I’ve always wanted to be able to offer a true herbal apprenticeship, and the time is now! The value of being able to work closely with an herbalist is immeasurable. I am pleased to be able to offer this opportunity now at an advanced level.
We are rewriting everything about our past “teacher’s assistantships” and embarking on a new pandemic-ready version that truly involves our Level 2 Herbalist Apprentices in every aspect of outdoor teaching.
The Herbalist Apprenticeship is designed to guide you to fully embody the herbal experiences and plant knowledge you have been building. One of the most powerful ways of doing that is through teaching. My goal is to provide you with instruction, practice, support, and the opportunity for the real-life experience of teaching herbalism to our Level 1 students in the field. The Apprenticeship will provide an unparalleled opportunity to teach on a regular basis during Saturday classes. It will also include extensive preparation with Ginger and Lauren to help you succeed and ensure that you have all the tools you need to be able to teach.
Components of the Apprenticeship are:
1. Coaching & Teaching Prep (Tuesday nights)
2. Teaching Level 1 (Saturdays)
3. Botany: Terminology, Plant Families, Local Plant IDs (Review & Expand knowledge)
4. Materia Medica / Plant Constituents / Best extraction/preparation methods for each plant / constituent
5. Individual Mentoring (up to 2 hours per month with Ginger)
The Apprenticeship lasts 10 months, beginning in August to prepare for the first Saturday teaching in October. We will meet Tuesday evenings (sometimes via zoom, sometimes social-distancing outdoors) 2-4x a month over the course of the 10 months. During these apprenticeship meetings (as well as for homework), we will prepare and delve deeper into the lessons for the upcoming Saturday classes. You will hone your botany skills, as well as dive deep into specific herbs, similar to the way you did with your presentations at the end of level one. Most meetings, we will have practice sessions where you will be able to present what you have prepared. I am there to coach you and make sure that what you teach is accurate, coherent, and that you feel confident sharing your knowledge! You will also be guided in creating handouts on specific topics.
Each Saturday class, the Herbalist Apprentices (in teams of two) will teach a small group of Level 1 students (7-8 people) a predetermined and prepared topic (e.g. particular plants, or an aspect of botany) in the wild. Teaching on Saturdays is a required component of the course, but Apprentices will also be invited to participate in Monday night Zoom classes to review material covered in Level 1.
In addition to our group meetings, Ginger will be available for one-on-one mentoring with individual Apprentices to focus on their specific goals, for up to 2 hours each month.
If you are interested in joining us as an Herbalist Apprentice, please contact us before making your deposit.
Completion of our Level 1: Herbal Foundations Program.
We prefer that you have completed Herbal Foundations with Sacred Journey School of Herbalism. If you are a graduate of another program and would like to be considered, please contact us.
Full Apprenticeship cost is Sliding Scale $1,500 – $3,000
*We realize that these are challenging times for many. Please pay what you can on the sliding scale. If your employment has not been affected by the pandemic, please consider paying on the higher end. If you are experiencing financial hardship and would like to participate, please reach out to us so we can help brainstorm other options.
Individual monthly automatic payment plans are offered as needed (serviced by PayPal). Please see price options above and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any payment related questions or to inquire about a payment plan.
Apprenticeship Class Dates (via Zoom or Outdoors)
Tuesdays, 6pm – 8pm
August 11, 18, 25
September 8, 22, 29
October 13, 20, 27
November 10, 17
December 8, 15
January 5, 19, 26
February 9, 23
March 2, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11
Approximately 10:30 am – 3:30 pm (times may vary slightly with location and season)
Fri 10/16- Sun 10/18 Wild Immersion Weekend
October 24, 31
November 14, 21
January 23, 30
February 13, 27
March 6, 20, 27
Fri 4/2- Sun 4/4 Wild Immersion Weekend
April 10, 17, 24
May 8 & 9 Student Presentations
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 Apprentices. 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.
- August 11, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- May 9, 2021
10:30 am - 3:30 pm