Northeast School of Botanical Medicine Herbal Homepage

Enrollment has began for all of the 2018 programs,

This website contains information about the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine programs as well as other projects that 7Song is involved. There is information about the 3 programs along with the application form and syllabuses. There is a section containing handouts, videos and other information that may be of interest for herbalists and herbal students. There is a blog containing photos and information about plants, herbal medicine, events and travels. And there is a photo section with photos of the school, wildcrafting trips, animals, plants, places, and nature photos for your perusal.     


There is also information on other areas where I am involved such as the Ithaca Free Clinic and teaching abroad. If you are interested in a more ongoing discussion, see my blog or Facebook pages (7Song and School page)


Temporary Application for 2017 Programs

Please use this temporary school application while the website application is being fixed. Copy and paste the  application into a document and then email it to me at The pages may get all clumped up at the top and need to be organized, I apologize for this inconvenience~7Song


Northeast School of Botanical Medicine Program

Enrollment is now open for all 2018 programs- Community Herbalism Intensive, Weekend Herbalism Progam and the Apprenticeship. See the 'Programs & Classes' button for descriptions.


Payment is by check or money order (I am setting up a Paypal acount soon). Please make checks out to '7Song' and send them to the below address. Your place is held in the class after I recieve the deposit. The rest of the payment is due by April 20. See individual classes for more information. 


P.O. Box 6626

Ithaca, NY 14851

Apprenticeship Program

I am interviewing potential apprentices for 2018. If you are interested, please make a date to come visit the school and speak with myself and the current apprentices. 

For a detailed description of the apprenticeship, see here

The apprenticeship is free and the apprentices also attend all of the classes. That said, please do not ask about the apprenticeship to save money, it is a long commitement and apprentices have to have their finances worked out before they start, as they will have little time to earn any extra income. 

Consider the apprenticeship if you are thinking of practicing as a clinical herbalist. The apprentices accompany me to the Ithaca Free Clinic where I see patients. This is helpful for people interested in practicing clinically. 

he apprentices will accompany me to the Ithaca Free Clinic as usual and in exchange help with gardening, medicine making and other tasks. 

If you are interested, please call or email me soon so we can begin the interview process. It is always helpful to speak with former apprentices to get their personal insights of what the apprenticeship entails.

Overview of Programs

This page is a good place to learn about the classes, the emphasis and focus of the school to get an idea of why you would choose to attend the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine

Community Herbalism Intensive (450 hour 7 month course)

The 2018 program begins May 14

This is a comprehensive, hands-on program meeting 3 days weekly from May to November along with extended field trips. It is an in-depth western clinical herbalist training including materia medicia, wildcrafting, medicine making, physiology, clinical and counseling skills and well as a practical participatory education.
Prospective students are welcome to visit the program. 
Full description here

Weekend Herbal Program (One weekend per month)

This class is now full. Thank you for your interest

The next program begins May 18-20. 

This is a one weekend per month class that meets from May-November (except September) where NSBM Weekend Program 2011students gain a practical understading of clinical herbalism, plant identification, wildcrafting, medicine making, and the other aspects of herbalism.



 Upcoming Classes Abroad with 7Song

7Song teaches at a number of schools, conferences and other venues around the country, please see here for his teaching schedule

PhotosWhite-faced Meadowhawk

One of my favorite pastimes is taking photos of plants, with a focus on medicinal plants. The plants here are accurately labeled and can be used for help in identification.
As a naturalist, there are also many photos of animals, insects and landscapes. There are also photographs of previous classes and the places we've been. It is searchable, and a good place to get a sense of the different programs

 Applications, Handouts and Syllabus

This section contains handouts used in classes, the school's application and other informative material. There is a wide variety of topics here, so please browse for any information you may find helpful. 

Herb Articles

Here are a number of articles relating to herbs, books, or any subject that did not make it to the handouts or blog sections. These include a number of book reviews on the plant guides I use to identify plants in my travels.

Dryden, NY

 NSBM 2010 Durland Bird Sanctuary