Open houses for 1st & 2nd year programs are now being held for the 2014 – 2015 year!

Our next open house is Sunday, July 13th from 7 – 9 pm.  All are welcome, but please RSVP by registering!

arborvitae lineUnless otherwise noted, all classes are held at ArborVitae’s classroom: 80 8th Avenue, room 1302 NY, NY 10013 (housed within Tristate College of Acupuncture).
Please note: the entrance for 80 8th Ave is actually on 14th St – just east of the Northeast corner.
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ArborVitae classes and courses span a broad range of topics. Our comprehensive workshops vary in level (introductory to advanced) and are taught by expert local, national and international teachers. To see bios of our noted teachers, please visit our faculty page.
As a special offering in our inaugural 2013-2014 year, many of  the foundational program classes have also been open to the public, and the current offerings are listed below. You can find our event calendar here.
Please check back as new courses are added regularly.

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East Meets West Medicine Fest

Price: $65.00

Date: July 19, 2014

July 19th, 11am-8pm.
$50 Early Bird, $65 Advanced, $75 Day of

Join fellow herbalists and plant medicine enthusiasts for an afternoon of unconventional herbalism seminars, interactive plant medicine meditations and a tablespoon of Opera (to help the medicine go down) at Evolver’s inaugural East Meets West Medicine Fest, where eastern and western traditions of herbal plant medicine are united as one.

Presenters will offer their herbal wisdom from the stage of the National Opera Center in NYC, focusing on the intersection of eastern schools of herbalism with local, “western” herbs. The topics covered will include: Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, The Doctrine of Signatures, Shamanism, Alchemy and much more. Local herbalism schools and organizations will be tabling, providing information about their programs, and offering products. We will wrap up the evening with an auction for fantastic items like Evolver webinars, trainings in herbalism, books and much more.

Presentations will introduce basic concepts before entering more advanced territory, and are intended for beginner and advanced practitioners alike. Specially blended herbal tea options and refreshments will be served. There will also be raffles, performances, and networking opportunities. Presenters will be available to answer questions during breaks. Seating is very limited, so it is advised that you purchase ticket well in advance.

11am-12: Reception. Check in and engage with local sponsors and other herbalists. Refreshments will be served.
12-12:25: Introduction, Jeff Bausemer of Evolver
12:30-1:30: Richard Mandelbaum – “Common Local Plants Used in Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine”
1:40-3:00: Ashley Sky Litecky – “Plant Spirit Medicine and Meditation”
3:00-3:50: Break
3:55-4:25: Performance
4:30-5:50: Kristen Rae Stevens – “The Power of Prana and Plant Medicine”
5:55-6:55: Leon Milmeyster – “The Cross Roads of Herbalism: Where Western Herbalism, Alchemy, Shamanism, and Ayurveda Converge”
6:55-7:15: Auction
7:15-8:00: Closing Reception

The National Opera Center is located at 330 7th Avenue, New York, New York 10001

Shamanic Herbal Medicine & Warriorship with Matt Wood, Vanessa Chakour

Price: $300.00

Date: August 13, 2014

Matthew Wood-AV bio pictHeld at: The Wolf Conservation Center in So. Salem, NY
(just one hour outside NYC. Easy transportation via Metro North)
Dates: 13th  11am - August 14th  5pm
Rate: $300 (Early Registration: $285)  Deposit: $150 (includes camping and foods) Couple & family rates available. Email

Join Sacred Warrior founder, Vanessa Chakour and internationally renowned herbalist, Matthew Wood for a journey into our deepest selves.
wolf-conservation-center-2-200x200    Shamanic Herbal Medicine
Plants teach us that “Nature is alive,” and intelligent. The green world personifies the life force; the individual plants teach us the alphabet or Language of Nature. Animals teach us about our “energies” or the visceral powers within us. The two interact with each other and with us to teach us about Nature, ourselves, and our spiritual potential. In this class we will learn about medicine animals and medicine plants and how to learn about and from them.

IMG_0925-200x200     Warriorship: Exploration through movement, meditation, creative exploration and dream work designed to move beyond the ego to reveal the innate strength of our instinctual and intuitive dream selves. In order to dive fearlessly into the mysteries of shamanic medicine, we must activate and awaken our multi-dimensional sensors and strength to confront the obstacles standing in the way of our transformation. We must possess the power to embrace our sensitivity so we may recall our deep connection to, and communication with nature.
outward-bound-croatia-luke-177-200x200     Space is limited in this wildlife preserve.  Deposit will secure space. Due to demand, deposits are non-refundable but with notice, can be used toward a future Sacred Warrior workshop or retreat. Your participation will support the Wolf Conservation Center’s vital work protecting wolves, educating the public about their essential role toward healthy ecosystem, and reintroducing endangered wolves into the wild.
     During our time together we’ll share herbal infusions, wild food and camp outside, amongst the 22 wolves and many wild medicinals at the Conservation Center. 2-4 person tents provided, however you are welcome to bring your own. More details will be sent upon registration

Please Note!

Pre-registration is recommended! The pre-registered (and early bird) fee is lower and registrants will be notified of any workshop info.   Class handouts and any special information will be sent  to pre-registered students by email ahead of the class. (Please do check emails ahead of class for this reason.)  Also, we determine whether a class will go forward based on the number of people who have signed up.
The Early Bird discount  (10%) is only available up till 11:59 pm of the date listed- roughly 2 weeks before a class starts. The discounted price will be seen when one checks out.
Registered Professional Program students receive guaranteed registration as well as  additional  classes, meetings, personal support, handouts, class assignments, assessment  and  credit for the professional certificate. If you would like credit for the course, please contact ArborVitae and submit an application.

Refund Policy
For a refund or class credit, you need to contact us at least 7 days before the class starts, and we will issue a refund/ credit. We trust this policy seems fair, as we plan according to class size, buy class materials in advance and our teachers often travel distances to NYC to teach, and so it is difficult to deal with last minute cancellations. You can, however, transfer your registration to a friend who would like your spot if you you are unable to attend.

Cancellation Policy
If for whatever reason, ArborVitae needs to cancel a class, we will do our best to give you 24 hours notice and you will receive 100% refund of the cost of the class, or if you prefer a credit for the rescheduled class or future class.

Rain-date Policy
If an outside class has a rain-date and  you can not make the rain-date  (given that we use it because of weather), you will be offered a credit for the class of your choice.

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