HERBALIST COURSE

2018 herbalist course

9 LESSON COURSE

 

MARCH - OCTOBER 2018

LEARN TO MAKE TINCTURES, SALVES, OILS, VINEGARS, INFUSIONS, HOW TO IDENTIFY & HARVEST LOCAL WILD PLANTS
LEARN ALL ASPECTS OF HERBALISM SO YOU WILL BE COMFORTABLE WORKING WITH FRIENDS, PETS, FAMILY, OR CLIENTS

Cost is $1000

one class per month (2 classes May or June)

at my home in south nanaimo

lin@dragonflyherbals.com to register or to set up a time to meet me

$100 non refundable deposit holds your space for the course, you get

a pdf at that time with pre-lesson 1 info & supply list

the first 2 students who give the deposit can help me

decide the actual dates of the course

$100 is due at the beginning of each class

By joining in, you are commiting to taking the whole course, if you miss a lesson you

still need to pay for it, you are paying to take the entire course & all the material covered, I will provide the class notes & herbs for you if you miss a class.

Please make sure you can commit to the time & effort to take

this course. Make sure you have time to read over your

class notes, make remedies & learn this

new skill. There's lots to learn!

 

classes are 3.5 hours long: note taking, outdoor ID & harvesting

of plants, hands on remedy making

handouts will be given in some classes & pdf notes,

plus class notes

lots of support in a closed facebook group

 

A couple of comments from my 2017 students:

Thanks everyone!. It's been a very good learning journey and I appreciate all of the input that you each provided.  Wishing you all well,  Bye for the moment, �



I just wanted to say thank you to you all. It's been so nice to learn the coolest things on the planet with you. I feel so happy and humble to get to know a bit of mother nature and we are part of it :)
I hope to see you again !

 

I am enjoying every class and am looking forward to learning so much more. You are a wealth of knowledge and I feel privileged to be a able to learn from you. Thank You!�� Namaste!

 

enjoying this wonderful class. I certainly see more people are in search for wild harvesting locally without proper knowledge. I could've been one without proper education. So I cherish your teaching and knowledge Lin. It has been so much fun to learn about each plant, making medicine and super excited for what to come in next few month !

 

 

 

WHAT DOES THE HERBALIST COURSE COVER?


LEARN TO MAKE TINCTURES, SALVES, OILS, VINEGARS, INFUSIONS, HOW TO IDENTIFY & HARVEST LOCAL WILD PLANTS
LEARN ALL ASPECTS OF HERBALISM SO YOU WILL BE COMFORTABLE WORKING WITH FRIENDS, PETS, FAMILY, OR CLIENTS

I have been working with herbs for over 30 years for myself, family, my dogs. I received a master herbalist degree in 2005. I focus on teaching to share this knowledge with others, so they can identify and harvest their own local plants for remedies, work with dried herbs, and make herbalism your own. Lots of great info on pregnancy and childbirth herbs too.

We do not just match an herb to an ailment.
You will learn to apply the person's body type, nutritional choices, and also to identify the root cause,to not just relieve symptoms. We are looking a whole body balance, and balancing the root cause of health issues.

We use all senses to help you learn : look at the plants, feel them, taste an infusion, make a remedy, write notes, ask questions. you have a month in between classes to work with the plants, your notes, and read the extra pdf notes.

 

 

From the 2017 course:

 

I cherish your teaching and knowledge Lin. It has been so much fun to learn about each plant, making medicine and super excited for what to come in next few months !
M

I am enjoying every class and am looking forward to learning so much more. You are a wealth of knowledge and I feel privileged to be a able to learn from you. Thank You!�� Namaste!
R

The herbal medicine is so deep and I need to read a lot and take my time a lot ! So thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to go through what we have learned again! total respect to plants  and mother nature! 
I wish we had more classes to learn but, we have plenty of materials to work with and go over again.

S

 

 

 

REGISTRATION : email me at

lin@dragonflyherbals.com

 

Cost: $1000 total for the course, $100 non refundable deposit due before the course begins, $100 due the day of each class

 

Lessons & Manual

There are 9 lessons, additional pdf's & class handouts.

You will take notes during the class, we spend time outside & making various remedies: tinctures, salves, infusions, etc.

 

Resources on my website

On the Articles page I have many articles & photo pages to go along with the course & enrich your studies.

 

Discussions, questions & answers : on facebook messenger group, or by email, for additional questions & information in between classes

 

MY YARD

 

 

THE INFO BELOW DESCRIBES THE 9 MONTH COURSE

  • LEARN TO MAKE TINCTURES, SALVES, OILS, VINEGARS, INFUSIONS, ETC
  • LEARN ALL ASPECTS OF HERBALISM SO YOU WILL BE COMFORTABLE WORKING WITH FRIENDS, PETS, FAMILY, OR CLIENTS

I have chosen 50 of the herbs that would be the most important to have during this course, to give you enough herbs to work with & to form the basis of your herbal practice (whether that will be clients, friend, family, or just yourself and/or pets).


That way you will have small amounts of herbs to work with & get to know, and you can branch out from there, deciding which one's you'd like to learn to find & harvest locally or which ones you'd like to order by the pound, I can give you the name of my herb supplier for this, and often have extra dried herbs you can purchase from me.


I am working more with choosing herbs on an energetic basis to work with each person’s constitution rather than on a symptomatic basis of choosing and herb to match an ailment.


I have taught this course since 2009.

We discuss & learn about all aspects of herbalism.


We work will all your senses so that you have a feel for each herb on many levels:

 

  • Making remedies with each herb in several ways
  • Tasting the herb as an infusion
  • Looking at the herb either in dried form or outside

 

 

 

 

  • Since the course is 9 months long, all seasons of the year, you can observe the plant in all seasons, getting to know it better

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

      • SYMPTOMATIC VS. ENERGETIC BASES HEALING
      • HERB JOURNAL
      • WORKING WITH PLANTS BETWEEN CLASSES
      • REFERENCE BOOKS & FIELD GUIDES
      • WHY LOCAL HERBS

       

FOUNDATION: basics of making herbal remedies


SOLVENTS:

  • WATER:
    • INFUSIONS
    • DECOCTIONS
  • Tinctures
    • LABELLING
    • DOSAGE
    • FORMULA MAKING
  • Oils
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Salves
  • Vinegars

 

IDENTIFY & HARVEST: learning to recognize & collect your herbs

  • Herb walks: similar species
  • Ethical harvesting
  • When to harvest: leaves, roots, seeds
  • How to dry
  • HARVESTING YOUR OWN PLANTS: as much as possible I include photos, suggestions on field guides & information on how to harvest your own plants locally

 

HEAL:

  • SYMPTOM BASED VS. ENERGETICALLY BASED HEALING
  • Working with ailments & herbs
  • Tonics & prevention
  • Whole body healing
    • Nutrition
    • Supplements
    • Water
    • Emotions/stress

     

THE HERBS: allies

  • TREES
  • LOCAL PLANTS: I discuss local plants & plants that are often found all over north america during the course

 

ALDER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FOLLOWING PLANTS WILL BE STUDIED, ALTHOUGH MORE MAY BE ADDED:

  • HORSETAIL
  • NETTLES
  • DANDELION
  • CLEAVERS
  • KELP
  • CLEAVERS
  • PACIFIC BLEEDING HEART
  • COMFREY
  • CHICKWEED
  • YELLOW DOCK
  • BURDOCK
  • RED CLOVER
  • VALERIAN
  • LEMON BALM
  • LAVENDER
  • CATNIP
  • MARSHMALLOW
  • YARROW
  • WORMWOOD
  • MULLEIN
  • PLANTAIN
  • FEVERFEW
  • EVENING PRIMROSE
  • MOTHERWORT
  • SHEPHERD’S PURSE
  • BARBERRY (OREGON GRAPE)
  • HAWTHORNE
  • ST. JOHN’S WORT
  • MILK THISTLE
  • BLACK WALNUT
  • PAU D’ARCO
  • ALFALFA
  • BLOODROOT
  • PASSIONFLOWER
  • CHAMOMILE
  • LOBELIA
  • GARLIC
  • ELDERBERRY
  • ECHINACEA
  • MYRRH
  • WILLOW
  • WILD LETTUCE
  • RASPBERRY LEAF
  • VITEX
  •  BLACK COHOSH
  •  SLIPPERY ELM
  •  CASCARA
  • QUEEN OF THE MEADOW
  • ALDER
  • THUJA
  • TEASEL

 

BODY SYSTEMS:

  • Immune system
    • Colds & flu
    • Building your immune system
    • Lungs – bronchitis, asthma, allergies
  • Skin - eczema
  • Circulatory: heart, varicose veins
  • Nervous system: sleep, relax, de stress
  • Reproductive
    • Childbirth, labor & aftercare
    • Menopause
    • Men’s herbs
  • Liver & cleansing
  • Skeletal system
    • Bone and  joint health
    • Pain
  • First aid
    • Bites and stings
    • Mosquito repellent

     

EARTH RHYTHMS

  • Medicine wheel: connection with earth rhythms

 

This course is designed for those who wish to know about a large number of plants to work with friends, family, clients, pets or just for personal knowledge.

 

SUPPLIES: There will be a supply list each person will need to get as well, all kinds of fun things such as wide mouth jars, knife, cutting board, funnel, oil, vodka etc. Vodka is needed for making tinctures, which is the most often used type of remedy, it will run you a bit of money, get it from the states if you can (start collecting it now!).

MY QUALIFICATIONS: I have completed a 2 year Natural Healing Bachelor of Science degree, and then I took my Master Herbalist degree with the Australasian College of Herbal Studies, this was a 4 year course including writing a thesis on Herbal Healing for Dogs. I have been working with medicinal herbs with my family, pets & clients since the early 1980’s. I have recently been uprading my herbal knowledge which has really brought me a lot of inspiration, so I am rewriting the entire herbal course for 2012. I have offered this course for 3 years out of my home & have decided to open it up to wider audience by offering distance learning.

This class is designed for those with little or no knowledge of the use of medicinal herbs. Although there are lots of books on the market to read about the uses of medicinal herbs, learning to use them for yourself & family really comes from hands on experience.

Throughout the classes you will build your own herbal manual based on your own experiences with each plant, and information I will share about each plant. I have created workbook pages with full color pictures of each herb, and space for notes along with questions for you to answer, and projects that we will do as a class. We will learn about several herbs in depth during each class..

You will find you get more out of this course if you take the time to work with your herbs as we go along, do some extra reading, buy some herbal books (I will discuss good ones on the first day of class). If you are using the herbs, making up your own formulas, making your infusions you will learn more from adding in your own experience.

 

 

 

WHAT KIND OF CERTIFICATION WOULD YOU GET BY TAKING THIS COURSE?

As a master herbalist I will give certificates stating my qualifications to
teach & that you are an herbalist with 50 (or whatever) hours classroom & hands on
experience. If you wish to receive a certificate of completion you need to complete a final exam of case studies.

All herbal courses would be the same with this, unless you take a "degree"
course with an accredited university or college which usually includes
chemistry & anatomy. I have taken a 2 year bachelor of science degree in a
broader field of natural healing, and a 4 year master's degree in herbalism,
both with accredited universities.

"Herbalist" is a loose term, someone who has the knowledge to use the herbs
wisely for toning & balancing the body. To me, its really if a person knows the

plants well enough to be able to use them for healing!

This course is intense enough that you will have comfortable knowledge with the
use of the herbs we learn about, and have a really good base with making of
remedies (including tinctures, formulas designed for certain uses, salves,
poultices, infusions, etc.) You will come out of this with a collection of
about 17 or so single tinctures that you have made, dried herbs, and salves &
other remedies.

You would be knowledgeable enough to work with family & clients at that point.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION YOU NEED TO COMPLETE A CASE STUDY ESSAY AT THE END OF THE COURSE.

 

 

 

WHAT WAS THE 2009 CLASS LIKE?

This year's class, March - Oct. 2009 has been a lot of fun, we are down to our last few classes & have decided to continue with them, so the class will be extended. My students want to learn about more herbs and more about cleansing/detoxifying the body & other subjects I thought would be good to cover.

We've had a lot of fun harvesting herbs bringing them in the house & making my kitchen a huge muddy mess of sticks & leaves as we made our remedies.

Lots of laughing, lots of learning new things, some impromptu herbal wine making even!

Along the way I realized that some homework would be great, so my students realize just how much they know & can do some thinking on their own. I have given just small assignments to share as a group, such as " a friend comes to you with complaints of having colds every few weeks, come up with an herbal tincture that would help her & give reasons why you chose those herbs." This gives everyone a chance to think about situations that will start coming up for them as an herbalist.

I have tried to make the class as interesting as possible. Learning about herbs could be very clinical & boring. Along with learning the basic information about the herbs we study we also see the herb growing outside when possible, we use it dried, we make tinctures & other remedies from it, and we always taste the herb as an infusion. This appeals to all your senses & helps you to remember what the herb is for, what it looks like, what it tastes like.

 

 

To register or for more information, contact me at herbs.and.reiki@dragonflyherbals.com

 

 

 

 

Any information presented here is for informational purposes only and not intended to take the place of diagnosis and treatment by a medical practitioner.

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