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The Art of Home Herbalism
An introduction to the practice of using medicinal herbs and foods to heal yourself and others
About the Course

The 2017 class is currently full.  Please consider The Art of Home Herbalism Online, or email office@thymeherbal.com to be added to the waitlist.

2017: One Tuesday per month from April – December.  For specific Tuesday dates, see the “Dates and Details” tab. All classes will be held at the Thyme Herbal classroom and gardens in Conway, Ma

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.

Topics Include:

  • 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
  • Fermentation

 

Required Reading:
Complete Illustrated Guide To The Holistic Herbal: A Safe And Practical Guide To Making And Using Herbal Remedies, by David Hoffmann
(Please Note: The 2002 edition is preferred, 1999 version is also OK. Earlier versions may be used if you already have them.)

Rosemary Gladstar’s Recipes for Vibrant Health, Rosemary Gladstar
(formerly published as The Family Herbal)

 

A certificate is awarded upon completion of the course.

Dates & Details

The 2017 class is currently full.  Please consider The Art of Home Herbalism Online, or email office@thymeherbal.com to be added to the waitlist.

2017 Apprenticeship:

One Tuesday per month, 9:30 – 3:30 pm, April through December.
Tuesday Dates: April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 22, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12.

This class will be offered only once in 2017 – 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.

Learn more about the Art of Home Herbalism Practicum,is the lab for for the Art of Home Herbalism.  Note: The Practicum will not be offered in 2017.

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: $795, payment plans available.
Classes include potluck lunches and herbs for medicine making

Payment Plan Options

Deposit of $255 due upon registration.  Deposits are non-refundable and required to hold your spot in the class.

Payment Plan Option A: Following $255 deposit, student will make 2, $270 payments.Payment 1: $270, due on or before May 2017 class meeting. Payment 2: $270, due on or before August 2017 class meeting.

Payment Plan Option B: Following $255 deposit, student will make a total of 9, $60 payments to be paid at each class meeting.

 

Testimonials

“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 decision 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, MA