Classes

HERBALIST AND TEACHER, DENISE JOY

is a generational herbalist, taught by her great-grandmother, and is the last in her family line. She has been working with herbs for more than 40 years.

Mountain Spirit offers a full array of classes. These are classes that have been taught in the past but they can be tailored to meet your community’s needs.

Each individual class—base fee of $45.00 per person, is based on class size of 6–8, plus travel expenses (fees can be negotiated if needed).

Classes range from 2–3 hours each, but full-day workshops can also be arranged.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

All classes and workshops available at either your place or Mountain Spirit.

BASIC HERBAL REMEDIES MAKING SERIES

Come learn the basic processes involved in making balms, tinctures, soaps, and proper blending of tea and bath herbs. Usually taught as a series, each class provides hands-on opportunities to make products, as well as a wealth of information about when to use which modality, and the herbs being worked with.

Classes may also be offered as stand-alone workshops.

WOMEN’S HERBS FROM MENSTRUATION THROUGH MENOPAUSE

Learn to prevent basic women’s health problems through diet and herbs. This class is usually a series but can also be broken into workshops.

PART ONE—From the first moon time through child bearing. We’ll discuss herbs for balancing hormones and ways to deal with PMS, cramps and heavy bleeding. Discover which herbs are good for increasing fertility, pre- and post-natal care, and women’s basic health through diet and herbs.

PART TWO—Peri-menopausal through menopause. We’ll discuss herbs for heavy flows, and prevention herbs and diet for women-related conditions. We will cover hot flashes, disappearing flows, and many other hormonal-related changes in our aging women’s bodies.

BASIC SOAP MAKING CLASS

Come learn the basic processes involved in making soaps. This class provides a hands-on opportunity, learning to work with lye and oils to create a soap that works for you and your family. We can make an olive oil soap, or a shampoo bar with olive oil as the base, and we will also touch on infused oils. This is a 2–3 hour class. Come away with your own soap (great gifts)!

PLANTS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST—Native and Naturalized

This can be an evening lecture of 2–3 hours or a series class.

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS

Classes are taught at Mountain Spirit, in the yurt on my land and in the fields around the area. At the end of each course there is a certificate of completion; this has been used in the local high school for class credits and also some colleges.

Beginning Herbal Apprenticeship Program

Fees are $45 per class (or inquire for work-trade available), $900 per season, or $325 per 8 classes. A $50 nonrefundable deposit—which includes the 1st class—is required at sign-up. High school students 15 or older attend for free (3 spaces per year). Class size limit is 10. Register at the Port Townsend Farmer’s Market, by phone or email.

After completing this course you will have a basic understanding of using herbs for your health and body’s needs, and herbal remedies of basic ailments for yourself and family members.

  • Basic Herbal Remedy Making 
  • Food Herbs for Prevention of Illness
  • Growing and Cultivation of Herbs in the Pacific Northwest
  • Women’s Herbs from Menstruation through Menopause 
  • Male Herbs
  • Basic Herbal First Aid Kits—personalized for your families’ needs

Class is held from the fall equinox until the spring equinox, and meets each Wednesday from 10am–noon. There will be hands-on projects such as balms, tinctures and soap making, and some field trips (depending on weather), followed by question and answer time, and a review of last week’s herbal homework. 

Advanced Herbal Apprenticeship Program

Class fee is $800. Payments or work-trade arrangements can be made. An interview is required before sign-up.

After completing this course you will have a basic understanding of using herbs for your health and body’s needs, and how to remedy basic ailments.

  • Combination Herbal Remedy Making and Herbs for Prevention of Illness
  • Growing and Cultivation of Herbs in the Pacific Northwest
  • Women’s Herbs from Menstruation through Menopause 
  • Male Herbs

The class is conducted over four months. We will meet one afternoon a week from 2pm until 4ish. This is an intensive class. There will be some herbal remedy making but mostly working with combinations and their benefits, followed by question and answer time, and a review of last week’s herbal homework.