Our community herbalism training curriculum is organized around seasonal aspects of herbalism and foraging. These courses are designed to support professional herbalists and thoughtful amateur enthusiasts alike. Whether you intend to integrate clinical herbalism into your work, or you just want to develop a deeper connection with the plants that will serve your community and family through natural remedies, we have a course for you. We present the material through a combination of weekly discussion, in-person practice, and self guided homework.

We are offering free childcare onsite for the Saturday classes to ensure families and caregivers feel supported and included. Reach out directly to colleen@persimmonherbschool.com to inquire about childcare options.

Botanical Medicine Making

July 16, 2022 – September 24, 2022 | Thursday evenings 7:00-8:30 p.m. (in-person & recorded)| Saturdays July 16, August 20, and September 24 12:00-4:00 p.m. (in person) | Ages 16+

Each season offers abundant opportunities to make medicine and celebrate the gifts of nature. The practice of harvesting fresh plants and making medicine is the heart of herbalism. As a group we work, start to finish, to preserve their vital essences into useful preparations. We strive to honor each participants unique personal experience as well as the cultural traditions that are part of our lineage.

We’re offering free child care for the in person Saturday sessions, as well as sliding scale prices and payment plans to make the program accessible and welcoming for all. Click here to fill out the registration form for Botanical Medicine Making.

Saturday, July 16, 2022Plant Identification Field Day: Raymond Park
Thursday, July 21, 2022Harvesting and Drying
Thursday, July 28, 2022Teas and Decoctions
Thursday, August 4, 2022Syrups and Elixirs
Thursday, August 11, 2022Tinctures
Saturday, August 20, 2022Field Day: Brookside Park
Thursday, August 25, 2022Glycerites and Vinegars
Thursday, September 1, 2022Poultices and Compresses
Thursday, September 8, 2022Infused Oils
Thursday, September 15, 2022Salves and Balms
Saturday, September 24, 2022Straining and Bottling: Persimmon HS

Botanical Medicine Making – Summer Herbal Intensive

$400.00 – $600.00

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Intentional Foraging: Safety, Ethics and Stewardship

September 17, 2022 – November 19, 2022 | Thursdays 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Saturdays 9/17, 10/22, 11/19 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Food and medicine are abundantly available when you know where to look. Participants will be in the field learning how to positively identify edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms using field guides and dichotomous keys. We emphasize safety for our students and stewardship for the landscape to preserve this abundance for future generations. 

Human Dimensions of Herbalism

January 13, 2022 – April 2, 2022 | Thursdays 7:00-8:30 pm (via ZOOM) | Saturdays 1/29, 2/26, 4/02 12:00-4:00 pm (in person)

This seasonal intensive covers how to evaluate and communicate the taste, energetics, and physiology of medicinal herbs in the human body through a blend of virtual, in-person, and self-directed study. Learn how to observe and assess a person’s health and balance through traditional perspectives, and how to formulate herbal preparations to support their healing. Materia medica study is a cornerstone of the program, including an herb’s actions, uses, and botany. We also include documentation, organizations and legal framework for herbal practice in the US.

Your Medicine Garden

April 16, 2022 – June 30, 2022 | Thursday evenings 7:00-8:30 p.m. (in-person & recorded)| Saturdays 4/16, 5/21, 6/18 12:00-4:00 p.m. (in person) | Ages 16+

Colonial conditioning has us all caught up in separation, isolation, and control. This is true for our interpersonal relationships as well as how we connect with the land. Homegrown Apothecary is focused on deconstructing these cultural barriers and letting the land guide us toward ecological balance and community healing. Whether you have a nice sunny yard, a small porch for container gardening, or access to public land, this herbal intensive will help you feel confident and prepared to build reciprocal relationships with the plants available to you. Topics include wild plant identification and uses, garden diversity, medicinal preparation of common herbs, soil science, watering techniques, seed starting, transplanting, harvesting, and storage. We’re here to support habitat health, community building, and diversifying your medicine cabinet to include more homegrown herbal remedies.