Medicine Making Class

Learn how to use herbs to make medicines for you and your family.  In this hands-on experiential class we will learn how to make tinctures with fresh and dried plant material and water extractions: decoctions and infusions and learn how to make them both medicinal and tasty. We will be sampling and tasting what we make in class and discuss how to best use and store the medicine.  The class includes handouts with procedures we use in class and book recommendations, as well as a plant materia medica.  After taking the class you will know how to make these preparations and can build on your knowledge of plants!

You will make a tincture in class to take home with you and we will make decoctions and infusions together in class and do a taste testing.

Some of what we will be making can be used as substitutes for costly supplements such as using turmeric as an anti-inflammatory.  Making your own medicines at home can save a lot of money compared to buying pre-made and store bought.


  • Materials for medicine making the tincture you take home with you

  • Sampling of decoctions and infusions made in class

Class takes place on the North side of Madison.


Fee $60, plus $10 material fee = $70 per person

March 7th, 2020 12-4pm

Sacred Smoke - Plant smoke for cleansing, healing and ritual

The burning of plants has been used throughout time by human cultures the world over. Learn about uses of plant smoke in Celtic, Nordic and American traditions. Grow or wildcraft some of these plants yourself this season.

February 8th, 2020 at 11:45am at The Garden Expo at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI

Herbs and Lyme Disease Class Series

Join me for a series of classes in learning about Lyme Disease and how herbs, supplements and complimentary therapies can help people recover from an infection. The class will be offered in several topic specific sections. Classes include handouts and a materia medica of herbs.


These are practical classes meant to give an overview of how to work with Lyme Disease.


This class is offered in a live video class format over Zoom video platform. Handouts will be available the day prior to class.

Lyme Disease Basics - the how's and why's and three herbs to start with.

March 10th, 2020 at 7pm - video class, attend live or access recording later

Herx Reactions and how to manage them

April 14th, 2020 7pm - video class, attend live or access recording later

Lyme Disease - The most important detox herbs

May 12, 2020 7pm - video class, attend live or access recording later

Lyme Disease - genetics, methylation and mast cells

June 9, 2020 7pm -  video class, attend live or access recording later

More classes will be added!

Lyme Disease Prevention and Infection

The State of Wisconsin is in the top 5 most infected states with Lyme Disease.  Half of all ticks in endemic areas carry Lyme Disease.  Lately, every year seems like a “bad tick year”.  How do we prevent our families and pets from getting an infection?  Prevention is key!  When there is a tick bite what should we do?  How can you find out if you have a Lyme Infection?  Most tick-borne infections are difficult to test for and produce false negatives. 

Join us for an hour-long exploration of Lyme Disease, tick-borne infections, how to prevent these infections and what to do if you get an infection.  According to the CDC, this is reaching epidemic levels with more than 25,000 new reported cases of disease every month!

Sunday February 9th, 2:00pm at The Garden Expo, Alliant Energy Center in Madison WI

More times and locations for 2020 TBA.

Contact me to schedule this free talk for your community group or at your library.

Old Norse Tradition and the Spiritual Use of Plants

This tradition spans the Northern Germanic lands of Scandinavia and Iceland. Many of us here in the MidWest have Northern European ancestors. We can feel the pull of our ancestors when we smell a whiff of plant smoke or hear sounds that call to us in a familiar but unrecognized ways. Where do we turn to connect with what is ancient and forgotten? We need look no further than the memories in our bones. I hope some of these offerings of our shared lineages help to awaken and connect you to our plant spirit allies and your ancestors.


Please check back for dates and times as I am confirming them with the venue. 

Take just one class or join in for all of them.


Intro to the Old Norse Tradition 


Much of the Old Norse Tradition has been lost over time due to the conversion and oppression of the people of the land. It’s a repeating story of humanity the world over. Learn what we know of this tradition from the old texts, archeological discovery and story. Reverence for the wisdom of the plants and land spirits is an important part of this tradition. 


Clearing and Cleansing Practices 


Learn about burnable plants and plant washes used to clear places and people of energetic and spirit attachments.  This is an experiential, how-to class where we will discuss, then do some of the work together. You will go home with information on practices and procedures as well as a list of Nordic and local plants and how they clear and clean you and your home and office spaces. You will also leave with a spray bottle of the herbal wash we make in class. (whole plants are used, no essential oils)

Intro to Creating Sacred Space


Creating a container for our practice helps keep us and our work safe from uninvited influences and contains the focused energy of our work. This class is an introduction to creating your work space for your practice and builds upon the clearing and cleansing work from the previous class. Use these skills for home or office.


The Nine Sacred Herbs


From the 11th century manuscript, the Lacnunga, we know the Song of the Nine Sacred Herbs. Learn about the plant spirits of the nine herbs, their World associations and how they might be used in your spirit work practice. We will work with the herbs in class, connecting with the plant spirits. A take-home herb sample will be provided.


Plants for Trance and Travel Work


In this experiential class, we will work with native plants to Wisconsin that are also native to the Norse lands of northern Europe. These common plants, as well as sound, are used for trance/journeying work to travel within the World Tree, Yggdrasil, and the nine worlds within it. Yggdrasil corresponds to the shamanistic worlds of the upper, middle and lower worlds. Plants are provided to work with in class and a dried plant sample to take home with you. 


Prior experience with trance or journeying work is helpful but not required.

Schedule Jean to Speak for Your Group

Contact Jean to schedule a talk for your group.  Free talks can be arranged for non-profit organizations.  Custom and private class can be scheduled for a fee.  Contact me for more information.

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Cancellation and refund policy: Registration fees are not refundable. Your registration may be transferred to someone else before the first class starts. If there is a wait list, there may be an opportunity for someone to take your place. After class starts you may not transfer your registration.

Class Testimonials

Thank you for this past spirit work class Jean! I really loved your approach to teaching this type of work. It is difficult to find someone who can teach a class with both newbies and those with more experience. Thank you for being so open to everyone's questions, acknowledging where everyone was at and being so authentic. It felt like a wonderfully safe space. I was happy to find you! 

I just wanted to extend my gratitude for last night's ancestor's ritual.  It was wonderful to be in circle with others again, and I had a wonderful journey experience.  Thanks for all the work you did to make that happen.

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Located on the North side of Madison, WI

in Token Creek near the headwater springs of the Madison chain of lakes,

ancestral lands of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

3919 Gray Road, DeForest, (by appointment only)

(608) 513-0016

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