For the plant lover in your life…

Persimmon Herb School gift certificates are redeemable for herb classes and yoga classes.


Kendi Rush with her first born, Greigh

Prenatal Yoga with Kendi Rush

8 class series | Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m. | January 21 – March 11

Beginners and all stages of pregnancy welcome. Pregnancy can be a time of great excitement and vulnerability. It is our intention to create a safe space where participants can connect with all of the feelings that come along with this special time, and commune with others in this same stage of life. Registration required – $20 for individual classes or $120 for the 8 week series.

About the instructor: Kendi graduated from yoga teacher training in July 2021, during her first pregnancy. She is a nurturer who fosters loving kindness in our community, with a particular interest in prenatal yoga and childbirth education. Kendi strongly believes that yoga is for everyone and that pregnancy is the perfect time to grow a strong mind-body connection.

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Virtual Medicine Making

3rd Wednesday monthly | Feb. 15 – Nov. 15, 2023 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
With ASL/English Interpretation from Oxford Interpreting and Consulting

Learn how to craft a variety of herbal remedies in your own home with live virtual instruction from Greg Monzel. Choose the topics that interest you most, or sign up for the full intensive by January 30 to receive a $50 discount and a certificate of completion. ASL/English interpretation provided for all classes by Oxford Interpreting and Consulting. You will find an outline of class topics and a links to register HERE, or click the images below.

Teas and decoctions use water to extract active healing compounds from the herbs. In this class Greg will guide students on how to formulate and prepare a few teas and decoctions to support specific health goals.
Baths and steams can be very soothing and supportive ways to bring herbal aromatics into our body. In this class Greg will discuss appropriate uses of herbs in baths and blends that are effective as steams.
How you harvest and dry your herbs determines the quality of medicine you’re able to make. Greg will walk you through the tools, techniques, and tips he’s learned along the way in his lifetime of growing, foraging, and preserving herbal medicine.

Foundations of Herbalism

Thursdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. | March 2- April 27, 2023

This is an 8 week in-person intensive for anyone interested in offering herbal health consultations and creating custom formulas. You can find a detailed description of the program, an outline of weekly topics, and link to register HERE. We must receive your registration and deposit by February 18 to confirm your spot.


Intro to Herbal Medicine

Thursday January 19, 6:30-8 p.m. | In-Person @ Persimmon Herb School

Are you curious about herbal medicine, but don’t know where to start? Come check out our school and get to know Greg a little as he shares some easy at-home herbal remedies that anyone can make. This class is full. Please sign up for the wait list if you are interested.


Winter Tree ID

Saturday Feb. 4 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Garfield Park | FULL

Meet Greg at the Garfield Park Art Center parking lot for an educational stroll getting to know the trees in their winter form. You’ll examine leaf buds, leaf scars, bark, and surrounding evidence to identify the family, genus, and species of local trees. You may even learn some medicinal and edible uses of these important community members.


Forage & Feast with Wild Food Tours

2023 Dates coming soon

Wild Food Tours are gentle, educational strolls through a public park guided by experienced local foragers. Participants will learn how to identify wild edible plants and learn about their nutritional and medicinal properties. These walks are perfect for beginners, experts, and everyone in between. Each tour ends with a seasonal wild snack to demonstrate ways you can incorporate foraged food into your diet.


Child care:

We have two children and fully understand how all consuming those early developmental years are. We support the selfless service of family caregiving and welcome all generations and ages to our space. Whenever possible, we offer free on-site child care for our in-person programs. Please email Colleen to discuss child care options. 

Colleen working in the garden with her youngest son, Heron.