This course is an onsite and hands on herbal program designed for the beginner and intermediate student with a focus on preventative health and the traditional uses of herbs for acute and chronic conditions. In this course the student will learn the basic principles of herbal actions and energetics. Through learning the actions and energetics of herbs the student will gain a better understanding of how to work with individual herbs and how to use them safely and effectively.
This course will cover over 150 herbs, their uses and applications as well as 102 hours of in depth herbal education . Each student will become familiar with the systems of the body and learn which herbs are best suited for each and why. The student will also learn how to make herbal preparations and gain an understanding of their appropriate applications.
Students who complete this course will receive a “Certificate of Completion” and will have the basic knowledge to work with individuals as either a Family or Community Herbalist. This program also prepares the student for more advanced course work for those wishing to continue on in a Clinical Herbalist Program.
Classes are held one weekend a month for 9 months, beginning in September and ending in May.
Make-up classes will be offered at the discretion of the instructor and will be presented through audio recordings and powerpoint presentations.
Classes will run from 10 am – 2 pm Saturday and Sunday (*unless otherwise noted)
Student will be assigned additional reading, reports or projects at the end of each weekend class. The student has the opportunity to work on the projects throughout the remainder of the month. Assignments will be completed and handed in at the beginning of the next scheduled class. All assignments must be completed prior to receiving “Certificate of Completion”.
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TUITION: (Registration Closed)
(includes 102 lecture hours, class handouts and all materials for herbal projects. Students will take home all preparations which are made in class.)
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For those of you who may be experiencing financial difficulties or would like to offset the cost of tuition, I am offering a Work/Trade/Barter program. To find out more visit this link (WORK/TRADE/BARTER).
A full refund (less a $50.00 administrative fee) will be given if students withdraw prior to September 10th. Once classes start there will be no refunds issued. However, students may discuss a prorated refund if withdrawing due to hardship or illness.
Middleburg, Fl. 32068
Black Creek Center for Herbal Studies is centrally located approximately 1 hour southwest of the Jacksonville International Airport, 1 hour Northeast of the Gainesville Regional Airport, 1 hour from St. Augustine and less than 1 hour from Palatka Florida.
CLASS DESCRIPTION AND SCHEDULE 2016-2017:
September 24th (10 – 4 pm)
Introduction to Using Medicinal Herbs and the Foundations of Health
– Introduce the student to the principles and practice of herbalism and
– Broadly define herbalism and discuss the role of the herbalist within the
– The benefits of herbs for health and healing.
– The safety and efficacy of herbs.
– Symptoms as an expression of Imbalance.
– Beginning your herbal journey.
– Overview of the laws governing the practice of herbalism.
– An overview and brief description of herbal preparations and
September 25th (10 – 4 pm)
Fundamentals of Herbal Actions and Energetics:
– The healing power of nature and the concept of balance.
– The student will learn about herbal energetics. Herbal energetic is
basically a tool which gives the herbalist a better understanding of how
the body responds to herbs and how to select the most appropriate herbs
based on certain patterns of imbalance.
– We will learn to identify the various “Tissue States” as an aid in
determining underlying imbalances.
– Understanding the impressions and tastes of herbs.
– Terminology and Herbal Actions.
October 29th (10 – 4 pm)
Herbal Preparations and Applications:
In this class the student will learn how to make herbal preparations and how to
use them safely and effectively for both acute and chronic conditions. The
student will learn how to make the following preparations and discuss the
– The Safety of Herbs
– Nourishing, Medicinal, Cold Water, Solar and Lunar Infusions and
– Infused herbal oils (Crockpot and Oven method included)
– Pills and Lozenges
– Using Powdered Herbs
– Solubility of Herbal Constituents
November 26th (10 – 4 pm)
Introduction to Aromatherapy
This class will introduce the student to the basic concepts and uses of Essential
Oils and the art and practice of Aromatherapy. The student will learn how to
safely use Essential Oils medicinally as well as how to incorporate them into
their daily lives.
November 27th (10 – 4pm)
Introduction to Herbal First Aid
This class will introduce the student to the various aspects of Herbal First and
Home Care. We will discuss:
– How to be prepared for acute situations
– Assessing the situation
– When to call the doctor
– Fever as a response to healing
– Antibiotics; when and if they should be considered
– Infections and signs and symptoms to look for
– How to prepare an herbal first aid kit and examples of what you might want to
have on hand
– Various herbal applications used in first aid situations
– Kitchen preparations that you can use for first aid
– Hydrotherapy for first aid
December 17th (10 – 4 pm)
Introduction to Botany for the Herbalist:
This is an introductory course in Botany for the herbalist. This class is designed
to familiarize the herbalist with the basic plant parts, Latin and Botanical names,
Plant patterns and how to key out plants. We will also discuss the practice of
wild harvesting plants and ethical harvesting practices.
The Body Systems:
These courses will include classes on each of the body systems. Within the context
of each class the student will become familiar with:
– Basic anatomy of the system
– Primary and secondary functions of the systems.
– Supporting systems within the body
– Herbs specific to each system and their function and how they help
support the system.
– Nutritional support for each system.
December 18th (10 – 4 pm)
– Digestive System
January 21st & 22 (10 – 4 pm)
– Respiratory System
– Cardiovascular/Circulatory System
February 11th & 12th (10 – 4 pm)
– Skin and Musculoskeletal System
– Reproductive System
March 25th & 26th (10 – 4 pm)
– Nervous System
– Urinary System
April 22nd & 23rd (10 – 4 pm)
– Immune System
– Endocrine System
May 20th (10 – 4 pm)
Becoming a Practicing Herbalist:
This class pulls it all together and discusses practical issues to consider when
meeting with clients or beginning a new practice. This class includes the
– The Client Intake
– Assessing the client
– Human Energetics
– Observation as a Tool
– Listening to your Clients
– Organizing your Intake
– The Follow-up
– Establishing Your Apothecary
– Continuing Education
– Groups and organizations
– Intermediate and Advanced Studies
– Herbal Mentoring
Graduation Celebration !!!