Contact Us


Name *

7159 Wallace Drive
Brentwood Bay, BC, V8M 1G9

Welcome to Fireweed Farm & School! We grow rare and hard to find organic medicinal herb plants and seeds, craft high quality herbal products, and provide education on herbal medicine, wildcrafting, herb growing, and nature-based arts. Fireweed is located on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula near Victoria BC on Southern Vancouver Island.

calendula drying copy.jpg

Medicine Making Intensive

Gather fresh herbs and learn the art of making potent herbal medicines in this hands-on intensive at the herb farm. Students participate hands on in harvesting, processing, and drying medicinal herbs and preparing decoctions and infusions, fresh and dry plant tinctures, infused oils, and salves.


with Jessy Delleman
Saturday & Sunday, October 26th & 27th 2019
Location: Fireweed Farm

Add To Cart

Class description

During this popular two-day workshop beginner and intermediate students will learn how to make high-quality herbal teas, tinctures, infused oils and salves using effective and repeatable methods. The workshop includes a plant walk in the herb gardens at Fireweed Farm where students will learn materia medica and plant id for a variety of medicinal herbs.

Students will experience hands on techniques in medicine making and plant harvesting. You will take away from this course first hand experience of gathering plants from the farm, how and when to harvest different herbs, how to process and dry them, and make them in to a variety of highly potent and effective medicinal herbal preparations.

Students will gain confidence in basic medicine making skills and learn standardized methods by using weight to volume ratios and measuring by parts. Students take home all medicines made in class including a fresh plant tincture made with a herb of their choice, a salve, and a basket full of freshly harvested herbs to dry or make into preparations at home. 

Part 2 Infused Oils & Salves
During day 2 of the workshop we will cover: 
Herb drying and storage
Natural preservatives
Intermediate extraction
Oil infusion methods
Herbal salve making
Materia medica for all herbs used in workshop

Part 1 Teas & Tinctures
During day 1 of the workshop we will cover:
Herb harvesting
Hot & Cold Infusions, decoction
Choosing your menstruum: alcohol, vinegar, glycerin
Fresh plant tinctures
Dry plant tinctures
Materia medica for all herbs used in workshop

The herbal medicine making intensive completely exceeded all my expectations... A perfect mix of lecturing and hands on work with plants and making medicine. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has any interest in medicinal plants and their benefits, whether you are brand new and curious about herbal medicine or have previous experience I feel confident saying you will benefit from this course greatly. Fireweed Farm is an incredibly beautiful and peaceful location in which to learn and be inspired by nature.
— Jayme
I enthusiastically recommend the medicine making intensive taught by Jessie. She is a knowledgeable and generous teacher. I learned so many practical tips for making my own herbal medicines. I also really appreciated Jessy’s experiential approach to getting to know the plants. I definitely plan to take more classes with her in the future.
— Nancy
The workshop was great for both newcomers to herbs and to seasoned medicine-makers. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, with plenty of room for questions and various comfort levels. I loved that all of the medicine-making was hands-on, from harvest to final product. I was so proud of the tincture that I went home with because I had helped with the entire process from start to finish. It was a wonderful way to foster an in depth understanding of how everyday plants become powerful medicine.
— A.E.
Spent the weekend in the herbal medicine making intensive. I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent meeting some great ladies and learning from Jessy..she is very knowledgeable, funny and warm. She answered all our questions...of which we had many..I will be taking more weekend courses at the farm.
— - Donna