The Art and Practice of Spiritual Herbalism
A Six Month Apprenticeship with Herbalist, Karen Rose
The Art and Practice of Spiritual Herbalism program offers you a deeper way of thinking, encouraging radical theories of self-healing and ultimately community healing to take shape in your mind, resulting in a transformation of mind, body and spirit.
The roots of the word Apprenticeship literally means grasp with the hands. The right mentor-apprenticeship relationship is the most efficient and productive form of learning. Knowledge is abstract when the learning process is just based on passive absorption. As your mentor I know where to focus your attention and how to challenge you. My wisdom, knowledge and experience becomes yours. I provide immediate feedback and realistic feedback to your work, so you can improve rapidly. All knowledge you receive can then be integrated into your individual spirit through this practical, self-directed opportunity to achieve mastery in herbal medicine and most importantly yourself.
Start your journey with Levels 1 and 2. There is one application process for this and you can apply here. Upon successful completion of these Levels, you are invited to join Level 3.
Level 1 - The Foundation: The Study of Healing with Plants
September 2019 - 48 HRS
This introductory level is a twelve week study of the Foundations of Plant medicine. We will study plant spirit medicine as related to eight different body systems. You will learn and over 25 different plants through and in-depth study of the materia medica. Through the study of materia medica you will learn core information about each plant such as botany, plant identification, energetics, historical uses, current applications, contraindications, methods of preparation and dosages, spiritual uses, wild crafting and cultivation. You will learn the foundations of herbal actions and plant chemistry to understand how plants work with human body. This program will also include hands on medicine making, plant walking and wild crafting.
Level 2 - Initiation: The Art of Healing with Plants
January 2020 - 64 HRS
In this level you will delve in to indigenous and traditional healing approaches worldwide to cultivate a wider scope in your practice of herbalism. We will study healing and spiritual practices of Curanderismo, African Ritual and Healing, Native American Herbalism, Introduction to Chinese Principle, Introduction to Ayurveda, and Astrological Herbalism. We will continue to learn an additional 18 materia medicas. We will gain a deeper understanding of dosages for children, elderly and pets and improve on our medicine making skills. In this Session you will also begin working on client case studies to offer you an opportunity to see what clinical herbalism looks like. Each student in this Level is required to spend the entire 14 weeks in a deeply reflective relationship with a plant ally.
Includes Level 1 and 2
Level III - Community Involvement and Service
Level III is centered around community involvement and service. Throughout this Level, we will see volunteer clients, maintain our community medicine wheel, learn botany, harvesting, and processing, we will continue to learn materia medicas and body systems and you will be responsible for the completion of two major projects. One of the most important parts is the opportunity is to develop Sacred’s summer community curriculum at our Medicine Wheel. Added to your Level III program is an Urban Farm Apprenticeship which is priceless. Below are some of the things you will learn in this program:
Urban Agriculture techniques as it is related to growing herbs
Propagation under greenhouse conditions
Garden care and the care of plants – weeding and pest management
Crop management- When, how and what grows together
When to harvest, dry and prepare medicine