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Winter Study: Winter Herbal Learning Circle – Broths, Teas, and Spice Blends

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Winter Study: Winter Herbal Learning Circle 
This winter we’ll delve into Fox Haven’s herbal stores and explore winter traditions and rituals that build phytonutrients into our lifestyle; whether you need restoration to recover from the year or stimulation to power you towards new goals. This hands-on collaborative study session will include winter plant ID and harvesting, kitchen experimentation and crafting, group research and formula making and many  opportunities to develop relationships with local plants.
The group project topics serve as an anchor and focus for each person throughout the time we learn together. The creativity, research and preparation that each group puts into their final product (whether it be tea, ferment, lozenge, salve, broth etc.) will enrich each of our understanding of herbal actions and winter herbs.
Class fee includes herbal supplies for all classes and take-homes, study guides, field trip fees and teacher stipends.
Feb 17 March 3,17, 31st 1 – 4pm

$200 per person
$45 per drop in

Tea Blending, Spice Blends and Broths – February 17th 1-4pm

This circle begins with a tea tasting and discussion of herbal actions – from the circulation stimulating jolt of Rosemary to the soothing, easy-sipping infusion of Oats. We’ll learn to listen to cues and responses herbs invoke and begin crafting blends to accompany our seasonal situations. Using taste wheels, traditional recipes and creativity we’ll come away with herbal combinations that we can test throughout the winter.
Spice blends and broths have long been a form of delivering nutrients to the body. We’ll explore the art of toasting and grinding seeds and spices to create fragrant, stimulating additions to our food, cosmetics and therapeutics. Then we’ll play with our perception of broths adding wild edibles, nutritive herbs and spices to bring complexity to both our dishes and our gut biota.  Groups will be formed to start working with an herbal action. Each group will work together over the weeks to craft presentations and formulas that exemplify their interpretation of their given topic: Warming, Stimulating, Soothing, Restorative, Building

FAQ questions: 

Why is the Full Schedule and Drop-in price different?

Signing up for the full winter study is like taking a course. You’ll get our crafted study guides, dry herbs to work with at home, you’ll make preparations in class that will be yours to keep and you’ll be able to use herbs from the apothecary to craft your final project. This full two month experience requires a materials fee that – trust us – will be fruitful and enjoyable to receive back in the form of herbs!
A Drop-in is like sitting in on one day of this course. You’ll learn skills, experience herbs through taste, touch and smell, and you’ll leave with some ideas for at-home projects but you won’t get the Full Program experience with all the materials that we’ll be diving into over our two months together.

Can the final project be done individually instead of as a group?

Yes! Winter is a time for reflection, introspection and slowing down and we honor that. It’s also a time to sit in circles sharing stories, working together and easing each others load. Everyone will have a “group” that they can work with to conceptualize herbal energetics and share information and research with but if making an individual presentation is your preference we welcome that desire for personal creation.

What do you mean by “take-homes”?

We’ll be experimenting with making all kinds of things like tea-blends, spice blends, broths, lozenges and syrups and we’ll be plucking pine needles, gathering winter roots and poking around looking for tender edibles. All of these things may find their way into your basket to go home after class.

Can we just sign up for the March 3rd Field Trip day?

Absolutely. Tonic Herbs and Sacred Roots are offering private, personalized classes for our Winter Study group that will not be offered to the public on these days. If you want to hop into our group for the day to take advantage of these special presentations and experiences please do!



February 17
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Chestnut Farm at Fox Haven
3630 Poffenberger Rd
Jefferson, 21755


Lacey Walker