Classes meet in the late spring and summer, every other Friday for a 7-hour period over a span of 15 weeks, and the course concludes with 3-day field trip in the mountains. We’ll be working mainly outdoors, on private lands at various altitudes and in a variety of local ecosystems. This course includes a total of 11.5 lecture hours and 56.5 lab hours (mainly practical work with the plants themselves, keying, wild-crafting, medicine-making, and independent plant identification projects).
The Rocky Mountain Field Botany course is designed to provide an introduction to field botany and botanical keying, wild-crafting ethics, sustainable harvesting techniques and basic medicine-making. The main focus is hands-on experience, along with a variety of lecture formats and labs.
Total Certificate Hours: 68
Kat is a certified clinical herbalist and nutritionist, as well as a certified Bach essences practitioner through the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. Kat has her own private practice, and teaches classes on field botany, medicine-making, plant connection, herbal first aid, basketry, primitive skills, and many others.
Having studied forestry at Northern Arizona University, the plants, animals, and incredible beauties of the Southwest and the Rocky Mountains are one of the great loves of her life. Between teaching and working, she spends her time wildcrafting and running in the mountains, gardening in the lowlands, and medicine-making in between.
Joshua holds a certification in Advanced Herbalism from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, as well as from the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. He began his study of the natural world in 2005 at the University of Maine, Orono, where he was inspired to the craft of environmental education. Since then he has had the opportunity to work with some outstanding herbalists and botanists in the field. His time with Howie Brounstein and Steven Yeager at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies has enlivened his passion for plant identification, ecology, and wildcrafting ethics. Joshua finds that immersion into the wild places of the world coupled with in-depth observation often brings a magic, inspiration, and empowerment to people’s lives. Joshua aspires to share that magic with others.
Tuition $ 900 (for current CSCH students) $ 1,000 (graduates and general public)
Books and materials $ 200 (estimate, includes field guides, travel, etc.)
Application Fee $ 50
Total Cost of Course $ 1,150 (for CSCH students) $ 1,250 (all others)
High School diploma or equivalent.
To register or for more information, email Kat.Mackinnon@ClinicalHerbalism.com
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