Classes & Events

We live in a bountiful and beautiful environment near the coast of Maine. Nature's abundance calls us to reconnect with all of our senses and to develop our skills as gardeners and healers.  

The Herbal Classroom, located on Avena's 3-acre certified organic and biodynamic, invites you to renew your relationship with nature's rhythms and wisdom. Come celebrate and deepen your connection to the green plants and to your inner spiritual resources by attending one or more of our classes and herb walks.

2014 Medicinal Herb Garden Walks with Deb Soule    deb

May 11th, 2014 17th Annual Mother's Day Plant Sale, Sunday 12-3pm

~Herb walk with Deb 1:30-2:30pm

June 11th, 2014 Wednesday, 3:30-4:30pm

June 25th, 2014 Wednesday, 3:30-4:30pm

July 9th, 2014 Wednesday, 3:30-4:30pm

July 23rd, 2014 Wednesday, 3:30-4:30pm

August 6th, 2014 Wednesday, 3:30-4:30pm

August 12th, 2014 Tuesday, 3:30-4:30pm


Our Living Earth, Living Soul Series: An Ongoing Lecture Series at Avena Botanicals

Sept 27, 2014 Saturday, 10:00-11:30am: Transformation - Herbs to Help Process Emotional States with Jacqueline Calder

Pre-registration encouraged but not required 207.594.0694

Suggested Donation: $10 

Stay tuned for a full listing of upcoming classes!


Other Events 

November 6th, 2014, Thursday, 10am
Planting and Preparing Medicine from Plants
A talk with Deb Soule at the Warren Field and Garden Club in Warren, Maine. This talk is part of a larger event they are hosting with the Historical Society.


2014 Classes


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 The Art of Healing with Herbs

Celebrating Women's Wisdom and our Connection to the Plant World

 With Deb Soule and Jillian Kelsey-Rose

A women's herbal class set in the beautiful, three-acre biodynamic gardens of Avena Botanicals.  This four-day class includes a strong emphasis on eating and preparing medicine at home: exploring the roots of traditional herbal knowledge and integrating herbs into our daily lives. We will talk about and work with the spiritual aspects of plants as well as their medicinal actions.

This class offers a foundation for working with plant medicine in your daily life and for supporting common health conditions. We will include an introduction to growing, collecting and using medicinal herbs, medicine-making, flower essences, plant meditations and walking meditations. Students will be introduced to preparing and using fresh plant tinctures, glycerites, oils, salves, poultices, foot baths and facial steams for various conditions. Our aim is to provide direct, experiential teaching in the garden and to inspire and deepen womens connection with the plants and our inner wisdom. Students will take home the remedies we make together.

Save the dates:  August 13th-17th

Begins at 2:00 on Wednesday, we wrap up about 2:00 on Sunday

*Camping available on site at no added cost, and we have a few indoor camping spaces available

*Vegetarian meals will be provided by our wonderful local food chef

Cost:  $750         Payment plans available, please register soon.

Contact: Avena Botanicals to register with payment

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Postponed Classes


                                Healing, Balancing, Evolving

An exploration of the ways in which meditation, discussion and our herbal allies can help us to release the past, nourish the future and embrace ourselves in the present

With Jillian Kelsey-Rose

Set in the nurturing space of the Healing Center at Avena Botanicals, this class will be held on Tuesday nights for nine consecutive weeks. The intention of the class is to hold space for a guided circle of people to come together to explore their own energetic anatomy and pathophysiology through the seven major chakras.

We are all strong, beautiful, loving and powerful. Most of us, however, allow past experiences and fears to drain some or much of our energy into negative patterns and beliefs. Each of us experiences energy drains in different aspects of our lives, which dictates where our body is vulnerable to disease. In the words of Caroline Myss, "our biography becomes our biology." Through identifying negative patterns or wounds and redirecting our energy, we can focus on healing the root of an illness and work to prevent future illness. Through working with our chakras, we will uncover where and why we are holding negative patterns, and we will focus on balancing and healing our patterns through releasing the imprints of past trauma and fear. We will work to understand the deeper meaning of events that have caused these patterns and will allow them to help us evolve and open into a clearer picture of ourselves.

We will be introduced to new plant allies, learn more about already established allies, and explore ways to bring their healing gifts into our lives with emphasis on their relationships with our chakras.

This class has been postponed until later in 2014. Check back for new dates!

Time:To be determined

Cost:  $200         

Contact: Avena Botanicals to register with payment

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Medicine Plants & The Healing Process

Deepening our Knowledge and Connection to the Plant World

With Deb Soule and Jillian Kelsey-Rose

A woman's intermediate herbal course set in the beautiful three-acre biodynamic medicinal herb gardens of Avena Botanicals on the midcoast of Maine. This three weekend class is aimed for women with a basic understanding of medicinal herbs and aims to expand and ground your knowledge and confidence in working with them. As a running theme, we will explore the meaning behind healing and medicine, along with its many forms. We will work deeply with the elements and constitutions, the body systems and organs, the five flavors, clinical actions and indications of plants and how to apply this knowledge by looking together at case studies.

Our teaching includes a strong emphasis on working with plant spirits, the energetics of medicinal plants and meditation. We will discuss the differences in usage of fresh plant tinctures, glycerites, oils, salves, poultices, capsules, foot baths and facial steams for various conditions. Our aim is to provide direct, experiential teaching in the garden and to inspire and deepen womens connection with the plants and our own inner wisdom.

This class has been postponed until next year. Check back for new dates!




Jillian Kelsey-Rose

Jillian Kelsey-Rose is an herbalist and teacher who is also serving as General Manager of Avena Botanicals. Jillian's daily role involves supporting and ensuring the rhythms, communication and wellness of all parts of Avena Botanicals. She also maintains an herbal practice, offering herbal consultations and teaching a variety of herbal classes. With a background of Naturopathic study in Australia and a passion for traditional European herbalism, Jillian's practice combines tools that serve to help her understand and work with both the energetic and physical aspects of wellness and disease.