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Apprenticeship

The 3-year Herbal Apprenticeship with Abrah offers real world hands-on training in herbal medicine.

The first year, The Kitchen Herbalist, provides a foundation for understanding the profound relationship between herbal medicine and the human mind/body. This year you have the opportunity to learn the language of herbal medicine, explore many plants, get to know your body in new ways and experiment with different types of medicine making. This is the year to see if herbal medicine is a path for you.

The second year, The Community Herbalist, takes a deep dive into using herbal medicine to support others in a clinical setting. You will learn how to offer a full health assessment, enhance your herbal knowledge and create individualized formulas. The second year is rich in experience and learning.

During the third year, The Clinical Herbalist, you continue to develop your clinical skills and herbal knowledge. The third year is designed to build your confidence as a herbalist and offers you many opportunities to test your new found skills and knowledge.

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General Outline of Year One – The Kitchen Herbalist Level one of the apprentice program will provide you with both theoretical and practical knowledge in the use of herbal medicine. The apprenticeship is designed for those with an interest in herbal medicine and wish to use it in their daily lives to benefit themselves and others. What will you learn: * You will develop a practical, hands-on knowledge of herbal medicine * You will understand the theory behind the application of herbs from a holistic point of view * You will explore how plants interact with the human body to create medicine * You will have confidence in using herbal medicine for yourself, family, friends, and clients * You will learn how to grow, harvest and make medicine with local herbs Each month you will have an assignment based on a chapter from The Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and The Human Being and The Herbal Apprentice Workbook. You may purchase these book directly from me or on Amazon Each assignment includes:
  • Meditation
  • Exercises to uncover your gifts as a healer
  • Exploration of Anatomy and Physiology-based on both traditional healing systems and our contemporary views of the body.
  • Discover how plants and the human being interact from both phytochemical and traditional viewpoints.
  • Learn to make creative monographs to help you learn plants
  • Study a how herbalists see the world.
  • Videos about plant medicine to inspire you
  • Make a several forms herbal medicine.
  • Have hands-on experience taking commonly used plants.

New This Year – Monthly Skype Classes

Each month we will meet on Skype to review the homework assignment from each previous classes.  These classes will be generally be held the Tuesday before the Friday classes from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. You will receive the dates of these classes upon registration.

In Class Dates

(10am – 4pm unless otherwise noted) Friday, September 18, 2020 — The Roots of Herbal Medicine: The history of herbal medicine. Friday, October 16, 2020 — Discovering plant medicine through taste and smell Friday, November 27, 2020 — Physiology of Assimilation – Bitters, Carminatives, Hepatics Herbs Friday, December 18, 2020 — Physiology of Circulation-Lymphatic, Circulatory, Pulmonary Herbs Friday, January 15, 2021 — Physiology of Rejection – Immune-Stimulants, Immune-Modulators, Anti-Microbial Herbs Friday, February 19, 2021 — Physiology of Elimination – Diaphoretics, Diuretics, Expectorants, Laxatives Herbs Friday, March 19, 2021 — Physiology of Relaxation – Nervines, Hypnotics, Stimulants Friday, April 16, 2021 — Physiology of Reproduction – Uterine Tonics, Hormone Balancers, Emmenagogues Herbs and the Herb Garden Friday, May 15, 2020 — Movement – Plants that help you move Friday, June 18, 2021 — Harvesting and Drying Plant Medicine Weekend Camp Out June 25, 26, 27, 28 Wild Plants – Taking yourself for plant walks, Creating Flower Essences, Medicine Making, Plant Spirit Medicine and lots of fun. Costs: Total cost is $1745 plus HST 13% tx. All payment include tax. 1st payment of $493.00 is due upon registration. 2nd payment of $493.00 is due on 1st class, September 18 3rd payment is of $493.00 is due on 4th class, December 18 4th payment of 493.00 is due on 6th class, February 19 Payments can be made via e-transfer. For herb camp, there is a separate charge for accommodations. Upon registration a reading list will be sent. Correspondence Courses Through Elderberry School, for those aspiring to become a  Clinical Herbalist:
  • Biochemistry and Phytochemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology part 1
  • Anatomy and Physiology part 2
  • Nutrition
  • Pathophysiology
For more information, please contact Marianne at the Elderberry College directly marianne_beacon@yahoo.ca Please note: If you have taken these courses through another school program, you may be eligible for an exemption. To register: abrah.arneson@gmail.com  

“Thank you so much for being such an amazing teacher. I really enjoyed doing the Level 1 Herbal Apprenticeship, very informative and practical.  I am very much looking forward to doing Level 2.” – M.R.S.

Level Two Apprentice: The Community Herbalist offers you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the relationship between the human being and plant medicine through small discussion groups, self-study and in a student clinic setting.

During Level Two, you will begin building the skills needed to practice herbal medicine in a clinical setting.

Note: If you have studied with a number herbalists but not had the opportunity to practice herbal medicine in a clinical setting, and are keen to develop these skills, please email: abrah.arneson@gmail.com

In Level Two you will:

  • Continue to build your knowledge of individual plants and their clinical application
  • Develop assessment and interviewing skills with clients
  • Work with clients in a clinical setting
  • Compile wellness protocols for clients
  • Practice formulation of herbal medicine specific to a client’s needs
  • Practice medicine making and develop research skills

Small Group Discussions

October 16     Overview of the year, essays assigned. Begin review of intake with clients

November 20 GI Tract: Inflammatory bowel disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation and herbal protocols

December 18 Nervous system: Mental Illness, Migraines, Insomnia and herbal protocols

January 15     Circulation: High Blood Pressure, Weak Venous Return, Heart Disease and herbal protocols

February 19  Respiratory system: Asthma, Bronchitis, Sinusitis and herbal protocols

March 19      Skin: Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Basil Cell Carcinoma and herbal protocols

April 16         Endocrine system: Adrenal fatigue and Women’s health and herbal protocols

May 21         Children’s Health: Childhood illnesses, Insomnia, ADD/ADHD and herbal protocols

June 18        Bones, Muscles and Ligaments: Fractures, Inflammation, Osteoporosis  and herbal protocols

July 16       Urinary Tract: Urinary tract infections, Kidney stones and Interstitial cystitis, Herpes and herbal protocols.

Please note: Each month case histories will be handed out to work on through the month. The case histories will be reviewed the following month.

Clinic

During clinic, you will have the opportunity to witness clinical herbal medicine in action. Real clients will come to the clinic, with real health concerns and real plant medicine will be formulated and given to them. You will have the chance to see how the medicine works when the clients return. Both level two and three apprentices will be present during the clinic and each student will have the opportunity to lead a client assessment.

Student clinics will be held once a month on a Friday and Saturday.

There may also be student clinic intensives.

For more information on student clinic, please email abrah.arneson@gmail.com

Self Study

  • Two 15-page thesis on using herbal medicine for a particular health challenge commonly seen in herbal clinics.
  • 26 plant monographs
  • 6 pharmacy assignments
  • Start a herb garden
  • Learn how to lead a herb walk

Costs

Total Cost: 2300.00 plus hst.

Upon registration: $500.00 plus $65.00 hst October 1 $500 plus $65.00 hst December 1 $500 plus $65.00 hst February 1 $500 plus $65.00 hst April 1 $300.00 plus $39.00 hst


“Because you are concerned about my actual growth, and want me to learn the non-intellectual aspects of the practice, I feel differently about your teachings. It is truly sacred.” – B.G.

Level Three Apprenticeship is self-directed within the following guidelines. 

Thesis

You will be asked to select two body systems to explore deeply and write a 15-page essay. The essay will contain:

  • Description of its parts, anatomy

  • Description of how it works and what it does, physiology

  • Description of how it interacts with other parts of the body

  • The energetics of the system

  • Description on how other healing systems view the system

  • Description of what it needs to function well and why

  • Description of  herbs that supports its function and why

 

Book Reports

Each month you will read an assigned book on healing and write a three-page report that contains the following.
  • A general description of the book

  • What you found interesting about the ideas in the book?

  • How the book influences your thinking about healing?

  • Any disagreements you have with the author.

  • Anything else you wish to add.

You will have the opportunity to select two books you are particularly interested in to study.

 

Student Clinic

As well as participating in the student clinic, you will work with 6 clients on your own. I prefer that the clients be neither friends nor family. I will be available for a phone consultation for one hour will each client you take.

With each client, you will present me with a summary of your findings, your protocol and notes from follow-up. I will be available to review each client with you.

 

Apothecary

This part of the program involves setting up a functioning apothecary of plants from a herb garden, wild crafted and purchased. At the end of the year, the apprentice will have at least 15 plants that they have created medicine with and are comfortable using in a clinical setting.

 

Creation of A Herbarium

  • Collect 15 medicine plants that grow in the area you live, dry them and paste them into a scrapbook

  • Description of the environment you found it in, including the date

  • Its energetics

  • Its medicinal actions

  • Methods of preparation

  • Folklore

 

Workshop

Host one workshop on herbal medicine. The topic is your choice. You will need to:

  • Prepare marketing for it

  • Provide handouts for the participates

  • Provide a hands-on activity during the workshop

  • Have participants fill out an evaluation which you design to hand into me

 

Costs for Year 3 Apprenticeship

1750.00 plus HST

Three Payments:     583.00 plus 75.00 hst, in September January March


“You hold a lovely space – it is so peaceful being at your place and in circle with you.” – K.S.

“I just wanted you to know I appreciate how generous you are in sharing your knowledge and advice.

At 50 years old I have had quite a few teachers and have only revered two; my kindergarten teacher, and a high school teacher.  Each taught me different lessons, one social graces and “how to run with the wolves” and the other, organic chemistry.  When I struggled they were there for me, even during their break times and after school. And to this day they still genuinely inquire about my life, which I am so humbled by.

Unexpectedly I have found another teacher to put on my list. Bless you Abrah. Thanks for your advice, guidance and just being you.”

– K.P.

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