Classes

  • Herbalism for Home and Homestead
    • Medicinal Herbs: Local Plant Materia Medica
    • Herbal Apothecary: Medicinal Plant Preparations

Medicinal, Edible & Useful Plants for Healing, Self Sufficiency, and Survival

CLASS SERIES begins MARCH 2018!! Kristen Dorsey and the North American Bushcraft School are launching a year long training program on medicinal, edible and useful local plants.  Classes include herbal medicine, organic wild edible forage & cooking, first aid, and other local plant uses. These are necessary skills toward more self sufficient living.

The primary goal of this series is to create a deep familiarity with and connection to our local flora. Students will learn to recognize useful plants in every season. Medicinal, edible and other uses of these plants will be explored. A combination of hands-on preparation experience in the Community Apothecary, identification and harvesting walks, and classroom study will ensure effective learning.

Herbalism for Pets and Livestock

Upon successful completion, attendees will be able to identify, harvest, process, cook and use dozens of local plants for food, medicine, first aid and animal/livestock health. Energy recognition & healing, cross-species & cross dimension communication, and other shamanic processes and ceremonies will be offered as part of our class series.

Classes can be taken as a complete series; by the 3 day weekend; and individually. Questions? Interested?? Please contact us!


“Herbalism for Home and Homestead” 100 hr Certificate Program

This is a 100 hr local plant immersion training program. This course includes all classes listed below PLUS a minimum of 10 hrs of homework/final projects. This program is for any person who wishes to have the knowledge and skills to utilize local flora for food and medicine, for the purposes of maintaining the good health of family, friends and animals. Students will meet five times in a year for three days of classes, which will begin at 9am on Fridays and end at 5pm on Sundays. Students may join the certificate class at any time and have two (2) years to complete the five weekends. Students participating in this course will have, upon completion:

  1. A deep knowledge of 15 powerful, local medicinal plants
  2. Hands-on experience in identifying, gathering and preparing plant medicines
  3. Comprehensive knowledge of the uses of and dosage of medicinal plants studied
  4. The ability to identify, harvest and prepare edible local plants
  5. The ability to choose, use and recommend local plants to aid in good health for family, friends and animals
  6. A thorough understanding of the health benefits of using plants for food and medicine

Upon completion of the 100 hrs and successful submission of homework projects, graduates of this program will receive a certificate of completion.

Tuition: $1,100.00 for 100 hours of instruction & a certificate of completion

To REGISTER for this course, please Herbalism for Pets and Livestock

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For a FULL LIST of classes included in this class, please see class list below


“Medicinal Herbs: Local Plant Materia Medica” 40 hr Diploma Program

This is a 40 hr local medicinal plant education program. This course includes all SATURDAY FULL DAY classes listed below PLUS a minimum of 10 hrs of homework/final projects. This program is for any person who wishes to have the knowledge and skills to identify 15 powerful local plants and their uses, for the purposes of maintaining the good health of self and family. Students will meet five times in a year for a full day of class, which will begin at 9am on Saturday and end at 4pm. Students may join the diploma class at any time and have two (2) years to complete the five Saturdays. Students participating in this course will have, upon completion:

  1. A deep knowledge of 15 powerful, local medicinal plants
  2. Hands-on experience in identifying these plants in all seasons & stages
  3. Comprehensive knowledge of the uses of and dosage of medicinal plants studied
  4. The ability to choose and recommend local plant preparations to aid in good health for family, friends and animals
  5. A thorough understanding of the health benefits of using plants for medicine

Upon completion of the 40 hrs and successful submission of homework projects, graduates of this program will receive a diploma of completion.

Tuition: $600.00 for 40 hours of instruction & a diploma of completion

Materia Medica: Juniper, Vitex, Valerian

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For a FULL LIST of classes included in this class, please see class list below


“Herbal Apothecary: Medicinal Plant Preparations” 40 hr Diploma Program

This is a 40 hr local medicinal plant medicine making program. This course includes all SUNDAY LAB FULL DAY classes listed below PLUS a minimum of 10 hrs of homework/final projects. This program is for any person who wishes to have the knowledge and skills to prepare local plants into medicines using a variety of techniques. Students will meet five times in a year for a full day of lab class, which will begin at 9am on Sunday and end at 4pm. Students may join the diploma class at any time and have two (2) years to complete the five Sundays. ****Students should have good prior knowledge of local medicinal plants and their uses prior to attending this class. This class is primarily for learning to prepare plant medicines, we will not be discussing uses or dosage in depth in this class**** Students participating in this course will have, upon completion:

  1. A deep knowledge of a variety of ways to prepare and use plants as medicine
  2. Hands-on experience in preparing these plants in all seasons & stages
  3. Comprehensive knowledge of the proper plant parts used and techniques for preparing medicinal plants studied
  4. The ability to create and recommend local plant preparations to aid in good health for family, friends and animals
  5. A thorough understanding of the health benefits of using plants for medicine

Upon completion of the 40 hrs and successful submission of homework projects, graduates of this program will receive a diploma of completion.

Tuition: $600.00 for 40 hours of instruction & a diploma of completion

Herbal Lab – Preparing Glycerites and Oil Extractions

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Class List, Dates & Description

TUITION IS AS FOLLOWS:

  • ALL CLASSES LISTED BELOW are included in the “Herbalism for Home & Homestead” certificate course: $1,100 for 100 hrs of classes
  • ALL SATURDAY FULL DAY CLASSES are included in the “Medicinal Herbs: Local Plant Materia Medica” diploma course: $600 for 40 hrs of classes
  • ALL SUNDAY FULL DAY LAB CLASSES are included in the “Herbal Apothecary: Medicinal Plant Preparations” diploma course: $600 for 40 hrs of classes
  • ANY THREE DAY FULL WEEKEND SERIES may be taken a la cart for $250. Friday from 9am until Sunday at 5pm
  • ANY FULL DAY CLASS LISTED may be taken a la cart for $90. Classes start at 9am and end at 4pm
  • ANY HALF DAY CLASS OFFERED may be taken a la cart for $50. Half day classes start at 9am or 1pm

March 9, 10 & 11 2018 

Herbalism for Pets and Livestock

Friday: 9am to noon: (half or full day)Herbs for Pets & Livestock- Animals are excellent herbalists and often self-medicate with local plants. Learn what plants are safe to use for livestock including chickens, rabbits, goats, horses and cattle. Lower your vet bills and create vibrant health for your dog and cat, too. We will cover plants as food as well as internal & external medicinal uses of local medicinal plants for animals.

Friday 1pm to 4pm: (half or full day)Mutt Loaf- Home Cookin’ for Fido- Dogs have been eating “people food” for as long as they have been our companions. Learn WHY “dog food” became different than “people food”, and what effect this has had on our pets. We will discuss several recipes for healthy, home cooked, money saving meals for your dog, and prepare a batch for testing.

Saturday 9am to noon: (full or half day) Materia Medica- Juniper, Vitex & Valerian. Using glycerites and oil extracts.

Saturday 1pm to 4pm: (full or half day) Medicinal and edible plant walk, identification & harvest

Sunday 9am to 4 pm (full day only) Apothecary Lab- Preparing glycerites and oil extracts; finishing oil extracts.

May 18, 19 & 20 2018

Wild Edible Plants

Friday 9am to noon: (full or half day) Local edible plant walk, identification and harvest- Spring is bursting with new life and amazingly delicious wild edibles. We will be harvesting wild groceries for our afternoon cooking class.

Friday 1pm to 4pm: (full or half day) Wild food preparation & cooking class… and TASTING too! We will join Chef Tina in the preparation of a wild food meal. Cleaning, prep, and good cooking techniques will be demonstrated. Can’t afford organic??? Go WILD- the original organic!

Saturday 9am to noon: (full or half day) Materia Medica- Dandelion, Burdock & Comfrey. Using fresh plant tinctures.

Saturday 1pm to 4pm: (full or half day) Medicinal and edible plant walk, identification & harvest

Sunday 9am to 4 pm (full day only) Apothecary Lab- Preparing fresh plant tinctures; finishing glycerites.

June 22, 23 & 24 2018

Essential Oils – Beauty, Cleaning, Garden

Friday 9am to noon: (full or half day) Herbs & essential oils for beauty, home & garden- This is WAY beyond baking soda and coconut oil! Save a ton of money and get better results with natural ingredients, herbs and essential oils. We will discuss skin and hair care; disinfecting (and non toxic) cleaners; safe insecticides for inside & outside and MORE. We will share recipes and make a product.

Friday 1pm to 4pm: (full or half day) Essential oils for medicinal use- There is a LOT of misleading information out there about essential oils! Let’s learn WHAT they are and HOW to use them safely and effectively. We will discuss internal and external uses, materia medica and share formulas. Carrier oils and their uses will be discussed as well.

Saturday 9am to noon: (full or half day) Materia Medica- Mullein, Nettle & Yarrow. Drying fresh plants and uses for water extraction.

Saturday 1pm to 4pm: (full or half day) Medicinal and edible plant walk, identification & harvest

Sunday 9am to 4 pm (full day only) Apothecary Lab- Drying plants, making tea blends, storing dried plant material. Pressing fresh plant tinctures.

August 3, 4 & 5 2018

Vinegar and Honey Medicinal Extracts

Friday 9am to noon: (full or half day) Vinegar & honey food preparations- much of our “food” today is devoid of nutrients. We will spend the morning discussing the nutritional and health benefits of foods made with cider vinegar and raw honey. Recipes will be given, and we will prepare a food product.

Friday 1pm to 4pm: (full or half day) Vinegar and Honey medicinal extracts & Oxymels- Vinegar and honey are an excellent menstruum for extracting the medicine from plant material. We will discuss the process and why we might use it; introduce oxymels; share recipes and make a product.

Saturday 9am to noon: (full or half day) Materia Medica- Black Cohosh, Calendula, Reishi. Using dry plant tinctures.

Saturday 1pm to 4pm: (full or half day) Medicinal and edible plant walk, identification & harvest

Sunday 9am to 4 pm (full day only) Apothecary Lab- Finish honey extracts and oxymels. Prepare dried plant tinctures.

October 12, 13 & 14 2018

Herbs for Women’s Health

Friday 9am to noon: (full or half day)What’s Love Got to do with it? Herbal aphrodisiacs- Sex and sexuality are a vital aspect of human life. There are many herbs that may be used internally, externally and as food that can improve our sexual health and performance. This is a fun class! We will share recipes and make a product.

Friday 1pm to 4pm: (full or half day) Herbs for Women’s Health- from menstruation to menopause, there are so many wonderful herbs that can be used for women’s health. Let’s talk about herbs that work for all stages of our walk as women.

Saturday 9am to noon: (full or half day) Materia Medica- Echinacea, Elderberry, Barberry. Anitvirals and antibacterials for cold & flu season.

Saturday 1pm to 4pm: (full or half day) Medicinal and edible plant walk, identification & harvest

Sunday 9am to 4 pm (full day only) Apothecary Lab- Cold & flu preparations. Making Elderberry & Echinacea tincture. Finishing vinegar extract. Pressing dried plant tinctures.