Velvet Earth Herbal Workshops with Alyssa Schimmel

April 26 - September 19
7:00 - 9:00 pm
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Velvet Earth Herbal Workshops with Alyssa Schimmel

Explore the wonderful world of herbs and wild plants through these hands-on workshops. 

Each class is $30.00 dollars per person, or you may register for the series of four and receive a $20.00 discount.

Lovestruck: Herbs to Excite the Heart and Senses
Thursday Feb 13th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Cope House (1 Awbury Rd)

Join us for a sensual evening of exploration, as we open the door into the realm of herbal aphrodisiacs. Named for the goddess Aphrodite, aphrodisiacs are substances that when ingested or applied to the human body have the ability to increase libido, desire, or pleasure. We’ll cover 7 herbs for the home apothecary and preparation methods for creating an infused herbal cordial and massage oil. Each participant will leave with a 1 ounce cordial and 2 ounce massage oil. 
 
Wild Spring Edibles and Tonics
Sunday April 26th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – at the Agricultural Village (6336 Ardleigh St)

Embrace spring’s sweep of emergent growth in this workshop on spring’s wild edible and medicinals. We’ll go for a plant walk through Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, learning about the most common wild weeds that work to support respiratory health, stimulate digestion, and support springtime cleansing of the body, then return to the classroom to make a wild spring seasoning blend and infused herbal vinegar. Participants will leave with their own creations! 

Honey Medicine, Elixirs, and Oxymels
Saturday July 18th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Agricultural Village (6336 Ardleigh St)

Honeybees (Apis mellifera) have been revered for centuries as natures’ alchemists, pollinating nearly 90% of the world’s food crops and producing one of the only foods in nature that never spoils — honey! In this workshop, we’ll cover the lore, life, and plight of the honeybee and the powerful medicine they so divinely create — honey, beeswax, propolis, and pollen. We’ll then sample a few herbal preparations involving these products and make an oxymel: a honey-vinegar syrup, that participants will take home. 
 
Slather It On! A Skin-salvation Workshop
Saturday September 19th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, location  TBA

Skin is our largest organ of the body that provides boundary, protection, absorption, heat control, and sensation. In this workshop we”ll revere the skin we’re in by learning about its structure and function and how we can work to protect it through working with natural oils and herbs. We’ll learn about several herbs that provide support for the skin, wound healing, and repair covering the preparation methods of creating fresh plant poultices and salves. Participants will leave with tins of their own handcrafted salves crafted by participants for their unique needs. 
 
 
Alyssa Schimmel is a community herbalist, gardener, grower, teacher, and forager passionate about sharing knowledge of regional food and medicine ways in community. She works as Education Director of The Philadelphia Orchard Project and has collaborated with Awbury Arboretum teaching medicine-making to youth of the Teen Leadership Program, catering seasonal dinners alongside Chef Gail Hinson, and teaching medicine-making and wild foods through Wild Foodies’ Wild Wisdom course at Awbury. Her training includes studies through Centro Ashe Community Herbal Center, Sky House School of Herbal Medicine, Mountain Gardens, and formal study through David Winston’s School of Herbal Medicine.