The Pennsylvania School of Herbalism offers classes in Western Pennsylvania (Indiana County), Central Pennsylvania (Centre County), and for various groups and gatherings in the region.  We update this page regularly with the most current class schedule.  If you would like to attend one of our classes you can register/pay here or contact us for more information. 

A note about mentor/apprenticeships: Dana is still accepting interest for an herbal/permaculture apprentice for this season in Indiana, PA. Briel’s apprenticeships are full through November. If you are interested apprenticing with Briel in 2025 or in the winter of 2024. Please contact us.

Foundations of Holistic Herbalism: June – October 2024 with Briel Beaty. 

Dates: June 30, July 28, August 25, Sept 29, and October 27th 2024, 9:30 – 2:30pm. 

This course functions as the foundation of our Holistic Herbalism Certificate and covers a range of herbal practices.  Please see the Foundations of Holistic Herbalism Course for more details.  This class meets at various locations near State College, PA. (Can’t make all the dates? Make up and asynchronous options available for single classes for those signing up for the whole course!)

2024 Classes by Month with Briel Beaty and Dana O’Driscoll

April

7th: How Your Herb Garden Can Save the Planet. With Dana O’Driscoll.  Presented at the Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Faire, April 7th and 8th in York, PA. (Class is Free but you must pay $10 daily admission to get into the Garden Faire. More details forthcoming, time and specific locations). (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 1-hour stewardship/identification

May

3rd: 6-715pm Holistic Spa Night at Wellness in Motion. In this class, you will get to taste and experience herbs that are helpful to calm your nervous system and reduce stress. In addition, we will learn breathing techniques and a hands-on therapeutic touch meditation technique to aid in relaxation. We will also cover the herbal face compress, topical oils including CBD, and herbal tea and treats will be provided. $25. Sign up here. You will be redirected to the Wellness in Motion website. 

18th: Homestead Herbalism Class 2-230 pm , 744 South Eagle Valley Road, Port Matilda PA 16870 Homestead Herbalism with Briel – Free and Open to the Public

June

June 1st: Briel Teaching at the Earth Medicine Gathering in Lodi New York at Six Circles Farm 1291 Caywood Rd. NY 14860 

7th and 8th: Hawthorn Botanical Gathering

7th at the gathering: Creating Herbal Sanctuaries for Life: Refugia Gardening and Rewilding for the Future with Dana O’Driscoll, June 7th evening workshop (5-7pm), Hawthorn Botanical Gathering in Centre Hall, PA.  Many herbalists focus on bringing healing and support to nature, from which all of our plant medicines come. Thus, many of us are concerned and want to take action on the overharvesting of plants, increasing number of medicinal plants that are in peril, and helping address the challenges of climate change and degradation to our ecosystem. In our workshop, we explore how we can be herbalist-activist-land healers through a series of two related practices to support our ecosystems: through refugia herbal gardening and rewilding. The first of these practices focus on first creating a herbal refugia garden—a lovingly and intentionally created medicinal cornucopia that provides habitat, medicine, and seeds. A refugia garden is intentionally and intensely cultivated to support and preserve important plant species.  We explore how to design or modify an existing garden using permaculture design techniques including setting intentions, selecting appropriate at-risk plants, gardening techniques that support fostering biodiversity and a healthy soil web, and exploring ecological succession. Once your garden is flourishing, it is time to give back—and for this we explore the second practice, rewilding, seed scattering, and wildtending.  This practical workshop offers you an opportunity to learn key tools for your herbal practice including: designing a new garden or adding to your existing garden, considerations for creating plant and insect refuges, creating seed balls with medicinal plants, and exploring rewilding and permaculture for herbalists.  All attendees will have the opportunity to create their own seed balls and seed starts for starting their garden and rewilding.  (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 2 hours stewardship and identification.)

8th at the gathering: Medicinal Plant Walks at Hawthorn Botanical Gathering with Dana O’Driscoll June 8th in Centre Hall, PA.  We will cover a range of medicinal plants, trees, and mushrooms in plant walks at the Hawthorn Botanical Gathering in Rhoneymeade. (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 1-hour stewardship/identification credit.)

8th at the gathering: The Plant Medicine Spectrum with Briel Beaty Herbal medicine encompasses a wide variety of plants. These plants range from food plants to poisons. Come and learn about this medicine spectrum, where common medicinals fall on the scale and how that effects dosing and formulation. (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 1-hour material medica/herbal actions credit.)

30th: 930-2:30pm First Foundations of Holistic Herbalism Series Class with Briel Beaty. Open to single class attendance or full series attendance. In this class you will be introduced to a variety of herbs, herbal “actions” and botany/plant identification. We will learn how to make tinctures and discuss cultivating/planning your herbal garden. (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 4-hours credit TBD)

July

10th: Medicinal and Edible Plant Walk with Dana O’Driscoll.  Blue Spruce County Park, Indiana County.  5:30-7:30 pm.  Free to the public. Hosted through Friends of the Parks (Indiana County). Join us on an interactive walk to learn about 15-20 edible and medicinal plants that are in season during the summer months. The plant walk will include the ethics, best practices, and tools of wild food and medicine foraging. The walk will also cover plant identification practices, botany, and plant and local ecology. We will place a special emphasis on harvesting invasive plants as well as reciprocating care for the local ecosystem. Plants covered in this walk include monarda, willow, hawthorn, wood nettle, elderberry, mayapple, jewelweed, spruce, plantain, and many more! Please have appropriate footwear for light hiking and bring bug spray. The walk will be canceled in the event of an active thunderstorm. (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 2 hours Stewardship and Identification credit.)  Free class and open to the public.

16th: Medicinal Mushrooms of Western PA and Making a Double Extraction Tincture with Dana O’Driscoll through the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club. Pennsylvania is one of the best places to find medicinal mushrooms in North America and we have a very diverse set of medicinal mushrooms. This presentation will cover the local medicinal mushrooms and their healing properties, including the best ways of preparing and using their medicine. The workshop will emphasize the most potent kind of medical mushroom preparation: the double-extracted tincture.  Dana will demonstrate each step of the double extract tincture-making process.  (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 1 hour medicine making.) Free class through WMPC. 

28th: 930-2:30pm Second Foundations of Holistic Herbalism Series Class with Briel Beaty. Open to single class attendance or full series attendance. This class will cover herbal energetics though hands on experience. We will cover the basics of the immune system and nervous system and how they relate to our herbal practice. We will learn how to properly dry herbs and make herbal teas. (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 4-hours credit TBD)

August

TBD: Start of the Community Supported Herbalism share runs August-October (pick up in various locations near State College, PA). Get an herbal basket of goodies and information on what to do with it all. (Signing up for a share gives Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 3 hours medicine making credit)

13th: Backyard Herbalism and Medicine Making. With Dana O’Driscoll. August 13th, 5-7pm. (Indiana County, located 15 min from Indiana, PA). In this 2-hour hands-on class, you will be introduced to the most common lawn and garden plants that are found in almost every lawn or garden in Pennsylvania.  We will specifically cover plant identification, harvest, their medicinal uses (material medical), and learn how to make a range of basic plant medicines including a backyard healing salve, jewelweed-infused witch hazel for poison ivy, and stomach-ease tea. Students will be able to take three herbal creations home with them. (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 1 hour medicine making; 1 hour materia medical).  Class cost $25 + 5 for materials fee.

25th: 930-2:30pm Third Foundations of Holistic Herbalism Series Class with Briel Beaty. Open to single class attendance or full series attendance. In this class we will enter a holistic mindset and look into how herbs can be incorporated into our food. We will discuss the botanical spectrum from food to poison.  The digestive system will be covered as well as how to make bitters, vinegars and liniments. (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 4-hours credit TBD)

26th: Fall Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk with Dana O’Driscoll.  August 26th, 2024, Monday 5:30 – 7:30pm, Yellow Creek State Park Lakeview Pavailion.  Join us on an interactive walk to learn about 15-20 edible and medicinal plants that are in-season during the fall months. The plant walk will include the ethics, best practices, and tools of wild food and medicine foraging. The walk will also cover plant identification practices, botany, and plant and local ecology. We will place a special emphasis on harvesting invasive plants as well as reciprocating care for the local ecosystem. Plants covered in this walk include oak (acorns), hickory, spicebush, autumn olive, wild grape, witch hazel, wintergreen, partridgeberry, goldenrod, and many more! Please have appropriate footwear for light hiking and bring bug spray. The walk will be canceled in the event of an active thunderstorm.  Free class and open to the public; no pre-registration required. (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 1 hour Stewardship and Identification)

September

29th: 930-2:30pm fourth Foundations of Holistic Herbalism Series Class with Briel Beaty. Open to single class attendance or full series attendance. This class will delve into constitutional energetics – how the energetics of plants interact with the environment of our bodies. We will dive into the integumentary system and the lymphatic system, learn how to make oils and salves and get first hand experience with foraging/wildcrafting. (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 4-hours credit TBD)

TBD: Plant Walk for Friends of White’s Woods with Dana O’Driscoll, Free and open to the public. Details and date TBD. No pre-registration required. 

October

27th: 930-2:30pm Fifth Foundations of Holistic Herbalism Series Class with Briel Beaty. This class is only open to students who have participated in at least 2 other series classes this season. In this class you will learn how to make a well rounded herbal formula. We will taste/experience a variety of tinctures/herbs and share course end projects. (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 4-hours credit TBD)

3-6th: Medicinal and Edible Plant Walks at the Mountaincraft and Music Gathering.  October 3-6, 2024.  Dana O’Driscoll will be offering plant walks at the forthcoming Mountaincraft earth skills gathering. Details TBD. (Holistic Herbalism Certificate: 1 hour Stewardship and Identification)