In traditional Western Herbalism, we view the four elements (air, water, fire & earth) as primary aspects of everything we know here on earth.  Perceiving the world through this lens allows us to find commonalities among ourselves, the foods we eat, the herbs we might take as medicines and all of nature around us.  With this perspective, we are able to gain some insights into the body in illness and health as a matter of continually maintaining and/or restoring balance of the elements while we engage with the world day to day.  In this series, I intend to highlight each of the four elements, focusing on their various manifestations within the body, and within the plants that we consume for our health and nourishment.  We can then determine which plants might be most appropriate for us at particular times, depending on the balance of the elements within us.

The series is divided into four parts.  Participants are welcome to sign up for just one workshop, or you can take the entire series. 

At each workshop there will be a "make & take" project where we will make an herbal product together which participants will get to bring home with them.

It will be offered once a month, both in Belleville and Picton

Saturdays & Sundays from 2-4 pm, Feb-May.  You choose the location/date.

BELLEVILLE LOCATION  Saturdays @ By the Moon Wellness Centre & School 308 North Front St 2nd floor

PICTON LOCATION           Sundays @ The Picton Town Hall 2 Ross St 2nd floor 

COST     $35 + HST for each workshop  OR  $120 + HST for the whole series

Payments can be made online via Paypal.  Contact me if you'd like to pay by e-transfer or a different method.

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AIR    Respiration, Digestion and Nervous System 

February 8th (Belleville)

February 9th (Picton)

The air element relates to our breath, and as such, the respiratory system.  It also has a strong resonance with our digestive health, as we will see.  It is responsible for movement which we find in the wind, and the in/out breathing rhythm that keeps us alive.  Wind also relates to that which we can not see, but which nevertheless has an effect on us.  In the body, we find this in the nervous system and the brain, where the air element has a strong influence.  

In this workshop we'll focus on these aspects of health, looking at herbs and foods that influence the digestive, respiratory and nervous systems, as well as other practices that engage with the air element to help bring it into balance.

Make & Take Project:  Your  Personal Blend of Herbal Tea

Cost  $35 + HST= $39.55


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WATER   & The Fluids of the Body

March 7th Belleville

March 8th Picton

The water element rules the blood, lymph, sweat, urine, synovial and cerebrospinal fluids.  It is both a cleanser and a nourishing agent, softening the tissues so that they become more permeable and also helping to flush out wastes.  Water has traditionally been associated with the emotions, which we see in the physical manifestations of tears, sweat, etc. An excess of water element may show up in a runny nose during a cold, as the body tries to clear out the pathogen.  It may also show up as edema or other swellings.  Issues related to the water element also manifest in the bladder and kidneys.  In this class we'll look at herbs and foods that help to balance out the water element in the various systems of the body.

Make & Take Project: herbal tincture

Cost  $35 + HST = $39.55


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FIRE  Immunity, Energy, Metabolism

April 4th Belleville

April 5th Picton


The fire element rules the aspect of temperature in the body, resonating of course with heat, or lack thereof.  Heat is an important form of energy for us, and it mobilizes our metabolism, our immune response, our motivation and our drive.  Heat also influences our blood circulation, helping to ensure that all parts of the body are nourished and cleansed.  Excess fire can lead to excessive immune response (as seen in inflammation and its associated pain).  It can also produce excessive anger.  Insufficient fire in the body can lead to slower metabolism, low energy and lack of motivation.

In this workshop we'll talk a lot about balanced immune responses versus over-active immunity.  We'll look at pain and inflammation, and various ways that we can address these issues by bringing the fire element into balance within the body.

Make & Take Project:  Herbal Salve for Pain & Inflammation

COST  $35 + HST=$39.55


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EARTH  bones, skin, joints

May 2nd Belleville

May 3rd Picton


The earth element relates to all the solid structures in the body.  It is the part that takes up and holds nourishment so that the body's form and functions can be maintained.  The earth element has a slow moving and sticky quality to it, resonating with foods and herbs that build and strengthen and burn slowly like fats and oils, grains, and also minerals.  An excess of earth may manifest as excess weight and a slow or sluggish system.  It generally calls for detoxification on some level.  A healthy balance of earth element brings the wisdom of slow movement and thought, and the endurance to get through long and arduous tasks.  Because the bones are strong representations of the earth element, any herbs or foods that are mineral rich and nourish the bones have strong earth element characteristics.

In this workshop we'll examine nourishing, mineral rich herbs that can help to build or restore bone health, support proper absorption of nutrients, and slowly but effectively clear out wastes.

Make & Take Project:  Mineral Rich Vinegar

COST  $35 + HST=$39.55


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