Herbal Classes & Herb Walks

The Herbal Classroom at Avena Botanicals' Gardens in Rockport, Maine

The Herbal Classroom is a non-profit, 501c(3), educational center situated on the same property as Avena Botanicals. The Herbal Classroom offers classes in herbal medicine, Ayurveda, and biodynamic and organic herb gardening. Indoor and outdoor classes occur in our beautiful garden and newly built octagon-shaped classroom with a mission to encourage students to use their hearts, hands and minds to engage in learning the healing ways of plants. Read more

ReDesigning Culture: Case Studies Near & Far

October 28, 2016 - 8:30am to 5:00pm - Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Maine - More info

Sharing stories of hope, with a focus on local, national and international efforts toward developing peaceful, just, ethical and sustainable communities.

Keynote Speakers:

Ralph White - co-founder of the New York Open Center, America’s leading urban institution of holistic learning where his current role is Creative Director. The Open Center receives almost 60,000 visits annually from participants in its year round programs and has presented the major writers and speakers in the fields of wellness, social/ecological change, inner development, world spiritual traditions, art and creativity for over twenty seven years.

Joline Blais - Associate Professor of New Media at UMaine, co-director of Still Water, and cofounder of LongGreenHouse, her publications and creative work explore the overlap of digital culture, indigenous culture and permaculture. This cross-cultural braid suggests tribal and networked alternatives to conventional sociopolitical and cultural structures, and cocreates models of deep sustainability.

Deb Soule & Tom Griffin - Deb Soule is an herbalist, gardener, teacher and author of The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs and How to Move Like a Gardener. Raised in a small town in western Maine, Deb’s faith in the healing qualities of plants includes a desire to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas.

Tom Griffin is a scientist turned farmer; since 2002 he has run Hope’s Edge Farm on land formerly occupied by the Morse dairy farm, now owned by Holly Miller, using biodynamic principles.

Registration: Regular $35, Senior $25, Student $15. Lunch available for $5 or bring your own.

2017 Classes

Creating Your Home Apothecary and Biodynamic Medicine Gardens
April 8, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, 2017 ~ $695
Taught by Herbalist Deb Soule

This fun and special class will meet seven times, one day a month, April-October in 2017. We will be fully immersed in the garden through the changing seasons. Lots of garden walks and talks, plant identification, gathering and preparing different herbal medicines, introduction to biodynamic gardening, building compost, plant meditations and more. Gain skills and confidence to create and use your own apothecary and garden. Non-refundable deposit to register is $50.

Biodynamic Training Program
First Session: Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2017 ~ Later Sessions: Early May, Early July, Late Sept. 2018 (TBA) ~ Price TBA

This exciting hands-on training program will meet 4 times over the year in 2017. We will meet for 3 days with different guest teachers each session, sharing their biodynamic expertise and wisdom. During the winter months, a monthly teleconference call will occur with a teacher guiding a discussion on the study material students will be reading. Topics include: Biodynamic philosophy and the anthroposophical roots of biodynamics, making and using biodynamic preparations, building compost, soil health, medicinal herbs, water research, cows, honeybees, elemental beings, using the BD calendar, Goethe’s plant observation method, and more. Keep checking our website for more detailed information about this course - the course dates and price will be posted in October 2016. Non-refundable deposit to register is $100.

Herbal Retreat for Women
July 21 - 23, 2017 ~ $325
Taught by Deb Soule and Suzanna Stone (www.owlcrafthealingways.com)

Deepen your knowledge of the ancient art of herbal healing through plant meditations, garden walks and talks, flower medicines, and sharing sacred space with other women. Includes camping, six organic meals, and supplies. Non-refundable deposit to register is $50.


To obtain pricing information or register for a class, please call 207-370-4775 or email info@herbalclassroom.org.

Unless otherwise specified, all classes and herb walks will be held at:

Avena Botanicals' Gardens
219 Mill Street
Rockport, Maine 04856

Please note:
We require a non-refundable deposit for each class. We do offer refunds if the class is cancelled or fills up. Deposits are not required for tours or herb walks. If you need to cancel, please contact us and a refund (less the non-refundable deposit) will be given up until 7 calendar days before the class begins. A week's notice for cancellation allows us to offer your space to another student.

Partner Schools & Programs

Living Wisdom - The Foundations of Ayurveda ~ Taught by Anne McIntyre and Gina Mastroluca