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
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!
Tuesday Night Sessions
Monthly Plant & Mushroom ID Walk
Join Jared, acupuncturist and naturalist, 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 Available
July 28, 2018 from 10am-12pm
August 25, 2018 from 10am-12pm
Webinar: Herbs for Postpartum Support
The postpartum period, or the several weeks (to months) following birth, is one of the most intense times in a woman's life experience. She is learning how to adapt to her new role as mother, to get to know her new and changed body, and to heal from the rollercoaster ride of pregnancy and birth. Herbs have so much to offer the new mother during this time of change, supporting our mental, physical and emotional state. In this class we will learn about how to use herbs safely to support changes such as breast feeding and tissue healing, to help navigate the intense world of emotional upheaval and learn a few homemade products to help take care of new baby.
July 25, 2018 from 7-9pm
Crystal Healing for Beginners
Crystals aren't just beautiful, shiny things used for decoration. They are powerful tools in any natural healer's tool box. Join Olivia MacMillan as she helps beginners understand the science behind how and why crystals work for healing and manifestation. Learn how to choose crystals and employ them to manifest the changes you desire. Positive thoughts matched to crystals you intentionally choose can help you create opportunities for love, abundance, joy, peace, and serenity.
July 28, 2018 from 11am-2pm
Herbal-Infused Oils & 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 help make (and take home!) a healing salve as well as a whole packet of salve and ointment recipes for you to make on your own!
August 4, 2018 from 11am-1:30pm
Webinar: Energetics of Western Herbalism
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.
August 7, 2018 from 7-9pm
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! 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.
August 12, 2018 from 1-3:30pm
Webinar: 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! This revealing webinar will explore: How to avoid factors that increase your risk of developing cancer. Activate your body’s extraordinary ability to heal and fight disease. Enlighten & Equip yourself by discovering what medical research has to say about food and herbs – and what to start eating NOW! Which herbs have been scientifically shown to target and help fight cancer cells. Explore how anti-cancer herbs can help you! Don’t miss this vital opportunity to become proactive and back your health!
August 15, 2018 from 12-1:30pm
Chinese Medicine: In Depth With The Five-Element Model
Chinese medicine is a system that is both scientific and poetic, both practical and metaphorical. The vital organs of the body manifest not only as bodily organs, but also as our emotions, as energetic meridians on the body, as disease in different parts of the body, and as varied aspects of a persons soul and development through life. Come learn how the Chinese system of healing intertwines our individual health and wellbeing with the map of Nature and its elemental energies. This class is for overall beginners, as well as for practitioners of western herbs who want to expand their understanding into the Chinese system. We will explore the basic aspects of this medicine (especially the emotional components of disease), we will learn essential diagnosis skills, and will learn how that diagnosis can inform the selection of individual herbs and crafting basic herbal formulas. The use of Moxa (burning mugwort as heat medicine) will be taught, and students will walk away with moxa ready to use.
August 18, 2018 from 10am-4:30pm
Medicine-Making Class: Herbal Vinegars, Cordials, & 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! All supplies included!
August 18, 2018 from 12-3pm
Energetics & the Soul of Essential Oils
Learn a heart-centered, expansive approach to using the energetic properties of essential oils to influence the healing and balance of the mind, body, and heart connection. Explore using your new-found knowledge to create deeply personal blends for use with loved ones or professionally with in-class practice. Students will hand-craft an Anointing oil, Purifying Bath salt, Aromatherapy Inhaler, and an additional blend based on your needs. Discover chakras (the energy centers of the body), different personal techniques for choosing essential oils for energetic blends, using essential oils to shift vibrational patterns, meditations on the energetic properties of essential oils, diagnosing energetic imbalances, and more! Students will discover chakras, learn the vibrational and energetic properties of essential oil, experience an essential oil meditation, diagnose energetic imbalances and craft deeply personal blends for individual healing. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the class.
August 18-19, 2018 from 9am-5pm
Crystal Wire-Wrapping 101 Workshop
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!
Two Sessions Available: August 25, 2018 from 11am-1pm or 2-4pm
Herbal Creams & Salves
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make folk medicines like balms to help heal the skin and soothe sore muscles, or create your own elegant creams to support and nourish a glowing complexion? This is a class for you! Learn how to infuse wonder, intention and medicinal herbs into hand crafted skincare products for the whole family. Each student will leave with a jar of salve & cream (created in class), as well as a few recipes to try on their own. Can't wait to create with you!
August 25, 2018 from 11am-2pm