Our friendly homesteading family has, like so many other neo-homesteaders in America, had to pave the way for ourselves and learn everything that we can about how to live responsibly and sustainably off the immediate land around us.  We were both raised with an abundance of television, soda pop and fast food.  Our grandparents grew up in farming families, but most of that wisdom was lost two generations ago.

We have learned a lot (collectively) in the last 7 years regarding organic vegetable farming, plant-based medicines, chickens, bees, and more.  We are currently in the works for lining up more workshops that focus on homestead-based skills, making the transitions and lessons learned a bit easier and more accessible for interested members in our community.

Amy has been offering highly informative, herb-related workshops for over four years with rave reviews.  She currently offers herbal pantry classes, focusing on remedies for common seasonal ailments, every other month in downtown KCMO at the Badseed Market Space and at the Sub Rosa Sanctuary in Lawrence, KS.  Hands-on medicine-making workshops are taught every other month on site at the Sanctuary, empowering the learner to identify, process, and use the herbs discussed properly at their own homes.

The occasional goat cheese-making class is offered at random and is quite a bit of fun : )

Please contact us for further workshop information.

Except where noted, workshops run from 1-3 and cost $40.  Please see our page on apprenticeships, package deals and work-trade opportunities if interested in attending multiple classes.

*Space is limited & fills up fast; registration is REQUIRED.  Please email amy@subrosasanctuary.com or call using our contact info for further details or to register for classes.  IF PAYMENTS ARE NOT RECEIVED AT LEAST 1 WEEK PRIOR TO WORKSHOP DATE, THE WORKSHOP WILL BE CANCELLED.

Sub Rosa Sanctuary’s
2012 Herbal workshop offerings

***ALL HERB WORKSHOPS HAVE TEMPORARILY BEEN CANCELLED.  TRADITIONAL FOODS for HEALTH CLASSES ARE CURRENTLY BEING FORMED & WILL BE UPDATED ON THE WEB ASAP.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

January~HERBAL HEALTHCARE for BABIES & CHILDREN

February~BEYOND BEANS!: Traditional Methods of Soaking & Sprouting Gluten-Free Grains

March 25th (Lawrence)~HERBS for YOUR TRAVEL KIT: which herbs & remedies to have on hand for travels near & afar.  Covers emergency herbs & herbs for common travel ailments.  In this class we will make garlic and ginger-infused honeys; both useful travelling companions.  Participants will go home with an herb-infused honey made in class.

April 7 (Lawrence) from 10-11:30~SPRING STROLL: learn to identify common medicinal+edible yard weeds, their uses, history, and more at this non-strenuous stroll through the lovely hills at Sub Ros Sanctuary  $10/person (children FREE)

April 14 (Antioch Park Shawnee Mission, KS) from 10-11:30~SPRING STROLL: learn to identify common medicinal+edible yard weeds, their uses, history, and more at this non-strenuous stroll through the lovely Antioch Park  $12/person (children FREE)

April 21 (Lawrence) & 28 (KCMO)~SPRING CLEANING with WILD GREENS: how to cleanse the blood (& move heavy winter blood), purify/detox herbally, energize achy bodies & add relief to allergies through nature’s springtime pantry.  We will discuss, identify & taste wild, fresh, healing greens.  Each participant will receive an organically grown potted Nettles plant.

April 29 (Merriam, KS)~Back by popular demand…BEYOND BEANS!: Traditional Methods of Soaking & Sprouting Gluten-Free Grains  Tap into the ancient knowledge of our ancestors & learn the scientific importance behind soaking (with whey & warm water) & sprouting gluten-free grains such as oats, quinoa, beans, cornmeal & more.  Class includes a thurough handout and recipes+resources.

May 19 (Lawrence) & 26 (KCMO)~CREATING YOUR MEDICINAL HERB GARDEN & SEED STARTING WORKSHOP:  get ready to get dirty!  In this hands-on class, you will learn how to effectively start and grow medicinal plants of their choice from seed.  Each participant will leave with a growing chart, herb-growing tips, and a flat of freshly started medicinal plants.  Additonal medicinal transplants will be available for sale.  CLASS RUNS FROM 1-4

June 16 (Lawrence) & 23 (KCMO)~MEDICINES in YOUR KITCHEN!: Cooking Herbs with Healing Properties  Old-timey remedies on your spice rack?  For sure!  Learn which herbs & spices have been used successfully for centuries to treat a variety of ailments.  Common plants to be discussed:  thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, bastil, turmeric, cayenne, mint & more!  We will discuss each herb’s uses, how to make medicine from it, and quirky kitchen herb folklore & MAKE HERBAL VINEGARS.  Each participant will be gifted a culinary/medicinal herb transplant.

July 28~HERBAL SUMMER PANTRY: Keeping Bugs at Bay, Sunburns, Bites & Beyond  Learn which common herbs (many of which grow in your yard & garden) to use in times of summer skin emergencies.  We will make a plant-based bug spray in class.

August 25 (Lawrence)~MEDICINE-MAKING with FRESH-INFUSED HERBAL OILS & OINTMENTS  In this class we will make an infused oil with fresh plant material.  From there we will make healing ointments (salves) from fresh-infused oils & beeswax.  CLASS RUNS FROM 1-4

August 11 (KCMO)~GOAT-CHEESEMAKING CLASS: Take advantage of this low class cost & learn how to make 3 soft cheeses: feta, mozzarella, & chevre from FRESH, RAW GOAT milk (all unbelievably easy to make in th comfort of your own homes w/out the need of expensive or excessive materials!).  Wine sipping & cheese-tasting will follow our afternoon of hard work!  Pasturized cow’s milk may be used in place of raw goat’s milk (though we don’t advocate it ; ) CLASS RUNS FROM 1-5

September 22 (Lawrence)~HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING: Tinctures & Glycerites: We will harvest organically grown plant medicines & process them as a group into fresh-made tinctures & vegetable glycerites.  CLASS RUNS FROM 1-4

October 20 (Lawrence) & 27 (KCMO)~1st AID REMEDIES with HERBS & SPICES: Herbal emergency how-to.  We are surrounded by green healers just waiting to help in times of need!  Learn which plants these are, how to identify them, & how to use them for emergency situations (bee stings, heart failure, gastric/intestinal distress, cuts, breaks, & beyond).  COmpress & poultice demo will be done in class.

November 24 (Lawrence)~MEDICINE-MAKING WORKSHOP with ROOTS: Get into the ground!  We will carefully dig up blood & liver cleansing roots of dandelion, burdock, & yellow dock, discuss their properties, actions, & uses, & make them into various forms of medicine: tinctures, vinegars, & infused honeys.

December 8 (Lawrence) & 15~WINTER WOES HERBAL PANTRY: Nature-Based Remedies for Seasonal Discomforts…Discover the amazing power of plants during the cold & flu season!  Learn how to effectively & safely combat any bug that comes your way, & how to win the bug war with anti-viral & anti-biotic herbs.  We will cover a list of traditional remedies & how to carry on this tradition at home.
Monthly Wild Medicinal & Edible Foraging Walks are offered in the KCMO and Lawrence Communities. To host a walk or form you own group, please contact us!