Foundations Herbal Immersion Program

One Saturday per from March to November 2020, 9-5:30

March 14, April 18, May 16, June 13, July 25-26*, August 22, Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 14. *The July class will be in the Methow Valley for the full weekend.

For Registration and Payment, please click here.

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

Treating the Person & the Imbalance

  • Seeing who is in front of you through the lens of the Humoral Temperaments
  • Understanding herbs for individual application

Understanding Plants through a Scientific Lens

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

Land Stewardship

  • Reciprocity
  • Fostering gratitude, reverence & respect

Food as our First Medicine & Foundation for Good Health

  • Organic local meals included in the price of the program for each lunch.  *Accommodations are made for food allergies
  • Building Community through sharing meals
  • Eating from place to build stronger ties with the land in which we live upon

Medicinal Plant Cultivation

  • Propagation Techniques: stem cuttings, layering, root division
  • Specialized Seed Germinating Techniques: stratification, scarification, light dependent germinators
  • Gathering & Processing herbs from the garden

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 Immersion Program you get the first opportunity to sign up for our guest teacher workshops

Cost: $1400, includes 9 organic locally sourced lunches. Also included is a $20 material fee for medicine making supplies per class. Payment options: (1) A one time payment of $1400 for the full course or (2) an initial course deposit fee of $300, plus 4 instalments of $275. Registration: To register and pay for a spot in this program, click here

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

  • Alchemy of Herbs 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
  • 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

A discover pass is needed at some of the sites we will be traveling to.  Please consider purchasing one for the year. It is $35 and can be purchased at http://discoverpass.wa.gov.  The pass supports our Washington State Parks. If you’d rather not buy one we will be carpooling so everyone doesn’t need to have one. We suggest chipping in for gas money for the driver you are riding with each day. 

Lodging for Out of Town Guests

Contact us for a list of camping/lodging and Airbnb sites if you are traveling from outside of the Bellingham area and need to find a place to stay.