Introduction to Herbalism & Medicine-Making
At the Santa Cruz Permaculture Farm
6 weekends in 6 months
April – September & October – March
Join seasoned herbalist Devalina Waring and guest instructors for a comprehensive introduction to herbalism and medicine making.
In this practical and fun class, participants will learn how to source, make, and use a wide range of herbal medicines. We’ll build your home apothecary by making tinctures, syrups, oils, salves, lotions, pastilles and much more. We’ll introduce herbal actions such as Adaptogens, Calmatives/Sedatives, Immunostimulants, Qi tonics and Harmonizers that can be grown in our gardens or sourced locally. We’ll also discuss the crucial role diet and nutrition play in promoting our vitality, immunity, and resilience to stress. Whether you’re interested in herbal medicine and want to begin your journey or are just looking for natural ways to support your energy and nervous system, relax more, and sleep better, all within a supportive community of practice, this class will teach you an abundance of tools that you will use for decades to come.
Course Dates & Times
Join any time! Sign up now for the whole series or join us midway through the program.
Saturday 10am to 5pm & Sunday 10am to 3pm
Fall 2023-Winter 2024 (Herbalism6)
Individual Weekend Attendance Available
October 14-15, 2023
November 11-12, 2023
December 9-10, 2023
January 13-14, 2024
February 10-11, 2024
March 9-10, 2024
Spring-Summer 2024 (Herbalism6)
April 13-14, 2024
May 11-12, 2024
June 8-9, 2024
July 13-14, 2024
August 10-11, 2024
September 14-15, 2024
Session One: Basics
- Explore the basics of herbalism: the how, what and why we use herbs.
- Explore the language of plants, learn how to engage with plants and become familiar with botanical vocabulary.
- Study herbal actions, constitution basics, and herbal dosage.
- Gain proficiency in the art of tea making and blending. Learn about infusions, sun teas, decoctions, and more.
- Learn about ethical wildcrafting.
- Discover how to source high quality herbs and learn best practices in drying/storing herbs.
Session Two: Immune
- Explore herbs for building a healthy immune system.
- Learn all about immunmodulators and immunostimulants.
- Explore the wonderful world of medicinal mushrooms.
- Make herbal syrups and fire cider.
- Make herbal gummies and pastilles.
- Learn about herbal vinegars and botanical waters
Session Three: Nervous System + Botany
- Gain understanding of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and the benefits that a well regulated nervous system can provide.
- Learn about adaptogens, Qi tonics, and Nervines.
- Learn to identify plant families, their scientific names, and cultural history of plants.
- Understand the reproductive parts of plants, and how plants photosynthesize and communicate across landscapes.
- Explore the basics of plant constituents.
Session Four: Kitchen Herbalism
- Explore digestion and nutrition basics to support overall health.
- Learn how herbs can support the digestion system.
- Discover herbal flavors and taste, and how they interact with the body.
- Learn about herbal monographs and materia medica.
- Make various herbal culinary items like herbal salts, vinegars, oils, pesto & herbally-infused ghee.
Session Five: Skin System & Tincture Land
- Discover the supplies needed for making herbal preparations.
- Make herbal body oils, salves, lotions & poultices.
- Explore the basics of oxymel, tincture, and glycerine making.
- Learn about herbal first aid and the tools you need to make your own
first aid kit that’s tailored to your lifestyle.
Session Six: The Herbal Garden
- Get to know characteristics and ideal growing conditions for different plants.
- Dig into soil microbiology and structure, the carbon cycle, and how water moves in soil.
- Learn about holistic pest management, beneficial insects, and supporting your local biome.
- Differentiate between growing habits of annuals, biennials, and perennials and how to plan your garden thoughtfully.
- Explore the many methods of propagation and what works best for particular plants.
- Learn about watering and nutritional needs, the importance of mulch, and the basics of building rich compost.
- Discover the benefits of biodiversity and closed-loop gardening.
- Gain hands-on experience seeding, transplanting, pruning, and harvesting herbs.
$1295 – Full Tuition
$1195 – Early Bird Discount – Register before September 15th, 2023 and Save $100
$1095 – Super Early Bird Discount – Register before August 15th, 2023 and Save $200
$295 – One Session Only
$995 – Partner / Spouse Discount – When one partner registers for the full course, the second gets a discount
$995 – Teacher Discount – For K-12, College and University Teachers
$795 – Youth Discount – When an adult registers for the full course, their child gets a discount (ages 13-18)
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