Registration open for 2014!
apprentice (uh pren' tis), n., v., -ticed, -tic*ing.-n.
1. a beginner, a learner who is bound by contract/agreement to work for another for a specific amount of time in return for gaining practical experience and instruction in a trade or art.
2. one who is committed to working with a small group of people, over an extended period of time, delving deeply into the heart of herbal knowledge.
ABOUT THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Immerse your heart & soul in the exhilarating world of herbs! The seasonal cycles here are exceptional. Winter is sparkling white, roots are waiting deep below the earth. In Spring, new shoots poke up from the earth, the lilacs & forsythia bloom; we begin work in the garden. Summer is abundant with fresh herbs, weeds, vegetables & bright fragrant flowers. We are busy planting, harvesting, wildcrafting. The Fall brings us pumpkins & roots to harvest, herbs to dry, wreaths of sage & lavender. Learn by immersing yourself in the green world of plants, reclaiming your ancient roots. Apprenticeships are designed to focus on your particular areas of interest and to support & empower the Wise Woman/Man that you are. Whenever you choose to apprentice here, you will find open hearts, enthusiasm & a bountiful way of life.
"When women come together and make a commitment to each other to be in a circle with a spiritual center, they are creating a vessel of healing and transformation for themselves, and vehicle for change in their world. These are circles of compassion that can become incubators for personal and political change."
~ Jean Shinoda Bolen ~
Begins Tuesday April 15th 2014 and runs through Feb 2015.
Traditions of Healing
Shamanism, Indigenous Healing, Traditional Medicine, Wise Woman Tradition, Science, The Witch
How we communicate with plants, Plant Meditation, Doctrine of Signatures
Food and Nutrition, Self Nourishment and Understanding, Seasonal Medicine
Tastes, Vitalism, Energetics of Disease, Chakras
Tools of the Trade
Books, Tools, Organizations, Resources, Understanding Herbal Actions,
Water Based, Oil Based, Spirit Based, Honey Based, Vinegar Based
Profiles of 64 Western Herbs, 10 Chinese Herbs, 10 Ayuervedic Herbs
Sea Weeds, Mushrooms
Growing from Seeds, Propegating, Seeds Saving, Optimal Harvest Times, Design, Gardening by the Moon
Photography, Drawing, Watercolor, Pressing
Herbs for Common Ailments
Chronic Vs Acute Conditions, Family Health, First Aid
The Art and Ethics of Wildcrafting
United Plant Savers, Gratitude, Medicinal and Edible Mushrooms, Field Identification, Therapeutic Uses, Recipes, Sustainability
Creating powerful and effective Healing Ceremonies
Ceremonial Uses of herbs, Medicine Wheels, Earth Awareness, The Four Directions, Animal Allies
Radical Self Care and Herbal Body Care
Facial, Skin, Hair, Body Care and Pampering!
Understanding and Connecting the Bodies Systems
Nourishment and Support for the nervous, digestive, immune, respiratory, reproductive, cardiovascular, urinary and muscular systems
The apprenticeships home base will be in Ashfield MA but we will be exploring the local trails and conservation land of Western Massachusetts including Bear Swamp, Chapel Hill Falls, The Chesterfield Gorge, The DAR, High Ledges, Garden in the Woods (Framingham MA) as well as other spots of botanical interest. There will be one overnight camping trip (children will be welcome to join us. we will pool our resources and provide a childcare person if necessary). Location TBA.
By joining us in 2014 you are committing to embarking on a journey towards wholeness. As well as the study of medicinal herbs, you will be deepening your connection nature and the seasons, creating exceptional self care practices, exploring the local economy and sustainability and creating seasonal rituals with a group of green allies both human and plant...the result will be a deep and unforgettable connection.
A certificate of study for 200 hours of Herbal Studies will be awarded once the course and course projects have been completed and the hours have been met.
The Cost of the program is $1850 which includes the $250 non refundable deposit which holds your spot (non refundable unless the program is cancelled). Full Payment is due on the first class or Payment plan (monthly checks of $160 payable on the first Tuesday of every month- late fee applies!) You can register for the course by sending in your deposit of $250. Payment by check or paypal. Please let me know if you need our mailing address.