Classes & Events

ONLINE CLASSES

Online classes are available year-round and are designed for you to take at your own pace. Click the links to learn more.

Crafting Transformation: Connecting with the Elements

Wild craft. Herb craft. Kitchen craft. Ritual craft. Spirit craft. The word “craft” descends to us from the old English word “craeft,” meaning strength or skill. “Crafting Transformation” then means the skill of changing forms, the skill of creating, the strength in creating. The elements of Earth – Air – Fire – Water – Spirit will guide you as you craft new ways to infuse elemental healing into daily practice. “Crafting Transformation” is treasure hunting, kitchen witching, medicine making, ritual building, and spirit finding. It is the process of making things with your hands, your mind, your spirit. Learn more here: https://seekingblissonline.com/courses/962/about


Herbs for the Thinning Veil

From midsummer to midwinter, many cultures and spiritual traditions celebrate and honor their ancestors. Some believe that the veil between the human world and the spirit world weakens as the darkness of winter descends. Plants and herbs are often used to increase the thinning of the veil, provide a connection to the spirit world, inspire visions and lucid dreaming. Many of these same plants provide resilience in the darkness, whether it’s the darkness of winter or the darkness of a vision. This is a self-directed course that can be started at any time.  Register: Herbs for the Thinning Veil


UPCOMING EVENTS


Natural Healing Group

Last Wednesdays, 5:30 PM
Conneaut Public Library, 304 Buffalo St, Conneaut, OH 44030

Come talk about natural health and healing! Leah Wolfe, MPH, guides a monthly conversation about ways to deal to with common health issues. She studied public health, worked in health research and education, and studied herbalism for 20+ years. The first topic was “Inflammation and How to Cool It.” What do you want to talk about? Send ideas to leah@trilliumcenter.org. This is a free event!


Botanical Skincare: Healing from the Roots

April 6 – 10 am-noon
Earth. Wisdom. Wellness. Lakewood, OH

Root medicine. So many meanings in those two words. Root medicine can mean getting to the root of the problem. Or it can mean healing from the root up. It can mean getting medicine from the roots of plants or trees. It can mean tapping into all aspects of health and all aspects of being. Root as a word comes from the same source as the word radical; the Latin parent being “radix.” Thus, radical means of or from the root or source. Radical herbalism is about healing from the inside out. Click for tickets here!

This event is about healing all of our skins: the linings of all of the passageways in our bodies that open up to the outside world. It’s about how all of these things are connected to the same root source of health. And don’t worry, as we make a nourishing remedy for these skins, you’ll get some recipes for your outer skin to help you keep smiling through the seasonal changes. 

Skin reflects inner health and well-being. If you get too little sleep, you’ll likely wake up to puffy eye lids or dark circles under your eyes. The skin also reflects digestive health: the lining of the digestive tract is in its own way also a skin. Healing the skin begins on the inside. Food and water effect skin health and so does your ability to handle stress. Join Leah Wolfe to learn more about an herbal approach to healing from the inside out. Event fee is $45 including a skin remedy to take home, recipes, and samples. 

Click for tickets here!


Heal Thyself: The Elements of Healing

Fourth Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm
Lakewood, Ohio

  • April 25 – Spring, Air, & Greens
  • May 23 – Water & Air Medicine
  • June 27 – Summer, Fire, & Flowers
  • July 25 – Earth & Fire Medicine
  • August 22 – Autumn, Water, & Berries
  • September 26 – Vital Spirit Medicine
  • October 24 – Winter, Earth, Roots, & Spirits 

Deep healing is embedded in the elements, Air, Water, Fire, Earth, and Spirit. Plants offer a vibrant opportunity to heal and learn with the elements by instilling a sense of connection and place. Place-based healing means connecting with the elements for balance, vitality, and nourishment in the place that you live. Learning from the plants that live around you. Whether the plants run wild in your neighborhood or resist all boundaries by growing in the pavement cracks, they offer healing and teachings throughout the seasons. This local and seasonal approach to food, herbs, and healing will help you deepen your connection with plants, place, community, and the seasonal turning of the Earth. Class fee: $25 per class
Sign up by calling: (216) 577-5454

Wild & Weedy: Making the Gardener’s Remedies

Cleveland Roots, Cleveland OH

April 27, 1 PM – Spring Greens
May 18, 3 PM – Teas, Tisanes, Infusions
Jun 30, 1 PM – Tincture Making 
Jul 21, 3 PM – Oils, Salves & Ointments
Aug 11, 3 PM – Herbal Hydrotherapy 
Sep 29, 3 PM – Mineral Supplements
Oct 27, 1 PM – Root Decoctions & Soups

Although uninvited by definition the wild & weedy plants have their own stories. Dandelion visits gardens and lawns across the nation – a reminder that their seeds were carefully sewn into hems and bags in preparation for the journey across the big sea. Its bitter taste counters the craving for too much sweet. The root nourishes the digestive tract and the immune system. The high mineral content soothes the nervous system, strengthens bones, and builds blood. Just to scratch the surface of the story of Dandelion.

Herbalist Leah Wolfe will tell plant stories along with the how-to’s and don’ts of wild & weedy edible & medicinal plants. Explore the garden to gather wild & weedy plants to transform into herbal remedies for body mind & spirit. Each month we’ll make a different kind of wild edible or herbal remedy recipe. Fee of $25/class includes an herbal remedy to take home. Sign up at: https://forms.gle/46aSzpmQ6EvWPEBw5 

Ethnobotany Plant Walk

May 19, 1 PM-3 PM
Clara D. Peet Preserve Metropark, 449 Keefus Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030
https://www.ashtabulametroparks.com/clara-d-peet-preserve-conneaut/
Take a walk with herbalist Leah Wolfe during a magical time of year at Camp Peet. We will be visiting the spring ephemeral plants, which means that they don’t stick around, so don’t miss this walk!
Sign up at https://www.ashtabulametroparks.com/contact-us/

A Mouth watering herbal experience

JUNE 1, 11-4 PM
ERIE, PA
The joy of eating depends on taste. Our ability to fill our lives with the tastes we love is the key to both nourishment and craving. From an herbal perspective, taste may help to determine our choice of herbs in food, teas, and other remedies. Herbalists Leslie Alexander and Leah Wolfe will be presenting a mouth watering tasting experience, grounded in foods, as a guide to distinguishing primary tastes and how they interact with our bodies, with a focus on salty, bitter, spicy, sour and sweet . Join them for part of your day and plan on enjoying a “working lunch”. Cost of $50 includes tea, lunch and snacks to guide your herbal tasting experience. Payment info below. We’ll send you more details closer to the event. Sign up: https://forms.gle/Da4U9geoqkDQGHwUA


PAST EVENTS

Ethnobotany Tree Walk

March 24, 1 PM
Hatches Corners Metropark, 5467 Center Rd (Rt 7), Conneaut, OH 44030

Take a walk to learn about trees as food, medicine, tools, and crafts. Learn tips on identifying trees with winter twigs, buds, and bark. FREE.
ashtabulametroparks.com/hatches-corner/ 

Gathering Spring Medicine: Everything We Need is Right Here

March 9, 12-2 PM
BLD farm, 715 Furnace Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030

Spring offers a local “pharmacy” of nature’s finest remedies. Take a walk to gather these spring medicines and create a couple of herbal remedies to take home. Herbalist Leah Wolfe will share traditional uses along with scientific knowledge about these amazing plants. From an herbal perspective, the medicine we need is not far from our front doors.
Cost = $25 (includes take-home remedies!) Click here for tickets!

Barks, Buds, Twigs & Sap

March 3, 2019 – 12-2 PM
Millcreek Metroparks, Birch Hill Cabin, Youngstown, Ohio

Description: Late winter is the best time for foragers and homesteaders to learn how to identify trees for medicine, food, and tools. We can’t rely on the leaves to identify things that we need in the winter or early spring. Herbalist and homesteader Leah Wolfe will demonstrate how to identify winter twigs and buds, provide lessons learned in collecting sap, and provide a tea made from barks. If weather permits we’ll take a walk and see which trees we can find. $20 https://www.millcreekmetroparks.org/events/2019-01/

Botanical Skincare: Healing from the Roots

March 2 – 10 am-noon
Whole Foods Coop Community Center, 1341 W 26th St. Erie, PA 16508

Root medicine. So many meanings in those two words. Root medicine can mean getting to the root of the problem. Or it can mean healing from the root up. It can mean getting medicine from the roots of plants or trees. It can mean tapping into all aspects of health and all aspects of being. Root as a word comes from the same source as the word radical; the Latin parent being “radix.” Thus, radical means of or from the root or source. Radical herbalism is about healing from the inside out. Click for tickets here!

This event is about healing all of our skins: the linings of all of the passageways in our bodies that open up to the outside world. It’s about how all of these things are connected to the same root source of health. And don’t worry, as we make a nourishing remedy for these skins, you’ll get some recipes for your outer skin to help you keep smiling through the seasonal changes. 

Skin reflects inner health and well-being. If you get too little sleep, you’ll likely wake up to puffy eye lids or dark circles under your eyes. The skin also reflects digestive health: the lining of the digestive tract is in its own way also a skin. Healing the skin begins on the inside. Food and water effect skin health and so does your ability to handle stress. Join Leah Wolfe in the “kitchen” at the WFC Community Room in Erie, PA to learn more about an herbal approach to healing from the inside out. Event fee is $20 including a skin remedy to take home, recipes, and samples. Click for tickets here!

Herbalist, Leah Wolfe, offers a whole spirit-mind-body-universe perspective on what it means to live in your skin. Whether you are thick-skinned, thin-skinned, or simply wondering what your skin says about you, radical herbalism reaches for the root of it all.

Ten Indispensable Herbs for Farmers

Friday, February 15, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402

At the 40th Annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Conference

Every herbalist has a short list of herbs that they use more than any other. Herbalist Leah Wolfe shares the ten indispensable herbs she commonly finds in Ohio. She uses herbs to improve health, nourish the garden, and nourish livestock. She’ll provide a framework for how to identify or grow these herbs, how to use them safely, and how to identify a good herbalist when you need to know more.

Seed Swap

February 2 at Noon, BLD farm, 715 Furnace Rd. Conneaut, OH 44030

The Ohio/western PA chapter of the American Herbalist Guild hosts a seed swap and potluck. Bring a healthy dish to share and seeds to swap. Seeds for vegetables, flowers, herbs, and medicinal plants are welcome.

Herbs for Emotional & Spiritual HealingTues, Oct 30, 7-8 PM – Center for Growth, Ashtabula, OhioHerbs are amazing in that they can help people on all levels, not just the physical; they help balance and nourish the body, but are limitless when it comes to emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. Meet a new plant each month. Sliding-scale donation: $5-20*

Herbs for the Thinning VeilOctober 18, 7-8:30 PM, New Moon, Lakewood, Ohio

From midsummer to midwinter many traditions celebrate their ancestors and their traditions. Some believe that the veil between the human world and the spirit world thins as the darkness of winter descends. Join herbalist Leah Wolfe for a class on herbs for this seasonal transition with teas, incense, and other herbal tricks and treats. Class fee: $30, supplies fee $10.

Autumn Foraging for Wild Food and Medicine

Oct. 20, 1-5 PM, Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Rd, Youngstown

The forests and fields are alive with wild foods and medicine. Leaves, flowers, berries, roots and more. Autumn is abundant. Join this hands-on class on how to forage for the fall harvest. We’ll take a walk with an eye to foraging, observing plant and habitat characteristics, looking for clues, tasting, and piecing it all together like a detective to identify species. Basic botany for the herbalist will focus on identifying flowers, roots, berries, and leaves. Historical and clinical uses of common plants as food and medicine will be combined with practical information on how to gather, store, and prepare. Class fee: $15, supplies fee $5.

7 Lake Erie MushroomsSaturday, Aug 25, 21-3 pm – Chardon, OhioLearn about common edible, medicinal, and poisonous mushrooms in our region. Learn basic skills for proper identification, the ethics of gathering, and how to use them. Sliding-scale donation $30-$50

Medicinal & Edible Plant & Mushroom WalkSaturday, Aug 25, 3-4 pm – Chardon, OhioTake a walk with herbalist, Leah Wolfe, at Light Footsteps Farm. $5-$20

Ticks and HerbsSaturday, May 26 at 1 PM – 5 PM

Light Footsteps Farm

Chardon, OH

Ticks have struck fear into many, making them wary of wandering in the woods or the fields. Understanding ticks helps you avoid them and take some of the fear out of the wilderness. This presentation includes historical information, a public health perspective, and herbal approaches to ticks and tick-borne illnesses. Learn public health and first aid tips to help you prevent infection and inflammation from tick bites.


Weekend in the Woods: Herbal Sensing

Herbal Field Intensive

June 29-July 1

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Feel it in your gut, feel it in your heart, taste it, smell it. Herbal Medicine.

The third Herbal Field Intensive will explore the diverse terrain of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The HFI is a 3-day educational retreat in the woods and fields to learn about wild medicinal and edible plants in different parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Skills included: identifying plants, foraging ethics, medicine making, and wild food preparation emphasizing what’s in season. Day passes are available if you don’t like to camp (contact us for more info).

This year the theme is herbal sensing, the art of learning about plants through the senses. The scientific word for this is organoleptic, the process of using the senses; usually referring to sight, touch, smell, and taste. In herbal sensing we look to other sources of sensing such as the cat brain and the lizard brain…

… if what I’m saying is suddenly not making sense, then perhaps you really need to take this class. Details: https://trilliumcenter.org/2018/05/15/herbal-sensing/

LOCATIONThe HFI will camp at Heritage Farms in Peninsula, OH. You can find the farm’s description on hipcamp.com, search for “Camping Among the Pines.” Non-camping options are available.

COSTTo make this event more accessible, it is offered on a sliding scale between $160-$200.

REGISTRATIONThis class is intended to be small so it will be necessary to reserve your space in advance. Please register at: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/15320

7 Lake Erie Mushrooms

Jan 27, 2-6 PM

Conneaut, Ohio

Learn about common edible, medicinal, and poisonous mushrooms in our region. Learn basic skills for proper identification, the ethics of gathering, and how to use them. Sliding-scale donation $20-40*. Contact us to sign up: https://trilliumcenter.org/contact-us/

Calming Herbs for Stress and Frazzled Nerves

FebruaryTBA

Stress. The word is enough to make the shoulders hunch and the jaw clench. Chronic and acute stress can be calmed with herbal remedies. Come learn to nourish the spirit-mind-body to increase resilience and counter stress with herbalist Leah Wolfe. We will drink tea, taste tinctures and make a soothing herbal remedy to take home. Sliding-scale donation: $20-40. Contact us for updates: https://trilliumcenter.org/contact-us/

Herbs & Ticks

Ticks have struck fear into many, making them wary of wandering in the woods or the fields. Understanding ticks helps you avoid them and take some of the fear out of the wilderness. This presentation includes historical information, a public health perspective, and herbal approaches to ticks and tick-borne illnesses. Learn public health and first aid tips to help you prevent infection and inflammation from tick bites. Sliding-scale donaton: $40-60. Contact us for updates: https://trilliumcenter.org/contact-us/

Herbs for Emotional & Spiritual Healing

TBA after the holidays, 6-8 PM

Center for Growth, Ashtabula, Ohio

Herbs are amazing in that they can help people on all levels, not just the physical. Yes, they help balance and nourish the body, but they are limitless when it comes to emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.

In this short but intensive class, herbalist Leah Wolfe, will guide you on a journey of developing relationships with plants so that you can work with them to heal emotional and spiritual wounds. For example, the plant above is Yarrow, also known as the Healer’s Healer, healer of all wounds, whether physical or emotional. It is used for spiritual and emotional protection.

One person who attended said that he learned about Dandelion in such a profound way, the power of Dandelion will always be with him; that he brought something very good into his spirit, mind and body. Others have found that working with herbs this way helped them identify food allergies and other sensitivities, while teaching them how to find the herbs that are best for them.  This is an opportunity to explore the natural world in a hands-on environment where you will learn things that you will never forget.

Join this class to learn more. This class will be offered monthly so you can meet a new plant each month. Contact us if you’d like to join us!

You can read the results of the last class, which featured Goldenrod, here: https://serpentineproject.blogspot.com/2013/07/goldenrod.html

Sliding-scale donation: $5-20  This group is open to the public!

Sliding-scale donation means that you pay what you can afford in the suggested range. If you can afford it, pay it forward!

Maple Syrup Demo

February TBA

BLD farm, Conneaut, OH

At BLD farm, we make wood-fired maple syrup. Join us for a tour, with a sample of maple coffee or tea. Sliding-scale donation: $2-12*

Sign up at: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/13402

Autumn is Coming Plant Walk

Sep 2, 5 PM

Pine Barrens, N. Kingsville, OhioOur mobile education project will be taking a walk to learn about foraging for wild foods, herbs, and plant-based tools with herbalist Leah Wolfe. Explore the wild plants of NE Ohio/NW PA. Come see what’s blooming through the seasons.Donations to support the Lake Erie Herbalists Without Borders Chapter are welcome and graciously accepted. Some of the projects we work on are the mobile education project, the CHEWS community garden program, and general community building to promote herbal living in our local and regional communities. Suggested donation: $2-12

Herbs for Emotional & Spiritual Healing

Sep 14, 6-8 PM

Center for Growth, Ashtabula, OhioHerbs are amazing in that they can help people on all levels, not just the physical. Yes, they help balance and nourish the body, but they are limitless when it comes to emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.In this short but intensive class, herbalist Leah Wolfe, will guide you on a journey of developing relationships with plants so that you can work with them to heal emotional and spiritual wounds. For example, the plant above is Yarrow, also known as the Healer’s Healer, healer of all wounds, whether physical or emotional. It is used for spiritual and emotional protection.One person who attended said that he learned about Dandelion in such a profound way, the power of Dandelion will always be with him; that he brought something very good into his spirit, mind and body. Others have found that working with herbs this way helped them identify food allergies and other sensitivities, while teaching them how to find the herbs that are best for them.  This is an opportunity to explore the natural world in a hands-on environment where you will learn things that you will never forget.Join this class to learn more. This class will be offered monthly so you can meet a new plant each month. Contact us if you’d like to join us!Sliding-scale donation: $5-20

Sliding-scale donation means that you pay what you can afford in the suggested range. If you can afford it, pay it forward!

Calming Herbs for Stress and Frazzled Nerves

Sep 24, 2-4 pm

Goodell Gardens

221 Waterford St. Edinboro PA 16412

Radical Herbalism Workshop

Stress. The word is enough to make the shoulders hunch and the jaw clench. Chronic and acute stress can be calmed with herbal remedies. Come learn to nourish the spirit-mind-body to increase resilience and counter stress with herbalist Leah Wolfe. We will drink tea, taste tinctures and make a soothing herbal remedy to take home.Class fee of $30 includes materials, supplies & refreshments. Goodell Garden members receive a discount of $5.Weekend in the Woods: Mushroom & Wild Medicine Intensive

September 29-October 1

Allegheny National ForestOne of the most beautiful places to visit in the autumn is the Allegheny National Forest. A group of us spent a weekend in the woods there last summer and saw some amazing plants, mushrooms, and wildlife. The picture above shows a couple of Artist’s Conks, also known as Reishi, that we found on one of the walks in the woods. Now we will to go in the fall to see the mushrooms and the autumn roots.Click on the registration link below for details on the hands-on skill building activities you will develop at the Mushroom and Wild Medicine Intensive!The first 5 people who register will receive a free gift! Click here for more details!Sliding-Scale Fee: $125-175 sliding scale

This means pay what you can afford in that range. If you can afford a little more it makes it easier on the people who have to pay less. Pay it forward!

Herbal First Aid & Free Plant Walk

August 5, TBA

Light Footsteps Farm, Chardon OH

Increase your self-reliance skills by integrating wild plants and kitchen ingredients into basic first aid remedies. Learn how to provide minor first aid and wellness care at home or outdoors and quickly identify emergencies. We will focus on common and easy-to-grow plants for herbal first aid. No first aid experience required. More info and registration link are here:

https://trilliumcenter.org/2017/05/01/herbal-first-aid-at-light-footsteps/

The Art of Herbalism: Medicine Making IntensiveJune 17, 12 pm-6 pm
Whole Foods Co-op, 1341 W 26th, Erie PA 16508
Spend a day making herbal remedies to start or diversify your own wild medicine chest. Learn about energetics and herbal actions and how to choose the best kind of remedy. We’ll make teas, tinctures, oils, salves, and poultices, including some to take home. Join herbalist, Leah Wolfe, MPH, for a day of herbal sensations. Use your senses to understand the medicinal effects of whole foods and herbs. These remedies are low-cost & easy to make, many of the ingredients are in your kitchen or maybe even your backyard. Class fee of $50 includes materials, supplies, & refreshments. Sign up in person at the co-op or call (814) 456-0282.

Summer Time Wild CraftingJuly 22, 2-6 PM

People often ask, “How exactly do I go about gathering my own herbs and wild foods? How much can I gather? What part of the plant do I use? When do I gather it? How do I store it?” The Wild Crafting Workshop will help you figure all of this out. Leah Wolfe, community herbalist and health educator, will venture out with a small group to gather plants. We will focus on a few important summer plants so that participants can deepen or advance their understanding of plants as medicine in the tradition of Western folk herbalism. Class fee of $55 includes samples to take home.   REGISTER HERE!

Weekend in the Woods: Herbal Field IntensiveJune 2-4, 2017The Herbal Field Intensive immerses students in the wilder aspects of herbalism. We will explore the ethics and methods of foraging for wild foods and medicines. Herbalist and educator Leah Wolfe, will provide a hands-on introduction to herbal actions and methods for making foods and medicines from wild plants. Identification and use of native and naturalized plants will be emphasized. Class fee TBD. Contact us for more info.

Free Plant WalksJune 11 – Camp Peet, Conneaut OH

June 18 – Lampson Reservoir, Jefferson OH

In June our mobile education project will be visiting two Ashtabula County Metroparks! Learn about foraging for wild foods, herbs, and plant-based tools with herbalist Leah Wolfe. Explore the wild plants of NE Ohio/NW PA. We will meet throughout the season to see what’s blooming through the seasons. Plant walks are free! Donations to support community education are welcome and graciously accepted. Click here to sign up for newsletter updates with walk info.

Art of Herbalism SeriesApril 11, 6-8 pm – Art of Herbalism: Healing Teas, Tinctures, and TonicsMay 9, 6-8 pm – Art of Herbalism: Herbal Baths, Steams, and FomentationsJune 13, 6-8 pm – Art of Herbalism: Healing Broths for LongevityJuly 11, 6-8 pm – Art of Herbalism: Herbal Salves and Oils

Herbalism was once an important part of agrarian culture often using herbs for to augment food and heal the mind, body, and spirit. Learn to integrate herbal remedies into daily life with wild weeds and herbs to heal and nourish. The Art of Herbalism is an ongoing series that focuses on the medicine- or remedy-making aspect of herbalism. It is offered in the region to improve community health and to integrate traditional methods of healing with conventional medical care. Leah Wolfe, MPH, will lead the classes. She is a community herbalist and health educator at the Trillium Center (trilliumcenter.org) in Conneaut, Ohio. Class fee is $25, which includes an herbal remedy to take home. Held at Pairings, 50 Park St, Geneva OH. Sponsored by Pairings and the Ashtabula Local Food Council. Register here: http://www.ashtabulafood.org/community/class-art-herbalism/

Wild Crafting Wednesdays

Last Wednesdays, 6 pm starting in March 2017People often ask, “How exactly do I go about gathering my own herbs? How much can I gather? What part of the plant do I use? When do I gather it? How do I store it?” Wild Crafting Wednesdays will help you figure all of this out. On the last Wednesday of each month, Leah Wolfe, community herbalist and health educator, will venture out with a small group to gather plants. Class fee of $15 includes sample to take home. Contact us for more info.

Wilderness First Aid

April 22-23, Camp Peet, Conneaut, OHCome learn basic life saving skills! This is a hands-on course to prepare participants to avoid, prevent or cope with medical issues in wilderness environments. This weekend workshop includes the following topics: assessment of wounds and illnesses, preventing and caring for injuries, problems with weather, bites, bugs and plant poisons, and other medical problems. Includes an exam and evaluation to receive the certificate card. Total cost: $150. Fee includes tuition, 4 meals, lodging, WFA card, and book. Register here: https://trilliumcenter.org/2017/03/28/wilderness-first-aid-at-camp-peet/

The Art of Herbalism: Medicine Making IntensiveJanuary 21, 12 pm-6 pmSpend a day making herbal remedies to start or diversify your own wild medicine chest. Learn about energetics and herbal actions and how to choose the best kind of remedy. We’ll make teas, syrups, tinctures, oils, poultices, and herbal pills, including some to take home. Class fee of $50 includes materials, supplies, & refreshments.Herbal First Aid

December 3, 12 pm-6 pmIncrease your self-reliance skills by integrating wild plants and kitchen ingredients into basic first aid remedies. Learn how to provide minor first aid and wellness care at home or outdoors and quickly identify emergencies. We will focus on common and easy-to-grow plants for herbal first aid. No first aid experience required. Class fee of $50 includes materials, supplies, & refreshments

BOTANICAL LONGEVITY COLOR

Foraging Plant WalkSeptember 18, 12-2 PM352 Corsini Rd, Cooperstown, PA 16317-3816

The Trillium Center’s Mobile Education Project is going to western PA. Come explore the backyard pantry and medicine chest on this foraging plant walk. Take a walk with herbalist, Leah Wolfe, to learn about the herbal actions, edibility, and processes for integrating seasonal wild plants into food and home remedies. Cost for the class is $15 per adult, $5 per child over 7 years old, or family for $30. Sign up at: https://www.facebook.com/events/922151454596676/

Wild Crafting Wednesdays

September 21, 6-8 PM

Trillium Center, 715 Furnace Rd. Conneaut, OH 44030

People often ask, “How exactly do I go about gathering my own herbs? How much can I gather? What part of the plant do I use? When do I gather it? How do I store it?” Wild Crafting Wednesdays will help you figure all of this out. On the last Wednesdays of each month, Leah Wolfe, community herbalist and health educator, will venture out with 4 people to gather plants. Class fee is $15. Send an email to leah@trilliumcenter.org to sign up. Classes are small, sign up early.

Weekend in the Woods: Herbal Field IntensiveSeptember 23-25, 2016

Some of you might remember I asked,  “where do you want to go for the next weekend in the woods?” Surprisingly, I found that some of you want to go back to Heart’s Content. This will be an amazing weekend. Heart’s Content in the fall is a haven for mushroom lovers. We will camp closer to the park and have the opportunity to explore areas near Heart’s Content to compare between the conservation site and previously logged areas. There are amazing plants and mushrooms in both places. This photo was donated by one of the participants in the first HFI at Heart’s Content. Come explore with us!

Leah Wolfe - 5 Herbal Allies Flyer

Experimental Building and Herb Sanctuary TourSaturday, August 27 • 1-3:30 p.m.

715 Furnace Rd., Conneaut, OH 44030

BLD farm is a place for experiments, creativity, and healing. Charles Schiavone is a builder-carpenter-potter who is building with mud, grass, and sticks. BLD farm is the home of the Trillium Center, an educational project led by herbalist Leah Wolfe, which focuses on community health through whole foods and herbs. They sell eggs, culinary herbs, and leafy greens on-site and offer on-farm classes. See examples of natural building, rocket stoves, a greenhouse, herb gardens, and more. Registration: To register, email leah@trilliumcenter.org by August 20.

Free Gardening Class: Weed Identification!July 31, 6-8 PM August 3, 4-6 PM

327 Mill St. Conneaut OH 44030

Come learn how to identify weeds at the upcoming work parties. Weeds are often considered pesky plants that take up room and soak up nutrients, but many of them are actually some of the most nutritious plants in the world. Come learn about these amazing plants: learn their medicinal or edible properties, how to add them to food or make into simple home remedies, how to create compost or build mulch with weeds.

Wild Crafting Wednesdays

March 30, 6-8 PM

Trillium Center, 715 Furnace Rd. Conneaut, OH 44030

People often ask, “How exactly do I go about gathering my own herbs? How much can I gather? What part of the plant do I use? When do I gather it? How do I store it?” Wild Crafting Wednesdays will help you figure all of this out. On the last Wednesdays of each month, Leah Wolfe, community herbalist and health educator, will venture out with 4 people to gather plants. Class fee is $15. Send an email to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up. Classes are small, sign up early.

Deep Nourishment for Seasonal Transitions

April 2, 1-3 PM

The Embers, 914 Beaver Grade Rd. Coraopolis, PA 15108

The body responds to changing conditions when the seasons change. Those changes can either strengthen resilience or make the spirit-mind-body feel run down and susceptible to cold. Join herbalist Leah Wolfe, MPH, to learn how to deeply nourish yourself with herbs and food. Enjoy samples of healing foods and beverages and receive recipes to try at home. Cost: $20.

Tree Walk: Identifying Medicinal Trees

April 3, 2-4 PM

Trillium Center, 715 Furnace Rd. Conneaut, OH 44030

Join Leah Wolfe and Charles Schiavone for a Tree Walk to identify medicinal and edible trees. We’ll show you how to ethically gather and process barks and other winter tree medicines. Donations for plant walks support our Lake Erie Herbalists Without Borders projects! Want to know more, come to the Health Justice potluck! More info below. Join Herbalists Without Borders and attend all plant walks for free in 2016! $5-15 sliding scale donation.

Health Justice Potluck

April, 6 PM

Trillium Center, 715 Furnace Rd. Conneaut, OH 44030

It’s time to bring together herbalists and other healers in the region to work together to educate and heal our communities. Join this potluck to learn more about what kinds of projects Herbalists Without Borders supports and how you can get involved. You don’t have to be a member of HWB to participate, but we are grateful to those who can. Join us at the Trillium Center. If you’d like to host the next meeting, send us an email.

Weekend in the Woods: Herbal Field Intensive

April 22-24

Hocking Hills area, Ohio

The HFI is a 3-day educational retreat in the woods and fields to learn about regional plants in different parts of Ohio. The first HFI will be held April 22-24 in Hocking Hills, Ohio where we can explore the rugged terrain of the Allegheny Plateau, including waterfalls, cliffs, and gorges. Food and lodging are included in the registration fees. Participants in the HFI will help with the preparation and cooking to integrate herbalism into daily living.

Weekend in the Woods: Herbal Field IntensiveJune 3-5

The HFI is a 3-day educational retreat in the woods and fields to learn about regional plants in different parts of Ohio. This is the second HFI and will be held in the Allegheny National Forest where we will find many plants that don’t grow at lower elevations. We can explore the woods and parks like Heart’s Content. Food and lodging are included in the registration fee. Note this is a camping event and you will need to bring your own tent and other supplies. Participants in the HFI will help with the preparation and cooking to integrate herbalism into daily living.

Making Chai for Your ConstitutionMarch 19, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Yoga House, 2776 E. Center St. N. Kingsville, OH 44068

Chai is a popular beverage made with milk, tea, and spices originating in India. Learn to make it at home using herbs and spices that suit your body type and constitution (called Doshas in India).  Herbalist Leah Wolfe will provide tea, snacks, and dosha specific recipes and tips to try at home. Non-dairy options will be provided. Sliding scale-donation: $5-15. The donation pays for your tea and snacks, supports our educational work, and a portion is given to the Yoga House for providing the space. Thanks YH!

Wild Winter MedicineJanuary 16, 11 AM-1 PM

The Embers, A Meeting Place

914 Beaver Grade Rd, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

The remedies to keep us warm and well in the dark of winter are often right at our feet or in our kitchen cabinets. Join Leah Wolfe, MPH, a community herbalist for a hands-on workshop to make delicious warming teas and soothing winter syrups. Class fee: $20.00 (per adult)

RSVP at (412) 299-0869 to reserve your spot. Class space is limited. Pay online at: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/7990.Herbal Safety: What You Should Know Before You Use Dietary SupplementsJanuary 21, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Conneaut Library, 304 Buffalo St. Conneaut, OH 44030

As interest in alternative and traditional medicines rises, more people are taking herbs and other dietary supplements to improve health and well-being. Sometimes herbs and supplements can interact with drugs or have side effects. Come learn about the most common problems and how to avoid them. Herbal Safety is presented by Leah Wolfe, MPH, community herbalist and health educator. FREE! If you would like this class to be offered in your area, please contact us at trilliumctr@gmail.com or call (440) 812-9921.

Herbal Spring DetoxApril 7, 6-6:30 PM, Whole Foods Coop, Erie, PA

Spring brings cleansing herbs at the end of a season of heavy winter foods. Learn how to help cleanse your body in time for warmer days. Join Leah Wolfe for a taste of spring! Free.

Serpentine Study GroupApril 18, 4-5:30 PM, Trillium Center

Serpentine is an old word that means “plant that contains anti-venom.” Come learn about medicinal plants through smell, taste, feel, and other impressions rather than relying on books or lectures. Join us on the 3rd Saturdays of every month! $10 includes sample.

Erie Bluffs Plant Walk

April 25, 3-5 PM, Erie Bluffs State Park, 12112 Abels Rd E, East Springfield, PA 16411

Take a walk with with Leah Wolfe and Ian Hamilton to learn about foraging wild edible and medicinal plants. We’ll meet at the parking lot! $15 to benefits the Lake Erie Herb Bus Project.

Herbal Spring DetoxMay 23, 11  AM-12 PM, The Yoga House, 2776 E Center Rd, North Kingsville, OH 44068Enjoy some herbal tea while learning about plant medicines for cleansing the body in the spring. Samples of herbal remedies for detoxification will be available for donation.

Serpentine Study Group

May 23, 4-5:30 PM, Trillium Center

Serpentine is an old word that means “plant that contains anti-venom.” Come learn about medicinal plants through smell, taste, feel, and other impressions rather than relying on books or lectures. Join us on the 3rd Saturdays of every month! $10 includes sample.

Herbal First Aid

May 25, TBA, Cleveland, OH

A basic herbal first aid class addressing physical and emotional trauma. Write to us for updates.

Exploring Oriental Medicine

May 30, 4-6 PM, Trillium Center

Explore the basics of Oriental Medicine diagnostic methods (pulse, tongue, 10 questions) along with the structure of Chinese Herbalism. Jeffrey Kinnear, AHG (RH), offers consultations at Erie OM: http://www.erieom.com. $10

Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference

June 5-7, Almond, WI

Register at http://www.midwestwomensherbal.com and contact us about carpooling.

Serpentine Study Group

Saturday, June 20, 4-5:30 PM, Trillium Center

Serpentine is an old word that means “plant that contains anti-venom.” Come learn about medicinal plants through smell, taste, feel, and other impressions rather than relying on books or lectures. Join us on the 3rd Saturdays of every month! $10 includes sample.

Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk

Saturday, June 20 ~ Noon-2:00 PM

Take a short walk at the Lake Erie shore to learn about medicinal and edible plants. Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up and get directions. Class fee $10.

Art of Medicine Making: Tinctures

Friday, June 26 ~ 6:00-8:00 PM

Learn when tinctures are useful, how to make easy-to-use alcohol extracts, and what alcohol percentage works. Sign up at trilliumctr@gmail.com. Class fee $20.

Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk

Saturday, July 25 ~ 4:00-6:00 PM**Note: the time has been changed to avoid the heat of the day.

Take a walk with herbalist Leah Wolfe to learn about the medicinal and edible flowers that are in bloom at high summer. Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up and get directions. Class fee $10. Children are free!

Art of Medicine Making: Herbs and HydrotherapyFriday, August 14 ~ 6:00-8:00 PMCome gather late summer herbs and learn 15 ways to combine them with water to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Sign up at trilliumctr@gmail.com. Class fee $20 includes samples to take home.

Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk

Saturday, August 15 ~ 3:00-5:00 PM

Take a walk with herbalist Leah Wolfe to learn about the medicinal and edible flowers that are in bloom at high summer. Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up and get directions. Class fee $10. Children are free!

Deep Nourishment Series: Energy!Saturday, August 22 ~ 3:00-5:00 PMChronic fatigue, low energy, adrenal fatigue, stress stress stress. All of these things deplete the body mind spirit. Learn how to use wild foods and medicines to rebuild, invigorate & restore your energy levels. Class fee $20 includes samples to take home. Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up soon, only 7 seats available! Next topic is Healing Emotions and the Mind.

Herbal First AidSaturday, August 29, Noon-4Some 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 trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up. Class fee is $40.

Wilderness Skills: FireSunday, August 30, 2-5Sharpen your wilderness skills by learning about fire with Ian Hamilton and Charles Schiavone. Work on tinder foraging, fire building prep, and practice fire by friction, using one match, and steel or flint. Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up. Class donation sliding-scale $20-$40 per adult, children free! Next topic: Water on September 26.

Hugelkultur at Red Beet Row Farm

Saturday September 12, 1-4 PM

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. Come at 12:30 PM to get a tour of Red Beet Row. Donation $0-20. Learn more: https://trilliumcenter.org/2015/08/03/gardening-with-earth-mounds-hugelkultur/

Art of Medicine Making: Fiery Cider and other Vinegar InfusionsFriday, September 18 ~ 6:00-8:00 PMGood vinegar is good medicine. Vinegar infused with potent herbs and tasty spices is even better. Learn how to spice up your life with herbal vinegars. Sign up at trilliumctr@gmail.com. Class fee $20 includes samples to take home.

Deep Nourishment Series: Healing Emotions and the MindSaturday, September 19 ~ 3:00-5:00 PMLearn how to transform emotion states and heal your mind through deep nourishment. Class fee $20 includes samples to take home. Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up soon, only 7 seats available!

Wilderness Skills: WaterSaturday, September 26, 1:00-4:00 PMSharpen your wilderness skills by learning about water with Ian Hamilton and Leah Wolfe. Learn how to find, filter, and purify water in a wilderness situation. Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up. Class donation sliding-scale $20-$40 per adult, children free! Next topic: Fall Food

Plant WalkSunday, September 27, 2:00-4:00 PMTake a walk with herbalist Leah Wolfe to learn about the medicinal and edible plants that are ready to gather in the fall. Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up and get directions. Class fee $10. Children are free!

Whole Food, Whole MedicineOctober 14, 5:30-6:30 PMConneaut Library, 304 Buffalo St., Conneaut, OH 44030

http://www.conneaut.lib.oh.us

Sometimes the lines between food and medicine are blurred, which gives us the opportunity to integrate wild foods and herbs in the kitchen for a holistic approach to well-being. Come learn easy ways to integrate herbs into your daily life. Free! No need to sign up.

Serpentine Project Workshop

November 1, 2-4 PM

Trillium Center, 715 Furnace Rd., Conneaut, OH 44030

Serpentine is an old word for plant that has antivenom. Learn about herbal medicine by drinking tea and tasting tinctures of plants to determine their medicinal uses by taste and direct experience. This is the last session of the year! We will be working with a special plant to recognize the time of year. Class fee is $10. Sign up by sending an email to trilliumctr@gmail.com.

Seasonal Attunement: Whole Foods & Herbs for Changing SeasonsNovember 7, 1-3 PMYoga House, 2776 E. Center St., N. Kingsville, OH 44068

Join community herbalist, Leah Wolfe, for a cup of tea and a presentation on seasonal attunement. Seasonal attunement is a whole foods, whole medicine approach to prepare the bodymindspirit for the change in seasons. Learn about herbs and foods that will help you get through the cold/flu season and banish the winter blues. She will provide simple recipes to create your own home remedies. Free event! Samples will be available by donation.

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  1. The plant identification and wildcrafting class was a great experience! I had a great day.
    I never knew there were so many edibles in my yard to make a more fresh, varied, delicious and mineral rich salad than what I could find at the freshest produce stand. It is a revelation to have so many preventative and healing medicines right at my fingertips, steps away from where I sleep. Thank you.

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