To study the green world of healing plants is to step into a whole new realm of existence. How can a home study course mentorship course of study be transformed? Perhaps it’s because of the nature of the subject itself. This practical course takes the student into the very heart of herbalism. It instills in the student the fundamental skills necessary to practice this ancient healing art and a profound understanding of the spirit and essence of herbalism.
This course is not a quick ‘read through’ course but is created to give you the most complete, practical, hands-on learning experience possible with herbs. Though it does require a time commitment on your part, if used as intended, these lessons will provide a comprehensive understanding of this ancient healing art of herbalism and provide you with the skills necessary to be a herbalist. One of this course’s most exciting aspects is the hands-on experience.
As you dive deeper into this study of herbs, expect a shift and transformation in your life and how you view the world. As one begins to study the green world of plants, the plant’s essence infuses one’s entire life with joy. People become happier, healthier, and more balanced with their life and nature. The herbs’ beauty works gentle magic on the user’s heart.
The course is written by one of the most respected herbalists in North America, Rosemary Gladstar, founder of the ‘California School of Herbal Studies’ – the nation’s largest and most successful herb schools and the co-founder of ‘Sage Mountain.’ The Lessons combine earth awareness, scientific observations, and research with practical folklore techniques and teachings to form a well-rounded study of Herbalism’s Art and Science.
We call this a mentorship course of the structure and the personal time Shantree will spend reviewing and commenting on your homework and assignments. He will be available to support you in your studies and guide you through the practical applications of using medicinal and edible plants.
PART I (The Correspondence Course) Is the home study part of the course. Study the material and do the lessons at your own pace. Send in the lessons through postal mail or email. We’ll check your lessons and make comments and give you feedback on your progress.
Part II (The Advanced Study & Research) Thesis Project offers you the opportunity to dive deeper into the teachings. Choose an area of study that you feel particularly drawn to in the course, one that sparks your passion, invites your curiosity and beckons you to explore. Write a 5,000-word thesis and conduct a research project to be submitted within the course study time. Also, we ask you to offer to your community and document a couple of workshops or lectures to build understanding, expertise and confidence.
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These sessions are available to both support and deepen the learning experience of this course. Three sessions of 40 minutes each – these are done over the phone or through Zoom. These are available to guide and advise you on your research thesis project. You must book these sessions in advance once you have sent in your proposed thesis topic.
Your Guide & Adviser: Shantree Kacera
Herbs and Supplies
This course is designed to give lots of ‘hands-on learning experience and, therefore, requires some supplies and materials to complete the numerous herbal projects. Many of the items needed are found in your very own kitchen; other specialty items may need to be ordered.
The list of materials needed depends greatly on how each student wishes to become involved in their herbal studies. In each lesson, there is a list of ingredients that you may need to complete your assignment. The bolded items are necessary for the required projects—highly recommended that you quickly scan each lesson and mark all the formulas and recipes you wish to make. After you have made your ingredient list, get your ingredients together before you proceed into the lesson. Some of these items you may need to order beforehand. The good idea is to collect the necessary ingredients for several assignments. That way, you will be organized and get more out of the lesson when ready to begin.
Homework is sent upon completion of each lesson and then returned to you. You DO NOT need to send your reference files. You should, however, keep us posted on how you’re doing with your projects, i.e., how your reference file is progressing, reports on your herbal preparations, and the progress of your plant press and herbarium.
You may complete these lessons on your schedule. But to utilize them to their fullest, we recommend you set up a scheduled time to do each task; one evening a week or an afternoon on the weekends will keep your momentum going. The average time to complete the course is about one year. Some students have completed the material in 6 months, while others may take a few years. We do ask that you complete the course in two years. After two years, if the student fails to complete the course within the allotted period, the time-extension fee is $100 for each additional year.
One of the specialties of these lessons is the personal attention available to your questions and homework. We invite your comments, favourite herbal recipes, and suggestions.
Each student that completes the lessons and ALL the homework will receive a beautiful Herbal Certificate. The Certificate awarded states and acknowledges you for conducting a thorough, in-depth study of herbalism. This course’s reputation is outstanding and recognized as superior among other professional herbalists, herbal schools, and holistic centers.
Lessons 1-10 & Beautifully Designed Course Binder
The Practical Herbalism Correspondence Course comes in a specially designed binder. The binder makes it easy to keep your lessons, homework and other course material together. The binder and books will be shipped as soon as we receive your tuition.
Textbooks for the Course
- Conscious Living Manual, Shantree & Lorenna Kacera
- Family Herbal: Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
- Planting Our Future-Rosemary Gladstar
- The Herbal Medicine~Makers Handbook: A Home Manual
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“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest in exploring and learning all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable. Land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because they are unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
~Henry David Thoreau,
Walden: Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
The regular fee is $1500
- All Correspondence Course Material
- One-on-One Sessions
- Taxes where applicable
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