ABOUT THE COURSE:
This Level 1 course is what we refer to as the “FULL COURSE” – all the online classes (30 total) and all the outdoor classes (9 weekends total) combined into one, running from September to May. We have designed the Level 1 program in such a way that you can take (1) the full course, (2) just the online, or (3) just the outdoor.
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 other wild plants, and is dedicated to empowering a generation of new herbalists. No prior herbal experience is necessary to join us on this journey — it is both a wonderful place to begin your studies and an excellent way to deepen your knowledge if you have already dabbled in herbalism.
This course consists of two sections, taught by Ginger Webb and various wonderful guest teachers and herbal apprentices throughout the year. This FULL COURSE option is to take both sections simultaneously for a fully immersive experience (and a considerable tuition discount!). However, if it works better with your schedule and budget, you can take one section at a time, over the course of two years.
Level 1: “ONLINE Foundations of Herbalism” — Tuesday Night Zoom Classes (30 classes, 75 hours total)
These live, interactive lecture-style Zoom classes focus on foundational herbal concepts and tools for understanding plant medicines, experiential learning, basic physiology, and building a materia medica of over 100 herbs. Herbs are organized using the chakra system — we begin at the Root Chakra in the fall and work our way up throughout the course, naturally weaving together our knowledge of both the physical and energetic actions of herbs.
Optional Herbal Goodie Bag & Printed Class notebook:
All students will be provided with a list of herbs we recommend tasting along during our Zoom classes and a digital copy of our class notebook (includes detailed syllabus, handouts, etc.). Students have the option to purchase a pre-made Herbal Goodie Bag kit from us with 75 herbs and a printed copy of the notebook — this is recommended and much more economical than gathering all the herbs yourself (some of which have been wild harvested by Ginger and are not available in commerce)!
*If you are interested in taking only the ONLINE class at this time, you can find those details here: https://gingerwebb.com/classes/level-1-online-foundations-of-herbalism-tuesday-nights-only-sept-2023-april-2024/?
Level 1: OUTDOOR Wild Texas Herbalism (approximately 125 hours)
These in-person, outdoor weekends focus on our local wild & cultivated plants in the field. We spend our time primarily outdoors in Austin and the surrounding areas, immersing ourselves in our botanical bioregion while learning directly from the plants. Our main focus is the practical applications of local plant medicine, including identification, how & when to harvest, medicinal preparations, and sitting with the plants. A wonderful aspect of this in-person course is the sense of community created throughout our time together, with both the humans in the course and the land & plants we interact with. The outdoor program also includes guest instructors teaching herb cultivation, hydrosols & basics of aromatherapy, flower essences, and fermentation.
*If you are interested in taking only the OUTDOOR class at this time, you can find those details here: https://gingerwebb.com/classes/level-1-wild-texas-herbalism-sept-2023-may-2024/?
This full program includes:
- Approximately 200 hours of study
- 9 Monthly In-Person weekends in Central Texas (in and around Austin), primarily Outdoors with the plants
- 2 class campouts on In-Person weekends (one in the Fall and one in the Spring)
- 30 Tuesday night Zoom classes
- Hands-on medicine making
- Experiential learning
- Botanical field identification
- Study of plant families
- Wild harvesting
- Intuitive plant meditation (“plant sitting”)
- A holistic perspective on human physiology and wellness
- A final project on a plant your own choosing
- The opportunity for personal herbal mentoring with Ginger…and more!
As a Level 1 Student, you will receive:
- Lifetime access to our private SJS Student Forums (via Facebook and WhatsApp) 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 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 but want to find out more, please attend one of our online Zoom open houses, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Ginger at 512-766-3574.
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: $3,200
Non-Refundable Deposit to hold spot: $350
Optional Herbal Goodie Bag & Printed Class Notebook: $375
(includes 75 herbs to taste along during class! For folks who opt to not purchase, we will send a digital notebook & list of herbs.)
*Learn about our Reparations Scholarships here
Early Bird Discounts
$300 off when you register and pay deposit by Dec 31st, 2022
$200 off when you register and pay deposit by Feb 28th, 2023
$100 off when you register and pay deposit by May 31st, 2023
$50 off when you register and pay deposit by July 31st, 2023
Pay in Full Discount
$200 off when you pay in full by Aug 31st, 2023
Deposit (to hold spot in class) at time of Registration = $350
Full Payment due by by Aug 31st 2023 OR Payment Plan set up prior
Individual monthly automatic payment plans are offered as needed (serviced by PayPal). A minimum of ½ of your tuition is due by the first class. Remaining balances are due by Dec. 31st, 2023. It is best to sign up for the course early to receive all discounts and begin your payment plan in advance. Please see price options above and email email@example.com with any payment related questions or to inquire about a payment plan.
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 and cannot fill your spot after class has begun. 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 and a wealth of on-line library access during your enrollment in the course. It also includes most of the ingredients used in apothecary hours (with the exception of alcohol).
Several books will be required for the course (approx $150-200 if purchased new, but you can find many of them used for much less). The tools of a wildcrafter and for medicine making will need to be purchased or acquired over the course of the class. 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 & Sunday classes meet in various outdoor locations around Austin and the environs, usually from 10am – 4pm (times may vary slightly with the season and location). 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.
Full list of dates & times is at the bottom of this page.
There is no official certification process for herbalists in the US- no matter what other schools may claim to offer. 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. Class hours with Sacred Journey School of Herbalism are recognized by the American Herbalists’ Guild and other renowned herbal schools. Feel free to contact us with questions on this topic.
DATES (subject to change and/or time adjustments on Saturdays & Sundays):
Sat 9/9 Herb Pick Up for Austin area students (times TBD)
Tues 9/12 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 9/19 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 9/26 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 9/30 & Sun 10/1 9:00am – 3pm
Tues 10/3 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 10/10 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 10/17 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 10/21 & Sun 10/22 10:00am – 4pm
Tues 10/24 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 11/4 & Sun 11/5 10:00am – 4pm
Tues 11/7 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 11/14 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 11/28 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 12/2 & Sun 12/3 10:00am – 4pm
Tues 12/5 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 12/12 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 1/2 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 1/9 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 1/16 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 1/20 & Sun 1/21 10:00am – 4pm
Tues 1/23 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 1/30 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 2/6 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 2/13 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 2/20 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 2/24 & Sun 2/25 10:00am – 4pm
Tues 2/27 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 3/5 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 3/19 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 3/23 & Sun 3/24 10:00am – 4pm
Tues 3/26 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 4/2 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 4/9 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat 4/13 & Sun 4/14 10:00am – 4pm
Tues 4/16 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 4/23 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Tues 4/30 6:30pm – 9:00pm Online Presentations
Sat 5/4 10:00am – 4pm
Sun 5/5 9:00am – 4pm In-Person Presentations
September 12, 2023
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
May 5, 2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm