What We Do
Old Ways Herbal is located in Newfane, Vermont, on a small farm of pristine forest and fields overlooking the Rock River. We are centrally located in New England: about 20 minutes from Brattleboro, Putney, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, 2 hours from Montpelier, 4 hours from New York City, and 2.5 hours from both Burlington and Boston. The School of Plant Medicine offers two levels of coursework, an in-depth apprenticeship, and workshops on a variety of topics related to science-based herbalism. Our woods and gardens feature native, at-risk, and hard-to-find herbs and plants to enhance your garden or medicine chest. Old Ways Herbal uses traditional techniques to create herbal products available in person and online, including products just for children and custom formulas designed for your needs. We also offer private clinical consultations to help community members learn to maximize their families’ wellness. Land stewardship, community building, and promoting health self-empowerment are central to our practice.
Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine
The focus of our teaching is to help people reclaim lost wisdom to care for their families’ health. Levels of learning include skill-based workshops, beginner and intermediate courses, and a rigorous in-depth apprenticeship. Our community is vibrant, inclusive, and supportive our mutual learning and healing process.
See School of Plant Medicine for more information.
Old Ways Herbal embraces the knowledge that plant remedies come to us from thousands of years of caring tradition. We use plants as they have always been used, true to their traditional uses, as dyed-in-the-wool remedies for your family’s health. We emphasize bioregionalism, the concept that the plants that grow here provide all the medicine we need, without the use of trendy “super-herbs” shipped from the other side of the globe. We do not wildcraft any at-risk or endangered plants; instead, we grow them in hopes of bolstering their populations. All our products are completely handmade in small batches to ensure the utmost quality. As land stewardship is central to our herbal practice, you can trust that our remedies are made responsibly for both the land and your family.
This land is the realization of our dreams, and tending it is both an honor and a privilege. As land stewards, we have a responsibility to preserve the natural world and traditional ways for future generations, to prevent the irreversible loss of our human legacy in the march of progress. Sharing the process of preservation through educational initiatives can help inspire others to recognize and share the importance of our natural world.
Educational Botanical Sanctuary We are working towards creating an Educational Botanical Sanctuary and teaching garden in our forest, which surrounds our forest classroom with a vision of how our Southern Vermont woods were meant to be. More information here.
A major aspect of this project is nurturing American Chestnut trees, which were once dominant hardwoods and are now effectively extinct due to a blight introduced a century ago. Learn more about the plight of the American Chestnut and the inspiring projects to bring it back here.
Old Ways Herbal is focused on the health of our families, the health of our community, and the health of our natural world. Our educational events emphasize sustainability and self-empowerment, encouraging community members to take an active role in the health of their families and the world.
All classes have a work-trade option to make them more accessible, and children are always welcome so the barrier of childcare is reduced.
Clinical consultations are provided on a sliding-scale basis, because wellness should not be isolated to those who can afford it.
As part of our focus on community building and stewardship, 20% of profits from the sale of our products is donated to free herbal education and United Plant Savers, an organization committed to protecting at-risk native plants. By purchasing our products, you are supporting community education and the health of the natural world.
Juliette Abigail Carr, Herbalist
The guiding principle of my practice is that the ability to heal ourselves and our families is our birthright, not a privilege to be hoarded or a commodity to be sold.
This principle forms the backbone of my teaching, which is designed to give students the tools they need to understand how to maintain the wellness of their loved ones, instead of simply presenting lists of remedies.
This is true at both the Old Ways Herbal School and my conference speaking engagements, including the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, MidAtlantic Women’s Herbal Conference, Herbstalk, Brattleboro Medicinal Herb Day, Wisconsin Organic Gardening Conference, and more. My articles about herbalism, published here on the Old Ways Herbal blog and for several magazines including Vermont’s Local Banquet, The Country Grind Quarterly, and Green Living Magazine, are based on the same guiding principle.My clinical practice is also centered on that guiding principle, as I know that each of us is the utmost authority on our bodies.
My goal is for the people I teach to begin to trace the threads connecting all aspects of their lives to their state of wellness, and to develop a proactive understanding of how to maximize their health.
Self-care is intrinsic to our healing birthright, and it is the responsibility of community herbalists to share our knowledge as widely as possible to bring healing back into the arms of our families.
Improving the accessibility of both knowledge and the natural world has always been my passion. I have been teaching sliding-scale and free workshops on herbalism, nutrition, traditional skills, and holistic theory since 2004, for community groups, social justice organizations, conferences, and privately. I have volunteered with free clinics since 2005—starting in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina–and helped found and run a free herbal clinic in North Carolina. I saw my first clinical clients in 2004, and every year that goes by brings new growth to my practice of herbalism. I am a graduate of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and several shorter programs that have blessed me with an in-depth understanding of many schools of thought in traditional healing. My education as a Registered Nurse in women’s health and birth has given me a uniquely in-depth perspective on the role of healers in health and disease and the importance of knowledge to self-empowerment, as well as enhancing my clinical skills and scope of practice. I am so thankful to be able to draw on the knowledge of my teachers as I pass it along.
Old Ways Herbal began on the Yesteryear Farm, my husband’s family’s organic vegetable farm near Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. The Yesteryear Farm embraces traditional methods of farming and living and is committed to sustainable farming practices and environmental responsibility. On our long-awaited return to Vermont, we purchased our own farm, where we continue to honor the wisdom of our family legacy and share it with those around us.
This blog is a labor of love. Please do not reproduce my writing without my permission. Feel free to contact me and I will get right back to you. Thank you.
The information on this site is my opinion only and is not intended to diagnose any disease or otherwise step outside the scope of practice of someone writing online for public consumption. Please make your own informed decisions, and see the health care provider of your choice if you feel unwell. Thank you.