Field Apprenticeship Description

The Sage Country Herbs Botanical Exploration Apprenticeship combines the study of botany(the study of plants) and the ecology of diverse environments with the benefits of making and using herbal medicine, while also nurturing your relationship with nature. We are all part of nature, but our face-paced world builds both physical and symbolic barriers to this connection. The easiest way to reconnect is by getting yourself back into nature.

This apprenticeship is for anyone interested in learning about the natural world.

We will be covering all the information listed in the syllabus below. We will be joined by several guest teachers who will paint the edges of our consciousness with historic botanical folklore, mycology, flower essences and more!

This is a small, dedicated class, spends 2-3 full days in the field, and meets for (2-3) three-hour lectures per month.

Only seriously interested and dedicated participants need to apply. Classes in the field are all day events, due to the variety of places we go, you may have an hour or more of driving as well.

The final field class will be a camp-out, Saturday overnight to Sunday. Carpooling is necessary throughout the apprenticeship to reduce our footprint. With carpooling, riders will be asked to contribute money toward gas for our adventures.

Areas of Study:

  • Botany
  • Introduction to understanding and using the Jepson manual flora
  • Common Family characteristics
  • Ecology of National Forests of Southern California
  • Fire Ecology
  • Herbal Actions and Energetics of locally abundant plants
  • Aromatic, Bitters, Astringents, Nervines, Diaphoretics, Demulcents, etc
  • Physiology of organ systems and corresponding local herbs
  • How to prepare, dose and apply herbal remedies.
  • Wilderness comfort and protection
  • Wild Food Foraging
  • Bioregional Herbalism
  • Ethical Wildcrafting
  • Making Herbal Medicine in the field
  • Activities to Deepen Your Relationship with Nature

This is an active class, in nature for hours, hiking sometimes miles in a day.

January 2018-May 2018 –

Cost of Apprenticeship is $1600 for approximately 140 field, lecture, and lab hours.

A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required reserve your spot;

limited class size will fill up quickly! This class is officially full!

A $200 discount is offered if paid in full before December 1st, 2017. OR

A $100 discount is offered when $900 is paid before January 1st, 2018

Discounts cannot be combined.

Payments plans are available.

An interview is required so we can learn about you and fill you in on the details and you can ask any questions you may have.

Email shanalipner@gmail.com to set up an interview

Tuition fees cover classes, handouts, parking fees and botany kit. Students are responsible for providing medicine making ingredients, gas money contribution, personal water, and daily lunch.

Since the botanical information builds upon itself, you are committing to be present at all classes.

If this commitment is too much right now, the 36-hour lecture series is available as a solo class.

Or sign up for the mailing list and join us on one of many workshops, or at one of Shana’s plant walks and local classes and workshops.

Herbal Concepts and Southwest Materia Medica lecture Series

36-hour lecture series is part of the Botanical Apprenticeship. If you can’t commit to the field classes for whatever the reason, the lecture series can be taken as a separate class.

Two-three (3) hour lectures per month on herbal actions and energetics of locally abundant southwest plants. Covering the native and non-native food and medicinal plants growing around us. We also cover herbal concepts and historical uses of native flora, tasting, smelling and experiencing fresh plants and extracts.