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September 19th 2018 thru June 19th 2019
Every Wednesday Evening from 6:30-9:30pm (holidays excepted)
One Sunday a Month from 10:00-4:00(ish)

The total cost of the program is $2,500. Class begins September 19th 2018 through June 19th 2019. Payment may be made in full or with a deposit of $500. A phone or in-person interview is required before your registration is approved.

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A non-refundable deposit of $500 will be charged to your credit card after an initial phone interview is conducted to ensure compatibility with our program. Payment plans are available and will be discussed at the time of your phone interview.

Explorations in Traditional Western Herbalism

A Nine-Month Program for the Beginning Herbalist

Learn the ancient and modern traditions of herbal medicine. This class is open to anyone with an interest in learning the craft of herbalism to care for your health, and the health of your family, friends and community. Explorations in Traditional Western Herbalism offers students a strong foundation in herbal healthcare, basic nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices to promote and enhance well-being. This class blends the scientific with earth-based traditional wisdom, and balances indoor classroom time with exciting outdoor daylong herbal adventures. No prior training, experience or pre-requisites are required.

Class meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 9:30pm (holidays excepted) as well as one Sunday daylong adventure each month (10am to 4pm-ish). Students who complete the nine-month program will receive instruction in:

  • Body System Therapeutics
  • Comprehensive Herbal Materia Medica/Pharmacology on over 100 Medicinal Plants/Fungi
  • Herbal Energetics
  • Extensive Hands-on Medicine Making Techniques
  • Herb Safety, Herb/Drug Interactions
  • Basic Botany and Plant Identification
  • Creating Deeper Connections with Nature and Ourselves
  • Flower Essence Training
  • Natural Cosmetics
  • Therapeutic Aromatherapy
  • Tending Our Medicinal Herb Garden
  • Wildcrafting Ethics and Techniques
  • Medicinal Seaweeds and Mushrooms and other Wild Foods
  • Herbal Crafts
  • Whole Foods Nutrition/Food as Medicine

Each session focuses on different systems of the body (i.e. respiratory, immune, digestive, etc.). You'll learn some basic physiology, along with in-depth instruction of medicinal plants (with an emphasis on plants that grow in our bioregion), how to use them, their actions and energetics. We'll discuss common illnesses and how to approach them holistically using herbs, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. This 168+ hour course consists of both classroom lecture and experiential learning (in-class medicine making and botanical field studies).

Over the course of nine-months, you will learn a variety of medicine making techniques including the proper preparation of medicinal herbal teas, capsules, glycerites, alcohol extracts, syrups, oxymels, liniments, oils, salves and more. Sundays are reserved for daylong herbal adventures such as herb walks, basic botany and ecology, flower essence training, food as medicine, a mushroom foray, herbal first aid, herbal crafts, introduction to aromatherapy, and finding our spiritual path in nature/connecting to the land.

Herbal Camping Trips
Although not part of this program, nor necessary for certification, we highly recommend that students also consider including the following herbal camping trips during the course of their studies (to be updated to 2019 camping trips): Pinnacles State Park Camping Trip - 4/20 to 4/22 2018 and Tahoe National Forest Camping Trip - 6/28 to 7/1 2018

Unpaid internships are available for those who seek to immerse themselves into deeper avenues of learning. We have two tracks: a garden internship as well as an internship in our retail shop. If you are interested, please contact us for more information.

For a list of faculty including guest teachers, please visit: Faculty Bios