Our 16-week Herbal Apprenticeship Program in the Seattle area is for folks who have a strong desire to gain and strengthen herbal knowledge and skills specific to plants in the Pacific Northwest and build an apothecary with plant medicine from both the wild and garden. Students experience intensive wildcrafting and herbal medicine making with in-the-field plant identification, hands-on harvesting and processing. Our approach centers on supportive practices for natural health and healing of body, mind and spirit, and is grounded in both herbal science and tradition. This program is appropriate for both beginner and continuing students. Classes meet on Fridays. The course begins in March and ends in August.
By completion of the program, students will have the confidence to:
- Identify medicinal native and non-native plants in Western Washington and recognize them in distinct stages of growth throughout the sessions.
- Use Latin names of the plants and talk about common botanical features.
- Create their own materia medica and document the plants they are studying.
- Participate in ethical and sustainable plant harvesting and medicine making.
- Gain an understanding of phytochemistry and constituent groups, energetics and actions to explain how and why to pair them with the correct menstrua for effective medicine making. No precious chemistry knowledge required.
- Develop the ability to speak knowledgeably about the philosophy and practice of herbalism.
- Know when to harvest plants at different seasons and stages of growth for optimum plant stewardship and efficacy in medicine making.
- Practice making a wide variety of herbal remedies and formulations and discern appropriate applications for the remedies and contraindications.
- Understand the basics of anatomy and physiology and how plants and our bodies work together to achieve optimal health.
- Gain an understanding of “getting the medicine to the people in ways they’ll enjoy taking, so that healing can occur.”