An Introduction to Herbalism w/ The Potager
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Full Session // $120
Culinary Loft // 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Immerse your senses into the art of herbalism! During this hands-on workshop we will learn about a handful of wild and easy to cultivate Iowa herbs and will experience them through tasting, touching, smelling, and visual observation. Each participant will get to craft their own bioregional herbal remedy to take home. The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to basic concepts of bioregional herbalism and to demonstrate how one can learn about plants through their senses. If you have ever wanted to learn from the plants themselves, this is the workshop for you!
Herbs provide us with an array of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. In western herbalism, we recognize the five tastes (bitter, salty, sour, sweet, and pungent) and understand that each taste holds its own set of nutritional constituents and carries its own set of beneficial qualities. During this workshop, we will discuss the many ways in which we can support our wellness through the proper use of herbal nutrition, and will learn to make a handful of delicious and simple recipes that are herbal nutrition powerhouses.
Earth Allies are herbs, flowers, stones and other natural modalities that we can partner with for radical self-care. During this workshop learn about elemental wellness, herbalism, flower essence therapy and other natural ways to support your wellness and enhance your self-care routine. Learn how to blend teas, baths, body oils, flower essences and herbal remedies that are customized to your personal needs. Each participant will get to craft their own herbal body oil to take home.
About the Instructor: Rachel Delphine Berndt is a bioregional herbalist practicing in Des Moines, Iowa. Rachel created The Potager to help people reconnect with the land they live on, to provide high-quality remedies made with sincerity and intention and to empower her community through hands-on herbal wellness education.
Rachel has been studying herbalism and traditional wellness practices for a decade. She holds a certificate for two years of apprenticeship with American Herbalist Guild registered herbalist Trilby Sedlacek, and has completed online courses with a variety of western herbalists. She will be receiving a certificate in Bioregional Materia Medica in Clinical Practice through the American Herbalist Guild this fall. Rachel is a general member of the American Herbalist Guild as well as a member of United Plant Savers and is committed to protecting our endangered plant species through educating the community on the plants that are at risk, teaching proper wildcrafting techniques and demonstrating how to cultivate these plants at home. Rachel has had the great honor of presenting at the Good Medicine Confluence and the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, as well as creating and teaching herbal programming for Des Moines Area Community College and Grinnell College. Her writings and herbal musings are regularly featured in herbalism publications such as Plant Healer Magazine.