ArborVitae is pleased to host herb master classes offered by expert local, national, and international teachers.
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.
Monday, Mar. 26th — 80 8th Ave. 13th Floor, Room 1302 (Note: Entrance is on 14th St.)
The concept of “food as medicine” is rooted in our most ancient of healing traditions, including Greek, Indian, and Chinese medicine. Although medicine and nutrition are now considered to be separate entities, practiced by different categories of practitioners, throughout history there has never been any real separation between them. According to Ayurveda, when the diet is correct and supportive to good health, medicine is rarely needed. But if the diet is improper, and counter-productive to good health, then medicine is of little benefit. This class is an introduction to the practice of using food as medicine, illustrating some of the key concepts used in Ayurveda and traditional medicine, to empower your choices and support your health.
Join us at 11am for a plant walk with Richard Mandelbaum! It’s a great opportunity to learn about the program, ask questions, and be surrounded by plants.
Monday, April 16th — 80 8th Ave. 13th Floor, Room 1302 (Note: Entrance is on 14th St.)
This a class is for folks who already know more-than-basic herbal medicine. The goal is to cover clinically useful plantsand formulas for common health conditions. It will discuss common medicinal plants such as Gotu kola, Horse chestnut, and Oregon graperoot and how various medicinal plants can be put together in formulas for health conditions such as cognitive dysfunction, venous return, and chronic pain.
Open House at ArborVitae — Apr. 18th
Come join us for a fun evening and learn more about our professional programs, meet our directors and core faculty (Claudia Keel and Richard Mandelbaum), talk with current ArborVitae students, and enjoy a delicious herbal tea!
Monday, April 23rd — 80 8th Ave. 13th Floor, Room 1302 (Note: Entrance is on 14th St.)
Picture it … hundreds of years ago crews aboard ships relied solely upon medicinal herbs for everything from cannonball injuries to sunburn and dysentery. It’s a fascinating & fun aspect of maritime history. Please join us for taste treats!
Join us at 6pm for a plant walk with Claudia Keel! It’s a great opportunity to learn about the program, ask questions, and be surrounded by plants.
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 email@example.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!
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.
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.
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.