Whether you are a beginner or have been studying for a while, if you want to focus on local wild plants and immersing yourself in our botanical bioregion while learning directly from the plants, this is the class for you. What we will NOT cover in this class is all the fundamentals of herbalism. If you are a beginner and you want to learn ALL about herbalism, please sign up for Level 1: Herbal Foundations.
Our main focus will be the practical applications of local plant medicine. Classes will include: plant identification, practical experience using a botanical key, organoleptic testing using our 5 senses, communing with plant consciousness, discovering bioregional plant guilds, and plant family recognition. This class will be held outdoors in various wild and/or cultivated places around Austin and central Texas. Carpooling will be coordinated when class locations are finalized. We will meet for 17 Saturdays and 2 Wild Immersion Weekends (plus one Sunday for final presentations) from October 2020 through May 2021.
Completion of Level 1: Herbal Foundations (or an equivalent herbalism program) OR related experience in herbal medicine making, gardening, permaculture or naturalism. If you are brand new to herbalism, please check out our Level 1: Herbal Foundations class. Level 1 and Level 2 meet together on Saturdays. If you have questions regarding your qualifications, please contact us.
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. It is our goal to have as much outdoor time together as a class as safety allows, however we have experience from this past Spring teaching the course entirely online and guiding students in their individual outdoor explorations and know that is a viable option if needed.
Here are our current plans so far for this upcoming session:
*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 small groups (of 7 people) and rotate through “sections” with Ginger, Lauren and TAs. We will also require all staff and students to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart at all times, do temperature checks, and ask folks to stay home if they feel sick at all or have a fever. We encourage frequent handwashing and will provide hand sanitizer at all gatherings.
*In lieu of campouts, we will have two Wild Immersion Weekends (one in October and one in April), again breaking students into smaller groups and rotating locations (more details on this to come). These weekends will include a Zoom gathering on Friday night and Outdoor time on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.
*We will make sure that each student is made aware of location options for visiting plants on their own in their area. Some Outdoor class time may be in the form of “curated” plant walks or explorations later in the session (these will be fun- a bit like a scavenger hunt for plants in particular locations).
We are really excited about not just adapting this class for the times, but evolving it and providing materials and experiences that were not available to previous classes. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like address, please feel free to contact us.
Start receiving your student discount of 25% off all of Ginger’s products and consultations 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.
Full Tuition for 8-month program: $2200
Deposit: $300 to hold your spot
Early Bird Discounts
$150 off when you register and pay deposit by April 30th, 2020
$75 off when you register and pay deposit by June 30th, 2020
Pay in Full Discount
$150 off when you pay in full by Aug 31st, 2020
Individual payment plans are offered with a credit card kept on file for pre-determined monthly charges. Please see price options above and email email@example.com with any payment related questions or to inquire about a payment plan. It is best to sign up for the course early to receive all discounts and begin your payment plan in advance.
Some books will be required for the course. Also, 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). Depending on campout locations, there may be a small camping fee.
CLASS REFUND POLICY
Class payments are non-refundable but may be transferred to another class if notice is given 2 weeks prior to the start of class. Please read our full Class Refund Policy.
DATES (subject to slight changes and/or time adjustments):
Sat 10/3 10:30am – 3:30pm
Fri 10/16- Sun 10/18 Wild Immersion Weekend
Sat 10/24 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 10/31 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 11/14 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 11/21 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 1/23 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 1/30 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 2/13 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 2/27 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 3/6 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 3/20 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 3/27 10:30am – 3:30pm
Fri 4/2- Sun 4/4 Wild Immersion Weekend
Sat 4/10 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 4/17 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 4/24 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 5/1 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sat 5/8 10:30am – 3:30pm Student Presentations
Sun 5/9 10:30am – 3:30pm Last Class/ Student Presentations
- October 3, 2020
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
- May 9, 2021
10:30 am - 3:30 pm