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. 

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 hands in dirt, plants, and medicine experience.

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

3. An experiential herbal education program.

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

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

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

 

 


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 amass 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 (Thursdays and some Saturdays)

  • Medicine Making, Dominique, 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 mentees 1 x yearly and will be actively recruiting in January, February, and March but you can apply now with the application below. We accept 20 mentees. Mentees 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. 

 


Herbal Mentorship Cost:

$250 a month for the 24 month program

Please contact us if you need 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