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First Class Sunday, March 8th from 10am to 4pm
Mondays (6:30-9:30pm): Mar. 9 & 23, Apr. 6 & 20, May. 4 & 18
Sundays 10:00-4:00(ish): Mar. 22, Apr. 12 & 26, May. 3 & 17

First Class Sunday, May 31st from 10am to 4pm
Mondays (6:30-9:30pm): All Mondays in June (1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
Sundays 10:00-4:00(ish): June 7, 14 & 28
Optional Sierra Nevada Camping Trip: July 9-12
Registration is now open for Summer Session 2015! Please sign up early to ensure you space.

First Class Sunday, Sept. 20th from 10am to 4pm
Mondays (6:30-9:30pm): Sept. 21 & 28, Oct. 2 & 26, Nov. 9 & 23
Sundays 10:00-4:00(ish): Sepp. 27, Oct. 11 & 25, Nov. 8 & 22

First Class Sunday, Dec.6th from 10am to 4pm
Mondays (6:30-9:30pm): Dec. 7 & 14, Jan. 4 & 18, Feb. 1 & 15
Sundays 10:00-4:00(ish): Dec. 13, Jan. 3 & 17, Feb. 14

Each 3-month Session is $750. Payment plans are available and must be arranged in advance by contacting Cheryl (contact information follows).

Contact Us: 415-524-8693 • Email: info -at- gatheringthyme -dot- com

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A non-refundable deposit of $100 will be charged to your credit card prior to the beginning of class with the remainder due on the first day. Payment plans are available and must be made in advance by contacting Cheryl by phone or email (contact information above).

Explorations in Traditional Western Herbalism

A Year-Long Certification 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. 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 at the beginning of 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 two Monday evenings each month (from 6:30 to 9:30pm) as well as two Sunday daylong adventures (10am to 2 or 4pm-ish). (See exact dates outlined on the right-hand panel of this page). Students who complete the year-long core curriculum will receive instruction in:

  • Body System Therapeutics
  • Comprehensive Herbal Materia Medica/Pharmacology on over 90 Medicinal Plants/Fungi
  • Extensive Hands-on Medicine Making Techniques
  • Basic Botany and Plant Identification
  • Creating Deeper Connections with Nature and Ourselves
  • Basic Flower Essence Training
  • Natural Cosmetics & Aromatherapy/Perfumery
  • Tending Our Medicinal Herb Garden
  • Wildcrafting Ethics and Techniques
  • Medicinal Mushrooms and Wild Foods
  • Herbal Crafts
  • Food as Medicine

Each season 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 (including many 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. Each season also incorporates basic botany review (with more in-depth studies happening in the Spring) and a discussion on plant families with a focus on learning to identify native edibles and medicinals as well as common wild weeds. 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, herbal cosmetics and natural perfumery, mushroom forays, food as medicine, finding our spiritual path in nature, plant journeying, 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 Egert Elan and Judy Lieblein.