8-month Herbal Apprenticeship. Early Bird price until 1 March 2017. See below for details. We hope you can join! 

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Erin Vanhee, , LMT. Herbalist

Erin Vanhee, , LMT. Herbalist

Kelly Ann Nickerson, MS. Herbalist

Kelly Ann Nickerson, MS. Herbalist

This 128-hour apprenticeship is designed around the concept of building a foundation of herbal knowledge. We believe that by building a stronger foundation with each passing month, our students benefit with knowledge that will stick with them for a lifetime. 
This course of study is comprehensive including plant identification, sustainable harvesting and practical applications of herbs. All herbal medicine preparations will made by you with expert guidance and informative training for all sorts of individual life paths. 
In this 8-month program, we offer 2-day intensives each month (March - October), allowing abundant time for students to connect with plants in their natural habitat over the course of three seasons. The very nature of herbalism is ever changing as the plants grow from early spring into late autumn. The visual aspect of identification alone is a valuable course of study! 
At the end of your apprenticeship, you will be able to identify native medicinal and edible plants in three seasons, understand when and how to sustainably harvest roots, bark, leaf, flower and seed of wild and cultivated plants and how to skillfully prepare herbal medicines from fresh and dried plants. You will feel confidence in continuing your life-long journey with plants as your allies. 

Course of Study:
-Materia medica with a focus on Pacific Northwest plants*. 
-Field Study - Pacific Northwest plant identification in their native habitat through observation, plant morphology, and plant taxonomy. 
-Wild-crafting and harvest techniques of root, bark, leaf, flower, and seed.
-Medicine making skills (mostly standardized methods) for internal and external application. 
-Constituent classes and herbal actions.
-Using food as medicine through wild edibles and herbal tonics.
-Anatomy and physiology for the herbalist.
-Communication skills, holding space, talk story, and ethics. 
-Organic growing, propagation of medicinal herbs.

*Plants we will study during your apprenticeship include: 
Arnica (Arnica spp.), Arrowleaf Balsam (Balsamorhiza spp.), Artemesia (Artemesia suksdorfii), Bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Coltsfoot (Petasites palmatus), Cottonwood (Populus balsamifera), Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Devils club (Oplopanax horridus), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Elderberry (Sambucus spp.), Grindelia (Grindelia squarrosa), Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), Kinnikinick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), Licorice fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza), Nettle (Urtica lyallii), Oregon grape (Mahonia spp.), Plantain (Plantago spp.), Raspberry (Rubus idaeus), Red Root (Ceanothus spp.), Rose (Rosa spp.), St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum), Trillium (Trillium ovatum), Valerian (Valeriana sitchensis), Willow (Salix spp.), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium). 

Weekend Time and Dates:

128 hours over 8 months from March to October.
8:30 - 5:30pm Saturday and Sunday; one weekend per month. 
Mar 25/26 * April 8/9 * May 6/7 * June 10/11 * July 8/9 * August 5/6 * Sept 2/3 * Oct 7/8

Training also includes home study and testing of knowledge: 
(2) herbal monographs.
Required reading.
Final medicine making project
Certification of Accomplishment provided upon completion of program. 
6 quizzes through out program (during weekends 2-7).
2 open book tests.

We believe testing is a great way to instill information. We strongly recommend connecting with fellow students in between live class sessions. We believe the ever-so-valuable extension of knowledge from your fellow students of the program is a great learning tool. 

120 hours and all home study and testing must be completed in order to receive Certification of Accomplishment. 

Location: Apprentices will meet in Sedro Woolley or Concrete locations for most sessions with field trips to Anacortes, Whidbey Island and Methow Valley.

Lodging: Camping space available. Indoor lodging optional.
Requirements: Must be willing to hike moderate trails throughout program. 

Tuition: $1500. Early Bird: $1350 if paid in full before March 1, 2017.

Monthly payment arrangements can be made with a non refundable deposit of $500 and (5) monthly payments of $200.00.

To register: Send a $400 deposit through PayPal to naturallykellyann@gmail.com - send through the friends and family method. Please note that this deposit is nonrefundable. Space is limited- register today!


Once payment is received, we will email you a quick correspondence to learn more about you and connect directly.

Scholarships: If you are in need of financial assistance, please email Kelly Ann Nickerson at naturallykellyann@gmail for more information on scholarship qualification. 

Thank you so much! We look very forward to meeting you!