About Foundations of Holistic Herbalism

Establish a strong foundation on your path to learning herbal medicine with our Foundations of Holistic Course. This five-class sequence offers an excellent introduction to herbal medicine by combining of hands-on learning, lecture, projects and getting out in the field to harvest and create a variety of herbal medicines We will cover a wide array of Pennsylvania-based medicinal herbs, how to make a variety of herbal medicines (tinctures, salves, liniments, herbal vinegars, bitters, and teas), and how herbs apply to basic systems of the body. We will also present an integrated philosophy for understanding herbs by their common herbal actions, drawing upon holistic herbalism and traditional Western herbal foundations.  By the end of this course, you will feel confident in how to make your own herbal medicines and integrate their use into your daily life.  Note: This course serves as the foundation for our Holistic Herbalism Certificate.

Dates: June 30, July 28, August 25, Sept 29, and October 27th 2024, 9:30 – 2:30pm. (Can’t make all the dates? Make up and asynchronous options available for single classes for those signing up for the whole course!)

Location: Our “Home” location will be Rhoneymeade (177 Rimmey Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828, 15 minues outside of State College – Centre County). However, we will likely be meeting for a few classes at other locations for plant walks and to see different plants/gardens (weather dependent and locations will be within 20 minutes of State College, ride shares can be organized for those that need transportation to attend)

Classes run on select Sundays from 10am-2:30pm (tea/social time starting at 9:30am). You can sign up for the 20 hour certificate course/all 5 sessions or for single sessions (if space allows). All materials are provided as well as herbal tea and light snacks.

If you are interested in the certificate program but can not make all of the dates, lecture portions of class will be video recorded and available for a limited time after each session. If preferred, private makeup sessions will be available at an additional cost.

Investment

Full Course and Materials: Sliding Scale $360-$540. Payment plans available at no additional cost! Must email to make arrangements for those.

Individual Sessions each Sliding Scale $80-$115 (no certificate provided, unless you complete the series overtime! Space for individual sessions are subject to availability, please email for details.)

Payment for the class can be made via Venmo, PayPal, Cash or Check – you will find details on how to make payments here. and is due at the time of registration. Register here for this and other classes. To complete registration for this course you must submit a payment or deposit after the registration form.

Apprenticeship positions for this course are FULL for 2024. Students who take this program and are interested in mentorship will be first to be considered for 2025 and Winter mentorships with Briel. (Note, Dana is still accepting apprenticeships at her homestead in Indiana, PA please reach out if interested

More details about the Class Sessions

Class 1: In this class, we offer a basic foundation in herbal medicine.  This includes exploring introduced variety of herbs, herbal “actions”  for how herbs work on the body, and basic botany/plant identification. We will learn how to make a tincture and discuss cultivating/planning your herbal garden.

  • 930-10 Arrival Tea Time/Socialization
  • 10-1030 Introductions to each other and the course
  • 1030-1130 Herbal Actions in Action (a hands on class to introduce you to herbal actions as well as an introduction to some of the herbs we will be learning about in detail in this class) 
  • 1130-1230: Introduction to Botany/plant families/identification
  • 12:30-1pm Lunch (bring your own)
  • 1-120: The importance of Menstrums 
  • 120-220 Tincture and Liniment Making 101
  • 2:20-2:30 Daily Wrap up and Introduction to take home projects/homework: Planning your herbal garden, Plant Family Project

Class 2: This class will cover herbal energetics though hands on experience. We will cover the basics of the immune system and nervous system and how they relate to our herbal practice. We will also learn how to properly dry herbs and make herbal teas.

  • 930-10 Arrival Tea Time/Socialization
  • 10-1030 Check in. Go over garden project/botany questions/explorations
  • 1030-1130 – Immune System and Relevant Materia Medica
  • 1130-1230 – Nervous System and Relevant Materia Medica 
  • 12:30-1pm Lunch (bring your own)
  • 1-1:30 Harvesting/“Garbleing” – various techniques on how to dry herbs
  • 130-220 The art of crafting herbal teas
  • 220-230 Daily Wrap up, “Nervine” dive (pick one “Nervine” to study more in depth, other actions/uses/etc., between now and next class)

Class 3: In this class we will enter a holistic mindset and look into how herbs can be incorporated into our food. We will discuss the botanical spectrum from food to poison.  The digestive system will be covered as well as how to make bitters, vinegars and liniments.

  • 930-10 Arrival Tea Time/Socialization
  • 10-1030 Check in. “Nervine” Dive discoveries
  • 1030-1130 – The Holistic View/Asking Good Questions
  • 1130-1230 – Digestive System and Relevant Materia Medica 
  • 12:30-1pm Lunch (bring your own)
  • 1-1:30 Incorporating Herbs into our daily lives through food
  • 130-220 Bitters Making and Vinegar making
  • 220-230 Daily Wrap up, Herbal food project next class Lunch, Plant families exploration Asters

Class 4: This class will delve into constitutional energetics – how the energetics of plants interact with the environment of our bodies. We will dive into the integumentary system and the lymphatic system, learn how to make oils and salves and get first hand experience with foraging/wildcrafting.

  • 930-10 Arrival Tea Time/Socialization
  • 10-1030 Check in. Asters, Food incorporation. 
  • 1030-1130 – Constitutional Energetics
  • 1130-1230 – Lymphatic and Integumentary System and Relevant Materia Medica 
  • 12:30-1pm Lunch Potluck, bring your herbal infused dish to Share. (In addition Bring your own Plate and fork to eat off of!)
  • 1-2 Oil and Salve making 101
  • 2-230 Foraging Ethics/Stewardship
  • 220-230 Daily Wrap up

Class 5: In this class you will learn how to make a well-rounded herbal formula. We will taste/experience a variety of tinctures/herbs and share course end projects. This class is only open to students who have taken at least 3 classes in the series.

  • 930-10 Arrival Tea Time/Socialization
  • 10-1030 Check in.
  • 1030-1130 – The Herbal Apothecary and Herbal Formulation 
  • 1130-12 – Partner Formulation/Consultation Practice
  • 12:30-1pm Celebration Lunch Provided by Briel
  • 1-2 Course Project Sharing 
  • 2-230 Ceremonial Course Wrap up and Certificate Presentation