Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies  Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies
Licorice Herbalism and Ecosystems:
Foundations for Botanical Medicine
Arctos is delighted to offer our program for the ninth year! Our intimate class starts with the verdant shoots of early Spring and continues through the fungal wonders of Autumn.

Each Saturday we will be in the field visiting different Northwest ecosystems and interacting with the plants that live there. Along our journey, we will not only develop the botanical skills necessary to identify the plants that we work with, but we will also leave the student with tools to identify plants encountered in the future. Ethical harvesting will be discussed in depth, and each student will make wildcrafted medicine and prepare wild foods. Most importantly in our quest for self-sufficiency, we will learn to have a relationship with the land and deepen our sense of place.

Sunday will be spent in the classroom, the kitchen, and the garden in Southeast Portland. We will learn the basics of Western medicinal herbalism, drawing from wise woman traditions as well as contemporary constitutional herbalism. We will cover herbs by body system, make plant medicines together, and grow magical connections with the green world. Our materia medica will focus on local remedies – classic garden medicinals, weeds, and the native plants of the Pacific Northwest. We’ll harvest and process herbs to make tinctures, teas, flower essences, oils, syrups, salves, and more. Topics covered will include formulating, nutrition, contraindications, and low-dose botanicals.

At the completion of the term, students will have the skills to create their own plant medicines and to herbally support their community through health and illness.

Want to go deeper?
Learn about our intermediate program!
'I am in love with the Saturday field trip/ Sunday lecture schedule. Missy and Gradey are excellent teachers who complement one another's style beautifully!'
- Emily, 2009 program
2015 Program Dates
March 21st and 22nd
April 11th and 12th
May 2nd and 3rd
May 16th and 17th
June 6th and 7th
June 27th and 28th
July 11th and 12th
August 1st and 2nd
August 22nd and 23rd
September 19th and 20th
October 10th and 11th

Registration & Cost
Contact Missy and Gradey to set up an interview. We’ll tell you more about the program’s scope and content, and answer any questions you may have.

The Herbalism & Ecosystems Program is $1350 for 132 hours. Special discount for payment in full by March 15th: $1250. A payment plan is available; please speak with the instructors for details.

Upon successful completion of the interview and application, a $100 non-refundable deposit will guarantee your place in the program. Early registration is encouraged; space in the program is limited to support camaraderie and collaboration.
'Arctos gave me a sense of empowerment! This program gave me a delicious taste of all that the plant world has to offer, and I can't wait to delve deeper.'
- Kaley, 2014 program

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