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2016 Herb Walks, Classes, and Workshops
Herbal medicine 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 around us.
Check back for more classes and herb walks that will be offered both on and off the farm this year.  

Interested in a more in-depth study of herbs?  We also offer a 7 month herbal study program:
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.  

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.

2016 Program: 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 2016 program are April 23, May 14, June 18, July 16, August 13, September 10, and October 15. 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 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 1, or in three payments of $120 each, paid by April 1, May 1, and June 1.  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.  

*Participants 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 Lay is a community and family herbalist who has been studying, growing, and making herbal medicine for over 20 years.  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 continues to pursue independent herbal studies and attends herbal conferences yearly. She makes herbal creations and teaches classes on herbal medicine and plant identification at Hidden Hollow Farm, her home near Keyser, WV, and at other locations around her region.

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.

Contact Andrea