ABOUT THE COURSE:
This course is taught by Ginger Webb and various wonderful guest teachers and level 2 apprentices throughout the year.
Level 1: Foundations of Herbalism involves both experiential and intuitive learning as well as lecture style and scientific observation out in the field. Ginger is passionate about connecting people with herbs, and is dedicated to empowering a generation of new herbalists and furthering the craft of herbalism to help the planet.
The 8-month Herbal Foundations Program is the primary program being offered by Ginger Webb and Sacred Journey School of Herbalism. We have updated the curriculum to include as much outdoor time as possible! The program includes Saturday outdoor classes, Tuesday night Zoom classes, two Wild Immersion weekends, hands-on medicine making and more. The full program has been expanded to 200+ hours.
The course includes lectures, experiential learning, medicine making, botanical field identification, plant families, wild harvesting, intuitive plant meditation (“plant sitting”), chakras, and a holistic perspective on human physiology and wellness. It also includes weekend retreats of wild-harvesting and medicine making, a special project of your own choosing, and the opportunity for personal herbal mentoring with Ginger.
Course Updates due to Covid-19:
While learning about plants and gaining a deep understanding of herbal medicines is always of value, we feel that during a pandemic it is especially valuable. This is an important time to be doing this work and we are committed to continuing our classes in engaging and safe ways.
The greater Herbal Community is by and large united in our commitment to flattening the curve. With that in mind, we are making sure that all Sacred Journey School of Herbalism classes are operating in accordance with the guidelines suggested by the American Herbalists Guild and our Local & State Governments.
While we cannot see the future, we are basing our plans on the current guidelines and will always have the option to adjust if they become more or less restrictive at any time.
Here are our current plans this upcoming session:
*Our lecture-style Tuesday night classes will be held online via Zoom (and recorded for viewing afterward).
*We will provide packages of herbs to each student for you to experience as a tea or tincture during our classes. These will be available for pickup at scheduled time in Austin the weekend before class begins. You may request shipping for an additional fee.
*Our goal is to keep our Saturday Outdoor classes in person as much as possible. To keep everyone safe, we will divide the class into groups and rotate through “sections” with Ginger, Lauren and our Apprentices. We may also require all staff and students to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart at all times, and ask folks to stay home if they feel sick at all or have a fever. We encourage frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
*We will have two Wild Immersion Weekends (one in October and one in April), again breaking students into smaller groups and rotating through sections. These weekends will include extended Outdoor time on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am – 5pm.
If you have any questions or concerns that you would like address, please feel free to contact us.
For folks who live outside of Central Texas or those who can only participate virtually, we now have an option to sign up for just the Tuesday evening lecture-style portion of the class here: https://gingerwebb.com/classes/virtual-herbal-medicine-level-1-foundations-of-herbalism-tuesday-nights-only-sept-2022-may-2023/
As a Level 1 Student, you will receive:
- Lifetime access to our private SJS Student Forum where you can connect with instructors, students and alumni
- 25% Student discount on all Texas Medicinals herbal products while enrolled in the school
- Exclusive access to participate as a vendor in our Farmer’s Market Booth
- Access to our curated library of recommended herb resources
- Curated hikes on private land and reserved natural areas around Austin
- Access to harvest and make medicine on private land
- Lifetime relationships with Herbal Elders
If you are interested in this course, please call Ginger at 512-766-3574 before you make your deposit to chat and make sure the school is a good fit for you.
What our Students have to say about their Level 1 experience:
“ Thank you everyone. This has been an amazing 9 months! Ginger thank you for creating this magical world and for being so open and generous with your love of the plants and your knowledge of their magic. You bring together the most amazing people- such a special experience.”
– Alex Manley, Level 1 Grad 2022
“ Truly such a healing space you create, Ginger. Wow. You and your school create the space for deep, personal and collective level healing. THIS is what it looks like to weave new stories and new ways of being. This is the kind of healing that changes the fabric of our world.”
-Shaina Rico, Level 1 Grad 2022
Full Tuition for 8-month program: $3,500
Deposit to hold spot: $350
*Learn about our Reparations Scholarships here
Early Bird Discounts
$300 off when you register and pay deposit by Jan 31st, 2022
$200 off when you register and pay deposit by Feb 28th, 2022
$150 off when you register and pay deposit by May 31st, 2022
EXTENDED! $100 off when you register and pay deposit by July 15th, 2022
Pay in Full Discount
$200 off when you pay in full by Aug 31st, 2022
Deposit (to hold spot in class) at time of Registration = $350
Full Payment due by by Aug 31st 2022 OR Payment Plan set up prior
Individual monthly automatic payment plans are offered as needed (serviced by PayPal). A minimum of $2000 is due by Sept 5th (1 week before class begins). Please see price options above and email email@example.com with any payment related questions or to inquire about a payment plan. We prefer that payment plans be complete by Dec 31st, 2022. It is best to sign up for the course early to receive all discounts and begin your payment plan in advance.
CLASS REFUND POLICY
Deposits and class payments are non-refundable, but may be used toward future classes within a one year period if you contact us to withdraw at least 2 weeks BEFORE the class begins. If you withdraw after this time period, all payments made are not refundable or transferrable AND your full balance is still due if your payment plan is not complete. Please understand that your tuition pays for a seat during that school year and that is why we have to stick to this policy. We begin gathering class supplies months before class begins. If you have to miss classes, we will work with you to help you make up the material. We know that circumstances change and life challenges come up, but we cannot make exceptions. Please read our full Class Refund Policy.
To register, pay your deposit online and respond to our application questions (during online checkout process). We will confirm your registration via email and/or contact you if we have further questions. Reach out to us via our contact form or give us a call if you have further questions. You are also invited to attend an open house- look for them on the class page and join our email list to be notified when new dates are added.
Space is limited, so please make sure to sign up early!
Start receiving your student discount of 25% off all of Ginger’s products and services as soon as you register and pay your course deposit. Discount remains active throughout your enrollment in Level 1: Herbal Foundations and select Level 2 courses.
Covers all classes, camping fees (if applicable), a wealth of on-line library access, and all herbs consumed in class. It also includes most of the ingredients used in apothecary hours (with the exception of alcohol).
Several books will be required for the course. The tools of a wildcrafter and for medicine making will need to be purchased or acquired over the course of the first few months. This includes clippers, jars, alcohol or vegetable glycerin, etc. Individual state park entrance fees are not covered by tuition (typically $5 – $10 per day).
SCHEDULE & LOCATIONS
Tuesday evening classes will be held virtually via Zoom from 6:30 – 9:00pm. Saturday classes meet in various outdoor locations around Austin and the environs, usually from 10am – 3:30pm (times vary slightly with the season and location- see schedule at end of page). Locations and addresses will be provided on the syllabus at our first class. Schedule is always subject to slight changes based on weather and other factors. SJS will confirm all outdoor class locations and times during the week before each outdoor class.
30 Tuesday Nights
There is no official certification process for herbalists in the US. We give a paper certificate for Level 1 completion stating the number of hours of the completed course and general topics covered. Attendance of at least 80% of classes and a final presentation are required to officially complete the course and receive a certificate. Feel free to contact us with questions.
DATES (subject to change and/or time adjustments on Saturdays):
Sat 9/10 Herb Pick Up (times TBD)
Tues 9/13 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 9/20 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 9/27 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 10/1 9:00am – 2:30pm
Tues 10/4 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 10/8 9:00am – 2:30pm
Tues 10/11 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 10/15 – Sun 10/16 Wild Immersion Weekend, 8:30am – 5pm each day
Tues 10/18 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 10/25 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 10/29 9:00am – 2:30pm
Tues 11/1 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 11/5 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tues 11/8 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 11/12 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tues 11/15 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 11/19 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tues 11/29 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 12/3 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tues 12/6 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 12/10 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tues 12/13 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 1/3 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 1/10 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 1/17 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 1/21 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tues 1/31 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 1/28 10:00am – 3:30pm (Rain Date)
Tues 2/7 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 2/21 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 2/25 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tues 2/28 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 3/4 10:00am – 3:30pm (Rain Date)
Tues 3/7 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 3/11 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tues 3/21 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 3/25 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tues 3/28 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 4/1 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tues 4/4 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 4/8 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tues 4/11 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 4/15- Sun 4/16 Wild Immersion Weekend, 8:30am – 5pm each day
Tues 4/18 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 4/22 9:00am – 2:30pm
Tues 4/25 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 4/29 9:00am – 2:30pm
Tues 5/2 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 5/6 9:00am – 2:30pm
Tues 5/9 6:30pm – 9:00pm Make-Up class (if needed)
Sat 5/13 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Final Presentations In Person
Tues 5/16 6:30pm – 9:00pm Final Presentations Online
September 12, 2022
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
May 15, 2023
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
September 13, 2022
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
May 16, 2023
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm