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July 2020

Massachusetts CBD Summit: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday July 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Panel discussion on CBD. What it is, how to use it, what “full spectrum” really means, and why agriculture matters. CBD is touted for pain, anxiety, inflammation, sleep and more. And for the most part, it actually works. Sounds good. So, where do we start? We are absolutely thrilled to be joined live (via internet) by three of our favorite Massachusetts CBD producers, all experts in their fields, for an informative and spirited discussion of CBD – what it is,…

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August 2020

Botanicals, Nutrients and Perspectives on COVID-19 with Roy Upton

Thursday August 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Roy Upton

  Yes, this is the headshot supplied by Mr. Upton himself... We are truly blessed to be joined by the LEGENDARY Roy Upton (our description, not his!) for a discussion on the role of nutrients and botanicals around COVID-19.  The discussion will include science and tradition, and herbs from the European, Chinese, Native American, and Ayurvedic traditions. Roy Upton is the founder, president, and editor of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. He is also a co-founder and past president of the…

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Probiotics, Women, Aging and Cognitive Function

Wednesday August 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

          Did you know there's a link between recurrent UTIs and cognitive decline? Most of us already have a rudimentary understanding of probiotics -- that they're healthy gut bacteria which help us digest food, keep us regular, and maintain balanced immune function. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.  Healthy probiotic bacteria may help us with situations as diverse as weight loss, skin conditions, cholesterol, and even our moods. This talk will skip right over…

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Home-Scale Vegetable Fermentation Katie Korby, Fermentation Manager @ Real Pickles

Tuesday August 25, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Is your garden overflowing? Learn how to make living, cultured, probiotic sauerkraut at home using traditional methods.  You’ll leave knowing the basics to get you started on cabbage, beets, garlic, carrots, turnips and onions. We’ll talk about what equipment you need, how to start, what to look for during the fermentation process, and work on recipe development. We’ll discuss troubleshooting and answer all of your questions. This workshop is suitable for folks who have never fermented before, and for those who have and want to learn more. …

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Seasonal Cleansing for Wellness and Resilience with Jonathan Glass

Tuesday August 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Jonathan Glass: acupuncturist, Ayurvedic healer, published author, neighbor, friend. Join Jonathan Glass M.Ac, author of the Total Life Cleanse for a discussion about the profound relationship between diet, lifestyle and our immune system. Jonathan will share the benefits of gentle seasonal cleansing and dietary/lifestyle practices based on the principles of Ayurveda... and good old common sense! Jonathan will discuss universal principles of health along with relevant suggestions related to supporting our immunity during the pandemic. Jonathan is an acupuncturist,…

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September 2020

Home-Scale Vegetable Fermentation

Thursday September 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

  Is your garden overflowing?  Want to save all that goodness and bounty for later, using a traditional method to enhance flavor AND nutrition? Learn how to make living, cultured, probiotic sauerkraut at home using traditional methods. You’ll leave knowing the basics to get you started on cabbage, beets, garlic, carrots, turnips and onions. We’ll talk about what equipment you need, how to start, what to look for during the fermentation process; and work on recipe development. We’ll discuss troubleshooting,…

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Natural Medicine, Immunity & Viruses

Wednesday September 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

  COVID-19 is the elephant in the room, and yes, we’ll talk about COVID-19. But we’ll also cover some basics. How does the immune system work, and why do viruses present such a unique challenge to our fundamental immunity?  AND -- what can we do about them?  We'll talk about adults and children, prevention and treatment, in a talk informed equally by traditional herbalism and modern science.   Join our own Adam Stark, live on Zoom, for a talk with plenty…

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Mindful Resilience for Families in Challenging Times

Thursday September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Social distancing.  Online classes.  Health anxiety.  For families with children and teenagers, these challenging times are in many ways unprecedented. Join author, psychologist, and consultant Chris Willard in this workshop for parents interested in sharing mindfulness with their children and teenagers through the ongoing pandemic and beyond. Dr. Willard will share fun, creative ways to integrate mindfulness into your family routine for greater calm, happiness, and resilience. Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing…

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Beauty from the Inside Out

Wednesday September 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

  You may have heard the saying “beauty is only skin deep,” but we beg to differ!  From our trillions of cells all the way out to our layers of skin, proper nutrition and supplementation is key to ensuring our inner beauty shines through from all the layers of our physical bodies.   These layers include the skin, muscles, tendons, and internal organs. Our speakers will discuss the role of collagen in maintaining vibrant health through all these layers, and offer…

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October 2020

Natural Medicine, Immunity & Viruses

Tuesday October 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

  COVID-19 is the elephant in the room, and yes, we’ll talk about COVID-19. But we’ll also cover some basics. How does the immune system work, and why do viruses present such a unique challenge to our fundamental immunity?  AND -- what can we do about them?  We'll talk about adults and children, prevention and treatment, in a talk informed equally by traditional herbalism and modern science.   Join our own Adam Stark, live on Zoom, for a talk with plenty…

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Mushrooms for the Body, Mind + Heart

Wednesday October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

The kingdom of fungi is a powerful ally in health and wellness. Join clinical herbalist and educator, Jerry Angelini, for a review of beneficial mushrooms in human health (and animal health, too).  We all understand that mushrooms can support immunity -- and in case you don't, Jerry will touch on that.  But Jerry will also speak about mushrooms for stamina, lung function, heart health, brain function, skin, and more. Cordyceps has an impact on lung functioning and athletic performance*. Lion’s…

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Debra Speaks @ The Concord Festival of Authors

Wednesday October 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Debra will share from The Little Shop that Could: A Retailer's Love Affair with Community and Food, a 30-year compendium about the wacky world of retail and getting into trouble with town government, winning national awards (ahem, that's plural), exploring the natural products industry and discussing topics like candidates for public office who are high on sugar from Twinkies. Those of you who know Debra know she is not lacking for anecdotes and opinions.  Want to know if Debra agrees…

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Bone Health: More than Just Calcium

Thursday October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

Calcium, calcium, calcium.  When we talk about our bones, it's the constant refrain.  Yet most of us get enough calcium without even trying -- and taking more doesn't necessarily do any good.  (The amount we need is a lot less than you might think).  So if we're all getting enough calcium, why is osteoporosis still "a thing" for so many of us?  

The answer lies in calcium management -- the process of getting calcium to the right places, and keeping it out of the wrong ones.  

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November 2020

Homeopathy Principles + Practice for Cold, Flu, and Cough

Tuesday November 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Dr. Merville is a pharmacist who specializes in homeopathy.  He will begin with the basics: what homeopathy is, how to use it, and how to choose and select a dilution and regimen.  He will then turn to a discussion of homeopathic medicines for the cold season, and leave plenty of time for Q&A.

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The Gut-Brain Axis: Probiotics and Hemp for mood, digestion, and more.

Wednesday November 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

"Hemp may be a magical plant, but CBD is not a magical compound.  And there's more to probiotics than individual strains, in the gut."

We've all heard the simplified versions: Probiotics are for digestion.  Hemp CBD is for calming, and sometimes pain. 

None of that isn't true.  But there's a lot more going on.  Cutting edge research now points to CBD having a major role in gut health.  Meanwhile, we now are beginning to understand how probiotics effect everything from mood and behavior to weight management and even long-term disease risk.  In fact, CBD and other hemp compounds help the probiotics work, and vice versa.

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December 2020

Holidays, Stress + Immunity

Wednesday December 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Mostly, we'll empower you to use this somewhat mysterious modality, making it simple and user-friendly, dissolving common myths...!" Homeopathy can offer safe, effective and fast-acting natural medicines for this stressful world ... for seasonal depression ... for grief around holidays when we're aware of the loved ones no longer with us ... all of which undermine our immune system. We'll talk about remedies for the emotions likely to come up, and also practical remedies for colds and flu. Mostly we'll…

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Herbal Adaptogens for Resilience, Vitality and Immunity

Wednesday December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Join an internationally recognized speaker for a far-ranging and highly informative discussion on Adaptogens, herbs for vitality, energy, and resilience.  Adaptogens are herbs that help us respond to stress.  They don't calm us down, they don't wind us up.  They build up our reserves, so we can handle more of life's stresses, with energy, vitality, immunity, and (emotional) grace.

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January 2021

Differentiating Herbal Protocols for Prevention vs. Acute Immune Needs in the time of COVID

Monday January 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Mitch Coven

Herbs mostly alter systems in one direction only.  We'll help differentiate herbs for immunity that we all need during this historic time." Most folks who use herbs talk about what the herb is "for."   This herb is for the brain.  That herb is for the liver.  But what does that really mean?  How do these herbs effect the system, and the person? And then we come to immunity and viruses...  Yes, some herbs strengthen immunity -- but what does that…

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The Bone Talk

Tuesday January 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

The answer is not more calcium.  It's not better calcium.  The answer is calcium management.  Nutrients that help calcium go to the right places -- and stay out of the wrong ones

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Organic Aromatherapy 101

Monday January 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Essential oils can be a beautiful and integral part of your wellness goals" Essential oils are more than just perfume.  They're the most concentrated essence of the plant.  So we're excited for this Intro talk -- and even more excited for its sequel, Aromatherapy 201, which we hope to host in a month or so.  Tonight we'll explore important topics such as: what essential oils are, and why plants make them? the different ways in which essential oils and hydrosols…

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February 2021

Viruses, Herbs & Immunity

Tuesday February 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

COVID-19 is the elephant in the room, and yes, we’ll talk about COVID-19. But we’ll also cover some basics. How does the immune system work, and why do viruses present such a unique challenge to our fundamental immunity?  AND -- what can we do about them?  We'll talk about adults and children, prevention and treatment, in a talk informed equally by traditional herbalism and modern science.   Join our own Adam Stark, live on Zoom, for a talk with plenty of…

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Investing for Climate Action

Tuesday February 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Bill Page

Please come armed with questions about solar energy, alternative proteins, smart cities, LED lighting, and water!"   Bill Page, Senior Portfolio Manager at Essex Investment Management has spent his entire career focused on socially responsible investing. Over a decade ago, Bill decided that climate change presented the greatest challenge of our generation. With challenges, come opportunity. Bill will give his take on climate change, how he frames the problem, and then invests in the solutions. He will describe thematic investing, clean technology investing,…

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March 2022

Make Your Own Face Cream with Debra

Sunday, March 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Free

Learn to make your own fabulous face cream using organic ingredients. Go home with a pretty blue jar and a generous amount of face cream!Debra’s face cream is luxurious and soaks right it. Your skin will love it. And, yes, you will get that glow. You’ll get to sample exotic face oils, smell essential oils, talk about skin. And everyone will go home with a generous sample of the face cream in one of those pretty cobalt blue jars. Free…

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Make Your Own Face Cream with Debra March 24

Thursday, March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Free

Learn to make your own fabulous face cream using organic ingredients. Go home with a pretty blue jar and a generous amount of face cream!Debra’s face cream is luxurious and soaks right it. Your skin will love it. And, yes, you will get that glow. You’ll get to sample exotic face oils, smell essential oils, talk about skin. And everyone will go home with a generous sample of the face cream in one of those pretty cobalt blue jars. Free…

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