The Sage Country Herbs Botanical Field 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. Nurture your relationship with the earth. We are all part of nature, but our fast-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. Several guest teachers will join us & paint the edges of our consciousness with historic botanical folklore, mycology, flower essences and more!
This is a small, dedicated class, will spend 2-3 full days in the field, and meets for (2-3) three-hour lectures per month.
Only seriously interested and dedicated participants need 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.
There are two campouts throughout the program, with our final field class being 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:
This is an active class, in nature for hours, sometimes hiking miles in a day
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So we can learn about you and fill you in on the details. This also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
This is the lecture series for the Sage Country Herbs Botanical Field Apprenticeship but is also a stand-alone class.
This is a great class to dive into herbal medicine!
2 lectures per month on herbal actions and energetics of locally abundant southwest plants. Covering the native and non-native food and medicinal plants of Southern California Chaparral, Sage Scrub, Riparian and Desert ecosystems. We also cover historical uses of native flora, tasting, smelling and experiencing fresh plants and extracts.
Topics covered include:
*Herbal Actions of local Southwest plants and their historical medicinal uses, how to use them when it’s appropriate, and organ system physiology associated with herbs and their actions.
*Actions covered include: Astringents, Bitter, Aromatic, Diuretic, Diaphoretic, Trophorestorative, Alterative, Demulcent, Emollient, Nervine, Analgesic, Anesthetic and more.
*Organ system physiology including Digestive, Respiratory, Integumentary, Renal, Lymphatic, Liver, Central Nervous System and more.
*Concepts covering the vitality of plants, constitution of place, organoleptically experiencing the plant world
*Intro to medicine making including teas, tinctures, acetums, etc
*Intro to formulating products such as salves, syrups, respiratory lozenges, in our final lab day of medicine making, etc.
If you’re interested, click on the button below to request an interview