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Summer 2011 Herbal Medicine Workshop Series

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in Events, How to, Medicinal Herbs, News, Plants | No Comments

Summer 2011 Herbal Medicine Workshop Series

with Leslie Alexander of Restoration Herbs & Michelle Czolba of Pittsburgh Permaculture


Herbal medicine has been called the ‘medicine of the people’. This is because the plants are available and accessible to us all, regardless of race, sex, socioeconomic status, religion and whether or not we do or do not have health insurance. In this workshop series, we will explore facets of Western herbal medicine including hands-on medicine making, ways to support women’s health and dealing with stress and anxiety.

Come join us! The series runs on Saturdays or Sundays from July 17th to August 20th. The workshops will be held in a beautiful space in the Highland Park area (full details upon registering). We will also be offering a FREE herbal identification walk after each workshop.

  • Does the idea of using herbs appeal to you but you have no idea where to start?
  • Do you yearn for a more earth-centered, holistic lifestyle? Or do you want to take it up a notch by using the healing plants?
  • Do you want tools that you can use to support your own health?
  • Are you curious about the usefulness of the wild plants (aka weeds) all around you?
  • Do you know the basics of herbalism but want more specific knowledge and to deepen your understanding?
  • Are you a health care practitioner with patients interested in using herbs to maintain health?

If these questions resonate with you, consider registering for one or all four upcoming herbal medicine workshops. Register for the whole 2011 summer series and receive a 10% discount (save $21)! The registration price includes all instruction, lunches, select handouts and samples as noted!



Plant medicine: an herbal medicine making intensive to support family health

Sunday, July 17th 10 am-2:30 pm

Plants abound and it’s time to make medicines! This workshop is aimed at those wishing to begin stocking, or expanding, their own herbal medicine cabinet with safe, effective, natural means of addressing common health issues. Join us to gain hands-on experience! Learn to make herbal tinctures and healing salves, how and when to infuse oils and decoct herbs ~ as well as how to best use each of these preparations.

All participants will gain a working knowledge of how to continue making useful herbal remedies and will receive handouts and samples for their own medicine chests ($25-$30 retail value).

Cost $65 per person, includes handouts, samples and a light lunch. Pre-registration is required.

When you register in advance, if you have an interest in making a remedy for a particular concern, let us know!





Our bodies, ourselves!

Saturday, July 23rd 10 am-1:30 pm

Borrowing our title for this workshop from that women’s classic, this workshop focuses on women’s health! Our bodies ourselves is about how we feel, our reproductive health and how to enhance our well-being. We’ll talk about our cycles and how comfortable they can be as well as the changes our bodies undergo as we move through our reproductive years. While this is not a hands-on medicine making workshop, we will most definitely be focusing on how best to integrate herbal supports at different times in our lives.

So whether or not it’s night sweats or emotional unrest, difficult menstrual cycles, hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms… if you’re interested in how herbs can ease your days, calm your nights or simply how herbs might enhance your sexual experience then do join us. Laughs? Oh yes! And of course, supportive herbal blends.

Cost $40 per person and includes a light lunch. Pre-registration is required.





Herbal Approaches to Relief from Stress and Anxiety

Saturday, August 6th 10 am-1:30 pm

Tired? Trouble sleeping? Waking up and feeling like you could use another night’s sleep (or two)? Feeling pressured? Having more headaches than usual? Perhaps feeling a bit frazzled? Maybe your neck and shoulders tighten in response to stress or it invades your stomach?

Stress can manifest itself in any number of changing ways and whether or not we experience it over the short-term or over longer periods of time, it takes its toll on our health and well-being. When we can’t remove the cause(s) then we are left with changing how we respond and addressing our personal symptom experiences.

Herbs help. They really do. Join us as we explore how to integrate a variety of herbal approaches to overcome the effects of stress and anxiety.

Cost $40 and includes a light lunch. Pre-registration is required.

When you register in advance, if you have a particular topic of interest, please let us know!





Herbal Cordials and Tisanes

Saturday, August 20th 1:30-5 pm

Another hands-on workshop … all about personal taste preferences!

Learn how to make alcohol-free tisanes and delicious dessert wines! Cordials are sweet liqueurs, dessert wines, that take on the flavor and personality of the fruits, nuts, or herbs they are infused with. You might even say the same of tisanes, although they are always alcohol free. You’ll be sure to leave with your own taste treats!

Cost $65 and includes all materials and a light lunch.


Cost $50 if you bring a pint of vodka, 1 pound white sugar, and a glass canning jar with a lid.

Pre-registration is required.





FREE Herbal Walks

July 17th from 4-4:45 pm

July 23rd from 3-3:45 pm

August 6th from 3-3:45 pm

August 20th from 6:30-7:15 pm

Meet just outside the entrance to the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary at

616 N. Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, 15206

We’ll stroll the streets of Highland Park, talking herbs; identifying medicinal herbs – what many call “weeds”. Our free community herb walks are open to people of all ages.

We will begin and end at the Seminary gates and no (!) we will not be walking in the rain. Check out dates for our other free community herb walks and join us once … twice or each and every time we walk!


About Us

Leslie Alexander is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist’s Guild and resident medical herbalist at Restoration Herbs in Franklin, PA ( She received a B.Sc. from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Environmental Sciences) and a Ph.D. from Heriot Watt University (Marine Biology). After working for several years in academia, focusing on environmental factors affecting health, particularly children’s health, Leslie retrained as a Medical Herbalist and received a Diploma in Herbal Medicine before beginning her clinical training. Born in northern NJ, Leslie’s gardened for decades without the use of chemicals. She lived and worked for many years in England and Scotland and enjoyed the European influence these years allowed. Presently, she is a resident of Franklin and co-owner of Restoration Herbs. She divides her time between working with clients to restore health and well-being, the herb gardens at Restoration Herbs, preparing herbal medicines and community education focusing on medicinal and culinary herbs. She enjoys the outdoors, laughter and Tai Chi.

Michelle Czolba is an herbalist, permaculturist and a lifelong spiritual seeker. Michelle completed an herbal apprenticeship at the Skills for Life School in West Virginia as well as Rosemary Gladstar’s Art and Science of Herbal Medicine Home Study Course. She then went on to form Violet Rose Herbals, a business known for “seriously natural herbal skin care”, in 2007. In 2009, Michelle co-founded the Hazelwood Food Forest, Pittsburgh’s first public food forest developed on vacant lots in the city. She is co-founder and director at Pittsburgh Permaculture ( Michelle holds a M.Sc. in Sustainable Systems and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science/Chemistry. She is a certified in Reiki I and Permaculture Design. Michelle is dedicated to creating a world in which all of nature (including people!) is experienced as sacred. Most recently, her journey into motherhood has brought many spiritual lessons and has shined a light on her true path. She enjoys getting her hands dirty out in the garden, being creative in the apothecary, yoga, belly dance and sipping herbal tea, researching any number of metaphysical and herbal topics.
We hope you can join us to learn how people and plants are intimately connected. Herbalism is an art and a science that perfectly embodies this relationship.






The Herbal Medicine Workshop Series is a collaboration between Restoration Herbs ( and Pittsburgh Permaculture (

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