medicinal plant conservation certificate programMedicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program
Spring & Fall 2017
Rutland, Ohio

 

Spring 2017: Monday, May 1 - Friday, June 9th.
Fall 2017: Tuesday, Sept. 5 -  Friday, Oct. 13.
(Move-in weekend before each.)

Hard Working? Motivated to learn about medicinal plants? Want an opportunity to live and work on United Plant Savers' 360-acre Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Ohio?

Participants work 30 hours/week doing a variety of medicinal plant conservation and cultivation projects.

Participants will be expected to engage in 28 - 30 hours a week doing medicinal plant conservation and cultivation work, building and maintaining the medicine trails, doing greenhouse work, planting and maintaining a vegetable garden, maintaining and improving the Sanctuary landscape, assisting in the development of Sanctuary interpretive materials and much more all under the supervision of UpS Sanctuary staff.

Much of the work is physically strenuous and participants will be expected to be self-motivated. In addition, participants will learn medicinal plant identification, sustainable wild harvesting principals and practices, medicine making and participate in classes and conferences at the Sanctuary and at neighboring herbal centers. Participants will have the opportunity to work on and help design interpretive materials for the "Talking Forest Trail Project" that will add lasting value to the Sanctuary. Participants will also have weekly educational presentations from local herbal experts as well as opportunities to attend related presentations and events such as the Ohio Pawpaw Festival as they occur.

The cost for the session is $800.00 for 6 weeks, payable before program begins. In addition, participants will be responsible for all expenses (i.e. transportation, food). We will be accepting 6 - 8 people for each session. Shared rooms are available, as is camping space, toilets, hot showers, cooking and eating facilities. This is a unique opportunity for intensive learning and this program general fills quickly. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.


Program Details

Classes with guest teachers may include, but are not limited to: Plant Propagation and Cultivation, Trail Building, Prairie Management, Riparian Ecology, Wild Edibles, Medicinal Mushrooms, Materia Medica, Advanced Medicine Making, Historical and Practical Philosophies of Herbalism, and Aromatherapy.

At least one field trip will be made each session to a place of regional botanical and/or geophysical significance (Hocking Hills, Adams County Cedar Barrens, Serpent Mounds, etc). Shorter excursions may be made to local preserves or sanctuaries to assist with caretaking projects while honing plant identification and landscape interpretation skills. Educational outreach opportunities include the Spicebush and Paw Paw Festivals, the Athens Farmers Market and Sanctuary events.

Spring and fall sessions may vary considerably in terms of plants studied, propagated and harvested. Spring reveals the beauty of the early wildflowers and the medicine of aerial herbaceous plants, while fall focuses on the big herbs (trees) and root medicines. To experience a full growing season, participation in both Spring and Fall Sessions is recommended. Due to the communal nature of the program interns share knowledge and skills and living responsibilities. Non-violent communication and listening skills are introduced as needed.

Program Required Equipment:

  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Rain gear and boots
  • Clothing appropriate to season
  • Field notebook
  • Hand pruners
  • Soil knife or trowel
  • Linens
  • Medicine making supplies as desired
  • Transportation

Optional Equipment:

  • Hand lens
  • Binoculars
  • Camping gear
  • Journal
  • Art materials, camera
  • Musical instrument

Recommended texts:

  • Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Laurence Newcomb
  • Botany in a Day, Thomas J. Elpel

Core Guest Teachers:

Caty Crabb is a Clinical Herbalist with a practice inspired by a lifelong love of plants, a deep interest in the human body and a desire to help people to feel more capable and empowered. She is interested in community health and practices a western constitutional form of herbal medicine with a harm reduction approach.Her formal study of herbal medicine began at the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine in California in 1994. Caty became certified as a Clinical Herbalist in 2004, from the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine with Michael Moore, and has had her own clinical practice since 2005. Additional studies include classes at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, the California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism, and the San Francisco Botanical Medicine Clinic. Caty spends most of her time in the forest, fields and gardens around the home she shares with her sister, but can also be found singing lead vocals for the punk band, Snarlas. She teaches advanced medicine making.

Diane Don Carlos has worked professionally in health care and most recently in the organic foods industry. She has studied herbal healing systems for nearly 40 years including Unani and Southeastern Tribes Traditions with Tis Mal Crow. She shares in her classes her perspective of relationship to plants as elders, teachers, and healers. Her focus is to use plants without promoting the commodification of the sacred and to teach systems of herbalism that deny the selling of our ancestors. She teaches about her favorite plant, Monarda fistulosa, as well as herbal philosophy and energetics.

David Keller has worked as an aerospace designer for much of his professional life but has spent most of his passion learning survival and wilderness skills as an avid student of Tom Brown Tracker School. David has developed a few classes for beginners who are interested in spending time with plants in the wild. He teaches wilderness awareness skills which afford the hiker an opportunity to see nature in its fullness while achieving silence in movement. David and Diane share their lives at Sweet Farm, a 150-acre spread of mostly woods and gardens and ponds just down the road a bit from the UpS Sanctuary.

Paul Strauss, an herbalist, organic farmer and founder of Equinox Botanicals, has dedicated his life to preserving the rich biodiversity of Southeast Ohio, passing on what he calls "the green spark." He teaches medicine making, organic farming and farm systems, land reclamation and improvement, and much, much more.

Rebecca Wood teaches about Wild Edibles, Hydrosols, Aromatherapy and Body Care, Medicinal Mushrooms.


Check out 2011 Fall participant Denise Despirito's Blog of her experience: http://seedstemflower.tumblr.com/page/6

Another amazing blog to read is Jennifer Heinzel's, past participant, blog thymes ancient remedies: http://thymesancientremedies.blogspot.com/

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