ABOUT THE COURSE
SJS Founder Ginger Webb 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.
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 is taught by Ginger Webb and various wonderful guest teachers and herbal apprentices throughout the year. Guest instructor topics include: herb cultivation, hydrosols & basics of aromatherapy, flower essences, mushroom cultivation & medicine, and fermentation.
The Outdoor program includes:
- Approximately 125 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)
- 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!
This course can be taken on it’s own or simultaneously with with Level 1: “ONLINE Foundations of Herbalism”. The ONLINE and OUTDOOR sections together are considered the FULL COURSE. If you are interested in the FULL COURSE, you can find those details here: https://gingerwebb.com/classes/level-1-full-course-2023-2024/?
If it works better with your schedule and budget, you can take one section at a time, over the course of two years.
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
Full Tuition for 8-month program: $2250
Non-Refundable Deposit to hold spot: $300
Early Bird Discounts
$150 off when you register and pay deposit by May 31st, 2023
$75 off when you register and pay deposit by June 30th, 2023
Pay in Full Discount
$150 off when you pay in full by Aug 31st, 2023
Deposit (to hold spot in class) at time of Registration = $300
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 transferable 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 $100 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
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 slight changes and/or time adjustments):
Sat 9/30 & Sun 10/1 9:00am – 3pm
Sat 10/21 & Sun 10/22 10:00am – 4pm
Sat 11/11 & Sun 11/12 10:00am – 4pm
Sat 12/2 & Sun 12/3 10:00am – 4pm
Sat 1/20 & Sun 1/21 10:00am – 4pm
Sat 2/24 & Sun 2/25 10:00am – 4pm
Sat 3/23 & Sun 3/24 10:00am – 4pm
Sat 4/13 & Sun 4/14 10:00am – 4pm
Sat 5/4 10:00am – 4pm
Sun 5/5 9:00am – 5pm In-Person Presentations & Potluck
September 30, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
May 5, 2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm