The Trillium Center offers hands-on and online education and farm tours. Jump to our Calendar here. We are working toward a community that values local food, local herbal medicine, and the preservation of at-risk species and traditional ways of living. Farm tours include a tour of our herb, forest, and vegetable, fruit and nut orchard, straw bale classroom, hoop house, and our new barn. If you can’t visit but would like to support our work, make a tax-deductible donation here.
The events we have offered over the years have been wide ranging from basic how-to classes on making wild medicines to building with sticks, stones, and clay.
Herbalist Leah Wolfe offers speaking engagements and teaches hands-on classes on working with wild edible and medicinal plants throughout North America, with an emphasis in the Great Lakes region. She is a community and bioregional herbalist who believes the world would be a better place if everyone knew how to use five plants (along with a course in basic first aid).
Charles Schiavone focuses on BLD farm and all of the construction that supports the Trillium Center. He is a potter and a builder with a keen interest on building things with unusual materials.
This is the youngest part of the Trillium Center. Most of our activities focus on hands-on classes. The online classes are designed to help you get more comfortable with the basic ideas of traditional western herbalism. For us, traditional means drawing influence from our European and North American ancestors while focusing on the abundant wild and easy-to-grow plants within our region.
The first class, Crafting Transformation, covers the use of the elements, cardinal and spiritual directions, herbal energetics, and has recipes and activities to try at home.
The second class, Herbs for the Thinning Veil, covers the use of herbs to fully experience the change of seasons and the traditions associated with those herbs, including recipes and other activities.
We expect this part of the Trillium Center to grow, so if you have a request for an online class, webinar, or discussion, please get in touch.
Request a private class! Here are some reasons you or a group of your friends might want a private class:
1. you want to learn about which herbs are safe to use with your medications
2. you want to learn which herbs are good for your family including children or elders
3. you want someone to walk your land and tell you more about the plants that grow around you or help you plan a garden
4. you need classes to work around your schedule
5. you want to develop a nourishing herbal plan that uses traditional and holistic assessment techniques to help you match herbs to your body type, activity levels, environment, and so on…
6. You simply want an herbal consultation. No frills.
Of course there are other reasons you might want a private class, tell us about it!