The Forager's Path - School of Botanical Studies

Welcome to The Forager’s Path
School of Botanical Studies



We are based in Flagstaff, Arizona at 7000′, among the awe-inspiring landscapes of northern Arizona and the Colorado Plateau. The wide range of elevation in our area allows us ready access to flora from the Upper Sonoran Desert Grasslands up to the majestic Alpine Zone of the nearby San Francisco Peaks. In between these extremes are the riparian habitat of Oak Creek Canyon, the spectacular landscape of the red rocks in Sedona and the Verde Valley and the world’s largest ponderosa forest around Flagstaff.

Community Herbalism

Our education programs emphasize the development and training of Community Herbalists: people committed to the use of plant medicine with their families, friends and local communities.
Classes at The Forager’s Path offer education in both the theory and practical application of the native healing flora of the American Southwest while integrating principles from Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Building a Foundation of Being an Herbalist

Many people begin using herbs in small steps – something for sleep, a cold or maybe a headache.
As one continues on the herbal path of independent study, information is pulled from many sources.
After a few years, this person begins to identify as an herbalist and continues to increase both the learning and use of plant medicines.

“Arizona Herbal medicine” “Durango Herbal medicine” “Albuquerque Herbal medicine” “Sedona herbal medicine” “Denver Herbal medicine” “Boulder, Colorado Herbal medicine” “Phoenix herbal medicine” “Colorado herbal medicine” “Las Vegas herbal medicine” “Prescott herbal medicine” “Flagstaff herbal medicine” “Oak Creek Canyon” “New Mexico herbal medicine” “" “Flagstaff essential oil” “Flagstaff essential oils” “Flagstaff aromatherapy” “Prescott essential oil” “Prescott essential oils” “Prescott aromatherapy” “Sedona essential oil” “Sedona essential oils” “Sedona aromatherapy” “Phoenix essential oil” “Phoenix essential oils” “Phoenix aromatherapy” “Las Vegas essential oil” “Las Vegas essential oils” “Las Vegas aromatherapy” distillation “essential oil distillation” forage foraging forager wildcraft edibles wild food greens survival bushcraft Arizona Colorado “New Mexico” Utah Flagstaff Phoenix Prescott Sedona “Oak Creek Canyon”

However, the method of learning remains the same – pulling info from a variety of disconnected sources: websites, blogs, books, conferences and workshops.
The end result is an herbalist with extensive information and skills but with a lack of a systematic and thorough education in plant healing. There are many gaps in this approach.

To counter this common problem, the longer programs at our school emphasize building a foundation with hands-on skills developed by integrating and having working knowledge in the following areas:
Botany – Plant Chemistry – Anatomy & Physiology – Solvents & Polarity – Herbal Support for Specific Body Systems – Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ayurveda – Energetics from the Western Herbal Perspective – Essential Oils – Creating Your Personal Herbal Pharmacy – Materia Medica – Nutrition & Diet – Field Study – Foraging, Wild Crafting and Sustainability – Safety Guidelines – Developing a Personal Connection to the Seasons, Cycles and Patterns of the Natural World

Field Study Time: The Value of Being in Nature

A key health issue in our modern world is the disconnect from the natural world of fresh air, sunshine, physical activity, being off pavement and spending time with flora and fauna in their natural environment.

To support this essential part of a healthy lifestyle, plant walks options are offered in our longer programs and classes meet in the outdoors when feasible.

Thank you for visiting our website and learning more about our school and the programs we offer. We hope you find it helpful in your herbal journey. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Latest Courses

2024 Rocky Mountain Field Study

2024 Rocky Mountain Field Study

This trip is an optional field study opportunity for students enrolled in the Family Herbalist Program. Other herbal friends may be joining us. Photos from previous trips can be seen on Facebook here. Students are responsible for food, lodging (camping, Air B&B, hotel) and transportation. The dates for the 2024 program are July 15-18. Day… Continue >>>

Family Herbalist Program for 2024

Family Herbalist Program for 2024

Choosing the path of herbal medicine can be a life-changing event. It was for me in 1990 when I made the decision to begin studying and using herbal medicine as a primary form of personal healthcare. It was in the mid 1990s when I was accepted into the Clinical Herbalist program with Dr. Tieraona LowDog… Continue >>>

Educational Resources

Cranberry Relish Recipe

November is the time of year when fresh cranberries are readily available.  This fruit, native to North America, is a member of the Heath family which connects it to our local Manzanita along with Uva Ursi and blueberry. It is also very high in antioxidants, specifically flavonoids, which makes this especially good for the Cardiovascular… Continue >>>

Mike’s Wood Stove Winter Root Dish

This is a dish, especially for winter, easily made on a wood stove or baked in a conventional oven Mike’s Winter Wood Stove Root Dish Use a cast iron fry pan, 12 inches in diameter. Get a variety of winter root veggies. There are many possibilities and I have used beets, garlic, carrots, ginger, onions,… Continue >>>

Tools for Wild Crafting

Tools for Wild Crafting

Here is a list of tools used for the vast majority of the harvesting, gardening and general plant collecting I do for my clinic, the herb school and personal reasons. Keep in mind the variables involved with choosing this type of tool collection. These variables include:1. Personal preference and budget2. Plant parts collected – bark,… Continue >>>

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