This hands-on program covers the essentials of making safe, effective herbal remedies at home for the whole family, focusing on foundational principles of herbal medicine, what makes remedies work, and delicious recipes. To aid our understanding, we will cover central principles of Western herbalism, energetics, solubility, formulation, wild-crafting, plant identification, and food as medicine.

Throughout the season, students will make some of the most popular forms of herbal remedies, including tinctures, salves, honeys, syrups, oxymels, elixirs, oils, and vinegars. The medicine we make as a class will be guided by the seasons, and the herbs we choose will change as the season unfolds, allowing students an in-depth understanding of the medicinal uses of a number of local plants. We will discuss growing or wild-crafting the herbs in our formulas, so students can incorporate their learning into their future herbal practice.  Plant walks, group harvesting, & hands-on practice form a core of this course.

Participants take home the remedies made in class and extra herbs the group harvested, as well as written information on the recipes, guiding principles, and uses of herbs.

This course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level students.  It is very beneficial for any herb student who hasn’t completed a top-down study of the practice of Western Herbalism.


This course meets one Saturday a month from June through September, from 11 AM to 3 PM (or so), in our beautiful forest classroom.  Note: there is the possibility of a Thursday class, if there is enough interest and they reopen the schools; please let me know if you would prefer that.  We have moved the course back from May-August due to COVID-19.  We will be flexible and deal with rescheduling if necessary.

Principles of Home Herbalism, Make Tea Like an Herbalist, Ethical Wild-Crafting, and Early Summer Plant Walk, June 13

The Science of Solubility: Making Reliably Great Tinctures, and High Summer Plant Walk, July 18

The Art of Formulation: Infused Honeys, Syrups & Oxymels, and Late Summer Plant Walk, August 22

Putting it All Together: Medicinal Oils & Salves, Food as Medicine, and Fall Plant Walk, September 26

Make Up Day, just in case! October TBD

Tuition & Sign Up  

Tuition for all classes and materials is $350, $315 before April 1 (10% discount).  You can also sign up to take individual sections of the course for $100, provided there’s space in the class.  Work-trade is available; see the work-trade policy for details.  Scholarships are available for BIPOC students.

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