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Studies in Deep Herbal Wisdom

Studies in Deep Herbal Wisdom

Explorations in Traditional Western Herbalism

For the Beginning Herbalist - 200 Hours - Year Long Program

Now taking registration for the Autumn Session beginning September 14th 2014!

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. No prior training, experience or pre-requisites are required.

This class blends the scientific with earth-based traditional wisdom, and balances indoor classroom time with exciting outdoor daylong herbal adventures. We've broken the class into "Seasons". Students may join during any Season. No matter when you begin your studies with us, completion of all 4 Seasons qualifies a student to perform self-care and family Herbalism.

Class generally meets alternating Monday evenings of each month as well as two Sunday daylong adventures each month. (See exact dates outlined below). The modular nature of this program allows us to keep the price affordable, and offer discounts on many adjunct programs that cover areas of interest in more depth, such as: wildcrafting trips, studies in botany, flower essence practitioner training, mushroom forays, and basic nutrition. Students who complete the year-long core curriculum will receive instruction in:

  • Body System Therapeutics
  • Comprehensive Herbal Materia Medica
  • Extensive Hands-on Medicine Making Techniques
  • Basic Botany and Plant Identification
  • Creating Deeper Connections with Nature and Ourselves
  • Basic Flower Essence Training
  • Natural Cosmetics
  • Tending Our Medicinal Herb Garden
  • Wildcrafting Ethics and Techniques
  • Medicinal Mushrooms and Wild Foods
  • Herbal Crafts
  • Food as Medicine

Each season will include basic botany review and a discussion on plant families with a focus on learning to identify native edibles and medicinals as well as common wild weeds. We'll discuss common illnesses and how to approach them holistically using herbs, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. There will also be plenty of hands-on medicine making including glycerites and alcohol extracts, syrups, herbal vinegars, liniments, oils, salves, and much more. Sundays are reserved for daylong herbal adventures such as herb walks, basic botany and ecology, medicine making intensives, mushroom forays, finding our spiritual path in nature, as well as tending our medicinal herb garden. In the Summer session, we'll lead an optional 4-day camping trip to the Sierras.

This class will be taught by Cheryl Fromholzer and Catherine Abby Rich, with guest teachers that include Matthew Wood, Atava Garcia Swiecicki, Jolie Lonner Egert and Judy Lieblein. For more information, please call Cheryl at 415-524-8693 or email: info -at- gatheringthyme -dot- com.

SPRING SESSION DATES 2014: First Class Sunday March 2nd from 10am to 4pm

Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30pm: March 10th and 24th, April 14th and 28th, May 5th and 19th
Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm(ish): March 2nd, March 16th, April 6th, April 13th, May 4th and and May 18th

SUMMER SESSION DATES 2014: First Class Sunday, June 8th from 10am to 4pm

Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30pm: June 15th and 30th, July 28th, August 11th and 25th
Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm(ish): June 8th and 22nd, July 20th, August 3rd and 17th
An optional camping/wildcrafting trip is scheduled for July 10th thru 13th at an additional fee of $200.

AUTUMN SESSION DATES 2014: First Class Sunday, September 14th from 10am to 4pm

Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30pm: September 15th and 29th, October 13th and 27th, November 10th and 24th
Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm(ish): September 14th and 28th, October 12th and 26th, November 16th
Registration is now open for Autumn Session 2014! Please sign up early to ensure you space.

WINTER SESSION DATES 2014/2015: First Class Sunday, December 7th from 10am to 4pm

Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30pm: December 8th and 22nd, January 12th and 26th (2015) and February 9th and 23rd (2015)
Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm(ish): December 7th and 14th, January 4th and 18th, February 15th

COST: $750 per Season, includes a non-refundable $100 deposit required to register

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