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Heartsong Farm Healing Herbs: Village Herbalist Nancy Phillips and Apple Grower Michael Phillips

Classes at Heartsong Farm

We are grateful to be blessed with a new thirty foot yurt which will enable us to serve more people. We have exciting education events planned for 2016 with the return of our six-month Herbal Foundations (effectively an herbal apprenticeship) program and a series of Radiant Women Weekends with special guest teachers. Our Holistic Orchard Intensive with Michael will take place the weekend of June 4 & 5 for those wanting an immersion into everything apple. We hope you can join us!


Radiant Women Weekends

Coming Together through the Seasons

Nancy Phillips is an herbal practitioner, educator, and farmer (photo: Michael Phillips).

Recharge, Rejuvenate & Shine Up Your Inner & Outer Radiance

Each weekend we'll weave the teachings and practice of yoga and Ayurveda into the framework, but each will also be unique as our featured guest mentor shares her special gifts and talents with us. Come renew your mind, rejuvenate your body, and feed your spirit.

"May I be at peace. May my heart remain open. May I awaken to my own true nature. May I be healed. May I be a source of healing for all beings."

This ancient Meta (loving kindness) meditation will serve as a framework for us as we meet through the seasons. The heart of the course will be to explore and incorporate practices into our lives to nourish, love, and heal ourselves so we are more able to nurture, heal, and be of service to others. Nancy, along with three incredible guest teachers, are sure to make each weekend nourishing, inspiring, educational and empowering.

Guest Teacher Andrea Thibaudeau of Heart Space Yoga Center
Andrea Thibaudeau
Heart Space Yoga Center

May 14-15, 2016
Andrea Thibaudeau and Nancy Phillips
Spring Weekend:
Planting Seeds of Nourishment

We'll practice the Meta meditation to plant seeds of loving kindness for ourselves and others. Nancy will share Ayurveda seasonal tips including a variety of ways to do a spring cleanse using herbs and healing foods. Andrea will lead us through a variety of yoga asana and pranayama practices that will help us shine up our inner and outer radiance. She's a master story teller and will weave in ancient teachings of the Radiant Shri Goddesses. We'll also get out into the spring weather and connect with the earth and plants.

Guest Teacher Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals
Deb Soule
Avena Botanicals

July 2-3, 2016
Deb Soule and Nancy Phillips
Summer Weekend:
Blossoming Like the Flowers

Just as the abundance of flowers bloom in summer, we'll practice the Meta meditation to blossom open our hearts to our own true nature. Radiating, blossoming, and abundance will be our theme as we practice yoga asana and pranayama. Nancy will share seasonal Ayurveda practices that will help us feel our best and shine through the summer months. Deb will share the practice of walking meditation as well as her love of flowers. She'll delve into the healing qualities of common flowers blooming in the garden at this time of year. She'll also guide us in making and using flower essences. Together we'll make herbal/flower body products and nurture and pamper ourselves using flowers for relaxation and healing.

Guest Teacher Kate Gilday of Woodland Essence
Kate Gilday
Woodland Essence

September 10-11, 2016
Kate Gilday and Nancy Phillips
Autumn Weekend:
Standing Like a Tree

Using the trees as our inspiration, we'll practice the Meta meditation to heal ourselves and become a strong source of healing for others. Radiating with the strength and flexibility of a tree we'll practice yoga asana and pranayama. Kate will help deepen our understanding of Ayurveda philosophy and practices as well as her love for the trees. She'll share herbs and healing foods for energy, clarity and vibrancy. She'll also teach us the meditative art of making pine needle baskets. Nancy will take us into the kitchen and teach us how to prepare healing foods and herbal preparations to help us stay in balance during the fall and winter months. She'll also lead us in making some aromatic herbal incense.

Dates and Times: Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 9am - 4pm

Cost: $650 for the series of three weekends; $240 if coming for one particular weekend (please be sure to specify which on our registration form!) Price includes all handouts, materials, healthy and delicious lunches and Saturday dinner.

The Herbalist's Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines by Nancy and Michael Phillips -- click for book summary The Herbalist's Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines

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Foundations of Herbal Healing

First Steps on a Lifetime Journey to Knowing the Plants and the Healer Within

Nancy Phillips is an herbal practitioner, educator, and farmer (photo: Michael Phillips).

We welcome you to join kindred spirits on a green adventure that will immerse your heart, mind, and soul in the holistic art and science of herbal medicine. This six month course taught on our working farm is for anyone wanting to use herbs for health and well-being. The program will provide you with the practical skills necessary to become a home herbalist and set the foundation for those that aspire to become herbal practitioners. People well-versed in other healing arts find our Foundations program a holistic complement to their own work. The Science and Art of Herbology (a home study course written by Rosemary Gladstar) will be used to augment the hands-on learning here at the farm. We are honored and excited to have Rosemary be one of our featured guest teachers.

We look forward to sharing our love and knowledge of herbs, health and healing and in offering you this opportunity to strengthen your connection to the Creator, the Earth and the healer within. A completion certificate with class hours documented will be awarded to those students that meet all of the course requirements.

Dates: We'll meet one weekend a month through the main growing season, so you can learn from the plants as they flow through the seasons. The August weekend will have an extra day to fit in more content and fun! The dates are May 28-29, June 18-19, July 16-17, August 12-14, September 17-18, October 15-16.

Cost: $1400 includes The Science and Art of Herbology, (a $375 value), with mentored assignments. All supplies, handouts, and Heartsong Farm's famed delicious lunches are provided. Rustic camping and breakfast is available for $20 a night. A list of local motels can be found below for those wanting full amenities. Limited work-study available. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place.

Calendula Flower -- Healing Preparations: click for herbal remedies from Heartsong Farm Healing Herbs (photo: Michael Phillips)
check out our herbal remedies in Nancy's Apothecary

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The pink pollen stamens in these native hawthorn blossoms indicate optimal medicinal potency.
Learn more about some of our favorite herbs
"If there's a person who embodies the essence of a community herbalist, it is Nancy Phillips. She's been one of our most popular teachers at Sage Mountain and has assisted me in my Herbal Apprentice Programs, the Science & Art of Herbology home study course, and at the New England Women's Herbal Conference and International Herb Symposium. Quite simply, I'm enthralled by her way of life, her beautiful gardens, her farm and family and encourage any one wishing a more in-depth knowledge of herbalism or seeking a more harmonious way of living to study with Nancy. You'll be delighted you did!"
-- Rosemary Gladstar
Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center & Botanical Sanctuary
Founder/President of United Plant Savers

We'd love to have you join us!
Email us with any additional questions.

The Holistic Orchard: Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips -- click for book summary The Holistic Orchard: Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way
The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist by Michael Phillips -- click for book summary The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist

Holistic Orchard Intensive

Hands-on Learning with the author of
The Holistic Orchard

This "organic apple everything" weekend with Michael Phillips at the farm inspires people to pursue their own orchard dreams. Come gain the practical insights needed to establish your own fruit planting based on the biological systems approach used here at Lost Nation Orchard.

Michael Phillips, holistic orchardist, pruning an apple tree at Lost Nation Orchard (photo by Frank Siteman)

Holistic orcharding involves a wide breadth of knowledge and timeliness, yet one fact stands clear -- we can have beautiful apples grown without chemical intervention. Sustainable agriculture works only when we have fun and get people involved with growing healthy food. Michael's workshops point the way for organic apple growers to meet their unique site challenges.

The 2016 Holistic Orchard Intensive will begin on Saturday morning, June 4, at 10 am and run through Sunday afternoon, June 5, till 4 pm. Meals will be included (lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday) along with a cider tasting on Saturday evening. The cost for this orcharding weekend will be $295 per person.


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May you walk in beauty and balance on the Mother until we meet again. content

Where to Stay

We aim to be as accommodating as we can when people come to the farm for one of our classes. Setting up a tent to camp in the orchards and woods can be a great part of the experience. Or roll out your bedding and pad in the barn or yurt. Either rustic sleeping arrangement comes with a hot breakfast at an additional cost of $20 per night. Two outhouses are available on the farm for that need. Understandably, some of you may want to spring for a real bed with private facilities. Here are several places to stay (all within 5 to 15 miles of Heartsong Farm) that come complete with a fair share of northern New Hampshire character:


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