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
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White Lotus Wellness Center
4912 Berwyn Road, College Park, MD 20740
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Harvest Moon & Herbs Festival!
Join us at Smile Herb Shop celebrating 44 years of herbalism with a fun-filled day of yummy food, vendors, autumn plants and bulbs, lectures, drum circles, live music, herb walks and more!
September 29, 2018 from 10am-4pm
Foundations in Herbalism: Professional Certification Course - The Season of Autumn/Air Weekend 1
September 8th: 10am-1pm: ‘What is Herbalism?’, 2-5pm:- How and Why Do We Use Herbs? September 9th: 10am-1pm: Herbal Medicine Making: Tinctures, Glycerites and Herbal Vinegars, 2-5pm: Medicine Making, Topical Preparation for Herbal First Aid
September 8-9, 2018 from 10am-5pm
Foundations in Herbalism: Free Q&A Session
Join us for a Q & A session to learn more about the Mid-Atlantic School of Herbalism's professional herbalist certification course! Faculty will be available to provide an overview of the program and to answer any questions that you have. Start your herbal journey today! Use this link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VpVAeTidTnuvXtEL5WuADA
September 3, 2018 from 8-9pm
Foundations in Herbalism: Professional Certification Course - Introduction to Herbalism & Ethnobotany
10am-1pm: ‘What is Herbalism?’ Herbal medicine is the art and science of using medicinal plants. The practice of herbal medicine considers a person’s diet and lifestyle, as well as the use of specific herbs and supplements. A skilled herbalist learns to blend tradition with science and your pathway can begin here at Mid-Atlantic School of Herbalism. Join the MASH herbalists in this introductory class as they lead you on an exploration of the many ways to use herbs as food and plant medicine! We will talk briefly about herbal classifications, plant parts to use and an overview of herbal actions. Tea tasting will be part of this first class. 2-5pm:- How and Why Do We Use Herbs? This afternoon’s class explores the ethnobotany of plants and how they evolved with animals and humans. We’ll talk about the various traditions of using plant medicine including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan, Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, African, Hippocratic and Shamanistic traditions. We will also spend time out in the garden identifying plants by smell, appearance, taste and feel.
September 8th, 2018 from 10am-5pm
Invest In Your Marriage Workshop: Free Informational Meeting
This free informational meeting will explain how the Invest In Your Marriage Workshop can help you make an investment in your marriage or relationship! The workshop is designed to help you acquire tools for working on your marriage, deepening your communication, building bridges, and repairing ruptures in your relationship. Whether married for one year or ten, this workshop will focus on renewing what brought you together in the beginning.
September 8, 2018 from 2-4pm
Foundations in Herbalism: Professional Certification Course - Medicine Making & Herbal First Aid Workshop
10 am- 1 pm: Herbal Medicine Making: Tinctures, Glycerites and Herbal Vinegars On Sunday morning we will learning how to make hydroalcoholic preparations (tinctures and elixirs), glycerites and herbal vinegars. We will discuss which solvents are best for using with various plants based on their phytochemistry, understand the benefits and drawbacks to using hydroalcoholic and vinegar preparations, and compare the folk and scientific method of making different preparations. We will be focusing on making medicine with herbs that can be used for building your home first-aid kits. 2-5 pm: Medicine Making, Topical Preparation for Herbal First Aid: Topical preparations have been one of the main stays of herbal medicine, through the history of civilization. Records or remnants of healing balms and poultices have been found dating back to Sumerian and Egyptian times. Herbs have been used to make therapeutic compresses, plasters, fomentations, creams, pastes, salves, ointments, liniments, infused oils, suppositories, pessaries, douches, enemas, smoke treatments, and herbal hydrotherapy such as sitz and steam baths, just to name a few. Nowadays, we tend to forget about many of these traditional methods. It’s time to turn the tables back and resurrect some of these highly effective methods, so join us to learn the art of herbal first aid. We’ll start by demonstrating the making of infused oils and basic salves as well as ’biblical balm’ made with frankincense and myrrh, medieval German black and yellow salves and many other methods of using ‘weeds’ from your backyard & local woods.
September 9th, 2018 from 10am-5pm
David Winston, RH (AHG) Presents: Herbs & Herbal Formulas for Effective Stress Relief
Spend a relaxing and educational evening with David Winston, RH (AHG), as he discusses Herbs and Herbal Formulas for Effective Stress Relief. For over 45 years, David has been studying, practicing, teaching and researching Chinese, Western/Eclectic and Southeastern American herbal medicine. David’s world-renowned two-year herbal studies program, taught at his Center for Herbal Studies, as been educating Herbalists, Physicians, Nurses, Naturopathic Physicians, Veterinarians and Nutritionists in the art and science of clinical herbal medicine since 1980. David is one of the professional herbalists who founded the American Herbalist Guild, the first professional herbalists’ organization in the US. He is also the founder of Herbalist & Alchemist. Seating is first come, first served!
September 13, 2018 from 7-8:30pm
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
Yoga for Back Care
A healthy spine and a healthy nervous system are crucial for maintaining optimal whole-body health. Our new Yoga for Back Care class combines both! This class blends gentle and soothing back exercises with easy and simple core strengthening routines. Its a great class for athletes, seniors, mothers of young children, and anyone who experiences back issues as well as anyone carrying toxic levels of stress. Return to graceful and pain-free movement and see the dramatic improvement in not just overall well-being, but a reduction in tension and stress.
Tuesdays from 2-3pm
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.
Tuesdays 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 6:30-7:30pm
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 1 pm - 4 pm 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 1-4pm
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
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
September 15, 2018 from 10:30am-12:30pm
November 10, 2018 from 10:30am-12:30pm
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!
Multiple Sessions Available
November 3, 2018 from 11am-1pm or 2-4pm
December 15, 2018 from 11am-1pm or 2-4pm
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 15, 2018 from 11am-1pm
Introduction to Acupuncture
This talk will explore the basics of Acupuncture, as well as Autumn and the Metal element of Chinese medicine - how does Metal 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 Autumn season! Weather permitting, we may go for a short walk through Nature and explore how Autumn shows up in Nature. Fall - what an amazing time for cleansing, balance, and inspiration!
September 15, 2018 from 1:30-3pm
Webinar: Essential Oils for Beginners
Essential oils can enhance so many areas of your daily life. They are traditionally used for immune system optimization, stress relief, muscle and joint pain, respiratory health, skin care and balanced emotions. In this class, you'll learn all about essential oils, how they are made, how they work, and how to use them safely for daily health and wellness with Clinical Aromatherapist Olivia MacMillan. 8 common essential oils with multiple uses will be discovered and as a BONUS, Olivia will share 5 of her favorite personal recipes.
September 18, 2018 from 7-9pm
Webinar: Know Your Dosha! The Ancient Secret to Longevity
In ancient India, people discovered that humans were not born with user manuals, but that it became possible to sustain longevity through the science and study of life which is commonly known as Ayurveda. As a native Indian, I remember my grandparents, aunts and uncles unconsciously followed the wisdom of Ayurveda which suggests that knowing thyself; emotionally, physically and spiritually brings tranquility and happiness. Ayurveda suggest that our main constitution also known by the Sanskrit word “Dosha” is derived from nature. An individual’s fundamental character is based on the nature of air “vata”, or "pitta" sun, or “kapha” earth and water. All individuals have all three constitution and the majority of individuals have a single dosha that rules their way of life with the mild presence of the others. Few individuals have known to be tri-doshic where all three constitution reside in harmony to navigate their lives. In this webinar you will discover your dominant dosha and what it does it mean for you to create a vision for a balanced physical, emotional and spiritual life for yourself.
September 20, 2018 from 7-8pm
Organic Juicing & Herbs for Longevity 101
A long, healthy life isn’t as difficult as it seems with the tips and tricks gained in this comprehensive (and yummy!) class. Join holistic health coach, raw foodist, and avid juicer Blake Carter and learn what the health pros know, including: why you should juice, how to juice, what to juice, when to juice, juicing versus blending, the best juicing equipment. Discover pro tips like which parts of your fruits, vegetables, and herbs are crucial for wellness that are usually discarded prior to the juicing process.
September 22, 2018 from 12-2pm
Nana Frimpong & Kantinka Drum Concert
Music lovers, get ready for an experience in West African music, drumming, and dance! Kofi Nana Frimpong, Smile's own Ashanti drum teacher, is celebrating the release of his new album, Thanking You, with a special ensemble performance with Kantinka. Come out to sing, dance, and join Nana & Kantinka for a show not to be missed!
September 22, 2018 from 4-5:30pm
Tea Blending with Medicinal Herbs for Beginners
Come listen and delight in a class that will take you down a path filled with balancing plant allies. This is a class for beginners to help inspire and ignite a spark towards wellbeing in your everyday tea rituals. Learn about the history and traditional uses of a teas and some of Lauren's favorite staple herbs, as well as her philosophy on blending the two.Your tea cup awaits, your dreams are for the taking and your body, spirit and soul will thank you with every sip. Each student will leave with a few recipes to try blending on their own as needed, in addition to 1oz of tea blended during the class.
October 6, 2018 from 11am-1pm
Discovering a New Way to Love: A Couplehood Workshop for Healing & Deepening Connection
Hello! Let me introduce myself: I am Anne Contee. Together with my husband Barry Contee, we invite you to join us on a lighted-hearted journey of healing and deep connection. I am a storyteller and enthusiastic facilitator. My optimistic, self-confident view of the world is not merely one in which the glass is half full, but overflowing with awe and wonder. Details are important to me. Creating comfort and hospitality are my second nature. These traits stem in part from my cultural roots in India. I was born and raised n Mumbai, while Barry is a native Washingtonian. We share the joy and triumphs, as well as, the challenges of an inter-racial marriage. While Barry tends to be reserved, his shy approach masks his sly sense of humor. I abound with energy and delight. During the workshop, Barry and I will share with you our journey of navigating our differences and creatively repairing relational ruptures when they occur. We will be both your guide and your living model of what the intentional relational paradigm looks like. We are deliberately offering an affordable workshop experience as an introduction to a more profound understanding of Imago Relationship Therapy. Imago utilizes a dialogical process where couples benefit from the wisdom of practicing a series of structured dialogues. The workshop is an educational insight into the dialogical process. Six weeks or dialogue practice provides you and your partner with an opportunity for a deeper connection, a chance to ignite a spark in your marriage or relationship. It is also a powerful way to connect with other couples and learn these tools in a safe communal setting. Join us for this six-week adventure!
October 4-November 8, 2018 from 7-8pm
Smile Storytellers: African Music & Culture from the Ashanti to Today
Join native Ghanaian and Ashanti drummer Nana Kofi Frimpong for an afternoon of storytelling and music. Nana will share his experiences being raised by his whole village in Ghana, his struggles and triumphs, and how the history of the original Ghanaians, the kings and queens of the Ashanti tribe, is still reflected in modern African culture. Students will also have an opportunity to go hands on with hand-crafted djembe drums and gain a personal connection to this rich and diverse African & American story.
October 6, 2018 from 4-5:30pm
Webinar: Ask Olivia: Aromatherapy, Crystals, & More
Do you have questions about essential oils, making your own products, 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!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.
October 9, 2018 from 7-8pm
Planted In Health: Vegan, Plant-Based Cooking Series: Raw Vegan Tacos
Imagine being able to recreate your favorite Indian or Thai recipe at home. Even better, what if you could veganize popular restaurant meals? This 2-hour interactive cooking class will include cooking instruction, knowledge on spice blends, grocery list & recipes to take home with you. Each recipe will include only plant-based, gluten-free, and soy free ingredients. Come prepared to participate and sample. Youth ages 7+ may attend as well. All meals are prepared with plant-based ingredients that are also soy-free and gluten free.
October 13, 2018 from 11am-1pm
Get Gutsy About Your Digestive Health!
Are you tired of having to unbutton your pants after eating because you are bloated and gassy? Are your moods unpredictable? Do you find it hard to focus? Are you having trouble losing weight despite eating a relatively clean diet? Then get gutsy with your digestive health! -Learn the 3 ways your digestive health effects your energy, your mood, your weight and your sex drive. -Learn about the obvious and not so obvious symptoms of poor digestive health. -Learn what herbs and foods support specific digestive organs. -Receive self-assessment tools (sent in advance of class) to help you assess your digestive health and nutrition status so you can customize your “blueprint” for digestive health. -Receive 3 of Toni’s favorite gut repair recipes that will help you heal and optimize digestion.
October 13, 2018 from 2-3:30pm
Feng Shui 101 with Felicia D'Haiti
Do you ever wonder…what stories your home tells about you and your life? How you can change or enhance that story? What simple and practical steps you can take in your home TODAY to create an optimal and supportive foundation for you to reach your goals? Join Master Teacher of Advanced Interior Alignment® Feng Shui & Space Clearing Felicia D'Haiti to learn practical and fun insights, tips and tools for connecting with your home and applying feng shui principles to enhance all aspects of your life. Workshop participants will leave with a plan of action to implement in creating a home that supports moving forward, getting unstuck, and making their home feel like a wonderful sanctuary.
October 20, 2018 from 11am-1pm
Makers Workshop with Olivia: Cold & Flu Products
Join Clinical Aromatherapist & formulator Olivia MacMillan for the first in a very special series of Makers Workshops now being offered. These workshops highlight an aspect of health and wellness and discuss a multi-pronged approach to the issue. In the Cold & Flu Products workshop, Olivia will guide students in the hands-on crafting of several cold & flu remedies including a preventative steam blend, a deep breathing chest rub, a flu bath blend, and her signature herbal hot toddy recipe.
October 20, 2018 from 12-2:30pm
Safe Conversations© Couples Workshop
Isn‘t there enough stress in the world, without stress in your relationship too? Spend a day learning how to create safe and healthy relationships with Safe Conversations©, a workshop that will give you the skills to impact your relationship in the most profound way. Talking is among the most dangerous things people do! And listening is the most infrequent. Broken communication leads to a lack of safety in conversations, creates conflict, and makes a thriving relationship impossible. Safe Conversations® helps replace conflict with connection, creating a safe and joyful space where everyone thrives. Safe Conversations© Workshops teach a new science-based relational technology to couples, communities, organizations, and the general public. We Believe: It’s the quality of our relationships that determine the quality of society. How we interact with each other in our families, schools, workplaces and communities provides the key to our emotional, physical and economic well-being — and the stability of the society in which we live. Our Vision: To create a world based on healthy relationships, that shifts focus from the age of the individual to the age of relationship. By empowering couples, families and organizations with skills and techniques that can positively affect relational change, we will position healthy relationships as our society’s primary cultural value.
October 20, 2018 from 2-6pm
Tea 101: The Health & Meditative Benefits of Black, Green, & 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 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!
October 20, 2018 from 1:30-3pm
Orgonite Artisan 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 energy.
October 27, 2018 from 11am-1pm
October 27, 2018 from 2-4pm
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. No pre-requisites are needed however a desire to awaken your innate ability to heal and return to a place of balance, harmony & peace is very beneficial.
November 3 & 4, 2018 from 11am-6pm
Webinar: 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.
November 6, 2018 from 7-9pm
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.
November 10, 2018 from 11am-3pm
Planted In Health: Vegan, Plant-Based Cooking Series: Best Chili Ever
Imagine being able to recreate your favorite Indian or Thai recipe at home. Even better, what if you could veganize popular restaurant meals? This 2-hour interactive cooking class will include cooking instruction, knowledge on spice blends, grocery list & recipes to take home with you. Each recipe will include only plant-based, gluten-free, and soy free ingredients. Come prepared to participate and sample. Youth ages 7+ may attend as well. All meals are prepared with plant-based ingredients that are also soy-free and gluten free.
November 10, 2018 from 11am-1pm
Medicinal Mushrooms Thanksgiving Special!
Join Jared Urchek, acupuncturist and naturalist, for an engaging and interactive talk on some of the most important medicinal mushrooms. We will learn the basics of why mushrooms are medicinal, focus on a handful of our most interesting and powerful mushrooms, and go over a few recipes for your upcoming Thanksgiving feast - learn how to have a medicinal thanksgiving! We will also have a few mushroom teas and tinctures to taste!
November 10, 2018 from 1:30-3:30pm
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.
November 17, 2018 from 11am-1pm
Natural Perfumer's Workshop Intensive
Join aromatherapist & perfumer Olivia MacMillan for a journey into the world of natural perfumery! In this workshop, students focus on natural perfume techniques and processes, identifying 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 participate in the crafting of a group solid perfume and will have the opportunity to create a perfume masterpiece of their own design to take home.
November 18, 2018 from 11am-5pm
Makers Workshop with Olivia: Easy Holiday Gifts
Join Clinical Aromatherapist & formulator Olivia MacMillan for a special holiday gifts version of her Makers Workshops series. These workshops highlight an aspect of health and wellness and discuss a multi-pronged approach to the issue. This workshop series is very hands on and class size is limited. In the Easy Holiday Gifts workshop, Olivia will guide students in the hands-on crafting of several natural gifts certain to increase health and warm the spirit with wellness including a holiday tea blend, customized perfume roller, and a luscious whipped body butter.
December 1, 2018 from 12-2:30pm
The Healing Art of Crochet
Come learn the simple meditative art of crochet with teaching fiber artist Bonnie Parry. Tap into your creativity by learning this wonderful craft. Several small projects like a small treasure pouch and a mandala like table decoration will be featured. Yarn and hooks available for a small fee (or bring your own). No prior experience necessary.
December 8, 2018 from 11am-1pm