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
Step into the gardens of Avena Botanicals and enjoy a delightful tour led by herbalist Deb Soule, who will speak about a variety of medicinal and pollinator plants.
On these Wednesdays through the summer (3 pm - 4 pm):
While no RSVP is necessary, we do charge $7 in admission (per person over the age of 12) to help support our educational garden programming. Children ages 3-12 are $5, and under 3 are free. You're welcome to bring cash or pre-pay using PayPal below. If pre-paying, please bring your PayPal receipt to use as your admission ticket.
Our retail herbal remedy shop is open every Monday through Friday from 12 – 5 PM and will be open during each garden walk. Before or after your tour of our gardens, we welcome you to visit our shop and try our testers for herbal tinctures, cremes, salves, oils, elixirs, and glycerites. We also sell several wonderful tea blends.
Children are invited to come explore the mystery and magic of the garden with a guided tour by gardener and youth educator Stephanie Cesario. This fun and family-friendly event will teach children about medicinal herbs that they can grow at home and plants that delight our pollinator friends. Each event has a slightly different theme, described below.
On these Tuesdays through the summer (3 pm - 4 pm):
While no RSVP is necessary, we do charge a small admission fee for each walk to help support our educational garden programming ($13 per one child and parent/caregiver, $5 for each additional child age 3-12, and $7 for each additional person over age 12; children under 3 are free). You're welcome to bring cash or pre-pay using PayPal below. If pre-paying, please bring your PayPal receipt to use as your admission ticket.
Monthly New Moon Meditation
Starting in January 2020
Led by Sara Vesta and Deb Soule
Drop-ins welcome, no RSVP required
This meditation series will be held monthly at 8:00-8:30 AM in our Healing Room or outside (depending on weather). Each time we meet, we will lead a 20-minute silent meditation followed by a brief optional sharing of intentions for the month ahead. We will incorporate at least one plant ally (flower essence, tincture, etc.) into each meditation session. Bring your own meditation cushion.
Friday, January 24
Monday, February 24
Tuesday, March 24
Thursday, April 23
Friday, May 22
Monday, June 22
Monday, July 20
Wednesday, August 19
Thursday, September 17
Friday, October 16
Monday, November 16
Monday, December 14
Land Reparations: A Community Conversation
April 4 (9:30AM - 4PM)
Led by Doug DeCandia
No RSVP required
Herb Gardens for Youth: Designing and Maintaining Your Children's Wellness Garden
Series of 3 Workshops ~ June 26, July 24, & August 28 (1 - 4PM)
Led by gardener and youth educator Stephanie Cesario
For adults and youth. Adults welcome to come on their own. Fee for adults for the series: $180. For youth: $60 (ages 7 - 12).
Healing Body, Mind & Spirit with Herbs & Meditation
Join Deb Soule and guest teachers for one Saturday a month, April through September
Dates, course fee, and more details will be announced in early 2020.
Living in Connection with the Healing Plants
July 18 (9:30AM - 4PM)
Led by herbalists Deb Soule and Mischa Schuler
Class fee per person: $95.
A day of consciously creating relationships with the healing plants who call out to you in Avena's garden. Meditation, plant journeying & contemplative herb walks for deepening our sacred connections with plants.
Common Ground Country Fair
September 2020, Unity, Maine
New England Women's Herbal Conference
Each year, the New England Women’s Herbal Conference has brought together women, herbalists, healers, and plant lovers to share their wisdom of the herbs and natural healing. Though the emphasis at the Women’s Herbal Conference is on women’s health, healing, and well being, the WHC is far more than an educational event. It is a joyful celebration of women spirit and women’s wisdom, as well as a special time of honoring the Earth and her plant rich being. All women are welcome! Come with an open heart, a willingness to share, learn, and celebrate together.
"All women are welcome! YOU are joyfully and heartfully invited to this intergenerational, intercultural circle in celebration of the plants. The NEWHC is dedicated to creating a conference that welcomes and affirms all people who identify as women. We ask that you come with an open heart, recognizing that while we are all one, we are not all the same. Like flowers in a colorful bouquet, we represent the many blossoms in a garden, each beautiful and unique."
Avena Botanicals will be at on-site with products for sale at special Conference prices.
To obtain pricing information or register for an Herbal Classroom class held at Avena Botanicals, please call 207-370-4775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, phone number, and email address.
Unless otherwise specified, all classes and herb walks will be held at:
Avena Botanicals' Gardens
219 Mill Street
Rockport, Maine 04856
For courses taken with The Herbal Classroom, we request notice in writing for cancellation as far in advance as possible to allow us to offer your space to another student. Read more about our refund policy.