Herbal Wellness Products, Education, Consultations, & Community
Herban Artisans was formed by friends Shannon Renne and Beth Galantha in 2017 with the goal of blending our passions for herbal wellness and art. We craft high-quality small-batch herbal preparations, educate through community classes, offer herbal consultations, and create art inspired by nature.
Holistic Assessments for Optimal Health & Wellness
Each of our bodies has traveled different paths and gathered different physical, psychological, and spiritual imprints from our experiences. An herbal consultation accounts for this uniqueness in its collaborative, iterative process. Please keep in mind that an herbalist is not a doctor and so cannot diagnose or prescribe. She can, however, make plant-medicinal suggestions (e.g., teas, tinctures, topical applications) to help your body find balance and return to its optimal state of function.
Shannon Renne is a clinical herbalist with 5 years of formal education in plant medicine and over 15 years of experience working with diverse bodies and needs, including addressing acute and chronic illnesses. She is also comfortable working with most prescriptions.
An intake consultation with Shannon costs† $125 and consists of a 60–90 minute, in-person discussion of:
your health concerns and goals, health history, lifestyle, and any past trauma;
identification of organ system excesses and deficiencies;
tissue state analysis; and
individualized recommendations of corresponding, balancing herbal applications.
Follow-up consultations with Shannon generally last 30–45 minutes and cost $1/minute. Together in person or via phone or email (as you choose), you will review your personalized herbal suggestions and adjust as desired.
Each individual will require different herbs, and it is up to them what they choose to try (the cost of recommended herbs is not included in the consultation cost). Typical suggestions average $30–40 of herbal products, which the individual may obtain independently or from Shannon.
†Payment accepted via cash, check, or PayPal. If you cannot afford the cost of the consultations, please contact me in advance to discuss possible payment or trade options. I strongly believe in accessible care for everyone.
Backyard Apothecary Series, 2023
Learn how to use herbs to enhance your personal health and the ecology of your land. In this experimental workshop series, we will go through the process of creating an apothecary from a suburban backyard. This will be a collective learning experience - we will learn from each other and support one another in our plans and designs.
We will cover:
*What body systems could use support via a holistic health assessment
*What does your yard need to optimize its health (identify goals and needs)
*Herbs to support both body and backyards; identifying plants you already have and what you could grow
*When and how to harvest
*How to make herbal preparations ( teas, tinctures, oils, salves, etc.)
Materials provided: health intake forms, plant lists and additional handouts, harvested herbs and materials for making herbal preparations.
Requirements: Some herb and plant id knowledge. We also ask that you commit to ALL FOUR SESSIONS without the accompaniment of children or pets. An on-site waiver must be signed on June 3rd when we meet as a group.
Session 1: Appointments will be made individually with Shannon Renne for a holistic herbal assessment. Health intake paperwork and appointments can be made after initial sign up. ($125 value)
Session 2: June 3, 1- 4:30 PM: Plant identification, plant selections for health and yards
Session 3: July 30, 1- 3:30 PM: Harvesting and processing of aerial plant parts for medicine
Session 4: October 1, 1 -3:30 PM: Harvesting and processing of roots and fall medicines, goals and resources for moving forward
Where: A residence in Monona- address will be given upon registration, along with additional directions
Who: Instructors and facilitators include:
Marian Farrior has led ecological restoration training at UW-Madison Arboretum for over 20 years. She is also a permaculture instructor and a certified nature and forest therapy guide. She apprenticed with Lola Stonehill at Madison School of Herbal Medicine.
Shannon Renne studied herbalism at Wildwood Institute and Red Root Mountain School of Botanical Medicine where she completed her clinical herbal apprenticeship in 2017. She offers holistic clinical herbal consultations, herbal education courses and a line of products at SolEscape Healing Arts. She enjoys growing her own medicine and working part time with Garden Search and Rescue.
Jim Miller has been training in nature awareness, tracking, wilderness survival and foraging as taught at Tom Brown Jr's Tracker School for 30 years.
How to register: Class size will be limited to 6 participants. Cost is a sliding scale: $150 -$250
Please register by emailing Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Payments may be made via Paypal or checks to Shannon Renne.
A link or address will be provided with registration email. Once payment is received participants will begin by filling out a detailed health intake form and scheduling a meeting via zoom with Shannon to discuss current health goals and concerns. Plants and preparations will then be suggested to restore balance and optimal well being. A list of possible plants you may already have growing that may support your bodily systems in need will also be provided.
Spirit, Psychology and Self
Exploring Inter-relational Energetics Within and Beyond Our Bodies
" You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." -C.S. Lewis
In these times we often feel alone, isolated from true connection to others and unsupported in our emotional and spiritual bodies. This course offers explorative techniques to integrate pieces of self and to bridge connections to the world around us. Topics covered in this course include:
-Basic grounding and energy call back
-Connecting to spirit guides
-Protection and boundaries
-Chakra exploration and healing techniques
-Past life journeying
-Movement and breath work
-Cord-cutting, releasing unwanted energetic connections
What and Where...This is an offering of eight 3 hour meetings in a safe and supportive environment- SolEscape Healing Arts, 1148 Williamson St. Madison, WI
When...10 am -1 pm Sundays- March 5th, 12th, 26th, April 2nd, 16th, 23rd, May 7th & 21st
To register contact Shannon at email@example.com
Medicine Making Workshop
Sunday, Nov. 20th, 3:00-5:30 PM
SolEscape,1148 Williamson St. Madison, WI
cost: $60- cash, check or paypal
Are you curious about plant medicine? In this short workshop you will learn the basics of extracting plants healing properties and take home your own homemade tincture, infused oil and salve!
Wear clothes that can get dirty, bring a notebook and an open mind!
If you are interested in signing up please email Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in signing up or have more questions, please email Shannon Renne at
Foundations of Herbalism
Plants aren’t just beautiful and fragrant; they’re also Earth’s original pharmacy. Learn how we can support our and our loved ones’ health in this eight-week online course. Topics include:
a brief historical overview of herbalism,
common U.S. and Midwest medicinal plants,
the vocabulary of plant energetics, actions, and elements,
identifying plants by tastes and affinities,
preparing an infused oil, tincture, and salve,
prevention and care of acute seasonal afflictions, and
nervous system-balancing aromatherapy.
When: Tuesday evenings 6:00-8:00 PM, Nov.29th - Dec. 20th 2022 / Jan.3rd- Jan. 29th 2023
Where: SolEscape, 1148 Williamson St. Madison, WI
Cost: $250,** via PayPal, cash or check
Instructor: Shannon Renne
Materials: class materials will be emailed the Sunday before each class. If you miss any sessions, recordings will be available to you for two weeks from the class date.
Organ Systems I
This 4-week course begins to delve into the anatomical and physiological functions of human organ systems, including the digestive, nervous, liver, and lymphatic systems. We will learn which plants to use for corresponding imbalances within these systems, create individual plant profiles, and explore the basics of aromatherapy.
When: Tuesdays, Jan 18–Feb 5, 2022, 5:30–7:00 p.m. CT
Cost: $150,** via PayPal or check
Instructor: Shannon Renne
Materials: Zoom link and class materials will be emailed the Sunday before each class. If you miss any sessions, recordings will be available to you for two weeks from the class date.
Prior knowledge of herbalism or the foundations class is highly recommended before enrollment in organ systems classes. Again, classes will be recorded and available for viewing upon request.
The tissue states are western herbalism's most helpful assessment tool in undertaking a total body evaluation. In this 4-week course, we learn the history of the tissue states based on the four foundational qualities (hot, cold, wet, and dry) plus two tensions (sedating and stimulating) that combine uniquely in each individual.
Organ Systems II
Total Body Analysis & Practicum
Advanced Independent Study
All Herban Artisans products are crafted with care using ethically sourced plants. Our values of quality, compassion, safety, and accessibility guide everything we develop. We offer both gentle products for general populations via area venues and our soon-to-launch Etsy store and also custom preparations designed specifically for your unique makeup and needs. We prefer to get to know those who choose Herban Artisans, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Herban Artisans CSA
A great treat for yourself or gift for a loved one! A quarterly subscription of seasonally curated herbal products and nature-inspired art sent to your home on each solstice and equinox. Each box contains a tea, tincture or oxymel, topical application, beauty product, and aromatherapy item, along with a piece of hand-crafted art. An accompanying newsletter will describe the products and herbs used in the formulations. Cost for 4 boxes: $250 (includes shipping), via PayPal. Contact Shannon with questions or to place your order.
Sample Product List
Our “off-the-shelf” products change regularly and seasonally, so please contact us for the most up-to-date availability. The following are examples of some of our most popular products.
Salves and Lotions
First Aid Salve, 1 oz., $15,
Bruise and Sore Muscle Salve, 1 oz., $15
Rose Facial Cream, 1 oz., $18
Nutritive Long Infusion Blend, 3 oz., $15
Cold Killa', 3 oz., $15
Tinctures vary in availability, menstruum, strength, and price, depending on the plant tinctured. Before purchasing, please contact us to ensure the tincture you choose is a safe match for you.
Varied Bitters Formulas