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Foundations is a 425-hour certificate program focused on bioregional and clinical herbalism. We offer an exploration into the inner workings of the human body and the elemental relationships that link plants, place, and personal health.
The Foundations program is a comprehensive training that brings together the practices of Place-Based Herbalism, Lifestyle & Embodiment, Yoga & Ayurveda, Food & Farming, along with Diet & Nutrition.
During the program, students are provided with the opportunity to engage in local volunteer projects, including an herbal free clinic and growing food and medicine at the Hawthorn Farm.
Concepts & Principles
Students will learn to correctly identify, ethically wild-harvest, hand-craft and administer more than 50 local medicinal and edible plants of the Klamath-Siskiyou and Cascade bioregions. Students will be exposed to hands-on and experiential herbalism along with opportunities to engage in local community movements & projects.
Students will study both human anatomy and physiology, along with an integrative approach to materia medica including diet, lifestyle, and herbal formulas for support. Students will intimately study more than 40 widely used herbs in Western Herbalism, including how to correctly prepare, dose, and administer these herbs safely and effectively.
The program is designed to develop each student’s unique healing presence. We believe that one of the pillars of personal growth is contemplative practice. Students are supported to envision increasing their capacity for relationship and connection - through yoga, meditation, mandalas and personal introspection.
the study of life
We teach the basic principles of Ayurveda through a constitutional approach and bio-regional lens. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the three bodily humors (vata-pitta-kapha) and how they can be recognized in an individual and in our environment. Students will be exposed to the doshic theory; the concepts of agni, karma, and elemental theory; the prakruti/vikruti paradigm; the seven tissue states; the subdoshas ; the practice of vedic astrology and herbs used in Ayurveda along with western herb correlates and diagnostic tools.
& Food Sovereignty
Students will learn how to grow some of our most essential medicines and foods to help promote hands-on relationships to plants. Just as our health is a product of the food we eat, the health of the plants and animals that sustain us is a product of an array of life forces. Students will also be introduced to sustainable & small farm practices, within an agro-ecology framework.
The Foundations Program is unique in the field of herbalism for emphasizing personal wellness as the basis for becoming a practitioner. For this reason, students learn building blocks of healthy living practices including: creating a balanced diet through cooking and daily routine, supporting seasonal and diurnal biorhythms, and cultivating emotional intelligence.
The yoga program is designed both to enhance students' understanding of ayurvedic theory and anatomy, and to support students' physical and emotional well-being. Classes are designed to meet the needs and curiosity of beginning to advanced level students. Everyone will gain the tools and confidence they need to construct a safe, personalized yoga practice. We will explore the elements and the chakras with a wide variety of yoga postures, meditations and breathing techniques.
Limited to 16 students.
Essays, Plant monographs, Quizzes, Ecosystem monographs, Out-of-class readings and study,
In-class presentations, and Journaling.
A mid-point and a final examination are required in the course. These will both be oral and one-on-one with a core faculty member. Examinations are designed to help support the learning process of each individual student. The exams, along with the in-class presentations, give students the opportunity to solidify their knowledge and give voice to their unique understanding of herbalism.
April 12-Aug 27, 2021
Classes are held Tues-Thurs, with the occasional Sat class. The typical day runs 9am-5pm.
There are 3 overnight field trips: 3-day , 4-day & 5-day. All overnight field trips are required.
This is a foundational program and is meant for both beginning and intermediate students of Herbalism, Ayurveda, & Yoga. Due to the unique blend, this program is beneficial for anyone striving for a comprehensive experience with herbs, movement, and community health.
Indoor classes are held in Williams, OR. Information about the exact location is provided upon acceptance to the program.
Outdoor classes are held in wilderness spaces across the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.