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ArborVitae is pleased 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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Ten Best Natural Remedies for Skin & Beauty — KP Khalsa

Monday, Feb. 26th — 80 8th Ave. 13th Floor, Room 1302 (Note: Entrance is on 14th St.)

6:30pm-9:00pm

Join us for this exciting community class, and learn beauty tips for your hair, face, nails and skin. Learn how skin diseases start, why they last so long, and why they are so hard to treat. K.P. Khalsa will discuss the core issues with these problems and get to the root cause of these conditions, plus add a huge toolbox of beauty tips for your healthy lifestyle.

We will discuss powerful natural secrets that snuff out toxicity, quell inflammation and nourish your skin and hair, so that you can let your beauty shine through. This class will introduce you to these ancient secrets of healthy living to enhance your vitality and magnetism and help you survive cruel winter weather with beautiful skin.

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Open Houses at ArborVitae — Feb. 27th & Mar. 3rd

Feb. 27th at 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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!

Mar. 3rd from 1pm – 3:30pm *Will also include mini herbal classes by Claudia Keel & Richard Mandelbaum

Everything Nettles w/ Claudia Keel – We will delve into all things nettles and in so doing many aspects of herbal medicine making and wild foods.

Reishi & Chocolate w/ Richard Mandelbaum – Despite their well-deserved popularity, the most profound healing potential of both reishi and chocolate is often overlooked: to Calm the Mind, to Lift the Spirit, and to Clear Heat from our Hearts with their potent medicinal bitterness.

 

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Special Herbal Weekend Intensive — Matt Wood

Saturday – Homeopathy for Herbalists 

Homeopathy and herbalism definitely have an interface: the more toxic agents such as belladonna have fallen out of the herbal materia medica but continue to be used in the homeopathic, while the latter uses many a fine herb: Calendula, Boneset, Hawthorn, St. John’s Wort, Elder, Chamomile, etc.  The herbalist can learn to use some of the basic agents of homeopathy in a simple, constructive manner alongside our herbal remedies.  The basic healing doctrine of homeopathy (like treats like) seems to be in conflict with the inferred method of herbalism (hot to cold).  We will show that this is not the case and that herbalists can use the basic remedies of the homeopathic materia medica successfully alongside our own plant medicines.  Matthew Wood has been using both for thirty five years.

Sunday – Pulse and Tongue Evaluation

This class is intended for students and practitioners who have either taken Matthew Wood’s classes on the subject at Arborvitae in the past, or have some good background in pulse diagnosis.  We won’t be going over the basics and we will be following up on the teachings given in December 2017, 2016, and 2015.  We will be looking at each other’s tongues and pulses (plus facial and skin evaluation where it is particularly relevant).  Students will continue to evaluate each other’s pulses.

This class is open to students at Arborvitae and others, but experience is required for the Sunday class.

*Classes can be purchased separately; an additional 10% discount is offered for full weekend registration.

Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 10th and 11th — 80 8th Ave. 13th floor, Room 1302 (Note: Entrance is on 14th St.)

Classes begin at 10am sharp – 5pm

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Detox in Harmony — Susanna Raeven

Monday, Mar. 19th — 80 8th Ave. 13th Floor, Room 1302 (Note: Entrance is on 14th St.)

6:30pm-9:00pm

Detox in Harmony – Herbs and Foods to Rejuvenate your Being

Get ready for spring! Susanna Raeven from Raven Crest Botanicals will share plants and foods to jumpstart your very own detox process after a long winter hibernation. What are toxins? Where are they stored in the body? How can they be safely and gently released? Learn about different types of detoxing cleanses and find out which is most aligned with your body and being. Explore herbs to support and invigorate the liver, enliven the lymphatic system, improve digestion and clear your skin. We will prepare an alkalizing and detoxing herbal bath salt to take home.

 You will make a bath salt to take home with you. Please pay $5 for a materials cost in class. Raven Crest Detox tincture blend and a detox tea blend will also be available for purchase.

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Open House/Plant Walk — Apr. 14th at the East Village Community Garden w/ Claudia Keel

Join us at 10am for a plant walk with Richard Mandelbaum! It’s a great opportunity to learn about the program, ask questions, and be surrounded by plants.

Open House/Plant Walk — Apr. 15th in Prospect Park w/ Richard Mandelbaum

Join us at 11am for a plant walk with Claudia Keel! It’s a great opportunity to learn about the program, ask questions, and be surrounded by plants.

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!

 

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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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