The Herbal Immersion Program is an invitation to those who want to steep themselves in the magic and medicine of plants. Our time is split between the forest, kitchen, garden, and classroom as we gain hands-on experience and develop herbal healing skills to last a lifetime.
The course provides a thorough foundation in herbal materia medica, botanical identification, plant energetics, and medicine-making in a participatory, engaging setting. Our field trips will uncover hidden gems of the Pacific Northwest, showing off fancy flowers and marvelous mushrooms as we wildcraft edibles and medicinal plants. Guest instructors expand the focus to include in-depth forays into emergency first responder skills, herbal activism, and harnessing intuition.
Our herbal journey will begin with the basics: digestion, wound healing, ecology, and botanical identification. From there, we’ll sprinkle in garden ecosystems, forest foraging, and different approaches to ethical wildcrafting as we explore the systems of the body. At the peak of summer blossoms, we’ll go on a group camping trip, harvesting and creating magical medicine. Acute herbal treatment and first aid skills will be covered, both in the field and in the classroom.
As we transition into autumn, we’ll discuss hormone-related wellness, explore the dynamics of privilege and oppression in herbalism, and delve into the wonders of mushroom hunting. To wrap up the course, students will present their research on a health condition of their choosing, deepening their herbal skill set. At the end of the term, students will have the tools and the confidence to create their own apothecary and serve as a health and first aid resource for their community.
There are many approaches to herbalism; this course is designed from a feminist, queer perspective in which weeds are embraced and wild is wonderful. Our focus is bioregional, stressing sustainability and accessibility for everyone.
The Herbal Immersion Program is taught by Missy Rohs and features Gradey Proctor, Lara Pacheco, Lydia Bartholow, and other guest instructors. It meets Wednesdays and Thursdays, April through October, for a total of over 240 hours of class time.
The total cost of the HIP is $2900, with discounts offered for pre-payment in full. A payment plan is available. There is a small scholarship available to students of color and LGBTQI students; please inquire for details.
Herbal Immersion Program 2018 dates:
April 4, 5
April 11, 12
April 18, 19
April 25, 26
May 2, 3
May 30, 31
June 6, 7
June 13, 14
June 20, 21
June 26-28 (camping)
July 25, 26
August 1, 2
August 8, 9
August 15, 16
August 22, 23
September 19, 20
September 26, 27
October 3, 4
October 10, 11
October 17, 18
Class is held from 10am-4pm Wednesdays & Thursdays. On Wednesday field trips, we'll carpool to our destination, which will add additional time to the day.
Herbal Immersion Program: Join us!
We are currently interviewing applicants to join the 2018 Herbal Immersion Program! To request an interview, simply fill out this form. We'll set up a time to sit down and answer your questions about the program, describe in greater detail what you'll learn, and cover the expectations we have of students in the program.