Natural Care for Aging Skin – Online Class!

It’s here!
Natural Care for Aging Skin. A 5-part, online class series on caring for your face. Sign up before Dec 18th for the discount rate.
If you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your face!
Click on the link for more info and to sign up:
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If you’d like to be notified about upcoming classes,  contact me and I’ll put you on my list.

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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)


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


Case studies for advanced students

Review of botanical research science

Tongue & pulse diagnosis

Something else that interests you? Let me know!


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.


Sliding scale rate of $42.50-65 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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Natural Care for Aging Skin

Stay tuned…Registration opens next week!
Learn what tradition and science has to say, as well as what works for me and my clients. A 5-part webinar you can watch when and where you want.

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Coming soon! Natural Care for Aging Skin Webinar

Coming soon! NATURAL CARE FOR AGING SKIN. Learn what tradition and science has to say, as well as what works for me and my clients. A 5-part webinar you can watch when and where you want.
Registration opens soon : )

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Making Solid Perfumes, Naturally!

Solids (unguents) are an ancient form of perfumery. Plus they’re easy & fun to make. They don’t leak like liquid perfumes, and they’re great as gifts.  Come learn perfume blending techniques with natural essences & take home your own creation! $45 fee, due Nov. 29th.  Call 970-779-3111 or click on “contact” to RSVP & for more info.

To learn more about the instructor, herbalist Anna Marija Helt of Osadha Natural Health, visit here.

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Rocky Mountain Poisonous Mushrooms

  • When: Thursday October 23, 630-8pm
  • Where: Durango, Directions given upon RSVP
  • Registration:  $20 optional donation.

Do you forage for wild mushrooms?  Being able to ID poisonous mushrooms is as important as it is to know your own favorite edible or medicinal mushroom. Though we’re moving out of our (not so fantastic) mushroom season here in the Southern Rockies, it’s a great time to start introducing yourself to the most toxic local shrooms so you’ll be less likely to make a mistake next season. This is a great class even for folks who don’t forage but are fascinated by our fungal neighbors!

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Free 3 part virtual herb walk in the San Juan Mountains!

Free 3 video series! This virtual herb walk near Andrews Lake will introduce you to great medicinals, beautiful wildflowers and deadly poisonous plants in the Rockies.  Just follow the link:

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Kitchen Witchen’ – Local Botanicals for Cold & Flu

Workshop, 7 October 2018, 10am-1pm, Durango, CO


•Learn 10 local botanicals effective for cold & flu

•Make 3 great remedies to take home

•Have fun


•$45 + $15 materials fee

•Click “contact” or call 970-779-3111 to sign up & for more info

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Local Medicinal Mushrooms (San Juan Mtns)

Come see me at the Whole Expo at the La Plata County Fairgrounds this Sunday. I’m teaching on Local Medicinal Mushrooms from 1030-1115 on the patio! Get your shroom on!

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Local Poisonous Plants

Did you know that the plant by which Socrates was put to death is common in Durango?

Do you gather wild plants or spend time out in the woods with your kids or dogs? You may want to know which are the potentially deadly plants in our area. They are certainly no reason to stay out of the woods, plus, they’re actually beautiful to look at. Come learn what they look like, where they grow, how they’re toxic along with a smattering of history and folklore!

Thursday February 15, 6-8pm in Durango. Please reply by email or call 970-779-3111 for directions & to reserve a spot. $20 suggested donation.

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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.


  • 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!

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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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