Northwest Herbal Apprenticeship: Fundamentals of Modern Herbalism and Plant Sciences! March-July 2018  Tuition:$1500.00 Apprentices meet one weekend per month. 
Erin Vanhee, LMT. Herbalist
Kelly Ann Nickerson, MS. Herbalist

This 110-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 5-month program, we offer two 1 day intensives each month (March - July), allowing abundant time for students to connect with plants in their natural habitat over the course of the seasons, along with bi monthly Friday Night lecture series. 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, 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