Classes are held at Smile Herb Shop and online
Smile Herb Shop
4908 Berwyn Road, College Park, MD 20740
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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
West African Drumming
Discover the drumming tradition of the Ashanti people of Ghana. Join Kofi Nana Frimpong, a renowned dummer 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!
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.
August 26, 2017 from 10am-12pm
September 23, 2017 from 10am-12pm
October 28, 2017 from 10am-12pm
November 25, 2017 from 10am-12pm
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.
September 5, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
October 3, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
November 7, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
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
WEBINAR: Relaxing with Botanicals: Betsy's Favorite Nervines
Stress is a pervasive experience in modern culture, draining our energy, affecting our sleep, and impacting our ability to enjoy life. It’s becoming more and more rare to grant ourselves permission to unplug, rest and regenerate; rather, we’re encouraged to pursue productivity at the expense of self-care. Join herbalist Betsy Miller for an evening of botanical relaxation to learn which herbs and practices we can call on in our times of need. Betsy will discuss several of her favorite nervine plants, including rose, wild oat and blue vervain.
October 24, 2017 from 7-8:30pm
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