The Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine forest classroom is located in the midst of our Botanical Sanctuary, surrounded by native plants and venerable trees, with the song of the river in the background. The Botanical Sanctuary was funded with a grant from United Plant Savers, and is an ongoing project that students participate in.The classroom itself was created on-site from dying hemlocks. It is simple and open to the air, more a suggestion than a building. Past students have called it a “forest church.” The benches face the view, so students watch the light change in the valley throughout the day, and class is interspersed with visits from a wide variety of birds (and once a fawn!).
Please note that the classroom is quite rustic, and a 5-10 minute walk over uneven ground including a hill and 2 small brook crossings. Most classes also include a plant walk or harvesting component. Students of limited mobility should contact us to discuss options.
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, on the unceded traditional lands of the Elnu Abenaki of Ndakinna.