We invite you to study herbal medicine and traditional healing arts here at the Blessed Maine Herb Farm School of Herbal Medicine. Cross the threshold into THE BLESSING WAY OF THE WILD HEART and engage the spirit of the healing herbs with community herbalist, gardener, author and teacher, Gail Faith Edwards as your guide.
Plant medicines possess the unique property of regeneration. They are life supportive, deeply nourishing and enhance the health of our body, mind and spirit in significant ways. We have a natural affinity for plant medicines since we are made of the very same substances.
Plant medicine is spirit medicine. Plants carry a deep sense of place and the genius loci from which they come. Plant medicines possess an energetic, unmeasurable magical component as well. Prayers, incantations, songs, symbols and rituals all accompany this work.
Come learn how to support your health and that of your family with the same plants that have been used for many thousands of years and still grow all around us.
SUMMER 2018 CLASSES AT BLESSED MAINE HERB FARM
Summer 2018 WILD HEART HERBAL INTERNSHIP
with Gail Faith Edwards
May - October
BODY SYSTEMS AND MATERIA MEDICA
CULTIVATING /WILDGATHERING MEDICINAL HERBS
HERB PROCESSING - HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING
THE BLESSING WAY - PRAYER & CEREMONY
This is an intense herbal internship and will demand your time, attention, focus, physical strength and a passion for and dedication to herbal learning. You will need to be highly motivated, able to take direction and thrive with both academic as well as hands on learning.
You will commit to working in the herb gardens, drying room and production kitchen a minimum of two days per week, 5 hours per day. This class requires you to be at the Blessed Maine Herb Farm two days per week – for a total of 10 hours per week/40 hours per month. You will need to set aside additional time for personal reading and study. Access to the Body Systems Class will be made available.
Class fee is $1500 A payment plan is available. Please contact Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 21 – 23, 2018 - COMMUNITY HERBALIST RETREAT - This will be a relaxed and rejuvenating time spent among those who share a love of plants and all things healing. We'll spend time together in the gardens and in the wild, time at the lake, we’ll walk the medicine trail down to the stream, review and sharpen our medicine making skills, our plant identification skills, enjoy ceremony and deepen our sense of community support as we move forward as community herbalists.
Guest herbalist/teachers! Seven organic meals and camping included. Register for the Community Herbalist Retreat at the link provided below.
July 6 - 7 - RHYTHM IS THE CURE - ALESSANDRA BELLONI - Traditional Southern Italian rhythms and dance with Internationally respected Alessandra Belloni. See the link below for the full description of this fabulous opportunity to learn traditional Sud Italian healing rhythms and dance right here in Central Maine!
August 14, 15, 16 - BENEDICARIA RETREAT - This three day event is open only to graduates of the Benedicaria Training.
August 25 - SACRED SITES OF CENTRAL MAINE - We'll meet at the Blessed Maine Herb Farm and take a van all together as a group to visit Indian Rock, an amazing ancient Native American petroglyph site on the Kennebec River. Rosa will prepare and pack one of her elegant picnic lunches and serve it to us on the river. On the quarter mile trail from the road to the petroglyphs there are lots of woodland plants to see and identify. After our relaxing lunch and exploration of the petroglyphs, we'll walk back up to our van and drive a short distance to visit the South Solon Meeting House. The Meeting House is unlike any other space in America. It blends New England’s sober yet spiritual architectural simplicity with a blend of emotive period art, religious imagery and the uncommon medium of fresco within an interior that achieves an overarching sense of unity and wholeness. We'll learn a bit about its history and be mesmerized by the gorgeous frescos that adorn its walls. Fang's Shrine, another unique and amazing sacred treasure in our neighborhood, is just down the road from the Meeting House, and a guided tour of it will complete our day. We'll be driven back to the farm where you will be invited to enjoy a cup of hot tea and a slice of rose cake and may peruse the offerings our Herbal Apothecary, before getting back into your car and heading home. $150 for the day includes your mid-day meal, driver, guides, all transportation to the sites and your afternoon tea and dessert.
ONLINE CLASSES – New Class starts 2019
BENEDICARIA - The Blessing Way of Southern Italian Folk Medicine - a 15 week exploration of traditional folk medicine traditions in Southern Italia.
Year-long Herbal Medicine Correspondence Course - BODY SYSTEMS AND CORRESPONDING MATERIA MEDICA at the link below. This class is a prerequisite for Phase 2 of the 3 year Community Herbalist Program.
HERBAL PHARMACY - THE ART OF HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING - a 16 week on-line class. See link below. This class is a prerequisite for Phase 2 of our 3 year Community Herbalist Program.
See link to 3 YEAR COMMUNITY HERBALIST PROGRAM below.
SACRED TREES MEDICINE TREES See link below.
OUR LADY OF THE GREEN See link below.
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Athens, Maine 04912
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