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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 renown herbalist teachers. To see bios of our noted teachers, please visit our faculty page.  We are also happy to host other noted herbal and holsitic 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  signup for our emails.

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earth-star mushroom -robert rodgersMedicine Plants & Fungi of the Boreal Forest: From Indigenous Knowledge to Modern Use – with Robert Rogers

Early bird discount available until Monday the 18th!  To register click here

ArborVitae is particularly glad to welcome, for the first time in New York, an herbal elder from Alberta, Canada, Robert Rodgers. His class will explore in depth ten medicine plants and mushrooms of the Boreal Forest that are used by northern Cree healers. Plants discussed will be wild sarsaparilla, fireweed, labrador tea, marsh scullcap, rhodiola, sRobert Rodgers & fungi -ArborVitaepruce, birch and its medicinal mushrooms, including chaga; ganoderma applanatum, red belted conk, and amanita muscaria. Robert will share about their traditional uses and health benefits as well as ethnobotanical and scientific examination of these natural medicines, in a manner accessible, and enjoyable to both the general public, and trained health practitioners.

Save the dates for our great line-up of master classes with visiting herbalists!

Ola Obasi – Monday Oct 30th  6:30-9 pm
–visiting from Peurto Rico

Tammi Sweet – Friday Nov. 3rd  6:30- 9 pm
–back again for an in depth consideration of cannabis as medicine

Matthew Wood – Monday Dec. 4th 6:30 – 9pm

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 – February
– 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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