Course Description: Join herbalist and teacher Brooke Kelly for a truly unique level two herbalism program learning both sacred and medicinal herbal practices. While most schools primarily focus on the clinical side of herbalism, Brooke Kelly blends spiritual practice with botany and a strong focus on the old traditional ways of herbalism. Each month we will meet for one Sunday 10am – 4pm for a total of ten months. Together we will dig deeper into botany and how to recognize plant signatures, such as how the heart shape leaf of a violet indicates that it holds healing properties for the heart. We will also take a closer look at herbal actions and constituents, learning which herbs are best suited for common ailments. We will explore the traditional ways plants were and are still used such as plant meditations, tea leaf reading, gardening/harvesting by moon phases, spiritual bathing, and the connections herbs have with different elements, along with getting in touch with nature through plant walks, identification, foraging and making preparations and medicines from the herbs we gather. Handouts will be provided.
Provided Materials: Handouts will be provided along with some samples of herbs and materials needed for in-class projects. Materials Not Provided: You will need to bring to class a large 2 inch three ring binder with a clear sleeve cover, 6 divider tabs (References, Case Studies, Materia Medica, Botany, Traditions, Home-Work), writing utensils, colored pencils and notepaper. You will also need to get a bound sketch or notebook to use for your Materia Medica. Lunch, snacks and beverages should be brought to every class. Materials needed for homework projects are your responsibility. Herbs will be available for purchase via request for each class. If you did not take Brooke's level one program, you will also need a copy of "The Herb Book" by John Lust to bring with you to each class.
Homework/Certificate Requirements: For homework each month you will be asked to keep a Materia Medica of 8 plants per month as well as practice using herbs for different problems. There may also be some light reading and writing response. At the end of this program if you have completed all assignments and have missed no more than two classes you will receive The Spirit of Herbalism, Level Two Certificate of Completion.
Enrollment: To enroll email BotanicalsByBrooke@gmail.com You must have a basic understanding of herbal actions and be familiar with many herbs as well as know how to make herbal extracts, oils, and teas. If you have not completed Brooke’s level one program and wish to enroll in her level two program, a short interview will be required to make sure you and her feel you are ready for this program. Students must be 21 years of age or older. A youth program may be created if there are at least 2 students to enroll.
Location: The program will be held in Kingston, MA at Simply Soothing Sanctuary, 84 Summer Street. Pricing: Price: $1200. Payment plans are available for those in need. If you enroll in a payment plan please be aware that the total is still due even if you decide to withdraw from the program once it has started. Once the program begins there are no refunds. A $250 non-refundable deposit must be made to hold your seat.
Dates: Sundays, 10am - 4pm. April 29, May 20, June 24, July 22, Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 14, Nov 4, Dec 16, and Jan 27th. If in the event a date needs to change, as much advanced notice will be given as possible. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, it will not be held against your attendance. However, no refunds will be given for a rescheduled class. In the event you are unable to attend the rescheduled class, Brooke will do her best to catch you up.
A Typical day may look like:
10am Gentle Yoga & Meditation/Opening Circle 11am Herbal protocols for particular ailments 12pm Lunch break 12:30 Materia Medica Herbs to smell, taste & touch 1:30 Plant walk, Foraging and/or Botany 2:30 Traditional Herbal Practices 3:30 Closing Circle