Herbal Apprenticeship (Intensive) Progra...

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Herbal Apprenticeship (Intensive) Program

Full tuition (for 8 months): $8,200
Deposit (required with application): $1,900

This 600-hour Apprenticeship Program is an intensive Western Herbal certification. Students will learn about local plants through theoretical and experiential learning, ethical wild crafting, and medicine making.  The apprenticeship focuses on an in-depth investigation of human physiology to understand the complex interactions between the reproductive, endocrine, nervous, skin, muscular, skeletal and digestive systems.  Constitutional physiology and the impact of stress are also emphasized.  Students will complete this program with case studies, research and herbal formulating.  Students gain hands on plant experience with camping trips visiting the many microclimates of California.

The Apprenticeship program provides a complete Western Herbal certification training and prepares students for the 1st year of the Clinical Western Herbal Internship in our low-cost community clinic.

Studying intensively with professional herbalists on staff at Ohlone Center, this small group of students will fully immerse themselves in the world of herbs through classes, monthly field studies in the natural environment, and educational botanical field study camping trips. Apprentices will gain a deep understanding of local plant life through firsthand experiences, in preparation for becoming successful herbalists and herbal educators.

Geared to deeply motivated beginning and intermediate level students, the Apprenticeship covers:

  • Physiology and Constitutional Theory
  • Plant Action Theory
  • Biological Identification and Plant Medicine
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine Formulation and Medicine Making
  • Herbal Energetics, Aromatherapy & Flower Essences
  • Indigenous Wisdom, Folklore & Medical Theory

Apprentices will also participate in four camping trips in diverse California climate zones to study environmental awareness, botanical field study and identification.

 The 600-hour Apprenticeship Program combines studies from the Ohlone Foundations Course and Herbal Therapeutics programs. Offered three days per week, Tuesday–Thursday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM, the Apprenticeship begins on March 7, 2017 and concludes on October 12, 2017.


To apply: Please submit your application by email or physical mail and place your non-refundable deposit.



Additional Cost: Tuition includes all instructional time.   Additional cost to students include travel and food for four wild crafting trips,  and text books.  Depending on how thrifty you choose to be, students can expect the additional cost to be  anywhere from $1,000-1,400.

Deposit Policy: To secure your space in the program, a non-refundable deposit is required. Full payment of entire tuition is required by first class.  If the Ohlone Center is not able to guarantee you a space in the program, your deposit will be refunded promptly.

Refund policy:  Refunds less the non-refundable deposit are given if students drop within 30 days of first class.  There are no refunds on tuition payments after this time even if the student is no longer in attendance.

Camping trip schedule:
Desert Trip, March 2016
Sea Weed Trip, May 2016
High Sierra Trip, June 2016
Summer Break, July 2016
Mt. Lassen Trip, July 2015

from $1,900.00

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