Training Herbalists for the Future
Following our deep commitment to education and to growing the herbalists and herb growers of the future, Herb Pharm, for the 35th year, will offer its intensive, hands-on experience in the cultivation and use of medicinal plants on our certified organic herb farm and United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon.
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Dates of Program
The 2015 Herbaculture Program offers applicants a choice of three sessions:
SPRING SESSION: March 26th – June 11th
SUMMER SESSION: June 18th – August 27th
FALL SESSION: September 3rd – November 19th
Note: You may attend only one session in a calendar year.
Hands-On Herbal Experience
Students spend an average of 32 hours per week participating in the cultivation and harvest of over 60 different medicinal herbs grown on the farm, and in the maintenance of our formal 1.5-acre Botanical Education Garden and other landscaped areas.
An Intensive and Focused Program
This is a very physically and mentally demanding program. It is essential that students be in good physical condition and mentally prepared to work, study and live with 11 other like-minded individuals from a wide range of educational, cultural and experiential backgrounds. Due to limited kitchen space, as well as intensity of the program, we cannot accommodate strict dietary restrictions or other special needs. Our interns are asked to commit to honoring household, program and field rules and agreements. There is no accommodation for pets, children or weekday guests.
Our classes take place evenings, Fridays and several Saturdays and are focused on subjects such as: plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, traditional western herbal energetics, ayurvedic herbology, ethnobotany, plant communications, therapeutic herbalism, medicine making and physiology.
Herbaculture staff includes Herb Pharm scientists and herbalists as well as practicing naturopathic physicians and herbalists from the area. Teachers and classes are subject to change. See Herbaculture Curriculum
There are no fees for this program. Dormitory styled housing is provided in a large, modern guesthouse. Students are responsible for their own food expense, consumable household items, transportation and maintenance of the guesthouse. Students will need to bring at least $150/month towards communal food purchases. We recommend that you either carry health insurance or set aside an emergency medical fund for your time here.
How to Apply
Click here to download an Application Form. Please note that we ask all applications be filled out by hand and mailed along with two letters of recommendation. For more information about this program, contact Maya Kelmelis, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com. Click here for FAQs.