Fall Session: Herbal Medicine


Welcome to The Wild Path

The Fall Session embraces the slower half of the year where we are busy in our apothecaries readying our herbs for preservation and storage. This is a time of turning within, addressing our daily habits, self-care routines and prevention of illness to thrive in the winter season. During September through November, students explore and understand the basics of body systems, constitution of both herbs and people, addressing imbalances and how to craft herbal medicines to best support the body for optimal health. Topics of ethical harvesting and regenerative practices are emphasized. The session will end with a potluck celebration dinner to put to use all the skills you have learned throughout the season.

Regions Covered: While based in Southern California, this class focuses on plants and mushrooms that can be found in most regions across the United States during different times of the year, or ordered from bulk herb suppliers. Herbal medicine skills and the physiology information shared in this program can be applicable anywhere in the world.

Class Materials: Students will receive a total of three beautifully designed Wild Path Recipe Mini-eBooks with further instructions, methods and resources. Class recordings will also be available for students to download for review or those that could not attend live.

Community Building: Community is an important part of wild foods and foraging. Classes encourage participation and connecting with other students in the class as we embark on this journey together.

Location:

Hybrid Learning Platform: Live virtual classes, held weekly on Wednesdays 6-8pm PST, September-November via Zoom. Virtual classes will be recorded for students who cannot attend live.

Three in-person field trip/workshops (held on one Saturday per month) will be available to students to learn hands-on medicine making skills and in-the-field plant and mushroom identification. Workshop location varies in Ventura/Los Angeles counties. (There will be no Zoom class the weeks of in-person classes)

VIRTUAL-ONLY OPTION: Attend all online classes only for a discounted price. This program is meant to be applicable nearly anywhere in the world.

Course Topics:

Herbal & Holistic Protocols for Body Systems

  • Balancing the Digestive & Respiratory system
  • Balancing the Nervous & Cardiac systems
  • Balancing the Lymphatic & Immune systems
  • Balancing the Reproductive systems
  • Emotional health and healing

Infusing Forest Flavors for Health and Well-being

  • Teas, infusions and decoctions
  • Harvesting and preservation of herbs
  • Essential herbs for your family apothecary
  • Herbs in the kitchen and everyday life

Medicine of the Forest: Tinctures, Extractions and Preservation

  • Energetics of herbs and people
  • Causes of common imbalances
  • Tinctures, elixirs and herbal extractions
  • Formulation
  • Advanced preservation
  • Wildcrafting herbs ethically and sustainability issues

Topical Potions for Health and Self-Care

  • Healing salves, balms, oils
  • Herbal first aid
  • Herbs for the skin
  • Essential oil extraction
  • Scent formulation

Our Wild Path: Discovering Our Own Journey with Sacred Plants

  • Working with plants on a spiritual level
  • Using plant medicine safely and therapeutically
  • Plant allies & meditation
  • Building your own apothecary business and helping others
  • Making herbalism a part of everyday ritual

Potluck Picnic & Herbal Happy Hour Celebration, with optional camping, will take place at the end of the session in the oak woodlands of Southern California.

See also: Session One: Wild Foods

Class Fees & Registration:

Registration opens May 1st, 2021. Current students of The Wild Path: Wild Foods program get priority placement.

Hybrid Virtual & In-Person: $755 before July 15, 2021 ($895 after July 15, 2021) Class fees also include all materials provided during workshops.

Online-Only Option: $595, no early registration discount.

All payments must be made via Venmo, unless arranged otherwise. No refunds after 7 days prior to first class start date.

Application:

All participants must submit an application before payment is accepted and a spot reserved in the class. Returning students have priority placement in this course. Small class sizes help everyone get the one-on-one instructional experience for optimal learning.

Class size strictly limited to 20 hybrid-virtual/in-person students, and 10 virtual-only students.

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