Plants, People, and Community

News

We are now accepting online applications for all of our classes…

2016 Herbalist Training Program- We are currently accepting applications for the 2016 Herbalist Training Program. Click here for more info. or to register.

2016 Advanced Clinical Herbalism - In 2016 we are offering the Advanced Course in three 8-week sessions. Please contact the school for more detailed info.

Herbalist Training Program

BoquetThe Herbalist Training Program is designed for anyone who wishes to develop his or her skills as an herbalist in the Pacific Northwest bioregion. Our classes span the harvest season—from Poplar buds in the early spring to the roots of late fall. The program covers foundational herbal medicine topics while emphasizing the reawakening of a core way of knowing that encourages trust in our own senses and places authority in direct experience.

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Field Trips

The Elderberry School experience includes several multi-day wildcrafting trips: a weekend at the coast harvesting seaweed, a three-night wildcrafting trip in the Cascades in late June, and a four-night trip to Southern Oregon in early August that includes a tour of the Herb Pharm Farm in Williams.

Plant Id/Botany

Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice basic botanical skills—studying common plant families of our bioregion, what distinguishes them, and what general characteristics to pay attention to when placing a plant in a taxonomical context.

Ethical Wildcrafting

Students learn the practice of Ethical Wildcrafting. In addition to studying theories and concepts in class, we harvest during our two multi-day wildcrafting trips and during our many days in the field. By promoting wildcrafting awareness we ensure the protection of at-risk & endangered plants and the continued abundance that our local flora provides.

Local Native Plants

In our program we focus almost exclusively on the native plants of the Cascadia bioregion because we believe that the plants growing in our own “backyards” are the most healing for us as individuals and the community as a whole.

Community

It is beautiful to watch the bonds that are formed between students during our nine months together. Because me meet on a twice-weekly basis, students have the opportunity to spend a lot of time together and often meet outside of class to harvest, make medicine, and hang out.

Experiential Learning

Through hands-on, experiential learning we emphasize the reawakening of a core way of knowing that encourages trust in our own senses and places authority in direct experience.

Our Mission

We strongly believe that knowledge of local medicinal plants is essential for all people, and that herbal medicine is a core component of sustainable community health and vitality. We offer a bioregional approach that focuses on increasing knowledge and awareness of the medicinal plants of the Pacific Northwest, and we emphasize the validation of first hand experience and collaboration in teaching and learning. We offer an arena for aspiring community healers to learn to bring herbal medicines and people together, and by promoting the awareness of ethical wildcrafting, we ensure the protection of at-risk & endangered plants and the continued abundance that our local flora provides.