Fall Session: Herbal Medicine

The Fall Program is tentative depending on the situation with the pandemic.

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 December, students explore and understand the basics of body systems, constitution of herbs and people, addressing imbalances and how to craft herbal medicines to best support the body for optimal health. Class meets one in-person day a month from 9am-4pm and have 24/7 access to the online classroom throughout the month. The session will end with a potluck celebration dinner.

Students will be keeping a journal throughout the Fall Session and each class will have an assignment or project for students to complete. While this is not a at-your-own-pace program (because student success is priority in this program) there is sufficient amount of time between classes to complete the required work and suggested reading.

Classes will take place at an urban farm in Thousand Oaks, CA with field trips to surrounding areas in Los Angeles/Ventura counties.

There will be a required textbook and a suggested reading/reference list.

September 12-13, 2021 9am-4pm
Infusing Forest Flavors for Health and Well-being

  • Holistic health and body systems
  • Health maintenance
  • Teas and decoctions
  • Harvesting and preservation of herbs
  • Essential herbs for your family apothecary

October 10-11, 2021 9am-4pm
Medicine of the Forest: Tinctures, Extractions and Preservation

  • Energetics of herbs and people
  • Common imbalances
  • Tinctures, elixirs and herbal extractions
  • Advanced preservation
  • Wildcrafting herbs

November 7-8, 2021 9am-4pm
Topical Potions for Health and Self-Care

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

December 5-6, 2021 9am-4pm
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


All participants must submit an application before payment is acceptd and a spot reserved in the class. Small class sizes help everyone get the one-on-one instructional experience for optimal learning. There are only 10 in-person spaces available this year and 20 distance students. To submit an application, please go to the Application page.


Details TBD

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