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    ROBUST Roanoke: Deep Vitality Healing Arts

    "Your source for holistic living"


    Upcoming Classes 2017-2018



    "Wellness Through The Seasons: The Potent Path to Holistic Living"

    Using the four seasons and 5 elements as our context, we will explore the traditional uses for seasonal herbs, various methods for preserving and extracting the goodness from herbs, and the application of herbal medicines in our daily lives to support health, healing, and achieve optimum wellness.


    This year-long series of classes, meeting once per month, will empower participants to choose foods, herbs, and lifestyle habits that are both appropriate for their individual needs and in sync with the time of year. Each 90 minute class will include lectures, demonstrations, hands-on learning and tasting opportunities. Participants will make and take home an edible goodie or a product for their home apothecary and are encouraged to create a personal Materia Medica for their own future reference.


    Class instructors are: Sheila Guarnagia, M.Ac., L.Ac., licensed acupuncturist and clinical herbalist in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Appalachian folk medicine; Carrie Speck, clinical herbalist; and Nancy Maurelli, local herb grower and herb medicine maker, retired kitchen witch, and herb enthusiast in the Wise Woman tradition.

    Classes meet in the Old Southwest neighborhood of Roanoke from 6:00 to 7:30PM.

    Class fees are $35 for a single class, $90 for a three class punch card redeemable at any three classes in the series. Please observe the registration deadline (usually the previous Monday).

    For more information contact Sheila at 540-797-4685.

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    October 2, 2017 - Herbal Allies and The Ancestors: An introduction to herb parts, actions, and energetics, and traditional medical paradigms as an aspect of our common human heritage.

    November 6, 2017 - The Ins & Outs of the Metal Element: respiration and elimination.

    December 11, 2017 - Storing the Essence 1: the Water Element and the kidneys, adrenals, and urinary system.

    January 8, 2018 - Storing the Essence 2: Deep nutrition, inner work, and building energy for the coming year.

    February 12, 2018 - Stirring: Essence and Appetites: Introduction to the Wood Element and Spring Season, building stamina, arousing vigor, libido/appetite as a sign of vitality.

    March 12, 2018 - Sweeping: Clearing the Air: Spring season, seasonal allergy care, radiant skin from inside and out.

    April 16, 2018 - Earth Day Every Day! Blossoming & Greening: The Bounty of Spring, weeds as overlooked allies and delicious ways to use them for building health.

    May 7, 2018 -   Love Your Mother! Wild Nourishment from Providence: “Food & medicines are all around”, Wild foraging & ethical wildcrafting, the unique Mind/Body/Spirit nourishment of wild foods.




    Classes through Roanoke Parks & Recreation 

    Join us for our Fall Wellness Series! Attend one class or all three!

    Taught by Sheila Guarnagia, M.Ac.,L.Ac. and Katie Clifton, L.Ac.

    Please see this page for more details...





    ROBUST Roanoke is a local distributor of TeraGanix EM1, the Effective Microorganism products developed by Dr. Teruo Higa in Okinawa, Japan. EM1 is a wonderful technology which brings the benefits of healing probiotic microbes and far infrared energy to both the microbiome and macrobiome. These products can enhance the lives of people, pets and livestock, gardens and farms, and the whole community in many ways. Please click here to visit the TeraGanix website to learn more.

    ROBUST currently stocks:

    EM1 ceramic products

    ProEM1 probiotic for people and pets

    EM1 inoculant for home, gardening and farming applications

    Bokashi for fast, clean, and odorless composting

    A custom designed product line is in development, including soaps, soaks, pet baths, dog collars, and more.

    Please contact Sheila for further information.