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2015 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. 
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.
Tree Medicine
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. 
Fee: $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:
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.

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.

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 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.  

*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. 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, and she is a graduate of Rosemary's Teacher Training Program for Herbalists at Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center in Vermont.  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.

Contact Andrea