Herbal Apprenticeship Program

Apprentices 2013-Nishaan, Joy, Jiling 

Apprenticeship Program

The Northeast School of Botanical Medicine offers three positions for herbal apprentices. This is not a casual work/study program, but rather a demanding apprenticeship where you will be working closely with 7Song. The time commitment varies though it is at least from April through December.

The herbal apprenticeship is for students interested in training as clinical herbalists and wanting to delve deeply into the world of plants and herbal medicine. Since we will be working closely together for many months, each applicant will be interviewed in person. While some of the tasks are directly related to plants, such as gardening, wildcrafting and medicine making, other aspects include preparing the classroom, filling and labeling tincture bottles, computer work and fixing whatever needs to be fixed.
Apprentices are also students of the Community Herbalism Intensive.


Apprentices accompany me to the Ithaca Free Clinic, and observe while I work with patients. Because of this, I am looking for people who are clinically oriented and plan to treat people as their skills grow. This is does not necessarily mean they will have an office, but as there are few opportunities for herbal students to participate in clinic work, I want folks who will take these skills forward.

There is no tuition cost for apprentices, though they must provide their own housing, books, tools, etc. Please do not apply for the apprenticeship only to save money on the other programs.


An Important Note; Before applying for the apprenticeship, please also consider being a student, as there are only 3 spaces for the apprenticeship and they fill fast. Also, if you look at the below schedule, you can see that there is little time to have a job, so apprentices must be financially capable for their time here.

Apprenticeship-Approximate hours. Please note that from Monday-Wednesday the below time includes attending classes in the Community Herbalism Intensive. 

Monday 10:00-8:30

Tuesday 10:00-5:00

Wednesday 11:00-8:30

Thursday 3:45-8:15. These are the hours I work at the Ithaca Free Clinic. Two apprentices accompany me each week

Friday 10:00-4:00

Saturday-Do not meet


If you call about the apprenticeship, one of your biggest considerations is ‘do I want to be working with this person daily for nearly a year?’  One of the main things I have learned from offering this apprenticeship for over 20 years, is that this is a key consideration. The time commitment can be demanding as well.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Apprentices 2007

Apprentices 2007 picking Boneset and Blue vervain (left to right); Pearl, Bryan, Brittany

Acorus patch

Apprentices 2011-Christian, Mario, Annie


Apprentices 2010
Apprentices 2010-Ellery, Emily, Chelsea

Holly, Lauren and Lacey Apprentices 2008-Holly, Lauren, Lacey gathering Comfrey

Apprentices 2009

Apprentices 2009-Josh Vilda, Jocelyn, Dani Luna