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Sacred Plant Medicine Apprenticeship
Vermont ~ Year One
Group 1 - 2018

*** Registration Open for 2018 ~ Space is limited!


Come journey with the sacred healing plants...

Join us for a 9 Month Apprenticeship in Herbal Healing, Shamanic Herbalism, Plant Spirit Medicine, Spiritual Ecology, Holistic Healing, and Journeying with Plant Devas and Earth Spirits.

The Vermont apprenticeship is taught in Westminster, VT, running from April, 2018 until December, 2018. Group 1 classes meet for 10 weekends (20 seven hour classes in total) including field trips. Class will be held in Putney, VT at Sage's home in Westminster, VT. Course dates are on the course syllabus located below.

Our Sacred Plant Medicine Apprenticeships focus on working with plants as medicine for the body and spirit, remembering and honoring ancient traditions of folk plant medicine. In our courses we partner with plants as conscious beings, relearning and recognizing traditions of herbal medicine that have been kept alive by families and rural communities around the world. We focus on local Northeastern American plants as well as some plants that have long traditions of use medicinally and spiritually in other parts of the world. Plant harvesting will mostly center around local natives and naturalized plants of New England. Plants of Europe, Central and South America, Polynesia, Ayurveda, and Chinese herbal medicine are also worked with throughout the course. Students are able to harvest an abundance of medicinal plants, herb seeds, and wild foods from the Gaia School gardens for their own personal use and learning at home.

Certification for the 140 hour course in sacred plant medicine and holistic healing will be given upon completion of the apprenticeship. Students combine herbal medicine with many other healing modalities and often go on to incorporate plant medicine into their careers in many different ways - growing plants, medicine making, teaching, opening a healing practice, working with friends and family, and using plant medicine to benefit social, environmental, and collective change. Please take a look at our apprenticeship syllabus for a closer look at what this course offers.


      Apprenticeship classes focus on:

  • Folk & Traditional Herbal Healing
  • Growing & Wildcrafting Healing Plants
  • Healing Plants of North America & Tropical Plant Medicine
  • Plant Spirit Medicine
  • Spiritual Ecology & Earth-centered Spirituality
  • Wild Foods & Plant Identification
  • Meditation with Plants
  • Restorative Medicine & Nourishing Traditions
  • Systems of the Body & Herbal Energetics
  • Medicine Making - (tinctures, infusions, salves, etc.)
  • Ethnobotany
  • Shamanic Herbalism
  • Energy Healing & Bodywork
  • Magical Herbalism & Folklore
  • Communication with plant and nature devas
  • Plant Medicine Walks & ID
  • Chakra Healing with Plants
  • Ritual, Drum, & Prayer
  • Creating Social Change & Sustainability
  • Self-care & Personal Transformation
  • Body centered & Heart based Learning
  • Sacred Circle & Community building
  • Growing & Harvesting Herbs


         Our Plant Medicine Apprenticeship is an immersive journey into self healing, folk herbal traditions, and plant spirit medicine, held in the setting of a compassionate and supportive circle. This apprenticeship is intended to be a transformational journey into relationship with the spirits of the plants, awakening soul memories and inner wisdom. Classes include meditation with plants, plant walks, guided journeying, harvesting & medicine making, lecture, tasting plant infusions and extracts, earth and body awareness, journal writing, and journeys with the spirits of the earth. Students learn to identify and use plants for medicine, form plant allies, and prepare medicinal teas, tinctures, essences, infusions, oils, incense, and salves with plants from around the world. Students will study the systems of the body and chakras, energetics and imbalances in the body as they relate to healing with plants.

         This apprenticeship is both a course in folk Western herbalism and in plant spirit medicine, with primary focus placed on our own personal relationships with the plants. In each class spirit is balanced with body, through meditation, prayer, and hands-on exploration with medicine plants. We seek to unite Western modes of learning with ancient traditions of learning directly from the earth, ourselves, and Spirit. Focus is placed on healing from the heart, supporting continual wholeness, transformation, and nourishment of the self. In the first year course we focus on getting to know the plants in our own body, through experiential learning and exploration.

         The course is intended to be a healing journey towards a deeper connection to the spirits of the medicine plants. Doorways that are opened and the wisdom gained during class will seep into each apprentice's home and everyday life. The plants that each student forms relationships with changes their lives on deep levels, helping to guide and support them through life - body, mind, and spirit.

         At the end of the 9 month program, each student will be brought into the inter-connected web of world healers through ritual and celebration, and will be certified from the school for 140 hours of training in herbal healing and plant spirit medicine. There is no legal licensing or certification required for herbalists to practice in the US. Herbalists are not legally allowed to practice medicine or "treat" patients, instead we recommend plants from our own personal experience, helping to support each person's own healing journey. This course offers certification in a number of hours of training, allowing students to then continue learning and practicing folk community-based herbalism and plant spirit medicine, or choose to explore a clinical based herbal training.

Educational and plant materials as well as tea or snacks will be provided to you in class. We welcome you to join us in a journey back to the earth, with Sage and the plants! Please feel free to contact us with any questions and we'll arrange a time to speak or meet with you.


         The cost for the 9 month April, 2018 Apprenticeship is $1,800 - $2,000 (sliding scale) for 20 seven hour classes. Class will meet for 10 weekends total. A $100 discount is given to those who pay in full. Payment plans starting at $140 per class weekend (after initial class deposit) are available. A $250 deposit (non-refundable) is required to register for the apprenticeship and is subtracted from the total tuition. Full payment is due by the first apprenticeship class meeting unless a payment plan has been arranged in advance.

SACRED PLANT MEDICINE APPRENTICESHIP '18

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         To register, fill out the registration form and send it to the address provided. Each student should only miss 2-3 classes during the course, as it can disrupt the circle if people can not make classes regularly. The course will be limited to 20 people. Please feel free to contact Sage with any questions, at thegaiaschool@gmail.com, or call (617)-838-8094.



         This apprenticeship is open to anyone interested, regardless of their gender, belief system, past experience, or knowledge of plants. We believe strongly in creating a safe space that honors and welcomes diversity, difference, and many voices. We have had both advanced students and beginners as apprentices, and both men and women. Though the course does often stress the energy of the Mother present in the earth, both yin and yang energies present in all things is honored. Women-identified students tend to be the majority in our apprenticeships but green men are welcome and greatly appreciated in our circle. We are a safe space for queer and gender non-conforming people.

         Before the start of the course you will receive a welcome packet with your course syllabus, booklist, course information, and beginning readings. Solitary study, practice, and assignments for the course are optional, (with occasional required assignments) and home practice is highly encouraged. Students should plan to devote one evening a week to their class home practice.

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2018 REGISTRATION
Register for the 2018 Plant Medicine Apprenticeship.


STUDENT QUOTES
Past student's experiences and photos.


2018 DATES & SYLLABUS
'18 Vermont Apprenticeship Dates & Syllabus - Group 1