Frequently asked Questions
Who is the suitable to take the Herbal Foundations Program and the Growing & Wildcrafting Program?
This program is suitable for all levels of students, from beginning herbalists to intermediate and advanced, including:
-Those who are interested in fostering and deepening a relationship with plants. These classes are for anyone wishing to improve their own health and those around them with herbal medicine.
-Professionals who currently work in health care. A significant number of our students have been registered nurses, counsellors, social workers, massage therapists, and other health care professionals. Some students had previous training in fields such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Naturopathy and already had significant herbal and clinicial knowledge; however, the feedback is that our programs offered them something different, which is direct experience interacting with plants in their natural state, in the garden and the wild throughout their various stages of growth. Students reflected that this enriched their love, connection and understanding of herbal medicine.
-Students wishing to develop their own herbal businesses. Past students have incorporated their knowledge into their caregiving fields, began herbal medicine farms, herbal product lines, or herbal consultations. This program is for both those wishing to help themselves and their families and those who wish to incorporate it into a business.
Do I get a certificate for taking your courses?
-Yes, you will get a certificate at your request upon completion. Please note that Herbalism is not a certifiable profession in the USA, meaning that you are not required by a governing body to have a certificate to be an herbalist.
What is the difference between the Growing and Wildcrafting and the Herbal Foundations Program?
While both programs offer students rich learning opportunities to interact with plants and herbal medicine, there are some significant differences. The Growing and Wildcrafting Program meets once a week on Mondays, from April to October. The focus is on learning by hands on work, and interacting with the land and plants in all the stages of growth. This is an apprenticeship program where students learn primarily by doing work. The location is mainly at Wildroot Botanicals and there is a significant focus on soil preparation, land stewardship, growing, harvesting, wildcrafting and medicine-making on site.
-The Herbal Foundations Program meets one full day on either Saturday or Sunday (depends on which day you sign up for) each month for nine months. We start out at Wildroot Botanicals in the mornings to learn about plants and their medicines. In the afternoons, we go out to selected outdoor locations for field studies and plant identification and have opportunities to gather herbal medicines. This program is more structured and formal than the Growing and Wildcrafting Program. Additionally, the Foundations Program offers an Immersion Weekend in the Methow Valley, where students learn about the plants of that region and will have more opportunities for wildcrafting.
After I register for your program, will I be able to get a refund, either whole or partial, if I decide not to take your program, or if I cannot complete it, or if I miss a day of class, or for some other reason?
-We are unable to provide any refunds. Please read the program information carefully to see if the course and dates are a good fit. If you have any questions at all please contact us to discuss in advance of registration and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.