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Well, Well, Well! These Self-Care Classes At The BUST Craftacular Will Have You Living Your Best Life In No Time!

by Kerry Cunningham

From gift shopping to workshopping, women are taking over at the BUST Craftacular—N.Y.C.’s longest-running indie craft fair—December 7th and 8th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Industry City (Factory Floor, 220 36th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232). This year, alongside over 200 women-owned vendors, this two-day Brooklyn shopping party is offering over 60 lady-led classes, including 11 wellness classes perfect for attendees interested in creating an oasis of calm in the midst of this hectic season. Check out these great options, and nab tix to your faves for only $15 each at We’re supporting women! We’re enjoying ourselves! We’re living our best lives!

Herbal Stressbusters for City Living

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Stress on your body can feel like the worst thing in the world. If we don’t take care of it, our bodies will constantly be in a fight or flight state, which really affects them in a negative way. This class will teach us how we can get our nervous systems to chill out while building energy with the support of healing herbs that can help to resist those toxins. Creative herbalist, healer, and flower essence practitioner Dawn Petter will get your body into shape in a cool, flowery way that won’t make you sweat. Buy tickets to this class for Saturday at 11:15 a.m. and make those knots in your back disappear organically!

Make Your Own CBD Topical

Don’t understand CBD? Think it’s only for relaxing without the high? Come to Tonic Vibes’ 3:15 p.m. Saturday workshop or 11:15 a.m. Sunday workshop that teaches you about how each CBD extract and essential oil helps make, pain, soreness, dryness, rashes, acne, bug bites, burns, and cuts go away! That’s so many things. Let’s get rid of them all.

How to Make Infused Medicinal Brandy

Ever wish alcohol could help boost your immune system? Need a gift to give your aunt this holiday season? Need a gift to give yourself in general? Come to Vanessa Follano’s workshop where you’ll learn to create Hawthorne Brandy, an infusion of herbs that will create an immune-boosting drink. Can this brandy save our country? Buy tickets to the Sunday at 4:30 p.m. class and find out for yourself! Get drunk and feel good the next day!

Build Your Journaling Practice

Need a way to clear the clutter in your mind? Put that clutter on paper but put it in a cool and pretty notebook that makes you feel cool and pretty on the inside. Practicing journaling regularly will help get everything making our minds a claustrophobic space finally move to a place outside of it. Odette Press will help you learn to use journaling as a form of meditation and support your self-discovery through the act of writing at the 3:15 p.m. class on Sunday.


Essential Oils for Mood Management

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Essential Oils are used for all different types of issues and hardships. A big one that has been a huge concern for people today is mental and emotional health. Everything we read and hear has caused us to feel like every day is full of sadness and stress. The thing is, we don’t always feel comfortable using medicine purchased at a pharmacy to fix our anxiety. Karina Mackenzie, founder of Chop Wood Carry Baby, is here to teach the very basics of essential oil knowledge before getting into how essential oils can help us deal with anxiety and stress in a more natural way. Sign up for the Saturday at 5:45 p.m. or Sunday at 5:45 p.m. workshop now!

DIY Essential Oil Holiday Spray for Rooms and Linens

Sometimes life isn’t just about using essential oils to help with pains and aches on our bodies. It’s about making an entire room become a healthy, natural sanctuary. Who doesn’t want that? On Saturday at 11:15 a.m., Nina Ferrer Mannino will help you make a room spray while teaching the benefits of each oil in the sprays. Live your best life from the comfort of the natural oil-infused living room.

Herbal Allies for Winter Immunity

Colds and the flu are sneaking up on us at every corner during the winter. It’s almost impossible to get away from them. Next election let’s vote for no more colds. But until then, Dawn Petter is having a workshop on Saturday at 12:30 to teach us all how to strengthen our resistance against those bullies while helping us discover which herbs can be used for this long-term immunity, as well as which ones help to ward off symptoms.

Everyday CBD Applications

OK, sure; we all love the lavender oils that we put on our pillows and the peppermint oils that we put on our temples to stop headaches, but how else can we incorporate more CBD into all of our lives? Tonic Vibes wants to teach you about the best tips and tricks to choosing the right CBD for you. Buy tickets to their Saturday and 2:00 p.m. or Sunday at 5:45 p.m. workshop! 

How to Make Anti-Inflammatory Herbal Syrup

Sorry, Mary Poppins: sometimes a spoonful of sugar is not enough to help the medicine go down. Yeah, I said it. We need better ways to help with inflammation and swelling that are more natural for our bodies. Vanessa Follano, a member of the American Herbalist Guild, is here on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. to teach you how to make an herbal anti-inflammatory syrup that is health-supportive, can be drunk on its own, or added to your favorite cocktail. Just a spoonful of anti-inflammatory herbal syrup helps the swelling go down. Rolls right off the tongue. 

Chakras & Essential Oils – Harmonize your Energy Centers

Although essential oils are the next big thing, knowing they’re a huge trend isn’t enough. It’s important to know what they are, where they come from, and why we should be using them. How do they help with our chakras? What even are chakras? Karina Mackenzie, founder of Chop Wood Carry Baby, will teach you about the chakra system, as well as which oils, our chakras need the most. It’s time to become one with ourselves and get centered. Sign up to the class on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or the class on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. today!

Magical Infused Oil Class For Self Love: Lizzo Edition!

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If there’s anything more important than self-love, it’s wrong. Self-love is the only way we can learn to manage everything else in our lives and is necessary to learn before helping others. Debbie Allen, part of the new intersectional, feminist, witchy, collectively run boutique, gallery, event space, and community center Cvlt Party, is here to teach us how to create self-love potions using herbs, crystals, essential oils, and a carrier oil. Sign up for the Saturday or Sunday workshops at 3:15 p.m. 


The first 100 shoppers on each day will receive a goodie bag! Doors open at 11!

At only $15 each, these classes are filling up fast, so nab your tickets today at and win at wellness!



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