Our Upcoming Classes

Classes are held at Smile Herb Shop, White Lotus Wellness Center, and online

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

White Lotus Wellness Center
4912 Berwyn Road, College Park, MD 20740
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Foundations of Herbalism - The Season of Spring/Earth Weekend 3
Come and join our Foundations of Herbalism Certification through the Mid-Atlantic School of Herbalism at the Smile Herb Shop. This certification course is taught in executive format, one (1) weekend (Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-5 pm) each month (except August). Assignments and study between classes are required with some online content. A study group via web-conference is available once a month between classes. Classes are recorded, so if missed can be made up. The one-year program leads to a Foundations of Herbalism Certificate.
May 4-5, 2019 from 10am-5pm
West African Drumming
Discover the drumming tradition of the Ashanti people of Ghana. Join Kofi Nana Frimpong, a renowned drummer with over 25 years of experience, for a journey into the healing modality of dynamic rhythm. Nana will teach drumming skills, African history and story, African instruments, and meditations for healing the mind and body through drumming. Students will be guided in a coordinated drum circle and learn the skills to drum well and have fun while doing it. No experience necessary. We will provide drums, but feel free to bring your own if you have them!
Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm
Tuesday Night Sessions
Fitness Fusion
This fun, high-energy class incorporates yoga, boxing, dancing, Pilates, weight training and meditation for a full-body workout. This class is designed for people who have been sedentary and are looking to making a positive change to their health and fitness throughout the year.
Wenesdays from 6-7pm
Undo Stress Yoga Class
Working at a desk all day? Sitting in a chair studying for hours? Always on the go without taking a moment to breathe deep or practice self-care? Come and take time for yourself on the mat during this gentle and mindful Hatha yoga class. Steadily build strength while connecting the mind, body, and breath. Everyone from beginners to intermediate practitioners will enjoy this class.
Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30pm
Traditional Hatha Yoga
This class will incorporate all the traditional methods used by yogis to achieve single-minded focus. Class will consist of mantra chanting*, pranayama, sun salutations. Additionally, asanas will be carefully selected to improve your postural alignment, digestive functioning, mental conditioning to reduce anxiety and or depression. Some experience in yoga will be helpful. Please be assured that *mantra chanting is not religious in nature yet it is intended to creates spiritual vibrational sounds.
Saturdays from 9-10:30am
Free Herbal Check-Ins with Colleen
Join us every Thursday from 2-5pm and meet Clinical Herbalist Colleen Zuntag to chat about herbs and receive a free, 5 minute check-in on how herbs may help some of your most important health concerns.
Thursdays from 2-5pm
Take 5 with Toni St. Clair
Putting in hard work for your health and not seeing results? Sometimes, just the slightest tweak to nutrition and minerals can turn plateaus into success! Come Take 5 with Toni St. Clair every 3rd Wednesday from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm for FREE 5 minute consultations and discover how balanced minerals can make health goals attainable. Download your free Digestion Assessment to fill out before meeting with Toni: https://www.trueselftotalhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INE-DigestionAssessmentScorecard.pdf
Every 3rd Wednesday from 1:30-4:30pm
Crystal Wire-Wrapping 101
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!
February 9, 2019 from 11am-1pm OR 2-4pm
March 16, 2019 from 11am-1pm OR 2-4pm
Healing Through Art: Open Studio
Want to explore the healing process through getting creative? Join our teaching artist in residence, Bonnie Parry, and enjoy this relaxed, open, and safe space to paint or collage. All supplies included. This class will run every 1st Thursday of the month.
First Thursday of the Month
February 7, 2019 from 7-8pm
March 7, 2019 from 7-8pm
April 4, 2019 from 7-8pm
Astrological Journeys: Decoding Ancient Psychology and Medicine
Hippocrates, the Father of ancient Greek medicine, had this to say – that a physician without the knowledge of Astrology had better call himself a joker, than a physician… Nicholas Culpeper, 17th Century English herbalist and physician, insisted that trying to treat a patient without Astrology, is like attempting to light a lamp without the oil… Finally – Carl Gustav Jung, modern Swiss psychologist, stated that what the ancient people called ‘gods’ or ‘planetary influences’ – were symbols of subconscious forces appearing in the human psyche. In this class, Astrology is presented as an ancient universal psychological and medical language that can be understood and successfully used today. Examples of traditional and contemporary interpretations of its principles will be pointed out. Ancient maps of ‘stars within us’ will be revealed. Basic metaphors, symbols and images of human nature and human condition, health and illness, as well as life cycles, processes and relationships between important biological and psychological data will be showed and explained.
Multiple Dates Available
February 23, 2019 from 12-4pm
March 9, 2019 from 12-4pm
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.
March 16, 2019 from 11am-1pm
The Vegan Skillet Cooking Class: Vegan Chickpea Nuggets
The Vegan Skillet cooking class series is a plant-based vegan cooking demonstration class where a dish is prepared by Chef Danni McGhee. During the demonstration, you're able to ask questions and engage in the the topic discussion about plant-based eating and vegan lifestyle. Come learn the basics about plant-based cooking, how to grocery shop for plant-based foods/vegan options, and other tips of living vegan. The best part of the class is the tasting! We'll all enjoy the meal we just created and sample how amazing vegan food can be. Plus, you will go home with the grocery list and the recipe to recreate the meal for you and your family and friends.
March 16, 2019 from 3-5pm
Space Clearing 101
Space clearing is a wonderful process that can be used to energetically clean and clear a space. During a space clearing, we can clear out old, stagnant or undesired energy and welcome in new, vibrant and fresh energy. We will review basic components of a space clearing, the variety of tools that can be used and how to invite supportive energy into your spaces.
March 24, 2019 from 1-2pm
Eating Right for YOU (Free Webinar)
Eating right, but not getting the right results? Learn how to create your unique blueprint for health. This class empowers you with nutrition education and lifestyle strategies for: Cardiovascular Health, Pain Management, Endless Energy, Healthy Skin, Nails and Hair, Brain health, and more!
March 27, 2019 from 6:30-7:30pm
Cold-Process Soap Making with Lauren
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own soap? If so this class is for you!!! Come learn about the art of soap making. This class will give you a beginner’s understanding on the Cold Process soap method designed to teach students to make soap by hand at home. This class will include safety, lye calculations, a cold process soap demonstration and each student will leave with a bar of soap as well as notes and ideas on beginning their own soap making adventure. The objective of this class is to have students understand saponification values and be comfortable creating their own soap recipes at home.
March 30, 2019 from 12-4pm
Monthly Plant & Mushroom ID Walk
Join Jared Urchek, acupuncturist and nature enthusiast, for an engaging and interactive ID (identification) 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
March 30, 2019 from 10:30am-12:30pm
May 11, 2019 from 10:30am-12:30pm
June 8, 2019 from 10:30am-12:30pm
Introduction to Acupuncture: Vitality in Spring
Come find out why over 25% of the world's population uses Acupuncture as their main form of healthcare, and how it can help you achieve better health! With this gentle yet powerful form of healing, issues of the mind, body and spirit can be touched deeply with this medicine. Join us for a talk about Five-Element Acupuncture, an ancient system of health and wellness. Five-Element Acupuncture recognizes that the patterns of Nature exist not only in the natural world, but also in the expression of our bodies, minds, and Spirit. Health and wellness come from these natural patterns relating in a balanced way. We will talk about Five-Element Acupuncture and how it can help us stay vital as we move into the Summer season! Participants will have the option to experience ear acupuncture during this introduction, if they would like.
March 30, 2019 from 2-4pm
The Vegan Skillet Cooking Class: Vegan "Crab" Cakes
The Vegan Skillet cooking class series is a plant-based vegan cooking demonstration class where a dish is prepared by Chef Danni McGhee. During the demonstration, you're able to ask questions and engage in the the topic discussion about plant-based eating and vegan lifestyle. Come learn the basics about plant-based cooking, how to grocery shop for plant-based foods/vegan options, and other tips of living vegan. The best part of the class is the tasting! We'll all enjoy the meal we just created and sample how amazing vegan food can be. Plus, you will go home with the grocery list and the recipe to recreate the meal for you and your family and friends.
April 2, 2019 from 6-8pm
Foundations of Herbalism - The Season of Spring/Earth Weekend 2
Come and join our Foundations of Herbalism Certification through the Mid-Atlantic School of Herbalism at the Smile Herb Shop. This certification course is taught in executive format, one (1) weekend (Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-5 pm) each month (except August). Assignments and study between classes are required with some online content. A study group via web-conference is available once a month between classes. Classes are recorded, so if missed can be made up. The one-year program leads to a Foundations of Herbalism Certificate.
April 6-7, 2019 from 10am-5pm
Botany & Plant Identification Workshop
We at MASH believe that budding herbalists should be able to identify plants, particularly medicinal ones, in the wild or on city sidewalks. We will spend part of the day outside for this Saturday class, learning more about plant family characteristics and plant ID technique, the art of ‘keying out’ plants and ways of recognizing medicinal herbs in the wild. Handouts will be provided to assist in recognition of plant habitat, structure, distinctive parts (flowers, leaves, stems).
April 6, 2019 from 10am-5pm
Tea 101: The Health & Meditative Benefits of Green, Black, and White Tea
Whether you have never enjoyed a cup of loose leaf tea or you are a connoisseur of many years, we invite you to join tea expert and owner of Folium Poetica Fine Teas, Christine Gordon, for an exploration into the world of the tea leaf. Students will learn where the tea plant comes from, how the different processes the leaves undergo change and develop their health benefits, and how to brew them properly. Tea culture will also be discussed as well as some of the subtle details that are guaranteed to enhance your love of fine teas. Christine finds the preparation and consumption of tea to be a meditative, contemplative, and utterly healing form of art. Come prepared to taste and learn all about this botanical that changed the world!
April 6, 2019 from 11am-1pm
From Barter to Bitcoin: Learning the Keys to Financial Wellness
Do you hate money? Do you love money? What is money anyway? Are there secrets about money that are hidden in plain sight or maybe deep within your consciousness. Thirty-five years ago as an underpaid 5th grade elementary school teacher, Steve set out to understand the world of money such that even a 10-year old could comprehend it. He discovered that the keys to understanding money are not found in mathematics or science; they’re found in stories. Come and listen to Steve's top seven stories to understand the world of money, banks, economics and the stock market. Learn the basics of money like you’ve never heard them before.
April 6, 2019 from 11am-1pm
Foundations of Herbalism - Spring Herb Walk with Botany & Plant ID Review
We will spend the day outside for this Sunday class, wandering in the wild! We will review our plant ID techniques learned the day before, practice ‘keying out’ plants in local woods and look at practical ways of recognizing medicinal herbs. Bring a hand lens & handouts from yesterday's class. This is one of the students' favorite classes as we ‘go into the wild’ to see medical plants in their native habitat.
April 7, 2019 from 10am-5pm
Free Webinar: Avoid Chronic Pain with the Ultimate Anti-Inflammatory Diet: 30-Minute Quick Guide
Spend your lunch break learning how to reduce your risk of chronic disease, relieve joint and muscle pain, and rescue your health so you have more energy and time to live playfully! This lunch-time learning treat will cover the following topics: Understand what the word “inflammation” really means Learn exactly what foods contribute to inflammation and how to avoid these thugs Discover foods that reduce inflammation Recognizing ingredients that can cause inflammation Have a new kitchen arsenal that fights inflammation rather than contributes to it. Improve your health and the health of your friends and family Reduce your risk of chronic and acute health conditions Improve joint and muscle health Reduce exercise recovery time
April 8, 2019 from 12-12:30pm
Free Webinar: Aromatherapy for Stress & Anxiety
Stress can be linked to the cause of a variety of dis-ease in the body. In fact, stress has long been touted as the "silent killer". Yet there are ways you can help mitigate the stress in your life effectively, easily, and with intention so your stress relief remedies pack a double punch to benefit you in multiple ways. Join clinical aromatherapist Olivia MacMillan for this interactive webinar from the comfort of your own home!
April 9, 2019 from 7-8pm
Webinar: The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
Learn how transform your kitchen into a nutrition powerhouse with plant-based nutrition coach, Danni McGhee. During this 1-hour webinar how to "veganize" your kitchen, what plant-based staples you need to keep on hand, vegan swaps and alternatives for foods you typically eat now, and what kitchen tools you'll need to make preparing meals less challenging. You will also receive a free ebook with plant-based vegan recipes, tips to for transitioning, and affirmations for positive health to reinforce your journey to a vegan lifestyle.
April 10, 2019 from 7-8pm
CBD 101: Navigating Hemp Plant Medicine
Join Ebony Payne, massage therapist, clinical herbalist, and co-founder of District Herbs, to learn the basics of cannabidiol, the human body’s endocannabinoid system, and how to effectively incorporate this cannabis constituent into your self care routine.
April 13, 2019 from 11am-1pm
Balancing the Astrological Elements
In this workshop participants will learn to identify the elemental balance in a birth chart, and how different elemental emphases manifest as behavioral expressions, and personal attitudes. We will discuss how to support particular elements with their opposites and complements, like fire with water or air with earth, or fire with air and earth with water. All participants will come away with a knowledge of the elemental distribution in their own charts, and will be able to self-prescribe supporting elemental practices to invite greater balance. Art supplies and printed participant charts will be provided. Some participant charts will be used as examples in class. **NOTE: Participants will work with their OWN natal charts during the workshop. Participants should e-mail Ichrak@gmail.com after registering for the class with the following information: birth date, birth time, place of birth at least 24 hours prior to the workshop so the instructor can print the student’s personalized natal chart for use in class.
April 13, 2019 from 2-4pm
The Self-Preservation Series: Moving Past Self-Care and Into Radical Self-Love (Three Part Series)
Self-Care is a buzzword thrown around that usually evokes mental health days, trips to the spa, and personal retreats. It's a start, but it is a temporary fix. What follows in this series is created from years of self-review and observation. We will engage in active reflection and move out of temporary fixes into sustainable rituals and patterns that will help us be more whole. This series will happen over three dates. While designed to be taken in a series, attendees can opt to select the ones that most resonate. Click link for more information about each session.
April 14, 21, & 28, 2019 from 10am-1pm
The Self-Preservation Series: Moving Past Self-Care and Into Radical Self-Love (Session 1: Self-Preservation)
Who are you? What is your purpose?: In order to engage in radical self-love, you must first need to understand who you are in this world. Radical self-love comes when we can see ourselves clearly and accept ourselves wholly. In this session, we will use a variety of tools, writing, meditation, herbs, crystals and some insight around control dramas to get clear about who we are in order to better preserve ourselves.
April 14, 2019 from 10am-1pm
Webinar: Orgonite Artistry
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. Join Ashep and gain the understanding of the principles and techniques behind purifying and clearing your energy and learn how to create your own energy clearing device using organic and inorganic materials, crystals, and resin.
April 16, 2019 from 7-8pm
Quarterly AHG Tea Chat (Free!)
The Tea Chat is is the FREE monthly event of the American Herbalists Guild Washington DC Metro Chapter. Join us quarterly to network with fellow herbalists, learn and exchange information and ideas on how to expand upon public practice of herbalism in the DC Metro Area. Each gathering features a different main discussion topic. Our April speaker is: Dr. Hanna Schmittat, ND, LAc of Wisdom Path Healing Center
April 18, 2019 from 7-8:30pm
Free Webinar: Organics 101: The 5 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Organic Foods
Concerning the topic of organic foods, many people are confused by what "organic" really means. People frequently wonder if it's worth the money, if it's really healthier to buy organic, and what labels such as "all natural" and "100% real" truly mean. In this webinar, Colleen O’Neil Mulvihill will help answer these questions. She will discuss which fruits and vegetables are most heavily sprayed with pesticides and are best eaten organically, as well as the foods that are not necessary to buy organically - and why. There will also be a discussion on pesticide load and it’s relationship to health issues.
April 19, 2019 from 12-1pm
Essential Oils for Beginners
Join Olivia MacMillan, Clinical 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! Don't forget to bring your questions as the last 20 minutes of the class will be Q&A with Olivia with on-the-spot recipes offered based on your need.
April 20, 2019 from 11am-1pm
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.
April 20, 2019 from 11am-1pm
The Vegan Skillet Cooking Class: Vegan Chili
The Vegan Skillet cooking class series is a plant-based vegan cooking demonstration class where a dish is prepared by Chef Danni McGhee. During the demonstration, you're able to ask questions and engage in the the topic discussion about plant-based eating and vegan lifestyle. Come learn the basics about plant-based cooking, how to grocery shop for plant-based foods/vegan options, and other tips of living vegan. The best part of the class is the tasting! We'll all enjoy the meal we just created and sample how amazing vegan food can be. Plus, you will go home with the grocery list and the recipe to recreate the meal for you and your family and friends.
April 20, 2019 from 3-5pm
The Self-Preservation Series: Moving Past Self-Care and Into Radical Self-Love: (Session 2: Practical Applications of Discernment and Intuition)
This session will focus on the importance of discernment, a gift that is often overshadowed by fear and sometimes confused with self-doubt. We will engage in practical applications where we learn how to identify our needs using practices that help to heighten our intuitive senses. The goal is to leave with tools that can be used to help with intuitive decision making so that you can anticipate your needs and create spaces of reflection and rest on a regular basis.
April 21, 2019 from 10am-1pm
Crystal Wire-Wrapping 101
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!
April 27, 2019 from 11am-1pm or 2-4pm
The Spice Queen's Kitchen: Vegan Crab Cakes & Sesame Kale
Cooking with Rosaline D. Law, Certified Health Coach, Clinical Herbalist and Author of “The Spice Queen’s Kitchen" offers a hands-on enlightening cooking experience! Everyone gets to participate. Students will be broken into small groups at stations. Each group will be assigned to preparing a vegetarian or vegan dish. Our menu will be: Vegan Crab Cakes, Beans & Brown Rice, and Sesame Kale. At the end of class we will combine all menu items to be plated and have a healthy meal together. Discussion and Q&A will take place during dinner. The Spice Queen’s Kitchen Recipe Book will be available. Menu: Vegan Crab Cakes, Beans & Brown Rice, and Sesame Kale.
April 27, 2019 from 2:30-4:30pm
The Self-Preservation Series: Moving Past Self-Care and Into Radical Self-Love (Session 3: The Art of Ritual)
This session will look at ritual as a tool for self-preservation. We will take the discoveries that have been achieved over the previous sessions and create realistic and flexible plans that will support self-love in its highest forms. This final session will also be an opportunity to reflect on our time together and establish accountability partners for our return.
April 28, 2019 from 10am-1pm
Webinar: The Beginner's Guide to a Plant-Based Diet
What exactly IS a plant-based diet, and why should I try it? Are you curious about what eating a plant-based diet involves? In this webinar, Colleen Mulvihill will guide you in learning about what a whole food, plant-based diet is and how it can help promote greater health and vitality. We'll debunk the myths associated with eating a plant-based diet, and learn how easy it can be to begin the transition to eating more plants. We'll learn the difference between vegan, vegetarian, and other variations of plant-based eating. At the end of the webinar, you'll get a super easy plant-based meal recipe that you can do tomorrow, even if all you know how to do is boil water!
May 2, 2019 from 2-3pm
Foundations of Herbalism - The Endocrine System & Diabetes
This important system is made up of the endocrine organs which include the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas and the gonads. It controls the hormones that regulate our blood sugar level, rate of metabolism, absorption of calcium, fight or flight mechanism and many other processes. In this class, we’ll look at conditions such as diabetes, thyroid dysregulation, and thyroid dysfunction including Hashimoto’s and Grave’s disease. We will examine ways to regulate the endocrine glands through diet, herbs, and supplements.
May 4, 2019 from 10am-5pm
Go Green: Tea Green!
Join tea expert and owner of Folium Poetica fine teas for a fun journey into the complex world of green tea. In this class students will not just sample several fine green teas, but discover why they are green, where they come from, their myriad of health benefits, and even how to cook with green tea and use green tea in personal skin care!
May 4, 2019 from 11am-1pm
Orgonite Artistry 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. Join Ashep and gain the understanding of the principles and techniques behind purifying and clearing your energy and learn how to create your own energy clearing device using organic and inorganic materials, crystals, and resin.
May 4, 2019 from 11am-12:30pm, 1-2:30pm, or 3-4:30pm
Foundations of Herbalism - Thyroid Dysfunction & Dysregulation
The Endocrine System: Thyroid Dysfunction & Dysregulation: This important system is made up of the endocrine organs which include the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas and the gonads. It controls the hormones that regulate our blood sugar level, rate of metabolism, absorption of calcium, fight or flight mechanism and many other processes. In this class, we’ll look at conditions such as diabetes, thyroid dysregulation, and thyroid dysfunction including Hashimoto’s and Grave’s disease. We will examine ways to regulate the endocrine glands through diet, herbs, and supplements.
May 5, 2019 from 10am-5pm
The Vegan Skillet Cooking Class: Raw Vegan Tacos with Walnut Meat
The Vegan Skillet cooking class series is a plant-based vegan cooking demonstration class where a dish is prepared by Chef Danni McGhee. During the demonstration, you're able to ask questions and engage in the the topic discussion about plant-based eating and vegan lifestyle. Come learn the basics about plant-based cooking, how to grocery shop for plant-based foods/vegan options, and other tips of living vegan. The best part of the class is the tasting! We'll all enjoy the meal we just created and sample how amazing vegan food can be. Plus, you will go home with the grocery list and the recipe to recreate the meal for you and your family and friends.
May 7, 2019 from 6-8pm