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Classes & Apprenticeship

Classes & Apprenticeships

                  with Bonnie Kreckow, Clinical Herbalist

Apprenticeship I – 2019

2019 Apprenticeship I Program begins in March and continues into November.  An apprenticeship that keeps the tradition alive, this being the art of herbal medicine.  It would be my pleasure to teach and pass on to you, Traditional Herbalism.

These teachings come from the plants. What they have taught me along with the teachings of many amazing traditional teachers?  It was truly an honor and blessing to have Herbalist’s such as Rosemary Gladstar, Karyn Sanders, Phyllis Light, Paul Red Elk and Matthew Wood to learn from plus many others at conferences and events.  Experience from a 18 year clinical practice and the development and marketing of an herbal product line adds to the benefits of this program.

We all start somewhere, with various teachers, before we go out on our own.  My practice over the years has given me the experience of seeing the path of dis-eases, how life can wear on one’s spirit, but most importantly how to help guide people to help themselves find balance back in their lives.  To restore…. repair their health….. their Spirit.

This apprenticeship will teach you how to identify the ‘herbs’, the ‘plants’.  How to use them, how to respect them, and how they incorporate themselves into your life, your body, safely.  They are our elders, our teachers, they have much to show and teach you.  You will learn the importance of growing these new friends yourself,  implement them into your world, your gardens.  Whats really amazing is that they just show up!! You will learn how to make your own remedies from these plants, how to create formulas and learn of the systems of the body and how they interact with the herbs/plants.

Utmost, how they can be incorporated into your gardens and how you can grow your own medicine.  We can’t take without giving back first.

Come take a plant journey into herbal medicine.  Send over your address so we can send you a hard copy of the curriculum. It will give you more detail about the program with a registration form.  Or simply sign up if the plants have been talking to you!  Are they calling Your Name?

Apprenticeship II – 2019

Come join us for the 2019 Apprenticeship II program.  For the reason that this year goes into more detail of the systems of the body. You will gain a deeper understanding of how they work.  Not just the physiology of the systems, but even deeper, the energy, what is in between the cells.  Similarly, we will study the various ailments or dis-eases that can manifest in these different systems.

When you pay attention to symptoms or pathology, patterns will present themselves. This is evident to the practitioner, what has been created and left behind in a body.  Spirit can help you to ‘see’ the person and what makes them out of balance to have left themselves open for dis-ease.  See the Beauty in the person, it will show you the path of the imbalance.

Above all, we will continue with more plant properties or actions and their constituents.  Understanding these components takes you to creating formulas, or maybe a formula isn’t needed.  Maybe only a single herb is called forward.  This is where spirit and herbs come together.

Another way of observation of the health of the individual is obvious on the face, tongue, nails, hair and skin that confirms what the symptoms present.

There is much to study the second year, therefore each session will present a different system and its maladies.  We will still continue to be outside identifying the plants, harvesting if need be to make a remedy and sitting with the plants.  This year students will make and test out remedies on themselves and continue to work in their material medicas.

If you’ve taken Apprenticeship I you’re ready for the second year.  Have you studied elsewhere and feel you’re ready for Apprenticeship II.  Give me a call and we can discuss it.

Come join the plants whom talk to the body.

She got the whole root!!

       

2019 January Class lineup

Herbal Teas

How to make a decoction, an infusion, a reduction, and a brew, ( southern way of saying a reduction)

January 9th at Bluff Country Co-op in Winona, MN

January 16th at Oneota Community Food Co-op in Decorah, IA

Respiratory Infections

Don’t let congestion or viruses slow you down this winter.

January 23rd at Community Ed Classes in Winona, MN

https://www.winonaschools.org/communityed/adult-programs

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A series called:

           “Cooking From Scratch”

This is going to be fun!  Not only will you learn how to prepare your own meals, but also learn how to use the “spices” you have in your cupboard.  We’ll discuss the importance of ingredients and reading labels.

   Soups On                February 2nd ~ 10:00 – 12:30   Winona, MN

Come learn to make some Potato Bacon, Chicken Wild Rice, Brat and Cheese, French Onion, and the Infamous Vegetable Beef with recipes to share.

Simple Healthy Meals     February 27th ~ 6:00 – 8:30   Winona, MN

Like Peachy Chicken, pan fried Walleye and Wild Rice, Ham and Broccoli Alfredo and a few more.  Yes, recipes included.

So, you Love your Pies, Cookies, Cakes, and Pudding    March 27th ~ 6:00 – 8:30   Winona, MN

Learn to make these from scratch, no box!  We’re going to make fruit pie, homemade chocolate pudding, homemade cookies and more.

Breakfast ~ My Favorite Meal       April 6th ~ 10:00 – 12:30   Winona, MN

Learn to make Homemade pancakes, be creative with these.  How about a quiche, omelets, and more.  Come have some fun!!

Cooking from Scratch is set up with Community Education in Winona, all classes are at the Winona Middle School classroom.  Register through Community Education

https://www.winonaschools.org/communityed/adult-programs

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February Classes:

Are You Stressed?  Don’t let stress control your life!

Whoa, what a topic!!  Stress can be the precursor to many ailments in the body.  Stress needs to be treated not overlooked.  Bonnie, our herbalist is going to discuss plants that have “nervine” properties. There are so many plants that help with stress, not just chamomile.  Have you ever tasted Linden, Wild Lettuce, California Poppy or good ole Oats?  Have you ever used Essences?  Come to class and enjoy an herbal Stress Relief tea and we’ll talk about conditions that stress can create.  More importantly how to overcome them using herbs.

  • February 6th at Oneota Community Food Co-op in Decorah, IA ~ 6:00
  • February 13th at Bluff Country Co-op in Winona, MN ~ 6:00
Cholesterol – Friend or Foe?

Is Cholesterol a health concern of yours?  This is so controversial; do you need medication or not?  If you’re on medication can you go off of it?  Bonnie works with many clients with high cholesterol. This class will go over what cholesterol is, how the body produces it, what all those numbers mean and how you can manage it with food and herbal medicine.

  • February 20th at the Winona Middle School in Winona, MN thru Community Education ~ 6:30

https://www.winonaschools.org/communityed/adult-programs?cal_date=2019-02-15

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March Classes:

Trauma and Injuries Treated Holistically

Do you know the impact herbs have on a body when an injury or trauma has occurred and when the immediate use of herbs is applied?   Bonnie has been a practicing herbalist for almost 20 years and in this time she has used herbs to treat broken bones, burns, concussions, lacerations, and more.  In holistic medicine we see the importance of not only treating the injury, but treating the trauma that has impacted the body, the Spirit.  What if trauma has inflicted the body without an injury? This is an interesting and informative class Bonnie loves to teach!  She will also teach you how to prepare a poultice and a compress.

  • March 6th at Oneota Community Food Co-op in Decorah, IA ~ 6:00
  • March 13th at Bluff Country Co-op in Winona, MN ~ 6:00
Allergies Again!!   Addressing it from a Holistic Point of View

Make your allergies be less conspicuous.  Patience and persistence pays off when you use the right herbs to strengthen the system that needs aid.  First let’s determine if they stem from food or are seasonal.  Bonnie will address allergies from a holistic standpoint.  She will give you some helpful information and herbal advice so you can take control of your allergies.  Don’t suffer this year!

  • March 20th at the Winona Middle School in Winona, MN thru Community Education ~ 6:30

https://www.winonaschools.org/communityed/adult-programs?cal_date=2019-03-01

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April Classes

Allergies Again!!   Addressing it from a Holistic Point of View

Make your allergies be less conspicuous.  Patience and persistence pays off when you use the right herbs to strengthen the system that needs aid.  First let’s determine if they stem from food or are seasonal.  Bonnie will address allergies from a holistic standpoint.  She will give you some helpful information and herbal advice so you can take control of your allergies.  Don’t suffer this year!

  • April 10th at Oneota Community Food Co-op in Decorah, IA ~ 6:00
  • April 23rd at Bluff Country Co-op in Winona, MN ~ 6:00
Benefits of a Medicinal Salve; aka, an Herbal Salve

You realize your skin is your body’s largest organ?  What it absorbs will eventually reach the internal body.  Not many people are as skeptic as they used to be when taking herbs, but a medicinal salve is a great way to administer herbs.  Not only is a salve great for a cut, scrape or burn, but how about soothing inflammation or easing tension.  Come learn how to prepare an herbal salve. We’ll also discuss various herbs to formulate for various conditions so you can make your own salve.  We’ll be creating a salve in class and you’ll be able to take home a sample.

  • April 17th at the Winona Middle School under Community Education in Winona, MN ~ 6:30

https://www.winonaschools.org/communityed/adult-programs?cal_date=2019-04-01

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May’s Classes

Creating Your Own Hand/Face Cream

Are you a label reader, even for lotions?  Looking for a cream or lotion that doesn’t contain those harmful ingredients?  Bonnie has been making creams for 20 years using just herbs, oils, and butters.  Want to create your own hand or face cream?  Come and learn how.  Your skin will love it!

  • May 1st at the Winona Middle School under Community Education in Winona, MN ~ 6:30

https://www.winonaschools.org/communityed/adult-programs?cal_date=2019-05-01

Herb class 101 – Getting to Know Your Plants and what to use them for…

Spring Has Sprung, have the Plants? Are you ready for the plant season? Come on an herb walk and see what the plants have to say.  Or if they aren’t up enough yet, we’ll do a plant walk via power point.

  • May 15th at the Winona Middle School under Community Education in Winona, MN ~ 6:30

https://www.winonaschools.org/communityed/adult-programs?cal_date=2019-05-01

Benefits of a Medicinal Salve; an Herbal Salve

Do you realize your skin is your body’s largest organ?  What it absorbs will eventually reach the internal organs.  Not many people are as skeptic as they used to be when taking herbs, but a medicinal salve is a great way to administer herbs.  Not only is a salve great for a cut, scrape or burn, but how about soothing inflammation or easing tension.  This class we will prepare an herbal salve and discuss various herbs to formulate for various conditions.

  • May 8th at Oneota Community Food Co-op in Decorah, IA ~ 6:00
Experience a Truly Natural Herbal Facial and Foot Massage

Nothing feels better than a facial, even more exceptional when it’s a natural one.  In this class you will experience relaxation in whole new way.   Your facial will be a 5-step course that will leave your skin glowing!  Proceeding to your feet where we’ll soak them in a luxurious blend of herbs in a hot foot bath, all while sipping on a relaxing tea blend.  Sounds like bliss, right?  The fun increases when you and a friend are actually working on each other!   Bonnie will lead the class and give instruction and guidance along with all the herbs/herbal products to enjoy a most blissful natural facial and spa treatment.   She will pair attendees up, so bring a friend or a partner and do it together!  Come experience relaxation at its herbal finest.

  • May 21st at Bluff Country Co-op in Winona, MN ~ 6:00
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June’s Classes

Herb Walk Anyone?

Every time Bonnie does an herb walk, she likes to take you to different locations.  Plants grow everywhere and in June their lush!  Spring plants haven’t totally left us yet so it’s a great time to do an herb walk in the woods!  How many woodland plants do you know?  Come and learn some new faces and the medicinal benefits they give.   We will meet at the Chattahoochie County Park off of Hwy 52.

  • June 5th at Chattahoochie Park not at the co-op ~ 6:00
Herb Walk Anyone?

Every time Bonnie does an herb walk, she likes to take you to different locations.  Plants grow everywhere and in June their lush!  Spring plants haven’t totally left us yet so it’s a great time to do an herb walk in the woods!  How many woodland plants do you know?  Come and learn some new faces and the medicinal benefits they give.   We will meet at the Farmers Park just off of Hwy 14 at the bottom of Lewiston hill in the Arches.

  • June 18th at the Arches Farmers Park, not at the co-op ~ 6:00