There are many approaches to herbalism; this course is designed from an empowering, feminist, queer perspective in which weeds are embraced, wild is wonderful, and diversity in the human world is just as critical as it is in the plant world. In the field, we cultivate a sense of place and a relationship with the land. In the kitchen, we focus on accessible remedies that can be made almost anywhere. Our focus is bioregional, stressing sustainability, stewardship, and reciprocity.
Our Herbal Immersion Program is an invitation to those who want to steep themselves in the magic and medicine of plants and place. In this life-shifting 240-hour course, our time is split between the forest, kitchen, garden, farm, and classroom as we gain hands-on experience and develop practical 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 comprise almost half of the classes; they 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 and forest tending 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. We’ll utilize organoleptics, engaging our senses to learn about plants and their phytochemistry.
As we transition into autumn, we’ll dive into kitchen witchery, explore the dynamics of privilege and oppression in herbalism, delve into the wonders of mushroom hunting, and discuss generative organ health. 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.
The Herbal Immersion Program is taught by Missy Rohs and features Gradey Proctor, Lara Pacheco, 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 modest scholarship available to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & people of color) students; please inquire for details.
Herbal Immersion Program 2019 dates:
April 3, 4
April 10, 11
April 17, 18
April 24, 25
May 1, 2
May 29, 30
June 5, 6
June 12, 13
June 19, 20
June 25-27 (camping)
July 24, 25
July 31, August 1
August 7, 8
August 14, 15
August 21, 22
September 18, 19
September 25, 26
October 2, 3
October 9, 10
October 16, 17
Class is held from 10am-4pm Wednesdays & Thursdays. On field trip days, which are usually Wednesdays, we'll carpool to our destination, which will add additional time to the day.
Herbal Immersion Program: Join Us!
Registration for the 2020 Herbal Immersion Program will open November 1. The class size will be limited, so we encourage you to contact us as soon as registration opens.