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“Herbal Tools for Tumultuous Times” - A Garden Workshop with Carol Wade

“Herbal Tools for Tumultuous Times” - A Garden Workshop with Carol Wade

April 27 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm



On Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., herbalist-gardener-teacher Carol Wade of Ojai School of Herbal Studies will lead an outdoor workshop — “Herbal Tools for Tumultuous Times” — on using plants to cultivate a state of mental resilience and hope as we move through unsettling times.

The emotions these times bring up for ourselves and our loved ones— insecurity, depression, anxiety and grief — can be overwhelming. A look outside our doorsteps reveals a world of possible tools and allies: plants in all their glory, natural light, breaths of fresh air, scents, colors and simple movements. Let’s explore them all at Carol’s amazing Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden in the East End of the Ojai Valley!

During a morning herb walk through the Garden led by Carol and me, you’ll enjoy the beautiful vistas as you learn how to grow and care for some of the many herbal allies that live in the Garden.  You’ll also learn the properties of plants that we’ll process in the afternoon hands-on  workshop. We’ll use herbs we’ve gathered to make healing products to take home, such as:

  • Resiliency Tea
  • Aromatherapy or Foot Massage Oil
  • Foot Bath Blend
  • Small Smudge Bundle

The cost is $75/person, due in advance by PayPal or personal check. A $5 cash materials fee will be collected onsite. I will have my mobile bookshop with me, including my signed book and the rest of my curated collection. Please note: Due to limited space for gathering in the Garden, registration will be limited to 14 participants.

ACUPUNCTURE CEUs: This course has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board, Provider Number 1526, for 7 hours of continuing education. There is a $25 processing fee for receiving a CEU certificate. Please indicate on the REGISTRATION form BELOW if you are interested in CEUs. If you have one, please enter your acupuncture school discount code on the form.

Carol Wade is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild and has practiced as an herbalist and nutritional counselor for over 25 years. She studied health education and nutritional counseling at the Gary Null Health and Nutrition Program in New York, and she is a graduate of the Herbal Therapeutics Study Program and the Herbal Therapeutics Graduate Clinical Program of the Herbalist Therapeutics Research Foundation, founded and directed by herbalist and ethnobotanist David Winston.

Her garden, the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden in Ojai, California, serves as a hub for several medicinal herb-oriented ventures that bring the idea of using medicinal herbs in daily living as a viable and logical choice to the community at large. Dreamed up long ago and finally made a reality in 2012, the Garden has taken years of intense work by Carol and her students to become the gorgeous landmark it is today. Since ground was first broken, the garden has truly blossomed, becoming a must-see stop for visitors and a place of respite and renewal for locals. With breathtaking views of the valley’s encompassing mountains, the garden was conceived as a showpiece, educational tool, and medicinal resource in one. Designed in the shape of a nautilus shell, the 11 main beds in the garden represent the major body systems, and each is planted with specimen herbs from around the world specially suited to supporting and healing those systems. Above the nautilus is a sunburst row of production beds, with plants for future harvest and use in tinctures, salves, oils and other preparations.

In 2016 Carol founded the Ojai School of Herbal Studies, a 22-month herbal studies program that utilizes the garden, hands on medicine making, and an in-depth education in how to use herbs safely and effectively, including terminology, plant chemistry, anatomy and physiology, an extensive materia medica, and actual herb cultivation.

Lanny Kaufer has been leading Herb Walks and Nature Hikes in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties since 1976, educating hundreds of locals and visitors on the flora of the area with a focus on herbs that can be used for food and medicine. As an herbal educator, Lanny also leads workshops and presentations throughout the Ojai-Ventura-Santa Barbara area on the edible and medicinal uses of California plants. He holds a degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz, serves on the faculty of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Channel Islands.

Lanny is the author of Medicinal Herbs of California: A Field Guide to Common Healing Plants (Falcon Guides, 2021). Lanny hosts the Ojai Herbal Symposium and serves as chief consultant on medicinal plants for the Swimmer Medicinal Garden in Playa Vista.

PLEASE NOTE: Light rain will not cancel. Heavy rain or thunderstorms will. Once you register you will receive weather updates, directions and other info about what to wear, etc. No dogs or smoking, please.

The cost of the workshop is $75. Please bring $5 cash for materials. There is an option below to buy a ticket for an additional $25 that includes a CEU certificate for licensed CA Acupuncturists.



Note: Online payment includes a PayPal fee. If you prefer, when you register you can request instructions for mailing a payment of $75 for regular admission or $100 to include CEU certificate.

Cancellation policy: I will refund your payment if you notify me up to 72 hours (3 days) before the start of the event. After that I will make every effort to fill your space (and I’m usually successful) but cannot guarantee

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