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Herbalism Certificate

Herbalism Certificate Program

Aloe can be used to promote healthy skin and soothe sunburn. Oatstraw can support the nervous system to promote a sense of calm. Elderberry syrup and fire cider can be used during cold and flu season. Calendula salve is soothing and can be used as an antibacterial for skin abrasions. For thousands of years plants have been used to promote healthy natural living; this is the base for the new hobby Herbalism Certificate Program at Denver Botanic Gardens.

With a hands-on teaching approach and seed-to-product goal, our instructors guide students through every step of using plants for health and wellness. The inaugural program offers a unique learning experience to transform each student into a confident, knowledgeable and resourceful steward of plants by providing a strong foundation of practical and powerful herbalism knowledge.

Over 75 medicinal plants are studied, including some grown on site at the Gardens and those native to Colorado. Other areas of study include herb gardening in Colorado, plant identification and wildcrafting. With some of the region³ finest herbalists assembled to lead, students learn in the classroom, in the Gardens and out in the field.

 

Price: $2,800 Public

 

2020 Class Dates

4/16 Introduction to the Herbalism Certificate Program
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

4/23 Infusions and Nutritive Herbs
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

4/30 Decoctions and Herbal Safety
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

5/7 Your Constitution and Why It Matters
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

5/9 Introduction to Botany and Making Infusions
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

5/14 Tincture and Cordial Making
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

5/21 Herbal Allies for the Liver and Internal Skin Remedies Using Herbs
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

5/28 Herbal Allies for the Digestive System
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

6/4 Gardening and Cheesman Park Weed Walk
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

6/6 Food: Recipes for Healthy Living
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

6/11 Smoke in Herbal Practice and Spirit Herbal Remedies
Thursday, 4-9 p.m.

6/18 Nurturing the Skin you Live In
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

6/20 Creating Flower Essences and Hydrosols
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

6/25 Natural First Aid
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

7/9 Herbal Allies for the Circulatory System
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

7/16 Herbal Allies for the Lymphatic System
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

7/23 Herbal Allies for Reproductive System Health: Male
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

7/25 Electuaries, Acetums, Oxymels & Fermentation
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

7/26 Plant Identification and Field Medicine Making
Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

7/30 Feminine Health: Nurturing the Rhythm of Life
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

8/6 Cold Season Gardening
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

8/13 Herbal Allies for Optimal Vitality and Resilience
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

8/15 Skin Spa
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

8/16 Hiking
Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

8/20 Herbal Allies for Muscular/Skeletal Health
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

8/27 Herbal Allies for the Respiratory System: Tonics, Expectorants, Antispasmodics, Cold/Flu
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

9/3 Herbal Allies for the Immune System
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

9/10 Herbal Allies for Children
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

9/17 Herbal Remedies for Pets
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

9/19 Visit Dessert Canyon Farm
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

9/24 Nervines Part 1: Herbal Allies for Nervous System Support and Nourishment
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

10/1 Nervines Part 2: Herbal Allies for Nervous System Support and Nourishment
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

10/3 Garden Harvest and Roots
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

10/8 The Art and Science of Formulating
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

10/15 Class time reserved for any potential rescheduling of classes due to unforeseen circumstances.
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

10/22 Final Project Presentations and End of Program Celebration
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

 

Instructors: Blake Burger, Kimberly Beck, Farnosh Family, Monticue Connally, Cynthia Farris, Cat Pantaleo, Steve Sietos, Amberle Suski

 

Blake's passion for plants began at a young age gardening in Illinois and only grew stronger once he moved to Colorado in 2000 and began hiking in the wilderness areas of Colorado. There, he began to cultivate a great curiosity and appreciation for the diverse flora found along the hiking trails. In 2007, he left his career as a food scientist and worked as a seasonal gardener for Denver Botanic Gardens. After one year, he was hired full time as a horticulturalist. Throughout his years at the Gardens he has worked with tropical plants, native plants, vegetables and herbs. After receiving his Herbalist Certification here in Denver, Blake immediately began working with the vast array of medicinal plants growing in the Gardens. He founded the Denver Medicinal Plant Society in 2015, created and maintains several medicinal plant beds at the Gardens  York Street location, and has laid the foundation for the Gardens  first Herbalist Certificate Program. As a certified yoga instructor, Blake has led more than 1,000 yoga classes over six years and created a nationally recognized yoga program here at the Gardens. Blake believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellness: eat well, move your body, never stop learning, get outside and connect.

 

Kimberly is passionate about facilitating deep relationships between people, nature and animals. Kimberly holds a Masters degree in Counseling and a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Education and Plant Biology. Currently she is owner and operator of both The Canine Effect, her dog training business, and Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding. Kimberly has designed and led environmental and humane education programs at state parks, outdoor education centers and animal shelters throughout the country. She is a Master Naturalist, a Native Plant Master, and has participated in continuing education programs through Wilderness Awareness School, 8 Shields Institute, and The Tracking Project - training in cultural and natural awareness, animal tracking, plant studies, bird language, primitive skills, and community building.

 

Monticue is an African American plant healer, herbalist, music artist and certified reiki master. He is also the co-owner of Jiridon Apothecary, a pop-up herbal entity offering great teas and other natural products to aid in the healing of body, mind and spirit. He teaches classes and leads local herb walks. His enthusiasm and charismatic demeanor make him pure fun to learn from. Intuitive wisdom combined with a deep working knowledge of plants makes him a practitioner skilled in meeting people where they are.

 

Farnosh was a long time student and teacher of yoga before turning to the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda, for help in healing after the birth of her first child. What she learned in those transformational months led her to a life guided by the principles of Ayurveda for herself and her family. She has studied with many teachers of yoga, ayurveda, and sanskrit including Dr. Vasant Lad, Shiva Rea, Sonia Massoco, Maria Garre, Patricia Wickman, and Dr. Bharat Vaidya. She holds an MA in organic chemistry from UCLA and a BA in environmental chemistry from Columbia University.

 

Cat is a holistic practitioner and wellness educator with 19 years of professional experience assisting people to achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Utilizing her skills as a certified herbalist, nutritionist, nature and forest therapy guide, and practitioner of nonviolent communication, she skillfully incorporates a combination of wellness practices into her work with the intention of empowering people to co-create optimal wellness for themselves and their communities. Currently, her focus is facilitating resilience, restoration and deep nourishment for body, mind and spirit through optimal nutrition, plant medicine and nature immersion. She offers a variety of community classes, plant walks and nature connection experiences, and is pursuing a master s degree in ecopsychology in alignment with her commitment to bridge the perceived gap between humans and the natural world for the benefit of both.

 

Amberle is a Colorado native who has been working as a holistic healthcare practitioner in the Denver community for over seven years. She is trained and certified in community herbalism, permaculture design, reflexology, reiki and wellness coaching. Amberle aims to connect with people in need of support to enable them to mindfully, skillfully and confidently care for themselves, others and their environment. She believes that people flourish as they take ownership of their health and quality of life through tapping into education, intuition, empowerment, community, nature, spirit and sharing the highs and lows of life. She can be found farming, gardening, telling people way more than they wanted to know about plants and playing with plants in an unending variety of inspired ways! Her herbal products, integrative healing sessions, educational offerings and therapeutic gardening guidance and services are uniquely tailored by employing a variety of strategies such as bodywork, traditional spiritual healing, gems and essences, nature exploration, in-depth interactive research, DIY formulations, permaculture, regenerative growing, and plant-based foods and medicines.

 

 

Introduction to the Herbalism Certificate Program

A welcoming class that reviews what the program consists of, expectations for students, attendance, schedule and materials.

 

Price: $10, Public

Instructors: Blake Burger, Kimberly Beck, Monticue Connally, Farnosh Family, Cynthia Farris, Cat Pantaleo, Steve Sietos, Amberle Suski

Blake's passion for plants began at a young age gardening in Illinois and only grew stronger once he moved to Colorado in 2000 and began hiking in the wilderness areas of Colorado. There, he began to cultivate a great curiosity and appreciation for the diverse flora found along the hiking trails. In 2007, he left his career as a food scientist and worked as a seasonal gardener for Denver Botanic Gardens. After one year, he was hired full time as a horticulturalist. Throughout his years at the Gardens he has worked with tropical plants, native plants, vegetables and herbs. After receiving his Herbalist Certification here in Denver, Blake immediately began working with the vast array of medicinal plants growing in the Gardens. He founded the Denver Medicinal Plant Society in 2015, created and maintains several medicinal plant beds at the Gardens  York Street location, and has laid the foundation for the Gardens  first Herbalist Certificate Program. As a certified yoga instructor, Blake has led more than 1,000 yoga classes over six years and created a nationally recognized yoga program here at the Gardens. Blake believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellness: eat well, move your body, never stop learning, get outside and connect.

Kimberly is passionate about facilitating deep relationships between people, nature and animals. Kimberly holds a Masters degree in Counseling and a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Education and Plant Biology. Currently she is owner and operator of both The Canine Effect, her dog training business, and Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding. Kimberly has designed and led environmental and humane education programs at state parks, outdoor education centers and animal shelters throughout the country. She is a Master Naturalist, a Native Plant Master, and has participated in continuing education programs through Wilderness Awareness School, 8 Shields Institute, and The Tracking Project - training in cultural and natural awareness, animal tracking, plant studies, bird language, primitive skills, and community building.

Monticue is an African American plant healer, herbalist, music artist and certified reiki master. He is also the co-owner of Jiridon Apothecary, a pop-up herbal entity offering great teas and other natural products to aid in the healing of body, mind and spirit. He teaches classes and leads local herb walks. His enthusiasm and charismatic demeanor make him pure fun to learn from. Intuitive wisdom combined with a deep working knowledge of plants makes him a practitioner skilled in meeting people where they are.

Farnosh was a long time student and teacher of yoga before turning to the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda, for help in healing after the birth of her first child. What she learned in those transformational months led her to a life guided by the principles of Ayurveda for herself and her family. She has studied with many teachers of yoga, ayurveda, and sanskrit including Dr. Vasant Lad, Shiva Rea, Sonia Massoco, Maria Garre, Patricia Wickman, and Dr. Bharat Vaidya. She holds an MA in organic chemistry from UCLA and a BA in environmental chemistry from Columbia University.

Cat is a holistic practitioner and wellness educator with 19 years of professional experience assisting people to achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Utilizing her skills as a certified herbalist, nutritionist, nature and forest therapy guide, and practitioner of nonviolent communication, she skillfully incorporates a combination of wellness practices into her work with the intention of empowering people to co-create optimal wellness for themselves and their communities. Currently, her focus is facilitating resilience, restoration and deep nourishment for body, mind and spirit through optimal nutrition, plant medicine and nature immersion. She offers a variety of community classes, plant walks and nature connection experiences, and is pursuing a master s degree in ecopsychology in alignment with her commitment to bridge the perceived gap between humans and the natural world for the benefit of both.

Amberle is a Colorado native who has been working as a holistic healthcare practitioner in the Denver community for over seven years. She is trained and certified in community herbalism, permaculture design, reflexology, reiki and wellness coaching. Amberle aims to connect with people in need of support to enable them to mindfully, skillfully and confidently care for themselves, others and their environment. She believes that people flourish as they take ownership of their health and quality of life through tapping into education, intuition, empowerment, community, nature, spirit and sharing the highs and lows of life. She can be found farming, gardening, telling people way more than they wanted to know about plants and playing with plants in an unending variety of inspired ways! Her herbal products, integrative healing sessions, educational offerings and therapeutic gardening guidance and services are uniquely tailored by employing a variety of strategies such as bodywork, traditional spiritual healing, gems and essences, nature exploration, in-depth interactive research, DIY formulations, permaculture, regenerative growing, and plant-based foods and medicines.

 

 

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