COMMUNITY
HERBALIST TRAINING

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FOUNDATIONS of HERBALISM

leaf4hedsThis program is for those wishing to help their friends and families maintain health, deepen their plant knowledge or begin the training as a community herbalist. The curriculum is dynamic, contemplative and provides a sense of community as we move through the seasons learning each step of the process. The two formats for this course of study are described below.

We will begin by learning how to listen to the landscape before we even make a change in the garden. We learn Stephen Buhner’s Deep Diagnostic work as well as other techniques for working directly with the land. We then move to permaculture & biodynamic practices to see that medicine is borne of the soil and the environment. Herbalists are synonymous with eco activists as we tend and steward all places to protect the medicines. We will learn the nature of nature – ours as well as our gardens, fields and meadows. In June we will take a field trip to Southern Virginia Herbals, home and herb farm of Robbie Wooding. We will see woods grown goldenseal, ginseng and other woodland medicinals and experience the challenges, possibilities and enchantment of living the tradition of the land.

foundations3We will study the organ systems and their anatomy, physiology and basic functioning. We will focus on Western definitions of body systems with a major focus being constitutional language of Eclectics and contemporary teachers such as Michael Moore, Matthew Wood and others. We will follow the seasons learning the language of Traditional Chinese Medicine as it relates to the changes that are affected by moving through the wheel of the year. The emphasis at SPT is Traditional Western Energetics, whole plant medicine and plants, plants and more plants. We will be mixing soil, sowing seeds, designing the garden, digging roots, and gathering medicines to begin a home apothecary.

Topics covered are the following:

Anatomy & Physiology
  • Western as well as energetic models
Field Work
  • Plant ID
  • Wildcraft (harvest) techniques and ethics
Gardening
  • Permaculture Basics
  • Sowing from Seed
  • Planting methods
  • Harvest and tending the garden
Apothecary Practices
  • Tincturing
  • Teas
  • Cosmetics
  • Compresses, poultices, fomentations
  • Oils, salves, creams
Nourishment Food ways
  • Fermentation
  • Bone broths
  • Wild foods

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Nine-Month WEEKEND Foundations

March 18 – November 19, 2017

Saturday 9am – 8:30pm; Sunday 9am – 3pm

leaf4hedsThe tuition includes all class materials as well as herbal teas thoughout the weekend. In order to make it more accessible we have decided to lower the fee and have students bring bag lunches or eat at one of the great eateries close by. For dinner we will assign potluck groups for dinners so we can learn food as medicine with each other.

For those needing overnight accommodations, a list will be sent with registration materials.

Tuition is $2,100 and that includes all materials. An interview is needed before deposit is accepted. Deposit: $260 and is non-refundable and non-transferable after interview is completed.

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Please note: use the online registration to pay deposit, or to pay installments after deposit. To pay in full ($2100), or pay remainder due after the deposit ($1840), please pay by check. Make check payable to SacredPlant Traditions, and mail to: SACRED PLANT TRADITIONS, 208 Douglas Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902

WEEKEND DATES
for class of 2017:
March 18-19
April 29-30
May 20-21
June 17-18
July 22-23
August 19-20
September 29-Oct 1
October 21-22
November 18-19

 

 

 

 

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Six-Month DAY Foundations

Tuesdays,  Sept 13, 2016 – March 21, 2017,  9am – 3pm

leaf4hedsThis format of Foundations covers the same material as our Weekend course but is offered during the week for those that are unable to attend the other. Robbie Wooding’s Herb Farm Field trip is also included for the June following completion. Graduates of this course can also continue to Clinic 1 if they choose to as that course will begin two weeks after completion of the day program. We will be covering the same material and the same classroom hours as the weekend course.

Tuition is $2100. Deposit: $260 and is non-refundable and non-transferable.
There are limited work/study positions available and these usually go very quickly.

Day Foundation Dates:

This program runs on Tuesdays from 9:00 am – 3pm. We will begin September 13, 2016, not meet in January and complete classes March 21, 2017. Please note field trip to Forrest Green Farm in May as well as weekend at Robbie Wordings Family Herb farm is included in this tuition.

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REGISTRATION:

Please note: use the online registration to pay deposit, or to pay installments after deposit. To pay in full ($2100), or pay remainder due after the deposit ($1840), please pay by check. Make check payable to SacredPlant Traditions, and mail to: SACRED PLANT TRADITIONS, 208 Douglas Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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