Trillium Center 2014 Programs

Monthly Education Series

In 2014, the Trillium Center will offer a monthly workshops/lecture series. We are currently seeking workshop proposals. To send a proposal fill out this form or write to

IMG_0631We are planning to offer workshops on these topics and more:

  • Beekeeping
  • Energy Medicine
  • Cheese Making
  • Food Preservation
  • Blacksmithing
  • Wilderness Survival Skills
  • First Aid/Emergency Preparedness


Monthly Plant Walks

We will continue to have monthly plant walks in 2014. A plant walk does not actually not involve much walking. Participants are often so interested in learning about plants and pleasantly surprised to find that small areas often shelter a wide variety of medicinal and edible plants. Leah Wolfe, MPH, community herbalist will lead the walks showing participants how to identify medicinal, edible, and poisonous plants; tell them stories, folklore, and traditional and current methods of preparing wild plants. Suggested donation for the 2 hour walk is $10. Watch the calendar for dates – walks will be scheduled February through November.

Community Herbal Intensive

100_1923The Community Herbal Intensive is an educational program for herbalists and other plant lovers who want to make a connection between herbal medicine and community health. The monthly workshops will take participants out into the field to work with plants or into the streets to develop community projects.

Leah Wolfe, MPH, will facilitate many of the workshops, and will be supported by guest herbalists from the region. Leah is a founder of the Trillium Center and facilitator for the Serpentine Project. Her teaching style interweaves science with intuition and hands-on experience in order to engage students on multiple levels. She hopes to inspire participants to deepen their understanding of plants while engaging with local communities to develop projects that improve health and facilitate healing.

The workshops will be held monthly at the Trillium Center from February to November. Workshops will be full days, and there will be at least two field trips to allow participants to see a variety of ecosystems.

100_1841Some of the topics covered:

  • basic botany for herbalists
  • community projects for health and healing
  • basic anatomy and physiology
  • basic methodologies and ideologies for using plant medicine
  • materia medica: the medicinal uses of plants and trees
  • from field to apothecary: wild crafting, foraging, and garbling
  • medicine making: oils, salves, tinctures, cordials, and more
  • herbal first aid/psychological first aid/emergency preparedness/caring for large groups

The cost per 8-hour workshop is $75; the cost for the entire program is $650. Early bird price is $600 if you register by February 1. Seats are limited. To register for a workshop or for the entire program at a discounted price, send an email to

Serpentine Project

The Serpentine Project is an experiential study project that allows participants to learn about plants directly by using their senses. The study group meets monthly. The cost is $10 and includes a 2-hour workshop and a sample of the plant medicine to take home. Space is limited in the study group, so please send us an email to reserve a seat at Before coming, please read more about how the study groups work at:

 Herbal Apprenticeship Program

brook behind house 2This program is for people who are interested in going beyond the Community Herbal Intensive, increasing their hands-on experience with medicinal and edible plants in a less formal setting. It is part self-study, part hands-on training, and part community work. The goal of the program is to provide skills, ideas, and strategies for apprentices to start community projects that emphasize holistic health, folk medicine, education, gardening, and foraging. Apprentices will devote work hours to wild crafting, gardening, and other project

Participants in the Community Herbal Intensive can apply for the apprenticeship work/trade positions. People who completed the Summer Herb Intensive at the Trillium Center in 2013 or completed herbal studies at other schools may also apply. There is no cost for the apprenticeship program itself, however apprentices must pay for the Community Herbal Intensive and Serpentine study groups. Apprentices must commit to the following:

  • Community Herbal Intensive (8)
  • monthly Serpentine Project study groups (2)
  • work at the Trillium Center on wildcrafting, garden, or other projects (12)
  • community project: includes development, networking, meetings with community partners, attending events, etc. (16)
  • self-study including botanical illustration, plant identification, and monthly plant studies  (4)
  • create and present monthly reports on self-study and community projects to group (2)
  • plus weekend field trips – (hours TBD)

The application for the apprenticeship program is available here: Herbal Apprenticeship Application

Work/Exchange Program at the Trillium Center


The Trillium Center offers a work/exchange program that allows participants to work in exchange for consultations and classes. Work projects include maintenance of the botanical sanctuary, gardening projects, and building projects.  People who participate in the program will “bank” their hours toward classes at the Trillium Center or they can earn consultations or herbal remedies.