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All Inclusive 2024 Herbalist Training Program

Congratulations! You have been accepted into the 2024 Herbalist Training Program. Purchase this item to complete your registration for the all inclusive program, which includes in-person and online classes.




Our 2024 program will meet in person one weekend per month March through October: March 16-17, April 20-21, May 18-19, June 19-23*, July 20-21, August 17-18, September 14-15, and October 26-27.


Each day starts at 10 am and ends at approximately 5 pm. On some occasions we might stay after class for dinner and a possible campfire at the farm.


Saturday Classes

Our Saturdays will be held at Tryon Life Community Farm, 11640 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97219.


This location has a limited number of parking spaces and carpooling with fellow students after the first weekend will be required. If you are driving, you will have to be willing to pick up at least one other student. If you are not driving, you have to be willing to coordinate and make it easy for whomever is giving you a lift.


The classroom yurt is comfortably heated and well lit. In our classes students and the instructor sit in a circle, some on chairs and others on pillows on the floor. Feel free to bring your favorite pillow or floor seat, although there will be some supplied.


Classes will include lecture, discussions, organoleptic medicine tasting, possible gardening, harvesting, medicine making and sometimes sharing songs.


Sunday Classes

Sunday hikes in will be held in various locations within about an hour of Portland. Carpooling to hikes is strongly encouraged. Our days in the field often include a few miles of easy to moderate hiking. We go out in all types of weather, so sometimes we spend the day in the rain and other days in bright sun. Be prepared for all types of weather with appropriate footwear, clothing, and an all-weather-embracing attitude. Each hike includes training in plant identification, ecology, medicine making, and materia medica. Harvesting may be possible on some of the hikes.


The Camping Trip - June 19-23

One of the great benefits of this program is the opportunity to camp together and spend extended time in the forest. We will spend 4 days and 4 nights in the field meeting plants, harvesting, medicine making, and enjoying each other’s company. More information about the trip, including location and supply lists, will be provided at the weekend classes.


Planning for Accommodations

For students attending from out of town, you will need to find accomodations for the night between our Saturday class and our Sunday hike. Camping at the farm is possible: contact Brenna at well in advance if you are interested in arranging a farm stay.




The 2024 Herbalist Training Program includes five months of live online Plant Medicine classes on Thursday evenings in March, April, May, September, and October. This is our detailed plant-by-plant materia medica series for the many Pacific Northwest bioregions.


Each course focuses on a different group of 15-30 plant medicines, covering:

  • Botanical identification
  • Ecological roles in their native habitat
  • Detailed materia medica including both contemporary and historical medicinal uses
  • Herbal energetics


Location: Online via Zoom. The meeting code will be emailed to you before the beginning of each class.


Plant Medicine I: Tree Medicine

February 29, March 7, 14, and 21

In this first class we look at the important trees of Cascadia, including conifers like Western Redcedar, Douglas Fir, Juniper and Pines, as well as essential deciduous tree medicines like Hawthorn, Oak, Cottonwood, Willows, Quaking Aspen, Red Alder, and more.


Plant Medicine II: Herbs, Flowers, and Weeds

April 11, 18, 25, and May 2

In our second class we turn our attention to herbaceous plants, both native and naturalized. Important medicines like stinging nettles, dandelion, and yarrow are taught alongside some lesser known plants of the lower elevation riparian valleys, forests, Columbia Gorge and coasts.


Plant Medicine III: Cascadia Mountain Medicine

May 9, 16, 23 and 30

In our third class we’ll cover some of the very important medicines of the middle and higher elevations of the Pacific Northwest. Many medicinal plants such as Oregon Grape, Devil’s Club and Red Root will be discussed in depth with regard to energetics, historical uses, experiential plant communication, and how to work with these mountain plants in medicinal healing context.


Plant Medicine IV: Western Mountains and High Deserts

September 5, 12, 19 and 26

We continue our Plant Medicine series spending four weeks with the plants typically found in the mountain ranges such as the Western Rockies, Eastern Oregon’s Ochocos, Blue Mountains, Wallowas, and Steens; as well as high deserts and canyon-lands. We’ll discuss Ponderosa-Aspen parkland habitat and Juniper Sagebrush plateaus as well as more remote desert plants. Wild Peony, Oshala, Bitterroot, Aspen, Juniper, Sagebrush, Green Ephedra, Arnica, Lomatium, and many other plants will be discussed in depth.


Plant Medicine V: The Klamath-Siskyoos

October 3, 10, 17, and 24

Southern Oregon, including the Rogue and Illinois Rivers and the Klamath and Siskiyoo ranges as well as the Kalmiopsis wilderness, is one of the most diverse plant regions of North America. We’ll discuss plant adaptations to fire and serpentine soil types, ecology, and recovery after some of the largest fires in Oregon history. In this class Oshala Ligusticums, wild Angelicas, California Spikenard, Yerba Santa, Yellow Coneflower, California Bay, Cobra Lily and many other plants including rare endemics.



Homework and Certificate of Completion

Our program was created for the pure love of learning plant medicine. Attendance is the main requirement for receiving a certificate of completion. All students will complete some short and long term projects, but there is not a lot of homework. There are no exams, and we do not formally evaluate you.



Required books

Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West, Michael Moore

Botany in a Day, Thomas Elpel

Plants of the Pacific Northwest, Pojar and MacKinnon

Handbook of Northwest Plants, Helen Gilkey, 2001 edition

Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington, Ed Jensen


Also recommended, but not required:

Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants, Scott Kloos

The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook, James Green

Making Plant Medicine, Richo Cech


All Inclusive 2024 Herbalist Training Program

  • There is an optional tincture tasting packet for each class that must be ordered at least 2 weeks before the start of the class. Details on how to purchase these will be included in the PDF.

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