Field Apprenticeship Description

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:

  • 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
  • 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,  sometimes hiking miles in a day                                     

Video credit: Special thanks to Sama Wareh.

January thru May
  • Cost of Apprenticeship is $2000 for approximately 150 field, lecture, and lab hours.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $200 and an interview are required to reserve your spot;
  • limited class size will fill up quickly!
  • A $200 discount is offered, if paid in full before December 1st prior to class start.
  • A $100 discount is offered when $1000 is paid before December 1st prior to class start
  • Discounts cannot be combined.
  • Payment plans are available upon written approval.
  • An interview is a prerequisite before your deposit will be accepted.
  • Click on the button below to request an interview

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.

  • Use the opt-in form to begin the registration process
  • 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. (Live or on-line options are available)
  • 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 Actions and Energetics of Southwest Plants Lecture Series

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

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