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The Herbal Imaginarium

When: Sunday May 31st, 10:00AM-9:00PM
Where: The PaperBox, 17 Meadow Street Brooklyn, 11206
Cost: Earlybird $15, Sliding Scale $20-$60 thereafter, email for work-trade options, issues related to financial difficulty, and volunteer inquiries

We welcome you to the Inaugural Herbal Imaginarium, NYC’s Plant Medicine Conference, where the heights of imaginative art meet the rooted depths of plant medicine in a daylong series of workshops, talks, a screening and theatrical performance, plant walks, healing services, meditations, music, vending and a number of surprises.

This is NYC’s flagship herbalism conference, and as such, it stands alone at the edge of a city so much in need of the kind of education we aim to make available. We hope to create a hearth around which the Herbal Community, young and old, can gather and celebrate the love of plants, medicine and each other.

This event will act as a fundraiser for The East Meets West Medicine Fest, an event the producers of the Herbal Imaginarium will be throwing later in the year focused on lectures and workshops at the intersection between classical and contemporary medical traditions with classes on Yoga, Herbalism, Jungian and Freudian Psychology, Holotropic Breathwork, Shamanism and other topics. At night there will be DJs, music, and performances.

We’ve curated classes for both beginner and advanced herbalists, and there will be lots of vendors and local organizations and herbal schools to learn about as well. As the day goes on the activities become less cerebral, more meditative, musical and theatrical, finishing off with the production of “The Herbalist of Oz” a play written by the creator of The Herbal Imaginarium, Jeff Bausemer, detailing the travails of a young man named Dorotheo and his journey to find the herbalist who lives in the Emerald City so he can be cured of what ails him and escape the clutches of the wicked witch of the East Village with his friends the Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, who all have medical woes of their own. Get ready to take directions from green witches and follow the yarrow brick road in a play starring some of your favorite local herbalists in this off-Broadway tale as old as thyme.

If you would like to table or offer short healing services or herbal consultations for free or by donation, please email info to to submit a request.

Tickets are offered on a sliding scale from $20-$60, and anyone with serious financial difficulty who would still like to attend can email the organizer at We are also offering a couple work/trade options, so please email if you are interested in participating in that way, or simply interested in volunteering outright, either for this event or for future events. And please remember to invite and share this event page and the main Herbal Imaginarium page with your friends - this is what really makes it easier for us to grow amongst the concrete pavement cracks of this fine city.

This event is 21+, but children are allowed as long as they are accompanied by a parent.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

10:00 - Doors Open
10:30AM-12:00PM - Nathaniel Whitmore - Native American Herbalism
10:30AM-12:00PM - Richard Mandelbaum - The Herbalism of Joy, Stress and Sleep (suggested for beginners)

12:15PM-1:45PM - Patrick Fratellone - Apitherapy (Bee Medicine and Bee Sting Medicine - suggested for beginners)
12:15PM-1:45PM - Jonathan Edwards - Nepalese Herbalism and Materia Medica

2:00- 3:00 - Lunch / Sound Meditation

3:00-5:30 - Susanna Raeven - Amazonian Teacher Plants and Icaro Meditations
3:00 - 4:00 - Ojo De Dios Weaving Workshop
4:00 - 5:30 - Pamela Shaw - Personal Digestive Bitters Formulations (suggested for beginners)

5:45 - 7:15 - Screening of “Numen: The Healing Power of Plants”

7:30 - 8:00 - Theatrical Production of “The Herbalist of Oz”

8:00 - 9:00 - Music and Socializing

9:00 - Doors Close

Sponsored by: The Arborvitae School of Traditional Herbalism, Evolver, The NYC Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild, Flower Power Herb Shoppe, The New York Open Center

Price: $20.00

Date: May 31, 2015


The PaperBox
17 Meadow Street
Brooklyn, NY
11206 Map and Directions

Open House for Professional Program Years, 1, 2, & 3

Tuesday, June 9th: 6:30-8:30 pm  Free, but please registerArborVitae OpenHouse

Join ArborVitae teachers and fellow herb students for an open house and introduction to the first foundational year, 2nd year, and 3rd year of the professional program.  If you are curious for more information about ArborVitae's program, this meeting is the time to have your questions answered. If you already have an herbal training background and wonder if  you qualify for the 2nd or 3rd year, or what the additional training offers, this is also the meeting to come to. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015-2016 year. Make your deposit prior to June 15th to qualify for reduced tuition. Come for a taste of herbs, and a taste of the year to come!

Price: Free Event

Date: June 9, 2015

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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.

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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