Kitchen Herbalism Class with Shannon Renne

Wednesday August 8th, 2018


at Super Charge Foods on E. Washington Ave.

Class is free, Donations will be accepted for Herbalists Without Borders–Madison Chapter

Hello all you herb enthusiasts!
I am offering a “free” and open to the public class on medicinal plants and solutions of our kitchens next Wednesday at SuperCharge Foods (1902 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI) from 6-8 pm.  All donations will go to the Madison Chapter of HWB and be used towards our current goal of hosting a trauma training in town next year.  The class will cover medicinal properties, uses and folklore of common culinary herbs and many solutions like coconut oil, vinegar and honey.  We will get our hands dirty and make a batch of fire cider and take a sample home!  It should be a fun evening.  The folks at Supercharge Foods want you to know to come a little early if you would like a smoothie or order in advance as the counter closes at 6!  Yummy stuff!  Hope to see you there!

Thank you to the herbalist/teachers of Herb Day 2018!


Thank you Jenn, Jean, Linda, Laurel, Maggie, Deb, Shannon, and Shoshi for teaching and leading herb walks on Herb Day 2018!
Despite the dark, cool and rainy weather we had 203 people who enjoyed the classes and herb walks, and 370 who came to the Herbal Marketplace! The classes for adults had 50, 25, 31, and 40 interested attendees–a great turnout! The Herb Walks were all able to go out between the rain drops with 11, 15, 13, and 7 avid people–nice numbers to share with.
Your knowledge and generosity are heartfelt and appreciated. We have a wonderful community of herbalists.
Kathrine & Kate

2018 Herb Day at Olbrich Gardens

Sunday, June 10, 2018 10am-4pm At Olbrich Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin.

We are very excited to say we are back for another year and will have an inspiring line-up of classes and herb walks for kids and adults going on all day long! Thank you to our Wisconsin Herbalists who have volunteered to teach this year. The event and classes are free for the day, in celebration of herbs!

Local, small, artisan businesses with an herbal bent will be selling their plants, tinctures, salves & soaps in the Herbal Marketplace, so do bring a little money with you for something special. There will be herbalists present who offer herbal education opportunities, and local herbal organizations to find out about… so exciting!

Stay tuned for the program of classes. We will post it here as soon as it is finalized. And if you have a business and would like to be a part of the Herbal Marketplace, contact Kathrine at


Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm at Olbrich Botanical Garden                                 To see a video about Herb Day 2014 click here.   

Bring your kids, friends and family and come celebrate medicinal herbs and plants with us! Free classes indoors, and herb walks in the garden are featured all day. Shop the Herbal Marketplace between your chosen events for herbal teas, tinctures, salves, soaps, plants and books. Free admission for everyone! Rain or Shine!
Any questions? contact Kate McFeeley

Rise and Shine with Spring Tonics


Monday, May 18  |  6 PM
at the Pinney Branch Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison

Spring engages our senses, inspiring us to stretch and move after a long winter of stagnation. This May, join herbalists from the Madison Herbal Institute for a panel discussion on herbal spring tonics to find out how plants support us in this seasonal change. David Milbradt will contrast Winter, Spring and Summer energetics and talk about how the Chinese concept of the liver is related to growth and renewal. Kathrine Alexander will give a Western approach to clearing winter stagnation focusing on how to use what grows in your yard.

Spring seed and seedling exchange



Monday, April 20                                                                                                            6PM at the Pinney Library on Cottage Grove Rd.

To celebrate spring’s awakening, the Madison Herbal Institute is hosting a seed and seedlings swap. This year, we ask those who bring seeds and seedlings to share how they start their seeds, and to enlighten us with their stories of gardening and seed saving. We hope you’ll join us for an evening of laughter, lively personalities, tea and tales.

March meeting

Rose Casy


Monday, March 16, 6PM at Pinney Library on Cottage Grove Rd                                  “Topical Herbal Applications”       presented by Rose Casey

Herbs can be used internally and externally. Tonight we will focus on the external or topical use of herbs. Learn how to prepare and use herbs in a wide array of applications, i.e. facial toners, eyewashes, cleansing scrubs, salves, poultices, and more. Tonight’s class will focus on several herbs and ways to prepare and use them topically on the body as a useful method for absorbing their healing properties. Your personal stories on how you use the plants topically will enrich our evening together.