Apprenticeship Campout 2017

Apprenticeship Campout 2017

 Apprentices work hard, and need a paleta break! 

Apprentices work hard, and need a paleta break! 

Closed for 2018! 
Hope you can join us in 2019!

First Year Apprenticeship Program

An 11-month intensive apprenticeship program in the classroom, garden, and field. Students will learn the essentials of herbalism in great detail, working in a healing garden, making a complete apothecary, and learning the art and science of plant medicine, botany, physiology, chemistry and more. We will learn about more than 100 plants throughout the year, working intimately with over 40 healing herbs (4 each month), while finding specific plant allies that speak more deeply and completely to us and building a closer relationship to them.

Each class will combine lecture/intensive learning with hands-on medicine-making, growing, harvesting, plant identification, field work and theory. Outside of class, students will be expected to complete assignments including continued medicine-making, building their own materia medica, and expanding and deepening their knowledge of, and comfort with, practicing herbal medicine.

This program is designed to teach people how to use herbs intelligently, effectively and safely on a personal level. When the program is completed, participants will be able to use herbs for themselves, families and friends, but will also have a strong foundation from which to pursue a profession in the herbal realm, by becoming a practitioner or teacher, a gardener, a business owner, or by expanding an existing practice (body work, pharmacy, energy work, etc) to encompass another complementary modality.

Classes take place at The Green Wisdom School of Herbal Studies in Long Beach, and The Green Wisdom Apothecary Garden, hosted by The Carmelitos Community Garden/The Growing Experience Urban Farm, where we will be working in an herbal healing garden where you will learn about growing, harvesting and processing herbs as medicine. Additional classes will be at various venues in the Los Angeles region. In addition, there will be 1 weekend camping trip in August, and 2 day-long field trips (in March and November).
Those who successfully complete all the course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.

Classes will meet twice a month, from 10 am to 5 pm on a Saturday (usually the first Saturday of the month, with a few exceptions), and from noon to 5 pm on a Sunday (usually the third Sunday of the month, with a few exceptions), with optional (but highly encouraged) garden work days on one Saturday morning each month (usually the fourth Saturday). See exact dates below.

A deposit of $150 is required to secure your place in class. Class size is limited and expected to fill up very quickly. 

Payment in full by the first day of class: $1,350 ($1,500 total for course).

Payment plans:
2 payments of $750, 1 every 6 months: add 10% ($1,650 total for course)
4 payments of $394, 1 every 3 months: add 15% ($1,725 total for course)
Payments are by Paypal or check, received prior to the class for that month.
Automatic payments can be set up via Paypal.

**Discount** If paid in full by 1/1/17, take an additional $200 off (balance due $1,150)!

There are four opportunities for work-trade positions which allow for a reduced fee of $1,000 total ($150 deposit, $850 balance due). Contact Julie directly for more information on these positions.

Additional Costs: Tuition includes all instructional time, additional online and in-person support, access to the learning garden, some apothecary supplies and herbs. Additional cost to students include travel and food for field trips, additional herbs and apothecary supplies, and text books.

Tuition also includes the full Materia Medica (collection of all of the herbs used in this course): 2 ounces each of all 44 herbs studied in class, dried, organically grown or ethically sourced. Some herbs are not appropriate for use as dried plant, and will be available in 1 ounce tinctures. Herbs will be dispensed at the first class of the month.

Deposit Policy: To secure your space in the program, a deposit of $150 is required. If we are not able to guarantee you a space in the program, your deposit will be refunded promptly.
PayPal deposits may be sent to

Refund policy:  Refunds less the deposit are given if students drop within 30 days of first class.  There are no refunds on tuition payments after this time even if the student is no longer in attendance.

Missed classes: There are no refunds for missed classes. There may be some opportunities for makeup days for specific classes, but this is not guaranteed. The responsibility of attending each class rests solely upon the student. 
Late Payments: If a payment is missed, the student may not attend classes until the account is up to date. Missed classes are not refunded, and payment is still due in full. Continued late payments will result in student being released from the apprenticeship, with no refunds.


Thank you for your interest in our apprenticeship program! I wish that I had room for everyone who wants to attend, but we are strictly limited to 20 participants each year. If the program fills up and you are not accepted this year, I hope you will join us in 2019! 

Please be advised that applications must be submitted with a deposit of $150 in order to hold a space.
Deposits may be made using PayPal (to, or a check may be mailed to Green Wisdom, 2023 Pacific Ave Long Beach CA 90806, or you can drop off payment at the school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 9-4. 

 Harvesting Yarrow in the Apothecary Garden

Harvesting Yarrow in the Apothecary Garden


Class dates (Saturdays, 10-5, Sundays 12-5): 1/6, 1/21, 2/3, 2/18, 3/3, 3/18, 4/7, 4/15, 5/5, 5/27*, 6/2, 6/10*, 7/14*, 7/15, 8/4, 8/19, 9/8*, 9/16, 10/6, 10/21, 11/3, 11/18                                                                                                                                  (* Dates don't fall on the 1st Saturday, or the 3rd Sunday) 

Apothecary Garden work days (Saturdays 9-2): 1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/28, 5/26, 6/**, 7/28, 8/25, 9/22, 10/27, 11/24

End of Year Graduation Celebration: 12/2

Field Trips: Mountains, Sunday March 25;  Desert, Sunday November 4 Camping Trip August 10-12

 Field Trip to the Mountains for Plant Identification 

Field Trip to the Mountains for Plant Identification 


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We are no longer accepting applications for 2018, sorry! Please join us in 2019, or even better, join us throughout the year at our MANY other classes!
Registration for 2019 will be open on October 1, 2018. We are not accepting applications until that date. 
(I can't figure out how to hide this form until then, so here it is, but don't use it)

Apprenticeship Application

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