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Beginning Clinical Herbalism Certification Course 2020

I am very happy to be offering this foundational training, starting in January of 2020. For 9 months, we will meet one Saturday per month for a 6 hour intensive; usually 11 am to 5pm. Classes are either at the herb shop/clinic/apothecary in La Crosse Wisconsin, or at the herb gardens, cabin and greenhouse in Galesville Wisconsin. We also have additional hikes and field trips as students' interests and abilities suggest. 

The goal of this course is to give you a well-rounded introduction to a variety traditional healing cultures and practices, and then adding in our modern understanding of health and herbs. In modern herbalism, information about the use of plant medicines comes from many cultures over many generations. This course will give you a framework for gathering and using this information in an organized understandable, practical way.

This is a certification course, so it is designed to also meet the American Herbalists' Guild guidelines and suggestions for what foundational herbal learning might contain. Students can use this course to build their own healing businesses or clinical practices, but it is just as useful as a good foundation for care of self and family. You do not need to have a medical background of any kind to take this course. On the other hand, students who have a modern medical background can also take this course and build a thorough and detailed knowledge of herbal therapies, with a framework for knowing how to integrate this knowledge into their healing work.

At the end of this 9 month course, you will have:
  • a naturalists' notebook or journal with plant samples and Plant Data Sheets for 20 plants
  • working knowledge of 50 to 100 plants and their medicines
  • beginning herbal first-aid and home care kit
  • help building your own home and kitchen apothecary
  • a recipe book or box with your favorite healing recipes
  • knowlege about foraging, growing, harvesting and storage of plants
  • knowledge of medicine-making including crafting tinctures, oils, powders, salves and more 
You will learn basic concepts of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as principles of healing from American Indigenous and Eclectic healers. We will discuss botany, ecology, and comparative plant-and-people anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and nutrition. All students get the same basics to study, and then I personalize the learning with guidance or special projects to fit each student's background, level of learning and preferred learning styles.

All classes include a lot of yummy food, as using herbs in our daily meals is an ongoing part of the course. Each intensive has a potluck and students come up with the most delicious healing foods! Each student has weekly personal time with the teacher throughout the month between classes. This helps you keep up with the reading or monthly herbal at-home projects. 

During the first "trimester" or Winter months, we will concentrate on the stories and traditions, while learning basic herbal foods and preparations. During the middle Spring and Summer, we will be all about the plants, taking our learning back and forth from outside to kitchen to greenhouse to apothecary and back outside (eating lovely potlucks the whole time). In the final Summer and Fall months we will concentrate on basic history-taking and physical assessment, especially digestive and nutritional assessing. By the end of the course, you will have a simple but thorough framework for holistic assessment of yourself and one other person of your choice. You will be able to help form a plan of care and choose herbs in the best forms and combinations to promote digestive health. And you will be able to make healing meals and samples of your herbal recipes for our final show-and-tell.

The total cost for this course is $850. A $50 registration is required to hold your place in the course, and this is applied to your total cost. Most students make a contract with the instructor for a monthly, bi-monthly or other payment plan. Books and herbal materials are additional costs and usually over the course of 9 months do not total over $100.

I am the primary instructor for this course. If you have any further questions, please contact me at lalastiers@gmail.com, or call 608-780-2255. You can also ask a question on Facebook on my personal page or on the HerbsAllAround page, as well as send a question by Facebook messaging. 

Thank you and wishing you peace!   -laurie at herbs all around

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