Learn The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine
Immerse yourself in the magic of plant medicine
Registration for 2020 is now full.
This course is a portal into the heart and soul of plant medicine. It is about becoming one with our place on earth and deepening our relationship with the Plant Ones, our greatest teachers. Here we learn their language; cultivating a knowingness beyond any textbook. If you want to awaken the inherent human nature to understand the language of plants, this course is for you.
The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine has been serving students since 2009.
This in-depth herbal training program explores the relationship between mind, body, emotions, plant medicine, and the innate vital force that awakens the body’s own healing capacity.
Through both theoretical, intuitive and practical hands-on study, this program will provide the enthusiastic student with an opportunity to develop an intimate relationship with herbs in our bio-region. We will learn how plants can help prevent disease, support healing, and nourish long-term health and vitality.
We will dive into the ancient history of herbalism, explore the body systems and formulate potent medicines. Together we listen and learn as the plants speak.
~ This course is about awakening an ancient language that I believe all humans wish to re-learn.
One of healing, of understanding the rhythm of healing and how it moves to connect people and plants. ~
Students complete the course feeling firmly rooted in how herbs work; nourished by the learning circle, and deeply inspired by the natural world.
What We’ll Learn:
- Herbs for acute and chronic health concerns
- Constitutional plant medicine
- The Energetics of Herbs
- Healing through The Wise Woman Tradition
- Skillful medicine making
- Flower essences
- Herb walks & plant identification
- A focus on bio-regional herbs
- Nutrition as a nurturing practice
- Wisdom through the seasons
Location: The program is on Salt Spring Island, at a beautiful private residence with a herbal garden. As the plants are our primary teachers, we may travel short distances by foot or vehicle for herb walks in forest or fields nearby.
Please note, we are not able to provide accommodations or meals for folks travelling from out of town. However, we will make an effort to connect you with other students who are traveling so you can share resources.
Class Date & Time: Classes take place over 8 weekends in 2020:
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
Number of Students: Classes are kept small to maintain quality connections between students and with the teacher. Class size is typically 15 people.
Investment: $2200 plus GST. This includes the cost of materials used in class and does not include books or materials for projects on your own time.
How to Apply
If you are passionate about natural medicine, healing, and using herbs for physical, emotional and spiritual nourishment I welcome your application. Early registration is recommended: every year there are more applicants than spaces, so consider acting quickly.
Once your application is reviewed and accepted you will be notified. A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your space.
Your deposit is applied towards the total tuition.
Payment plans available.
Tuition is $2200 + GST = $2310.00
This breaks down to $288 per weekend intensive and includes all in-class project materials.
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What My Students Say
“Seraphina’s not just a teacher, she’s a mentor. She sincerely wants her student’s to succeed. While she’s got the science and clinical experience of herbalism, what’s so special is her depth of knowing & energetic and shamanic understanding of plants combined with the practice of herbalism.”
– Erin D.
“Seraphina’s teaching style is dynamic, accessible, and fun. I loved the mix of interesting lectures, personal stories, all the herb tasting opportunities we had at each class; and great medicine making exercises. Her knowledge of herbs and her clinical experience brings the plant world to life with such depth. I highly recommend this course.”
“Seraphina’s depth of experience, knowledge and wisdom is profound. She’s a gifted and engaging teacher. She teaches from the heart, and lives her work. I would take any class she teaches!”.
“I really appreciate all the amazing stories, words of wisdom from experience, and recipe secrets you share so generously. That really enhanced my learning experience.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this course for?
This course is for the person who has a desire to deepen their relationship with herbs. They wish to understand the sacred, scientific, medicinal and mystical message of our green allies. This course is for the individual who wants to better understand, healing, wholeness, health, disease, and form their own personal definitions of these words. It’s for the individual who enjoys learning in a small group environment with like-minded folks, and who can appreciate the diversity that exists among a group setting.
Who is this course not suitable for?
This course is likely not the right fit if you are interested solely in the medical approach to botanical medicine. It is not the right fit if you want 100% outdoor wildcrafting time as the class is a mixture of oral transmission with some plant walks. Nor is it the right course for you if you are adverse to a group setting & impatient with class discussion.
How much outside time is included in the course?
Probably about 35% is outside time. There will be outside time each weekend. That time includes one or more of the following: harvesting, making-medicine, plant ID walks, and communing quietly with herbs (plant sits).
What if I already have experience in herbal medicine? How basic is this course?
While this is an introductory course it extends beyond basics of herbal medicine.
More than half of all my students have some experience in herbal medicine whether from their own self-study or from farming, permaculture, gardening, or growing up drinking chamomile tea. Some of my students have even taken formal herbal training and feel that this course deepens what they’ve learned plus offers insight into plants in a new way.
Is there homework?
Yes, some. Homework is not graded. Most of homework assigned is to make your own medicine at home plus some reading. There is a small final hands-on project for the last weekend. I emphasize embodying living your life as a herbalist (consuming herbs daily), more than written academic work.
What makes this course different from other herbal courses?
I teach a select group of herbs very deeply. I was taught that a successful herbalist knows over a hundred uses of just one herb, rather than knowing just one use of a hundred herbs. I have found this true. I focus on herbs that are native to this bioregion or have naturalized here, and herbs that are easy to grow. This makes herbalism accessible to most people. I do not believe that herbal medicine needs to be expensive, nor should people rely on buying herbs commercially. Herbalism is about using the bounty of herbs growing in your backyard.
I teach the energetics of herbs based on a medicine wheel, and weave the wisdom of materia medica and client care based on my background as a classical homeopath. I’m a 3rd-generation herbalist, classical homeopath, and have studied and apprenticed with many seasoned healers. My clinical practice spanning over fifteen years has been my greatest education in bringing it all alive.
Does taking this course certify me to open a practice to see clients once I complete the course?
While I do provide a certificate of completion as an Herbal Educator once students complete the course, this is not sufficient training to set up a clinical practice. While anyone can call themselves a herbalist and offer herbs to people, I recommend you pursue professional training beyond this course; not just in herbs but in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostics, ethics and so forth that culminates in at least a two thousand hour program. The training that is required to become a qualified health practitioner is much greater than what I have to offer at this time. I recommend naturopathic college, Pacific Rim College, Homeopathy School, Acupuncture School or another professional program.