I’m excited to share information about the workshops I’ll be offering in the next several months: a few are RSVP only, so be sure to reserve a spot early! Here are the workshop descriptions and links to Facebook events. Please contact me at with questions.
- Thursday, October 17, 5-6:30 pm: Herbal Medicine for Radical Self-Care $10-20 (Wild Trails Farm) Why is it radical to take care of ourselves? What are the connections between our own health and the health of the world around us–plants, people, planet? How do we come into better relationship, caring relationship, with ourselves and all these others? Plants of all kinds including foods are a key part of learning how to care deeply for ourselves and the ones we love. In this workshop, we’ll learn about plants’ capacities to support wellness, and ground ourselves in the power of presence in a world of distraction.
- Sunday, October 20, 3-5:00 pm: Chill Out! Herbal Nervines for a Busy Life $15-30 (Wild Trails Farm) STRESS. Fatigue. Brain fog. Tuning out. Gassy farts, upset stomachs. We live in a cultural and political setting where we come to expect ourselves to be always busy, and there’s usually something in the news worth worrying abut. In this workshop, we’ll learn about some plant medicines that are good for easing the symptoms of stress. We’ll think about how the nervous system works, and how best to support ourselves–and our loved ones–in times of high intensity. And I’ll offer two simple body practices for working with stress and worry.
- Monday, November 4, 5:30-8:30 pm: Listening for Possibilities: Queer Herbal Magic. A workshop for LGBTQIA+ folks. $15-30 or pay what you can. RSVP required. Location shared with RSVP. Let’s get together and co-create some possibilities. We’ll learn about herbal remedies by playing hands-on with plants and preparations, we’ll talk about the role of ritual, rhythm, and connection in creating health, and we’ll move with ideas and practices of transformation and grounding together and individually.
- Tuesday, November 12, 5:30-7:30 pm: Plants and Pleasure Practice: An Herbalist Path to Nourishing Joy $15-30 (Wild Trails Farm) Pleasure! Joy! Sensations you might recognize in your body, and maybe are interested in seeking more of. In the context of today’s world, it can be hard to figure out where the pleasure can be. This event works with herbal allies for pleasure in its full spectrum–not limited to sexual intimacy. We taste and play with plants that support our hearts and bodies as we figure out what joy means for us.
- Tuesday, November 19, 5-6:30 pm: Deep Winter Wellness Work: An Herbal Workshop for Nurturing Ourselves in the Dark and Cold. Co-facilitated with Lindsay Hargis Post. $10-20 (Wild Trails Farm) Winter brings with it time for introspection, grounding, rooting into our quiet selves. The world often demands more of us than we have energy (or daylight!) for in this time of the year. In this workshop, Charis and Lindsay discuss herbal and energetic tools to use to encourage rest, while supporting Taking Care of Business. Think immunity, energy, and nervous system–and we’ll touch on this as a time of year to especially nurture ourselves, for those of us with chronic conditions.
- Tuesday, November 26th, 5-8:00 pm: Working with Difficult Ancestors: An Herbal Workshop for White Folks. Co-facilitated with Eric Garza. $25-50. RSVP required. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield, VT. This workshop, taking place right before the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving, offers a space for white folks to work with plants and energetic practices around ancestry. Which of your ancestors do you align with, energetically and in your life? Which ones do you wish you weren’t related to–whether because of individual acts or participation in broader social oppressions? Let’s take some time together to go a bit deeper, with the help of heart-work support from plants, into how we can become different kinds of ancestors for those who come after us.
As you may gather from other parts of this website, I am an educator, a scholar, and herbalist based in Springfield, Vermont. I believe that health and healing should be accessible to everyone—regardless of income, ability, race, gender, or political views—and I see learning together in community as part of healing justice. I offer interactive workshops on plant based medicine, social justice, and the relationship between human and environmental health.
What to expect:
Have a curiosity about plant medicine or community wellness? Want a conversation about connections between society and health? Already an herbalist or other practitioner? You are welcome to Fierce Blossom workshops! I draw on my background as an experiential educator, an herbalist, and an anthropologist to create interactive, dynamic workshop spaces for exploring plant medicine and human health together in community.