Intermediate Herbal Immersion Program

One Sunday per month March to November, 9:30-5:30

March 15, April 19, May 17, June 14, July 25 -26*, August 23, Sept 20, Oct 18, November 15. * The July class will be held in the Methow Valley for the full weekend.

For Registration and Payment, please click here.

In this 9 month program we delve deep into the world of plants and healing, learning a wide range of clinical skills by using plants as medicine to support health and well-being.

Co-taught by herbalist Leslie Lekos and naturopath Dr. Gary Bachman. This is our Intermediate Herbal Immersion Program, which builds upon the content of our Foundations Program. Registrants are encouraged to take the first year course prior to this one; however, students from other herbal studies are welcome.

This program goes deeper into how to apply herbs to individual needs. We study pulse and tongue diagnostics with acupuncturist Janet Michael and learn about constitutional assessment tools like the 4 humors and the tridoshas.

Course Content includes:

  • Wild harvesting excursions each class
  • Plant Identification
  • Continuation of Medicine Making Techniques
  • A deeper study of the plants and how to apply them to conditions
  • Assessment Skills: Tongue & Pulse Diagnostics
  • Applying the Four Humors System and the Tridosha system
  • Formulation & Dosage
  • Skills for Developing a Clinical Practice
  • Land Stewardship, Reciprocity and Restoration

Food as our First Medicine: Organic healthy lunches provided each day from local farmers and chefs Mike Lane and Erin Suda.  Food allergies accommodated.

Required Texts & Tools:

  • Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore
  • The Earthwise Herbals (2 books: Old World & New World) by Matthew Wood
  • The Earthwise Herbal Repertory – by Matthew Wood
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Hori Hori
  • Pruners – We recommend Felco

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

Class Schedule
Most class times will be organized with a morning class period and harvesting and medicine making in the afternoon. We will be at different harvesting sites each month spending time foraging, working on plant identification, harvesting and making medicine.

Our classroom time will include topics like herbal energetics, herbal actions, and developing personal relationships with plants.

Cost $1400, includes 9 organic locally sourced lunches, plus $20 per class material fee for medicine making supplies. Payment options: (1) $1400 for the full course fee or (2) Payment plan option of $300 deposit fee, plus $275 monthly fee x 4

To Register and Pay for the program, click here.

Being Prepared for 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 here 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.

About the School
Wildroot Botanicals is located 20 minutes south of Bellingham, WA.  The school is located on 5 acres of forested and medicinally cultivated land. We focus on bioregional herbalism, land stewardship and having a personal connection with the plants and the medicine made from them.  Wildroot is proud to host weekend courses and intensives from top-notch herbal teachers from around the country and abroad.