Herbalism for the Times: Advanced Herbalism Apprenticeship Year 1

(May 2019-February 2020)


Even in the 16 years I've been studying/working with herbs, I have seen dramatic shifts in the needs of herbal learning. More than ever, our accelerating world needs slow medicine, connection with Earth, and reconnection with ourselves/others. As a doctor, I've seen shifts in human vitality, increased complexity of chronic dis-ease, and a higher need for understanding acute herbal treatments.  In a short period of time, I've observed shifts in our seasons and have had a greater pull toward hearing and teaching the wisdom with native plants.  I've observed new traumas arising in those I work with, being renewed or initiated by the times we are in.  

In essence, we need herbalism and earth connection more than ever.

And we have to take that into our clinical practices.  Bridging the gap between the old ways of learning the plants, and the needs of the world today.

I'm excited to offer the first year of an advanced herbal apprenticeship, which will focus on:

  • Bioregionally relevant materia medica and seasonal medicine (native plant emphasis)

  • Clinical observation skills, reading the body, and case-taking

  • Advanced medicine preparation/formulation

  • Herbal First Aid and Acute Care

  • Advanced body system care and materia medica, Integrative Herbalism

  • Advanced topics in plant/body energetics

  • Ancestral healing and social/systemic considerations in herbalism

This course is the first year of a two year clinical focus. We will be working with case studies and developing your formulation and clinical eye throughout both years (if you choose to continue beyond year one). Because this is an advanced course and I take even introductory clinical preparation seriously, I am accepting a small group (8-11 students) and will have them all take an entrance survey. This survey will not exclude you from participating, but it is a way for me to gauge the baseline herbal, anatomical, and physiological knowledge of the cohort.   Accommodations and modified survey/course material format are always available for those that need them. Circle opens in May 2019, and will meet monthly (in Biddeford primarily, but also at other locations in Maine) monthly.  Dates (as of now) are as follows:

May 25 2019

June 22 2019

July 20 2019

August 17, 2019

September 14, 2019

October 19, 2019

November 6, 2019

December 7, 2019

January 25, 2020

February 22, 2020

Course Tuition is $1500 for the year, and a nonrefundable deposit of $200 is required to save your spot. There will be payment plan options upon request. Currently one spot open for scholarship, which is made possible by the enrollment of the other students. One workstudy position will also be available by application if class fills. Registration opens up October 28, 2018 ( see registration button below) and continues until May 1st, 2019.  I look forward to digging in deep with you!




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