1-on-1 Mentoring

Get personalized botanical education in this flexible program of learning w/ herbalist & scientist Anna Marija Helt, PhD

In person or long distance (Skype)

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Some Topics

Medicine making – Tinctures, percolations, infusions, decoctions, compound extractions, infused oils, creams, cordials, pastilles, hydrosols, crafts

Essential Oils

Local medicinal plants & mushrooms – identification, wildcrafting

Materia Medica – Plants, mushrooms &/or essential oils

Constitutional approach to body systems

Herbal energetics

Folklore

Case studies for advanced students

Review of botanical research science

Tongue & pulse diagnosis

Something else that interests you? Let me know!

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Students have gone on to practicing and offering a free herbal clinic for the underserved; creating and marketing hand-crafted herbal products; incorporating botanicals into their current professional practice; and, simply and effectively using botanicals for themselves, friends and family.

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Sliding scale rate of $45-70 per hour, depending on your ability to pay. Sessions are 1-2 hours long, from twice a week to once a month.  There will be homework.   For more information or to get started, please click “contact” or call 970.779.3111.

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Class mailing list

If you’d like to be notified about upcoming classes,  contact me and I’ll put you on my list.

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Botanicals for Dreaming

Remedios Varo “Creation of the Birds”

Want better dream recall or more vivid dreams?  Want to delve more into your subconscious?  Having nightmares?  Come learn some great dreamtime plants and essential oils and how to use them…

Wed. 15 Nov. 630-730 in Durango. Suggested donation $15 – Click on “Contact” to sign up!

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Local Medicinal Mushrooms

The mountains around Durango are a veritable fungal pharmacy.  It’s late in the season for mushroom foragaing but it’s not too late to learn  what tradition and science have to say about our medicinal species. Some are also delicious edibles! In this 2 hour intensive, you’ll learn about & get to taste: Boletes, Artist’s Conk, Chanterelles, Morels, Red Belted Conk, Hawkswing, Coral Mushroom, Wild Button Mushrooms, False Tinder Polypore, Turkey Tails, Puffballs and even Fly Agaric.
Wednesday November 8th,6-8pm in Durango. Suggested donation $35 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited. Please click on “Contact” or call/text 970-779-3111 to reserve a spot and for directions.

Taught by Herbalist, Microbiologist & mushroom geek, Anna Marija Helt, PhD

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Durango School of Herbal Studies

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Local Medicinal Plants – Gumweed

When: Wed April 26, 6-7
Where: Durango
Registration: RSVP (call 970-779-3111 or click “contact”. Suggested donation of $15

Connect with your local medicinal plants!  Next is Gumweed. Despite it’s name, it’s not actually a week but can be common enough as to seem like one.  The can be found growing  right in town! My last batch was harvested from next to my friend’s driveway, where it was a “volunteer” plant in her yard. Come learn identification, medicine making, uses, folklore.

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Herbal Medicine Making Intensive

Learn how to harvest plants & make your own herbal medicines!

When: Saturday & Sunday May 20 & 21  10am-200pm
Where: Durango, 2 miles from downtown
Fee: $150 for 2 days. Bring a friend & you both get $10 off.  To RSVP or for more information, please call 970.779.3111 or contact me.

Topics/Activities:

  • Processing roots, seeds, flowers & leaves
  • Tincturing – folk & scientific methods, fresh & dry plants
  • Glycerites
  • Acetums
  • Infused Oils
  • Salves
  • Creams
  • Poultices & compresses

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Don’t miss this gathering!

Event site:  http://planthealer.org/intro.html

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Natural Care for Aging Skin

Saturday 11 February 2017, 10-1
$90. Bring a friend & you both get 10% off.
$20 non-refundable downpayment required to reserve space.

Living at high elevation takes a toll on the skin, especially for those of us who spend a lot of time in the sun. Keeping our skin healthy means both internal and external work. This workshop explores ways of nurturing the skin….how to hold moisture in, how to reduce roughness, inflammation & sun damage, how to make skin toners & other supportive products.  Hands on projects making a cream, oil, gentle scrub and toner.

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Local Medicinal Plants – Old Man’s Beard

Connect with your local medicinal plants!  Next on the list is Old Man’s Beard (Usnea), which is actually a lichen rather than a plant. Medicine Making, Uses, Folklore.

Wednesday February 22, 6-7pm in Durango. $10 suggested donation. RSVP for directions: 970-779-3111 or click “Contact”.

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Local Medicinal “Plants” – Artist’s Conk

Connect with your local medicinal plants!  Next on the list…is actually not a plant, it’s a mushroom :)   Artist’s Conk, a local cousin of the better-known Reishi. Medicine Making, Uses, Folklore.

Wednesday October 5, 6-7pm in Durango. $10 suggested donation. RSVP for directions: 970-779-3111 or click “Contact”.

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Essential Oil Essentials – Weekend Intensive

When: Saturday & Sunday October 15 & 16, 2016. 10am-2pm
Where: Durango
Fee: $135. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, please click on “contact” or call 970.779.3111. Bring a friend & you each get 10% off.

Topics/Activities:
•Essential oil applications & indications
•Essential oil chemistry & safety
•Aroma history & folklore
•18-20 oils will be covered in detail
•Hands-on time making multiple types of essential oil products to take home & use
•As a group, we’ll distill our own hydrosol (scented water)


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Cordials & Elixers for the Holidays

When: Wednesday October 26, 2016, 6pm-8pm
Where: Durango
Fee: $50. Please RSVP. Space is limited. 970.779.3111 or click “Contact”.

What’s the difference between a cordial & an elixir?  How can I make my medicinal herbs taste better? What can I do with that bottle of port that’s been sitting around? How can I spice up the holiday cocktails I serve? Learn the answers to these and much more in this hands-on workshop. You’ll conjure up some concoctions to share during the holidays or just hoard for yourself : )

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Local Medicinal Plants – Yarrow

Connect with your local medicinal plants!  Next on the list…Yarrow! A plant you should definitely have in your apothecary. Parts used. Harvesting. Medicine Making. Uses. Folklore. Magic.

Tuesday May 24, 6-7pm in Durango. $10 suggested donation. RSVP for directions: 970-779-3111 or click “Contact”.

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Local Medicinal Plants: Chokecherry

Come meet a great local plant!

6-7pm on Wednesday March 30th
Parts of the tree used, how to harvest and make medicine, uses, folklore and magic. Suggested donation of $10. Please RSVP for directions (click “Contact”).

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Daily Detox Support – The good, the bad & the ugly

FREE CLASS

When: Wed, January 27, 6-7pm
Where: Natural Grocers, 1123 Camino del Rio, Durango

Detoxification happens all the time, not just when we cleanse. You’ll learn why many popular cleanses actually increase our toxic load and how to gently promote the body’s detoxification processes on a daily basis with foods and herbs. As spring will be here before you know it, you’ll also learn how to do a traditional cleanse to mark the change of the season.

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Preparing for Spring Allergy Season

When: Tuesday February 9 2016, 6-8pm
Where: Durango. RSVP for directions.
Registration: $20 suggested donation. RSVP: 970.779.3111 or contact me

Don’t wait to get slammed by your springtime allergies. Be proactive! Specific topics include:

  • Contributing factors to allergic responses
  • Prevention through herbs and diet
  • Dealing with an acute allergy attack


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Rose

Connect with your local medicinal plants!  Next on the list…the lovely and enormously useful Rose. Parts used. Harvesting. Medicine Making. Uses. Folklore. Magic.

Thursday February 18, 6-7pm in Durango. $10 suggested donation. RSVP for directions: 970-779-3111 or click “Contact”.

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Local Medicinal Plants – Burdock

It’s a great plant!  (Aren’t they all…..)

6-7pm on Thursday April 21st
Parts of the plant used, how to harvest and make medicine, uses, folklore and magic. Suggested donation of $10. Please RSVP for directions (click “Contact”).

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Herbal Pooch Care

When: Mondays from 12-2pm, 7 Dec & 14 Dec 2015

Where: Durango School of Herbal Studies

Registration: $60 for all 4 classes. $34 for an individual day. Click “Contact” or call 970.779.3111 to RSVP

7 Dec – Dog Breath & Doggie Dental Care

The infamous “doggie breath” comes from both oral and digestive issues. In this class, we’ll focus on the mouth, including care for  preventing tooth & gum problems.

7 Dec – Doggie Digestive Support

Reduce the stink at both ends! Improve nutrient assimilation (relevant to ALL aspects of health).

14 Dec – Shiny Coat & Healthy Skin

Food and herbs for improving skin and coat condition. Tips for chronic itchiness, fleas and ticks.

14 Dec – Aging Gracefully

This is relevant at any age. In fact, the sooner you start on this with your mutt, the better!  We’ll focus on joint health, heart health, cancer prevention and longevity tonics.

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