Herbal Mandala Drawing: a study of local treasure, Dandelion
Apr
29
4:30 PM16:30

Herbal Mandala Drawing: a study of local treasure, Dandelion

Create your own botanical mandala featuring Dandelion! Make something beautiful (stefanie will make it easy and accessible for all levels) and deepen your connection with one of our local and profound medicinal plant allies. 

You will choose elements (seed, root, arial parts) of this sunny weed from which to draw/construct your own botanical mandala. We will begin with a short meditation led by Stefanie and a brief botanical foreword by Elizabeth regarding Dandelion in our bodies and the world. And finally, you will enter into the practice of physical meditation through drawing Dandelion.  

Connecting with plants is truly gorgeous when the process is immersive. Take this opportunity to taste, touch, visualize, and learn about this wonderfully grounding and deeply medicinal plant. 

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Botanical Textile Dyeing w/ matching elixirs
Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

Botanical Textile Dyeing w/ matching elixirs

Natural Dyes & Botanical Cocktails

 

Natural dyes for textiles are often made from plants that we can also eat.  These magic plants often also have an array of major health benefits. In this workshop we will explore dyeing with medicinal herbs, flowers and fruits. We'll explore the many different techniques for naturally dyeing textiles. Alongside dyeing our fabrics, we will also concoct some delicious cocktails, muddled with these same medicinal ingredients we are dyeing with. Participants leave with their hand-dyed silk scarf and a botanical buzz! Or keep it straight with virgin drinks!

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Sensory Connection: an exploration of loving self-care
Apr
7
4:30 PM16:30

Sensory Connection: an exploration of loving self-care

 

Sensory Connection

 

Heightening the senses is an act of self-care, and by definition, sensual. Join Antidote Apothecary + Tea Bar and sex writer Sophie Saint Thomas (GQ, Glamour, Allure) as we guide you through different ways to practice love using the tools within and around you, such as feathers, silk, flowers, candles, and herbal concoctions. By depriving certain senses, such as draping a silk blind fold over the eyes, we allow other parts of ourselves, such as our smell, touch, and taste to take over. 

 

This class asks you to rethink what it means to be sensual and will teach you how to create your own definition. From back massages in a candle lit room enhanced by the feeling of hot wax carefully dripped upon you, to a lover feeding you chocolate while you sip calming tea, we will teach you how to utilize all senses and give you the practice to do so. Making love with a partner can be sensual, but so can having a friend give you a caring foot massage. It is your choice to invite others into your rituals of empowerment or enjoy the scent of florals and the brush of a pussy willow against the skin or the healing of a rose quartz yoni egg all on your own. Even those in partnerships may find they need a night of sensory self-care alone. 

 

We'll discuss different sensual tools to incorporate into your intimacy, review how to use them on yourself and others, and how to ask and get for what you want. This class will come with "menus" to help craft you an evening of sensory connection tailored exactly your desires. 

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Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Bitter at Heart: a bitter herbs workshop

 

Think about your heart and explore the bitter herbs (you'll know what we mean hear by the end of the class!) We will taste bitter teas and tinctures, and ultimately create our own personalized bitter blends to take home! We will use all of our senses to explore the basic of bitter herbs, discuss cocktail bitters vs. digestive bitters, and go over the anatomy of bitterness in our bodies and in the bodies of plants.

Herbal medicine teaches us that flavors can tell us a lot about how plants work in our bodies. Is bitter a "bad" flavor? Lots of us avoid it at all costs. What would be the biological purpose for a flavor that makes us cringe? And why do we have receptors for bitter flavors not only in our mouths, but in our hearts and lungs as well? 

Learn about why we need to experience bitterness, and how a lack of this flavor in our diets lies at the root of many digestive, emotional, and even cardiovascular imbalances. 

 

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Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Post-Natal Nutrition & Her Herbal Allies

Learn the three fundamentals of postpartum health- simple, warm, nutritive. Ali will guide you through classic post-natal meal plans so that you have the basis for providing prime, easy nutrition for two! Elizabeth will discuss herbs that are wonderful to help with healing the body and bringing sweet and nutritious milk--and they can be incorporated into post-natal life via food, teas, steams, compresses & tinctures!

Whether you're having your first baby or you want to be there for a partner or friend, this class will give you the tools a new momma needs to recover and rest after childbirth. 

Ali Forrest is aholistic chef, nutritionist and postpartum doula in NYC. Her goal is to empower her clients and provide them with nourishing and healing meals. Check out www.apothecary.kitchen for more info.

Elizabeth DeCoursey is an herbalist and owner of Antidote Apothecary + Tea Bar. And went through the flagship Master Herbalism program at Arbor Vitae, School of Traditional Herbalism. 

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