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Herbalist Lifestyle Program (84 hours)
This program creates your foundation in herbs with Materia Medica of 25 specifically chosen locally growing herbs. Hands-on classes familiarize you with herbs to safely use in daily life to support the health of family and friends, prevent common illness, treat injury, and boost nutrition.
How much experience do I need?
No experience is required!
Familiarity with herbs, gardening, and cooking is helpful, but nothing can beat enthusiasm and willingness to study!
What is the application process?
Fill out our online application, then Program Director Michelle Bouton will contact you for a brief interview to make sure we are a good fit for your goals. Payment information will be given at that time, and your deposit will hold your place in the program. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with typically 16 spots each year. Detailed information regarding required textbooks and tools will be emailed a couple of months before classes begin.
Will weather affect scheduling?
In the mountains, rainy and cold spring days are not unusual. Students are advised to plan ahead with gear and clothing to keep comfortable (a thermos of hot tea helps, too!). Occasionally, if we have severe weather and the schedule allows, we will exchange the outdoor and indoor class times.
What about COVID?
We adapt our program when necessary by strategically utilizing Zoom for ‘didactic’ classes such as botany, herbal energetics, etc. This will be employed ONLY if necessary to maintain CDC guidelines, as we feel the learning value of in-person classes is greatest.
Should adjustments become necessary, know that we keep things lively by mailing out packets of herbs to smell and taste, and teas to prepare so you can follow along at home. Our “COVID pivots” have been met by rave reviews by our students!
For in-person classes such as plant walks and medicine-making, we follow strict CDC guidelines. When necessary, we perform symptom/temperature checks before class and mask when indoors.
While occasionally inconvenient, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to SAFELY enjoy our time together.
What happens if I miss class?
For absences, you will be provided with any handouts, but should connect with a classmate to catch up on lecture information.
Is there homework?
Yes, to receive a certificate of completion you are expected to maintain attendance, read assignments and complete home projects which include creating a variety of medicines as well as a Materia Medica journal.
What materials are required?
You will be sent an list of required texts and materials. We typically use 5 texts, which total about $100 and are excellent reference books for future studies. Additional supplies may include:
Journal for notes, observations, sketches.
Botany hand lens (jeweler’s loupe)
Sharp knife for stripping bark
Day pack for carrying tools, ID books, lunch, rain gear, water, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.
Good hiking shoes or sandals
Can I treat patients when I graduate?
Not yet! Our Herbalist Lifestyle Program does not cover the physiology, pathology, diagnostics, or professional development to prepare you for consulting with individuals as a professional herbalist. If becoming a practicing herbalist is your goal, the program is an excellent first step on that journey.