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

2017 Herb Garden Walks

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.

Held on the following Wednesdays in 2017 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm:

June 14, 28
July 12, 19
August 16

Sunday May 14 - Mother's Day Plant Sale & Herb Walk
Our annual plant sale will be held from Noon to 3 pm - bring your family and stay for the tour of our lovely medicinal herb gardens held from 1:30 - 2:30 pm, led by herbalist Deb Soule.

Monday, August 7 Full Moon Fairy Garden Walk
An enchanting family event - enjoy a tour of our herb gardens guided by herbalist Deb Soule on this day of the full moon. Children are encouraged to come in costume as their favorite fairy or pollinator! Time TBA.

No advance registration is required for these garden walks or our Mother's Day Plant Sale – Just come and enjoy! Suggested Donation: $5

Our retail herbal remedy shop will be open every Monday through Friday from 12 – 5 PM. 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.

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 ~ 9:30am to 4pm ~ $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. This class is currently full. To be added to the waiting list, please email info@herbalclassroom.org.

Biodynamic Training Program
Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2017, May 24 - 27, 2018, July 5 - 8, 2018, Sept 27 - 30, 2018
Starting at 4pm on Thursdays, ending at 1pm on Sundays with lunch
$1900-2600 (Sliding scale, payment plans available)
Taught by Herbalist Deb Soule and Guest Speakers

This exciting hands-on training program will meet 4 times over the year from 2017-2018. 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. Guests will include Thea Maria Carlson, Laura Riccardi Lyvers, Gunther Hauk, Sherry Wildfeuer, Claudia Ford, Bruno Follador, and more. Tuition includes nine organic, biodynamic meals per session, campsite with bathroom access, & supplies. Non-refundable deposit to register is $150. Send your deposit check made out to The Herbal Classroom to The Herbal Classroom at Avena Botanicals, 219 Mill Street, Rockport, ME 04856. Full payment or payment plan contract is due by Sept. 1, 2017. Note that this special program will most likely only be offered in this format once and space is very limited - early registration is encouraged. Keep checking our website for more detailed information about this course.

Herbal Retreat for Women
July 21 - 23, 2017 ~ $325
Opening circle starts Friday at 2pm, ending at 2:30pm on Sunday
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. Send your deposit check made out to The Herbal Classroom to The Herbal Classroom at Avena Botanicals, 219 Mill Street, Rockport, ME 04856.

2017 Talks

Making Beneficial Herbal Teas
August 30, 1-4pm
Join herbalist Deb Soule at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for a workshop on making herbal teas for optimal health and wellness


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