herbs and food

herbs and food







Gaia Center is a learning community established in 1998,  which began a series of in depth  classes  in 2005, when we relocated to Ann Arbor.   As a learning community for kindred spirits who seek out  quality instruction and experience in the growing herbal medicine field, we welcome your visits, questions, and comments.  ~  Mary Light, ND MH LMT



Herbal Medicine Studies in a living setting.

We collaborate with the staff of our associated  state licensed school, ANN ARBOR SCHOOL OF MASSAGE, HERBAL AND NATURAL MEDICINE




"...... I took the spring/summer herbology class from Mary Light and found it to be an excellent experience I loved it, everything about it and Mary's knowledge; so impressive! Appreciated teacher Mary and the class so much...as she conducted the class with much intelligence and intuition, offering hands on experience and assignments that were life changing as I adopted many of these natural care techniques (using herbs) into my everyday life. Forever grateful for this powerful class. Undoubtedly a five star rating! "

Jules, RN, Herbal Medicine Student



To define, discuss, and reproduce at your home or business, the making of effective herbal medicines:  water based, extracts, tinctures,  capsulated, oil infusions , balms, creams, ovules, fomentations, ablutions, powders, compound formulas and more. 



Case History Discussion

Experiential Guided Use


To list, define, understand and apply to therapeutic decisions, the various basic actions of herbs, based on a Materia Me

To Identify growing herbs using field guides.  To identify  and assess quality for processed herbs via the sensory cues of color, aroma, taste, signature effects, textures - in a number of forms of medicinal product. 

To create, design, and present, through your own guided research and development, two herbal products which are presented to the group in the final project, receiving the benefit of expert feedback

To discuss and inquire about the complexities of case histories or application needs through classroom mentored sharing and dialogue.

To participate in varieties of hands on herb craft projects in class, specifically those for therapeutic purposes

Homework and assignments are given to be completed as the series progresses. 


VISITS  & Registration

Gaia Center offers numerous times to welcome you for a visit. Call us at 734-769-7794 to arrange a time- we welcome your visit.  

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LOCATION  - Our Classroom, herb lab and apothecary facilities-  are at Liberty Office Center, specifically 3684 W. Liberty, just west of Wagner, Box 2, Ann Arbor 48103.  Consults, advisory, purchases by appt & during open house and Event times. 

We are an Educator Member of the American Herbalists Guild:  http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/


E mail us with questions: nshaassociates@gmail.com

We continue to grow, as does the field and the demand for herbal knowledge and consumer demand for well trained clinical herbalists.

We welcome your calls, questions, and encourage any prospective student to sit in on a bit of a class while visiting the school.


 Payment for class fees is by cash or check.

     Call 734-769-7794  Our studio is at 3684 W. Liberty, just west of Wagner Road, Ann Arbor 48103.  At the Liberty Office Center.  All visits by Appointment or enrollment.