Past classes and events:








Winter 2016


Fall 2015


Spring 2015 Classes




 with Rachael Reeves & Jen Stovall

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Friday, Febuary 20th

7-930 pm

Held at Maypop

*$35, includes all medicines that participants will take home with them*

Salves and syrups are two of the herbal preparations that people are most excited to learn how to make. Not to mention they are also fun and delicious! Come learn how to turn an herb infused oil into a healing salve or lip balm & how to turn an herbal tea into a sweet & tasty syrup that even kids & the most discerning palates will enjoy. We will discuss each ingredient’s nutritious value and healing properties.Particpants will leave with a salve & a syrup!

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with Rachael Reeves

Thursday, February 26th

11 am – 12 pm

Held at Longue Vue Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans 70124

*There is no need to register for this class.*

Join Rachael as she covers the historical relevance of herbs in the South. This class is hosted by the local chapter of the National Herb Society. They will be serving a light lunch at the event.



Thursday, February 26th

6-9 pm



Friday, February 27th

10 am – 5 pm


Held at Tigermen Den, 3113 Royal Street

*$95 for both days. Register here*

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with Janet Kent

Tuesday, February 10th

6-8 pm

Held at Tigermen Den, 3113 Royal Street

*Sliding scale $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds*
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For those of you who missed this class last year, here’s a second chance. In this class, we will discuss the use of herbs for mental health While many physical conditions take time to heal when using herbal medicine, one can often feel immediate noticeable effects when using herbs for mental states. Unlike pharmaceuticals, herbs do not suppress emotional symptoms. They actually help us respond to stress in healthier ways. We will explore the ways herbs can be used to support mental health by discussing nine herbs in detail with specific indications for each herb. Because reconnecting with nature is part of the medicine, we will also discuss wildcrafting and gardening tips for the herbs.



with Janet Kent

Wednesday, February 11th

6-8 pm

Held at Tigermen Den, 3113 Royal Street

*Sliding scale $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds*
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Chronic stress in all its forms, physical, mental, situational, has long term effects on the body. We will cover the physiological effects of stress and its connection to chronic disease and compromised immunity. We will discuss tonic herbs that both help us respond to stress in healthier ways and protect our bodies from the structural damage that often results from long term stress. We will also cover several herbs for use in times of acute stress and their specific indications. This class stands alone if you cannot make it to part one, but together they form a more complete approach to herbal therapeutics for mental health.

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About Janet-
Janet Kent is an herbalist and educator who lives in a rich, hardwood cove high in the mountains of Western North Carolina. After dividing her time for almost a decade between New Orleans and her mountain home, she now lives on the land full time, gardening, wildcrafting and making medicine. Over the past five years, she has increasingly focused on the use of herbs for mental health. Last year she self-published  the booklet, Ease Your Mind: Herbs for Mental Health (available at Maypop.)


 with Rachael Reeves & Jen Stovall

Friday, January 30th

Held at Maypop (this class is full!)

Friday, February 6th

Held at King N Queen Emporium

7-9 pm

*This class is by donation*

Wanna start your own herbal apothecary? Maypop herbalists will cover the art of herbal preparations, their uses and differences. We will make infusions, decoctions, & a tincture. We will also cover how to make an infused oil & vinegar. This class is to support people making their own medicine and encourage self and community health.  Because we got to take care of each other!

 Thanks for supporting Maypop.



with Rachael Reeves & Jen Stovall

7-9 pm
 (both nights)

Held at Maypop

*These classes are by donation.*
*It is not required to attend both classes*

Brewing on New Moon Monday, January 19th

Please bring a cutting board, knife and any fresh herbs you have in your garden, rosemary, thyme,

turmeric, ginger, onions, horseradish. We will talk about each of the ingredients and their uses as we chop.


Harvesting on Full Moon Monday, February 2nd

We will squeeze the brew and talk about it’s uses.

If you would like to take some home bring a quart jar & $5.

It’s an herbal tradition, keep it a people’s medicine, learn more here.

Fire Cider is an age old remedy for winter health. The idea is to take vinegar and add ingredients that are warming, antibacterial  and yellow, orange or red, to remind us of the sun, the core of the earth and warm days to come. Take Fire Cider to prevent or ward off colds, sore throats, flus and promote circulation.  Use it by the shot or spoon full. It can also be added to soups, greens, salads or whereever you’d like a little spice.



“ow, my ____ing back!”  …using plants for back & joint injuries

with jim mcdonald
October 24th
5:30-8:00 pm
Held at Yoga Bywater, 900 Louisa St.

Sliding scale $40-25
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pre-registration required with Maypop

The number of people suffering from chronic back pain in this country is staggering. Chronic pain has far-reaching impact on all aspects of wellness, deeply affecting the spirit as well as the body. Conventional treatment usually involves strong pain killers and surgery; both of these approaches come with significant side effects and risks, and often do not yield the relief they promise.  The green world of plants offers another way of addressing these injuries, sometimes providing radical benefits in restoring wellness to beleaguered backs. Herbalist Jim McDonald will share his experiences using plants to address back & joint injuries, emphazing the underlying patterns & imbalances too often left unaddressed.

jim mcdonaldjim mcdonald has been practicing the art of herbcraft since 1994, and offers a knowledge of herbalism that blends western folk and indigenous views of healing with the Vitalist traditions of 19th century western herbalism, presented through a blend of story, experience, humor, common sense and lore. He has taught classes and workshops throughout Great Lakes bioregion and the US, hosts the website & has written for Plant Healer Magazine, the Journal of the Ontario Herbalists Association, and Llewelyn’s Herbal Almanac.  He is currently writing (alternately) “A Great Lakes Herbal” and “Foundational Herbcraft”.  Jim is a community herbalist, a manic wildcrafter and medicine maker, an occasional email mangler, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herbcraft… the plants themselves.


Introduction to the Tarot

with Casey Leigh
October 7th
5:30-8:00 pm

Sliding scale $40-25
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Please call 504.813.0148 to register, as space is limited!

In this class, we will look at the tarot as a complete system, and will also break the deck down into its composite parts, the major and minor arcana. This will also be an introduction to the hermetic qabalah, alchemy, and astrology, as these systems relate to the tarot.

Casey Casey Leigh was initiated as Mando Asogwe – a priestess of Vodou – by Sallie Ann Glassman in 2011. Although Her path to Spirit has taken many twists and turns, study of the tarot has been a constant for almost 20 years. Casey currently lives and works within her community in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn more about Casey and her services here.



Common Digestive Disorders

with Phyllis D. Light, MA
Thursday, September 25

6:30-8:30 pm
Held at Yoga Bywater, 900 Louisa St.

Sliding scale $40-25
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pre-registration required with Maypop

Good digestion is the basis of good health. Unfortunately, digestive problems are one of the most frequently reported health complaints in the United States today. The digestive system is uniquely affected by healing foods and herbs. In addition to any effects due to absorption and metabolism, herbs can have an effect upon the mucosal lining of the stomach, small intestines and large intestines through direct action or contact.

Join Phyllis as she discusses common complaints of the digestive system, such as reflux, ulcers, gallstones, inflammatory bowel conditions, Crohn’s disease, IBS and other common disorders.  She will also discuss herbal remedies for these conditions, the use of enzymes, nutritional supplements and special diets.


Dealing with Adrenal Exhaustion

with Phyllis D. Light, MA
Friday, September 26

6:30-8:30 pm
Held at Yoga Bywater, 900 Louisa St.

Sliding scale $40-25
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pre-registration required with Maypop

At one time or the other, we’ve all had to deal with the stresses of life. Living a busy life and dealing with work, children, money, time, relationships and aging can almost seem overwhelming at times. Stress can reduce our energy level, restrict circulation and breathing, impair the immune system, interfere with sleeping, speed the aging process and subdue our psycho-spiritual development. Join Phyllis for a class on natural ways of dealing with the stresses of life. The class will cover herbs and supplements for adrenal support, lifestyle changes, and ways to manage the anger and fear that often accompany stress.


Phyllis 2Phyllis D. Light, MA, is a herbalist, health consultant, and health educator with over 25 years of clinical experience. She is traditionally trained in Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine and began her studies with her Creek/Cherokee grandmother in the deep woods of North Alabama. Phyllis continued her studies with her father and other Appalachian elders, such as Tommie Bass, as well as studies in conventional Western bio-medicine.

Phyllis is Director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health, offering online and residential herbal and natural health classes in north Alabama. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. She teaches classes in natural health and herbalism at universities, hospitals, and conferences across the country. Phyllis is also a licensed massage therapist and also has extensive studies in exercise physiology, energy work, and nutrition.

Above all, Phyllis devotes herself to building a bridge between traditional knowledge and modern-day science; to help hold sacred the traditional herbal and healing knowledge that has been handed down from generation to generation while embracing the relevant scientific knowledge of today.



Wound Healing and Infection Management Using Herbs

with Sam Coffman
Wednesday, August 20
7-9 pm
Thursday, August 21

Held at Maypop Community Herb Shop

Please pre-register with Maypop
This class is FREE

Join herbalist Sam Coffman for a free class on the subject of using plant medicine (herbs) for wound healing and infection.

This class is geared toward remote and post-disaster medicine when there are no alternatives such as an Emergency Room, but the information is very useful for everyday home application as well.

In this 2-hour class you will learn about:

  • The four stages of wound healing and how this relates to herbal medicine
  • What to look for when working with infection, and how to respond
  • The body’s physiological responses to injury, inflammation and infection
  • Several herbs that are very helpful to speed healing and overcome infection during and after physical trauma
  • First Aid concepts – Working with injury and shock during the first few minutes
  • Useful approaches (herbal and otherwise) to psychogenic shock and anxiety


Sam Coffman began his medical education in the military as a U.S. Special Forces Medic (aka Green Beret medic) in 1989.  At that same time, he became highly interested in Sam faceherbalism as a way to provide health care in remote regions with a minimum of medical supplies, both for acute care and trauma as well as for chronic conditions.

This was the start of a long journey into the world of plant medicine for Sam, and after 1000’s of clinical hours as both a medic on teams and in military emergency rooms, as well as working with herbs throughout the following 25+ years, Sam’s primary goal has become the creation of an integrative medical model that embraces both vitalistic and mechanistic aspects of herbalism into a collaboration with orthodox models of diagnosis and treatment.

Sam founded and runs a survival and herbalism school (The Human Path) offering classes throughout central Texas, as well as a non-profit organization (Herbal Medics) which are both focused on providing herbal and integrative health care education and treatment in remote and disaster areas around the world.

Aside from teaching The Herbal Medic course (524-hour herbalism curriculum) and survival skills at his school, Sam also teaches survival and austere medicine to doctors, nurses and other medical staff who are preparing to embark into disaster-relief areas around the world.

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