Community Herbalism Intensive

First things first.

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Autumn or Russian Olives
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The Community Herbalism Intensive begins on February 22.

Here are the details:

Community Herbal Intensive

The 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 talking (and learning) about herbs.
Leah talking (and learning) about herbs.

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 on the last Saturday of each month at the Trillium Center from February to October. The final meeting will be November 15, which will include final presentations, awards for those who complete the entire program, and a celebration to welcome the darker months to absorb everything we learned over the growing season. Workshops will be full days, and there will be at least two field trips to allow participants to see a variety of ecosystems.

Some 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

100_1217Each month will include basic botany and identification for in-season plants, medicinal and edible uses of wild plants, basic medicine making skills, basic anatomy and physiology for herbalists,and the development and participation in community health projects.


The cost per 8-hour workshop is $75; the early-bird cost for the entire program is $650. Early-early-birds pay $600 if they 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

One catch-up day for Trillium stand 2participants who miss a class. If more than one class is missed, that participant will have to negotiate the terms of catching up with the instructor. Options may include participation in a work/exchange project or making up the missing classes in 2015.