Community Herbalism Intensive

Community Herbalism Intensive 2019

Community Herbalism Intensive 2021

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Community Herbalism Program.

Hello Prospective Students

As of March 22, 2021, there are 2 spaces open in this program.

I will be running the Community Herbalism Intensive in-person in 2021. Before applying, please read through the below information.

Due to the pandemic, there are a number of changes that we will be incorporating to make the classes safer. We will be setting up outdoor structures to hold some of the classes outside, as Covid is less contagious outdoors. The class will also have fewer students, making social distancing easier. I hope that Covid is less of a problem by September so we can move the classes indoors as Ithaca starts to get chillier.
Students must be prepared for any changes that we need to incorporate due to the uncertainty of which direction this virus goes. We will continue to try to make the environment safe so that students will have an informative and enjoyable 6 months learning about herbal medicine, plants, and community health care.
Masks may be required at times during class, depending on the level of the virus and whether we are indoors or outdoors. Vaccines will not be mandatory, though the more people who are vaccinated, the safer the class will be.

This program is 3 days a week, Monday-Wednesday, plus field trips

Field Trips
I am still sorting out the field trips as much of it depends on the severity of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. There will be a field trip to the Adirondacks for a week in August. Students generally go to the Rainbow Gathering to work at the first aid station in early July, but it is unclear whether it will happen or if it is safe for us to go. If we do not go, all students from this year’s program are welcome to join us next year to work at the first aid station. We will have a field trip elsewhere. There will also a field trip in September, likely to Appalachia.

What you can expect to learn

This program is designed to give students a comprehensive, hands-on practical study of herbal medicine. Classes are divided between classroom teaching and time outdoors identifying, gathering, and preparing plants. The goal of the program is for students to have a well-rounded overview of herbalism, plants, and a solid foundation of clinical herbalism. Please see the write-up of the individual classes here, and the syllabus below.

Classes begin May 10 and ends November 10, 2021

  • Enrollment is limited to 15 students
  • For an interview, please call or write to set up a time to speak.

Weekly Schedule

  • Monday 2:00 to 8:00
  • Tuesday 10:30 to 4:30
  • Wednesday 2:00 to 8:00

Tuition:  $3,900

Deposit-A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance (unless I cancel the class, see the message above). Please note, the remainder of the tuition is due April 30, 2021, unless prior arrangements have been made

Please make out checks and money orders to 7Song and send to the below address:

P.O. Box 6626
Ithaca, NY 14851

Additional Costs: A detailed list of the items named below will be sent upon acceptance, or can be downloaded from the handouts section of this site.

Certificate: A handsome certificate is given to students who successfully finish the program. This means completing all assignments and missing no more than 7 classes throughout the program.

For a more in-depth look at some of the tools below, please see the Wildcrafting handout (under Other Subjects).

  • Tools: Wildcrafting implements such as pruners, digging fork, hori-hori, shovel, etc. I strongly suggest purchasing good quality tools. They will last longer and be easier on your body.
  • Books: Four books are required for the course. There is an endless variety of books, newsletters, magazines, herbal software programs, and other resources you may want to purchase. See Book List
  • Herbal Supplies: Alcohol, oil, bottles, and other expenses necessary for medicine making

Class Syllabus 2019

This is the syllabus from 2019, the 2021 syllabus will be similar and posted in the next few months

CHI Schedule Calendar

The below calendar is where individual classes and field trips are listed. They occasionally shift. If you are setting up your schedule to coincide, you may want to look again at the exact dates or ask me.

Community Herbalism Intensive 2013