A Course in Bioregional Herbalism

   Topics Include:

  • Field botany & plant ID
  • Deep observation

  • Herbal ecology & reading the medicinal landscape
  • Developing a local, bioregional materia medica

  • Creating intimacy with the plants

  • Ethical wildcrafting & harvesting techniques and guidelines

  • In-depth medicinal use

  • Building the home apothecary

  • Medicine-making (infusions, decoctions, infused oils, vinegars, syrups, tinctures, elixers, honeys, oxymels, cordials, salves, body butters, smudges, herbal smokes, flower essences, body scrubs, bath salts, perfume, glycerites)
     Spring Session (1 sunday/month. 10am-4 pm):
         April 26th
         May 31st
         June 14th

     Summer Session (1 sunday/month. 10-4pm)
         July 19th
         August 9th
     Fall Session (1 sunday/month. 10am-4 pm.):
         Sept 13th
         Oct 11th
~Sessions may be taken separately or together ~  


In this herbal class series we dig deep and forge an intimate connection with each plant we study

 Each class focuses on 3 plants in depth, based on what is in season and at its prime medicinal stage. Classes are held outside, as we will be “meeting” the plants in their chosen environment- forest edges, wild fields, woodlands and occasionally the herb garden.  Each day we meet follows the same basic format….We’ll start by looking at the big, "ecological picture."  In what type of habitat is the plant growing?  What other plants is it associating with?  What other medicinals are likely to around?  What function(s) might it be performing in the landscape?  Why is it here?

We will cover the botany of the plant- family, genus, species and field ID characteristics.  This will give you the confidence and framework to identify the plants on your own.  Then comes time for deep observation.  An important part of the learning comes from contemplative time with the plant.  This may look different for each of us, but might include journaling, tasting, simply sitting with the plant, photography, meditation, drawing, and so on…After our individual time with the plant we'll circle up and share our experience, if we wishNext we'll do an in-depth materia medica of the plant
- its uses, medicinal actions, growth requirements, favored medicinal preparation, energetics and more.  Then we’ll do some harvesting in a respectful, ecologically sensitive way.  We will process our harvest into medicine right there in the field.  Each class will focus on 3 different plants, and by the end of each session students can expect to have a wealth of herbal medicine they've made themselves to stock their home apothecary! 

Classes are held in various locales around the Amherst/Northampton area, including Ripplemead Farm in Shutesbury, Next Barn Over Farm in Hadley, the Montague Retreat Center, and 40 wild acres in Southampton.    

  Some plants we have covered include Wild Rose

(Rosa multiflora), Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris),

Plantain (Plantago sp), Yarrow (Achillea

millefolium), St Johnswort (Hypericum

perforatum), Motherwort (Leonaris cardiaca),

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), Queen Anne's Lace

(Daucus carota), Jewelweed (Impatiens sp),

Goldenrod (Solidego sp), Raspberry (Rubus

occidentalis), Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus), Sage

(Salvia officinalis), Dandelion (Taraxacum

officinalis), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense),  

Chickweed (Stellaria media), Evening Primrose

(Oneothera biennsis), White Pine (Pinus strobus),

Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), Nettles

(Urtica dioica), Barberry (Berberis sp), Asiatic

Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus), Pokeweed

(Phytolacca americana), and Valerian  (Valeriana


~Sliding Scale $165-$225/session (Spring and Fall) , Sliding Scale $110-$150 for summer session- pay wherever is comfortable for you on the scale
Can be broken into monthly payments
($55-$75/ month)
~Participants are responsible for the entire tuition for the session, regardless of the number of classes they attend
Limited workstudy available
{more info here}
~Tuition includes all the herbs for medicine-making, extensive handouts, and the "From the Roots Up Medicine-Making Guide"
~Receive a 10% discount on entire series if taking all 3 sessions

To Sign-up:
     A $55-$75 deposit (depending on where you are paying on the scale) will hold your space and will count as your first monthly payment. If you are registering for more than 1 session please send a deposit for each session you would like to take.  Class size is limited, so please register early if you can, since class often fills-up!  Please send a check to 163 Leverett Rd, Shutesbury, MA 01072.  Send me an email and introduce yourself!

"Your class re-awakened a deep sense of

awe for the world around me, which has

rippled out in so many amazing ways

lately. I can't thank you enough for that." -M. L, Spring Session '14


"I have become enthralled with what is

available to us from the plants around us and

have become much more connected to those

growing right in my own yard. I can't stop

thinking about everything I learned!"- Antigoni, Spring Session '14

"Taking time to sit in contemplation and meditation with herbs helped me learn so much, not just about the herbs themselves but also in the context of the other flowers, plants and wildlife.  Jade has an incredible amount of information both learned and experienced.  I am using the knowledge I learned in the class everyday as a Certified Nurse-Midwife." 

-S.G.  Fall Session '13

 | Milk & Honey Herbs at Ripplemead Farm| Shutesbury, MA 01072
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