Connecticut's School of Herbal & Energetic Studies  - 65 Bank Street New Milford CT 06776
"If you want to learn to love plants and love yourself  
Twin Star is the place to be!" ~ Joan O. 2013 Graduate









Upcoming Classes and Events:
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Join our 2016 Herbal CSA
Seasonal Fresh Herbs, Remedies & Recipes 
from Twin Star & White Pine Community Farm 


Fresh & dried ~ medicinal & edible herbs and herbal products all sourced and wild crafted at White Pine Community Farm and Twin Star's medicinal gardens. Hand-made, fresh and effective herbal products Made with love locally for you and your family!
Each pick up/delivery will include:
- a combination of seasonal herbal products and remedies and fresh or dried medicinal and culinary herbs.
- a variety of remedies including including herbal vinegars, tinctures, salves, lip balm, oils, bug sprays & syrups
- a newsletter with recipes and information on the traditional use of the enclosed herbs and tips to help take care of your family naturally

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FEBRUARY CLASSES
Costa Rican Adventures with our Friends at Centro Ashé
FLOWER ESSENCE PRACTITIONER TRAINING     

With Molly Meehan & Lupo Passero
Flower Essence Practitioner Training
February 3-11, 2016 (8 nights) Guest teacher Lupo Passero 45 hours in Costa Rica - Only 11 spots available!!!
Register HERE
       

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FREE Introduction to Herbalism Class
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20th 2:00-4:00 

Join us for a Free Herb Class! This annual fun filled introductory class will be offered on the afternoon of February 20th with Twin Star Herbal Education director Lupo Passero and other area herbalists. Lupo has over 20 years of herbal experience and will share several traditions of herbal healing including herbal support for stress, and the medicinal uses of popular garden plants and wild weeds. She will cover a variety of popular herbal remedies and how to incorporate them into your daily life for better health and wellness. You will also learn how to make herbal remedies at home with herbs that grow right in your own back yard.
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MARCH CLASSES

Make Your Own First Aid Kit
March 1st from 6-9 PM

Learn the traditional art of herbal first aid. From backyard herbs to the goodies in your kitchen, learn how to naturally treat cuts, bumps, bruises, colds, stomach aches, itchy skin and more. Each participant will go home with their own fully stocked herbal first aid kit ($50 value), including a healing salve, antiseptic wash, calming spray, herbal styptics, tinctures & more.

$75 for the class

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Introduction to Ayruveda with Ilana Sobo
March 13 1-4:00
Come and explore the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda. Originating in India at least 5000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the oldest holistic healing systems on the planet and is known as the mother medicine. In this introductory class, you will become familiar with the working language of Ayurveda, the doshas and learn many simple techniques to help you balance your unique constitution naturally. Ayurveda uses herbs, diet, yoga, meditation, lifestyle practices and much more to help us achieve optimal wellness through simple daily practices.

$65 for the class 


Or email twinstarherbinfo@gmail.com to register
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Flower Essence Emersion Program with Ruth Greenberg (Dates Below)
Meets twice a month beginning March 7th 

Flower Essences are a gentle and power healing modality which can be used to target the emotional and spiritual challenges that we face in our lives. This 6 month program will allow you to deepen your connection to flower essences by working with one essence at a time.   Participants will receive a flower essence to work with each month. Topics will include:  (first session) an overview of each essence, a guided flower essence meditation, and learning how to create personal affirmations  ( second session) A open discussion on each person’s experiences using the flower essence over the past two weeks, learning how specific chakras can benefit from the essence, and a guided meditation for each chakra.   This class will be taught by Ruth Greenberg who received her Flower Essence Practitioner Certification from Twin Star in January 2016.  It will meet 2 Mondays a month from 6:00 -8:30.
 
The dates and topics are as followed:
March 7th and 21: Anxiety reduction/ Mimulus/Root Chakra
April 4 and 18: Manifestation/Cayenne/Sacral Chakra
May 2 and 16 Self Love/Sunflower/Solar Plexus Chakra
June 6 and 20 Grief and Loss/ Borage/Heart Chakra
July 11 and 25 Development of Hope/Gorse/Throat Chakra
August 1 and 15 Connection to Sprit/Angelica/ Third Eye and Crown Charkas
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34th Annual Winter Conference
Introduction to Medicinal Herbs for Gardener or Small Scale Farmer 
March 12 & 13, 2016 ~ 
9:00 am to 3:30 pm 
Western CT State University
181 White Street, Danbury

Join Lupo and Twin Star Alumni Farmer Melody at this fantastic annual conference.  We will have a booth as well, so come by and say hello!
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Herb Justice Seed to Market Herbal Training Program

Level 3 Herbalist Training Program @White Pine Community Farm    March-November 
Herb justice is a belief that all communities should have access to high quality locally grown herbal plants and remedies. Students in the Herb Justice Seed to Market program will learn first hand how to grow, tend and harvest dozens of medicinal herbs that are grown at Wassaic Community Farm, in Wassaic NY. Participants will also work closely with the diversity of medicinal and edible plants that grow wild throughout our area. Throughout the program we will use these herbs to prepare herbal teas, salves and tinctures and bring these remedies to our rural and urban neighboring communities through various farmers markets.   The Seed to Market participants will actively engage in the Herb Justice concept by learning to share herbal healing with the public regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, ability, religion, or community.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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Foundations in Herbalism Level 1

Foundations in Herbalism Level 1
8-month Weekend Herbal Studies Program Begins each March
We are pleased to announce our level 1 weekday program! Classes will be on the 2nd/4th Mondays of each month.
What students are saying about this program:
“After taking the Foundations of Herbalism course I am now making my own herbal remedies for myself as well as my animals. I have a better insight as to how our emotional life affects our physical health! I'm creating an apothecary full of herbs and remedies to help with everything from snakebites & emotional trauma to gout & stomach upset! I've also learned to recognize when it's time to call a doctor.” - Jennifer G. 2013 Foundations GraduateWE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 Please click here for full syllabus
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APRIL 2016
Flower Essence Therapy Certification Course
With Lupo Passero
FULL DAY CLASSES WEDNESDAY 10-5
April 6th, July 13th, October 12th and January 18th of 2016
WEDNESDAY EVENING ROUND TABLES 6-8:30
May 11th, June 8th, Aug 10th, Sept 14th, Nov 9th, Dec 14th


This course offers over 125 hours of in-depth flower essence training with instructor Lupo Passero. We will meet for a full day class during each season, spring, summer and fall and winter and monthly for round table discussions Most of our time will be spent outside working directly with the abundant flowers and plants that cover the Litchfield Hills. Students will go on to spend an additional 30 hours working directly with clients, learning how to confidently use flower essence therapy in a professional setting.

Topics covered include:The History of Flower Essences, The teachings of Dr. Edward Bach, Local Plant and Woodland Essences, Methods of Choosing Essences, The Doctrine of Signatures, Plant Spirit Journey, Vibrational Medicine Making, Chakra Essence Therapy, Making Flower Essences in the Field, Ethically using the Essences, Essences in the healing practice, Monthly Healing Rituals, Supervised Clinical Consults & Setting up a flower essence practice

Flower Essence Practitioner Certificate Awarded 
Upon Course Completion. More information HERE
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Spiral Path - The Way of the Medicine Woman Herbal Apprenticeship
This 125 Hour Medicine Woman's Way Herbal & Spiritual Healing Course (75 classroom/50 Home Study) will meet one Saturday a month from 10-6 April-October.  We will explore all aspects of female health, including birth and death, by walking through each stage of the holy trinity, the maiden, mother and crone.  Each month will include the following: ceremony, song, ritual, herbs & essences, recipes & self-care, journeys and meditations, all meant to foster personal growth and/or build upon additional healing and herbal practices. Through this immersion into the goddess tradition and the divine feminine, Sisters will gain a deeper understanding of traditional medicine ways and will re-awaken their own inner wise woman. Classes will be held at Twin Star Herbal Education, and we will be outdoors as much as possible in natures classroom. Steep yourself in the ancient wisdom of herbal and plant spirit medicine, embrace the healing gifts of the Woman’s Medicine Way and empower yourself through self love, healing and reconnection to the oldest healing tradition known on Earth.If you are interested in joining us for this one of a kind experience please send us an email for an application and interview. This class is open to women only.
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JUNE 2016

Earth Spirit ~ Introduction to Energetic & Shamanic Herbalism
with Lupo & Painted Turtle
June 22, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 21

New Class Beginning June 2016 Summer Solstice - Winter Solstice One Wednesday evening a month June - December 6:30-9:00
Energetic Herbalism recognizes that the body, mind and soul are all equally important components when it comes to healing all dis-ease and human ailments. It encompasses the idea that the divine within each living thing (plant, animal, mineral) is ultimately connected and this cohesive energy can be tapped into and utilized by all for better health and wellness. During this 7 month program we will explore the energetic herbalism philosophy by combining the use of sacred herbal remedies and traditional/indigenous healing practices. A variety of modalities will be examined and shared including healing with stones, plants, flower essences, medicinal oils, prayers and intention. This class will be a sacred spiritual journey. No previous training required. 
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August  2016
An Herbal Journey through Sacred France  
Tour Dates: July 22 - 29, 2016   

Come join us on our magical tour to the Languedoc in southwest France where we combine the magic of local herbs with the divine feminine teachings that are so present in this sacred corner of France.  Here we will be well off the beaten tourist-path, tucked away in the foothills of the Pyrenees and where the local esoteric history reaches back thousands of years.  It is the land of the Cathars, Knights Templar, Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas which all seem to have their part in the great Holy Grail mystery.  It’s a part of our world that, until recently, has seemingly been left untouched. But don’t let that fool you. Traveling the small, winding roads of the Languedoc, you will marvel at the beauty and mystery of this sacred land.  Our home base will be in Rennes les Bains which is a famous spa village that dates back over 2000 years to when Roman nobility would “summer” here.  It is a village of less than 200 inhabitants, located on the River Salz with it’s own natural thermal baths.  Every day you will have the opportunity to bathe in the thermal waters that so many have come to for healing for thousands of years. Local lore says that Mary Magdalene baptised in this river.  It is against this backdrop where we will meet, interact and study many of Europe’s native plants and trusted herbal allies. Surrounded by nature in this powerful energetic landscape, we will create ceremony, follow with the eyes of history and take part in daily herbal and energetic healing classes. Community Herbalist and Flower Essence Practitioner Lupo Passero will lead the group on plant walks, talks and botanical lessons throughout the region. Under her guidance we will make herbal remedies and flower essences and experience plant spirit healing.  This trip is perfect for all levels of herbal experience; whether you are a beginner, the “budding” herbalist or if you’re an experienced herbalist and would like a deeper understanding of sacred plant medicine. Each day will include time with our herbal allies and time for exploring the rich history of this sacred land.  At the end of this tour, each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Completion to commemorate what we have discovered and learned on this trip! More info HERE
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Reiki and Energy Healing Trainings Self Healing and Awareness 
Reiki Level 1, 2 & 3 Certification - 
Dates Coming Soon
During this training you will:•   Practice Reiki & Energy Healing•    Meditation & Mantras•    Reiki Level Symbols & meanings•    Pairing Reiki with Herbs, Crystals & Oils•    Reiki Attunements•    Have time to practice Reiki •   Receive a Usui Reiki Certification & an additional Energy Healing Certification from Twin Star     
$275.00 for Usui Reiki level 1 Certification  
$250.00 for Usui Reiki level 2 Certification 
$275.00 for Usui Reiki level 3 Certification 
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Honoring the Four Directions with Mohegan Indian Painted Turtle 
Date TBA
Life, is meant to be lived in sacred relationship with our surroundings. There are many daily signs and symbols in life to show us the paths of our journey. Painted Turtle (Chris Harris) will be teaching to help identify these symbols and how they show up for your daily use. He will share connection to his Mohegan Indian heritage and spiritual lifestyle. This class will explore how to access these teachings and use them to better our daily life. Each season will bring a direction into focus. We will touch on the associated theme, animal, element and ceremony of the direction. This class will also include a sacred ceremony with an in depth teaching of its importance. ...........................................................................................

Intro to Herbs, Essences & Wild Weeds 
Herbs, Essences & Wild Weeds An Introduction to Herbalism Series
Date TBA - SUMMER 2016
"A fabulous introduction to the wonderful world of herbs.  Let Twin Star empower you to better health!" -Beverly D.
Join is for this fun filled introductory summer series!  Classes will meet weekly and will cover topics including: the wise woman tradition of healing, summer skin care, herbal support for stress, the medicinal uses of popular garden plants, wild weeds, kitchen remedies and much more.  This course will also include an introduction both essential oils and flower essences.  Throughout this course you will form intimate relationships with over 20 popular herbal remedies.  Please email us at twinstarherbinfo@gmail with any questions.  Registration form is below. The cost for the workshop is $375, this includes all material, handouts and weekly herbs and remedies to take home.
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SEPTEMBER 2016
The Art of Flower Essence Therapy 

Date TBA Fall 2016
This workshop offering an in depth explanation of Dr. Bach’s 38 original flower remedies.  Topics covered include: the history of flower essences, how to use flower essences for people, pets and plants, making your own flower essences, case studies, flower essence consultations, chakra essences and more.   This class is limited in size to insure intimacy and individual attention. 

Topics covered will include:
  • the history of flower essences
  • a slide show of the original 38 essences
  • the12 healers, the 38 essences & rescue remedy
  • the affects of flower essence therapy
  • practical uses and sensitivities
  • flower essence therapy for children, adults and pets
  • flower essences for acute trauma and disaster relief
  • making flower essences in the field
  • flower essences for each of the chakras
  • selecting remedies, consultations, case studies & more
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DECEMBER 2016 
Twin Star Herbal - Level II Practices and Protocol 

Beginning in December of 2015 the level two portion of Twin Star Herbal Studies will begin. We will be meeting for one full Saturday and one weekday evening a month December - April of 2016.  

The class will be a total of 125 hrs of combined classroom hours and home study and may be paired with our Costa Rica trip for an additional 75 hours in Tropical Herbalism.  

*Please note Twin Star level one or another comparable herbal studies course is a pre-requisite for Twin Star level 2.Please click here for full syllabus and dates for 2015-16.
($200 deposit to hold your space)
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Rosemary Gladstar's - The Science & Art of Herbalism
December 2015 - October 2016
Begins December 18th
Monthly classes will be held one Friday a the month from 6-10 PM in the Twin Star Classroom for course overview, herbal lab time and study group. In addition, this 10 Lesson course includes Rosemary’s core curriculum, a specially designed binder, correction of all homework, and a certificate upon successful completion of the course from both Twin Star and Sage Mountain. The Lessons are designed to provide practical, hands-on experience with each assignment designed to enrich your personal experience with the plant world. 
Cost: $950 (+$250 deposit) includes all instruction, materials, correspondence course ($375 value), four hours of class time monthly, correction of all homework, a certificate from Twin Star and Sage Mountain signed by Rosemary Gladstar upon completion.

$250 Deposit to hold your space
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JANUARY 2017
January 2017 13 Moons - A Women's Healing Circle January-December 

We meet monthly on the Wednesday evening closest to the New Moon.
Since the dawn of our existence women have been gathering together as daughters, sisters, mothers and as healers. Powerful stories have been shared, tears have been shed and many magical moments of healing, strength and love have occurred. It is in honor of this ancient tradition that the 13 Moons - A Women’s Healing Circle has been created. This group will meet monthly over the course of one year. The circle will begin in January of each year and will meet one evening a month continuing into the following January. Under these 13 moons we will come together as women and healers. Each moon we will explore a variety of topics including: sacred healing, women’s plant allies and the wise woman tradition.  We will also create rituals for honoring our moon cycle, birth, death, divorce and more and will focus on positive manifestations, cutting cords and fully explore our role as women, sisters and community healers. The circle will be a private and sacred group, open to women and 
all who identify as women, by invitation only. If you are interested in sharing in this experience and would like more information please send us a letter of intent to twinstarherbinfo@gmail.com
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Heart Song ~ A Healer’s Path
January- May 2017
 w/ Painted Turtle & Lupo Passero

Heart  Song – A Healer’s Path Training is meant to build upon the Earth Spirit Shamanic Herbalism course.  Heart Song recognizes that the healer within all of us needs love and attention.  It encompasses the idea that the more we serve and understand ourselves, the more we can serve others and the Earth Mother. We will continue to honor the divine within each living thing and partner each month with a specific element and native plant spirit to help cultivate the ancient wisdom within. During this 5 month program we will explore the energetic herbalism philosophy by combining the use of plant spirit healing and traditional shamancic practice.  This class will be a sacred spiritual journey. Previous training required. Please contact us for details.
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Custom Classes & More
Love herbs?  Interested in the healing properties of plants? Curious to learn more?  That is what we are here for.  Twin Star offers a variety of herbal classes, workshops and intensives for the beginner herb enthusiasts to professional training.  We offer community classes and will also travel to you.  Twin Star proudly empowers individuals to learn to take care of self, family and community using natural medicines and remedies form the earth.  Please click here for a full listing of classes available.For more information please contact us at: twinstarherbs@gmail.com


Disclaimer and release of liability: information and services provided on this website, by Lauren “Lupo” Passero and by Twin Star Herbal Education and Shakti Exchange LLC are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any medical condition and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Information provided on this website and during all classes, programs and trips are for educational and entertainment purposes only.


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