The Forager's Path - School of Botanical Studies

2021 Course Schedule

**No further classes, workshops or plant walks are scheduled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 schedule is included below.
Applications are being accepted and registration is open for all the courses listed**

The world has changed dramatically during the 2020 calendar year.
The herbal training and courses offered for 2021 reflect the new reality we are living with.
The courses offerings for 2021 are significantly different than previous years.
I invite you to have a look at these offerings to support the needs of the herb community.


9 Month Foundations of Herbal Medicine for 2021

Registration for the 9 month Foundations of Herbal Medicine program is now open.
The first meeting is February 7, 2021 .


Total Beginners are Welcome!
This 9 month course is designed to train Community Herbalists:
 People who are able to use the gifts of healing plants with their families, friends and local communities. The setting for the course is a small, interactive group with an emphasis on hands-on learning, plentiful discussion and Q&A in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

A brief over view of the topics introduced include:
Botany – Plant Chemistry – Anatomy – Physiology – Solvents & Polarity – Body Systems – Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ayurveda – Energetics from the Western Herbal perspective – Herbal Pharmacy – Materia Medica – Nutrition & Diet – Foraging – Wildcrafting – Minerals

This Program has Seven Components:
1. Live Class Time 4x a Month
2. ~350 pages of class notes, formulas, recipes and clinical tips from 25 years experience. These will be emailed by individual chapters 2x a month according to the scheduled topic for the next herb gathering.
3. Monthly Readings and References for Your Resource Library
4. Videos for Herbal Medicine Making Each Month
5. Homework – Applying what you learn in class to home projects
6. Field Study/Plant Walks via video. Optional in-person plant walks will be offered in northern Arizona.
7. Private Email/Zoom/Phone contact with me is available each month

Details are here


Outdoor Herbal Apprentice Program 2021

Total Beginners are Welcome!
This is a new program for 2021 and is being offered in response to the current public health situation.
This group is limited to five students and meets in-person and outside March through September.
The curriculum presents a wide range of skills for the developing herbalist.
It has a special focus on the local flora and life zones between 2,000′ and 12,000′ in Arizona and the Colorado Rockies.
Details are here.


FHM 2020




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Outdoor Herbal Apprentice Program 2021

Outdoor Herbal Apprentice Program 2021

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9 Month “Foundations of Herbal Medicine” Course for 2021

9 Month “Foundations of Herbal Medicine” Course for 2021

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The following herb formulas are some of the blends that I have used with good success over the years. They are shared here in the hope you find them helpful also. 1. Catnip Leaf (Nepeta cataria) + Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare)Use equal parts whole fennel seed and catnip leaf. I prefer to store the fennel… Continue >>>

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