Please join me for a day or a weekend filled with green blessings. Our meandering path will be guided by the needs and desires of the participants – you. Where will we go? What will we find? We will breathe in a give-away dance with the plants. We will bring our hearts to resonance with the heartbeat of the Earth.
We will share a Talking Stick Ceremony (both days). We will talk about the plants around us. We will identify, pick, eat, perhaps even make medicine and magic with the plants that call out to us. We will sing and tell stories of the many ways that green blessings find their ways into our lives. Please join me for a challenging adventure.
Register for one day ($175) or the whole weekend ($300).
PRACTICAL HERBALISM combines herbal pioneer and superstar, Rosemary Gladstar’s, joyful heart centered Science and Art of Herbalism Correspondence course of study and material with Nurse/Herbalist Bonnie Kavanagh’s 35 years of herbal and medical experience both as practitioner and teacher. All participants will receive Rosemary’s highly esteemed course valued $375. If you already own the course we will happily deduct the course cost from the cost of our program. (Rosemary Gladstar is a pioneer in the herbal movement and has been called the 'godmother of American Herbalism'. She is the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies, the oldest running herb school in the United States, author of The Science and Art of Herbalism home study course, and is the organizer of the International Herb Symposium and The New England Women's Herbal Conference held annually in NE. Rosemary is also the author of numerous herb books.)
This program promises to be a unique blend of extensive information and practical plant based experience in the garden. Bonnie brings a rare combination of allopathic and complementary tradition to her work as a practicing herbalist/teacher. Class participants will plant, tend,harvest and process fresh herbs from their own “Apprentice Garden” here at Seven Arrows. Judy Marcellot, of Seven Arrows, will join in as guest facilitator for special horticultural related experiential activities, sharing skills she has learned as a plants woman, an aromatherapist and a “spiritual being having a physical experience.” “Plants help remind us of our interconnectedness to all creation. Herbalists need to regularly get their hands in the soil. Outdoors, the garden, planting, growing are important parts of this program in my humble opinion. I am really excited to share what I’ve learned these last 36 years at Seven Arrows,” says Judy.
Practical Herbalism is much more than a traditional Herbal Apprenticeship course. Seven Arrows, which serves as the “campus” for this program is the not so silent teacher/partner in the program. It is our hope that participants will experience the peace, joy, and the overall “unseen” uniqueness of this place experienced over the years by tens of thousands of visitors, including international renowned herbal teachers and plants people.
Course Instructor Bonnie Kavanagh has worked in both the allopathic and complementary healthcare fields for over 36 years, both as a registered nurse and a community herbalist. She is one of the founding members of the Ocean State Herbal Association and past board member of the Northeast Herbal Association. She has been a regular presenter at the renowned International Herbal Symposium held biennially at Wheaton College. She is also a current executive board member of the Hope Street Farmers Market in Providence, RI. In addition Bonnie brings many years of experience as a plants woman to her classes and programs. She is currently the Community Herbalist at Seven Arrows Farm.
Enrollment Process: A pre-enrollment interview is required prior to the start of the program. This is only to ensure that the participant and the program are a good match for one another. Interviews can be arranged in person here at Seven Arrows or by Skype.
Program Dates: Sundays, March 26, April 9, May 28, June 25, July 30, August 20, September 24, October 29, November 19 , December 17, 2017
Program Time: 10am-4pm
Program Tuition: $1,600. Cost of the program includes all materials including copies of Rosemary Gladstar’s Art and Science of Herbal Medicine and packets of dried herbs needed for homework lessons.
A deposit of $250 must be received by the first week in March. Credit cards accepted. Payment plans may be arranged on an individual basis. Call to register and arrange payment. (508)399-7860
A vegan culinary class everyone can enjoy! Learn how to make specialized raw vegan cheese using nuts and grains. Whether you’re avoiding animal products, focusing on digestive health or want to upgrade your health and longevity routine, this cheese making system will impress herbivore and omnivore alike. Additional cheese flavors will be available for purchase.
Date: Saturday February 25. 1pm-3pm
Instructor Sam Bonanno says: "Several years ago I was working in a raw, vegan restaurant when I was called to develop a streamlined system for creating a delicious and versatile vegan cheese using only nuts, grains and the magic of fermentation.
I am so pleased for the opportunity to teach my system for Vegan Cheese Making at Seven Arrows Farm in just a few weeks. These herbaceous flavors and complimentary blends were a staple in our little conscious community in the North End of Boston and I hope the same will become true for the awakened communities that 7A's has been a part of for the last 30-something years."
Click here to go to Facebook Event Page.
People spend time in a garden for a lot of different reasons, I think. I mostly garden for peace, serenity and connection. I'm happy when people visit the gardens we have created over the years that continue to change and grow as long as we do, I suspect. I'm happy when folks hold weddings and fundraisers and photo sessions here. Last year two animal rescue groups - our favorite rescue group - Paws New England, and Angelcat Haven in Plainville, have held a fabulous psychic fair and a Cinco de Meow (cracks me up!) chili contest respectively. Last summer a group of folks who had lost their spouses held a support meeting in the tea garden at dusk.
How lucky am I to meet these kind of human beings?!
P.S.: Let us know if you'd like to book our place for your event, if you have a group that needs a peaceful space get in touch with us.
This is Seven Arrows’ 38th year as a public garden/nursery. There have been wonderful years when everything flowed perfectly – great weather, just the right amount of rain, not too cold, not too hot. There have been other years when we had a hard time getting going in the morning because nothing flowed even remotely acceptably. But through all the years there has always been something to look at and say, “You know, this is hard, but I can’t imagine doing anything else. “ Sometimes I say to Miche, “I don’t want to do this anymore.” I imagine living in a little cabin with my husband and my animals, working out in the garden until it’s too dark to do so. But then the phone rings and it’s someone with a question about plants or maybe someone just calling to ask where he can get ducks because his dog just killed a neighbor’s duck and he’s feeling really, really bad. Or I walk by the goats and Stimpy the Rude calls out, “hey human give me something to eat,” even though humans have been giving him snacks all day l" Yep, I think I'll continue doing this a few more years!