Aug
6
to Aug 31

Community Supported Apothecary Share

Join our 2017 Herbal Community Supported Apothecary (CSA) Share Seasonal Fresh Herbs, Remedies & Recipes hand harvested and crafted by Twin Star & White Pine Community Farm

Fresh & dried ~ medicinal & edible herbs and herbal products all sourced and wild crafted at White Pine Community Farm and Twin Star's medicinal gardens. Hand-made, fresh and effective herbal products Made with love locally for you and your family!

Each pick up/delivery will include:

- a combination of seasonal herbal products and remedies and fresh or dried medicinal and culinary herbs.

- a variety of remedies including including herbal vinegars, tinctures, salves, lip balm, oils, bug sprays & syrups

- a newsletter with recipes and information on the traditional use of the enclosed herbs and tips to help take care of your family naturally

Pick up dates: June 2 - August 4 - October 6 - December 1

$220 for the season pick up ($250 by mail) or $55 per share pick up ($60 by mail)

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Aug
8
to Aug 30

INTRO TO HERBS, ESSENCES & WILD WEEDS

Meets one Tuesday evening a week for 4 weeks from 6-8:30

2017 Dates  August 8, 15, 22 and 29th

Join is for this fun filled introductory summer series!  Classes will meet weekly and will cover topics including: the wise woman tradition of healing, summer skin care, herbal support for stress, the medicinal uses of popular garden plants, wild weeds, kitchen remedies and much more.  This course will also include an introduction both essential oils and flower essences.  Throughout this course you will form intimate relationships with over 20 popular herbal remedies.  Please email us at info@twinstartribe.com with any questions. The cost for the workshop includes all material, handouts and weekly herbs and remedies to take home.

"A fabulous introduction to the wonderful world of herbs.  Let Twin Star empower you to better health!" -Beverly D.

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Aug
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

Plant Partner of the month - Skullcap

SKULLCAP is our Plant Partner of the month!

Sometimes learning about healing herbs can be overwhelming. There are so many plants to meet and learn about! Even in one cup of tea there can be a beautiful synergy of a dozen different herbs, flowers, roots and more!

Here at Twin Star we like to think of plants as friends, allies, & partners. Much like new friends, it is much easier and magical getting to know each Plant Partner one by one. Join us in this new monthly event at Twin Star Herbal Education as we take the time to meet one plant ally at a time. We will discuss botany, parts used, actions, energies, traditional uses, essences, remedies and more! There will be visual and tangible examples of the herb, along with various different remedies made with the herb to taste, smell and feel. Each month you will go home with informational handouts, herbal remedy recipes and some dried herb to experiment with!

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is brand new to the healing herbal world wanting to learn about healing plants and perfect for the budding herbalist to dive deeper in relationship with our herbal allies.

Plant Partner Meets every Fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8 pm 

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Aug
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

Introduction to Flower Essences

Introduction to Flower Essences Meets one evening a week from 6-8:30: Thursday August 31, September 7, 28, October 5th and one Saturday from 10-4: September 16th

This workshop offering an in depth explanation of Dr. Bach’s 38 original flower remedies. Topics covered include: the history of flower essences, how to use flower essences for people, pets and plants, making your own flower essences, case studies, flower essence consultations, chakra essences and more. This class is limited in size to insure intimacy and individual attention. 

Topics covered will include:
the history of flower essences
a slide show of the original 38 essences
the12 healers, the 38 essences & rescue remedy
the affects of flower essence therapy
practical uses and sensitivities
flower essence therapy for children, adults and pets
flower essences for acute trauma and disaster relief
making flower essences in the field
flower essences for each of the chakras
selecting remedies, consultations, case studies & more

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Sep
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

Plant Wisdom Wednesday: A Guy's Guide to Herbs

:::: Plant Wisdom Wednesday :::: for wise women & wise guys

Join us for this monthly community herbal healing circle. Learn about new plants or herbal healing subjects each month and gain a better understanding of how to incorporate their healing remedies into your life.

A Guy’s Guide to Herbs: One Man's Journey in Herbal Health and Wellness

Join herbalist Jaime Dickinson for a discussion on herbs for men’s health! Through out the evening Jaime will share his herbal healing journey perspective. We will be discussing the benefits of herbal remedies to help support, tone and balance one's health through nurturing and feeding the body, herbs for stress support and hormone balancing plants for the male reproductive system. Whether you are a man yourself, or have a special man in your life, this workshop is a great intro to the world of healing plants! This workshop includes a take home Herbal remedy to and enjoy.

Jamie Dickinson is a family and community herbalist and a recent grad of TwinStar's program. He and his wife maintain a fairly extensive medicinal herb garden and a very small business making and selling herbal products in Woodstock, CT. They host monthly herbal meet-ups and recently started herbal education through a local network of Permaculture enthusiasts. 

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Sep
14
9:00am 9:00am

Foundations of Herbalism for High School Homeschoolers

Foundations of Herbalism for Homeschoolers is in its third year and will offer all new curriculum and will continue to be taught at an introductory level appropriate for brand-new students and those that of been with us in previous years. We will continue to explore a variety of holistic health and wellness topics including herbalism, aromatherapy, botany, plant identification, herbal arts and crafts, and more.  All participants will create a variety of herbal remedies throughout the program, including building their own first aid kit and herbal and aromatherapy products, to take home and will be responsible for 50+ hours of homework/self-study.  We spend as many classes as possible outdoors in both the fall and spring. In addition, each student will receive a certificate of recognition for hours of holistic studies upon completion of the course.  Throughout this program we work to strengthen the knowledge and understanding of our herbal traditions, students are empowered to address their own physical and emotional needs naturally and learn valuable remedies and holistic tools for stress management and self-care.

Cost Per Semester: $216 + $25 supplies fee 

Full Year Tuition: $648 + $75 supplies fee

Classes Run # Semesters - 33 Weeks:
Week of September 11th – Week of May 21st
Make-Up Week: Tuesday May 29th – Friday, June 1st

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Sep
19
to Oct 24

An Introduction to Astrology with Laura Watkins

Hey baby, what’s your sign? Did you know there’s so much MORE to us than just our Sun Sign? Join us in an immersion into the basics of astrology as tool to learn about yourself and others and as a guide to navigating our day-to-day lives. Taught by Laura Watkins with over 30 years of study and over 20 years of experience as an Astrological Counselor, this class will be informative and FUN!  Over the five weeks of class you will deepen your understanding of the signs and planets and learn everything you need to know to interpret your birth chart (and the charts of others!) while also touching on how the daily positions of the Sun, Moon and other planets affect our energies.  You will leave this class with the knowledge and passion to incorporate astrology into your daily life.

Classes will be held on Tuesday Evenings 6:00-8:30. 

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Sep
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Art of Aromatherapy

 Introduction to Aromatherapy with Community Herbalist & Aromatherapist Ilana Sobo

Please join us for a hands-on introductory  aromatherapy class and learn how to work with essential oils safely and joyously.  Participants will learn about essential oil safety, how essential oils are produced, what high quality oils smell like, how aromatics affect our being and common methods for healing and personal use. Aromatherapy can beregularly used for emotional balance,  immune support, relaxation, peaceful sleep, stress relief, pain management, luxurious skin care and so much more.  Throughout this is a fun class and we will be smelling and studying dozens of amazing oils.

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Sep
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

Elder is our Plant Partner of the month!

Elder is our Plant Partner of the month!

Sometimes learning about healing herbs can be overwhelming. There are so many plants to meet and learn about! Even in one cup of tea there can be a beautiful synergy of a dozen different herbs, flowers, roots and more!

Here at Twin Star we like to think of plants as friends, allies, & partners. Much like new friends, it is much easier and magical getting to know each Plant Partner one by one. Join us in this new monthly event at Twin Star Herbal Education as we take the time to meet one plant ally at a time. We will discuss botany, parts used, actions, energies, traditional uses, essences, remedies and more! There will be visual and tangible examples of the herb, along with various different remedies made with the herb to taste, smell and feel. Each month you will go home with informational handouts, herbal remedy recipes and some dried herb to experiment with!

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is brand new to the healing herbal world wanting to learn about healing plants and perfect for the budding herbalist to dive deeper in relationship with our herbal allies.

6:30-8 pm Every Fourth Wednesday of the month

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Sep
30
1:00pm 1:00pm

Spirit Circle with Barbara DeLong

The concept of spirit circles has evolved over time. Long ago they were done in dimly lit rooms with a great deal of prayer and ritual, they used to be called gallery readings.  Today, internationally known psychic and Spiritual Empath, Barbara brings the concept of connecting to loved ones who have passed over and the element of past lives and messages from spirit into the sunlight so to speak.  These spirit circles are full of love, light and laughter.  Everyone who sits in the circle will get a message of some sort and because of the way in which spirit works usually the messages given to individuals often apply to more than one person.  

Spirit circles gather energy from all who are present, open the portals to dimensions unseen and bring wisdom and messages from the other side to inform and enlighten.  Adults only please. 

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Oct
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Learn the Ancient Art of Henna with Elyse

Henna is an ancient form of temporary body art used by cultures across Indian, northern Africa and the Middle East. The use of henna to adorn the body dates back thousands of years with evidence of henna having been found on ancient Egyptian mummies. Join henna artist Elyse Sadtler on Friday, October 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. to explore this art form. In this workshop you will explore what henna is, where it comes from, its history, mixing and storing henna paste, the science of henna on skin and basic design elements. You will also receive your own henna kit, which includes henna powder and supplies, to begin your own henna journey. Register by September 30 to reserve your spot. 

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Nov
1
10:00am10:00am

FLOWER ESSENCE PRACTITIONER TRAINING PROGRAM

The Art of Flower Essence Therapy Certification Course With Lupo Passero

This course offers over 125 hours of in-depth flower essence training with instructor Lupo Passero.  We will meet for a full day class during each season, spring, summer and fall and winter and monthly for round table discussions  Most of our time will be spent outside working directly with the abundant flowers and plants that cover the Litchfield Hills.  Students will go on to spend an additional 30 hours working directly with clients, learning how to confidently use flower essence therapy in a professional setting.

Class Schedule

4 FULL DAY CLASSES WEDNESDAY 10-5

2017-18 DATES November 1st, January 3rd, March 7th and May 9th

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Mar
12
to Mar 16

SOUTHWEST HERBALISM WITH MICHAEL COTTINGHAM

NEW MEXICO HERBALISM ADVENTURE WITH MICHAEL COTTINGHAM

A benefit to help support the Standing Rock Community.  This trip is an exclusive opportunity offered only to Twin Star students and Alumni.  It will be a private and intimate Twin Star group studying with Southwest Herbalist Michael Cottingham. Participants will be asked to fly into either Phoenix or Tucson where we will pick you up in a beautiful RV that we will be traveling and sleeping in during the course of the trip. We will travel as a group to Silver City, New Mexico and spend five full days with Michael in the desert learning about the plant medicine of the Gila National Forest. 

Deposit is $555 plus two more payments of $555

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Apr
25
to May 2

Costa Rica - Flower Essence Practitioner Training Course

Join us in the abundant Talamanca region of Costa Rica for this in depth immersion into flower essences.  While we will be working directly with the beautiful tropical flowers that surround us, participants will learn skills that are applicable across the globe. This course offers over 100 hours of in-depth flower essence training. Most of our time will be spent outside working directly with the abundant flowers and plants that surround us in coastal Talamanca. Students will go on to spend an additional 30 hours working directly with clients, learning how to confidently use flower essence therapy in a professional setting.

Topics covered include:  The History of Flower Essences, The teachings of Dr. Edward Bach, Local Plant and Tropical Essences, Methods of Choosing Essences, The Doctrine of Signatures, Plant Spirit Journey, Vibrational Medicine Making, Chakra Essence Therapy, Making Flower Essences in the Field, Ethically using the Essences, Essences in the healing practice, Monthly Healing Rituals, Supervised Clinical Consults & Setting up a flower essence practice

Additional Activities:  Visit to local farmer market, jungle hike with local naturalist, visit to local indigenous BriBri traditional chocolate and medicinal plant tour, Afro-Costa Rican medicinal plant walk, Bushmedicine of the Caribe Sur class. There will be plenty of time to hang out on the Caribbean Sea, just one block from our outdoor classroom! 

Our tours are based out of Centro Ashé Community Herbal Center located one block from the Caribbean Sea in the village of Manzanillo. Centro Ashé is located on the south Caribbean side of Costa Rica in a region called Talamanca.  

Additional Consultations Required for Practitioner Certificate

Flower Essence Practitioner Certificate Awarded Upon Completion of additional hours practicing with clients when you return home. You will be given 4 months to see 10 clients and turn in write-ups. The 10 additional consultations are to be completed by June 11th with a minimum of five follow-ups intakes.

Cost: $1675 per person, $200 deposit secures your spot

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Jul
19
to Jul 26

Sacred Herbs & Healing Waters of Southwest France

Come join us on our annual magical tour to Occitania in southwest France where we combine the magic of local herbs and sacred waters with the divine feminine teachings that are so present in this cherished corner of France.  Here we will be well off the beaten tourist-path, tucked away in the foothills of the Pyrenees; where the local esoteric history reaches back thousands of years.  It is the land of Mary Magdalene, Isis, White Ladies, the Cathars, Knights Templar, Celts and Black Madonnas which all have their part in the great Holy Grail mystery.  It’s a part of our world that until recently, has seemingly been left untouched. But don’t let that fool you. Traveling the small, winding roads of the Languedoc, you will marvel at the beauty and mystery of this sacred land.

Our home base will be in Rennes les Bains which is a famous spa village that dates back over 2000 years to when Roman nobility would “summer” here.  It is a village of less than 200 inhabitants, located on the Salz River with it’s own natural thermal baths.  Every day you will have the opportunity to bathe in the thermal waters that so many have come to for healing for thousands of years. Local lore says that Mary Magdalene baptised and performed healing in this river.

Surrounded by nature in this powerful energetic landscape, we will create ceremony, follow with the eyes of history and take part in daily herbal and energetic healing classes. Community Herbalist and Flower Essence Practitioner Lupo Passero will lead the group on plant walks, talks and botanical lessons throughout the region. Under her guidance we will make herbal remedies, flower essences and water remedies. She will lead us in powerful and loving ceremonies of plant spirit healing. It is against this backdrop where we will meet, interact and study many of Europe’s native plants and trusted herbal allies and where we will immerse ourselves in the local healing waters which are found in the rivers, streams, lakes and springs and create beautiful water essences. You will soon come to understand why the waters here have been revered for thousands of years.

This trip is perfect for all levels of herbal experience; whether you are a beginner, the “budding” herbalist or if you’re an experienced herbalist and would like a deeper understanding of sacred plant medicine. Each day will include time with our herbal allies, interaction with the local waters and time for exploring the rich history of this sacred land.  At the end of this tour, each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Completion to commemorate what we have discovered and learned on this trip.
Twin Star specializes in empowering the Divine Feminine in all of us by leading people to sacred, off-the-beaten path sites, rich in botanical lore.  Our trips encourage individuals to deepen their plant-soul connection.  By gently walking the Earth in these special places, our alliance to Spirit is strengthened.  Through this unification, we come back to our lives and shine the light that we are.

See our entire itinerary here.

PRICE (does not include airfare): $2950

Deposit of $800 to reserve your space. 

Please mail your check to:        

Twin Star Herbal       

65 Bank Street  

New Milford, CT 06776

Please fill out & include registration form with payment 

2nd payment of $1075 will be due April 21

Final payment of $1075 will be due June 21

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Aug
13
1:00pm 1:00pm

Herbs for Dogs: A Discussion on Safe Herbs for Canine Health

Want to keep your furry friend healthy and happy for years to come? Then join us at Twin Star to learn all about herbal supplementation as well as different remedies to help care for your dog in their time of need. Come and hear about how to use different herbs to nourish your dog to keep them acting like a puppy. We will be introducing four new products that we will be starting to carry at Twin Star including an herbal supplement powder, flea and tick powder, a paw balm, and finally a first aid cream. Come join us for a few hours of tail waggin’ fun.  This class will be presented by Twin Star's Western Connecticut State University Intern and Herbal Pet Enthusiast Matthew Arnold.

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Aug
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

Plant Wisdom Wednesday: Heart Forward

:::: Plant Wisdom Wednesday :::: For Wise Women & Wise Guys

Join us for this monthly community herbal healing circle. Learn about new plants or herbal healing subjects each month and gain a better understanding of how to incorporate their healing remedies into your life.

Heart Forward: Herbal Remedies and Simple Practices to Heal, Love and Live from the Heart: Please join budding herbalist, Melissa Conroy, for an evening exploring the connections between the physical, emotional, intuitive and spiritual aspects of the heart and how these connections impact our daily lives. During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to tap into their hearts intuitive guidance as a means of relieving stress and living a more empowered and authentic life. We will discuss herbal remedies to support overall heart health on all levels and experience a beautiful guided mediation to drop into a space of love and healing. You will take home an herbal heart remedy and simple practices that can easily be embedded into daily life to heal, love and live from the heart.

Melissa Conroy is a certified holistic wellness and lifestyle coach, yoga instructor and budding herbalist. She is a graduate of the Foundations of Herbalism 2016 Class and is currently enrolled in Practices and Protocols and Seed to Market, at Twin Star Herbal Education. She has also studied Plant Spirit Medicine in Costa Rica and within Earth Spirit. 

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Jul
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

Goddess Shamanic Healing Circle and 13th Rite of the Munay Ki

Through shamanic journey work, medicine songs, ceremony and other energy exercises, we will empower and support healing of our own connection to the Moon and Earth Goddess. We will learn how to release blocks to our intuition, creativity, sexuality, divinity and grace, and bring in Healing and Power directly from Pachamama, our Earth Goddess selves, and Grandmother Moon (Mama Killa). We will also offer and share the 13th Munay Ki rite. This will be a powerful evening of ceremony, healing, and empowerment. You may give and receive the 13th rite whether or not you have received the other 9 Munay Ki Rites. The 13th Rite is the Rite of the Womb: "The womb is not a place to store fear and pain; the womb is to create and give birth to life. A lineage of women healers from the Amazon jungle have given us the 13th rite of the Munay-Ki: The Rite of the Womb. Let’s heal our womb; let’s heal our mother’s, sister’s, and daughter’s wombs. And in this way bring healing to our Mother Earth." For more information, go here: http://theriteofthewomb.com.

25% of the profits from this ceremony will go to the Women's Center of Greater Danbury.

July 27, 6:30-9:30pm, cost is $50, location: Twin Star Herbal Education Contact Deana to register at deana.paqua@gmail.com. Pre-registration required; space is limited.

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Jul
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

Plant Partner of the Month - Yarrow

YARROW is our Plant Partner of the month!

Sometimes learning about healing herbs can be overwhelming. There are so many plants to meet and learn about! Even in one cup of tea there can be a beautiful synergy of a dozen different herbs, flowers, roots and more!

Here at Twin Star we like to think of plants as friends, allies, & partners. Much like new friends, it is much easier and magical getting to know each Plant Partner one by one. Join us in this new monthly event at Twin Star Herbal Education as we take the time to meet one plant ally at a time. We will discuss botany, parts used, actions, energies, traditional uses, essences, remedies and more! There will be visual and tangible examples of the herb, along with various different remedies made with the herb to taste, smell and feel. Each month you will go home with informational handouts, herbal remedy recipes and some dried herb to experiment with!

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is brand new to the healing herbal world wanting to learn about healing plants and perfect for the budding herbalist to dive deeper in relationship with our herbal allies.

6:30-8 pm

Every Fourth Wednesday of the month

June 28 - Mugwort

July 26 - Yarrow

August 23 - Skullcap

September 27 - Elder

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Jul
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

13 Moons Women's Healing Circle

Since the dawn of our existence women have been gathering together as daughters, sisters, mothers and as healers. Powerful stories have been shared, tears have been shed and many magical moments of healing, strength and love have occurred. It is in honor of this ancient tradition that the 13 Moons - A Women’s Healing Circle has been created. The circle will begin in June and will meet one evening a month. Under these 13 moons we will come together as women and healers. Each moon we will explore a variety of topics including: sacred healing, women’s plant allies and the wise woman tradition.  We will also create rituals for honoring our moon cycle, birth, death, divorce and more and will focus on positive manifestations, cutting cords and fully explore our role as women, sisters and community healers. The circle will be a private and sacred group, open to women or those who identify as woman. If you are interested in sharing in this experience and would like more information please send contact Bekah at bekahtwinstar@gmail.com

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Jul
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

Healing With Crystals

Take the journey, with crystal healer Nicole Cammett into the world of crystal magic and learn how to properly choose, use and program your crystals. During this workshop you will get an understanding of crystals and their mysterious history through time and the role that they can play in your everyday life. You will learn how they will benefit you with many issues you may be having. Whether it's stress, reaching your goals or for self love. There are much more that you can do with crystals besides holding them or putting them on your desk at home. Crystals hold more power than you may think. Join us as we celebrate the vibrations of the crystal world and learning the many ways to incorporate them into your life!

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Jul
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Plant Wisdom Wednesday: Herbal Skincare for the Inside & Out

:::: Plant Wisdom Wednesday ::::
for wise women & wise guys

Join us for this monthly community herbal healing circle. Learn about new plants or herbal healing subjects each month and gain a better understanding of how to incorporate their healing remedies into your life.

Herbal Skincare for the Inside & Out: Have you ever wondered what your skin was trying to tell you? Are you interested in learning how the use of herbs can improve your skin? Join Herbalist Julie DeMaio for a discussion on herbal beauty where you’ll discover how facial mapping indicates what your body needs internally to achieve healthy, glowing skin externally, and what dietary & herbal recommendations can support those needs. We’ll also discuss how to incorporate medicinal plants & flowers in your beauty routine and finally make the switch to non-toxic beauty products. This workshop includes a hands-on session where you can create a customized herbal face mask to take home and enjoy.

Julie DeMaio is a Level 3 TwinStar student and a Brooklyn based AADP certified holistic health practitioner & herbalist specializing in skin health. She is the owner and product designer for bk apothecary, which offers a of line of handmade organic skincare and herbal elixirs for your body, skin & soul

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Jun
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Introduction and Healing with Sherry and Synergy the Crystal Skull

The Ancient Crystal Skull known as “Synergy” and Guardian and Healer, Sherry Whitfield will be returning to Connecticut, August 2, 2016! We are deeply honored and excited to announce that Sherry Whitfield and the Ancient Crystal Skull, Synergy will be coming back to Twin Star this summer!!

Sherry Whitfield will share entertaining stories and insights about the history of this crystal skull and some of its journeys. You will learn about its origins, stories of healing and amazing experiences with Native tribes and shamans from across the globe. Some stories will make you laugh - and some may make you cry. You will not be bored! The evening may include guided meditation, and healing with Sherry and Synergy. It is a spiritual exercise utilizing ancient techniques involving breath, sound and color to focus attention inward, opening to higher energies. This can be a profound experience and may lead to permanent changes in awareness.

This workshop is facilitated by the guardian of Synergy, Sherry Whitfield. Sherry is well known Internationally for her clairvoyance and healing abilities and has had over 40 years experience and training with alternative healing work in various modalities, having worked with numerous physicians, shamans, medicine people and other healers. Sherry has conducted about 16,000 sessions with Synergy over the last 14 years, in locations around the world.

Pre-registration fee: $35. To register, contact Deana Paqua

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Jun
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Reiki 1 with Ilana Sobo

June 15 & 296:00-9:00 (TWO PART CLASS)

In this Reiki 1 program participants will learn how to tap into their own intuition & healing abilities ,  learn to channel divine healing energy, study the history of reiki and other sacred energy healing modalities.

During this training you will:  learn how to cultivate and practice Reiki, study the chakra system, Receive a level 1 Reiki Manual, receive your first attunement and earn a level 1 Usui Reiki Certification & Energy Healing Certification from Twin Star Herbal Education

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Jun
15
11:00am11:00am

Herbal Consultations With Herbalist Ilana Sobo

We are thrilled to host the talented Ilana Sobo, Herbalist, Aromatherapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner in the apothecary for herbal consults every other Thursday of each month. Call ahead for dates andappointment availability. 

 

Herbal Consultations

$45/half hour

$90/hr

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Ilana works as a community herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Instructor in the Greater New York City area and Fairfield County CT.  She has spent over 14 years in the fields of Ayurveda, Yoga and Herbalism and has work with &apprenticed for several of the pioneers in Botanical Medicine & Ayurveda in the US.  She also has unique apothecary training spanning over 10years and regularly compounds tinctures, salves, essential oil blends, teas and flower essences for her local community.    

 Ilana's time at the Ayurvedic Institute working & studying withDr. Vasant Ladwas greatly formative. 

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Jun
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Plant Based Tie Dye

Wednesday (Wise Guys Welcome, too!): Plant Based Tie Dye, with Rebekah Sutter.

As summer begins and plants bloom in an array of beautiful colors we invite you to come and explore the basics of plant based tie dye! During the evening we will be exploring the history and traditional uses of herbs as dyes, as well as how to use some! Herbs and plants have been used for thousands of years in all cultures as form of pigment, paints, stains and dyes for the body and handmade goods. We will explore colors from our spice cabinets, grocery stores and even your back yards, while also going over mordant (fixative) options and tying techniques. 

:: We will end the night by making your own herbal dyed square piece of cloth to take home and enjoy as a bandana or alter cloth! ::

The Wise Woman Wednesday series is a monthly community happening here at Twin Star Herbal Education. We invite you to join us to learn about new plants or herbal subjects each month and gain a better understanding of how to incorporate their healing remedies into your life. This class is for all levels of experience, from beginner to budding and bloomed herbalists! These classes are a perfect way to dip into the herbal world if you're new or curious.

$25 for the class with preregistration, $30 at the door. Take home healing remedy included. Preregistration highly recommended!

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Jun
14
10:00am10:00am

EARTH SPIRIT ~ AN INTRODUCTION TO PLANT SPIRIT HEALING & NATIVE MEDICINE

Instructors Chris "Turtle" Harris, Mohegan Tribal Elder and Lupo Passero Herbalist and Plant Spirit Healing Practitioner

New Class Beginning June 2017 Dates: 6/14, 7/12, 8/9, 9/13, 10/11, 11/8 and 12/13  

Summer Solstice though Winter Solstice One Wednesday a month June - December 10-4:00

The Earth Spirit program recognizes that the body, mind and soul are all equally important components when it comes to healing all dis-ease and human ailments. It encompasses the idea that the divine within each living thing (plant, animal, mineral) is ultimately connected and this cohesive energy can be tapped into and utilized by all for better health and wellness. During this 7 month program we will explore the ancient plant spirit healing philosophy by combining the use of sacred herbal remedies and traditional/indigenous healing practices. We will journey each month with a new plant through the seven sacred directions and come into right relationship with ourselves and all beings.  A variety of traditional modalities will be shared including healing with sacred stones, herbs, flower essences, plant spirit bathing, medicinal oils, prayers, song and shamanic journeying. This class will be a sacred spiritual journey. No previous training required

EARTH SPIRIT - MONTHLY PAYMENT
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Jun
10
12:00pm12:00pm

Astrological Readings in the Apothecary

We are thrilled to host the wonderful and wildly popular Laura Watkins, Astrological Counselor in our apothecary for reading on the second Saturday of each month.  Call ahead for an appointment.  860 350 0077

Astrological Readings

 $90/hr

$45/half hour

Compatibility readings for $120

Laura Watkins has been studying astrology for over 30 years and has practiced as an Astrological Counselor for 20.  "I believe astrology is really a study of personal energies and a tool to help us understand ourselves and others. I believe we choose to be born at a certain time and place, to a specific set of parents, a cultural group, sex, with certain strengths and challenges, all for our souls to learn important lessons during our time in Earth School.  Our natal chart could be considered our syllabus or course outline." Laura loves to share her understanding of the stars with others and in addition to chart readings also teaches occasional classes.  Come see her every second Saturday of the month in the apothecary!  Please contact Tina at twinstartina@gmail.com for an appointment.

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May
20
1:00pm 1:00pm

Introduction to Ayurveda

Introduction to Ayurveda with Community Herbalist Ilana Sobo

Come and explore the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda. Known as the mother medicine, Ayurveda is one of the oldest holistic healing systems on the planet. In this introductory class, you will become familiar with the working language of Ayurveda, the doshas and learn many simple techniques to help you balance your unique constitution naturally. Ayurveda uses herbs, diet, yoga, meditation, lifestyle practices and much more to help us achieve optimal wellness through simple daily practices.

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May
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Munay-Ki Rites Deana Paqua

The Munay-Ki are the nine rites of initiation based on the ancient ways of the medicine men and women of the Americas brought through and made available to all by Alberto Villoldo, of the Four Winds Society. The word munay means “I love you” or “BE AS THOU ART.” The Munay-Ki are the new energetic codes for us to evolve into the new human. Who we would be without fear and limitations of the ego, with a much greater connection to our spiritual origins. The Munay-Ki are the nine rites of initiation to become a person of integrity and responsibility for himself and the natural world. Through these rites you will gain a greater connection to mother earth, to the ancient lineage of healers and Earthkeepers, balance the sacred masculine and feminine within yourself, connect with angels and guardian spirits, and release patterns of limitation that inhibit your growth, purpose and happiness. 

The rites will take place on 3 Tuesday evenings, May 16, June 13 and July 11 from 6:30-9pm at Twin Star Herbal Education in New Milford, CT hosted by Deana Paqua. Cost is $225. Space is limited to 10 participants, so register by contacting Deana Paqua at deana.paqua@gmail.com. 
For more information, go to this page: http://www.embodythesacred.net/munayki.html

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May
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

Reiki Level 3 Certification Training with Ilana Soboreiki

This is a two-part class May, 7 & 21 from 10-3:30

Reiki Level 3 Certification Training with Ilana Sobo (previous training required)

This Reiki Level 3 / Reiki Masters Workshop is designed for those who want to take their Reiki practice to the next level either personally or professionally.  During this training you will be introduced to more reiki symbols including the Master Symbol – which can facilitate you to unlock the full potential of the Reiki Energy. During the practice session you will earn a level 3 Usui Reiki Certification & Energy Healing Certification from Twin Star Herbal Education

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May
13
12:00pm12:00pm

Second Saturday's with Laura Watkins - Astrological Counselor

We are thrilled to host the wonderful and wildly popular Laura Watkins, Astrological Counselor in our apothecary for reading on the second Saturday of each month. Call ahead for an appointment. 860 350 0077

Astrological Readings

$90/hr

$45/half hour

Compatibility readings for $120

Laura Watkins has been studying astrology for over 30 years and has practiced as an Astrological Counselor for 20. "I believe astrology is really a study of personal energies and a tool to help us understand ourselves and others. I believe we choose to be born at a certain time and place, to a specific set of parents, a cultural group, sex, with certain strengths and challenges, all for our souls to learn important lessons during our time in Earth School. Our natal chart could be considered our syllabus or course outline." Laura loves to share her understanding of the stars with others and in addition to chart readings also teaches occasional classes. Come see her every second Saturday of the month in the apothecary!

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May
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

the herbal way to sacred sexuality

We invite you to join Talina Galvez for Wise Woman Wednesday (Wise Guys Welcome, Too!): The Herbal Way to Sacred Sexuality. During this hands on workshop we will sit in a healing circle, lighting candles in ceremony and use an herbal smudge. We will discuss how to open the door for pleasure and indulgence in our lives using breath work and healing herbs to aid the body and spirit to bring light, healing and awakening energy in our sensual and sexual selves. 

::You will go home with a customizedflower essence made to suit yoursensual energetic healing needs.::

The Wise Woman Wednesday series is a monthly community happening here at Twin Star Herbal Education. We invite you to join us to learn about new plants or herbal subjects each month and gain a better understanding of how to incorporate their healing remedies into your life. This class is for all levels of experience, from beginner to budding and bloomed herbalists! These classes are a perfect way to dip into the herbal world if you're new or curious

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Apr
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Herbal Incense and Smudges

This Wise Woman Wednesday (Wise Guys Welcome, Too!), join Rebekah Sutter in exploring the history and traditional uses of herbs as aromatic incense and healing & cleansing through smoke. Herbs and incense have been burned for thousands of years in ceremonies, rituals, and everyday life. At one time, certain incense were valued as much as gold. We will be going over the different types of incense, along with the various ingredients to make them like fragrant woods, resins, gums, herbs & spices and combustibles.This class will be will be part lecture and part hands-on workshop.

::We will end the night by making your own herbal incense to take home and enjoy!::

The Wise Woman Wednesday series is a monthly community happening here at Twin Star Herbal Education. We invite you to join us to learn about new plants or herbal subjects each month and gain a better understanding of how to incorporate their healing remedies into your life. This class is for all levels of experience, from beginner to budding and bloomed herbalists! These classes are a perfect way to dip into the herbal world if you're new or curious.

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Apr
8
12:00pm12:00pm

Second Saturday's with Laura Watkins - Astrological Counselor

We are thrilled to host the wonderful and wildly popular Laura Watkins, Astrological Counselor in our apothecary for reading on the second Saturday of each month. Call ahead for an appointment: 860 350 0077

Astrological Readings

$90/hr

$45/half hour

Compatibility readings for $120

Laura Watkins has been studying astrology for over 30 years and has practiced as an Astrological Counselor for 20. "I believe astrology is really a study of personal energies and a tool to help us understand ourselves and others. I believe we choose to be born at a certain time and place, to a specific set of parents, a cultural group, sex, with certain strengths and challenges, all for our souls to learn important lessons during our time in Earth School. Our natal chart could be considered our syllabus or course outline." Laura loves to share her understanding of the stars with others and in addition to chart readings also teaches occasional classes. Come see her every second Saturday of the month in the apothecary!

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Apr
8
10:00am10:00am

SPIRAL PATH A WOMAN'S HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP

Throughout this Medicine Woman's Way Herbal & Spiritual Healing Course will explore all aspects of female health, including birth and death, by walking through each stage of the holy trinity, the maiden, mother and crone.  Each month will include the following: ceremony, song, ritual, herbs & essences, recipes & self-care, journeys and meditations, all meant to foster personal growth and/or build upon additional healing and herbal practices. Through this immersion into the goddess tradition and the divine feminine, Sisters will gain a deeper understanding of traditional medicine ways and will re-awaken their own inner wise woman. Steep yourself in the ancient wisdom of herbal and plant spirit medicine, embrace the healing gifts of the Woman’s Medicine Way and empower yourself through self love, healing and reconnection to the oldest healing tradition known on Earth.

Class Schedule
This 125 Hour Medicine Woman's Way Herbal & Spiritual Healing Course (75 classroom/50 Home Study) will usually meet the second Saturday of each month from 10-6 of April-December. Classes will be held at Twin Star Herbal Education, and we will be outdoors as much as possible in natures classroom.  Dates: April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11 and Dec 19.

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Mar
27
9:00am 9:00am

Seed to Market - Advanced Herbal Training - Level 3

Co-hosted with our friends at White Pine Community Farm in Wingdale, NY 

Herb justice is a belief that all communities should have access to high quality locally grown herbal plants and remedies. Students in the Herb Justice Seed to Market program will learn first hand how to grow, tend and harvest dozens of medicinal herbs that are grown at White Pine Community Farm, in Wingdale NY. Participants will also work closely with the diversity of medicinal and edible plants that grow wild throughout our area. Throughout the program we will use these herbs to prepare herbal teas, salves and tinctures and bring these remedies to our rural and urban neighboring communities through various farmers markets. The Seed to Market participants will actively engage in the Herb Justice concept by learning to share herbal healing with the public regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, ability, religion, or community. 

 

Class Schedule: Monthly classes held the last Monday of the month March-November 2016. All classes will be led and supervised by Community Herbalist Lupo Passero of Twin Star Herbal Education and Herbal Medicine Farmer Ben Schwartz of White Pine Community Farm. This program was designed to be a continuation of level one Foundations of Herbalism or an equivalent of 150 hours of self study of herbal training program. 

 

Topics Covered

Work directly with over 50 edible and medicinal herbs.

Organic farming, harvesting, wildcrafting, drying and storing. 

Tea blending, herbal remedy preparations, labeling, guidelines for natural products. 

Create and take home 4 seasonal CSH Shares (community supported herbalism)

Hands on experience working at various urban farmers market in CT and NY.

Learn to share your knowledge of herbal healing!

Program Details: The Herb Justice - Seed to Market course will be offered the 4th Monday of each month March-November from 9-5. Students will be responsible for attending at least 4 farmers markets. First Class March 27th, 2017 

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Mar
25
4:00pm 4:00pm

Radical Mycology Meet Up

This meet up is meant for anyone interested in working with fungal allies for human or ecological health, resilience, activism, work, play or more! The recent Radical Mycology Convergence in nearby Wingdale NY was an amazing gathering of hundreds of folks interested in this grassroots movement and social philosophy. Come join together to keep the energy up and ideas flowing. Even if you were not able to attend the Radical Mycology Convergence or are new to mycology this is an opportunity to meet like-minded folks and make regional connections. Anyone from the Northeast or beyond is welcome to attend. Workshop by Zaac Chaves followed by potluck and fungal culture/herbalism swap. 

RSVP to:pleasantvalleybotanicals@gmail.com

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Mar
25
10:00am10:00am

Twin Star Community Apothecary Grand Opening!

We are honored and delighted to open our full service apothecary at57 BANK STREET in downtown New Milford! We have expanded our hours, inventory and services! We continue to specialize in local, small batch, handcrafted, community supported herbs, teas, aromatherapy, flower essences, jewelry, classes, readings, consults & more!  Please join us on March 25th for our GRAND OPENING event!  We will have door prizes, raffles, music, snacks, demos and samples, tarot readers, astology readings and more!

SAVE THE DATE!  We will post a list of the days events soon!

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Mar
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Herbal First Aid Kit

Learn the traditional art of herbal first aid. From backyard herbs to the goodies in your kitchen. Learn how to naturally treat cuts, bumps, bruises, colds, stomach aches, itchy skin and more. Each participant will go home with their own fully stocked herbal first aid kit, including healing salve, antiseptic wash, calming spray, herbal styptics,  tinctures & more.  

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Mar
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

Wise Woman Wednesday - Growing & Harvesting Medicinal Herbs

Come join us for this Wise Woman (and Wise Guys too) Wednesday Workshop on growing and harvesting medicinal and culinary herbs. This lecture is designed for folks who have some very basic growing experience but want to develop or expand their skills; however, we will also cover some introductory topics for those who have yet to experience the joys of gardening. The first half of the evening will cover topics such as: obtaining seeds, inside seed starting versus starting seeds in the garden, the unusual requirements of some herbs such as cold stratification, weeds and pests, how to harvest and preserve your herbs, how to promote pollinators, seed saving, and favorite resources. The second half of the evening will cover as many of our favorites as we can, such as Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, Echinacea, Lemon Balm, Nettles, Milky oats, Sage, Rosemary, Fennel, Marshmallow, Lavender, White Sage, Comfrey, Catnip, California Poppy and more. For many, growing and harvesting our herbal friends can be an essential part of the healing journey, and we will talk about using our senses, instincts, hearts and hands (and a few good books) to expand our skills to work and play with our green allies. Due to time constraints we will not be focusing on the traditional uses of these herbs. We will close with a small seed give-away to get everyone's gardening season off to a fun start.

Your host for this workshop is Melody Wright, owner/farmer of Pleasant Valley Botanicals, and teaching assistant at Twin Star. Pleasant Valley Botanicals is a small farm in Northwest CT working to provide the highest quality, fresh, vibrant medicinal and culinary herbs to the local community. Melody grows @100 different herbs, and for the past two seasons at least 60 different herbs were included in her fresh herb Community Supported Agriculture program, or as she prefers to think of it, FSA- Farmer Support Apothecary. 

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Mar
6
9:00am 9:00am

Foundations of Herbalism - Level 1

This program will meet twice a month throughout the growing season, March through October. Each session focuses on one of the seven sacred healing centers (chakras) and the corresponding system of the body.  We honor and recognize the significant connection between well-being and our direct relationship with nature.  This program provides the opportunity to continually deepen that bond by spending time outdoors in Natures classroom discovering the numerous healing benefits of the plants that grow all around us. By strengthening our knowledge and understanding of herbal wisdom we reclaim our health back into our own hands and continue to evolve the healing exchange between our communities, our planet and ourselves.  

To insure a personal and intimate experience class size is limited, your 2017 spot now.

Foundations of Herbalism Deposit
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