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Event Phone: 608-687-3332

2017 May 20-21  (9am – 5:30pm each day)

World-renowned herbalist, Matthew Wood, will be teaching this two-day workshop right here at Kinstone! He will focus on native medicinal herbs in our region and practical household herbalism.  There will be some classroom time as well as several herb walks (weather permitting!).  The woods, gardens, fields, prairie and barnyard at Kinstone offer a spectacular and diverse setting where we will find many native plants in their natural habitats. We will be walking the land, so dress for the weather and wear your hiking boots and be prepared to walk in rough and sometimes steep terrain. Bring rain coats and boots if needed! This class will fill quickly so register early! Register below by purchasing a ticket at the bottom of this page!

NOTE: During this workshop, we will have several of Matthew Wood’s books at Kinstone for purchase. Further, we may have a limited number of herbs and medicinal plants for sale (depending on availability).


Saturday, May 20, Day 1

Native Medicinal Plants of Wisconsin and Minnesota
A Woodland/Forest Herb Walk
This is a practical course on identifying, wildcrafting, experiencing environmental sensitivity, and using medicinal plants common to our Upper Mississippi region. Many of the plants we will review constitute the core apothecary of Eastern Woodland Native American herbal medicine and Western herbalism. Our teacher, Matthew, has used these plants over a lifetime, and has great knowledge, experience, and insight into their medicinal properties. We will spend about two hours outside, and the rest inside, weather permitting.

Sunday, May 21, Day 2

Practical Household Herbalism
Herb Walks in Field, Prairie, Barnyards, and Gardens
Many of our most popular herbal remedies come from various garden and barnyard “weeds”. In this class we will outline a good, practical household apothecary, discuss the use of basic herbs, and their identification and collection. We will also visit the fields and prairie for additional insights and briefly discuss prairie restoration. Our studies from day 1 and day 2 will supplement our household apothecary. Again, we will spend about two hours outside, and the rest inside, weather permitting.



Tuition is $185 if you register early or $210 after the early bird deadline. This includes all materials as well as lunch on both days.

Registered students who attend this workshop receive a delicious lunch made with fresh, local ingredients each day of class at no additional charge. The lunch break allows time for students to wander the grounds of Kinstone to see the megalithic features, labyrinth and thatched, cordwood Kinstone Chapel!


Matthew Wood Bio
Matthew has been a practicing herbalist for over thirty-five years, mostly in the Minneapolis area. He is the author of seven books on herbal medicine – some of which will be available at Kinstone during this workshop – and is a well known practitioner and teacher both nationally and internationally.  (Catch him in Germany and France in September!) He has a masters degree in herbal medicine from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales) and is a professional member of the American Herbalists’ Guild. He currently lives near River Falls, WI.



Matthew Wood has authored many books; some are listed here, with links, for your convenience: 

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The Earthwise Herbal Repertory: The Definitive Practitioner’s Guide Nov 1, 2016  by Matthew Wood and David Ryan


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The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines Sep 15, 1997 by Matthew Wood


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The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants Apr 28, 2009  by Matthew Wood


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The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism: Basic Doctrine, Energetics, and Classification May 10, 2004  by Matthew Wood


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Seven Herbs: Plants as Teachers Jan 29, 1993 by Matthew Wood


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Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation: A Conversation Jan 9, 2015 by Matthew Wood and Francis Bonaldo Bégnoche


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The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants Jun 3, 2008 by Matthew Wood


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Vitalism: The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences Mar 16, 2000 by Matthew Wood


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Healing Lyme Disease Naturally: History, Analysis, and Treatments Apr 27, 2010 by Wolf D. Storl and Matthew Wood


If the course is cancelled by Kinstone for any reason, all registered students will receive a full refund of any tuition paid, including their deposit. In all other cases, cancellations are handled as described in our Cancellation Policy.

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Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • Herbalism with Matthew Wood
    May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Event Location


S3439 Cole Bluff Lane, Fountain City, Wisconsin, 54629, United States