Seeds of Herbalism


Seeds of Herbalism 2018

SEEDS OF HERBALISM 2018 IS FULL ~ stay tuned for upcoming events and workshops, and 2019 dates!

Exciting news! In our desire for cultivating accessibility and diversity in the Herbal world, we are offering two Seeds of Herbalism scholarships in the amount of $750 to two (2) individuals who are Hudson Valley based residents who identify as QTBIPOC and/or disabled, reducing the cost of the program to $250. Scholarship applications can be found here and are due on March 31, 2018. We'll get back to folks in early April with responses. Thanks so much for applying! 

"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 , Actions + Energetics of our Local Plants
  • Herbal First Aid + Self Care Skills

Social and Health Justice is a core value for us as facilitators, and our program is rooted in holding space for conversations, learning and growing around the many oppressions people face surrounding health care and its access, according to its current state as defined by capitalism. Such topics we will unpack and explore include classism, racism, cultural appropriation, gender identity and more.

We recognize that for many, the first step on the path of Herbalism is the breaking down of the "green wall". Much like human friendship, when a person is introduced to a plant and spends intentional time with plants, the green wall can fade, and it becomes a possibility to see the unique aspects of individual plants. 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.

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, while also exploring modern ideas and uses surrounding plant medicine. As Herbalists, it is important for us to respect, honor, and acknowledge indigenous plant wisdom, while making it a priority and pledge to never appropriate 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! Plus, the lunches of Wild Gather are still something I fantasize about! What a sweet sweet treat!" - Julia

Program Structure

Class will meet one weekend per month from May to September 2018 :  

  • Saturday May 19th + Sunday May 2oth
  • Saturday June 16th + Sunday June 17th
  • Saturday July 21st + Sunday July 22nd
  • Saturday August 18th + Sunday August 19th
  • Saturday September 15th + Sunday September 16th

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. Lunch will be provided on Saturday and students are asked to bring their own lunch on Sunday. All meals provided are made from wild gathered foods, herbs, and locally + organically grown ingredients. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday.

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, in the apothecary, 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.