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Six Experiential Sessions April through September:
the third Saturday of each month

I’ve moved to a tiny house so I’m having a smaller 2019 Herbal Apprenticeship. Only four students and only the third Saturdays April through September. I’ve created a new garden with most of my old plant friends and am excited to share knowledge and experience in this new place. Emphasis will remain on Organ Systems, Product Making and Plant Spirit Journeys…  getting the science and the metaphysical together.

You can expect more personal attention and more student specific questions answered. We’ll be meeting at the tiny house/garden/patio and still share potluck lunches. Grow It, Know It guides the spirit of the apprenticeship to keep students in connection with the plants and the garden throughout the six months. Plant Spirit journeys add to this connection through the heart as well as the mind. Students also learn how to research and understand traditional Western Herbal Medicine through books in the extensive library and experience online.Wear comfortable clothing. A dog, Bear, and two cats, Calendula Caledonia and Pounce de Leon, share this space. Cooking will be limited to a small grill and an electric kettle so plan accordingly.

   Here’s an early photo of a part of the garden – the “bones” which include an exciting new water conservation feature. Drought and fire planning are important elements of our herbal gardens. The summer winds are fierce here from the West and North, so I use shade cloth to slow the winds way down.

My intent is to give a very comprehensive and contemporary learning experience during the 2019 Herbal Apprenticeship. Every year I learn more about herbs, physiology, and gardening. I’m now a Cannabis Therapy Consultant and able to answer many of your questions about cannabis.

Apprenticeship Schedule 2019

April 20: Energetics and World Medicines/Digestive System

May  18: Respiratory Systems/Regenerative Systems

June 15: Nervous and Immune Systems

July 20: Musculature and Circulatory Systems

Aug 17: Cancer, Mushrooms, Cannabis and Healing

September 21: The Clinician; intakes, diagnoses

intuition & research. Also, Wrap Up and


This is a certification class. I hope you will join me for a very enjoyable learning experience! Please go to the registration page and let me know!

Register at http://herbalenergetics.com/?page_id=19




The Heart of Herbology Apprenticeship is on hold in 2019.  It may return….

The Philo School is proud to offer the Heart of Herbology Apprenticeship. ThApprenticesis apprenticeship is to connect the students with the medicinal plants through heart and mind. Mary Pat welcomes students who will share her love of the plants and their healing power. Grow It, Know It guides the spirit of the apprenticeship to keep students in connection with the plants and the garden throughout the seven months. Plant Spirit journeys add to this connection through the heart as well as the mind. Students also learn how to research and understand traditional Western Herbal Medicine through books in the extensive library and experience online.

There are no pre-requisites for this apprenticeship. Worried about missing some classes? Students who are paid up by the end of the year can take any classes they missed in the following year(s) for no charge. Register here:

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 Apprenticeship Schedule 2019

March 16/17: Planning & Planting the Herb Garden/Energetics & World Systems

April 20/21: Energetics and World Medicines/Digestive System

May  18/191: Respiratory Systems/Regenerative Systems

June 15/16: Nervous and Immune Systems

July 20/21: Musculature and Circulatory Systems

Aug 17/18: Cancer, Mushrooms, Cannabis and Healing

September 21/22: The Clinician; intakes, diagnoses

intuition & research. Also, Wrap Up and


All Classes are 10 am – 4 pm.

2016 will probably see, along with all the usual “Grow It, Know It” teaching, a greater emphasis on understanding drought conditions and how to prepare for them. Meanwhile, you will learn how to use the Speedling System to grow seeds, understanding transplanting seedlings, a lot of focus on plant identification in the organic gardens (300 species of medicinal plants and counting) as well as organ systems, tissue states, plant spirit medicine journeying, and more.

Students will experience and learn:

  • plant meditation and conversation
  • plant identification
  • botanical names
  • remedies for acute and chronic illness
  • preparation of herbal products
  • storage & preservation of herbs
  • plant walks & botanical drawings
  • diagnostics (to include facial & fingernail)
  • basic clinical and practitioner skills
  • basic case history presentation
  • research techniques & sources .

The total cost is $1,200. Payment plans and limited work/study available.

Scroll down for the Heart of Herbology Syllabus.
The Philo School of Herbal Energetics The Heart of Herbology Apprenticeship Syllabus

General Guidelines

Welcome to the Heart of Herbology Apprenticeship at the Philo School of Herbal Energetics. Welcome to the gardens and the woods, the ephemeral stream, the birds and the four-leggeds, both wild and domestic. Bear Noir is the dog. The cats are Aralius Legalos and Cal Cal Cat. There are many plants you will be meeting and becoming friends with. Walk lightly and carefully as you give them your attention. PLEASE BE ON TIME!!! We will start right at 10:00 each class Please bring a potluck dish for lunch each day. Classes are the third weekend of each month for seven months except September which we decide together.The cost for the apprenticeship is $1,200 for the seven months. $200 is required as a non-refundable deposit. The balance is due byt he June class, with about ½ paid in April and ½ in May unless otherwise arranged.

Each weekend class will include

1. An opening/blessing in the garden or house. 2. A gardening component – wear walking shoes & bring gloves. 3. Making an herbal product. 4. A digestive plant identification walk after lunch. 5. A plant spirit medicine journey. 6. Meditation time in the garden with specific plants. 7. Preparing your Mission Statement

Use my library!!! I have a large collection of books & articles.

Energetics & World Medicines.

This session will open with a blessing ceremony and we will ask each of you to give an introduction about yourself and your relationship with herbs. We will talk about the energetics of herbs and how herbalists from different world systems work with herbs. We will also discuss inherent properties of herbs. This is kind of a global introduction. Sunday we will watch Juliette of the Herbs by Tish Streeten. We will also do a Plant Spirit Medicine Journey and prepare a product.

The Digestive System

We always start here. We are not only what we eat but how our bodies assimilate what we eat. We look at this intricate and important system in many ways and from many points of view. We want to know what the digestive system looks like and how it works. We want to know disorders of the digestive system and how to treat them. We are digestive detectives! Always remembering how the other systems affect one another…

The Respiratory System

Respiration is done with our entire bodies. Asthma and many other respiratory problems increase in our culture as pollution and stress increase. We want to know what this system looks like, feels like, how it works. We want to know what herbs do what and why. We also want to be conscious of how stopping and smelling the flowers helps us.

The Nervous System

Nutrition and neurotransmitters! Hypericin and hyperifon! How electric impulses change to chemicals and back again! It’s a whole other world in there. What does St. J really do? What does meditating on St. J do? Sleep is but resting in the loving arms of Morpheus. “Midnight Madness” Tea. Oat Straw, Oat Straw Oat Straw!! More!!!

The Regenerative System

The Regenerative System includes the Endocrine System and here we look especially at the interplay of the outside and the inside, of light and dark. Did you know that the Endocrine System corresponds to the chakras? We will use visualization and crystals to balance the chakras. We will also look at how the Regenerative system, male and female, work and chronic and acute imbalances.

The Immune System

The fascination of T Cells and B Cells, of Reishi mushrooms and garlic, of lymph and endocrine. Knowledge here is the difference between living life as a spectator or living in the flow of your own body. We all get sick – we all need to. What does illness mean to us and to our bodies? How do we best defend and protect?

The Circulatory System

Sometimes thought of as the Cardiovascular System because the heart plays such an important part. It is, though, more than the heart; it is the brain and the bloodstream and veins and arteries. It is the marvelous muscular heart as well, pumping the oxygen we take from our green allies throughout our entire bodies. Fifth Weekend: The Muscular Skeletal System Our muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones… the things that hold it all together, the frame itself. Subject to rips and tears, arthritis, and just plain old aches and pains. The system that we use and abuse all the time whether gardening or sitting in the car.

Cancer in its many forms…..

My personal experience has led me to delve deeply into the causes and cures of cancer. Today we’ll look at aberrant cells, lifestyles, life choices, mushrooms (which I personally think saved me from death by colon cancer), redwoods and many other things that are related. Please download and read my personal story on surviving cancer from my website for this class.

Cannabis As Medicine

I was a skeptic… then over the years with all the data available, I am a convert. We have so much information and so much testing happening that it would be really irresponsible to ignore the manifold healing properties of marijuana. I’ve been studying to complete my training as a Cannabis Therapy Consultant and want to pass on what I have learned.

The Clinician

Intakes, Diagnoses, Intuition and Research. It is a good thing to recognize how you want to use herbology. Some of you will be drawn to clinical work and become practitioners. Some of you may use your knowledge and skills for family and friends. Some of you may become growers. Some of you may become researchers and writers. All of these are needed paths for our discipline.

Wrap Up and Graduation

Hopefully you spent the time between the fifth and sixth weekends formulating questions that you have and ideas to discuss. This is also a time to present your mission statements and to receive your certificate.


You gotta have it: Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal; Matthew Wood’s Book of Herbal Wisdom, Stephen Buhners’s The Secret Teachings of Plants.  Also important: Karin Uphoff’s Botanical Body Care. DVD Juliette of the Herbs, available from Mary Pat. Recommended: Pam Montgomery’s Plant Spirit Healing, Michael Tierra’s Planetary Herbology, any of Susun Weed’s books, any of Stephen Buhner’s, Making Plant Medicine and The Medicinal Plant Grower by Richo Cech, Life in the Medicine by Leslie Gardner. You will meet more books during classes.


 The Herbal Heart in Winter: Advanced Apprenticeship: 2018/2019

2018: November 3/4; December 1/2; 2019: January 5/6; Feb 2/3

Winter allows us to be inside more and to focus on learning more about how to write plant profiles; develop personal relationships with plants; discovering why taste matters; organ systems, diagnosis and theories of herbal systems. We’ll still be out in January digging Ashwaganda and other roots  – and planting new seeds in February, but the chimney for the wood stove is clean and it’s cozy by the fire too.

As always, great potluck lunches and wise and stimulating fellow students. Wear comfortable clothing. Classes meet from 10 am to  4 pm for four weekends.


November: Presentation and further discussion of Lyme research. Organ systems and tissue states intensive.  Update on five plants and profiles. We’ll check out the state of the roots – some plants are better harvested now.
Homework: 1. Choose an organ system to research and present. 2. Choose a taste to research and present.

December: Presentations of organ systems and tissue state research and further discussion. Taste Intensive. Update on plant profiles and five plants. Creating your own Formulary Book. Digging and preparing Ashwaganda and other roots.
Homework: 1. Choose an herb for each taste and describe how you would use it with a client. 2. Get a formulary book in which to record formulas created by others and by yourself. 3. Update Plant Profiles for February. 3. Write plant reflections on the five plants.

January: Presentation of taste discoveries and theories of your own. Plant Profiles read and discussed. Reflections on 5 plants read and discussed.   Homework: Create beautiful pages for your plant profiles. Write a Mission Statement.

February:  Present Plant Profiles & pages, present reflections on plants, present Mission Statements. Graduation ceremony with certificate presented to you.

Required Books: The Book of Herbal Wisdom by Matthew Wood; Plant Spirit Healing by Pam Montgomery; Healing Wise by Susun Weed; Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Buhner

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