Medicine Making Course

June 5th – 8th 

We invite you to join us in a 4 day Herbal Intensive set in the beautiful and magical mountains of Southern Appalachia. While here, it is our hope that we may pass on the skills and knowledge of Appalachian medicine making using the resources found throughout these wild hills and hollers. In this intensive 4 day workshop we will spend our time together discussing the different forms of herbal medicine, how to make them, the history, the pros and cons of each, the dangers, the beauty….all while getting to know each other and, hopefully, a bit about the natural world that surrounds us.

Each morning you will arise from your cabin or glamping tent, greet the forest around you, and make your way to the central lodge where you will have a delicious breakfast of quiche, pastries, fruit, coffee, and tea from The Folk Collaborative waiting on you. Lectures and learning will begin soon thereafter and will happen in the lodge, around the fire, or throughout the property as we forage and enjoy plant identification either on property or within the orchard just atop the hill. We will break for lunch provided by The Folk Collaborative (hot and savory handpies, wraps, sandwiches, salads, or beanbowls) and a bit of personal time before starting the afternoon portion of the workshop. As the sun begins to drop below the mountain, the rest of the evening is now yours to enjoy. Think about dinner at a local restaurant (just 4 miles away) or grill some food at your cabin/tent. Hang out around the community fire pit, or soak in one of the hot tubs on site.
The first day, lunch and dinner will be provided and thereafter it will be breakfast and lunch. On our final day we will pack up and move to the orchard for a change of scenery and different plants to explore plus a tour of the apothecary. The workshop should finish around the time of a standard workday so everyone has ample time to travel home feeling relaxed, informed, and ready to take on the world.

This workshop normally occurs over a 5–6-month period where we meet one full weekend each month with projects in between, but I have found that a complete immersion into a subject has many benefits and allows you to be fully focused.

Here is a brief run down on the topics we will be covering;

Internal preparations:

consisting of teas, tinctures, vinegars, honeys, syrups, flower essences, powders, and capsules.

External preparations:

consisting of salves, ointments, poultices, compresses, oils, washes.

Essential Oils and InFused Herbal Medicine:

baths, oils, soaks, steams, creams, lotions, butters

Food as Medicine:

how the food we eat and what we drink have one of the largest impacts on our well being

Herbal First Aid:

Taking what we have learned and using it in real time, creating an herbal First Aid kit

This workshop is happening at such a beautiful time in Appalachia. Early summer is filled with countless flowers and plants for us to identify and enjoy. Early summer is also a wonderful time for bugs. And y’all, we are truly in the mountains. You will most likely encounter bugs that bite, sting, ticks, chiggers, and the occasional snake. They are a part of this amazing ecosystem. Dress accordingly, bring sprays, and if there are allergies, it is up to you to carry that EpiPen with you.

There are a limited number of sleeping arrangements available and for those who wish to have a private room, it is best to reserve your place ASAP.

For groups of friends who may like to share a bed or squeeze someone else into a glamping tent AND ANY DIETARY RESTRICTIONS must contact us to let us know just prior to booking.

 This workshop does require a minimum number of 12 people to stay on site. Should we not meet this minimum by the workshop will be cancelled and a full refund will be given.

Early bird specials apply to those willing to pay in full by March 15th, 2023 use code herbmed10 to receive your 10% discount.

Square afterpay can be used if you wish to make payments.

We look forward to hosting this intensive once again and meeting and working with each and every one of you.

• The Folk Collaborative and Cabins of Copperhill do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, gender, religion, creed, or life motto. This intensive is an open and safe space for all who wish to attend. Different opinions are ok, being an ass is not. Should any problems arise from anyone not acting like a decent human being, that human will be asked and made to leave immediately with no refund. Just be kind. There’s enough crap out there.

Glamping offers space for 1 or 2 people with a queen bed and a full futon.

We offer share loft spaces, private rooms, private cabins or glamping options. Rooms will be filled as deposits are made. There are limited private rooms. 

Breakfast and Lunches 

Your accommodations also include breakfast and lunch each day and lunch and dinner on the first afternoon. We will have quiche, pastries and fruit as our breakfast options and lunches will vary from veggie bowls, wraps or savory handpies.  If you have any dietary restrictions, you must contact us to verify our ability to accommodate. 

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