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ArborVitae is please to host herb master classes offered by expert local, national, and international teachers.80 8th ave entrance map

Classes are open to the public and are held at ArborVitae classroom:
80 8th Avenue (entrance on 14th St), room 1302, NY, NY 10011

Unless otherwise noted, classes are 2 1/2 hrs. long, and are often held on Monday evenings (6:30-9 pm)

The community classes span a broad range of topics. Our comprehensive workshops vary in level (introductory to advanced) and are often taught by our visiting and local faculty to offer the community the opportunity to learn from these renowned herbalist teachers. To see bios of our noted teachers, please visit our faculty page.  We are also happy to host other noted herbal and holistic teachers to teach special classes at ArborVitae.
Please check back as new courses are added regularly.
And if you would like periodic notifications of special classes and other herbal events, please sign up for our emails.

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Meridian Diagnosis — with Nathaniel Whitmore

Monday, January 22nd — 80 8th Ave. 13th Floor, Room 1302 (Note: Entrance is on 14th St.)

6:30pm-9:00pm

Meridians are channels of energy that make up a network of vessels that transport life-energy throughout the body, harmonizing and nourishing the body.  The 12 bi-lateral, primary meridians (more-or-less associated with the primary organs of Chinese medicine) and the 2 central meridians are usually represented in charts as lines on the body with specific acupoints along them.  These meridians and points are the major focus of acupuncture and shiatsu treatment and are also central to theory and diagnosis in Chinese medicine.   Although meridian diagnosis is well-known in Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and herbal medicine, as well as in shiatsu, qigong, macrobiotics, and martial arts, it is not well-known in the west.  This class introduces meridian diagnosis to American herbalists, naturopaths, and those interested in the holistic way to health.  As a principle theory in Chinese medicine, meridian diagnosis helps us to better understand health imbalances and what foods and herbs are most indicated.  For example, pain, rashes, or other symptoms along certain meridians or at certain points can indicate involvement of particular organs or help us understand the nature of the imbalance (and, therefore, what to do about it).

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Check back for updates as there is more to come!

-and also-
Save the date for our upcoming Ayurveda mini-series (!) with noted international Ayurvedic practitioners and teachers

K P Khalsa – Monday, February 26th 6:30-9
– visiting from Washington State

Todd Caldecott  –  Friday March 23rd  6:30-9
– visiting from Vancouver, Canada

Anne Mcintyre   – Thursday March 29th 6:30-9
– visiting from England

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Class Handouts

We highly encourage you to register for classes online. Not only does this ensure that you will be able to attend the class, but it also gives you access to handouts for all classes that you have registered for. When you register for a class online, you create an account on our website with a username and password. This allows you to access any community classes you have registered for via our website. Handouts for the class that you have registered for are posted on the website under the course title. In order to access the courses you have registered for, go to arborvitaeny.com and click on the Student Login button in the green bar at the top right hand corner. Login with your username and password. You will be able to access handouts for any class you have registered for online, so please save your username and password for future use. Please note that not all classes have handouts.

Pre-registration is recommended!

Registrants will be notified of any workshop information via email. Class handouts and any special information are available on our website once you have registered (you will create a login username and password, which will allow you to access class handouts for any class you register for). Also, we determine whether a class will go forward based on the number of people who have signed up.

The Early Bird discount

10% off is 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 (listed as the “sale” price).

*NEW* Senior Discount!

Students 65 and older can now receive a discount on all community classes!  Pay $30 at the door (instead of $35).

Trouble registering online?

If you experience any difficulties registering online, please email ask@arborvitaeny.com with a precise description of what the problem is. If possible, please include a screenshot of the problem. If you have previously registered online for a class, and thus already have a username, please note that you will need to use this same login information in order to register for another class.  Additional tip: We have found that some people have trouble registering for classes if their cookies are disabled – if this is your case, please try enabling them to allow you to register online!

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. We will send an email to everyone who has registered for the class online and we will post a notice on our website that the class has been cancelled.

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.  Please note that classes will not be cancelled due to snow unless public transportation is closed.

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