Workshops
Upcoming Classes - 2017!

Stories and Reflections on the Evolution of Thyme Herbal 

May 7, 2017 – 10:00 – 1:00 pm 
Full Kettle Farm, Sunderland, MA

 

Stories are a powerful part of how we learn and grow as well as how we seek inspiration from the world around us.  In this talk, Brittany will share her stories and experiences as an herbalist; how her work and Thyme Herbal have been shaped by her life’s path and the influences of her community.  Brittany will also share her own most cherished forms of self-care and the herbal therapeutics that she relies on to keep balanced in all areas of her life.

Please RSVP through greg@fullkettle.com.

Cooking with Herbs for Everyday Health

May 31, 2017 – 6:30 – 7:30 pm
South Hadley Public Library

Learn how to incorporate common culinary herbs into your everyday diet to support vitality and longevity.  Get a sneak peak at recipes and other inspiration from Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen, Brittany’s upcoming book, which will be available just a few weeks later in mid-June!

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Past Classes
All classes are taught by Brittany unless otherwise noted.

Personalizing Herbal Medicine Series

3 class Series at Sawmill Herb Farm
Florence, MA

With so much access to information resources about health and herbal medicine, how do we know what is right for us? This series will introduce diverse and meaningful herbal skills designed to help; deepen one’s relationship with herbs, refine and individualize applications of herbal medicine, and connect more deeply with one’s self and intuition – ultimately creating the confidence to sustainably integrate herbs into our every-day lives in a way that is meaningful, effective and sustainable. Classes will include handouts, tastings and demonstration.

The Magic of Aromatics

Aromatic herbs have been used since antiquity to calm the nervous system, ease tension and promote shifts in consciousness. In this class we will re-discover the ancient practice of aromatherapy and its role in cooking, medicine making, bathing, healing and spiritual connection. Internal and external applications will be discussed and their importance in our day-to-day modern lives.

Introduction to Herbal Energetics

A basic understanding of herbal energetics can help you refine your knowledge of herbs and how to apply them to individual people and situations. Individualizing herbal choices is at the heart of what makes holistic healing and herbal medicine effective and unique. In this class we will learn how to identify basic energetic qualities of herbs (hot, cold, dry, damp) through taste and herbal action and how to use them to bring balance to the body.

Incorporating Herbs in your Daily Routine

A sustainable, holistic, daily routine can address all aspects of our physical, spiritual and emotional well being. Routine can support the health of different body systems and cater to our individual needs for balance, nutrition and more. This class will dive into what the body expects from routine, what aspects are most important and how to individualize your daily routine so that it works for you!

Spring Tincture Swap!

Amherst MA

Let us welcome Spring by honoring abundance! In the spirit of a gift economy we would like to invite you to join us for a Spring Tincture Swap. A time to share and trade with others medicine that you have in abundance. This will be a fun and economical way to expand the inventory of your home herbal pharmacy and learn about new ways to use herbal preparations. You may bring single plant extracts/tinctures as well as blends and formulas that you have extra of or no longer need. If you don’t have tinctures to share or trade you may bring other herbal offerings to exchange. All are welcome!

Make sure to BRING LOTS OF EMPTY JARS or tincture bottles for bringing home your new medicine!

Annual Spring Plant Swap

Saturday May 11, 2013, 10 – 12 pm.  Rain or Shine! In Amherst.
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10 – 12 pm. Rain or Shine! In Shutesbury.

Looking to expand your garden? Or maybe you already have too much of a good thing and need to weed out? New to gardening and wondering what to plant and where to get it? Come to the swap! Bring your divisions, starts or seeds to trade or and any other garden extras you’d like to pass on to a new home (like plastic pots, etc.).

We focus on medicinal herbs, but all plants are welcome!

Notes: If you do not have plants to share you are welcome to bring other offerings including dried herbs, medicine, or anything else you think others might be interested in trading for!

Fall Medicinals

Sawmill Farm Collective
140 Meadow RD in Florence, MA (next to the Florence Community Garden)
No Registration Necessary – $10 – no one turned away for lack of funds.

Everyday Herbs for Stress and Anxiety

Indigo Healing Center, Florence MA

Stress and anxiety have a way of creeping into our lives and can have immediate as well as long term effects on the body, mind and spirit. We will discuss holistic tools for managing stress and anxiety on a daily basis using herbs, foods and breathing exercises and explore how we can build resistance to the controllable and uncontrollable sources of stress in our lives!

Suggested $10 donation. All donations will go toward the Northampton/Amherst Herbal Meetup Group!

Fermented Foods for Health, Balance and Sustainability

Just Roots Farm, Greenfield

The health of probiotic flora in the digestive system is important for the absorption of nutrients, immune system function, controlling inflammation, mental/emotional well being and for preventing food allergies and skin conditions. Eating fermented foods is an excellent way to maintain and restore healthy probiotic gut flora. In anticipation of the upcoming growing season, we will learn how to make a variety of different fermented foods from vegetables and some fruits! Since fermentation is a natural means of food storage, these traditional preparation techniques can also help support efforts to eat and enjoy local and regional foods throughout the year.

Learn to Make Your Own
Winter Health Remedies

Sunday December 7, 2 – 4 pm
All Things Local Coop
104 N Pleasant ST in Amherst, MA

Winter wellness is about more than just not getting sick, it is about maintaining good energy and vitality throughout the darkest and coldest time of the year. Traditional remedies for the winter season can support immunity, reduce susceptibility to cold and flu and improve energy and vitality. We will spend the afternoon learning about delicious home remedies, simple, effective herbs and accessible preparation techniques – sending you home with tools to practice preventative winter wellness in your everyday life.

Everyone will go home with herbs to use at home – $6 materials fee per family. Kids welcome. This event is in Collaboration with Grow Food Amherst.

DIY Herbal Housecleaning!

Acadia Herbals, Northampton MA

Lets get together and talk about expanding our home herbal pharmacy into the world of cleaning. In this class we will talk about how to turn simple, common household ingredients and anti-bacterial/anti-microbial herbs into effective cleaning products. We will cover important cleaning ingredients and specific recipes for bathroom cleaners, mirrors and windows, rugs, laundry, furniture and more. Cleaning products contain many toxic chemicals that we absorb into our body through skin contact and also contact through the mucus membranes of our nose, eyes and lungs. Not to mention after use cleaning supplies then get washed down the drain and enter the water supply. Making your own cleaning products is good for you and the earth and affordable. If you are a pro at making your own cleaners already bring your stories and wisdom to share with us all.

Native Woodland Plants

10 Mt. Skinner State Park Road
Amherst, MA

The plans are appearing despite the cool weather. Join me for an herb walk on Mt. Skinner – there are many beautiful, at-risk medicinal plants here on this mountain side – it is a great place to look at spring ephemerals, medicinal trees and other woodland habitat plants. We will begin the walk up Skinner together, talking about herbs for an hour or so. Those of you who want to can continue up to the top.

We will meet at the main entrance to Mt. Skinner Park and hike up the road. From Rt. 47 South take a left onto Old Mountain Road. Follow Old Mountain Road until it Ts – and you see parked cars.

Medicinal Herbs – Harvesting, Storing and Using

Saturday January 17, 2015, 1 – 2 pm
Hadley Garden Center
285 Russell Street (Route 9) in Hadley, MA

This will be a general introduction to the practice of using medicinal herbs. Designed for gardeners and plant enthusiasts we will start by discussing plants themselves – in the garden and in the wild – how to harvest, process and store them and then how to use them as the base of simple home remedies.

Integrating herbs into your lifestyle can be easy, practical and fun and can provide simple and natural solutions for many common ailments. We will discuss a variety of locally abundant and easy to grown herbs and their medicinal uses in the home pharmacy. We will cover methods for harvesting, drying and storing these herbs and how to use them in simple home remedies.

This is a free class. No registration is required, last year it was packed – so come early if you want a seat.

Summer Medicinals

Sawmill Farm Collective
140 Meadow RD in Florence, MA (next to the Florence Community Garden)
No Registration Necessary – $10 – no one turned away for lack of funds.

Join us for an herb walk at Sawmill Farm in Florence, to talk about the medicinal and edible plants growing wild and in the fields.  Sawmill Farm Collective has a medicinal herb CSA and lots of exciting plants growing for share holders, don’t miss this chance to see the plants growing and thriving!

Herbal Aide Movie Screening & Potluck!

Indigo Massage, Florence MA
Free. No registration necessary – just show up!

Bring a dish to share and join us at 6 for a potluck dinner! Following dinner together we will watch Herbal Aide, a documentary about herbal grass roots healthcare efforts, community applications of herbal medicine and related politics of access and education. Watch the trailer.

About Herbal Aide – Building Community Through Herbalism

Herbal Aide is a non-profit based organization founded to document, inspire and fund grassroots herbal projects/businesses that are working towards creating positive, sustainable social change. The Herbal Aide video documentary features herbalists who are using their passion for plants as a tool to support their community in health and healing and is currently being shown around the country.

To find out more about Herbal Aide, visit their website.

Honoring Fire Cider – A Celebration of Traditional Herbal Remedies

Saturday January 31st, 10 am – 1 pm
Northampton Winter Farmer’s Market
Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust St. Northampton, MA

An event to RAISE AWARENESS about the recent trademarking of the traditional remedy Fire Cider and raise money for the Free Fire Cider effort.

Herbalism is a thriving modern system of wholistic healthcare, with deep roots in American folk medicine. Join us for an event celebrating our herbal roots and traditional herbal remedies.

10 – 11:30: Fire Cider Intensive Workshop

With Jade Alicandro-Mace and Brittany Nickerson

In this workshop you will learn:
– To make fire cider,
– To apply the many therapeutic uses of this healthful tonic,
– To use food as medicine in your everyday life.

11:30 – 1: Traditional Remedy Tasting and Recipe Swap!

– Bring your own home-made traditional remedies to share,
– Taste other’s versions,
– Share recipes and get inspired!

Suggested Donation, $0 – 20. No Registration Necessary.

Learn More at www.FreeFireCider.com
BRITTANY AT CONFERENCES AND EVENTS IN 2016

HERBSTALK

 June 4 & 5, 2016
Somerville, MA

Thyme Herbal will have a booth in the vending emporium all weekend! Brittany will be teaching Healthy Teeth and Gums on Saturday June 4th from 11 – 12:30!

Healthy Teeth and Gums

Herbs and other holistic approaches are effective in preventing and treating teeth and gum issues. We will discuss the therapeutic use of herbs for cleansing, reducing inflammation and pain, preventing infection, and healing tissues. Students will leave empowered to make their own tooth powder/paste, tooth rinse and more!

Introduction to Botanical Cooking – Kripalu

June 5 – 10th
Stockbridge, MA

Herbal traditions provide valuable tools for empowered, connected, and meaningful self-care. In this accessible introductory program, explore a handful of culinary herbs and wild edibles in depth, and learn to identify and harvest them, grow and care for them.

Deepen your connection with nature and yourself as you:

-Learn the health benefits of botanical cooking
-Explore techniques for preparing and using culinary herbs and wild edibles through demonstrations and hands-on activities
-Integrate mindful practices into cooking and eating
-Get outside to explore Kripalu’s herb gardens and forage for wild edibles
-Connect consciously with nature.

Weave botanical wisdom into your diet and lifestyle and return home with recipes and seeds to bring your own botanical kitchen to life.

NOFA Summer Conference

August 12 – 14
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Your Daily Dose of Herbs

Herbs can be a simple and powerful addition to your daily life; supporting holistic wellness and emotional and physical balance. Learn how simple and sustainable herbal protocols can help you feel great and bring a sense of deep empowerment and confidence to your everyday life.

Wintergreen Market

Brought to you by HERBSTALK!

November 26, 2016
The Armory in Somerville, MA

Ghee: Preparation and Use
12 pm

Ghee is a traditional Ayurvedic medicinal preparation made from butter.  It has a long history of use as a nourishing tonic for the endocrine, hormonal, nervous and reproductive systems.  We will make a batch of ghee together and discuss how to apply its many wonderful, healing benefits in food and medicine.

In addition to teaching this class, Brittany will be at the Thyme Herbal booth in the Marketplace for the entire event.

Natural Living Expo

November 12 & 13, 2016
Marlboro, MA

Herbal Kitchen Pharmacy
Cooking Demonstrations, Sunday November 13th

Cooking with herbs supports digestion and absorption of nutrients and helps prevent digestive discomfort. Culinary herbs also have unique medicinal properties that go beyond digestion – you can easily prevent cold and flu, relieve a headache, support cardiovascular health and reduce anxiety using just the herbs on your spice shelf! Learn to make delicious food-based home remedies using common kitchen ingredients.

10:30 – Detoxify with Cilantro
Demo: Cilantro Lemonade
Cilantro is nutritive, cooling and detoxifying and this refreshing Cilantro Lemonade is a great way to enjoy its potent medicinal properties.

11:30 – Ease Tension and Stress with Basil
Demo: Fresh Basil Tea
Learn how a simple cup of basil tea can uplift the spirits and reduce depression, anxiety and tension.

12:30 – Support Cardiovascular Health and Focus with Rosemary
Demo: Rosemary-berry Syrup
Rosemary-berry Syrup, rich in antioxidants and minerals, is a wonderful circulatory tonic, excellent for memory, mental clarity and focus.

2:30 – Support Vibrant Immunity with Garlic
Demo: Pickled Garlic
Garlic has long been used to increase the immune response and fight infection, cold and flu. Pickled garlic is a delicious and convenient way to incorporate all the benefits of raw garlic into your diet.

3:30 – Nourish with Parsley
Demo: Parsley Pesto
Parley is rich in vitamins and minerals, great for digestion and absorption, and supports kidney health. We will discuss the many ways to include parsley into the diet and make a delicious, nutrient dense parsley pesto!

Past Conferences and Events

HERBSTALK  –  2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
NOFA Summer Conference  –  2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
NOFA Vermont Winter Conference  –  2013
New England Women’s Herbal Conference  –  2012, 2014
New England Women’s Herbal Conference  –  2015
Green Nations Gathering  –  2012, 2014
Northeast Herbal Association Retreat  –  2013
Belly & Womb Conference  –  2013
Herbal Community of Central Mass

Nature is my Medicine Series at Tower Hill Botanical Garden  –  2013

Natural Living Expo

Cooking Demonstrations  –  2013

History and Use of Herbs in the Kitchen
At UMASS, Amherst

Next Offering: FALL 2017

Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, for the last 7 weeks of the semester. There will be an introductory class meeting during the first week of class (September 7).  Class Dates: October 19, 26.  November 2, 9, 16, 30.  December 7.

UMASS course number: STOCK 197 H, 1 Credit
Open to Sustainable Food and Farming majors or with permission of instructor.

Students will learn about the history and use of culinary herbs in cooking and other kitchen preparations from around the world.  Includes botanical, historical and culinary information about the most common culinary herbs including leaves, seeds and roots. Learn to grow, harvest and prepare culinary herbs for use in cooking.

Wild Foods
At Greenfield Community College

Wild Foods will be offered in 2016 during summer session II. For more information, visit the GCC website.  Brittany will not be teaching Wild Foods in 2016.

Take the class for-credit or not-for-credit as a community member!
This class counts toward the Farm and Food Systems major at GCC.

A basic introduction to observing, identifying, harvesting and preserving native plants, herbs and weeds for edible and nutritional purposes. Topics also include how common weeds, including invasive species, can be turned in to value-added products-improving the productivity of farms, gardens or homesteads.
For more information and to register, visit the GCC website.

The Northampton / Amherst Herbal Meet-up group is a wonderful resource for herbal education and events. Check out our webpage for more information and to join.