Herbal Apprenticeship Level One:

The Kitchen Herbalist 2020-2021

in the beautiful Gatineau Hills, Quebec

Thank you for a wonderous 10 months of learning the fascinating world of plants you teach so beautifully. I am filled with more curiousity, respect and wonder for plants than ever before. You opened up a world that I want to learn more about. I feel gateful to have need part of your class. - T.M

An Overview of the Three Year Program

Level one is the first year of a three year program which focuses on learning to think like a herbalist. The second and third years focus on developing clinical skills as a herbalist. Upon completion of the 3rd, you will be eligible to apply for the designation of RH (Registered Herbalist with Ontario Herbalist Association). 


Successful completion of the full program will offer you the designation of Clinical Herbalist (CH).


Please note: You are welcome to participate in level one because you have a general interest in herbal medicine and do not wish to go on to studying clinical herbalism.


If you would like more information on Level 2 & 3, please contact me. abrah.arneson@gmail.com

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 be based on 

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. 

In Class Dates

Friday, September 18, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm

The Roots of Herbal Medicine: The history of herbal medicine. 

Friday, October 16, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm

Discovering plant medicine through taste and smell

Friday, November 27, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm

Physiology of Assimilation - Bitters, Carminatives, Hepatics Herbs

Friday, December 18, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm

Physiology of Circulation-Lymphatic, Circulatory, Pulmonary Herbs

Friday, January 15, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm

Physiology of Rejection - Immune-Stimulants, Immune-Modulators, Anti-Microbial Herbs

Friday, February 19, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm

Physiology of Elimination - Diaphoretics, Diuretics, Expectorants, Laxatives Herbs

Friday, March 19, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm

Physiology of Relaxation - Nervines, Hypnotics, Stimulants

Friday, April 16, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm

Physiology of Reproduction - Uterine Tonics, Hormone Balancers, Emmenagogues Herbs and the Herb Garden

Friday, May 15, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm

Movement – Plants that help you move 

Friday, June 18, 2021 from 10am to 4pm

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.

Skype 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.


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


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



For more information, please contact Marianne at the Elderberry College directly 



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




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.

It's funny Abrah - i wanted to learn from you about working with the physical bodies of plants (and i have!) but you have also done so much to deepen my understanding of how to work with them energetically as well. - K.S.

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.
Thank you for a wonderous 10 months of learning the facinating wolrd of plants you teach so beautifully. I am filled with more curiousity, respect and wonder for plants than ever before. You opened up a world that I want to learn more about. I feel gateful to have need part of your class.

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

How can I find the right words to thank you? This journey with you is so unbelievably special to me. I will honour your teachings and herbs forever. Thank you for showing me the purple in the field.  Love Margie

Contact: 613-286-5691                                         abrah.arneson@gmail.com