A Course in Bioregional Herbalism

Topics Include:

  • Field botany & plant ID

  • Deep observation

  • Herbal ecology

  • Reading the medicinal landscape

  • Developing a local, bioregional materia medica

  • Creating intimacy with the plants

  • Ethical wildcrafting & harvesting techniques and guidelines

  • In-depth medicinal use

  • Building the home apothecary

  • Medicine-making (infusions, decoctions, infused oils, vinegars, syrups, tinctures, elixirs, honeys, oxymels, cordials, salves, body butters, burning bundles, herbal smokes, flower essences, body scrubs, bath salts, perfume, glycerites)



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Class Series meets 1 sunday/month, 10am-4pm
*Sign-up for 1 or more sessions*
2019 Dates
Spring Session- 4/28, 5/26, 6/23
Summer Session- 7/28 & 8/11
Fall Session- 9/15, 10/13, 11/3

8 month Apprenticeship meets 1 sunday/month April-November, 10am-4pm
2019 Dates: 4/14, 5/5, 6/9, 7/14, 8/4, 9/8, 10/6, 11/10

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In this herbal class series we dig deep and forge an intimate connection with each plant we study......

 Each class focuses on 3 plants in depth, based on what is in season and at its prime medicinal stage. Classes are held outside, as we will be “meeting” the plants in their chosen environment- forest edges, wild fields, woodlands and occasionally the herb garden.  Each day we meet follows the same basic format….We’ll start by looking at the big, "ecological picture."  In what type of habitat is the plant growing?  What other plants is it associating with?  What other medicinals are likely to around?  What function(s) might it be performing in the landscape?  Why is it here?

We will cover the botany of the plant- family, genus, species and field ID characteristics.  This will give you the confidence and framework to identify the plants on your own.  Then comes time for deep observation.  An important part of the learning comes from contemplative time with the plant.  This may look different for each of us, but might include journaling, tasting, simply sitting with the plant, photography, meditation, drawing, and so on…After our individual time with the plant we'll circle up and share our experience, if we wish.  Next we'll do an in-depth materia medica of the plant- its uses, medicinal actions, growth requirements, favored medicinal preparation, energetics and more.  Then we’ll do some harvesting in a respectful, ecologically sensitive way.  We will process our harvest into medicine right there in the field.  Each class will focus on 3 different plants, and by the end of each session students can expect to have a wealth of herbal medicine they've made themselves to stock their home apothecary! 

Classes are held in various locales around the Amherst/Northampton area, including Crimson & Clover Farm in FLorence, Next Barn Over Farm in Hadley, Brookfield Farm in Amherst, and the Farm at Avalon in Southampton. 

Registration is OPEN!


Some plants we have covered include Wild Rose (Rosa multiflora), Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris), Plantain (Plantago spp), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), St Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Motherwort (Leonaris cardiaca), Peach Tree (Prunus persica), Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Celandine (Chelidonium majus), Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota), Nettles (Urtica dioica), Jewelweed (Impatiens sp), Goldenrod (Solidego spp), Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis), Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Alfalfa (Medicago sativa), Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), Chickweed (Stellaria media), Evening Primrose (Oneothera biennsis), White Pine (Pinus strobus), Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), Sweet Birch (Betula lenta), Barberry (Berberis spp), Asiatic Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus), Autumn Olive (Eleagnus umbellata), Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana), Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), Sassafrass (Sassafrass albidum), Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma tsugae), Cleavers (Galium aparine), Heal All (Prunella vulgaris), Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea), Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typina), Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Violet (Viola spp), Turkey Tail Mushroom (Trametes versicolor), and Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

~Tuition is $225/session for the spring and fall sessions and $150 for summer session. The From the Roots Up Apprenticeship tuition is $695
~Payment plans available- can be broken into monthly payments. See
registration page for payment plan details
~Limited workstudy available  {more info here} 
~Tuition includes all the plant material for medicine-making, extensive handouts, and the 80 page "From the Roots Up Medicine-Making Guide." Students are responsible for medicine-making supplies
~There will be monthly readings and optional projects for those wanting to deepen their learning even further

To Sign-up:
~Class size is limited and class often fills-up. To register and hold your place in class, visit our registration page!

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The From the Roots Up Apprenticeship

For folks wanting a full immersion in learning our local plants. The apprenticeship meets one Sunday/month April-November, taking the student through the full growing season. Upon completion participants will be fluent in the ID, ecology, and medicinal use of 24 medicinal plants abundant here in our northeast bioregion!  A certificate will be awarded as well, detailing 45 course hours completed in bioregional herbalism. Class size is limited. Register early to hold your spot! {Sign-up}

From the roots up is truly a perfect way to form deeper relationships with plants that actually surround us in our everyday lives. Taking this course, I’ve become not only more aware of the plants that surround me, but I feel more connected to them and to nature- knowing that these plants can help me heal and be whole.
— G.T.
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Jade’s class let me into the homes of these plants and really get to sit with them for the first time. A wonderful first experience identifying plants in their natural habitats. It felt so special making medicine out of these allies right there where we found them.
— A.M.
Your class re-awakened a deep sense of
awe for the world around me, which has
rippled out in so many amazing ways
lately. I can’t thank you enough for that.
— M. L
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I have become enthralled with what is
available to us from the plants around us and
have become much more connected to those
growing right in my own yard. I can’t stop
thinking about everything I learned!
— Antigoni
Taking time to sit in contemplation and meditation with herbs helped me learn so much, not just about the herbs themselves but also in the context of the other flowers, plants and wildlife. Jade has an incredible amount of information both learned and experienced. I am using the knowledge I learned in the class everyday as a Certified Nurse-Midwife.
— S.G.
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