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In-Person Only 2024 Herbalist Training Program

Congratulations! You have been accepted into the 2024 Herbalist Training Program. Purchase this item to complete your registration for the in-person only program.


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.


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


In-Person Only 2024 Herbalist Training Program

  • When you purchase the class you will be emailed a link to download a PDF file containing details about the class and other necessary instructions. This link will be active for 30 days. If the link expires you may email us for a new link. However, as we prefer to spend our time in the woods rather than on the computer, we recommend downloading the file immediately.

  • The Herbalist Training Program is designed to be an 8-month committment to herbal education and community building. We expect all accepted students to attend to the program to its completion. A full refund for tuition minus a non-refundable $195 deposit can be issued up to 30 days before the start of the course. Less than 30 days (but more than 7 days) before the class begins, 50% of the paid tuition amount can be refunded. No refunds are possible for cancellations less than 7 days before the start of the first class or after the program begins.


    If a class date must be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, such as forest fires and poor air quality, we will do our best to reschedule but this is not guaranteed.

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