Herbal Apprenticeship . Integrated Plant Medicine Immersion

Integrated Plant Medicine Immersion begins Autumn 2017

For information on 2018 Herbal Apprenticeship with Erin and Kelly Ann, scroll below. The 2017 program is full. 

Now accepting applications/registration in the 9 month training program beginning September 30/October 1, 2017

This 9 month immersion (October 2017-June 2018) is designed to profoundly impact your ability to use plants as medicine, both practically and intuitively. Your course of study includes plant identification of bio-regional herbs, common weeds, medicine making skills, materia medica/apothecary studies as well as plant allies/plant communication, flower essences, inspired therapeutic bodywork, herbal energetics, six steps of healing and understanding body systems.

The student of this immersion has a strong desire to learn the hands on application of plants, from fresh harvest to understanding dosage and application. This training reaches beyond matching an herb to an illness and uses practical diagnostic skills a...nd listening to the underlying story while choosing medicine. The art of plant medicine is equal to the science in this program and training in herbal formulation includes addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual aspect of healing.

Each month's training builds on the other and each module/months training is not available as an individual class. 
Immerson dates include one weekend per month September 2017 through May 2018 (no class in December) held in Sedro Woolley or Upper Skagit-Concrete location and a 4 day field study/wildcrafting trip June 2018 to the arid region of Eastern Washington.
Tuition for this life changing Immersion in Plant Medicine is $1500.00, early bird registration is 1250.00 by July 1, $1350.00 by August 15.

Class is limited to 8 participants. Your tuition includes over 150 hours of live training, all plants harvested and used during class, hand outs and educational materials as well as a mentorship/communcation through private facebook group for the full length of the immersion. Finances are not a barrier to learning. While this program does not offer scholarship or work trade; payment plans can be made to fit your individual needs.

Plant Medicine Immersion Dates are 9:00-5;00 each day: September 30/October 1  November 4/5 December NO CLASS

January 2018 6/7  February 3/4  March 10/11  April 14/15   May 5/6  June 15-18

Program Dates are fluid. Often when the group is solid, dates may shift as needs arrive. You are encouraged, however to have the following dates committed to the program dates listed. You will not have a make up class available.

To Register: Please send a Letter of Intention and a $300 deposit to hold your space.  (if applicable) Please share how you use 2 plants within your herbal practice/personal use. Shortly after reviewing your letter and receipt of deposit; You will receive a call from Erin to confirm your registration. If for any reason you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded.

You may email your Letter/Registration to eevanhee@gmail.com  or include with your Check/Money Order to 912A Third Street Sedro Woolley, Wa 98284. Questions or concerns? My personal cellphone number is 360.391.2706

To further your success in this program, you will need the following materials. 

Books: Micheal Moore Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West

Medicine Making Materials which will be taken home for use in your home/business Apothecary

Everclear, Brandy and 100 proof vodka

Coconut Oil, Olive oil, Beeswax

Mason Jars , various sizes

Shovel, Hori Hori Trowel, pruners, gloves, hand towels

The Integrated Plant Medicine Immersion is taught by Erin Vanhee, LMT. Herbalist.



2017 Northwest Herbal Apprenticeship is full. Applications and registration for 2018 are open

Northwest Herbal Apprenticeship: Fundamentals of Modern Herbalism and Plant Sciences!

Erin Vanhee, LMT. Herbalist
Kelly Ann Nickerson, MS. Herbalist

This 128-hour apprenticeship is designed around the concept of building a foundation of herbal knowledge. We believe that by building a stronger foundation with each passing month, our students benefit with knowledge that will stick with them for a lifetime.
This course of study is comprehensive including plant identification, sustainable harvesting and practical applications of herbs. All herbal medicine preparations will made by you with expert guidance and informative training for all sorts of individual life paths.
In this 8-month program, we offer 2-day intensives each month (March - October), allowing abundant time for students to connect with plants in their natural habitat over the course of three seasons. The very nature of herbalism is ever changing as the plants grow from early spring into late autumn. The visual aspect of identification alone is a valuable course of study!
At the end of your apprenticeship, you will be able to identify native medicinal and edible plants in three seasons, understand when and how to sustainably harvest roots, bark, leaf, flower and seed of wild and cultivated plants and how to skillfully prepare herbal medicines from fresh and dried plants. 

Course of Study:
-Materia medica with a focus on Pacific Northwest plants*.
-Field Study - Pacific Northwest plant identification in their native habitat through observation, plant morphology, and plant taxonomy.
-Wild-crafting and harvest techniques of root, bark, leaf, flower, and seed.
-Medicine making skills (mostly standardized methods) for internal and external application.
-Constituent classes and herbal actions.
-Using food as medicine through wild edibles and herbal tonics.
-Anatomy and physiology for the herbalist.
-Communication skills, holding space, talk story, and ethics.
-Organic growing, propagation of medicinal herbs.

*Plants we will study during your apprenticeship include:
Arnica (Arnica spp.), Arrowleaf Balsam (Balsamorhiza spp.), Artemesia (Artemesia suksdorfii), Bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Coltsfoot (Petasites palmatus), Cottonwood (Populus balsamifera), Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Devils club (Oplopanax horridus), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Elderberry (Sambucus spp.), Grindelia (Grindelia squarrosa), Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), Kinnikinick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), Licorice fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza), Nettle (Urtica lyallii), Oregon grape (Mahonia spp.), Plantain (Plantago spp.), Raspberry (Rubus idaeus), Red Root (Ceanothus spp.), Rose (Rosa spp.), St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum), Trillium (Trillium ovatum), Valerian (Valeriana sitchensis), Willow (Salix spp.), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).


Northwest Herbal Apprenticeship Fundamentals of Modern Herbalism and Plant Sciences with Erin Vanhee, LMT. Herbalist and Kelly Ann Nickerson. MS, Herbalist of Bloom Apothecary, Anacortes, Washington  now accepting registration for the 2018 Apprenticeship Program.

To register: Send your name, address, email address and phone number with a $400 non refundable deposit to:

Erin Vanhee

912A Third Street

Sedro Woolley, WA 98284

Or you may pay through PayPal to naturallykellyann@gmail.com. Send full payment or a non refundable deposit of $400 through the friends and family method. Space is limited.

Your Instructors:

Kelly Ann Nickerson, MS, Herbalist

Kelly has a passion for life that includes herbs and natural health. Born and raised in Anacortes, Washington, her most beloved medicinal and edible plants are those from the Pacific Northwest region. Kelly is passionate about teaching others about bringing herbal medicine into their life` meeting the plants where they are at. Kelly brings the science and art of herbalism alive through her training in botany, herbal constituents and herbal actions and her eyes light up when she talks about testing so that's a welcome change to the program!

Kelly earned her MS in Horticulture and BS in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University.She trains with elder herbalists in the region including Ryan Drum, Ph.D. and is working towards being a registered herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild.

Erin Vanhee, LMT, Herbalist

Erin teaches from over two decades as commercial grower of medicinal plants, wildcrafter, medicine maker herb shop owner and international teacher of herbs to hundreds of students and countless apprentices. Raised in the Upper Skagit Valley of Washington, Erin fuses contemporary and indigenous knowledge of northwest plants. Erin is a practitioner of the indigenous healing art of Lomi Lomi having completed her Mastership training on the island of Maui. Her decades as herbalist and health care provider as well as her wisdom as grower and wildcrafter is rare and she shares her knowledge with humor and grace.


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First year apprentice with the stem of Oplopanax horridum.

First year apprentice with the stem of Oplopanax horridum.