Foundations of Herbalism

Foundations of Herbalism is held one weekend per month from March to November 2021, 9am-5pm

March 13, April 10, May 15, June 12, July 17-18*, August 14, Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 6, 2021 9am-5pm. One Saturday per month for nine months. *The July class will be a full-weekend of immersion. Details about the immersion weekend are below.

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Foundations of Herbalism – is an immersive nine-month program that provides students with a foundation in bioregional and western herbalism.  Our teaching method for this course centers around the importance of experiential learning and spending time in the field with the plants. 

We believe the very best teachers are the plants themselves and we strive to guide the building of your relationship with them in a way that suits each student.  We blend this method of learning with the stories of our personal experiences and the knowledge that has been gathered from scientific understanding and people’s first-hand experiences who have long herbal traditions and practices. 

Our weekends together are a blend of in the field, and classroom style learning.  We will focus on mostly outdoor time this year due to COVID precautions.  If it is safe to have indoor classroom components at the time of class then we will use indoors for medicine making and classroom study, otherwise our time will be mostly outside.

Course Content:

Foraging Excursions

  • Plant Identification Skills
  • Ethical Wildcrafting Techniques
  • Ways to Increase Plant Populations
  • Drying & Processing our Harvests

Hands-on Medicine Making Skills

  • Each class students will prepare their own herbal medicines to take home to build their home apothecaries
  • Tea Making Methods: How to get the best medicine from plants
  • Tincturing Methods: Folk and Ratio
  • Herbal Vinegars, Honeys & Oxymels
  • Making Herbal Syrups, Broths, Pesto & Salts
  • Herbal Oils, Salves and Crèmes
  • Liniments, Compresses, Poultices, Steams & Baths
  • Distillation: Hydrosols and Essential Oils
  • Medicine Making Supplies, Tools, Storage, Labeling & Organizing
  • Resources for Sourcing Herbs
  • Storage, Labeling & Organizing

Understanding Plants from an Energetic Perspective

  • Western Energetics: Hot/Cold; Dry/Damp; Tension/Relaxation
  • Understanding Action through Taste
  • Plant Spirit Medicine: Trusting our own Ability to Listen
  • Doctrine of Signatures

Understanding Plants through a Scientific Lens

  • Organ Affinities
  • Herbal Actions: when and how to utilize them
  • Herbal Knowledge from Research and Time Tested Experience

Land Stewardship

  • Reciprocity
  • Fostering gratitude, reverence & respect

Wildroot Botanicals is proud to host amazing herbal teachers from across the country that come to teach specialty courses. As a student of the Herbal Foundations Program you will have the first opportunity to sign up for our guest teacher workshops.

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Cost: $ 1200

(1) If you register before Feb 1, you get the Early Bird Rate of $1100.

(2) The regular price is $1200 (if you make a one-time payment before the start of classes).

(3) Payment Plan – you have the option of a payment plan of $300 deposit, plus 4 payments of $250 (total of $1300)

Weekend Immersion

Every year we have a immersion weekend to provide students with the opportunity to spend an entire weekend to connect with plants and their gifts. This year, there are two options we are considering for the July class due to the uncertainty of COVID-19. We ask students to prepare for either option: (1) Camping in the Methow Valley OR (2) Wildcrafting & Medicine Making in the area surrounding Bellingham. Please note that if we camp in the Methow Valley, there will be an additional camping fee of $40. You will arrange your own transportation and food.

Supplies & Resources needed to be purchased for the course and include:

  • Wild Remedies by Rosalee De La Foret
  • Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants by Scott Kloos
  • Body Into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care by Maria Noel Groves
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Hori Hori
  • Pruners – We recommend Felco

You will need to purchase medicine making supplies for your projects and harvests. A list of these items will be discussed at our first class. These items will include vodka, vinegar, and other medicine making supplies like a small cutting board, jars and knife.

Being Prepared for the Weather

We will be outside at our harvesting sites rain or shine.  It is important to always come to class prepared to be outside.  Good walking shoes are important as well as layers and rain gear for cold weather months.  Sun block and hats are important for summer months.  It can also be useful to bring something to sit on and a water bottle for the day.

Discover Pass & National Forest Pass

A Discover Pass is needed at some of the sites we will be traveling to.  Please consider purchasing one for the year. It is $30 for a year pass or $10/day and can be purchased at http://discoverpass.wa.gov. The pass supports our Washington State Parks. If you’d rather not buy your own pass, in past years some students carpooled. We suggest chipping in for gas money for the driver each day.

There is one class in the late summer when drivers will need to have a national forest pass that can be purchased here.

Lodging for Out of Town Guests

Several of our students come from out of town. We are located between Bellingham and Burlington/Mount Vernon so staying in either location is where students often choose to stay. 

COVID-19 Safety

We ask that all students wear a face covering at every class and maintain a 6-foot distance between other students.  Each student is asked to bring their own hand sanitizer to each class. If you have any symptoms, please refrain from attending class and consult your health care provider. Details are here.

Please note pictures were taken prior to Covid-19