Thursday, August 24, 2006

Practical Aromatherapy Course: Certification Weekend In Virginia Beach

Come and learn about aromatherapy in Virginia Beach, Va
on November 24, 25 & 26, 2006
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Cost: $450 per person.
Discount of $50 for students paid in full by October 20.

Location: South Independence Blvd.,
Virginia Beach, VA 23542
Wise Weeds Botanicals Studies:
Practical Aromatherapy Course:
Using Essential Oils for Healing:

Medicinal herbalist, perfumer, and Wise Weeds Botanicals' proprietress Catherine Novak designed this course in response to numerous inquiries from individuals who wanted to learn more about the healing properties of essential oils and how to use them. The course material was developed over more than 10 years as a part of Catherine's own learning, teaching and writing experiences.

See below for a complete course outline
and instructions on how to sign up for the class

The Practical Aromatherapy Course enables students to gain both skill and knowledge about essential oils. The empowering coursework develops students' own appreciation for the healing qualities of essential oils, as well as educates them about appropriate resource materials and safety issues.

A basic test at the end of each lesson helps students review and reinforce the knowledge they have gained. Wise Weeds will issue a certificate of satisfactory completion of the course to students who complete each test satisfactorily, and who also complete and submit the final exam.
A book report and special research project are also required.

100 class hours credited for full completion of this course, including submission of lesson tests, final exam, copies of each sampling of essential oils, book report and research project.

Pre-register before November 7, 2006, by mailing your $225 deposit, or $450 total fee, with your name, address and phone number to:

Beads N Botanicals
227 S. Market St.
Hoopeston, IL 60942
Make your check or money order out to Beads N Botanicals. A $35 fee will be charged to any checks with insufficient funds.

You can also pre-register via credit card by calling 217-283-6380.
Paypal payments can go to

This course exceeds the published National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy's requirements for a Level One course (as set in 2003)

Lesson 1: The Use of Fragrance throughout Time

Lesson 2: Modern Research on the Effects Of Scents

Lesson 3: Processes of Extraction from Plants

Lesson 4: What Are Essential Oils?

Lesson 5: How Do Essential Oils Work?

Lesson 6: Ways To Use Essential Oils

Lesson 7: Nothing is Standard about Essential Oils

Lesson 8: Using Essential Oils Safely: Part I Of II

Lesson 9: Using Essential Oils Safely: Part II Of II

Lesson 10: Blending Essential Oils

Lesson 11: Using Carrier Oils

Lesson 12: Using Essential Oils During Pregnancy

Lesson 13: Buying EO Doesn't Have to Be a Game of Chance

Lesson 14: Aromatherapeutic First Aid

Lesson 15: Review and Wrap Up

Sunday, August 13, 2006

One Tribe:The UK's Occult Talk Show

What is One Tribe? A great site to hear some incredible interviews and music.

It's the UK's Occult Talk Show - hosted by Marc Power and Dirk Bruere, showcasing extraordinary people with extraordinary ideas on a weekly radio talk show: OneTribe on London's ResonanceFM, 104.4 on the FM dial, simultaneous Internet Broadcast and archive podcast of shows available as .mp3 files.

Go here for more information and to listen to past shows"

Monday, August 7, 2006

Missed Everyone At Sirius Rising and Starwood

Gosh, this is the first time in almost a dozen years that my son and I have not been on the festival circuit. In addition to smaller events, we had always looked forward to vending at Sirius Rising and Starwood, both events held at Brushwood in Sherman, N.Y.

Business considerations precluded our going this year. Wonderfully, a long-term friend and customer volunteered to post contact info so anyone looking for us could find us. After speaking with her this weekend, I found we really were missed. And I can say, without reservations, we missed seeing you all!

If you haven't already discovered, we now have a storefront in Hoopeston, IL. Not the most "happening" place in the world, however, if you come out and visit us, it will become much more fun. Hint. Hint.

We've already had visitors whom we've known for a few years from festival. It brought back a lot of memories to sit and blend custom oils. Fortunately, our store does NOT have a muddy floor of worn grass!!! Yep, dealing with varied weather conditions is one thing I don't miss.

Lots of folks have been asking if we'll be back at Brushwood next year. The answer is, I'm not sure. It's all going to depend on where we need to be at the time, although I'd love to present workshops on herbalism and aromatherapy again at both events.

Ironically enough, I'm now not only teaching herbal, aromatherapy and jewelry making classes, but also classes on meditation, developing intuition, and other topics (as you can see from our class listings below). There's been a small, but growing demand in this area for an environment that is clean, safe, and welcoming for these types of classes, and I decided, after a lot of consideration, to meet that demand.

We're still making Romp in the Woods (TM) incense, oils, soaps and bath salts. And, while they're not up on our website yet, we still have the Luscious Lips and Slick.... soaps. ;*) So, if you can't make it out to see us in person, at least stop by our website!
Botanicals from Wise Weeds

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Beading & Jewelry Making Classes: August & September 2006

Beads N Botanicals, 227 S. Market St., Hoopeston, IL 60942

Beading & Jewelry Making Workshops

Basic Wire Working: How to Make Earrings:. $20, 1 hour, materials included.
August 10, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday September 7, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday

Advanced Wire Working: Wire Wrapping Pendants: $22, 1 ½ hours, materials included.
August 24, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday September 21, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday

Basic Stringing: Bracelet Design: $15, 1 hour, materials included. (Six person limit)
August 3, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday

Basic Stringing: Necklace Design:. $18, 1 hour, materials included. (Six person limit)
September 14, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday

Intro to Bead Netting Techniques: $22, 1½ to 2 hours
September 28, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday

Mushroom and Fungi Workshops in West Virginia

Heard about this and thought you might like to look into it.

Buddy has a pretty extensive background in mycology and looks like he knows his stuff (and is also not afraid to say when he doesn't know something.;*)

Plus, there are other cool workshops at this campground, as well
Appalachian Wildflowers and Fungi -- Identification and Medicinal Properties:
Saturday, Aug. 12
Session I: Foraging for Wild Mushrooms (Buddy Kilpatrick)Saturday, Aug. 12
Session II: Natural History of Wildflowers (Lonnie Murray)Saturday Nature WalkSunday, Aug. 13
Session III: Wildflower Identification and Conservation (Lonnie Murray)Sunday, Aug. 13 Session IV: Medicinal Mushrooms (Buddy Kilpatrick)
Sunday Nature Walk

Cathy, Wise Weeds
Botanicals from Wise Weeds

Classes on Meditation, Intuition, Crystals, Astrology, Tarot and More

Wednesday Night Classes
7 to 8 p.m., $5.00

Held at Beads N Botanicals, 227 S. Market St., Hoopeston, IL 60942

August 9………Meditation for Relaxation

August 23………Tapping into Your Intuition

September 6…… ………Crystals Used For Healing

September 20……… What Dreams Mean: Tap into the power of dreaming

October 4………Intro to Astrology
The 12 Signs of the Zodiac and what they mean

October 18……..Intro to Astrology
What is a Moon Sign? and. What is an ascendant?

November 1………Crystals Used For Healing

November 15…..…Intro to Traditional Tarot
The 22 major arcana cards and their meanings

November 29……Intro to Traditional Tarot
The four suites of the tarot and what they represent:
Cups Coins Swords Wands

December 13……Making Dream Pillows

January 10, 2007…… The Seven Chakras
What the “wheels of light” represent

January 24, 2007…… Herbal Incenses and how to make them

Herbal & Aromatherapy Workshops: August & September 2006

Beads N Botanicals, 227 S. Market St., Hoopeston, IL 60942

Herbal & Aromatherapy Workshops

Introduction to Aromatherapy: $10, 1 hour
August 8, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday September 5, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday

Secrets of Herbal Teas & Tinctures:
The differences between a cup of tea and medicinal teas. How to prepare a medicinal herb tea. Tinctures versus Teas. $10, 1 ½ hours (Ten person limit)
August 15, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday

Overcoming Stress Herbally:
Find out about alternative approaches to overcoming stress.
Distinguish between different types of stress: resulting from overwork, physical injury or emotional upset. Information about appropriate herbs and essential oils and other natural aids.
$10 1 hour (Ten person limit)
August 22, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday

Introduction to Natural Perfumery Parts I & II:
Ever wanted to make your own special perfume? By the end of this class, you will have constructed your own “Designer” scent…with you as the designer! $55, four hours total (plus two 15-minute breaks). Includes all materials.

Part I: Basic Safety Tips, Use of carrier oils. Use of alcohol. Proportions for blending. Blending essential oils to aid health and healing.

Part II: Designing a perfume blend. Tips on developing a recipe. Proportions for blending. Making a blend.
August 26: 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday

Keeping Healthy With Kitchen Herbs:
Learn about common kitchen herbs and spices that can contribute to your health and that of your family. Staying healthy can taste great!
$10, 1 hour (Ten person limit)
September 19, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday

Origami for Kids( Paper Folding) Workshop

Introduction to Origami
Learn how to make the traditional Japanese crane, peace dove and frog using colorful papers and the simple but fun paperfolding techniques developed by the Japanese. Great for kids of all ages, but especially for kids 8 years of age and older. $8.00, 1 hour, including all materials. (Five person limit)
August 12: 11 a.m.-12 p.m Saturday September 9: 11 a.m.-12 p.m Saturday