Details coming soon for guest herbalist:
Tammi Sweet - April 4 & 5, 2020

Fall Classes 2019


Addressing Major Mental Health Issues with Western Herbalism, Chinese Medicine and First Nation Approaches

Dates: October 19 & 20, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Chris Marano, Master Herbalist
Fee: $250 (non-refundable)
Location: 168 Lincoln Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

Anti-depressant usage among Americans has increased over four hundred per cent in recent years. With so many people using psychotropic medications, it is imperative for herbalists and others to have an understanding of major mind/body disorders including ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep issues and various forms of depression and anxiety.

Herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle suggestions gleaned from time-tested wisdom and healing traditions are broad-reaching and deep in their medicine. They address all aspects of our being, helping people to not only navigate their lives and manage their issues better, but also to get to the root of issues for deeper healing. Among these traditions, Chris will discuss the Chinese Five Element Theory, Buddhist psychology, Western neurobiology - the Autonomic Nervous System and the Vagus nerve, the Endocannabinoid System, and the First Nation Trauma model.

There will be a focus on well-known and lesser utilized herbs and mushrooms, including adaptogenic herbs to reduce stress, nutritive tonic herbs to enhance vitality, nervines (restoratives, relaxants and stimulants) and entheogens – master plants that inspire spiritual experiences. Chris will also include aromatherapy and flower essences. There will be information on weaning off problematic drug protocols. Among the herbs that will be discussed in depth are motherwort, blue vervain, bee balm, St. Johnswort, white peony, agrimony.

Chris Marano, RH, MA, BS, is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and is the founder of Clearpath Herbals with over thirty years’ experience as a teacher of Buddhist and Taoist meditation, psychology and philosophy. He holds bachelors and master’s degrees in pre-medicine, Chinese philosophy-spirituality and science education from Columbia University., a graduate herbal degree from the Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanic Medicine, Chinese Buddhist and Taoist training from the Chan Center of NYC, Cherokee and Anishnabe medicine training from First Nation elders and teachers.


Winter Classes 2020

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Palmistry as a tool of diagnostics and character analysis

Dates: January 2020, Saturday 11, 18, 25
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Linda Patterson, M.A., Clinical Herbalist, Palmistry Instructor
Fee: $200 plus $25 materials fee (non-refundable)
Location: 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 02476

Come explore the ancient art of palmistry. Learn how to unlock the secrets and mysteries held within each of our hands. Be pleasantly surprised by the information available through this simple yet reliable tool that has been used for thousands of years. There is no prior experience necessary. Palmistry is a wonderful tool to track changes in people’s lives and, as herbalists, to assess the physical, emotional and spiritual health of our clients. The course will include information on hand shapes and their meaning, all major and minor lines, how to read between the lines, mounds, fingers, printing palms and its importance in tracking changes, common oddities, and how to do a reading.

This is a science, there is no psychic or intuitive ability used or needed. This course offers all the necessary information to interpret the meanings of the hands, palms and lines. Certification is awarded upon completion.

The information covered includes:

  • The rules

  • Comparing past to present

  • Hand shapes and their meanings

  • Printing palms and it’s importance

  • Fingers

  • Mounds

  • Flexibility

  • Spaces

  • Lines

  • How to read between the lines

  • Common oddities

  • The Do’s and Don’t’s

  • Putting a reading together

  • What to expect

  • Commonly asked questions

Since palms can change every six months it’s important to print those close to us, enabling us to track the changes in their lives. There is no greater gift than having the outline of those we love who have passed on, or the prints of our children that change so quickly.

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Goat’s Milk Soap Workshop

Date: January 26, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Linda Patterson, M.A., Clinical Herbalist, Palmistry Instructor
Fee: $35 plus $10 fee for materials, non-refundable
Location: 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 02476

Goat’s milk soap making workshop provides participants with all the information to successfully make homemade soaps safely.
Information covered:
*Essential oils
*Trouble shooting

Every class has a demonstration and all participants receive a sample of soap made in class to take home and enjoy.

Spring Classes - 2020

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Embodied Materia Medica

Dates: May 16 & 17, 2020
Time: Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Caroline Gagnon, Co-director of FloraMedicina School of Herbal Studies in Montreal, Canada
Fee: $275.00 non-refundable
Location: 168 Lincoln Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

This weekend class will transform the way you learn about herbs. We will expand the scope of use of Bacopa, Gotu kola, Plantain, Self-heal, Astragalus, Hawthorn and many other herbal superstars. As you deepen your understanding of their potential through your own body, I will share my discoveries and experiance using them in my practice of 27 years.

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