Choose a few hours (6-7 hours is ideal, but we are flexible) to work each week.
Dates and Times TBA
Work 6-7 hours and receive a free class! See synopsis below.
You will receive hand-outs with every class.
This work-trade provides lots of information and resources and gives a solid basis for beginners who are serious about learning herbalism. Classes are designed and taught by Herbalist Scott Reid. You'll work in a beautiful location and work along side an experienced herbalist and farmer.
Please provide a brief cover letter and your current resume/CV. Space is limited.
For contact information and to learn more about Scott Reid, Herbalist, please explore the website.
Handouts and resources will accompany each class. Numerical order of classes may vary. Classes are either workshop format or lecture format. Some classes take 2-3 weeks to complete.
Ever wonder what a carminative or a diaphoretic herb is? Learn what effects plants have on the human body and how they are classified or grouped in western herbalism, based on their physiological actions.
2. Plant Identification, Ethical Foraging and Field Walk
Learn how to accurately identify plants by genus and species in the field using a plant identification key and learn the ethics and sustainable practices behind forging plants from nature.
3. Materia Medica #1
Materia Medica means the 'materials of medicine'. In this case we will study approx. 15 plants in detail, covering uses, actions, flavors, organ affinity and preparations.
4. Materia Medica #2
More time to study our plants in detail. Same as above.
5. Tinctures and Menstruums
Together we will use herbs picked from the farm to make an alcohol based preparation for you to take home. Learn about other menstruums (solvents) used in herbal preparations.
Making tea can be as simple as pouring hot water over plant matter, but that is not always true. Learn the nuances, complexities and applications of a sometimes under utilized preparation.
7. Knowledge Streams
The wealth and breadth of information we have presently in herbalism and its related sciences is sometimes intimidating and profoundly immense. Learn where it all came from, how to use it and which bits do we accept as our empirical truth, fact or merely theory?
8. Drying and Storage
Dehydrating herbs is the most ancient and common way of preserving plant matter. Learn the science behind drying plants for storage and how to do it effectively with consistent results.
From a traditional and scientific perspective, learn how we can group plants into common flavors (and therefor similar chemistry and actions), to more deeply understand their physiological actions.
10. Safety and Contraindications
Learn how to administer herbs in a safe and effective way. Learn about common threads of allergy and the spectrum of safety from food plant to toxic plant.
11. Energetics (The Four Qualities)
Learn an ancient system of understanding how to match plants with people for effective treatment. Understand how Aristotle's teachings of the four qualites have influenced traditional western herbalism for over two thousand years.
Learn the basics of growing medicinal herbs from germination to harvest from an experienced herb farmer.