Herbal Studies

We invite you to study herbal medicine here at the Blessed Maine Herb Farm School of Herbal Medicine. Cross the threshold into THE WAY OF THE WILD HEART and engage the spirit of the healing herbs with community herbalist, organic gardener, author and teacher, Gail Faith Edwards as your guide.

Plant medicines possess the unique ability of regeneration. They are life supportive, deeply nourishing and enhance our health in significant ways. We have a natural affinity for plant medicines since we are made of the very same substances. Come learn how easy it is 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.



JUNE - NOVEMBER 2015 - Join Gail for a plant immersion course - FROM SEED TO HERBAL MEDICINE - set in the herb gardens, fields, woodlands, waterways, school house and the medicine production kitchen here at Blessed Maine Herb Farm for six months....STARTS TUESDAY JUNE"ll find the REGISTRATION LINK and full description of this course below.

Tree Medicines
“After the glaciers subsided the birch and pine appeared and colonized the tundra. As the weather warmed in came the hazel, then oak, elm and ash, hornbeam and fir."

Tuesday May 26, 2015 - GEMMOTHERAPY -The word gemmotherapy comes from the Latin gemmae, which designates both the bud and the precious stone of mineral or organic origin, such as amber or pearl, and also the rock salt extracted from mines and the resins obtained from an incision made in the tree trunks of pines and similar evergreen species.

Some of my best friends are trees and many of my favorite medicines come from them. I'm especially enthused about the buds. We'll spend the day exploring gemmotherapy; it's origins and history, how it works, the menstruums used and how to apply it to support health. We'll gather some buds together and make a Gemmotherapy elixir for you to take home. 11 - 4, bring your lunch, we'll have an herbal beverage. $75

Register for this class at the link below.

Sunday June 14, 2015 - ROSALIA DAY - A day in celebration of the roses. We'll celebrate all things rose today, discuss the history, lore, medicine, magic and science associated with the rose and other Rosaceae family plants such as the hawthorn, Our Lady's mantle, meadowsweet, and the apple, plum and cherry. We'll make spirit medicines; a rose elixir, rose water, rose beads and incense, rose mead. 11- 4, bring a lunch, we'll serve an herbal beverage. $75 includes all materials.

Register for Rosalia at the link provided below.

June 28 - 30, 2015 - COMMUNITY HERBALIST RETREAT - This will be a relaxed and rejuvenating time spent among those who share the same passions. We'll spend time together in the gardens and in the wild, time at the lake and alongside the stream, we'll 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. Seven guest herbalist/teachers! Meals and medicine making materials included. $250

Register for the Community Herbalist Retreat at the link provided below.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - INTRODUCTION TO HERBAL PHARMACY - daylong session covering the basic and most useful techniques for making safe, simple, effective herbal medicines at home using plants commonly found in gardens, fields and woods. Water-based, spirit based and oil based processes will be covered. You'll take home a few things you've made here. 11-4, bring your own lunch, we'll serve an herbal beverage. $75 includes all plants and materials.

Register for the Medicine Making Day at the link provided below.

August 2015 - New England Women's Herbal Conference, New Hampshire


WEDNESDAY EVENING SUMMER SERIES - Six classes are being offered as part of a summer long series of herbal learning sessions with Gail Faith Edwards. Our class begins at 4 and ends at 7. Each class will focus on a specific body system; we'll discuss the anatomy and physiology and then meet the herbs that specifically nourish or in some way positively affect it. Our class setting will be out in the gardens and wild places among the plants and in the school house. Fee is $25 per class. Athens residents come for FREE!

July 29 -The Nervous System & Brain, Nervines and Restoratives, herbs to nourish, strengthen and tone the nervous system, herbs to alleviate stress, anxiety, herbal antidepressants, Herbs for Mind and Spirit, applications, dosages and contraindications.

August 19 - Herbs for Pain Relief - Chronic and Acute Pain, Physiology and Pharmacology, herbs that relieve pain, applications, dosages and contraindications.

August 26 - The Reproductive and Endocrine Systems - Physiology and Pharmacology, Herbs for Women's Health, Herbs for Men's Health, fertility & reproduction, PMS, menopause/andropause, hormonal chemistry, choosing herbs that nourish, strengthen, tone and balance these systems, delivery methods, dosages, contraindications.

September 2 - Adaptogens - the importance of understanding the uses of this unique class of herbs, adaptogens as a bridge between the immune, nervous and glandular systems, their importance in increasing metabolic efficiency and reducing susceptibility to illness and disease. Homeostasis and the effects of adaptogens on the whole body/mind/spirit. Delivery methods, dosages and contraindications.

October 14 - The Immune and Lymphatic System, Physiology and Pharmacology, herbs to nourish our immunity, herbal antibiotics, herbs, roots, lichen, fungi that enhance immunity, move lymph fluids, methods of delivery, dosages, contraindications

October 28 - meets 11AM - 2PM - Digestion - Physiology and Pharmacology, what foods and herbs do we consume to support over-all digestive health and vitality and how are they best prepared. Planning and executing a health supportive dietary regime. Digestive fire. Vital essence. Herbal bitters. Food allergies

Register for any of these Tuesday evening classes at the link provided below.


See the new version of our online Herbal Medicine Correspondence Course - BODY SYSTEMS AND CORRESPONDING MATERIA MEDICA at the link below. This class begins November 25, 2014.

May 7 - Organic Gardening - All life, and therefore health, springs from the ground. This class will focus on the life of the soil; we'll discuss nourishing the soil, seed planting and plant harvesting according to phases of the moon, concepts and practices of Permaculture, creating compost, sheet mulching, weeding and cultivation, container gardening, the importance of pollinators and planting specific plants and trees to attract them to the garden...plant families and basic botany for herbalists.

This course consists of 5 recorded weekly classes approximately 1 hour in length. It also includes a number of online gardening videos and links to reading material that will enhance your learning. Class fee is $125. Classes will be posted weekly, on Wednesday at 5:30. You can listen in at anytime that is convenient for you. Register at the link below.

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Athens, Maine 04912

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