The 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, 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 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 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.
There are many approaches to herbalism; this course is designed from an empowering, feminist, queer perspective in which weeds are embraced and wild is wonderful. In the field, we cultivate a sense of place and a relationship with the land. 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 BIPOC students and LGBTQI 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, we'll carpool to our destination, which will add additional time to the day.
Herbal Immersion Program: Join us!
The 2018 Herbal Immersion Program is underway! We will open registration and start interviews for 2019 on November 1. Please contact us in early November if you'd like to join us for our next Herbal Immersion Program.