is the medicine of the people. Knowledge of medicinal plants, including common "weeds", how to identify and
use 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. Open your heart to the plant world
and you will be repaid with more than you can imagine.
Please check back for any updates and 2015 schedule. There are tentative plans for 2 classes
in October 2014, Tree Medicine and Herbs for Winter Health. Dates for our 7 month Foundations of Herbal Medicine Program have
been finalized, details below:
Interested in a more in-depth study of herbs? We also offer a 7 month herbal
Foundations 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.
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
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 2014 program are: April 26, May
17, June 28, July 26, August 16, September 13, and October 18. (Please note that
at this time the October date is tentative and may need to be changed.)
Participants should make a commitment to attend all sessions of the
course. No refunds are given for missed classes.
Tuition: Tuition 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 a $35 non-refundable deposit to hold your
place in class. 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 nearly 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. She enjoys the never-ending
learning that is inherent in working with herbs, and witnessing the enchantment that occurs between people and plants.
Her first formal herbal studies were with renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and she is a graduate of Rosemary’s
Teacher Training Program for Herbalists at Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center in Vermont. She teaches classes locally in
WV and MD, and has taught at Sage Mountain. She has had the privilege of learning from many 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, mild to moderate depression and stress-related conditions.
Andrea has served on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Herb Association since 2006. 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.