These are workshops taught in-person by Michael Vertolli or Monika Ghent. For information about these workshops, please contact the applicable instructor directly. or
  • This workshop covers all aspects of the process of making herbal tinctures from both fresh and dried herbs, including:
    • Understanding different extraction media (menstruum).
    • Preparing different potencies.
    • Jars and equipment.
    • Using different kinds of presses.
    • Differences between using fresh and dried herbs.
    • Administration and dosages.
    • Differences between tinctures and other herbal preparations.
    This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations of how to prepare, macerate and press fresh and dried herb tinctures using different kinds of equipment. Students will receive samples of fresh and dried herb tinctures of the same herb that are prepared during the workshop to use and compare. Prerequisite: None.

    Required textbooks:

    Saturday November 23rd, 10 am to 5 pm.

    Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario

    Michael Vertolli.
  • American Basswood (Tilia americana)


    If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. Rainer Maria Rilke

    In this workshop, participants will directly receive and experience the Tree Spirit Medicine, wisdom, healing and guidance of American Basswood.

    American Basswood gifts us the grounding energy of deep, wide roots which create a strong foundation and sense of security, stability, safety and trust. This place of deep rootedness anchors us that we may surrender wholeheartedly and courageously into the depths the Great Mother Mystery, the source of all creation, out of which everything arises and everything returns to be transmuted and reborn. In these numinous depths of infinite potentiality, we are released from the constriction and resistance of limiting beliefs, traumas and indoctrination into the natural flow of the Mysterious, emptied and receptive to the voice of our own inner knowing.

    The workshop will begin with a connective exercise with the beautiful Grandmother Basswood in our forest. Afterwards, participants will directly experience Basswood’s medicine, healing and wisdom by entering into the dream world with Basswood where she will impart to you her gifts. Participants will then share their experiences with the group that we may all learn from each other the depth and breadth of Basswood’s Tree Spirit Medicine.

    Once you have received the Tree Spirit Medicine of Basswood, she will always be with you whenever you need her medicine, guidance and support.

    To have branches that touch the heavens, a tree needs deep, strong roots.

    Date:Saturday, December 7th from 9:30 am to 5 pm

    Location:Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario

    Instructor: Monika Ghent