There are many approaches to herbalism; this course is designed from a 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 for easy-to-treat conditions. Our focus is bioregional, stressing sustainability, stewardship, and reciprocity.
“Intro to Herbalism” is the shorthand title for a course more appropriately called “Introduction to Herbalism & Ecology: The basics of herbal medicine making, plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, and botanical home remedies.” This series is designed for students who want hands-on experience and a taste of all that plant medicine has to offer.
In this empowering 72-hour course, half of our days are spent in the forest or on the farm, learning tools to find and identify a wide variety of plants. The rest of our time together is spent learning in the kitchen, garden, and classroom, developing the skills to create and utilize plant medicines appropriately, safely, effectively, and joyfully. Intro to Herbalism provides a gateway into the vast world of botanical remedies, with a firm grounding in a few dozen accessible, locally-available plants. Plant energetics, sustainability, and a beginner’s look at phytochemistry will give students tools that they can use to explore herbal remedies that they encounter in the future, expanding their materia medica.
Our herbal journey will begin with nourishing herbs, using our senses, and delving into the stories that each ecosystem holds. From there, we’ll move on to the fundamentals of emotional wellness, digestive health, and everyday ailments that can be easily addressed with plant remedies. Students will gain botanical know-how — and learn the secrets that are revealed with such a skill set. Magical connections with plants and kitchen witchery will get their time in the sun. At the end of the term, students will have the skills to harvest and create their own plant medicines and use them with friends and family.
Students who enjoy this program and its format are invited to join Gradey and Missy for further study in additional four-week series that explore complementary topics: Winter Wellness, Winter Wildcrafting (February 2020); Flowers, Fruits, & First Aid (August 2020); and Mushrooms & Adaptogens (October 2020).
The Intro to Herbalism Program is taught by Missy Rohs and Gradey Proctor. The course meets twelve Saturdays, March through June, for a total of 72 hours.
The total cost is $1050, and a discount is 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.
Intro to Herbalism 2020 dates:
Class is held on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. On field trips, which happen every other week, we'll carpool to our destination, which will add additional time to the day.
Intro to Herbalism: Join us!
Registration for the 2020 Intro to Herbalism program will open November 1. The class size will be limited, so we encourage you to contact us as soon as registration opens.