Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine offers both online and hands-on herbal 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.
Our community is vibrant, inclusive, and supportive our mutual learning 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.
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.
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, also available as an independent study option with personalized and group feedback Home Herbalist Apprentice
Medicine Maker Apprentice: Learn to grow, make, & use plant medicine at home in this hands-on course, appropriate for all experience levels! Also available as an independent study option with personalized and group feedback Medicine-Maker Apprentice
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.
Winter Clinical Skills Apprentice Program: Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine offers a unique, personalized winter apprenticeship in Herbal Clinical Skills More information here.
Medicinal Gardener Apprenticeship: Come get your hands dirty in this season-long garden adventure. Medicinal Gardener Apprentice
This class will not be running in 2021 due to COVID-19. Feel free to put your name on the interested list for 2022! Please consider sliding-scale garden advising for individual learning.
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 New York City, and under 2.5 hours from both Burlington and Boston in gorgeous Southern Vermont, on the unceded traditional lands of the Elnu Abenaki of Ndakinna.
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.