is the medicine of the people. Learning about medicinal plants, often considered common "weeds", and becoming
skilled in identifying and using them, is a step toward self-sufficiency and taking responsibility for your health
and happiness. Our classes stress the importance of getting to know the plants that grow all
Introduction to Medicinal Herbs:Meet the Plants
Sunday May 17 3:00-6:00 p.m.
This class will cover the basics of using herbs, an overview of global herbal
traditions and herbal history, and using herbs for chronic vs. acute conditions. We'll take an herb walk and discuss how
to develop plant identification skills as we identify early spring edible and medicinal plants that grow in our region, and
quite possibly in your own back yard. Class will include demonstration (and tasting!) of making herbal infusions and decoctions.
Participants will take home samples of an herbal tea blend.
Sunday June 28 3:00-6:00 p..m.
This class will focus on the medicinal trees and the various ways they can
be used. Class will include a tree identification walk and a tea-tasting of various roots, barks and fruits. Class will also
include a demonstration of making Slippery elm capsules.
The Fine Art of Making Plant Medicines
Sunday July 26 3:00-6:00 p.m.
This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of making a variety of herbal
preparations including infusions, decoctions, infused oils, salves, tinctures, poultices, compresses and more. Participants
will take home samples of products made in class. If time allows, class will include a brief herb walk to identify plants
commonly used for making herbal medicines.
Herbs for Winter Health
Sunday October 18 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Enhance your health during the winter months by using herbs and foods specifically for
building the immune system. Learn what herbs are useful for easing common cold and flu symptoms. We'll make some recipes
for the herbal medicine chest using herbs and common kitchen ingredients. Recipes for healthy immune-buildings soups and stews
will be shared.
$35 per class which includes all materials, supplies and handouts. Herbal tea, fresh spring water and snacks will be provided.
Advanced registration is required, please send check or money order and contact information including email address to: Hidden
Hollow Farm, RR1 Box 228D, Keyser, WV 26726. Directions will be provided upon receipt of registration.
Interested in a more
in-depth study of herbs? We also offer a 7 month herbal study program:
of Herbal Medicine
Program Overview: We will meet one Saturday a month from April through October to
enable participants to work with the plants through three seasons of their growing cycles. Upon completion of course,
students will have gained practical skills in identifying, growing, using, and preparing herbs. A variety of herbal
preparations will be made throughout the program providing the basics for stocking the herbal medicine cabinet. This
course is designed for the beginning or intermediate herbal studies student, and will provide a foundational base for future
study of herbs and botanical medicine. Please note: We must have a minimum of 3 participants in order to offer
this course. Deposits and fees will be refunded if course is canceled.
Program Description: The course combines
hands-on activity with lecture, discussion, and spending time outdoors on herb walks. Emphasis is placed on getting
to know the plants, for they are really our most important teachers. There will be homework assignments and projects
to complete each month, and a final project to be presented in October. Interwoven throughout the program is the joyful
spirit that working with plants brings to all who open their hearts to the journey.
Course curriculum will include: ~~Plant Identification and Field Botany~~Organic Herb Gardening~~Proper Harvesting Techniques~~Respectful
& Sustainable Wildcrafting~~Herbs for Specific Body Systems~~Actions & Energies of Medicinal Plants~~Herbal Medicine
Making & Formulation~~Herbs for Men, Women, & Children~~Developing a Personal 'Materia Medica'~~Using Local
Wild Plants~~Wild Foods~~Herbal History & Traditions~~Introduction to Aromatherapy~~Herbal Bath & Body Care~~Herbal
First Aid~~Native Medicinal Plant Conservation~~Nature Awareness~~and more!!
A detailed class syllabus will be sent prior to our first meeting. Participants will receive
a class folder with resource lists, book lists, recommended articles, websites, and numerous handouts throughout the course.
Dates: Classes meet for 7 Saturdays from April through October and meet from
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Dates for the 2015 program are: April 25, May
16, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, and October 17. Participants should make a commitment to attend all sessions of the course.
No refunds are given for missed classes.
for the course is $395 and includes all instruction, handouts, materials and supplies for herbal preparations made in class.
Participants will need to purchase their own herbs and supplies for projects made outside of class. Herbal tea
and snacks are provided, participants should bring their own lunch.
Registration information: Pre-registration is required. Please send either the full fee or a $35 non-refundable deposit to hold your place in class
if paying with the payment plan. Balance of $360 may be paid in full prior to April 15, or in three payments of $120
each, paid by April 15, May 15, and June 15. Include a note with your name, address, phone number, and email address.
Directions, detailed class syllabus, and further information will be sent upon receipt of registration. Make check or
money order payable to Hidden Hollow Farm and send to:
Hidden Hollow Farm RR1 Box 228-D Keyser, WV 26726
A few things to note:
*Much of class time is spent outdoors, spending time in the gardens and on herb walks, which may
include moderately hilly terrain. Please contact us if you have mobility issues.
*Class is held rain or shine, bring good walking shoes and rain gear if necessary.
*We are located 1 mile down a dirt road that can have ruts
and potholes and be muddy if we've had rain.
who are traveling a distance may arrive on Friday evening or stay Saturday night and camp on our land. Rustic indoor
lodging is available in our cabin classroom (indoor space is limited). Please contact us for details.
About the Instructor
Andrea Koutras Lay has been studying, growing, and
making herbal medicine for 20 years. She is an herbalist in the folk tradition, one who shares information with her community
on identifying and growing medicinal plants, and preparing and using herbal medicines. Her first formal herbal studies were
with renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain in Vermont. She has had the privilege of learning from various
other prominent herbalists, and acknowledges the plants and the land on which she lives as being her most important teachers.
Andrea has a BA degree with a major in psychology, and has many years of experience working in the mental health field. She
has a particular interest in plant medicines for issues such as anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, depression and stress-related
conditions. She considers it an honor to pass along what she has learned in order to help others empower themselves
to live a more healthy and joyful life.
Andrea can come to your club, group, or organization to speak about herbs, teach a workshop, or lead
an herb walk. Please email for more information and a list of class topics and descriptions.