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Herbal Education

Herbaculture Internship Program


A rigorous and intensive hands-on immersion into herbalism and the cultivation of herbs.

To the Future Herbalists


We’re committed to the future of herbalism. One way we demonstrate that commitment is by providing hands-on learning and inspiring tomorrow’s herbalists, farmers and naturopaths. Our Herbaculture Internship Program offers a rigorous and intensive immersion into the cultivation and use of plants commonly used in herbalism. This program is offered at our Certified Organic, GMO-free herb farms in the heart of the Siskiyou Mountains in Josephine County, Oregon.

 
"I’ve always been interested in herbalism, but now
I know it’s my life path."

Hands-on Herbs


Students spend an average of 28 hours a week learning from professional herb farmers and herbalists, cultivating and harvesting more than 50 different medicinal herbs, and maintaining our 1.5 acre Botanical Education Garden and additional planting areas.

Focused and Intense


Working on the farm is demanding. Students will be challenged both physically and mentally. Therefore, students must be in good physical condition. They should be mentally prepared to work, study, and live alongside nine other like-minded individuals from a wide range of educational, cultural and experiential backgrounds.

Classroom Training


Our classes take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Fridays and several Saturdays. Topics include: plant identification, responsible wildcrafting, Western herbal therapeutics, Traditional Chinese Herbalism, Ayurveda, plant communication, extract making, human physiology, nutrition, cultivation of herbs, and more.

Our Teachers


The Herbaculture staff includes Herb Pharm herbalists and farmers, as well as local herbal practitioners. There are typically 11-15 different teachers per session. Teachers and classes are subject to change.

Cost


There are no fees assessed for participation in this program. Dormitory-style housing is provided in a large, modern guesthouse. However, students are responsible for their own food expenses, consumable household items, and transportation. Interns must contribute an average of $150 per month toward communal food purchases. We strongly recommend that interns carry health insurance and/or set aside an emergency medical fund for the duration of the program.

Program Sessions and Dates

The 2019 Herbaculture Internship Program offers applicants a choice of three sessions*:

2019

Spring Session

March 28th - June 6th

SUMMER SESSION

June 13th - August 29th

FALL SESSION

September 5th - November 14th

*Applications can be for multiple sessions, but you may attend only one session per calendar year.

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How to apply


Applications are welcomed at any time and can be submitted online or via mail.

To apply by mail, download the PDF here, print it out and mail the completed application to: Herbaculture Program, PO Box 116, Williams, OR 97544. Application forms can also be scanned and emailed to [email protected].

For any questions about the program, please contact Maya Wauters, Program Coordinator, at [email protected].

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Application Deadlines


Applications for Spring Session 2019 (March 28th – June 6th) are due October 29th, 2018. Session is estimated to be filled by November 29th, 2018.

Applications for Summer Session 2019 (June 13th – August 29th) are due January 14th, 2019. Session is estimated to be filled by February 18th, 2019.

Applications for Fall Session 2019 (September 5th – November 14th) are due April 8th, 2019. Session is estimated to be filled by May 6th, 2019.

Meet the Teaching Staff

Todd Anthony

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Todd Anthony

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2017

Todd Anthony is an herbalist, cook, basket weaver, gardener and educator. He has an earth-based spirit, with a passion for plant-based medicine/food and using plants to affect and change the human body.

His herbal education started at California School of Herbal Studies and was a garden apprentice in 2011. In 2012, attended Herb Pharm’s Herbaculture Program, then stayed on as an employee, growing, cultivating, and harvesting herbal medicine in 2013. With his love of the garden, whether it be cultivated or wild, and sharing the stories of plants, Todd joined the Hawthorn Institute team in 2015 as the Educational Garden Manager.  He found that stewarding land in the vibration of community, allows the forest to enter as medicine and to unlock our inner truths and capacity for deepening connections.

Michelle Bienick, N.D.

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Michelle Bienick, N.D.

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2009

Michelle Bienick is an herbalist, a Naturopathic physician, a teacher, a mother, a farmer, a medicine maker, an Earth activist, and a world traveler.  She practices natural animal husbandry and has a deep respect for all living beings.  Michelle has been teaching classes at Herb Pharm for over 10 years and loves it!  She graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2001, has studied with many different teachers both locally and internationally, and has a deep respect for traditional forms of healing.  Her classes are inspirational and her love for herbs is contagious.

Kendra Brown

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Kendra Brown

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2016

Self-love is tied to awareness. One begets the other. Through cultivating attention to our bodies on the mat and our bodies in the kitchen – balanced health is possible.  Yoga and Ayurveda teachings can help us develop the deep listening needed to grow grace and self-love.

Kendra offers a compassion-based teaching of yoga to support the active farming body, in addition to Ayurvedic cooking – supporting balance within the mind and body.

Kendra has 350 hours of training in Restorative and Vinyasa yoga, as well as over 850 hours training in Ayurveda and Herbalism, with schools and teachers such as Hawthorn Institute, Myra Lewin of Hale Pule, and Dr. Claudia Welch.

Mark Disharoon

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Mark Disharoon

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2006

Mark Disharoon began studying edible and medicinal plants as a teenager growing up in the hardwood forests of his native Delaware.  He moved to Williams in 1995 and began cultivating medicinal plants at Herb Pharm’s 85-acre farm. His 20+ years with the company have given him experience in all aspects of liquid herbal extract production.  Encouraged by Herbaculture interns to share what he had learned with others, he gave his first plant walk in 2006. He was fortunate to spend a few years as caretaker of a 6000 volume private herbal library and began an intensive four-year course of self-study. His class offerings have grown to include Herbal First Aid and Plant Communication, and plant walks focusing on specific body systems. Mark enjoys botany and plant identification, and is an avid collector of herbal books. He continues to believe that the Plants are his greatest teachers.

Alexis Durham

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Alexis Durham

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2010

Alexis Durham is the in-house Herbalist for Herb Pharm, and an instructor for the Herbaculture Internship program. She earned her B.Sc. in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University and began speaking publicly on botanical medicine while working for the American Botanical Council. An opportunity to learn more from the plants themselves led her to Horizon Herbs, where she fell in love with gardening and seed saving and began teaching medicine making classes. Alexis returned to Bastyr University as Garden Supervisor and directed the Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design program, teaching students to create healing landscapes with medicinal and edible plants. Public speaking engagements include a variety of conferences, community and continuing education events, as well as a Core Faculty position at the Hawthorn Institute. Alexis has also coordinated several educational events including Bastyr University’s Herb and Food Fair, the American Herbalists Guild’s 23rd Annual Symposium, and an upcoming conference benefiting United Plant Savers to be held at Herb Pharm in 2019.

Matt Dybala

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Matt Dybala

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2010

Over the past decade, Matt has cultivated a diversity of medicinal and aromatic crops at Herb Pharm’s production farm in southern Oregon. As a teacher in our intern program, he helps build student’s foundational knowledge in the advanced growing of herbs.  Matt offers classes in soil chemistry, propagation, and agricultural economics. He graduated with a B.A. Environmental Studies from University of Oregon in 1998.

Lauren Howell, LAc

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Lauren Howell, LAc

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2017

Lauren Howell LAc, holds degrees in Herbal Science from Bastyr University and in Chinese medicine and Acupuncture from the National University of Natural Medicine. She is honored to teach the foundations and principles of Chinese medicine to the interns, striving to bring vast philosophical concepts to be applied in practical ways. A lover of all symbols and archetypes, Lauren brings a playful, interactive approach to her classes with the intention for the deepest and most meaningful learning for everyone possible.

James Jungwirth

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James Jungwirth

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2004

James and his wife Kari are the owners of Naturespirit Herbs, their family business since 1990. They harvest and sell wild seaweeds, seaweed products, wildcrafted herbs and herbal extracts. James is also a health care professional specializing in the use of herbs and nutrition. He has been leading herb walks and teaching classes (on wildcrafting and using native medicinal plants and seaweeds, constitutional physiology, the patterns of stress, thyroid function, etc.) for more than three decades. James and Kari live in Williams, Oregon.

Sajah Popham

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Sajah Popham

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2012

Sajah Popham, founder of Organic Unity and The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, is a clinical herbalist, practicing alchemist and medical astrologer. The focus of his work is to create a universal model of herbalism that integrates the great herbal traditions of the world in a way that balances the science and spirituality of plant medicine. His therapeutic approach encompasses not only the clinical application of herbal medicines, but also in the accessing their evolutionary functions and action upon the soul.

Jed Thaggard, MScN

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Jed Thaggard, MScN

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2017

Jed grew up near the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. It wasn’t until his move out west in his mid 20s, spending the summer working on organic farms, that he truly realized his love for plants. This is the point at which he began to rebuild his life around health-conscious, earth-centered living. Now with a masters degree in nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine, he enjoys harnessing the power of nutrient-dense food and herbs to heal himself and others. With a strong appreciation for science, his approach to nutrition is grounded in evidence-based research. His major philosophy on health involves mindfulness and fostering a positive relationship with food.

In recent years, he has worked as a farmer, chef, educator, consultant, and is currently working at the Eclectic Institute as an education coordinator and lab assistant. He loves community-driven, grass-roots projects that promote social justice and equity, and is actively seeking ways to marry his skills with activism.

Tyler Wauters

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Tyler Wauters

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2008

Tyler Wauters is a Place-Based Herbalist, Wildcrafter and co-founder of Hawthorn Institute.

Tyler has been a core-faculty member for the Herb Pharm Herbaculture program since 2008, teaching a wide variety of topics including Medicine Making, Wildcrafting, Ceremony, local human and natural history, Ayurveda, and Botany.  Tyler has devoted his life to the practice of community herbalism and brings his passion and knowledge of nature into everything he shares.  Tyler lives in Williams, OR and is a co-founder of the Hawthorn Institute. Hawthorn Institute offers several programs including a 425-hr Herbal Foundations course, Field Studies Immersion, Yoga Teacher Training and a clinical training program. The focus of Tyler’s work is igniting deeper connections to place, people, and plants.

Tyler has studied with Frank Cook, 7song, Isla Burgess, Sonia Masocco, Dr. Vasant Lad, and Dr. Claudia Welch.  He thanks all of his mentors for sharing life’s wisdom.

Bonnie Rose Weaver

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Bonnie Rose Weaver

Teaching for Herbaculture since: 2017

Bonnie Rose Weaver is a clinical energetic herbalist, plant nerd and life-long San Franciscan. She founded 1849 Medicine Garden, a seed-to-bottle urban apothecary and wrote + illustrated Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Herb Cultivation in Techtropolis. More info at bonnieroseweaver.com and @bonnieroseweaver.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • What qualifications do I need to have?

    Because this is a very physically demanding program with production fieldwork, communal living, and an intense schedule of classes, you need to be both physically and mentally fit.

    The strongest applications come from candidates that are well rounded in three respects equally.  They: 1) can demonstrate a sincere interest in herbalism 2) have some experience in production farming, working outdoors, and doing repetitive tasks, and 3) have lived in communal house settings.

  • What is the level of the formal instruction?

    You can expect to have roughly 135 hrs of formal instruction. The classes cover a wide range of topics and give interns a broad look at herbalism as a whole.  Due to the diverse range of backgrounds and levels of experience this program draws, classes range from introductory to intermediate. You can expect to be exposed to both clinical/scientific, as well as, subtle/energetic approaches to herbal medicine. Although we are not accredited, some colleges have accepted our program for credit.

  • Can I come late or leave early?

    Our Herbaculture Program is a synergistic experience and requires start-to-finish participation from all of the students. To be considered you must be able to attend for the entire duration of the program.

  • Can I take other classes, work or participate in other programs while I am at Herb Pharm?

    No, you should not plan on any other commitments. The combination of field work, program classes, communal household life, and needed time for reflection and rest makes for a full schedule.

  • My partner and I both want to apply, can we do so together?

    While you are welcome to apply together, each application is considered independently; you will be asked to indicate whether or not you would accept the position alone.

  • Can I apply for the Spring Session and stay for the other two sessions?

    No.  You may only attend one session per year.

  • Can I get a job or volunteer at the farm after my session ends?

    On rare occasions, opportunities do arise; however, you should not plan on this.

  • What is the difference between the sessions?

    The curriculum for the classes largely remains the same for each session. The three sessions do differ in the types of work you will be primarily doing on the farm, the plants you will be working closely with, and the weather conditions you will be working in.

    Spring and Fall can be wet and cold; Summer can be very hot and dry (and occasionally smoky due to local forest fires). All sessions include planting, cultivating, harvest and some herb processing such as drying, garbling and cleaning, as well as, landscape work such as weeding, transplanting and pruning.

  • Do you accept international applications?

    Yes, if you can arrange for the appropriate visa.

  • What do most of your students do afterwards?

    There are an array of career opportunities available for students who have studied diverse aspects of herbalism. Past students have gone onto other herbal programs, naturopathic or medical schools. Some have pursued midwifery, advanced plant sciences, Agroecology and conservation of at–risk plants, herb farming, landscape horticulture, massage therapy and community service.

  • Do I need a car?

    No, but without one you will only have easy access to the few shops in Williams and be dependent on others if you wish to go to “town”.

  • If I am not driving, how will I get to the farm?

    Local Airport: Medford, OR;

    Greyhound: Medford or Grants Pass, OR.

    Transportation from the airport or bus stations will be arranged through the program coordinator.

  • What computer access will I have?

    There is WIFI in the communal house as well as one PC.

  • What phone access will I have?

    There is very limited cell reception at the house. The house and farm are located rurally with good cell service about a mile down the road. The house is equipped with land lines.

Many hands make light work, as the interns separate Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) leaf and flower from the stem.