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Foundations of Bioregional Herbalism

Courses for aspiring community herbalists

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     These introductory courses are designed for beginner through advanced* herbalists who are looking for a grounded, holistic foundation for herbalism as a lifeway. The programs are centered around kincentricity and reciprocity, meaning that throughout the program we will cultivate a relationship to place and approach herbalism as a lifeway. You'll receive in depth instruction on how to develop meaningful relationships with plants and expand your materia medica, and how to safely and effectively work with plants in your home and in your community. The bioregional program focuses heavily on land stewardship and the interrelation of the health of the land its inhabitants, as well as the many ethical, economic, and ecological issues that impact our work today, on a global and local scale. 

 

 

     

   We will trace the lineage of western herbalism all the way back to its origins and discuss crucial pieces of knowledge of herbalism practice. Discover lost ways of learning and how to obtain wisdom directly from the plants as well as the empirical science and research behind modern herbal knowledge. We will discuss the history and fundamental framework of the western herbalism lineage and honor the indigenous and other traditional medicine knowledge and lifeways that have contributed so much to that western lineage here on Turtle Island. Our work is centered around ecological and social justice and decolonial movements. 

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Beginner students will establish the basics of holistic medicine and how herbs work, while gathering further knowledge around a place-based foundation. Intermediate and advanced students will have the opportunity to dive deeper into their direct relationships with plants as well as expand their thought processes and action around things like regenerative economics, justice work, and land stewardship.

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     No matter where your herbal studies take you, the Foundations of Herbalism program is designed to provide the tools to approach the land, the plants, and the people as medicine and continue learning and growing on the lifelong journey that is herbalism. 

     Three tracks are offered: 

     The FOUNDATIONS OF BIOREGIONAL HERBALISM  track is an in-depth fully in-person in South Central Pennsylvania (with a larger focus on bioregionalism, botany, wildcrafting, medicine making, bioregional foodways, and embodied practice. This track provides a 300 hour Certificate of Bioregional Herbalism.

     The FOUNDATIONS OF BIOREGIONAL HERBALISM HYBRID track is an in-depth hybrid program (online and in person) in South Central Pennsylvania with the same focus as the all in-person track. Online classes are synchronous (live) with the in-person classes.

 

     The FOUNDATIONS OF BIOREGIONAL HERBALISM ONLINE track is an all online program. This program is similar to the hybrid track but slightly abbreviated, with less focus on field botany and bioregional plants specific to the Mid-atlantic (you can apply skills of bioregionalism anywhere in the world). Online classes are synchronous (live) with the in-person classes.

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      Graduates of the program may continue their studies of Herbal Therapeutics, Anatomy, Physiology, & Materia Medica, and Health Justice through the HERBAL THERAPEUTICS course.

Sliding Scale & BIPOC Scholarship available (donate to our scholarship fund here)

During the interview process we will discuss financial accessibility and resources available.

Auditing option available once the class reaches its minimum number of sign ups.

Referral discount: 10%

2024 REGISTRATION OPEN

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"Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us."

-Robin Wall Kimmerer

What sets us apart

     Northern Appalachia School is committed to providing education that is based on ecological and community reciprocity. We take a personal interest in each one of our students and their learning outcomes. 
 
Foundations of Herbalism offers a blend of lecture, home study materials, and regular assignments with instructor feedback and group discussion. This guided mentorship-style learning provides an immersive experience. 

     The program is designed to help students deepen their knowledge of plants and healing, learn fundamental skills for entering the professional herbal community. We will expand beyond the limits of most herbal curricula, integrating de-colonialism and a strong sense of place-based practice. 

Core Theory and Skills:

  • Vitalism

  • Herbal Actions, Energetics, & Tissue States 

  • Formulation

  • Herbal Safety

  • Research Techniques

  • Basic Biochemistry & Phytoconstituents

  • Plant Relationships

  • Organoleptics

  • Medicine Making

  • Apothecary Management

  • Kitchen Herbalism

  • Awareness Skills

  • Plant Spirit Medicine

  • Kincentric Ecology

  • Ethnobotany

  • Decolonization

  • Bioregionalism

  • Wild Edibles

  • History of Western Herbalism

  • Cultivation & Wildtending

  • Fire Ecology & Sucession

  • Field Botany & Plant ID

The Foundations of Herbalism course provided a very high quality knowledge base that was a wonderful start to my work with herbalism. The material is comprehensive and weaves together cultural, historical, and scientific perspectives in a clear way. I was really looking for a program that honored Indigenous perspectives in plant knowledge and Calyx helped facilitate a truly safe and honoring space! I found that the online program was adaptable for my bioregion, which is quite distant from Northern Appalachia. Gunalcheesh! (Thank you in Lingit)

Ali Marvin (Alaska)

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Foundations of BIOREGIONAL

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Foundations of BIOREGIONAL

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Hybrid

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Foundations of BIOREGIONAL

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Online

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Instructors

Calyx Liddick - Core

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Jaybird Tignor - Awareness, Nature Journaling, Field Botany

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Jonathan Darby - Cultivation

"This program is a great foundation for anyone interested in herbalism to any degree. The program goes beyond research and information. It challenges you to flex your knowledge of, relationship with, and perspective of plants and people so you can better apply the concepts and theories of herbalism."

(New Jersey)

"I’ve grown tremendously from this program, not just from the knowledge but as a person spiritually. I came into this class looking to be a naturopathic physician, but that changed as I learned more and understood more, now I'm all about cultivation and using this knowledge to help whoever I can and bringing real food back to our kitchen tables. I was able to get that much closer to who my ancestors were both dead and alive from this course. I’ve repaired relationships with family members, and founded a stronger relationship with my true self. It wasn’t easy by no means as this was a complete 180 of how I was living my life. I found myself slowly but surely erasing old actions and habits and replacing them with more fulfilling ones. I felt overjoyed that colonization was brought into the class, as a black man Im always walking on egg shells in our society it made me feel like I truly do have Allies in this area who truly understand our struggles . In this class I was able to be vulnerable and let my guard down which NEVER happens I was able to express how I feel and those feelings were heard and accepted. This class made me feel at home made me feel welcomed. It helped me find PEACE not just in my mind but in my heart. I was able to come to terms with a lot of things I didn’t even know I was still holding on to, the sit spots truly work wonders if you put in the effort. There isn’t enough words or space for me to express how grateful of an experience this was."

Jerrell Grandison-Douglas (Pennsylvania)

"This program has been life changing for me , I am truly grateful to my teachers and fellow students for being so supportive in my ongoing learning experience , I couldn't have made it this far without any of you."

(Pennsylvania)

"What a great in depth learning experience. It wasn’t just another class of use this herb for this and that herb for that, but a class that helped you grasp the why and the how so you can do it on your own. It taught concepts, not material."

Anthony Damiano (Pennsylvania)

     "This program was intense!!! The work was deep and powerful and I learned SO much! Even more powerful than the botany and Vitalist actions and tissue energetics and phytoconstituents was the transformational knowledge around colonization, ecological stewardship and seeing the world through a more balanced lens of what it means to be human. 
     Calyx is an inspiring, wise, kind teacher and a powerfully brilliant herbalist. I am looking forward to taking more of her programs, and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to center the health of the planet while also growing as a human and plant advocate." 

Erin Shrader, The Rebel Herbalist (Pennsylvania)

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