purifying and clearing your surrounding orgone energy (chi, ki, prana, cosmic energy etc).
August 19, 2017 from 11am-1pm
Advanced Medicine Making: Tinctures, Percolations, & Ethyl-Oil Extractions
This is a class for students who already have some medicine making experience. We will learn advanced medicine making techniques, including herbal tinctures, liquid extracts using a percolation cone, and ethyl-oil extractions. Everyone will get to take home a sample tincture made during class.
August 19, 2017 from 11am-2pm
Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils
In this 2-day class, learn an expansive approach to health and wellness and develop a much deeper connection with Aromatherapy through understanding how to utilize essential oils at home and/or professionally. This course will cover 21 exciting essential oils used to discover how to maintain your health, treat acute and chronic pain, and reduce stress through the proficient use of powerful essential oils. This class is for anyone wanting to use essential oils at home or in their communities, especially those wanting to start their own aromatherapy or bath and body care business!
August 26-27, 2017 from 9am-5pm
Herbal First Aid Boot Camp
This Herbal First Aid ‘Boot Camp’ is not for mere scrapes and bruises. Claudia Joy Wingo, MPH, RN & Clinical Herbalist will share information and resources based on her 40 years of experiences in both the field of herbal first aid and working in a resource poor environment in Central & Tropical Australia, Papua New Guinea & Bangladesh. This all-day course will include the essentials of remote first aid care as well as herbal medicine to use in emergency situations for bleeding, wound care, snake and spider bites, shock, altitude sickness, frostbite, fevers, infections, splinting/bandaging, and methods for moving or carrying the injured. This is a ‘hands on’ course so come ready to get your hands dirty!
September 2, 2017 from 9am-4pm
Mindful Mandalas
Join teaching artist Bonnie Parry on a journey of healing through the self-discovery and mindfulness of the ancient art of Mandala. Mandalas have been used for centuries as a tool for gaining wisdom and compassion. When applying Mandala creation on a personal level profound healing can often be the joyous result! All supplies are included and no experience is necessary.
September 2, 2017 from 11am-1pm
Free Reiki Share for Reiki Practitioners
Smile Herb Shop is now holding Reiki Shares for Reiki Practitioners on the 1st Tuesday of every month. If you are a Usui Reiki Practitioner, this event is open for you to come together in community for practice and for the self-care that healers often forgo receiving. A wise healer is one who receives as well as gives. *Pre-Requisite: If you have not received Reiki training from Olivia MacMillan, please be sure to bring your Usui Reiki certificate to show the facilitator. This is for Reiki Practitioners only. Donations will be accepted on behalf of Smile Herb Shop for the space.
Multiple Dates
September 5, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
October 3, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
November 7, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
WEBINAR: Aromatherapy for Students
Join Olivia MacMillan, clinical aromatherapist, in learning all about how to support the mind, body, and emotions as it relates to students of all ages. Any student in a learning environment will say that some of their most pressing needs are for focus and concentration and relief from stress and anxiety, especially surrounding tests. Aromatherapy can provide a cost-effective, non-invasive and ultimately easy support for students in elementary school all the way to college and beyond! This class includes some of Olivia’s tried and true recipes for study success!
September 6, 2017 from 7:30-8:30pm
FREE WEBINAR: Ask Olivia: Recipes, Tips, & New Discoveries
Do you have questions about essential oils, crystals, energy medicine, or herbs? Do you just want a recipe or a suggestion of what to use for yourself? Are you unsure of what you've read on the great and powerful internet and want a nudge in the right direction? If so, this webinar is just right for YOU! Take advantage of this first-time webinar, completely free, to get the answers to some questions you've been longing to ask and receive guidance. This webinar also includes resources for additional learning and exploration based on the questions you ask.
September 8, 2017 from 7:30-8:30pm
FREE Introduction to Herbalism
This free introductory class will explore the question: ‘What is Herbalism?’ Herbal medicine is the art and science of using medicinal plants. The practice of herbal medicine takes into account diet, lifestyle, and the use of herbs and supplements. A skilled herbalist learns to blend tradition with science and your pathway can begin here at the Smile herb Shop! Let us guide you on a FREE exploration of the many ways to use herbs as food and plant medicine. Tea tasting will be part of class-yum!!
September 9, 2017 from 12-2pm
Lyme Disease is a growing concern across many regions of the U.S., particularly here in the greater D.C. area. Join herbalist Betsy Miller for a free 30 minute webinar to learn about the steps you can take to protect yourself, early signs of identification, and how to best approach care with both allopathic and botanical intervention.
September 12, 2017 from 7-7:30pm
Aromatherapy for Small Business
Join Olivia MacMillan, formulator and owner of Cottage Traditions in learning all about using Aromatherapy functionally in your small business. Topics approached will be the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils in products as well as in marketing, natural ingredients sourcing, FDA compliant labelling practices, safe, product-specific aromatherapy formulation guidelines, and other business topics as inquired. Students direct the flow of the class based on their needs for their small businesses or their future small businesses.
September 16, 2017 from 9am-5pm
FREE WEBINAR: Quick Guide to Cancer, Nutrition, & Herbs: An Herbalist's Perspective
Cancer has likely crossed all of our paths in one way or another. Rather than feeling helpless against this malady, empower yourself! Join this remarkable webinar and learn how to: Avoid factors that increase your risk of developing cancer, evade cancer naturally and keep the cancer cells from turning “on”, activate your body’s extraordinary ability to heal AND………Explore the role of food and herb in the fight against cancer! Don’t miss this vital and FREE opportunity to take back your health!
September 19, 2017 from 12-12:30pm
FREE WEBINAR: Eat Clean & Feel Healthy For A Lifetime
Learn why traditional diets fail and why clean eating works. Learn strategies to successfully transition to transformation and FINALLY reach your health and wellness goals. Presented by Toni St. Clair: Functional Nutrition and Health Coach, Plant-Based Nutrition Educator, and Chef. This clean eating workshop is for you if you find yourself craving unhealthy food during the day, or want to look and feel good without living on a diet, or want to release some extra weight, want glowing skin or just want more energy! Or maybe you are just curious about Clean Eating and want to ask questions. Class comes with a Nutrient Assessment Chart to help you assess your nutrient status to identify deficiencies and insufficiencies plus five bonus recipes to kick sugar addiction to the curb.
September 20, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
Essential Oils for Beginners
Join Olivia MacMillan, Registered Aromatherapist, as she guides you through all the need-to-knows about using essential oils to heal the body, mind, and spirit. This class will cover where essential oils come from, how they are made, and the profiles of 8 of the most versatile, important, and economical essential oils as well as how essential oils are best used and why, essential oil safety, dos & don’ts, and easy recipes!
September 23, 2017 from 11am-1:30pm
Wire Wrapping Crystals For Beginners
Discover simple jewelry making techniques in this hands-on Crystal Wrapping 101 Class using copper and crystals. Learn a few common and not so common known benefits of copper, the metaphysical properties of certain crystals, and what happens when the two are combined and are worn on the body. Techniques for making a pendant or ring will be shared. All materials will be provided to create your jewelry from our crystal selection or you may bring your own!
September 23, 2017 from 11am-1pm
Cancer, Nutrition, & Herbs: An Herbalist's Perspective
Cancer has likely crossed all of our paths in one way or another. Rather than feeling helpless against this malady, empower yourself! In this revealing workshop, you’ll learn how to: Avoid factors that increase your risk of developing cancer, evade cancer naturally and keep the cancer cells from turning “on”, and activate your body’s extraordinary ability to heal. Enlighten & Equip yourself …….. Discover what medical research has to say about food and herbs – and what to start eating NOW. Discover which herbs have been scientifically shown to target and fight cancer cells. Explore how anti-cancer herbs can help you! Don’t miss this vital opportunity to take back your health!
September 26, 2017 from 6-8pm
Foundations of Herbalism - The Respiratory System & EENT (Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat)
We can’t exist without the air we breathe and the airways we take air in with. Our lungs must deal with the assaults of everyday life; air pollution, cold & flu bugs, hayfever & allergies, and in some people, asthma & COPD. It pays to nurture our airways, remembering to stop and breathe deep and drink herb teas and herbal formulas to rebuild, calm & soothe them.
October 7-8, 2017 from 9am-5pm
Naturally Natural: A Black Hair Care Primer
Considering going natural? Newly transitioned to natural hair? Or have you had natural hair for a while and cannot seem to grow your hair past a certain length? This class will focus on how to grow and maintain your natural tresses. Students will learn how to care for their unique curls and tendrils and will create their own hair growth hot oil treatment to take home.
October 7, 2017 from 3-4:30pm
FREE WEBINAR: Top 5 Crystals You Need Today
Those shiny, pretty rocks aren’t just for display! Crystals have a long tradition of being used for a myriad of purposes including protection, healing, prosperity, love, and more. Join Certified Crystal Healer Olivia MacMillan for a look into the top five crystals everyone needs in their toolkit and easy, quick ways of using those crystals to help create the vibrant reality you want today!
October 11, 2017 from 7:30-8:30pm
Crafting Herbal Creams & Whipped Butters
Learning how making your own skincare products can be not only fun, but vital to your body’s health. Join formulator Olivia MacMillan, and discover crafting your own rich, herb-infused hand and body cream and decadent whipped body butter. Your homemade products will rival top-of-the-line skin care products, at a fraction of the cost and without the harmful chemicals. The knowledge you gain in this class provides a solid foundation for crafting your own unique recipes and products where the only limit to what you can create is your own imagination!
October 14, 2017 from 11am-1:30pm
Herbal Oil Infusions & Salve Crafting
Join Registered Clinical Aromatherapist Olivia MacMillan for an informative workshop discovering the crafting of natural topical remedies, effectively eliminating the need for many toxic OTC preparations. Learn how to prepare potently healing botanical oils and study the healing effects of various essential oils and how to combine them with herbal oils for natural, yet expert first aid preparations. You will make (and take home!) your own herbal oil starter and a healing salve as well as a whole packet of salve and ointment recipes for you to make on your own!
October 14, 2017 from 3-5pm
Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Level I & II Training
What is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
October 21-22, 2017 from 9am-5pm
WEBINAR: Introduction to Crystal Healing
Those shiny, pretty rocks aren’t just for display! Crystals have a long tradition of being used for a myriad of purposes including protection, healing, prosperity, love, and more. Join Certified Crystal Healer Olivia MacMillan and discover how and why crystals affect our bodies, minds, and emotions, 10 of the most versatile crystals, how to care for them, how to cleanse them, how to charge them, how to create a grid for prosperity and a simple crystal meditation technique to help you get to know your crystals on a deeper level.
October 27, 2017 from 7-9pm
Self-Healing Through Art
Art is a powerful healing modality. Join Teaching Artist Bonnie Parry and explore the process of art making to awaken your innate healing abilities. Topics covered will include: overcoming common blockages to creativity, how art can help express thoughts, feelings and emotions, and the freedom that comes from creative expression. A variety of painting and collage activities will be explored. No artistic experience necessary. All supplies included in the price of the class.
October 28, 2017 from 11am-1pm
Better Eyesight, Healthier Eyes
Learn the causes of poor vision and five strategies for improving your eyesight, eye health, and brain function NATURALLY using the Bates Method, specific nutrition (food and herbs), and lifestyle techniques. A PDF jump start guide that includes recommended food, herbs, and lifestyle strategies that can be implemented now from Certified Natural Eyesight Improvement Teacher, Functional Nutrition Coach, and Wellness Consultant Toni St. Clair.
October 28, 2017 from 2-3:30pm
Foundations of Herbalism - The Nervous System
The true Body-Mind connection is most evident in the Nervous System. If we are what we eat, do we not become what we think? A well-functioning nervous system creates a calm mind, and herbal tonics, relaxants and nervines have often paved the way for a relaxed manner & good night’s sleep. We will explore such herbs as St. John’s Wort, Valerian, Kava and Jamaican Dogwood for anxiety, insomnia, and the blues.
November 4-5, 2017 from 9am-5pm
WEBINAR: Handmade Holidays: Creative Herbal D.I.Y. Gifts
Join Olivia MacMillan for an evening discovering how the best gifts are often the simplest, most useful, and economic kind of giving. Olivia will take students on a festive guide to creative gifts for a variety of D.I.Y. skill levels including unique and clever packaging ideas. Some of the recipes Olivia will be sharing are: Honey Bee Face Masque, Fireside Chai Cordial, Holiday House Spray, and more!
November 8, 2017 from 7-9pm
Natural Perfume Blending for Beginners
Join natural perfumer Olivia MacMillan for this whole day event not to be missed. Explore the history of perfume, famous perfume anecdotes, two ways to make natural perfumes, scent notes and how to blend effective scent accords. Students will have access to essential oils and pure, luxury absolutes like: lavender, oakmoss, lotus, jasmine, honeysuckle, rose, and so very many more. Students will craft a perfume masterpiece to take home.
November 11, 2017 from 12-5pm
Herbal Cordials, Vinegars, & Cocktails
Herbal cordials and vinegar extraction have a long and rich history of practice across many traditions of herbal medicine, and are delicious ways to incorporate more of the healing magic of plants into your diet on a regular basis. Join herbalist Betsy Miller to learn how to make your own herbal vinegars, including fire cider and strawberry rose shrubs, as well as herbal cordials with elderberries and fruits. We will also learn how to use our vinegars, as well as other ingredients such as syrups and bitters, to craft delicious and healthful herbal cocktails (yes, cocktails can be medicine too!). This class is interactive, with tasting, blending and potion making!
November 11th, 2017 from 2-4pm
WEBINAR: Nourishing Resilience
As we enter into the cold months, learning how to support our resilience is one of the best habits we can cultivate to keep ourselves healthy all winter long. By eating the appropriate foods and supporting our bodies with nourishing teas, we can enhance our natural resistance to the colds and infections that circulate during the winter months. Join herbalist Betsy Miller to learn about strategies you can use to keep yourself healthy during the cold season!
November 14, 2017 from 7-9pm
Foundations of Herbalism - The Skin & Lymphatic System; Paediatrics
Last but not least, we’ll focus on the Skin and Lymphatic systems. We seem to forget that our skin is our largest organ and often needs tending! It protects us from hot & cold, chemicals, light and micro-organisms, so let’s treat it well. Classic Diaphoretic & Lymphatic herbs to assist in elimination include Red Clover, Calendula, Yellow Dock & Burdock. We’ll also look at blends for psoriasis, eczema, burns and wounds.
December 2-3, 2017 from 9am-5pm