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Upcoming Classes & Events

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Plant Walk Dates

 

Throughout the warmer months, let's get to know the medicinal and edible plants that grow all around us! On a plant walk, you can expect to learn plant identification, plant names (common and botanical latin), as well as some of the ways in which the plant can be worked with and sustainable harvesting practices. Plant walks are interactive as we will walk around local areas (parks, properties, etc.) and observe, touch, and taste the plants as we go. Each and every plant walk will be different- depending on location, time of year, and which plants we come across!

2024 Plant Walks - Mankato Area

Wednesday, May 8th - 6:00-7:30pm @ Rassmussen Woods, Mankato

Saturday, June 8th - 2:00-4:00pm @ Wildwood County Park, Mankato

Thursday, July 11th - 6:00-7:30pm @ Bluff Park, Mankato

Sunday, August 18th - 2:00-3:30pm @ Indian Lake Conservation Area, Mankato

 

2024 Plant Walks - Zumbrota/Rochester Area

Saturday, June 1st - 9:30-11:00am @ Covered Bridge Park, Zumbrota

Others may be added throughout the season! Check back for updates or sign up for my newsletter.

Note: If you have already subitted a form but would like to attend another plant walk, simply reach out via email: thistlepatchwellness@gmail.com

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First Aid Basics:

from an herbalist’s perspective

Thursday, May 16th ~ 6:00-7:30pm

at Minnemishinona Falls, Mankato

40923 Judson Bottom Rd, Mankato, MN 56003

Cuts, scrapes, stings, bites, bumps, bruises, burns… All common occurrences in the summer months while everyone is out being active, having fun and/or working hard. No matter the time of year, however, accidents happen and being prepared for them makes them much less stressful (and painful). In this class, attendees will learn about some of Kara’s most reached for herbal and home remedies for basic first aid needs- one of which attendees will get to take home with them!

Exchage: $25

Please register and pay in advance to hold your space, as space is limited for this class.

 

Check or Venmo. Contact me if needing an alternative option.

Patch of chamomile flowers in the summer.

An Introduction to Working with Herbs

Wednesday, May 22nd ~ 6:00-7:30pm

at Apoth-A-Teas, Rochester

The world of herbalism is a vast one that can sometimes feel a little overwhelming when first starting out. The good news is that herbalism doesn’t have to be complicated! Let’s explore some of the most common questions and topics of herbal medicine together!

We will disucss:

The many ways we can work with herbs.

Herbal actions and herbal energetics.

Effective ways to learn herbs.

Sourcing herbs.

Ethical harvesting practices.

*And more*

Exchage: $20

Please register and pay in advance to hold your space, as space is limited for this class.

 

Check or Venmo. Contact me if needing an alternative option.

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Plant Walk: Medicine within Common Plants & "Weeds"

Wednesday, June 12th ~ 6:00-7:30pm

at Williams Nature Center, Mankato

Dandelions, goldenrod, motherwort, mullein… If you’ve ever wondered if those common plants or “weeds” have a deeper use or purpose, they do and this class is for you! 

Within this class, you will begin to learn how to identify many of the common plants as well as learn their benefits. This class will be hands-on (and in nature) with the plants themselves. 

No experience is necessary for this course, all knowledge levels are welcome! 

*This class is offered through Mankato Community Education.

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Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk

Tuesday, July 16th ~ 6:00-7:30pm

at Rassmussen Woods, Mankato

Plant walks are a great opportunity to become more connected with the plants all around you. These walks are interactive as we explore the plants to get to know them better through sight, touch, smell and taste. You will leave knowing visual identification as well as how to work with the plant and their benefits!

This class will be hands-on (and in nature) with the plants themselves. No experience is necessary for this course, all knowledge levels are welcome!

This walk will be held at Rasmussen Woods (555 Stoltzman Rd, Mankato, MN 56001). Rain day is set for July 23. We will notify you if course is moved due to weather.

*This class is offered through Mankato Community Education.

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An Introduction to Working with Herbs for Health

Thursday, August 8th ~ 6:00-7:30pm

at Lincoln Community Center, Mankato

The world of herbalism is a vast one that can sometimes feel a little overwhelming when first starting out. The good news is that herbalism doesn’t have to be complicated! Let’s explore some of the most common questions and topics of herbal medicine together!

We will disucss:

The many ways we can work with herbs.

Herbal actions and herbal energetics.

Effective ways to learn herbs.

Sourcing herbs.

Ethical harvesting practices.

*And more*

*This class is offered through Mankato Community Education.

Compassionate Living Festival

Saturday, May 4th & Sunday, May 5th

at Curiosi-Tea House, North Mankato

A weekend full of music, vendors, and friends - all in the theme of compassion and kindness!

*Kara will be a vendor at this event both days.

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Tending the Fire:

supporting easeful transition into spring and summer

from an herbalist’s perspective

Tuesday, April 23rd ~ 6:00-7:30pm

at The Haven, St. Peter

The transition out of winter and into spring and summer doesn’t have to come with allergies, tight muscles, headaches, poor sleep, digestive disturbances, or feeling irritated or “moody”. All of these symptoms are common during the transitions into spring and summer but as we will explore in this class, there are ways we can support our bodies during these transitions to feel more balanced and vibrant. Herbal remedies as well as dietary and lifestyle modifications specific to this seasonal transition and the common ailments that may come with it will be discussed.

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Nourishing Herbal Infusions

Tuesday, April 9th ~ 6:00-7:30pm

at Curiosi-Tea House, North Mankato

When many of us hear about working with herbs to help with our health, we may think of tinctures or salves or even syrups, teas, or capsules. What we may not think of are nourishing herbal infusions. Nourishing herbal infusions- strong, long-infused herbal teas- are a very simple way to benefit from herbs on a regular basis. We will discuss how to make a nourishing infusion, which herbs to consider using, as well as what the benefits are for each of the herbs.

Holistic Health Expo

Saturday, March 16th

9:00am-4:00pm

Located at The Gathering

1042 Old Minnesota Ave., St. Peter, MN

 

This expo is an excellent opportunity to meet some local practitioners and find out more information regarding their practice/modality. There will be a variety of local practitioners attending this expo including: The Haven at Hallet's, New Atlantis Holistic Health, Compassionate Way Coaching, Light From Within Reiki, MNIV Vitamin Infusions, Physio Strong P.T., Thistle Patch Wellness (Kara!), and more!

We would love to see you there to meet you and answer any questions that you may have.

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Bark Collection Workshop

A hands-on, introductory class to learn about medicinal barks and preparations

Saturday, March 9th - 2:00pm-4:00pm ~ Mankato

This class is completely outside.

 

Winter and very early spring are a dormant time for most plants but that does not mean that there isn’t harvesting that can be done for our home apothecaries. Barks are just one of the medicinals that can be harvested during this season and during this workshop, students will learn the basics of harvesting bark and how to prepare the bark for medicinal purposes. Alcohol and oil preparations will both be covered.

On our walk, we will spend extra time learning about Bur Oak, Crampbark, and Red Osier but we will also encounter Elder, Eastern Red Cedar, Sumac, and Roses. We may even identify some of the baby medicinal and edible plants along the way.

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