The Forager's Path - School of Botanical Studies

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

The 2022 Program is Full.
If you would like to be on the Wait List, fill out the application at the bottom if this page under the “What to Do Next?” title

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 in Albuquerque.
It happened again when I completed that formal training and made the decision to begin teaching and offering the “Gifts of the Earth” (Tieraona’s quote) to people throughout the Southwest region.
The Family Herbalist program is meant to start you on that journey.
I use my 32 years of study and 27 years of teaching and practice to provide you with information and skills that are accurate, safe and effective.
More info on my background is here.

The Curriculum
The Family Herbalist Program is designed to provide you with time-tested practical ways to work with herbs (+ diet and lifestyle) to support health in the following areas:
1. The Nervous System including Stress, Sleep and Relaxation
2. The Digestive System with individual sections on the stomach, small intestine and large intestine.
3. Daily Energy, known in various cultures as Chi, Prana, Life Force or Vitality, so you can be outdoors and physically active in whatever way is appropriate for you as an individual.
4. Increase Nutrition in the diet, specifically using herbs for additional minerals and antioxidants.
5. Bladder Health and the traditional use of plants for UTI.
6. Support Immune health during winter with detailed protocols for:
Colds – Flu – Fever – Cough – Sore Throat – Sinus – Ear Infections

The Family Herbalist program also addresses:
~Making quality, hand made herbal pharmacy in the home kitchen
~Guidelines and resources for using herbs to support health in children
~Building first aid kits for home and travel. This includes both conventional and herbal first aid
~Detailed Materia Medica for 40+ plants presented during class time and the optional plant walks

In addition to the scheduled meeting dates, I am available during the in-between weeks to respond to email questions and point you in the right direction if you have specific questions about a health topic or specific herbs.

I am generous with my resource files and provide students the option to do extended independent study.
This depends on the person and the topic.
If there is an area you want to investigate more deeply or have questions that aren’t addressed in class, let me know.
Chances are, I’ll be able to help.

Family Herbalist Calendar for 2022
The time and dates below have been worked out to allow for people who travel from out of town to benefit from a live in-person group.
The one-weekend-a-month format is offered so people from around the Southwest can fly or drive to Flagstaff once a month for the group meetings. In past years, people have commuted from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tucson, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Oklahoma and Durango.
The optional plant walks are done on Fridays before the regular class to allow for easier scheduling for traveling folks.
The 9:00am start time allows for people from the Phoenix, Page and Prescott areas to readily commute for the day.

Class meeting times are 9:00 am through mid-afternoon, around 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
The ending time varies depending on questions and group discussions.

Location and COVID
As the schedule for this course is being developed during the summer of 2021, the public health situation is in flux.
The plan is to meet indoors for the classes on making herbal pharmacy
Meet outdoors in various locales around Flagstaff and the Verde Valley for the classroom portions of the course
Optional plant walks

If indoor gatherings are not safe in 2022, we will adapt and have all our gatherings outdoors.
There are no plans to record classes. All our meetings will be in-person.

Dates for Weekend Gatherings and Plant Walks
March 26-27 Weekend Herb Class
April 22 – Friday optional plant walk in the Verde Valley
April 23-24 Weekend Herb Class
May 14-15 Weekend Herb Class
June 10 – Friday optional plant walk near Flagstaff
June 11-12 Weekend Herb Class
July 23-24 Weekend Herb Class
August 12 – Friday optional plant walk near Flagstaff
August 13-14 Weekend Herb Class
September 24-25. Weekend Herb Class
October ?? Make up class if needed

What to Do Next?
If you have questions, contact me here.
If you decide this is the right program for you, fill out the application here. You will receive a reply soon after.
Is there homework?
The payment page (No payments are made until the application is approved)
Will this program make me a Certified Herbalist?
Are scholarships available?
Do I need to attend every class? Can I view a video if I miss the class?
What books do I need for this program?
Plant album from previous courses



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