Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine offers a personalized, hands-on apprentice program for students looking for an in-depth, deeply personal, transformative experience. The Traditional Apprentice Program is a 6-month program that takes place over the course of a growing season and involves all aspects of our herbal practice with individual mentorship.  We also offer the High Summer Apprentice Program in July and August only. 

Our apprenticeship is not classroom-based; instead, we learn by doing, and in the process apprentices provide an essential service with the work of their hands, in exchange for intensive personal mentorship.  If you’re interested in personalized learning about companion planting, growing at-risk medicinals, growing medicinal foods and edible medicines, wildcrafting in harmony with the turn of the year, and making and using a wide variety of medicines, then this is a good program for you.  Apprentice application here

Apprentices work side by side with Juliette to learn skills related to medicinal plant propagation and cultivation, botanical sanctuary and food forest maintenance, organic gardening and harvesting, wildcrafting, medicine making techniques, plant identification and basic botany, formulation, clinical assessment skills, food as medicine, and much more. Curriculum is tailored to the individual interests and needs of each year’s apprentices, to ensure that they get the most out of their experience.view of the round barn  

We work primarily from a bioregional perspective, with native and invasive plants of the Northeast.  As the season blooms and goes to seed we discuss the medicinal uses of the plants around us from the perspectives of Traditional Western Herbalism, Folk Herbalism, and Medical Herbalism, informing our understanding with aspects of other philosophies including Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. 

Apprentices complete a personal culmination project that reflects their unique interests in herbalism. Past culmination projects have included multi-year garden plans, a garden plot, clinical intakes, materia medica, and co-teaching workshops.  Apprentices receive a certificate reflecting completion of the program, their culmination project, and hours of study. 

We are located in Newfane, Vermont, 20 minutes from Brattleboro on the unceded traditional lands of the Elnu Abenaki of Ndakinna.  For more information about our farm and practice, please read About Us and School of Plant Medicine.


Schedule: The Traditional Apprentice program runs May through October, about 135 hours over 26 weeks of herbal immersion.  Apprentices are here most Fridays, plus a weekend per month for the Medicine Maker Apprenticeship and Garden Days.  The exact schedule will be determined as it gets closer. 

The High Summer Program runs in July and August, on the same schedule, about 55 hours over 9 weeks.

Materials There are several required books and tools for the program, which are necessary for harvesting, wild-crafting, and making herbal medicine.  Significant effort has been made to ensure this is not expensive, and that any required materials will serve you for years or decades to come.

Selection Process Because of the personal nature of the program, we can only accept 2-4 apprentices per season. It is simply not possible to tailor the curriculum to more people than that. We are looking for reliable people with a desire to learn who can make the time commitment and share our philosophy of tending the land and respecting our plant community. Preference is given to candidates who demonstrate a true desire to expand their herbal knowledge.  It is important to note that this program is what you make of it.  Formal herbal education experience is not required. 

Accessibility Talk to us about your barriers.  We are happy to find workable solutions whenever possible.  In the past we have made accommodations for lack of childcare, lodging obstacles, etc.  COVID-19 makes things complicated; we will do our best.  It is important to note that hiking and gardening play a central role in this program, so if you are unable to participate in those activities, please consider one of our other programs, which offer much more options for physical accessibility.

Applications, Deadlines, & Tuition  Apprentice application here  Applications will be reviewed and followed by a phone or zoom interview to ensure our perspectives are a good match.  An application deposit of $100 to hold your place is due with your completed application (applied to tuition if you are accepted, refunded if you are not). Application deposits are fully refundable up to the application deadline. Your deposit will be refunded if you are not chosen for the apprenticeship. The remainder of the fee is due by two weeks before the beginning of the program.  Payment plans are available, but additional work-trade is not.

Traditional Program: Tuition $2690, price includes a work-trade component ($2590 owed after application deposit).  Application deadline April 1.  Accepted apprentices will be included in other courses, so get your applications in!

High Summer Program: Tuition $1090 ($990 owed after application deposit).  Application deadline June 5.  Some High Summer apprentices also attend the May and June sections of the Medicine Maker Apprenticeship, so definitely get applications submitted early!

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If you have questions or want more information, contact us. We love to hear from you.

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14 thoughts on “Traditional Herbal Apprentice Program: Summer

  1. Good morning!
    I’ve been growing my own herbs at home, but want to learn how to make essential oils to incorporate in my Reiki practice. I currently use herbs and E.O’s in healing and in my own products. I grow a few herbs of my own, but I rent so space is limited, using window boxes. My daughter is a Hortaculture Major, focus on plant production, from the Thompson School. I live in the Lakes Region of NH, so my travel schedule is not as open as I would like. I would love to learn more, specifically harvesting the herbs and making EO’s. If you have a workshop that focuses on this, please let me know. I just need to fill in some gaps in my knowledge. Or if you have a certification course, please let me know as well. Many Thanks!
    Sherrie Thibodeau 603-998-1221


  2. Hello I would like to take a class either in person or online with lessons on making skin care such as facial lotion and oil! As well as body Oils & salves,, Please tell me what you have available? Thanks so much, Denise


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