Seeds of Herbalism
Seeds of Herbalism 2019
We provide two Seeds of Herbalism scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to two (2) individuals who identify as BIPOC, reducing the cost of the program to $250. Scholarship applications can be found here and are due on March 31, 2019. We'll get back to applicants in early April with responses. Thank you for applying!
“Wild Gather is the herbalism school that I longed to encounter for so long. Mandana and Lauren have created a program that is all at once radical, rigorous, deeply rooted in tradition, heart opening, and joyful. They ground each lesson in a framework of collective liberation and health justice, challenging white supremacy and cisheteronormativity, and shifting so many norms of the current western herbalism world- and it’s right on time! Mandana and Lauren are not only stunningly knowledgeable about the plants of this region and their applications, but also instilled in each of us real reverence and love for the plants we encountered. I also felt consistently supported to reach inwards to my own intuition and ancestral traditions in order to build a practice that is my own. I came away feeling immensely more confident in my ability to ID plants, ethically wild harvest, and make the medicine that I’m now sharing with my community. I’m so grateful and indebted to Mandana and Lauren for their fierce wisdom and transformative teaching!” - Jade
"The Seeds of Herbalism course touched my life on so many levels. I joined in because I wanted to know more about the power of plants, and I certainly came away with more than I expected on that front. The approach to botany and herbalism is scientific, as well as spiritual, and imbued with a real respect for the earth. But I also came away with a real sense of community that was created by our courageous and creative leaders. Smart, generous and empathetic, they're the perfect mentors for a serious journey into the subject of healing." - Michelle
Our Seeds of Herbalism program is a 60-hour course providing students with a core foundation in Herbal Studies. We lay the groundwork for this learning by engaging in the following core topics :
Botany, Plant Identification + Ethical Wildcrafting
Wild Food Harvesting, Seasonal Eating + Food as Medicine
Growing, Harvesting + Processing Plant Medicine
Materia Medica, History, Folklore of our Bioregion
Herbal First Aid + Community Care
Culturally Compassionate Plant Sprit Healing
Healing Justice as a Core Value
Our program re-centers learning through a femme centered, anti-oppressive framework, calling on both lived experience and dedication to our communities. We love and protect our Black, Indigenous, POC family. We love and protect our Trans and Queer family. We love and protect our Disabled and Chronically Ill family. We love and protect our femmes and women family. We love and protect each other. We don’t welcome racism, classism, ableism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia in our classroom.
Our priority as teachers is to create a space where students can comfortably begin to form their own personal relationships to plants and their habitats, gifts, and lessons. We believe in working with and making medicine from the abundant, less rare plants of our bio-region and the invasive plant medicine growing here in the Hudson Valley. We actively grow, maintain and harvest from our personal medicinal gardens, which serve as a classroom for part of our program. Together we will go on field trips to learn to identify plants in their habitats, and about ethical wildcrafting and the harm of over harvesting our plant allies. It is a priority for us to cultivate in our students a sense of reverence and respect around plant harvest and use that they take away with them long after the program is over.
As facilitators, we each bring our unique histories, experiences, cultures and stories with us to the classroom. Our instruction combines elements of our individual and personal cultural traditions of plant medicine, traditional western uses of medicinal and wild food plants and our own spiritual practices. As Herbalists, it is important for us to respect, honor, and center Indigenous plant wisdom, while never appropriating such knowledge.
We honor and uphold the magical and ritualistic aspects of herbs, taking time to delve into the spiritual and energetic qualities of plants and healing. Together, we will address physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of working with plants by exploring our unique ancestries and relationships to plant lore and magic.
"For the better part of the past decade, working with and learning about plants has been one of my biggest passions in life. Wild Gather amplified this passion and this class quickly became my favorite part of this past summer. I am very grateful to my teachers for sharing their unique experiences and knowledge of herbalism, wildcrafting, botany and ecology as it allowed me to expand my own through their super interactive and hands-on teaching style. This class was not my first foray into studying herbal medicine and I knew from the first minute I was going to leave with a whole new toolkit and view of my own healthcare and a greater appreciation and respect for our plant allies. If you're thinking about this course, and already shaking your tincture bottles at home, get out there and sign up!" - Alex
"Mandana and Lauren bring such a deep well of knowledge. It's incredible and inspiring. They each bring their own flavor as well and have their own paths in the herb world which is great and provides a multilayered and richly educational experience. They are a joy and thrill to be around. I had such fun studying and learning from these amazing women! What a sweet sweet treat!" - Julia
Class will meet one weekend per month from May to October (No class held in August) 2019 :
Saturday May 18th + Sunday May 19th
Saturday June 27th + Sunday June 28th
Saturday July 27th + Sunday July 28th
No class held in August
Saturday September 7th + Sunday September 8th
Saturday October 5th + Sunday October 6th
Class will be held from 10am to 4pm. Upon registering, you’ll receive a registration packet in the mail, detailing the program’s syllabus, class locations, suggested readings and more.
There will be a 1 hour break for lunch and intermittent breaks throughout the day. We ask students to bring their lunch. Tea, coffee, and herbal first aid will be provided.
Payment for non-scholarship participants is offered on a Sliding Scale based on the following income brackets :
$25k and under : $1250
$25k - 40k : $1450
$40k and up : $1650
Additional details regarding program fee and the registration process can be found here.
Things to Consider
This is not a Clinical Herbalist Training program. What we are offering is a first step for those who wish to begin their studies in Herbalism, and for those yearning to connect more intimately with their living environment and community.
Classes will be held indoors, outdoors, kitchen, garden and woods. Please consider the environment and weather when preparing for each class, as their locations will vary according to class content. All of this information will be provided to you in your Registration Packet. It is a primary value for us to make this program as accessible as possible. We consider this while planning our field trips and time in the classroom. There is space in the application form to let us know exactly what your access needs are so we can best support you.