DWB Weekend Intensive on Herbal
Cultivation, Use, Food & Healing
We are not offering these classes at this time.
This program is designed to meet the
needs of those who wish to study medicinal herbs for home health use
part-time in lieu of our regular apprentice program. It will include
the basics on growing & wildcrafting plants, their safe use in a
variety of products, & guidelines for the implementation of healthy
food choices to enhance the effectiveness of herbal remedies.
The classes will be devoted to 3 general tracks:
- Herb use for home health care
- Food & healing
Classes will take place 1 weekend a month for 9 months
all day Sat & Sunday, roughly 9-4:30pm with 1.5 hr break for lunch
& rest. The schedule will be adjusted as the temperature dictates.
This is a weekend INTENSIVE. Six-seven hours a day of
class is LOTS! I will make an effort to provide frequent breaks & a
variety of activities to hold your interest & attention.
Each weekend will include: 3 hours cultivation, 3 hours
product making, 3 hours materia medica, 2 hours of body systems review
& plant ID, 2 hour food & healing. Total class time: 13 hours
Options for participating:
- 1st Option:
Commit to all 9 weekends: The tuition will be $1800 (includes tax) per
person per 9 week session. This includes instruction, some meals, all
handouts & materials, access to herbal library. Payment for this
option: A deposit of $500 is due upon commitment to the program. The
remainder is due at the first class.
- 2nd Option:
Sign up for one entire weekend, all day Sat & Sunday. Tuition:
$225. Due at time of registration for the weekend.
- 3rd Option:
Sign up for individual portion of a weekend, usually in 3 hour
segments. For example, you might want to sign up for the cultivation
class on Soil Improvement. The cost will be $65 (includes tax) per 3
hour segment. See schedules for topics on cultivation, product making,
physiology & materia medica.
Please make checks payable to: Desert Woman Botanicals OR
Use PayPal to send payment. Go to www.paypal.com, click on "send money" tab.
You can send $$ to anyone who has email. This is very easy.
Tuition does not include lodging, breakfast, snacks,
beverages, etc. Some local lodging may be available at reduced
cost. Camping in the Gila area is a possibility.
Additional expenses may include transportation, books,
Class tuition cannot be refunded. Classes will take place rain or shine.
What to bring:
Serious work gloves (not the cloth type with roses or trowels on them),
hand pruners (I prefer Felco #8 but it’s your choice. Cost approx $60),
water bottle, hat, sunscreen, long sleeves, notebook, bathing suit
optional; flashlight, magnifying lens.
Students will participate in meal prep & clean-up, as well as lab
Students may purchase DWB products at wholesale prices.
Each will get to take home some of products made during class. By the
end of the program, students will have accumulated a complete home
health herb kit.
Students will receive a certificate of completion at the
end of the class.
No dogs, please!
Weekend Intensive / Track 1:
Cultivation & Use
See detailed schedule below.
February - Introduction:
Why grow your own? Basic principles of herb
cultivation, plan for the class series. -Off to a good start in the
garden: making soil mix, seeding in GH, ongoing care, Use & care of
March -Transplanting &
Care of Seedlings:
Transplanting seedlings to pots & ongoing care; transplanting
onions into soil; care of recent transplants, water, light, temp
requirements, bed prep, hardening-off, mulching, preventing transplant
shock. Introduction to plant ID.
April - Wind and Sun:
Strategies for facing the challenges of wind & sun, using shade
cloth, remay, cold frames, wind barriers; creating shade. Transplanting
May - Soil:
Soil improvement, soil testing, amendments to maintain plant health,
prevent disease, maximize yields. Using weeds as a resource. Making
& using compost.
June - Garlic to Gophers:
Garlic: when & how to harvest & dry, use for medicine &
kitchen. - Dealing with garden pests without poisoning yourself,
recognizing when to take action. Trapping gophers, using plant
July - Wildcrafting:
We'll heading to the Mogollon Mountains July 15-17 where I will be teaching
this class with Naava from Bear Creek Herbs.
The action-packed weekend will include ethical wildcrafting, plant ID,
making insect repellant, wilderness first aid, field medicine &
materia medica of whatever plants we discover.
Bring your own camping gear. A list of what to bring will be available
later. We will share a potluck dinner Fri & Sat pm.
Cost: $180. Deposit $75 due at sign up. Balance due July 15.
Make checks payable to:
Botanicals, mail to: POB 263 Gila, NM 88038
or use PayPal to
For more info, contact Monica
at 575.535.2860 or Naava at
August - Lavender Cultivation
This class will be held in Gila at a lavender farm where lavender will
be in full bloom. We will harvest, then distill to create a hydrosol
& essential oil. Learn the requirements of lavender cultivation,
best varieties, drying, storage, use in aromatherapy, household
products, personal care, cooking and medicine. Enjoy lavender lemonade
& food. Recipes. 8 to noon. $45 due at registration.
September - Seed Saving:
How & when to harvest seeds for a variety of vegetables, flowers,
herbs; preventing cross-pollination; best techniques for cleaning,
drying, storage to maximize viability. Planning your garden with
seed-saving in mind. Maximizing germination.
October - Garlic and Root Crops:
How to plant and grow garlic: History, soil prep, ongoing-care
throughout the winter & spring. Watering & feeding. How to know
when to harvest next May or June. Best varieties for our area. Eat
garlic! Root Dig: Echinacea, Burdock, Comfrey, Jerusalem
artichokes, Licorice. Eat. How to use fresh or dried; drying &
Herb harvesting, drying, storage, processing, herb quality; organic
methods; Echinacea cultivation. Herb safety. Variations in plant
cultivation requirements, evaluating plant health & needs.
Each student will select 3 herbs to grow at home for the duration of
class to learn their specific cultivation requirements, problems, etc
& report to class each month.
Weekend Intensive Track 2: Herb Use for Home
Introduction and General plan:
Overview. Medicinal herb terminology. Weights & measures. Lab
orientation. Sanitation. Record keeping. Safe use of herbs.
Infusion, teabags, capsules, decoction, cold
infusion; tinctures fresh, dry, acetous, glycerites; infused oils,
salves, lip balms, massage oil, bath salts, salad oils; essential oils;
hydrosols; emulsions (cremes, lotion); syrups, cough drops; poultices,
Detailed discussion of plants, use, preferred forms
& method of preparation, strength, solutions, dosage,
contraindications. Constituents & their implications for medicinal
action. Herbal energetics.
Body Systems Overview:
Brief review of anatomy & physiology of body system pertinent to
illness & medicinal herb use. This not a detailed A&P class.
Student review of system in A&P text before class recommended.
Study guidelines will be provided.
Legal & Regulatory Issues:
For herbalists (optional) depending on student interest.
Identification of families containing medicinal herbs most commonly
used. Constituents & their implications for medicinal use.
Weekend Intensive Track 3: Food & Healing
Food & Healing
3 meals will be prepared each weekend with focus on various aspects of
nutrition & healing through food choices. Students will present a
class & meal on selected topics. Meals will feature fresh
vegetables, whole grains, culinary herbs, seafood & poultry
options. Food preferences can be accommodated.
Healing foods, ie, ghee, garlic oil, miso, seeds,
gomasio, greens, kudzu, sprouts, tahini, shitake, fermented foods,
sweeteners, oils, seaweed; eating for happiness; food combining; detox,
fasting, juicing; supplements, green foods, water; amino acids, carbs,
fats, fiber; politics of food (world hunger), Food safety &
labeling; Too busy to cook strategies. Food additives, gluten
sensitivity. SAD (standard American diet), implementing dietary changes.
Strategies for dealing with STRESS; using solar oven.
Reading and Reference
- Carter, Jack et al. Common Southwestern Native
Plants: An ID Guide; revised edition.
- Cech, Richo. Making Plant Medicine. $15.00. Available
to purchase from DWB at the first class.
- Elpel, Thomas. Botany in a Day
- Foster, Steven. Herbal Renaissance
- Hartung, Tammi. Growing 101 Herbs That Heal
- Ivey, Robert DeWitt. Flowering Plants of New Mexico. 5th
- Marieb, Elaine N. Essentials of Human Anatomy &
Physiology, 7th edition
- Moore, Michael. Medicinal Plants of the Desert &
- Moore, Michael. Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West
- Moore, Michael. Materia Medica, avail from instructor
- Pitchford, Paul. Healing with Whole Foods
- Weed, Susan. Wise Woman Healing: Healing Wise
for glassware, herbs, labels, ingredients, etc.
Weekend Intensive Schedule
/ Organ System
Principles of herb cultivation. Soil mix. Seeding in GH. Care of tools.
Terminology Simple infusion, decoction, cold infusion, poultice, tea
|| Intro. Skin,
membranes, cells, tissue
seedlings & ongoing care. Bed prep, transplant onions into soil.
Intro to plant ID
|| Tinctures from
fresh & dry plants. Macerations. Intro to herb quality
|| Digestion &
metabolism. Liver, GB, pancreas, intestines
| Strategies to
deal with sun & wind. Transplanting.
|| Salves, infused
oils, essential oils
| Soil basics.
Amendments. Compost. Cover crops. Using weeds as a resource.
|| Lip balm. Acetous
| Garlic harvest.
|| Emulsions: lotion
|| Nervous system
| CampiDates TBA. Please call if you are
interested.ng trip to
Mogollon mountains. Plant ID. Ethical wildcrafting.
|| Insect repellant,
Wilderness first aid, Field medicine
|| Immune, lymph,
cultivation & use.
products. Hydrosols. Herbs de Provence.
|| Endocrine system
| Seed saving,
cleaning, storage. Germination techniques.
|| Cough syrup,
cough drops. Super Echinacea extract
|| Urinary tract
| Garlic planting.
Root dig. Eat.
About Monica Rude...
All classes are personally taught by Monica Rude, owner
of Desert Woman Botanicals in Gila, NM. Desert Woman grows nearly
100 medicinal & culinary herbs for use in the DWB product line.
Monica has extensive experience in cultivation, gardening, herb use
& general messing around with herbs. In addition to creating and
marketing her products, Monica takes a very active interest in herbal
Monica has been an instructor at the NM College of
Natural Healing and also teaches classes in various aspects of Herbal
Medicine, Organic Gardening and Alternative Agriculture at the home of
Desert Woman Botanicals. She has also given classes and workshops at
various locations throughout the Southwest including Albuquerque,
Phoenix, Las Cruces, and Silver City and as a special instructor for
institutions of higher learning. Monica is also available as a
speaker for your group. Contact us
for details on scheduling a class or event for your group.