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Sacred Plant Medicine Apprenticeship
Vermont ~ Year One

*** COURSE FULL ~ REGISTRATION CLOSED ~ Waitlist available!

Come journey with the sacred healing plants...

Join us for a 9 Month Apprenticeship in Folk Herbalism, Sacred Plant Medicine, Spiritual Ecology, Holistic Healing, & Journeying with Plant and Earth Spirits.

The Vermont apprenticeship is taught in Westminster, VT, running from May, 2019 until December, 2019. Classes meet for 9 weekend sessions (24 seven hour classes in total) including field trips. Class will be held at Sage's home and gardens in Westminster, VT. Course dates are on the course syllabus linked below.

Our Sacred Plant Medicine Apprenticeships focus on working with plants as medicine for the body and spirit, remembering and honouring ancient traditions of folk herbalism. In our courses we partner with plants as conscious beings, relearning and remembering sacred plant medicine that our ancestors carried, and has been kept alive by communities around the world. We will 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. We pay special attention to the effects of colonisation on people and the earth, reclaiming ancient practices of plant medicine each of our ancestors carried. Plant harvesting will mostly center around local natives and naturalized plants of New England, with a focus on sustainability and protection of threatened species. Plants of Europe, Central and South America, Polynesia, Ayurveda, and Chinese herbal medicine are also worked with throughout the course, through direct relationship to the plants themselves. 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 170 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
  • Soul Healing with Plants
  • Energy Healing & Bodywork
  • Magickal Herbalism & Folklore
  • Communication with plant and nature devas
  • Plant Medicine Walks & ID
  • Chakra Healing with Plants
  • Ritual, Drum, & Prayer
  • Decolonising Herbalism & Social/Environmental Justice
  • Self-care & Personal Transformation
  • Body-centered & Heart based Learning
  • Sacred Circle & Community building
  • Growing & Harvesting Herbs
  • Sustainable Herbalism

         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 relationship.

         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 170 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 170 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 will be provided to you in class. Students can harvest fresh plants for their own use and medicine making from our herbal gardens every class weekend. 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 May, 2019 Apprenticeship is $1,900 - $2,400 for 24 seven hour classes. Class will meet for 9 weekends total, some of them 3 days long, for a total of 170 hours of class time. We offer a sliding scale based on income level. We ask that each student choose what they can afford, understanding that those who pay the higher end of the sliding scale are providing support for lower income students to attend as well. Payment plans are available for low income students, as well as VSAC grants for Vermont residents. Payment plans starting at $165 per month (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 '19


May 25th, 26th, 27th
June 15th, 16th, 17th
July 13th, 14th
Aug 3rd, 4th, 5th
August 31st, Sept. 1st, 2nd
Sept 21st, 22nd, 23rd
Oct 26th, 27th
Nov 16th, 17th
Dec 13th, 14th, 15th
24 class days at 170 hours

Tuition Payment Using Paypal

         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 around 20 people. Please feel free to contact Sage with any questions, at, 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 honours and welcomes diversity, difference, and many voices. We continue to work on creating safer spaces for a diversity of people.We often have both advanced students and beginners as apprentices. We strongly value creating safer space for queer and gender non-conforming people, as many of us in the Gaia community identify as ourselves.

         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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