Western Herbal Therapeutics

February 25th – September 8th

1/26/24 – 9/8/24

Sedona, Arizona

93 Hour Training Program
Every third Sunday, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Learn how to support your health care with herbal therapies. Stay healthy in an unhealthy world!

We’re once again offering an intensive and experiential training to deepen your skills and knowledge as an herbalist with Clinical Herbalist and educator Feather Jones.

Start a new adventure, empower yourself with your own healthcare.

This western herbal therapeutics program provides herbal therapeutics and monographs, constitutional organ system energetics, the stories of the plants as well as hands on instructions for medicine making. Outdoor work includes learning the plants on the hillside, canyon, mountain and desert, mindful wild harvesting techniques, and many opportunities to develop one’s own extensive herbal pharmacy. Three field trips throughout the year are included in the program. A spring overnighter to southern Arizona highlighting a special evening around the campfire with survival instructor and herbalist Peter Bigfoot and a full day at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. A 4 day summer Colorado Rocky Mountains field trip is included and a late summer root harvest overnighter to the White Mountains in eastern Arizona. This is a limited enrollment program.

Course Overview:

  • 93 hour training program
  • 8 Classes throughout the year
    • Located in and around beautiful Sedona, Arizona
  • Plus 3 Botanical Field Trips
    • Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum Field Trip, Arizona, April 20-21, 2024
    • Rocky Mountain Botanical Field Trip, Colorado, June 25-28, 2024
    • White Mountains Root & Berry Field Trip, September 9-10, 2024
  • Several tuition options available

Enhance Your Herbal Knowledge With:

  • Plant Identification ~ Get to know the bioregional plants of the deserts, riparians, canyons and mountains.
  • Mindful Harvesting Practices ~ Gain an understanding of sustainable wild harvesting techniques for each plant we gather, ‘tending the wild garden’.
  • Materia Medica ~ The stories of the plants: Discover how ancient cultures used them for foods and medicines, folk remedies, pharmacognosy, the science of botanical medicine, clinical practices and common everyday uses.
  • Herbal Therapeutics ~ How to apply herbal medicines in specific indications, using formulas and simples.
  • Constitutional Medicine ~ An introduction to the foundation of herbal medicine.
  • Organ System Imbalances ~ Learn herbal actions for each system, when to tone, when to strengthen, when to stimulate or sedate and when to nourish.
  • Herbal Medicine Making ~ Spend time in the kitchen making remedies: salves, tinctures, tisanes, herbal treats and respiratory syrups.
  • Herbal Energetics ~ Discover your innate connection to the plants themselves through flower essences and intuitive practice.

Wild Harvesting Botanical Field Trips

Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum, Arizona

April 20-21, 2024

Arrive in camp no later than 2:00 pm on Saturday for afternoon herb walk around the area. TBA~Picket Post camp dispersal area or Oak Flats Campground. We’ll make a potluck collective dinner, bring your own drinking water, pit toilets either on site or close by. Guest speaker survival expert and Herbalist Peter Bigfoot for dinner. Early Sunday morning (7:30 am) drive to Arboretum, be prepared to walk around the gardens meeting desert, Mediterranean, and outback plants from all over the world. We’ll be there until 1:00 or 2:00 pm. Bookstore and potted desert plants for sale on the grounds. 3 hour drive from Sedona, 175 miles.

Rocky Mountain Botanical, Colorado

June 25-28, 2024

Camping in Lyons (north of Boulder) at Laverne M. Johnson Campground. Some reservations will need to be made at this time, through www.reserveamerica.com for overnight dates, June 24-27, 4 nights. This four day camping trip that begins at 8:00 am on the 25th includes daily caravans to different plant zone communities on the front range of the Rocky Mountains with hands on instructions on mindful wildcrafting and opportunity to develop an extended herbal pharmacy. Selected monographs included. 735 miles from Sedona to Lyons.

White Mountains Root & Berry Field Trip and Kava Graduation Ceremony

September 7-8, 2024

Raising roots in the White Mountains, overnight at Hannagan Meadows Campground, introduction to formulation strategies and concepts, osha monograph, kava graduation ceremony. Meet around 2:00 pm for afternoon walk/hike. Bring your shovels. One over nigher camping.

Classes With Feather Jones

Registered Herbalist, AHG

Feather is a Certified Clinical Herbalist in Western Herbalism who integrates herbal remedies, holistic nutrition, flower essences and stress reduction guidance. Her 30 year career in teaching herbal medicine and clinical practice, coupled with a background in Native American (Mandan) tribal teachings, provides her clients and students with a synergistic approach to health and healing.

Presently she is a Botanical Field Guide for the Sonoran University of Health Sciences. As well, Feather was twice past president for the American Herbalists Guild and is currently on the Admissions Review Advisory Committee.

An international lecturer, teacher and author, she is a strong animal rights activist and voice for the wild plants. Feather’s love of the land has kept her close to the earth, she is an avid hiker and spends most of her free time exploring off trail to hidden ruins, magical side canyons and red rock overlooks of Sedona.

Course Details

 

Intro to herbal medicine, resources, books, herbal interactions, nomenclature, herbal classifications, parts of plants used, botanical definitions, healthy metabolism discussion, infusions & decoction, nettles monograph. Fresh/dry oil and salve preparations.

Western constitutional herbal energetics (part 1), materia medica, cholagogues, oregon grape root & milk thistle monographs, continue herbal actions. Maceration/percolation tincture preparations. Bring empty glass Perrier bottles with labels removed for making handcrafted percolators. Desert plant concepts and wildcrafting guidelines.

Western constitution continued (part 2), burdock monograph, liver flush, medicinal vinegars and fire cider preparations, afternoon herb walk around the red rocks. Bring snips and sacks.

GI materia medica, gentian monograph, interactions, dosage guidelines, continuing plant actions, bitter tonic preparations, concepts for desert plant study, grasslands herb walk and sample wildharvesting.

Field Trip to the Southwest Boyce-Thompson Arboretum: Arrive in camp no later than 2:00 pm on Saturday for afternoon herb walk around the area. TBA~Picket Post camp dispersal area or Oak Flats Campground. We’ll make a potluck collective dinner, bring your own drinking water, pit toilets either on site or close by. Guest speaker survival expert and Herbalist Peter Bigfoot for dinner. Early Sunday morning (7:30 am) drive to Arboretum, be prepared to walk around the gardens meeting desert, Mediterranean, and outback plants from all over the world. We’ll be there until 1:00 or 2:00 pm. Bookstore and potted desert plants for sale on the grounds. 3 hour drive from Sedona, 175 miles.

Morning Lower Red Rock Loop Road for selective wild harvest, intro to nervous system, adaptogens, zoom ball preparations.

Respiratory materia medica, grindellia monograph, respiratory syrup preparation, formulations, Covid 19/SARS overview, actions. Herbal foray. Prep for field trip.

Rocky Mountain Botanical Field trip: Camping in Lyons (north of Boulder) at Laverne M. Johnson Campground. Some reservations will need to be made at this time, through www.reserveamerica.com for overnight dates, June 24-27, 4 nights. This four day camping trip that begins at 8:00 am on the 25th includes daily caravans to different plant zone communities on the front range of the Rocky Mountains with hands on instructions on mindful wildcrafting and opportunity to develop an extended herbal pharmacy. Selected monographs included. 735 miles from Sedona to Lyons.

Oak Creek Canyon morning herb walk, intro to immune system, beginning materia medica in the afternoon, echinacea monograph, elixir preparations.

Wild harvesting day on the rim, bring your lunch and tools, several monographs.

Raising roots in the White Mountains: Overnight at Hannagan Meadows Campground, introduction to formulation strategies and concepts, osha monograph, kava graduation ceremony. Meet around 2:00 pm for afternoon walk/hike. Bring your shovels. One over nigher camping.

Feburary 25th, 2024 – September 8, 2024
93 Hour Certificate Program
Sundays, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Students must attend all classes to receive a Certificate of Completion.

How the hours are broken down
48 hours – Sedona (10 Sunday classes)
12 hours – Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum Field Trip
24 hours – Rocky Mountain Botanical Field Trip
9 hours ~ White Mountains Root & Berry Field Trip

Tuition Options

Tuition Options Price
Full Tuition
11 Classes
Full Year $1800 Pay Now
Half Year Tuition
Half 1 $930 Pay Now
Half 2, Due May 10th $930 Pay Now
Quarterly Tuition
Q1 $480 Pay Now
Q2, Due March 10th $480 Pay Now
Q3, Due May 10th $480 Pay Now
Q4, Due July 10th $480 Pay Now
*Field Trips Are Included In The Yearly Course Curriculum But May Be Purchased Separately
Field Trip #1, Boyce Thompson Southwest Arboretum Field Trip, Arizona
April 20-21, 2024
$350
Field Trip #2, Rocky Mountain Botanical Field Trip, Colorado
June 25-28, 2024
$700
Field Trip #3, White Mountains Root & Berry Field Trip and Kava Graduation Ceremony
September 9-10, 2024
$300

 

Course Level 2 Field Trips are Also Available

Tuition Options Price
Field Trip #1, Chiracahua Mountains, Cave Creek Field Trip, Arizona
October 26-28, 2023
$300
Field Trip #2, Durango, Colorado Southern Rockies Field Trip, Colorado
September 19-20, 2024
$300

Several Tuition Options Available

Full Tuition
11 Classes
Full Year,
$1500

 

Half Year Tuition
Half 1
$775

 

Half 2, Due May 10th
$775

Quarterly Tuition
Q1
$400

 

Q2, Due March 10th
$400

Q3, Due May 10th
$400

Q4, Due July 10th
$400

Pay Now

Pay for 2023 Program

*Field Trips Are Included In The Yearly Course Curriculum But May Be Purchased Separately
Field Trip #1, Boyce Thompson Southwest Arboretum Field Trip, Arizona
April 20-21, 2024
$300

 

Field Trip #2, Rocky Mountain Botanical Field Trip, Colorado
June 25-28, 2024
$500

 

Field Trip #3, White Mountains Root & Berry Field Trip
September 9-10, 2024
$200

 

 

Course Level 2 Field Trips are Also Available

Field Trip #1, Chiracahua Mountains Field Trip, Arizona
October 17-18, 2023
$250

 

Field Trip #2, Durango, Colorado Southern Rockies Field Trip, Colorado
September 19-21, 2024​
$250

 

Community Quotes

What students and graduates have to say…

“Working with Feather is like working with Mother Earth with a twist! Get ready to learn from the roots up”

Lynn Hanna Leah

“Feather’s herbalism program has opened my eyes to the abundance of Southwest flora. Learning about their healing properties has lead me to understand spiritual, as well as, medicinal benefits. 

Some of the most rewarding experiences have been our camping excursions, where I received a deep connection with wild plants in their natural environment. I look forward to continuing my education with Feather.”

Julia Kartman

“Feather saved my life! This year of working with her and learning deep wisdom about plant medicine, nature and humanity was one of the most important times in my life.

I can not describe in words the value the time spent with the plants had for me. The sanctity of some of these spots in nature feather showed us can not be translated into language and will forever stay in my heart in their own way…” 

Jan Kielmann, DCN, CNS, IFMCP

“Feather’s apprenticeship program has been such a wonderful experience. It’s no exaggeration to say that it’s positively changed how I see and experience the world around me, the plant world in particular. With Feather’s guidance, I have learned how to identify and work with so many of our wonderful desert plants AND, thanks to the field trips, plants that live outside the desert, too.

I went from knowing only the barest of basics about herbalism to confidently crafting an array of herbal medicines including tinctures, elixirs, vinegars, salves, butters, and more! I am so happy I found this program, so much that I signed up for year two!”

Kim Foxx

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