Garden Herbalism

Introduction to Garden-Based Herbalism

September – November 2019

Herbal medicines abound in our bioregion. Herbs disguised as ornamentals and “weeds” await your discovery. By studying the foundations of garden-based herbalism, we will learn how to safely prepare and use garden herbs for teas, poultices, salves, tinctures, and more.

In this course, you will smell, feel and taste your way to understanding the uses for dozens of plants from our unique bio-region. This class is not only educational, but also very engaging, entertaining and fun!

For thousands of years, people have been harvesting herbal medicines from their home gardens for basic family needs. Become part of this evolving tradition using the garden and wild lands as a classroom. This is a dynamic and hands-on introduction to the art and practical application of garden herbalism.

We will spend over half of our time outdoors, where we’ll harvest common herbs and discuss their uses and cultivation. We will then bring the herbs back to the classroom and learn how to make effective teas, oils and remedies for commonly encountered health challenges including stress, sleeplessness, indigestion, and minor wounds.

By effectively preparing and using herbs, we inspire and empower the healer within. This work rejuvenates the senses and steeps us in the wonder of nature’s healing powers. Participants will leave with an abundance of practical and easily implemented information, and a sampling of herb plants to transplant at home.


Dates & Times

There will be 7 Monday classes (3 hours long each) and 2 Saturday class (5 hours) for a total of 31 hours.

  • Monday, September 23rd, 5:30 – 8:30pm

  • Saturday, September 28th, 10am – 3pm

  • Monday, September 30th, 5:30 – 8:30pm

  • Monday, October 7th, 5:30 – 8:30pm

  • Monday, October 14th, 5:30 – 8:30pm

  • Saturday, October 19th, 10am – 3pm

  • Monday, October 21st, 5:30 – 8:30pm

  • Monday, October 28th, 5:30 – 8:30pm

  • Monday, November 18th, 5:30 – 8:30pm


 About Darren Huckle

Darren is passionate about the study, practice, and teaching of holistic health. He has spent over 20 years cultivating a deep knowledge of holistic life skills including western and Chinese herbal medicines, organic farming, nutrition, meditation, and Qi Gong. He is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and teaches at Five Branches University, Esalen Institute, and University of California, Santa Cruz. A dynamic teacher and clinician, Darren loves his work and constantly expands his understanding of the human condition in wellness and sickness.

Learn more about Darren Huckle’s offerings at Roots of Wellness


 About Paula Grainger

Paula Grainger graduated as an herbalist from The University of Westminster in London, England in 2004. She works with clients on both sides of the Atlantic as an herbal wellness practitioner, and delights in sharing her love of plant medicines through teaching and writing about herbs. She is the creator of The English Herbalist range of herbal skincare products and has authored two books: ADAPTOGENS and INFUSE: Herbal Teas to Cleanse Nourish and Heal, which has been translated into more than ten languages. Paula brings her deep knowledge of the ancestral British herbal tradition to the California herb garden.

Learn more about Paula’s herbal journey or follow her on Instagram @paulagrainger.


Tuition is $450, and registration is limited to 15 students.
The course is now full. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there readings, videos, and other materials to supplement our time together?

There are no required readings, though here is a list of recommendations:

How do I register?

Please use the PayPal link above. Registration includes access to all course sessions. There is a PayPal Handing Fee included in the price. You do not need a PayPal account to register. Clicking on the Pay Now button will take you to the PayPal site, and then once you make your payment please fill out the additional form to complete registration.

What should I bring to class?

Please bring sun hat, a 16 or 32 oz jar with lid for making garden teas, comfortable shoes for walking, and a notebook.

What is the refund policy?

Cancellations up to two weeks before the course begins will be refunded, excluding a $150 processing fee. No refunds are given after that date.

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