The Herbal Foundations Program is designed for students who want a solid grounding in herbalism and ethical wildcrafting and lead busy lives that require weekend classes. In this empowering 144-hour course, 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 firm 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 old-growth wonders and fabulous fungi as we wildcraft edibles and medicinal plants.
Our herbal journey will begin with the basics: nourishing herbs, ecology, and botanical identification. From there, we’ll sprinkle in urban ecosystems, forest foraging, and different approaches to ethical wildcrafting as we explore the systems of the body. Magical connections with plants, first aid skills, and kitchen witchery will all get their time in the sun.
As we transition into autumn, we’ll explore the dynamics of privilege and oppression in herbalism, delve into the wonders of mushroom hunting, and keep things lively with herbal games. At the end of the term, students will have the skills to forage and create their own plant medicines and use them with friends and family.
There are many approaches to herbalism; this course is designed from a 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 all.
The Herbalism Foundations Program is taught by Missy Rohs and features Gradey Proctor and other guest instructors. The course meets twelve Saturdays and Sundays, March through October, for a total of 144 hours.
The total cost is $1750, and a discount is 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 Foundations Program 2019 dates:
March 30, 31
April 13, 14
April 27, 28
May 25, 26
June 8, 9
June 22, 23
July 27, 28
August 10, 11
August 24, 25
September 21, 22
October 5, 6
October 19, 20
Class is held from 10am-4pm all days. On field trips, we'll carpool to our destination, which will add additional time to the day.
Herbal Foundations Program: JOIN US!
If you’d like to join us on this adventure, let us know! Registration is now open. The class will be limited to the first 12 people who are accepted into the program, so we encourage you to schedule your interview now.