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

2016 Common Ground Country Fair

September 23, 24, & 25th in Unity, Maine - More info

Come see our booth in the Herb Tent!

Herbalist Deb Soule will also be offering the following talks:

Herbal Adaptogens
Herbal adaptogens are said to improve the body’s resilience and ability to maintain balance and homeostasis. Learn about some adaptogenic herbs that can be grown in New England and used as teas and tinctures or in medicinal soups.

Friday, Sept. 23, 12 - 1 PM in the Herb Tent
Sunday, Sept. 25, 12 - 1 PM in the Herb Tent

Herbs for Fall and Winter Wellness
Herbal teas, syrups, soups and steams are allies to incorporate into our fall and winter rhythm. Herbs for supporting respiratory and immune health and restoring overall energy and spirit will be discussed.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 12 - 1 PM in the Herb Tent

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 $50.

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