Spring Mountain Herbs 2018 Apprenticeship
From Garden to Remedy: A Comprehensive Foundational Course on How to Integrate Herbs into a Healthy, Wholesome Lifestyle
Spanning 8 months, from April to November, classes will meet two days/month plus an additional half-day community project for a total of 100 hours. If possible, we will try to accommodate participants' schedules. Classes are tentatively scheduled on Saturdays, See schedule below.
$950 for 100 hours.
Work-study may be available according to need.
Goal: Students will be able to grow their own herbs, make their own remedies, and learn how to address common health concerns. They will be prepared to enter an advanced herbal curriculum.
I. Yin Session (One Saturday each month)
9am-5pm (7 instructional hours each day, 56 hours total)
Format: lecture, discussion, student presentations, outdoor activities, and experiential awareness processes designed to deepen connection to the medicinal plants, to self and to others.
A. Traditional and Scientific Knowledge
Students will be introduced to both the traditional and scientific understanding of herbs, including basic botany, anatomy and physiology, matching herbal energetics to individual constitutions, herbal safety, and selected materia medica. Each month will usually highlight a different system of the body, common imbalances within that system, and gentle but effective herbal remedies. Topics will include:
April Foundations of Herbalism; Nutritive Tonics
May Digestion and Elimination; Blood Sugar
June Stress and Energy; Relaxation, Mood and Sleep
July Detoxification; Skin and Connective Tissue
Aug The Immune and Respiratory Systems
Sept. The Cardiovascular System; Memory and Cognition
Oct. The Reproductive System; Longevity and Aging Gracefully
Nov. Managing Pain; The Thyroid.
B. Plant Spirit Medicine
The instructor will guide students in awareness practices that are grounded in direct experience, to increase their intuitive understanding of the plants and to develop their own innate wisdom.
II. Yang Session; The Practicum (Another Saturday each month)
10am – 4pm (5 hours each day; total 44 hours)
A. The Apothecary Garden: The garden at Spring Mountain Herbs contains over 50 herbs from the Ayurvedic, Chinese, Native American and Western herbal traditions. Topics will include: planning an herb garden, propagating herbs, creating and maintaining garden beds, organic and biodynamic practices in the garden, harvesting, wild-crafting, drying, and processing herbs.
B. Medicine Making: Herbs as food, infusions and super-infusions, decoctions and soups, tinctures (both folk and more precise ethanol solutions), double extracts, cordials; vinegars, glycerites, capsules, oils, salves and honeys. Participants will take home many remedies.
C. Community Project
Date and project to be announced. For example, we may plant native elderberry bushes in Starksboro so that wild herbs are increasingly available to the public.
Schedule (There may be some flexibility with dates. The dates listed are Saturdays.)
April 28 Foundations; Nutritive Tonics
May 12 Digestion and Elimination; Blood Sugar May 27 Herbal Practicum
June 2 Herbal Practicum; June 24 Stress and Energy; Relaxation, Mood and Sleep
July 14 Herbal Practicum; July 21 Detoxification; Skin and Connective Tissue
Aug.18 Herbal Practicum; August 28 The Immune and Respiratory Systems
Sept. 8 Herbal Practicum; Sept 15 The Cardiovascular System; Memory and Cognition; Sept. 29 Herbal Practicum
Oct. 6 Herbal Practicum; Oct 20 Reproductive Vitality; Longevity and Aging Gracefully
Nov. 3 Herbal Practicum; Nov. 10 Managing Pain; The Thyroid.
Community service day to be announced.
Richo Cech, Making Plant Medicine, Horizon Herbs, 2000
Maria Noel Groves, Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care, Storey Publishing, 2016
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, Milkweed Editions, 2013
Deb Soule, How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants, Willow Press, 2013
Location: Spring Mountain Herbs, 4428 Ireland Rd., Starksboro, VT 05487
Pre-registration is required. Contact Margi: firstname.lastname@example.org; 413 320-1920.