Herbal Extractions • $40 • Register
Saturday, August 24th • 1pm-3pm
Join herblist and healing arts practitioner Ricky Bratz to learn all about making your own herbal extracts (also known as tinctures). In this hands-on medicine-making class participants will:
- Learn what an herbal extract/tincture is
- Experiment with different types of solvents (alcohol, vinegar, glycerin), understanding when to use them and why
- Make extracts with dry and fresh herbs, employing the different methods for working with both
- Learn some different procedures for making extracts – from more science-based, to more folk-based methods
The class will cover the Materia Medica (in-depth profiles) of all herbs used in the class. Participants will make a tincture using herbs and solvent of your choice to take home with you. You will also receive instructional handouts and recipes to take home.
$40 Class Fee includes instruction, herbs and other class materials, tincture to take home, recipes and handouts. Plus herbal tea to enjoy!
Intro to Homebrewing • $10 • Register
Saturday, September 7th • 11am-1pm
Local homebrewing expert Eric Ginsburg will lead this comprehensive class on how to brew quality beers at home. He will introduce participants to basic concepts in small-scale beer making, including equipment, ingredients, brewing procedures, and practical tips, in simple and understandable terms.
By the end of the class, attendees can expect to be able to produce a variety of beers at home using basic equipment and simple ingredients, and will be encouraged to explore more complex and sophisticated beer-making techniques and beer styles as they gain experience.
Future classes will be offered on more detailed aspects of brewing, such as the elements of beer styles, more sophisticated brewing techniques and equipment, different types and uses of malted grains and adjuncts, recipe formulation and troubleshooting, and North Carolina laws and regulations pertaining to home brewing. Look for them starting in the fall!
About the Instructor: Eric Ginsburg has been brewing beer at home for over 40 years and previously taught homebrewing in the Sustainability Department at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. Eric retired from his job as an environmental attorney and senior policy advisor with the Environmental Protection Agency’s air pollution programs, saying that he no longer had time to work. When not brewing beer, Eric divides his time between music making, instrument building and repair, riding his sidecar-equipped motorcycle, working on and traveling in his solar-equipped school bus along with his wife and 3 dogs, and joining with other Quakers in seeking peace, social, environmental, and economic justice for all.
Herbal Oils and Salves • $45 • Register
Saturday, September 14th • 1pm-3pm
Herbal Oils can be used as vital ingredients to make other herbal products, including salves, or can be used on their own for a skin moisturizing and healing delight. Join herbalist and healing arts practitioner Ricky Bratz for this hands-on medicine making class to craft an herbal oil and all-purpose healing salve.
Class will include discussions on:
- Why make an herbal oil?
- What can you do with an herbal oil?
- What is a salve, how to make one, and what to do with a salve
- Materia Medica (in depth profiles) on all herbs used in class
Participants will make an all-purpose healing salve with dried herbs (plantain, yarrow, comfrey, lavender) to take home. Take home-recipes included!
$45 class fee includes instruction, herbs and other class materials, salve to take home, recipes and handouts.
Orchid Care with Jeff Baldwin of The Orchid Gallery • $40 • Register
Wednesday, September 25th • 6pm-7pm
If you are captivated by orchids, but might be a little intimidated by the thought of caring for them, this is the class for you! You’ll learn about the growing habits of a number of different varieties, along with their different needs; how to repot an orchid; and how to identify and address potential problems with your plants. Jeff is a Durham native and has a BS from NC State University School of Forestry. For 25 years, he has been growing orchids commercially in Pittsboro with the Orchid Gallery, focusing on many of the popular orchids like Cattleyas, Oncidiums, Phalaenopsis, Lady’s Slippers, and his favorite, Vandas.
Class fee includes:
- 1 Hour of Instruction (Priceless)
- 1 Phalaenopsis Orchid in Bloom ($20 Value)
- 1 Bottle of Jack’s Bloom Booster Orchid Fertilizer ($12 Value)
Herbal Teas: Infusions and Decoctions • $35 • Register
Saturday, October 19th • 1pm-3pm
Tea is an art-form. A ritual. A self-care practice. A medicine. A traditional beverage. In this class, taught by herbalist and healing arts practitioner Ricky Bratz, participants will learn the art of herbal infusion and decoction, the best tools to use and have for tea-making, and some of the best herbs to have on hand at home (in the garden or in the cupboard) for personal tea making rituals. The class will include a review of Materia Medica (in depth profile) for all herbs used during class. Participants will create a dry tea blend of their own (max of 3 herbs) to take home and enjoy!
$35 class fee includes instruction, materials, and a dry tea blend to take home with you.
Making Elderberry Syrup • $40 • Register
Saturday, November 9th • 1pm-3pm
Elderberry syrup is both a delicious treat and an important medicine for boosting the immune system and preventing us from getting sick. Elderberry can also be used after we succumb to illness, as it has been shown to shorten the duration of a cold or flu by up to 3 days! Come learn more about this amazing native plant: why you should love Elderberry; how to grow it; its history and use; and most importantly, how to make elderberry syrup! Class includes an elderberry syrup making demo and recipes. We will also discuss other immune boosting herbs you can add to your syrup to give it your own twist.
Participants will go home with a 1oz bottle of elderberry syrup
About the Instructor: Ricky Bratz has been studying and working with herbs for over 10 years and is a graduate of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, One World Healing Arts Institute, and holds a BA from Goddard College in Health Arts & Sciences. Her practice Cazimi Healing offers virtual and in-person consults, workshops, and an online apothecary.