Community Herbal Intensive

CHI Cohort 2015: Peggy, Claudia, Jessica, Stephanie, Chris, Julie, Cris (taking the picture).
CHI Cohort 2015: Peggy, Claudia, Jessica, Stephanie, Chris, Julie, Cris (taking the picture).

Join the Community Herbal Intensive in 2016

The Community Herbal Intensive is an educational program for herbalists and other plant lovers who want to make a connection between herbal medicine and community health. The monthly workshops will take participants out into the field to work with plants or into the streets to develop community projects. This program is for anyone interested in furthering their studies of herbal medicine in a hands-on environment while developing skills for creating community projects. The goal of the program is to give participants skills, ideas, and strategies to start community projects that emphasize holistic health, folk medicine, education, gardening, and foraging. They will be introduced to the concepts of public health and liberation theory so herbs, education, and community health can be interwoven into well-planned projects. Get the application to learn more.

Applications for the 2016 Community Herbal Intensive are now available click on the link below.

CHI Cohort 2014: Leah (kneeling front), Kat, Rachel, Karen, Sandy & Jessie.
CHI Cohort 2014: Leah (kneeling front), Kat, Rachel, Karen, Sandy & Jessie.

CHI Application 2016

Deep Nourishment Moves to Erie

unnamedDeep Nourishment is a series of classes that will focus on using food and herbs to heal and nourish the body, mind and spirit. Topics covered include recovering from chronic illness to creating vitality to emotional health. The series is being postponed until the new wellness center in Erie opens. We will post updates when the wellness center opens along with class schedules and a menu for herbal education programs delivered by the Black Pearl, the Trillium Center’s mobile herbal education clinic. Exciting things are happening here, we’ll see you soon!

August 15 – Plant Walk!

This month’s plant walk is scheduled August 15 from 3-5 PM at the N. Kingsville Pine Barrens. This area is managed by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. We will meet there, please send an email to to let me know you are coming so we don’t leave you behind on the trail.

More info on the Pine Barrens

A plant walk is a slow walk (sometimes called a plant crawl) where a group of people find and identify plants. Herbalist Leah Wolfe will lead this walk and share knowledge of the medicinal properties of wild plants and how to use them. Class fee is $10 per adult, children are free!

POSTPONED: Aug 14 – Art of Medicine Series: Hydrotherapy

This class has been postponed. So sorry for the inconvenience. We put the last layer of cobb on our classroom and it is taking longer to dry than expected. Stay tuned for updates!

The Art of Medicine series was started because what people really want to learn is how to use herbal medicine in a hands-on setting. Every month through November, Leah Wolfe will demonstrate and have you participate in making different medicines with seasonal wild and cultivated medicinal plants. Here is more about August’s class:

Art of Medicine Series: Hydrotherapy

Friday, August 14

6-8 PM

Using water to heal is one of the oldest human medicines. Join herbalist Leah Wolfe and gather late summer herbs. You will learn 15 ways to combine herbs with water to heal the body, mind & spirit. Sign up at

Class fee $20, includes samples.

Trillium Center
715 Furnace Rd.
Conneaut, OH 44030

Gardening with Earth Mounds! Hugelkultur!

Hugelkultur = “Mound Culture” in German.  Austrian Sepp Holzer popularized this permaculture technique in the US.

Learn an extremely productive growing method, used by all of our ancestors. Indigenous cultures have been growing food on mounds since forever, across the globe.

The only way to truly learn the details of mound building is to make one. Please come prepared to dig (if your body doesn’t want to dig, you are welcome to just observe).

Saturday September 12, 2015
12:30 pm: Small-farm Tour of Red Beet Row
1-4 pm: Earth Mound Workshop

Red Beet Row
2873 East Maple Rd.
Jefferson, OH 44047

Please RSVP to:
or 304-561-4575

Class Fee: $0-20 donation

if using a gps to get to us, be sure you are on “EAST Maple Rd” – phones seem to like just “Maple Rd”

A workshop of the Trillium Center.  A center for wilderness skills, self-reliance and other folk arts.

Wilderness Series Continues: Herbal First Aid

Photo of WFA class
WFA students practice rolling a patient during a scenario to check his back for injuries.

You might remember that we held a Wilderness First Aid class back in June. It was a great class and we are looking forward to the next classes.

Upcoming classes include:

  • Herbal First Aid – August 29, 12-noon
  • Wilderness Skills: Fire – August 30, TBA
  • Wilderness Skills: Water – September 26, TBA

Herbal First Aid
Some of our best first aid remedies are right at our feet. Learn how to use common plants and home remedies to stop bleeding, soothe burns, reduce fevers, clean and heal wounds, and heal all kinds of minor aches and pains. Write to to sign up. Class fee is $40.

We will have more details on the Wilderness Skills Fire and Water classes in the next couple weeks.

A center for wilderness skills, self-reliance and other folk arts


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