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October 2019: Vervain's Educational Lineup!

Developing a meaningful relationship with plant medicine is a life-long practice. There is always more to learn from a new friend who can guide you to the next level. In turn, we teach others what we know. The Vervain Collective is committed to creating opportunities for our community to gather and expand our skillsets while deepening our connections with each other. Each month, we will offer ~20 hours of educational programming in the classroom space we share with Roots Zero Waste Market and we invite you to participate!

Our standard schedule creates plenty of opportunities!

While our course content will vary, we want to keep the schedule as consistent as possible. On Wednesday evenings, we open up the space for one-hour lecture format classes from 5:3 -6:30 pm. The 2nd Wednesday of the month will always be a Naturopathic Physician teaching about their area of focus and/or pet projects. Thursday evenings will be more in-depth with two-hour classes from 5:30-7:30 pm. The first Saturday of the month from 11 am-2 pm will be a family-friendly hands-on project. Starting in January, the third Saturday from 11 am-4 pm will be dedicated to “The Art & Science of Herbalism,” a certificate course created by Rosemary Gladstar and delivered with love by Vervain’s own doctor and staff.

Special events may be squeezed into other time slots, too! 

We have several open sessions for teachers to express themselves and would love to add more courses to our calendar! If you are interested in teaching, please view and fill out a form with us to get the conversation started!

We have so many amazing classes on the calendar for October & November!

Our current class schedule will be posted on our website and on the chalkboard outside the apothecary. You can register online or in the shop! Here’s what’s currently on the lineup for October and November:

-1st and 3rd Wednesdays: Intro to Qi Gong. Dr. Jackie Schrempp, NMD., L.Ac. will lead this movement meditation class on a regular basis. This is an amazing opportunity to join Dr. Schrempp as she teaches us the fundamentals of this ancient Chinese medicine modality; free intro classes until the new year! Register on our classes page to secure your spot in the Oct 16 class (space is limited and utilized to the fullest!)

-Wednesday, October 9 at 5:30 pm: CBD – What is it and how does it work? Dr. Sara Rodgers, N.D., C.Ac. $10 (half of the proceeds will go to the Idaho Chapter of the National Association of Naturopathic Physicians!) 

-Thursday, October 10 at 5:30 pm: Matcha 101 Ashley Townend with Wanna Matcha will teach the communiTEA about the amazing health benefits of matcha as well as how to make it at home. Bring your own mug for the matcha latte you’ll make yourself! $45 includes matcha latte ingredients and a matcha whisk for your very own.This class will be offered monthly. Upcoming sessions include November 7, December 12, January 9 . . . and more!

-Sunday, October 13 at 2:30: Fire Cider Making WorkshopTaught by Wild Ginger’s Erika Knipe. Learn to make this powerful immunity booster and take home a jar of your own! Ingredients and jars included in price. Bring your own cutting board and knife! Proceeds after costs go to the Free Fire Cider Legal Fund (

-Thursday, November 7 at 5:30 pm: Matcha 101

-Thursday, November 14 at 5:30: Cycle Support – Plants & Practical Magic for Healing Menstruation. Samantha Zipporah's 3-part course is for anyone with a womb who wants to heal their hormones & their experience of having a menstrual cycle. Each circle will open with the opportunity to engage intimately with a plant ally through taste, touch, smell, & meditation. After this intentional time of experiential relating without objectifying, Sam will engage the group intellectually by speaking about the plant’s constituents biochemically, its ethnography, folklore, role in an ecosystem, & more.$44 for all three sessions, which is highly encouraged!$18 per individual session.The second session is December 19 and the third session is January 16.

-Wednesday, November 20 at 5:30: iOne Bitters Making & Tasting Melisa Nodzu and Briana Beford from iOne Bitters will talk about the history of bitters, how they came to be used, the ingredients included in the original recipes, and what they do for the body. They will provide a wide variety of dried fruit, herbs, flowers, and barks with information about the benefits of each and let people design their own special bitters for themselves$30 per person, including material.

-Starting in January: Rosemary Gladstar’s course, The Science & Art of Herbalism.

In this 10-session course, you will learn all of the basics of herbalism from hands-on preparation and medicine making to plant identification and hundreds of herbal recipes for health and healing. Herbalism is for everyone interested in self-health, well being, and healing and is easy for everyone to learn. This course content will be taught by Vervain’s own Dr. Nicole Pierce, N.M.D., and Vervain shop stewards and makers Erika Knipe and Linsday Kolpitcke. 

Space and materials are limited; secure your spot and come learn with us! 

$750 for the full course (10 sessions + materials), or 4 payments of $225.$100 per individual class drop-in (includes materials for that class).Taught every 3rd Saturday from 11am-4pm.

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