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Herbal Apprentice Program

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Fundamental Balance

928 Carpinteria Street

Suite 2

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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This 100 Hour Herbal Apprentice Program combines classroom, field work & hands on training to begin your journey as a Community Herbalist.

Students will learn:

  • Plant ID : including Safe & Poisonous plants of Santa Barbara, when & where to appropriately buy Organic Herbs, vs. Ethical Wild harvesting

  • How to make herbal medicine, including: teas, oils, salves, vinegars, oxymels, tinctures, syrups, steams, baths, aromatherapy & formulations

  • Anatomy & Physiology, Herbal therapies for each body systems

  • Nutrition & Self Care for Community Herbalists

  • Clinical Interview Skills, Research & Case Studies


Course runs 1 weekend per month, from 10am-5pm. Dates for the program are as follows:

Aug 19-21

Opening Ceremony, Intro to Herbalism

Nervous System

Plant ID: Leaves

Medicine Making: Infusions & Decoctions

Sep 16-17

Integumentary System

Musculoskeletal System

Plant ID: Flowers

Medicine Making: Oils & Salves

Oct 21-22

Digestive System

Nutrition 1: Proteins & Energy

Plant ID: Trees

Medicine Making: Vinegars & Oxymels

Nov 18-19

Urinary System

Nutrition 2: Carbs & Moods & Sleep

Plant ID: Plant Families

Medicine Making: Tinctures

Dec 9-10

Reproduction System

Nutrition 3: Fats & Inflammation

Plant ID: Poisonous Plants

Medicine Making: Herbal Formulation

Jan 20-21

Endocrine System

Nutrition 4: Food Allergies & Intolerances

Herbal Energetics, Photochemistry

Intro to Client Interviews, Case Studies

Feb 17-18

Circulatory System

Respiratory System

Plant ID: Roots, Fall Harvest

Medicine Making: Syrups

Mar 17-18

Immune & Lymph System

Present Case Studies, Final Project

Plant ID: Growing Food & Herbs

Medicine Making: Aromatherapy & Hydrotherapy

Mar 18 (5-8pm)

Closing Ceremony

Potluck & Party

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