Apprenticeship Campout 2017

Apprenticeship Campout 2017

Apprentices work hard, and need a paleta break!

Apprentices work hard, and need a paleta break!

2019 Program is now filled.
2020 Registration opens 9 am, 10/1/19

First Year Apprenticeship Program

A 9-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 (5 each month), while finding specific plant allies that speak more deeply and completely to us and building a closer relationship to them.

Each month we 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 Spring and Fall).
Those who successfully complete all the course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.

Classes will meet in person as well as online. There are two tracks available this year, in order to accommodate the high numbers of people who want to participate.

Weekend Track: Classes meet in person 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).
There is an additional online lecture/discussion component, from 8-10 pm on Thursdays (usually the 4th Thursday).

Weekday Track: Classes meet in person twice a month, from 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesdays (usually the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays), plus the Garden work day on 4th Saturdays and the online lecture/discussion component on Thursdays (see Weekend track for details).

Both tracks will join 2nd year apprentices and select graduates for all field trips and camping trips.

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 3 months: add 10% ($1,650 total for course)
4 payments of $394, 1 every month for 4 months: add 15% ($1,725 total for course) .
A monthly payment plan is available for those who need it with minimal payment penalties:
9 payments of $200, 1 every month for 9 months ($1800 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 1/1/19, take an additional $200 off (balance due $1,150)!

Please email to request work trade.
There are four opportunities for work-trade positions which allow for a reduced fee of $1,000 total ($150 deposit, $850 balance due). Work Traders must be available for 5 additional hours of work at the school or garden each month, and must be able to come in early to assist in set up, or stay late for tear down of classes. Work traders must have reliable transportation. Work trade spots are popular and fill quickly; preference will be given to those with a true financial need.

Additional Costs: Tuition includes all instructional time, additional online and in-person support, access to the learning garden, some apothecary supplies and monthly 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 45 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 2020! 

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


Weekend Track class dates (Saturdays, 10-5, Sundays 12-5): 1/5, 1/20, 2/2, 2/17, 3/2, 3/17, 4/13, 4/28, 5/4, 5/26, 6/1, 6/23, 7/13, 7/21, 8/9-11, 9/7, 9/15

Weekday Track class dates (Wednesdays, 10-4): 1/9, 1/23, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/9-11, 9/11, 9/25

Online Lecture/Discussion (Thursdays, 8-10 online): 1/24, 2/28, 3/28, 4/25, 5/23, 6/27, 7/25, 8/22, 9/26

Apothecary Garden work days (Saturdays 10-2): 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25, 7/27, 8/24, 9/28

End of Year Graduation Celebration: 10/6

Field Trips: TBD

Camping Trip: August 9-11

Field Trip to the Mountains for Plant Identification

Field Trip to the Mountains for Plant Identification


Apply online below, or contact me at for more information.

Please share this information with others who might be interested!

Registration for 2019 is now closed!

The two tracks are filled, and the waiting list is full, too.

Thanks to everyone for your interest! We are growing a powerful, vibrant, talented, diverse and compassionate community of herbalists here in Southern California. I am deeply honored to share this path with you. Please apply next year, and we hope to see you at one of our many herbal education opportunities in the coming year.

Green Blessings,

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