FIREWEED SCHOOL HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Registration for the 2018 Herbal Apprenticeship is now closed. We hope to offer the program again in 2019.
Join herbalist, herb-grower, wild-crafter, and medicine-maker Jessy Delleman for this comprehensive foundational year in herbal studies.
The Apprenticeship Program is held on every second Monday 9am-4pm from March-November for a total of 17 classes. Classes take place at Fireweed Farm in Brentwood Bay BC. Seats are limited to 15 students.
This unique herbal studies program focuses on producing plant medicines from start to finish: from seed to plant to finished herbal product. We will be working hands-on on the farm growing herbs, harvesting, and processing plants to make high-quality fresh and dry plant medicines. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to build their own home apothecary of tinctures, teas, oils, creams, salves, and other herbal products created in class. They will also have the opportunity to propagate herb plants from which to build their own medicinal herb gardens.
During the program students will take the first steps toward becoming herbal healers for themselves, their family, friends, community, and the Earth. They will learn how common pathologies can be successfully treated with local plant medicines through physical, emotional and spiritual pathways. Students will learn the basics of matching plants to people by formulating plant medicines based on the holistic evaluation of the constitutions of both plants and people.
A diverse Materia Medica will be covered for the local medicinal plants we will meet in person growing at the farm and in the wild. We will spend time in direct communion with a small handful of these plants, getting to know them deeply through plant spirit work. The plants will become our lifelong friends and herb allies to guide us on our healing paths.
Students will learn in the field and hands-on every class. Course material includes the following.
Anatomy & Physiology
Learn the basics of holistic anatomy and physiology. Body systems taught include digestive system, skin, respiratory system, immune system, etc. The body systems are taught with focus on the body, mind, emotions, and spirit as a whole connected organism.
Learn about a variety of aliments which may affect each body system. We will discuss various diseases and disorders, and learn how they can be remedied with herbs. Topics include eczema and psoriasis, urinary tract infections, painful menstruation and pms, colds and flus, digestive disorders, bacterial infections, etc.
Learn to identify and use medicinal plants found in our local ecosystem. Native medicinals taught include Sword Fern, Black Cottonwood, Elder, Nettle, Cleavers, Mahonia, Western Red Cedar, Lomatium, Grindelia, Sagewort, Ambrosia, and many more. Garden medicinals include Echinacea, Elecampane, Passiflora, Wood Betony, Vervain, Skullcap, Licorice, Wormwood, Mugwort, Calendula, Arnica, and many more.
Basic & Advanced Medicine Making
Learn how to make high-quality medicine out of plants you have grown and harvested including infused oils, salves, tinctures, and teas. Learn more advanced methods of making high-quality herbal products including liniments, tincturing by percolation method, and infused honeys.
Learn methods and techniques on how to combine herbs in formula to create effective remedies for the treatment of common pathologies. Case studies will be practiced during class so that students can gain experience in formulation.
We will discuss the basics of constitutional theory based on the Ayurvedic Tri-Dosha system. We will discuss how this system can be integrated into a holistic practice of herbal medicine. Plant energetics will be discussed.
We will have many small field trips to the forest, field, and beach to learn about ethically harvesting herbs in the wild. Build confidence and practical skills in identify, harvesting and medicine-making out of local native plants.
Integrated hands-on learning at the herb farm will take place throughout the course. Gain confidence in propagation, planting, harvesting, and seed-saving for a diversity of medicinal herbs that can be grown in our local climate.
Plant Spirit Medicine
Explore the world of plant spirit medicine, though plant sits and group sharing. Learn how to open to the wisdom of the plants, and gain allies through direct communion with plants.