An update on what’s happening at our school…
Clearly, 2020 and 2021 have been challenging on many levels.
I felt the information and skills offered during the Community Herbalist programs were especially important during these trying times so two long term courses were offered; one online and one completely in the outdoors.
Both of these courses are currently ongoing through Autumn of 2021.
What else is being offered for 2021?
Most of the field work I do each year is focused on working with students who are currently enrolled in the longer programs. However, there is a strong and ongoing interest from the general public on doing plant walks so I offer a few of these each season as my schedule allows.
The two upcoming plant walks are:
August 14 and August 21
***Both of these Plant Walks are full. You can be placed in the wait list of you are interested.
Pine Resin Salve Workshop
I will be doing my annual fund-raising salve making workshop to support the non-profit educational programs at Willowbend Environmental Education Center in Flagstaff on Saturday, December 11.
Details are being worked out and registration will be opening soon.
Registration opens November 1
What are the plans for 2022?
Right now, there are two long term courses planned; both will be offered in-person in the Flagstaff area. They are:
The Family Herbalist and The Community Herbalist.
Will these 2022 herb classes be recorded? If I am not able to attend, can I watch the video later?
The Family Herbalist is meant for people who want to get clear and accurate information on the foundation aspects of using herbs to promote health on a personal and family basis. These people may be totally new to herbal medicine or they have taken the occasional workshop, read some blogs and use various herbal products from the local health food store. They are ready for the next step.
The Family Herbalist program has four components:
1. Make quality, hand made herbal products in the home kitchen
2. Use herbs to support health during winter with detailed protocols for Colds – Flu – Cough – Sore Throat – Sinus – Ear Infections
3. Guidelines and resources for using herbs to support health in children.
4. Use herbs to support the primary determining factors of health.
These factors are:
-Healthy Digestion & Proper Nutrition
-Quality and Rejuvenative Sleep
-Ways to reduce stress and support rest and relaxation
-Being outside and doing appropriate physical movement for the individual (This is often referred to as exercise but I find that term limiting)
An extra bonus are plant walks offered in the Flagstaff region to introduce students to the local healing plants. These are not a formal part of the program and no fee is charged for these outings.
Details on the Family Herbalist Program are here.
The Community Herbalist program is meant for people who have some formal training in addition to personal experience working with healing plants. They already know how to create several kinds of herbal pharmacy and they use herbs in many ways to support the health of their family.
These people are ready to deepen their connection to the plant world and to becoming an herbalist for their broader community.
Plant Chemistry – Solvents – Polarity – Botany – Life Zones – Wildcrafting & Sustainability Issues – Liver, Lymph & Detox – Plant Resins – Anxiety – Inflammation – Pain – Healing the Gut – Bladder and Kidney Health – Advanced Herbal Pharmacy
An extra bonus are field study trips offered in the Sonoran Desert, Verde Valley and the high country of the Colorado Rockies to introduce students to the broader range of healing plants in the American Southwest.
These are not a formal part of the program and no fee is charged for these outings.
Details on the Community Herbalist Program are here.
These programs both look great. How do I choose? Which course is better?
The proper question is not about which is better.
Rather it is which is appropriate for you.
Some people have a desire to go to a more advanced program because they feel that’s where the ‘good’ stuff is.
Yet advanced training in any field is relevant only if the foundations are in place.
This is true for herbal medicine.
For people who register for the Community Herbalist program, it is assumed you:
~Have experience making a wide range of herbal pharmacy
~Know the basics of using herbs for common health issues such as colds, flu, sleep and digestion.
If you aren’t sure, read through the topics in the Family Herbalist program.
You should have both the knowledge and experience in working in these areas of herbal medicine in order to gain the most benefit from the Community Herbalist program.
Can I take both programs at the same time? I am a dedicated student and want to learn as much as I can about herbal medicine during 2022.
Yes, that is definitely a possibility. It is best to contact me so we can discuss details.
Do you have questions about any of the information on this page?
Contact me here.