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
Summer classes will be posted starting in May!
Foundations of Herbalism Professional Herbalism Course - Fire 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.
May 6-7, June 3-4, July 8-9 2017 from 9am-5pm
3 Weekend Module
May 6-7: The Digestive System
June 3-4: The Immune System
July 8-9: The Cardiovascular System
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.
March 7, 2017 from 6:30-7:30PM
April 4, 2017 from 6:30-7:30PM
May 2, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
Herbal First Aid: Transforming Your Medicine Cabinet from Pharmacy to Farmacy
Nature provides wonderful remedies for healing and soothing acute injuries such as cuts, bites, burns, sore muscles, and toothaches; and for chronic conditions including allergies, arthritis, depression, insomnia, and anxiety just to name a few! Join Personal Health Practitioner Heidi Lyndaker, a licensed Nutritionist and MS graduate in Herbal Medicine, as she teaches you how to create an all-natural herbal first aid kit and transform your medicine cabinet from synthetic pharmacy products to natural herbal options – some of which even grow in your backyard! You’ll also have the opportunity to experience these herbal alternatives first hand - all of herbs & products discussed will be available for tasting, touching, and smelling throughout class. All participants can enjoy medicinal tea and herbal treats while you learn - recipes are provided! You’ll even receive a take home herbal remedy! Replace your go-to remedies with herbal alternatives and discover how to tend to yourself and your family with the beautiful botanicals that mother nature has to offer.
March 18, 2017 from 2-4pm
WEB CLASS: Phytochemistry for Herbalists
Plant chemistry- phytochemistry- may seem daunting and overwhelming at first; once you dive into it though, it becomes just another language we can use to connect with and understand plants. Join Clinical Herbalist Betsy Miller while exploring the actions, energetics and tastes of the major classes of herbal constituents, and how learning about them can teach us new ways to use and interact with plants.
March 21, 2017 from 7-9pm
Crystal 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.
March 25, 2017 from 11am-1pm
Mushroom Cultivation 101
This workshop will explore the mushroom life cycle, types of mushrooms, basic cultivation skills and concerns, and 3 easy methods of cultivation. The class is hands on and participants will walk from this course with an Oyster kit, the knowledge of how to produce Oyster kits en masse, how to get further ‘mileage’ out of old mushroom kits by creating garden beds, and how to inoculate logs and stumps. Come one, come all, and bring your friends! Freshly brewed Chaga or Reishi mushroom tea will be available, but bring your own snacks and lunch.
March 25, 2017 from 11am-3pm
May 20, 2017 from 11am-3pm
Energetics of Herbalism: Knowing Plants & People
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the information about herbs that is available, and how to find the right herbs for you? Many people take the approach of ‘kitchen sink’ herbalism, and start taking every single herb that has ever been mentioned for a particular condition. The problem with this approach is that we are all unique- an herb that helps, for example, with stress for one person may not help for stress in another because they experience that stress differently. One person may feel hot, irritated stress, while the other feels cold, sad stress; they clearly need very different herbs to help support them. All traditional systems of healing have a system at their core for how to understand plants and assess people based on what we call energetics & constitution. The concept of Energetics within the context of Traditional Western Herbalism provides a framework for understanding how imbalance/illness may manifest within certain patterns of hot, cold, damp, or dry, and how to understand the actions of herbs within those patterns in the human body. In this class, clinical herbalist Betsy Miller will teach about how to recognize energetic patterns in people, and how to discover the tastes and energetics of plants as a way to fit the right herb to the person to optimize their health and wellness.
March 26, 2017 from 11AM-3PM
FREE WEBINAR: Why Choose Flower Essences
Flower essences are powerful tools for emotional and mental healing. In this class you'll learn about what they are, how they work, and how they are made. You'll also learn about 3 flower essences that you can easily make at home.
March 28, 2017 from 7-8pm
WEB CLASS: Say Buh-Bye to Brain Fog, Belly Fat & Burnout
Does this sound like you? "I'm eating all of this great food, I'm not eating many calories, AND I'm exercising at least one hour each day, but I just can't drop this weight and flatten my belly." Or maybe this sounds like you. “No matter what I eat or do, I can’t maintain focus or feel energized because of chronic brain fog and burnout.” In this class you will learn how blood sugar imbalance could be the main cause from Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner, Functional Nutrition Coach and Wellness Consultant Toni St. Clair.
March 29, 2017 from 7-8:30pm
WEB CLASS: Food as Medicine: Optimizing Your Health With Superfoods
Can what you eat really change the way you feel? Can food really heal? In 1 hour you’ll learn how to optimize your health and wellness with food! Learn which foods have been scientifically shown to improve mood, heart health, brain function, wound healing, joint mobility, bone formation, and boost the immune system – and this just scratches the surface of topics and benefits that will be covered during this webinar. Join Heidi Lyndaker – a licensed nutritionist, herbalist, and personal health consultant as she transforms your kitchen from food to medicine. Are you interested in using food to heal your body, reverse and/or prevent illness, improve your overall health, and live a vivacious life? –Then this is the webinar for you! A great investment for a life-altering education!
March 30, 2017 from 8-9pm
Orgonite Artisan Workshop: Crafting Intention Amplification Crystal Pieces
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).
April 1, 2017 from 11am-1pm
WEB CLASS: Top 5 Essential Oils for Stress Relief & Other Tips
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 you can make your stress relief remedies pack a double punch to benefit you in multiple ways. Join Olivia MacMillan for this interactive webinar from the comfort of your own home.
April 4, 2017 from 7-8:30pm
Free Introduction to Acupuncture
This talk will explore the basics of Acupuncture, as well as Spring and the Wood element of Chinese medicine - how does Spring effect our physical and mental/spiritual health? We will talk about Five-Element Acupuncture, and how it can help us stay balanced as we move through the Spring season! Weather permitting, we may go for a short walk through Nature and explore how Spring shows up in Nature. Spring - what an amazing time for growth and renewal!
April 8, 2017 from 11am-12:30pm
WEB CLASS: Supporting Fertility with Herbs
In this webinar, we will take a look at several of the common issues surrounding infertility, and how we can use foods, herbs and lifestyle changes to help normalize reproductive function and increase female fertility. We will explore a bit of anatomy & physiology, learn how stress, diet & household products affect our bodies, and discuss strategies for helping to make simple changes that favor fertility.
April 11, 2017 from 7-8:30pm
FREE WEBINAR: Self-Help Guide to Understanding Nutrient Imbalances
Are you “eating right” but not getting the right results? If you are not eating a diet to support YOUR individual nutritional needs you can experience displeasure in how you look, discomfort in your body, and diseases that can rob you of your beauty, peace, vitality, and ultimately your life. Learn how nutrient imbalances can impact your health and your happiness from Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Toni St. Clair.
April 12, 2017 from 7-8pm
WEB CLASS: Creative Solutions for Uterine Fibroids
This webinar explores herbal and dietary strategies to manage and reduce uterine fibroids. An extremely common condition seen in many women, fibroids can cause a multitude of issues from extensive menstrual bleeding, anemia, infertility, back pain and urinary incontinence. Join Claudia Joy Wingo, RN & longtime Clinical Herbalist as she guides you through herbal recipes, for both internal and external use. Booklet with webinar notes and recipes included in price.
April 13, 2017 from 7-8pm
Herbal Oils & Healing Salves Workshop
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!
April 15, 2017 from 10:15am-1pm
Making Herbal Creams & Whipped Butters Workshop
Learning how making your own skincare products can be not only fun, but vital to your body’s health. Join Registered Aromatherapist 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!
April 15, 2017 from 2:30-5pm
FREE WEBINAR: 4 Reasons To Kick Commerical Cleaning Products To The Curb
Cleaning products today are some of the most harmful substances we come into contact with on a daily basis. The good news is you don’t have to use them. Making your own cleaning products is easier than you might think. Let Olivia MacMillan guide you through the four biggest reasons to kick toxic products to the curb.
April 18, 2017 from 7-8pm
Herbal Syrups & Medicinal Vinegars
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own herbal products? Join herbalist Betsy Miller for a fun afternoon of hands-on herbal experience! We will learn how to make a variety of herbal preparations, and learn how to decide which preparation is best for a variety of herbs depending upon their constituents. We will look at historical recipes, and together make several yummy preparations that you can take home!
April 22, 2017 from 11am-2pm
Making Natural Cleaning Products
Some of the most caustic and harmful chemicals manufactured on planet Earth have found homes in commercially prepared cleaning products; we all have to clean and so we all come into contact with them. This workshop with Olivia MacMillan covers the what and ewww of cleaning products and how to make your own versions that clean great and cost a fraction of store-bought products. You will make several products in class that can help boost your immunity and create positive healthful changes for you and your entire family.
April 22, 2017 from 2-5pm
WEB CLASS: Blood Tests Don't Lie: Functional Understanding
Do you want to REALLY take control of your health? Are you seeing ways to achieve optimum health? Whether you are unsuccessfully chasing solutions to symptoms, have no symptoms but you don’t quite feel right, common comprehensive wellness blood tests could help you identify the root cause. Learn how to read and understand a basic comprehensive wellness lab report for functional health, which may be resolved with appropriate food and lifestyle changes before it develops into a debilitating disease or chronic pain or discomfort from Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner, Functional Nutrition Coach, and Wellness Consultant, Toni St. Clair.
April 26, 2017 from 7-8pm
Foundations of Herbalism Professional Herbalism Course: The Digestive System
Herbalists say the Digestive System holds the key to health. The old saying ‘We Are What We Eat’ should be revised to ‘We are what we are able to assimilate!’ Good digestion depends on the smooth working of the alimentary tract from mouth & teeth down to the other end. Join us for the weekend or for a single day!
May 6-7, 2017 from 9am-5pm
WEB CLASS: Herbalism in the Appalachian Tradition
This web class takes a look at some of the roots and origins of our modern herbal traditions. From folk remedies to rituals, we will explore the world of herbalism from a new perspective, and learn how the traditions of our elders guide our current uses and understanding of herbal medicine.
May 9, 2017 from 7-9pm
FREE WEBINAR: Living Raw: How & Why To Eat A Raw Food Diet
Are you curious about the benefits of eating raw and implementing the raw lifestyle? Join Certified Raw Food Chef Toni St. Clair for an engaging discussion on the benefits of living and raw food that will inspire you to try this nutritious and delicious way of eating to increase your energy and improve your overall health.
May 10, 2017 from 7-8pm
Natural Perfumery Beginner's Workshop
Join bespoke 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 pure, luxury absolutes and essential oils like: labdanum, oakmoss, lotus, jasmine, mimosa, fir, honeysuckle, rose, and so very many more. Students will craft a perfume masterpiece to take home with them. Students completing this class will be eligible to take the advanced class where Olivia teaches her bespoke aroma weaving technique coming October 2017.
May 13, 2017 from 9am-5pm
FREE WEBINAR: 3 Important Herbal First Aid Tips for Everyone
Join Claudia Joy Wingo, MPH, RN & Clinical Herbalist as she guides you through three of the most important first aid tips absolutely everyone can benefit from in just 30 minutes. Be prepared to wowed at the saving power of your own backyard!
May 18, 2017 from 7-7:30pm
FREE WEBINAR: Powerhouse Plants: Your Quick Guide To 3 Not So Ordinary Herbs!
Interested in learning about extraordinary herbs? Did you know that some of the most powerful plants don’t spend much time in the lime light? Join Heidi Lyndaker, Medical Herbalist for a lunchtime webinar that explores 3 of the most powerful herbs that you need to make friends with, and how these botanicals can help you!
May 22, 2017 from 12-12:30pm
WEB CLASS: 7 Powerful Plants & How They Can Help You
Interested in learning about extraordinary herbs? Did you know that some of the most powerful plants don’t spend much time in the lime light? Join me for this fascinating 1 hour webinar that explores 7 of the most powerful herbs that you might be missing out on, and how these botanicals can help you!
May 24, 2017 from 8-9pm
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 be 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!
May 27, 2017 from 9am-4pm
WEB CLASS: Managing High Blood Pressure With Herbs
Learn to manage high blood pressure safely and effectively with the use of herbs. Gain confidence recognizing and using the powerful herbs known to help manage high blood pressure. High blood pressure is epidemic in the USA with 1/3 of the population at the age of 30 and 50% of the population at the age of 55 at risk for heart attacks due to high blood pressure. Join us for this web class and discover techniques, protocols, and how herbal allies can help manage this disease. Tom Wolfe, the owner of Smile, was the first herbalist to present a paper to the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine when in 1997 he presented in Atlanta on “The Treatment of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) with Herbs”.
May 30, 2017 from 7-9pm
Mugwort Harvesting Festival (Free Community Event!)
This day is the 5th day of the 5th lunar month - an ancient,traditional day to harvest Mugwort. Come one, come all, for our annual harvest of the Mugwort herb, a spectacular and widely used medicinal plant. Mugwort is used for many things - as an herb to help with dream work, as a medicinal tea for a variety of ills, and it can also be prepared into Moxa, a loose herb that is burned to warm and stimulate acupuncture points as well as various injuries. We will have a short talk about Mugwort, its history of use and its properties, and then we will engage in some community harvesting of this lovely plant! Mugwort tea will be available to sip on.
May 30, 2017 from 12-1:30pm
Foundations of Herbalism Professional Herbalism Course: The Immune System
This weekend we’ll be looking at actions, herbs, protocols and recipes for Immune Self-Care including using herbs as food and a component of medicine making. We strive to give you a better understanding of the difference between acute and chronic disease processes and care as well as a basic capacity to apply the knowledge you develop for safe self-care and in-home use. Join us for the weekend or for a single day!
June 3-4, 2017 from 9am-5pm
Foundations of Herbalism Professional Herbalism Course: The Cardiovascular System
Our cardiovascular system is one of the main transport system of the body, moving that vital fluid, blood, which carries nutrients and oxygen to the tissues and removes waste. A healthy heart and circulatory system is said to be the secret of a long life. It is a fact that cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of morbidity & mortality in the US and thus we would consider the saying to be absolutely true! Join us for the weekend or for a single day!
July 8-9, 2017 from 9am-5pm