Herbalism for Home and Homestead

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

CLASS SERIES begins MAY 2019

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.

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 2 day weekend; and individually. Questions? Interested?? Please contact us!

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“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 4 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 eight weekends in a year for classes. Students may join the certificate class at any time and have two (2) years to complete the 100 hours. Students participating in this course will have, upon completion:

  1. 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

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

Class List, Dates & Description


  • ALL CLASSES LISTED BELOW are included in the “Herbalism for Home & Homestead” certificate course: $1,100 for 16 classes. This makes your cost less than $69 per class- an excellent value.
  • ANY TWO DAY FULL WEEKEND SERIES may be taken a la carte for $160. Saturday from 9 am until Sunday at 5 pm, FREE on-site camping available
  • ANY FULL DAY CLASS LISTED may be taken a la carte for $90. Classes start at 9 am and end at 4 pm

May 4, 2019

Veterinary Herbalism – 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. 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.


May 5th, 2019

Apothecary Lab: Making glycerine & oil medicinal extracts


June 1, 2019

Medicinal Plant Materia Medica for Juniper Berry, Vitex Berry, and Valerian Root; Guided Seasonal Plant Walk and Identification


June 2, 2019

Apothecary Lab- Preparing fresh plant medicinal alcohol tinctures; finishing glycerites.


June 29, 2019

Medicinal Plant Materia Medica for Dandelion root, Burdock root, Comfrey leaf; Guided Seasonal Plant Walk and Identification


June 30, 2019

Local edible plants: walk, identification and harvest- Spring is bursting with new life and amazingly delicious wild edibles. We will be harvesting wild groceries in the morning for our afternoon cooking (and eating) class. Go WILD- the original organic!


July 27, 2019

Medicinal Plant Materia Medica for Mullein plant, Stinging Nettle plant, Yarrow leaf and flower; Guided Seasonal Plant Walk and Identification


July 28, 2019

Apothecary Lab: Drying fresh plants; water extractions; medicinal tea blends; finishing fresh plant tinctures


August 24, 2019

Plant 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. 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.


August 25, 2019

Apothecary Lab: Dried plant medicinal alcohol tinctures; proper storage of dried medicinal plants; keeping an apothecary inventory


September 21, 2019

Materia Medica- Black Cohosh root, Calendula flower, Reishi mushroom; Guided Seasonal Plant Walk and Identification


September 22, 2019

What’s Love Got to do with it? Herbs for sexual and reproductive health- 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.


October 19, 2019

Materia Medica- Echinacea plant, Elder berry, Barberry root; Guided Seasonal Plant Walk and Identification


October 20, 2019

Vinegar & honey food and medicine preparations. Much of our “food” today is devoid of nutrients. We will discuss 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. 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.


November 9, 2019

Antivirals and antibacterials for cold & flu season. There are plants growing right outside your door that are proven more effective at preventing viruses than drugs or vaccinations. You NEED this information.


November 10, 2019

Apothecary Lab: Finish honey extracts and oxymels. Finish dried plant tinctures. Making Elderberry & Echinacea tincture.