Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine offers both online and hands-on learning in the midst of our forest Botanical Sanctuary, surrounded by native plants and venerable trees, with the song of the river in the background.  Our central focus is to help people self-empower to reclaim lost wisdom to care for the health of our families, communities, and natural environment.

  Courses and apprenticeships are available both in person and online.  Our community is vibrant, inclusive, and supportive our mutual learning and healing process.

COVID-19: I understand the complexity of this moment.  I will be offering as much as possible online, and plan to be flexible regarding attendance and refunds.  We will take things as they come, respecting the reality of the moment.  Please reach out and let me know what you need to develop your herbal medicine skills.

Courses Our popular plant medicine courses  take place in our beautiful open-air woodland classroom, surrounded by Vermont’s native plants and venerable trees, with the song of the river in the background.

 Medicine Maker Apprentice: Learn to grow, make, & use plant medicine at home in this hands-on course, appropriate for all experience levels!  Home Medicine-Maker Apprentice

Medicinal Gardener Apprenticeship: Come get your hands dirty in this season-long garden adventure.  Medicinal Gardener Apprentice

This class will not be running in 2020 due to COVID-19.  Feel free to put your name on the interested list for 2021!  Please consider my sliding-scale garden advising appointments instead.

Online Home Herbalist Apprentice: Learn how herbs work in the body, how to choose the right remedy, and gain an extensive understanding of herbs by body system in this live online course Home Herbalist Apprentice

Traditional Apprentice Program: Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine offers a personalized, hands-on herbal apprentice program for students looking for an in-depth experience. Apprentices come 1-2 days per week over the course of a growing season and are involved with all aspects of our herbal practice.   More information here.

Winter Clinical Skills Apprentice Program: Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine offers a unique, personalized winter apprenticeship in Herbal Clinical Skills, online.  More information here.

Online & In-Person Intensives: Every season, we host a number of skill-based workshops & intensives on themes related to herbal medicine and homesteading.  Topics include individual medicine-making techniques, wild-crafting, specific uses of herbs, seed starting and plant cultivation, mushroom log inoculation, basic animal husbandry, and more.   More information here.


Old Ways Herbal is located in Newfane, VT: 20 minutes from Brattleboro, Putney, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, 2 hours from Montpelier and Albany, 4 hours from NYC, and under 2.5 hours from both Burlington and Boston in gorgeous Southern Vermont.

Please note that the classroom is quite rustic, and a 5-10 minute walk over uneven ground including a hill.  Most classes also include a plant walk or harvesting component.  Students of limited mobility should contact us to discuss options.

For more information about our farm and practice, please read About Us.

Students planting Goldenseal in the Botanical Sanctuary

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