A course in grassroots medicine for the people

Sundays, May - October 10am-1pm

Ashfield, MA


 This is an opportunity to cultivate community surrounded by the precious plants that offer us the healing of their medicines.


Expand your knowledge of herbal medicine with Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, community herbalist and wellness coach of Sweet Birch Herbals in her gardens and workshop space located in the hills of beautiful Ashfield, MA.


Classes include a wide range of immersive experiences into the worlds of Chinese, Western, and Native American herbal medicine. Each workshop includes recipes, handouts, products you can take home, and extensive teachings on locally abundant wild and cultivated medicinal plants. Together we will harvest the herbs for building a household apothecary. Then, we’ll transform the plants into a variety of tinctures, teas, elixirs, body lotions, salves, essential oils, and flower essences. By honoring the ancient wisdom of plant-based medicine through truly local healthcare we deepen our connection with the natural world. 


Join us for a season of crafting effective remedies and exploring the science and art of herbal medicine!




Sundays, 10am-1pm

May 19: Spring Tonics & Liver Support

June 30: An Herbal Approach to Lyme Disease & Tincture Making 

July 21: Aromatherapy, Hydrosols & Essential Oil Distillation

August 4: Herbal First Aid & Skin Care - Salves, Creams, & Infused Oils

September 8: Kitchen Medicine - Elixirs, Vinegars, Honeys & Teas 

October 6: Medicinal Ghee & Root Medicine for Transitioning into Autumn 

Topics include:

  • Spring tonics to promote gentle liver cleansing

  • Drying herbs for tea and crafting potent nourishing infusions

  • Tincture making: folkloric and scientific methods of extraction

  • Essential oil distillation & aromatherapy

  • Kitchen Medicine: syrups, vinegars, honeys and food as medicine

  • Medicinal ghee: fueling the mind & repairing the muscular-skeletal system

  • Grounding root medicines for shifting toward autumn

  • Understanding organ systems with Chinese Five Element theory

  • Handouts of Materia Medica and Recipes

  • Herbal approaches to Lyme disease with local plants

  • Ceremony and meditations honoring the plant spirits

  • Body care: creams, salves, and infused oils to aid inflammation of the

       joints and strained muscles



After each class, pick your own herbs and the apothecary will be open with a wide selection of products for sale.








"With so many uncertainties about the future of health care, now, more than ever, herbal medicine is a much needed modality of holistic medicine based on healing at our deepest roots." -Hannah Jacobson-Hardy

This series is open to all levels of experience; beginners are welcome! Classes may be taken as a series or separately.


Cost: $45/ class + $10 material fee or $240 for six-class series + $60 materials fee. Bring a friend and save 10% off tuition!

Materials fee: includes ingredients, containers, and labels for your products that you will take home.

Payment plans available upon request. 


Location: Sweet Birch Herbals, Ashfield, MA

Time: 10am-1pm

Classes take place both outside in the garden and inside the classroom, so please dress appropriately for all weather.

Cancellation Policy: All registrations are final. If class is canceled due to inclement weather, a notification will be sent via email with the new date.  Refunds will be sent via Paypal if you cannot attend the new date or they can be applied to another class. 



For more information, contact Hannah at or 413-695-5968