The Art of Home Herbalism will not be offered in-person in 2021. Please consider The Art of Home Herbalism Online.
2022 class offerings will be available in September of 2021.
This apprenticeship is designed to introduce you to the world of western herbalism and give you the tools to be an effective and empowered home herbalist. It will strengthen your relationship with your environment and your health through plant identification, growing, wild-crafting, gathering and storing of medicinal plants. We will also explore introductory body system therapeutics, medicine making techniques and the rich cultural heritage of using seasonal and local foods as medicine for health and well-being.
These all day classes are intensive, fun and exciting, hands-on and interactive. You will meet the plants in their environment and learn the art of herbal medicine as it relates to your health and the earth.
- Medicine Making
- Plant Identification
- Harvesting, Drying, Storing
- Body System Therapeutics: digestive system, nervous system, immune system, lymphatic system, skin.
- Nutrient Dense Foods and Food Preparation
- Nutritional Support for Vibrant Health
- Seasonal Eating
Complete Illustrated Guide To The Holistic Herbal: A Safe And Practical Guide To Making And Using Herbal Remedies, by David Hoffmann (Please Note: There are many editions of this book available, any will work for the course!)
Rosemary Gladstar’s Recipes for Vibrant Health, Rosemary Gladstar (formerly published as The Family Herbal)
Body into Balance, Maria Noel Groves
A certificate is awarded upon completion of the course.
2020: One Tuesday per month, 9:30 – 3:30 pm, April through December.
Tuesday dates: April 21, May 19, June 23, July 21, August 25, September 22, October 20, November 17, December 15.
This class will be offered only once in 2020 – register early to save yourself a spot!
Once class dates are set, changes are unlikely, but possible and will only be made if absolutely necessary. If you are registered for a class and a date change needs to be made, you will be individually informed as soon as possible.
All classes will be held at the Thyme Herbal classroom and gardens in Conway, Ma.
What if I have to miss a class?
Most students will have to miss at least one class over the course of the year. This is understandable and acceptable. Brittany can provide some materials to help you make up what you have missed, including reading assignments and activities. Students can coordinate with one another to get notes from missed classes.
Cost and Payment Details
Cost: $895, payment plans available.
Classes include potluck lunches and herbs for medicine making
Payment Plan Options
Deposit of $265 due upon registration. Deposits are non-refundable and required to hold your spot in the class.
Payment Plan Option A: Following $265 deposit, student will make 2, $315 payments. Payment 1: $315, due on or before May 2020 class meeting. Payment 2: $315, due on or before August 2020 class meeting.
Payment Plan Option B: Following $265 deposit, student will make a total of 9, $70 payments to be paid at each class meeting.
“The Art of Home Herbalism was all that I had hoped: instructional, experiential, inspirational and extremely practical. I love how my experiences and feelings of connecting with plants (our “allies” as herbalists like to say) have blossomed profusely, due to an actual course, not an online format. For those who can make the journey to Brittany’s charming hilltop classroom and magical gardens you should. But honestly, what I loved the absolute most was Brittany‘s enthusiasm! It was pure joy to witness her deep reverence, internalized knowledge, and love for how herbs can transform our connections to basically everything. There is something for everyone in this course – you will receive what you need in the moment but it will also light a pathway for your future needs.”
– Mette, MA
“The Art of Home Herbalism is a life-changing course. Brittany shares a wealth of knowledge, demystifying herbal medicine and making the power of herbs accessible, practical and extremely fun to study. My fellow students were so curious and smart, not to mention amazing at cooking for our delicious potluck lunches – a highlight of every session. I have continued to study and practice making herbal preparations since the course ended. The knowledge I’ve gained is helping me feel far better than I can remember. If you are ready to learn about the wonderful world of herbs and experience them firsthand with a skilled teacher, take this course.”
– Sasha, MA
“In The Art of Home Herbalism, Brittany combined her amazing knowledge and love of the plants and their many healing properties with her infectious spirit for learning and teaching to create an experience that was more wonderful than I could have imagined. The course combined an in-depth journey into how to create and maintain health through herbs and lifestyle with a connection to the spirits of the plants and their alchemy that delighted us all! I highly recommend the course and can’t wait to come back for more!”
– Bernadette, MA
“Thank you so much for teaching the Art of Home Herbalism. I learned a huge amount over the course of this class about the actions of herbs, human body systems, how to make herbal preparations of every kind, and how to live an overall wholesome life. What used to feel overwhelming now feels accessible and exciting. As the class went on, I found a new grounded-ness in myself and have made decisions from this place of inner knowing to further pursue my dreams. Thank you for teaching in a way that inspires and engages!”
– Heather, MA
“I really enjoyed this class. I have been interested in plants and herbs for many years and in this class I was finally able to take this interest to a new level. I was excited and inspired to learn about the uses and purposes for each plant! Brittany is very knowledgeable about herbs, herbal medicine, and their effects on body function and mental state. I think Brittany is a gifted teacher – she creates a warm, loving and safe environment for learning. The lessons were well-structured with a good mix of lectures, handouts, demonstrations and hands-on practice. This class was fun!”
– Betsy, MA
“What have I gained from this class? First of all I think I’ve acquired identification skills. Not only in plant identification (although I do now know how to tell if a plant is in the mint family and what wild lettuce looks like), but also identifying the way that I feel. The conversation between my mind and my body has become easier to interpret and understand. I now know how the different systems in my body work together in a holistic way and I can hear (and feel) the dialogue happening between them. Through this knowledge, I’ve also been able to provide preventative support and illness prevention for myself and for those in my community. It feels wonderful to be able to make infusions, teas, and other medicines for my loved ones – it has allowed me to help them in ways I had not been able to before. I can talk to my friends and family about what’s going on in their lives and their bodies and better understand what they are going through physically and emotionally. And that brings me to the most important thing that I’ve gained, connection. I feel connected to my body, my health and to the plants and the medicine growing all around me, and because of this I feel more connected to the people in my life.”
– Sarah, NY
“Thank you so much for such a rich and nourishing class this year, and for the gentle space you hold for all of our learning. I know none of us will ever word with a teacher as special as you again, and I’m so grateful I’ve had the chance.”
– Jenn, MA
“I truly enjoyed and benefited from The Art of Home Herbalism! It was a very informative class and Brittany’s enthusiasm and happy energy added tremendously to the overall experience. My love for the herbs and knowledge of their medicinal abilities has flourished. My home herbal pharmacy has expanded from a couple shelves to a whole wall. I feel blessed to have been part of this class.”
– Susan, MA
“You are one of the very best teachers I have ever had. Your nurturing, engaging, inspiring style and huge depth of knowledge and wisdom are amazing.”
– Christine, MA
“What a magical journey you took us all on! Please never stop spreading your admiration and love for the world of plants.”
– Anna, MA
“Thank you for all that you do and all that you are. Learning from you has been amazingly inspiring and empowering. I love observing you work and your fluid relationship with the plants, the world and yourself. I have gained much from our time spend together, and I greatly appreciate your open armed and warm-hearted presence. How wonderful to know that mother earth has such lovely caretakers. Thank you for holding space for all of us to grow and learn.”
– Gina, MA