Join our hands-on herbal education/mentorship with our

Family Herbalist Certification Program

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Often in the study of herbal medicine it can be difficult to go from book learning or even an online course or classroom setting to practicing what you have learned. As a beginner having a mentor to help you bridge the gaps in your knowledge, bolster you when you feel unsure, and help you gain invaluable hands-on experience is one huge missing piece in herbal education. We are here to bridge that gap. 

Maybe you have done online courses in the past and feel the knowledge just isn’t sticking. That’s when we begin to realize that unless you are getting experiential knowledge, and tapping in to tactile learning then that information slips away. We honor that and recognize that slow deliberate learning in a hands-on way is THE BEST WAY to learn and apply knowledge. 

The focus being not to educate folks to the point of being clinicians (that is not our goal) but to provide herbal literacy, body literacy, and health competency for your family and yourself at a level that we feel all persons should have in order to be confident as a human being on this planet. 

Mentorship, much like a traditional apprenticeship, is one of society’s oldest forms of experiential education. In many cultures, herbal training occurs almost exclusively in a setting where experienced herbalists work closely with others to share their accumulated wisdom. The structure of these relationships varies widely, but all have in common the desire to share information while offering support, guidance and critical feedback.
— American Herbalist Guild

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What we ARE:

1. A education program geared towards herbal literacy, body literacy and health competency that benefits your family and your own health.

2. A hands in dirt, plants, and medicine experience.

3. A way to see a practicing herbalist in action and gain knowledge through proximity.

4. An experiential herbal education program.

5. A way to connect to community and grow and learn with them/us.

6. We offer an herbal certification of “Family Herbalist” providing you with the skills to help you family and those close to you. 

7. We offer a concentration in either Harvesting/ID, Growing Medicinals, or Making Medicines. 

 

 

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Details: 

How long? The program will be 2 years long.

Who should apply? We are really looking for people who are dedicated to deep learning about herbal medicine that honors the value of slow hands-on learning. I keep seeing people do online herbal schools or just doing weekend intensives 1 x monthly and they end up feeling ill-equipt or like a hobby herbalist. If you truly want to feel secure in helping your family the learning process takes time. You have to take time to learn you have to actively pursue, you have to spend time doing. We are not here to give you a crash course we are here to guide you, to teach you, form a relationship with you, to equip you to help your family and those closest to you, and feel confident doing so.  If you want a quick, shot-gun, approach to learning with little retention and a certification that feels useless then do an online program. If you want to participate in deep learning — join us. 

How many hours of class time/education? 20 per month is the base time the we expect you to be in class, harvesting, or medicine making but you could get up to 50 hours(or more) monthly if your schedule allows for it. Mentees are required to choose a concentration and a mass hours in that concentration in either Medicinal Gardening, Plant Identification/Harvesting, or Medicine Making. You would choose 1 concentration per year and would end up with 2 concentrations under your belt after your two years. 

We also allow you to join us in harvesting, gardening, medicine making, and at our market stand the scheduled dates for mentoring include:

  • Medicinal Gardening — Alyssa Dalos, Clinical Herbalist and Master Farmer (Schedule to be provided Gardening concentration will be Saturdays and Tuesday or Wednesday’s weekly)

  • Harvesting and Identification — Cameron Strouss, Clinical Herbalist, Functional Herbalist, Registered Herbalist (Thursdays and some Saturdays)

  • Medicine Making — Domenique Price, Apothecary Manager and Clinical Herbalist in Training (Tuesday-Saturday 12-5 pm available weekly)

  • Farmers Market Assisting — This is very educational as you get to see 5 minute counter consultations/on the spot formulations and learn scope of practice/appropriate language usage. (Schedule TBA)

You have the option to attend as many events as you can come to but will be required to attend 20 hours monthly in order to get your certification— your concentration advisor will be who you report to about your hours and schedule. You are also required to take the Herbal Medicine Making 10 Week Intensive course either year one or two to get your certification. 

Where? Classes are held in Montevallo, AL in our store-front and teaching space.

When do I begin? We now only recruit 1 x bi-yearly and will be actively recruiting in January, February, and March but you can apply now with the application below. We accept 20 students and mentees. Students have a mandatory Orientation April 6th and 7th in Montevallo, AL.

When are scheduled class times? 1 x monthly Saturday classes from April to December (first Saturday of the Month) from 8 am - 5 pm include material about health and body systems, materia medica and plant tastings, group learning through sharing and troubleshooting. Monthly Classes will be suspended from Jan-March to give you a break and so that we can teach the medicine making intensive. Your mentorship hours in your concentrations will continue during those months and you will be given options for field trips and organized events during those months. 


Core Curriculum

April - June 2019

INTRODUCTION

  • Herbal Medicine, History, & Whole Body Focused Care

    • Introduction

    • Why Herbs?

    • A History or Traditional Western Herbalism

    • Wholism

  • A Framework and Vocabulary

    • Traditional Western Herbal Energetics/Framework

    • How do herbs work?

    • Herbal Actions/Vocabulary

    • Synergism

  • Nuts & Bolts

    • Biological Terrain

    • Introduction to Basic Tongue and Pulse Assessment 

    • Dosing Ephemeral (but not quite)

    • Degrees of Remedies

    • Summary of Applications

    • Botanical Research & how to cultivate a BS meter

July - September 2019

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

  • How to Build a Body/Basic Needs

    • Anatomical Overview: Digestive System

    • Whole Foods, Organic Foods and GMOs

    • Macronutrients

    • Vitamins and Minerals

    • Favorite ways to boost nutrient/mineral content 

  • Digestion & Assimilation — minus the gas and gripe

    • Anatomical Overview: From Mouth to Small Intestines

    • Secretions

    • The Struggles & How to Help

    • Bitters, Astringents and Carminatives

  • Fostering Your Gut Microbiome

    • Anatomical Overview: Large Intestines, Appendix, Colon

    • Fiber and Intestinal Flora

    • Inulin Rich/Prebiotic Herbs/Food

  • Detoxification/Elimination— supporting normal detoxification systems

    • Anatomical Overview: Colon, Liver

    • Poop and all it can tell you...

    • Bioflavonoids in Food and Herbs

    • Detox/Anti-oxidant Herbs

September 2019

Immune System

October 2019

Respiratory System

November 2019

Infections & Strategies

December 2019 - January 2020

Nervous System

February 2020

The Integument A.K.A. Your Skin

March - April 2020

Musculoskeletal

May 2020

Urinary Health

June 2020

Reproductive Organ Health

July - August 2020

Herbs & Children

September - October 2020

Formulation 101

November - December 2020

Acute Care Case Studies


Concentration Options

Our goal with the concentration focus allows you to become truly competent by investing the time and focus that you need to become confidant in one of these areas. You would choose 1 concentration per year and would end up with two concentrations under your belt after your two years.

Harvesting & Identification

Clinical Herbalist Cameron Strouss RH (AHG), FH

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • You will be able to decipher the language of botanical terminology. 

  • You will be able to correctly identify any plant utilizing a dichotomous key.

  • You will be able to recognize key botanical families at a glance allowing for easier identification.

  • You will learn how to press plants and create herbarium sheets. 

  • You will know how to ethically harvest plants and simultaneously cultivate them in the wild for years to come. 

  • You will become an empowered participant in your natural environment. 

  • You will learn to identify many medicinal plants native, naturalized, and invasive. 

  • You will learn how to utilize organoleptics to identify compounds, asses properties, and the medicinal strength of your harvests.

  • You will learn how to properly process, preserve, and document herbal medicines and wild foods.

  • You will get field experience in the habitats, identification, harvesting, garbling, processing, storing, and cataloging of local herbal medicines.  

  • You will learn harvesting techniques and utilize tools for harvesting all manner of plant goodness. 

Unit 1: Wonders of the Plant World

  • Plants as Sentient Living Beings

  • Plant Spirit Medicine

  • Understanding Ecological Relationships Between Plants, Animals, Insects, and People

  • Bioregional Herbalism & A Sense of Place

Unit 2: Wildcrafting & Harvesting

  • Cultivating Relationships with Healing Plants in the Field

  • Ethical Guidelines for Foraging and Wildcrafting

  • Recognizing & Stewarding At-Risk Plant Species

  • Identification of Common Wild Herbals and Edibles

  • Gear and Techniques for Harvesting


Unit 3:Processing & Preservation

  • Garbling

  • Processing

  • Drying & Storing Herbs

  • Cataloging Inventory/Record Keeping

Unit 4: Plant Identification Skills

  • Introduction to Botany: Plant Classification, Scientific Names and Key Terms/Plant Morphology and Taxonomy

  • Floral and Reproductive Parts

  • Leaf and Vegetative Terminology

  • Introduction to Common Medicinal Plant Families

  • Using a Dichotomous Key

  • Creating an Herbarium

Unit 5: Down & Dirty

  • Foraging through the seasons


Guest Teachers

  • Darryl Patton

  • Dr. Mike Hardig


Required Supplies & Materials List

  • Book: Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas

  • Book: Plant Identification Terminology

  • Book: The Botany Coloring Book

  • Book: Botany in a Day

  • Magnification Loop

  • Pruning Shears & Holster

  • Pruning Saw

  • Pocket Knife

  • Hori-hori/Digging Knife & Holster

  • Back Pack

  • Belt

  • Cloth Hat

  • Boots

Medicine Making & Formulations

Domenique Price Apothecary Manager and Clinical Herbalist in Training & Clinical Herbalist Cameron Strouss RH (AHG), FH

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • You will get hands-on experience making medicines in a fully functioning apothecary.

  • You will be utilizing the skills that you have learned in the 10 Week Medicine Making Intensive to further solidify them into your mind.

  • You will get exposure to hundreds of herbal medicines in tea, tincture, and salve forms.

  • You will regularly make and process tinctures, salves, teas, and formulations in a clinical setting.

  • You will witness different formulations for different issues and challenges and get exposure to the countless herbal formulas that are created in our apothecary daily.

  • You will be helping with experimental projects and learning alongside with us as we continue to expand and grow our apothecary.

  • You will inimatly get to know many plants on a personal level through their many forms, and iterations in a running apothecary.

  • You will hone your skills in herbal home and body care.

  • You will develop the complex skills to create effective herbal formulations.

  • You will continue to explore organoleptics.


Unit 1: Materia Medica

Unit 2: Introduction to Organoleptics

Unit 3: Kitchen Herbalism Lab

Unit 4: Herbal Body Care Lab

Unit 5: Cleaning Products Lab

Unit 6: Phytopharmacology

Unit 7: Synergy in Herbal Medicine

Unit 8: Framework for Formulation

Unit 9: Creating Formulas Labs










































Gardening

Clinical Herbalist & Master Farmer Alyssa Dalos, FH

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Herbal Mentorship Cost:

$150 - $300 a month sliding scale for the 24 month program

(if you have done the Medicine Making Intensive previously $50 per month will be take from your tuition to cover the cost of your previously purchased course. New students will have to Medicine Making Course included in their tuition.)

Please contact us if you need a scholarship or you would like to provide the funds for a scholarship.

Scholarship Application Here


 

Expectations are as follows:

  • We expect you to assist with harvesting, garbling, medicine making, and the Pepper Place market.

  • We expect you to have a curious and humble attitude towards learning.

  • We expect you to be PROMPT and responsible.

  • We expect you to work hard and take full advantage of this learning opportunity.

  • We expect that you honor this as a working learning experience and be willing to do so.

  • We expect that you understand that learning herbalism will take time, effort, and energy and we are willing to invest in you as you invest in us your time.

  • We expect to give you hands on experience.

  • We expect that you will communicate clearly and effectively with us throughout this internship.

  • We expect to match the effort you put in for learning with our effort in teaching you.

  • We expect to enjoy spending time with you and sharing our collective passion.

  • We expect to learn from you.

You will work closely with Cameron, Alyssa, & Dominique.


    


2019-2020 Mentorship Events Schedule


Orientation

Saturday, April, 6th 9 am- 5 pm - Orientation (Mandatory)

Sunday, April 7th, 9 am - 5 pm - WORK DAY

Saturday Classes

All Classes are from 9 pm- 5 pm the first Saturday of the month.

Harvesting

Every Thursday from 9 am - 5 pm. Every 3rd Thursday we spend all day making things in the medicine room.

Gardening

Every Tuesday & Saturday from 8 am -12 pm.

Medicine Making

Tuesday- Saturday 12-5 pm

Pepper Place Dates

TBD