Immerse your heart & soul in the exhilarating world of herbs! Beginner/Intermediate Apprenticeship 2014
Now accepting applications for 2014!
Now accepting applications for 2014!
Begins Tuesday April 15th 2014 Ends Feb 2015
(This program meets on weekly on Tuesdays in Ashfield MA)
This innovative program based on becoming a community Herbalist, now in its 23th year, weaves experiential learning about healing herbs with developing a profound understanding of seasonal rhythms and the timeless elements of traditional healing.
ABOUT THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM:
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.
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, Global Survey, Gratitude, Medicinal and Edible Mushrooms, Field Identification, Sustainability
Creating powerful and effective Healing Ceremonies:
Ceremonial Uses of herbs, Medicine Wheels, Earth Awareness, The Four Directions, Animal Allies
Herbal Body Care: Facial, Skin, Hair, Body Care and Pampering!
Global History of important Food, Trade and Medicine Plants
Understanding and Connecting the Bodies Systems:
Nourishment and Support for the nervous, digestive, immune, respiratory, reproductive, cardiovascular, urinary and muscular systems
A study of Water: water ceremony and energetics
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.
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, William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Garden in the Woods (Framingham MA) as well as other spots of botanical interest. If interest allows 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, 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.
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
You can register for the 2014 course by sending in your non refundable deposit of $250. Payment by check or paypal. Please let me know if you need our mailing address.
Please email for alternative payment plan if you need one
"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 ~
Words from past apprentices:
My experience as a first year herbal apprentice has been one of the best decisions I have made for myself. I am building a strong foundation in the basics of herbalism and have formed new and nurturing friendships. I have gained a new understanding of the global impact of food practices and its politics on the world and on our bodies. I have become aware of the importance of living organically and environmentally. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in enriching their lives and living more consciously! -Patty McKenizie
This herbal medicine apprenticeship has offered so much more than I anticipated. Not only am I learning about herbs and their uses, the class has also offered hands-on exploration of the plant world and medicine making, and in-depth discussion about food activism. Tony(a) has integrated into our study field trips to beautiful, local areas of interest, encouraged attending an array of noteworthy speakers and has created a meaningful, conscious attitude toward community. -Kara Leistyna
The 10 month program is a perfect way to gain insight to the world of herbalism, learn about gardening and the harvesting of herbs, and making medicine and body products out of earth's natural gifts to us. Coming from the Boston area, I look forward to my weekly apprenticeship at BSHS and find it a good way to begin the journey into plant medicine, whole health and conscious living.-Amber Mamakos
This is where I see the garden changing my life. I knew on that higher level of knowing, that Blazing Star is not just a garden. It is a quieter space where I have one day a week to contemplate how the rest of my life can be spent-In a tornado or the eye of the hurricane.Tues has become one of my favorite days of the week. -Julie Robbins
I tell everyone (just so you know) that my apprenticeship with you was the best, most useful class I've ever taken. -Lucia D 2008
Still feeling so grateful for the apprenticeship and all my herbal friends (both plant and human!)- Rachel S 2011