Learn The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine

Immerse yourself in the magic of plant medicine and awaken to the wisdom of the natural world

  ~ New Session Begins October 2017 ~

This course is a portal into the heart and soul of plant medicine. It is about becoming one with place. It is about becoming one with the pulse of green bloods; learning their language, and cultivating a knowingness beyond any textbook for how to understand what plants do, and how. If you want to awaken the inherent human ability to be a plant medicine person, this course is for you.

This in-depth herbal training program will explore the relationship between mind, body, emotions, plant medicine, and the innate vital force that awakens the body’s own healing capacity.

Through both theoretical, intuitive and practical hands-on study, this program will provide the enthusiastic student with an opportunity to develop an intimate relationship with herbs in our bio-region. We will learn how plants can help prevent disease, support healing, and nourish long-term health and vitality.

We will dive into the ancient history of herbalism, explore anatomy and physiology from both the current biomedical model and traditional eastern medicine perspectives, and formulate potent medicines.

~ This course is about awakening an ancient language that I believe all humans wish to re-learn.
One of healing, of understanding the rhythm of healing and how it moves and connects people and plants. ~

Students complete the course feeling firmly rooted in the understanding of how herbs work; confident in their ability to treat oneself and loved ones successfully with herbs, and deeply inspired by the natural world!

 Program Topics:

  • Constitutional plant medicine
  • The Energetics of Herbs
  • Eastern & western anatomy
  • Interpreting the language of illness
  • Skillful medicine making
  • Crafting Formulations
  • Flower essences
  • Herb walks & plant identification
  • A focus on bio-regional herbs
  • Nutrition as a nurturing practice
  • Wisdom through the seasons

Location: Program is on  Salt Spring Island, at a beautiful soulful private residence nestled in the forest.

Class Times: Classes take place Saturday and Sunday, one weekend per month, from 10 am to 5 pm. This allows off-island students to travel to Salt Spring Island and attend classes from nearby Seattle, Vancouver, Duncan or Victoria BC.

Number of Students: Classes are kept small to maintain quality connections between students and with the teacher. 15 students maximum.

Investment: $1900 or $1850 before September 1st. Deposit of $250 secures your space.

How to Apply

If you are passionate about natural medicine, healing, and using herbs for physical, emotional and spiritual nourishment I welcome your application. Registration is now open! Class begins October 2017, ends in June 2018. Early registration is recommended: every year there are more applicants than spaces, so consider acting quickly.

Apply in the following steps:1) Carefully read the course overview and payment options in their entirety.
2) fill out the application.
 Once I receive your application I’ll contact you for an interview to be scheduled in person or via Skype if you do not live on Salt Spring.  Your $250 deposit is due after our interview and your acceptance into the course is given.
I take a maximum of 15 students.

Payment plans available. A $50 discount is applied if payment is made before September 1st, 2017.

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What My Students Say

“Seraphina’s not just a teacher, she’s a mentor. She sincerely wants her student’s to succeed. While she’s got the science and clinical experience of herbalism, what’s so special is her depth of knowing & energetic and shamanic understanding of plants combined with the practice of herbalism.”

– Erin D.

“Seraphina’s teaching style is dynamic, accessible, and fun. I loved the mix of interesting lectures, personal stories, all the herb tasting opportunities we had at each class; and great medicine making exercises. Her knowledge of herbs and her clinical experience brings the plant world to life with such depth. I highly recommend this course.”

Patricia A.

“Seraphina’s depth of experience, knowledge and wisdom is profound. She’s a gifted and engaging teacher. She teaches from the heart, and lives her work. I would take any class she teaches!”.

Deb. T

“I really appreciate all the amazing stories, words of wisdom from experience, and recipe secrets you share so generously. That really enhanced my learning experience.”

Barb P.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?

This course is for the person who has a desire to deepen their relationship with herbs. They wish to understand the sacred, scientific, medicinal and mystical message of our green allies. This course is for the individual who wants to better understand, healing, wholeness, health, disease, and form their own personal definitions of these words. This course is for the person who wants a deeply satisfying relationship with several herbs that grow in this Canadian-south-western bioregion, rather than hundreds of herbs that grow all around the world. It’s for the individual who enjoys learning in a small group environment with like-minded folks, and who can appreciate the diversity that exists among a group setting.

Who is this course not suitable for?

This course is likely not the right fit if you are interested in a mechanistic, solely medical approach to botanical medicine. It is not the right fit if you want 100% outdoor wildcrafting time. Nor is it the right course for you if you are adverse to group dynamics & impatient with class discussion.

How much outside time is included in the course?

Probably about 35% is outside time. There are herb walks in the fall, spring and summer sessions. That time includes harvesting, making-medicine, plant ID walks, and communing quietly with herbs (plant sits).

What if I already have experience in herbal medicine? How basic is this course?

This course extends beyond basic the foundations of herbal medicine. If you have no background in herbal medicine please contact me for recommended reading before beginning the course.

More than half of all my students have some experience in herbal medicine whether from their own self-study or from farming, permaculture, gardening, or growing up drinking chamomile tea. Some of my students have even taken formal herbal training and feel that this course deepens what they’ve learned plus offers insight into plants in a new way. I haven’t yet had a student who felt the course was too basic. If anything, it adds a missing piece to what they’ve already learned in previous programs because I teach from a unique perspective that combines the wisdom of the medicine wheel, energetics, classical homeopathy, and shamanism, and my own experience with plant medicine.

Is there homework?

Yes, some. Homework is not graded. Most of homework assigned is to make your own medicine at home plus some reading. There is a final project at the end of the year. I emphasize embodying living your life as a herbalist (consuming herbs daily), more than written academic work.

What makes this course different from other herbal courses?

I teach a select group of herbs very deeply. I was taught that a successful herbalist knows over a hundred uses of just one herb, rather than knowing just one use of a hundred herbs. I have found this true. I focus on herbs that are native to this bioregion, are easy to grow, or are weeds that already grow in your backyard. This makes herbalism accessible to most people. I do not believe that herbal medicine needs to be expensive, nor should people rely on buying herbs commercially. Herbalism, for me, is about using the bounty of herbs growing in your backyard.

I teach the energetics of herbs based on a medicine wheel, and weave the wisdom of materia medica and client care based on my background as a classical homeopath. I’m a 3rd-generation herbalist, classical homeopath, and have studied and apprenticed with many seasoned healers. My clinical practice spanning over ten years has been my greatest education in bringing it all alive.

Does taking this course certify me to open a practice seeing clients once I graduate?
I do provide a certificate of completion as an Herbal Educator once students complete the course, though, herbalism is not a governed profession and there is no college of herbalists that grants permission for someone to practice or not practice. Anyone can call themselves a herbalist. However, if you desire to open a practice to see clients, I recommend you pursue professional training beyond this course; not just in herbs but in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostics, ethics and so forth that culminates in at least a two thousand hour program. The training that is required to become a qualified health practitioner is much greater than what I have to offer at this time. I recommend naturopathic college, Pacific Rim College, Homeopathy School, Acupuncture School or another professional program.