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All Things Chaga


with Allie Austin

Calendar Aug 23, 2019 at 2 pm

Friday, August 23, 2019
2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials $30

Did you know, growing on our birch trees is one of the most powerfully medicinal mushrooms in the world? Chaga has been highly studied and has been known to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and increase the body's ability to respond and adapt to stress, among it's multitude of other benefits. In this class, we will learn how to identify, harvest, and utilize this medicinal powerhouse for both internal and external use. We will make some chaga preparations in class, and students will each go home with their own informational chaga handbook, including a recipe booklet with numerous chaga remedies and creative ways to use Minnesota's most treasured fungi.  

About the Instructor: Allison Austin has been practicing herbalism for over 13 years. Her passion for plants and herbal medicine began in middle school, and has continued to play a central role in her life ever since. She has studied under herbalists in Minnesota, California, Texas, and with Mayan elders in Guatemala.

Allison is passionate about bringing the traditional practices of herbalism to people in a practical and accessible way, and encouraging people to utilize herbs in their local area to become more self-sustainable and take charge of their own health. 

St. John's Wort
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St. John's Wort


with Jaime Brennan

Calendar Jul 19, 2019 at 9 am

Thursday, July 19, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tuition: $20

Creating a personal relationship with a plant deepens your understanding of the plant, making a connection that allows the plant to work on a different level with you. In this class we'll be getting to know St. John's Wort, a non-native plant that is known to help with depression, nerve damage, relaxation, and so much more.

We will spend some time outdoors getting close and personal with this plant, so wear long pants. We'll collect some flowers and buds and then return to the Folk School to start a sun-infused oil.

Please bring a wide-mouth canning jar, either a pint or quart depending on how much you want to make, enough olive oil to fill the jar, a sharp knife, and a cutting board.

About the instructor: Jaime Brennan About the instructor: Jaime Brennan can always remember having a special relationship with the plants that grew around her. She began learning how to use them to improve her own health in 2006. Feeling the benefits of herbs, she wanted to share this knowledge with others and began offering classes and products. Her personal passion is to use her knowledge, experience, and different tools to help others create tranquility: a body in balance, a mind at ease, and a satisfied soul. To learn more about Jaime and what she offers, visit


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