Cultivate Healing: Community Herbalist Program

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10 AM – 4 PM Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

What is community herbalism?  While a concise definition may be elusive, we think it starts with care for people and plants through mutualistic relationships.  Herbal medicine is sometimes called “the medicine of the people” because it offers Earth-based, community-centered care that can be very low-cost for those who grow and gather their own herbs.  Nature provides us with the medicines we need most right among our footsteps through meadow and woods.

Through weekly field work, interactive courses, and individual and group projects, this immersive, experiential program is designed to develop your abilities to facilitate personal, communal, and ecological healing through plant medicine. Gain the core knowledge and skills to bring herbalism into your community. Core topics include:

  • Herbal Medicine Making
  • Organic Gardening
  • Plant ID & Foraging
  • Field Studies
  • Clinical Skills
  • Human/Plant Biology

Expect this to be a rigorous, demanding, and transformative program on all levels!  In addition to the field walks we will take in the Indianapolis area, we will take spring and fall one-week-long field trips to more remote parts of the state of Indiana to learn from and gather plants thriving there.

Course syllabus will be available here soon.

To apply, click this link, fill out the application and email to  Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview with Greg.

Investment: $3995 and 450 hours  Apply before Jan 01, 2018 to receive $500 off!  Upon acceptance, a $500 nonrefundable deposit is required to complete registration.  An installment of $1500 must be paid by March 1, and the remaining balance is due by April 9.  Some herb students have had success crowdfunding the cost of an herbal education.

Apprenticeship Work Trade Option: a limited number of apprenticeships are available for serious students seeking to become professional herbalists.  Apprentices are expected to attend all program classes and work at least 12 hours per week in exchange for a waiver of all program fees.  This requires a full-time commitment and flexible scheduling around our needs.  These are expected to be competitive positions, and applicants should have some experience and/or training working with medicinal herbs.  Apprentice duties shall include gardening, herbal medicine making, general cleaning, class and event preparation, and business support.  One of the top goals for 2018 apprentices is to start a free student outreach clinic.  Please indicate your interest in the apprenticeship on your application.

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Instructor Bio: Greg Monzel is a native Hoosier, husband, father, and student of nature and history with a gift for nourishing deep connections between people and plants. He experienced the medicinal power of plants directly when he used raw pineapple as an effective treatment for chronic strep-throat early in life. In 2007, Greg studied with renowned herbalist 7song at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and in 2013 with herbalist Jim McDonald in Michigan. He has parlayed his nurturing temperament and deep connection with plants into a career as an herbal educator, medicine maker and grower.