Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times 2024

An 8 month empowering immersion into the practical, mystical and healing wisdom of Herbalism, Yoga and Ayurveda.

Teachers: Nancy & Gracie Phillips with guest teachers:

Rosemary Gladstar, Amy GoodmanKiefer, Lisa Plourde and Andrea Thibaudeau 

Immerse yourself into the mystery, magic, and common sense of these ancient traditions in this eight month course. The time honored healing paths (Herbalism, Yoga and Ayurveda) intertwine and blend together perfectly, guiding us to align with nature for vibrant health. You can integrate these ancient teachings and practical skills into your daily life to improve your health and the well-being of your loved ones. Come to Heartsong Farm and enjoy the camaraderie of kindred spirits as we learn, grow, and celebrate life together. Strengthen your connection to the earth, your own inner wisdom, and Spirit. The teachings blend together and overlap as strands in the same yarn…

Through the Herbal strand you will learn to:

  • identify, grow and harvest wild and cultivated medicinal herbs
  • create effective home remedies to build health and treat common ailments
  • formulate and blend herbs for health promoting teas and tonics
  • harvest and prepare wild foods
  • choose plants for clearing, protecting and assisting us energetically
  • create herbal body care products, and much more!

Through the Yoga and Ayurveda strands you will:

  • enjoy joyful movement
  • increase flexibility, strength, balance and sooth the nervous system
  • practice a variety of breath work and meditation techniques to increase inner peace
  • delve into some of the basic philosophical tenets of holistic health
  • align with the cycles and rhythms of nature to enhance your vitality and natural radiance
  • gain insights into your individual constitution and the foods and herbs that will nourish you best

Dates for in person classes 2023: April 29, May 20, June 24, July 29, Aug. 19, Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18
Dates for 2024 season coming soon!   

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times is an eight month course to become a skilled home herbalist, with the ability to improve the health of your whole family.  Cost includes in person class each month, medicine making materials, course manual with notes, recipes, and resources, mentoring for your personal health program, and a copy of The Herbalist Way by Nancy and Michael Phillips. Notes and recordings available for missed classes.   

Course Cost: $1250

Special Early Bird Price–$1050

Contact us if you would like more details. Enroll now with a $250 deposit or pay in full.

“I’m forlorn that we are coming to the end of our 7 month workshop. It’s felt like a homing beacon each month- a time and place to replenish and in-gather all the flighty energy that is so disruptive. Coming down your driveway, that wonderful winding and steep road that ends literally in your garden, I always feel the stomach knots softening. This wonderful course weaving yoga and Ayurveda and plant teachings has felt like medicine for my life. In many ways these 7  months of teachings in this extraordinary community of women has allowed me to confront complacency and timidity, forcing some big life changes. Nancy I am forever grateful for your vision and energy and deep kindness. For those who are considering this 7 month commitment, it is a joyous journey accompanied by beautiful seekers.”

~Eurydice 2019 

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

A 8 month empowering immersion into the practical, mystical and healing wisdom of Herbalism, Yoga and Ayurveda.

“If there’s a person who embodies the essence of a community herbalist, it is Nancy Phillips. She’s been one of our most popular teachers at Sage Mountain and has assisted me in my Herbal Apprentice Programs, the Science & Art of Herbology home study course, and at the New England Women’s Herbal Conference and International Herb Symposium. Quite simply, I’m enthralled by her way of life, her beautiful gardens, her farm and family and encourage anyone wishing a more in-depth knowledge of herbalism or seeking a more harmonious way of living to study with Nancy. You’ll be delighted you did!

~Rosemary GladstarSage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, The “Godmother of American Herbalism” 

Thyme in the Kitchen with Rosemary Gladstar & Nancy Phillips

Join Rosemary and Nancy for this online class featuring wholesome plant-based recipes from main course to dessert.

Learn to craft mouthwatering salads, hearty main courses, scrumptious sides, and divine desserts. Plus, you’ll receive a detailed handout with all the notes and recipes to cook in your own kitchen.

This is a replay of a live class originally aired on April 18, 2023.

Thyme in the Kitchen

In the Kitchen at Heartsong Farm: Cooking with Village Herbalists Gracie and Nancy

Enroll in our October 19th Class featuring everything apple!

Purchase Spring or Summer Replays,

or Join us for all Three!

We love to cook, and eat! We also love to share meals and recipes with friends and family. We invite you to join us live from our farm kitchen as we share how to make some of our favorite dishes. These recipes focus on wild and cultivated whole foods, healing herbs, and seasonal farm veggies. Use our recipes and tips to create delicious food that leaves you and your loved ones feeling happy and energized!

Enjoy three evenings of online programming to learn creative cooking for radiant well being. Each seasonal class will feature a hearty main dish, scrumptious salad, a delicious dessert, and health enhancing herbs, of course! You’ll learn the medicinal and culinary properties of some favorite kitchen herbs, and easily accessible wild greens and how to incorporate them into your foods. Create dishes that are both healing and delicious.

You’ll receive a detailed handout with all the recipes and notes to cook in your own kitchen. There will also be a Q and A at the end of class.

Choose from the links below to purchase a class!

→ Watch our Spring Class and Live Discussion for $39 

→ Watch our Summer Class and Live Discussion for $39

→ Enroll in our Fall Class for $39

→ Special Bundle price and discount for Fall, Spring and Summer Classes – $99 

Can’t make it live? No worries!

We’ll provide a recording and all handouts, so you won’t miss a thing. Reserve your spot in our class today, and let’s get cooking!

In the Kitchen at Heartsong Farm

Flower Essence Practitioner Training

AUGUST 4-6, 2023  with Kate Gilday

This course is full! Email to get on the waiting list.

We are so fortunate to have Kate Gilday offer this Flower Essence Practitioner Training Course here at Heartsong Farm. This is a wonderful opportunity to become skilled in this healing modality that has the ability to bring peace and enhanced health to you, your family and your clients.

Kate is a clinical herbalist, flower essence practitioner and creator, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and herbal teacher working and living in the Adirondack Park. She is the founder of Woodland Essence, a forest botanicals and flower essence company that she began in the 1990’s with her partner Don Babineau. Kate is a creative medicine maker, having developed several lines of flower essences from the woodlands of the Northeast, as well as herbal compounds, salves, and cremes, many that incorporate forest botanicals.

Kate is well-loved for the clarity and clinical relevance gleaned from decades of experience in her teachings. Healing with Flowers is her delight and passion, along with tending her relationship with the woodlands she loves so well. A renowned teacher at conferences, she brings her love of the wild places, song and healing to the workshops she presents.

Following is an invitation from Kate….. 

On completion of this three-day Intensive, ( and three Zoom classes to be scheduled before our August weekend), participants will be adept at preparing, choosing and using flower essences for personal care, in their current health care practice, along with supporting their family and community. Each will be ready to share their understanding and newly acquired skills, knowing that with time and attention this heart-centered work will open and grow like the flowers themselves!

If you are interested in joining us, I ask that you have either taken Part I of this training, or have been working with flower essences, studied with another practitioner or feel well grounded in this healing modality. I am happy to speak with anyone who wonders if this Intensive is a good fit.  Please contact me at Thank you! 

Hope to see you in Heartsong Gardens this Summer! 

Love, Kate

Founder of Woodland Essence,

Highlights of the Course

The Language of Flowers~

  • Overview of The Language of Flowers
  • Doctrine of Signatures: The Influence of the Elements and Environment on Form and Gesture
  • Understanding and working with the Chakras & Essences
  • Energetic patterns that emerge in nature
  • Meeting and Recognizing the Spirit of Plants and Flowers 
  • Important flower essences to consider: Self-heal, Aspen, Clematis, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Borage, Linden, Larch and others
  • Herb & Tree Flower Essences~ Eastern Hemlock& White Pine profiles
  • Nature walks and plant studies in White Dove’s gardens and land

Choosing Essences for a moment or Journey of the Soul

  • Steps along a personal journey with essences
  • Understanding and Preparing Flower Essences
  • FE Selection, Formulation, Application
  • Taking and Administering Flower Essences
  • Personality and Illness
  • Understanding the Effect of the Past on the Present
  • Using flower essences for body, mind, spirit/soul healing

Working with Clients- part I

  • Compassion and soul-care; Client/ Practitioner relationship
  • Intake/recognizing patterns/ Reading the Body
  • The four levels of Flower Essence Response over time
  • Flower Essence support for Physical Challenges including Lyme and Chronic Pain- A Experiential Training

 Dates:  August 4-6, 2023, Friday & Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-3 this is live in person training here at the farm.   This course will also include three Zoom classes that will be recorded.     

Cost: $375 includes three full days of classes and lunch here at the farm, three Zoom classes, and materials. Space is limited so sign up soon. Send a check to Nancy Phillips Heartsong Farm   859 Lost Nation Road  Northumberland, NH 03582

Flower Essence Practitioner Training with Kate Gilday 

This class is full. Email to get on the waiting list.


“Michael was an original, a brilliant contrarian, a dedicated innovator. We will have to step up to continue his important work. He rightly identified the growing of apples within Nature’s system – without heroic but toxic chemistry, with attention to the whole orchard and its surrounding community – as a global necessity, and thoughtfully devised ways to record and test his thinking, and share his successes with a needful world. While we are surely less without him, the times demand that we respond to the challenge, even though we know that working together without him will be less. His death leaves a big hole in my heart.”—Michael Potts

Read more from others about Michael Phillips 

Holistic Orchard Intensive Workshop

Hands -on learning with Todd Parlo, of  Waldon Heights Nursery and Orchard

Dates: June 17 & 18, 2023   

For many years Michael has offered an apple intensive weekend here at our Lost Nation Orchard. This annual event has been a long time favorite. Michael did the teaching and Gracie and Nancy did the cooking.

This year, Gracie will give a tour of our Lost Nation Orchard and we have  invited Todd Parlo to carry on this tradition as our featured teacher.  Todd is an experienced teacher whose orchard work and philosophy aligns with ours. Todd and Michael have been friends and fellow orchardists for years, so we know Michael would approve!

This “organic apple everything” weekend with Todd Parlo inspires people to pursue their own orchard dreams. Come gain the practical insights needed to establish your own fruit planting based on the biological systems approach used here at Lost Nation Orchard.

Holistic orcharding involves a wide breadth of knowledge and timeliness, yet one fact stands clear — we can have beautiful apples grown without chemical intervention. Sustainable agriculture works only when we have fun and get people involved with growing healthy food. Our workshops point the way for organic apple growers to meet their unique site challenges.

Todd will lead participants in a walk through the orchard season. He will discuss the key role understory management and soil health plays in an organic orchard, and look at varietal and rootstock choices. Tree planting, pruning, grafting, branch training, and trunk protection will be woven into our time together along with a look at righteous equipment for the small-scale orchard. Todd will also identify insect and disease dynamics from a holistic perspective aimed at achieving maximum diversity, pointing out a few of the culprits and beneficial allies on hand around bloom time. Saturday evening includes a special farm to table four course meal paired with regional ciders and lots of good fellowship with other apple lovers.


Dates: This Orchard Intensive begins Saturday morning on June 17 at 10:00 and runs through Sunday afternoon June 18, till 4 ish.

Cost: $350 includes instruction, materials, meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday) along with the cider tasting on Saturday evening.

To send a check, use the registration link below and choose check payments.

Heartsong Farm  859 Lost Nation Road, Northumberland, NH 03582

 About Todd Parlo

Todd Parlo is an orchardist, farm consultant and horticulturist living in Northeastern Vermont. He founded and operates Walden Heights Nursery and Orchard, a 25 year old certified organic family farm specializing in tree fruits, berry and vine plantings, and nursery stock. The arboretum contains over 500 distinct apple varieties.

Todd holds a degree in education and has taught classes in horticulture for decades, as well as consulting/mentoring for commercial farmers as well as homesteaders and gardeners.

He is the moderator and co-manager of the Holistic Orchard Network, a group created by Michael Phillips and dedicated to helping holistic, organic and biodynamic growers be successful.

He can also play the guitar and juggle.

Check out Todd’s educational and inspiring website here

Enroll here online or send a check

“I mark as an important life pivot my experience of coming to see the deep web of natural relationships outside through your books and the June intensive. Once you grasp the paradigm and gain the tools to engage and observe, the practice is endlessly fascinating. Entry for me was the key and I have you to thank for that.”

~Pete Lankford –Orchard Intensive Student

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