Birthing an Herbalist in 13 Moons - On-line Course Details
Who’s this course for?
Anyone who wants to learn more about growing and using medicinal plants, including:
A Note From Your Teacher, Jen Costa, Herbalist, BS, RN, CST
I started over 25 years ago walking with the plants as medicine keepers and I've never looked back. Even during my last 10 years traveling through the critical care world of the hospital as a nurse, I've maintained a well-stocked home apothecary for my family and loved ones, while continuing to see clients. We are in a time of deepening our self-care skills and of needing to turn back to the plants and to making deeper connections with Nature. It cannot be forced upon anyone. Each must come in their own time following an inner calling. Yes, learning more about the modern medicine ways has strengthened my herbal skills. I also believe we need a more sustainable medicine way too. It all begins by reconnecting with nature and walking close as we learn directly from the plants. Looking forward to walking with you -Jen
How does the program work?
- The program is delivered in a monthly format. When fully registered, you will receive access to our virtual classroom on-line, plus helpful resources and suggestions for getting yourself ready. Lesson 1 come 3 days in and after that, one lesson will be delivered every four weeks. This format allows you to pace yourself and avoid feeling overwhelmed by the vast amount of material! Did I mention there's 1200 pages of lessons?! Yes, my desire is give you a full content course that speaks to your inner healer coming forth. Please see the full course outline for a schedule of lessons and content covered.
- When registered you'll receive an invite straight into the classroom at Ruzuku via email where you will set up a password access code. Lesson 1 content is delivered on Day 3 of the first week into your course time.
- We begin with 'The Heart' and diving deep into all aspects of the cardiovascular system.
- Creation of your home apothecary is started in Lesson 1 and visited each month to help with your creation of such an important space. It is your connection between your healing and Nature, an extention of the garden, and needs some tending to keep it full, alive, and providing for you.
- Reading/Resource List - this is constantly expanding and always available
- Access to our Student Facebook Forum for all students of ElderMoon School
- Our 'Wild Food Recipe' section is always expanding - each month you'll receive a 'FOOD AS MEDICINE' section to your lesson.
- The format of the program:
- Download text/PDF files, audios and videos. You need reliable internet connections for listening and viewing.
- The course can be viewed on mobile devices with a wireless connection.
- The LIVE Stream Monthly Check-Ins, known as our "Herbalist Council Meetings" can only be participated in on a computer but are recorded and archived by date for viewing within a few minutes of ending on all other hand held devices. Here we jump the tracks and apply the medicine to situations our group is experiences, discuss solutions and other topics related to the plant world.
- Plant Profiles are given each month and part of your homework will be to create 1-2 each month as you build your reference section of individual plants (your Materia medica).
The course focuses on the following medicine keepers. Others jump in from time to time as we move along within our live format. My plant profiles are built into each lesson. These are the seeds for starting and illustrating how to begin building your own Materia medica for referencing from your own home apothecary. We walk together through the whole process of creating each. We will cover medicinal mushrooms, medicinal trees, and seaweeds as well.
Some of Our Medicine Keepers We Visit Are:
- Anise Hyssop – Agastache foeniculum
- Astragalus – Astragalus propinquus
- Basil – Ocimum basilicum
- Bee balm – Monarda didyma and Monarda fistulosa
- Black cohosh – Cimicifuga racemosa
- Blue Cohosh - Caulophyllum thalictroides
- Boneset – Eupatorium perfoliatum
- Calendula – Calendula officinalis
- California poppy – Eschscholzia californica
- Chamomile – Matricaria recutita
- Chickweed – Stellaria media
- Chickory - Cichorus intybus
- Cleavers – Galium aparine
- Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale
- Echinacea – Echinacea purpurea
- Elderberry – Sambucus nigra, S. canadensis
- Elecampane – Inula helenium
- Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare
- Garlic mustard – Alliaria petiolata
- Ginseng, American – Panax quinquefolius
- Goldenseal – Hydrastis canadensis
- Goldenrod – Solidago spp.
- Gotu kola – Centella asiatica
- Hibiscus – Hibiscus sabdariffa
- Horsetail - Equisetum arvense
- Lamb’s quarters – Chenopodium album
- Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis
- Marshmallow – Althaea officinalis
- Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria
- Milky oats – Avena sativa
- Mints – Mentha spp.
- Motherwort – Leonurus cardiaca
- Mullein – Verbascum olympicum
- Nettles – Urtica dioica
- Passionflower – Passiflora incarnata
- Poke - Phytolacca americana
- Red raspberry – Rubus idaeus
- Rose – Rosa spp.
- Rue - Ruta graveolens
- Siberian Ginseng - Eleutherococcus senticosus
- Skullcap – Scutellaria lateriflora
- Tulsi/ Holy basil – Ocimum tenuiflorum
- Valerian – Valeriana officinalis
- Vervain – Verbena officinalis
- Violet – Viola spp.
- Vitex – Vitex agnus-castus
- Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
- Yellow dock – Rumex crispus and R. obtusifolius
What you will receive during our on-line course together:
- -Engaging video instruction, primarily filmed for you as if you were sitting right here with me. Each under 20 minutes
- -Over 100 herbal recipes, ranging from medicinal preparations, wild foods dishes, natural body care products, and culinary herbal concoctions.
- -Audio files so you can listen on the go and listen again if you want to take more notes.
- -Extensive written materials and instructional photographs, available online or as printable PDF, so you can learn wherever and however works best for you. I do recommend printing out -all material and making yourself a notebook.
- -Optional homework reviewed by me for Herbalist Certification upon completion.
- -Access to an experienced herbalist, medicine maker, community apothecary founder, and critical care nurse for questions and guidance via Q&A live-streams through our classroom each month for the 18 months of course time together.
- -Access to '13 Moons - Birth of an Herbalist' private student facebook forum where you can share triumphs, troubleshoot, and more with a lively community of herbal enthusiasts and students past and present at ElderMoon School. You stay with this group as long as you want. I'm in there too and open to the deeper herbal questions students have while creating their way with the plants as medicine.
- The majority of lessons contain video, audio, and written instruction. PDF written material is yours for life to store as a reference book in your own newly created home apothecary.
Here’s what you’ll be able to do after completing the program:
- Create your own home apothecary filled with high-quality herbal remedies, made from homegrown or ethically sourced herbs and medicinal wild weeds
- Deepen you knowledge of the body and its language through wellness and health conditions
- Make tonic herbal blends to promote long-term health and help prevent illness
- -Connect with plants, the Earth, and the cycles of life on a deeper level
- Address common health complaints with your own teas, tinctures, salves and oils
- Surround yourself and loved ones with luscious body butters, creams, oils, and scrubs; oral care products, bathing salts and sugar scrubs.
- Master herbal actions so you can better match herbs with specific conditions plus deepen your understanding of the body and its language
- Share the abundant herbal harvest with your friends, family and neighbors
- Discover your own herbal allies and cultivate deeply connected relations with plants you can call on for years to come.
- Develop an herbal products business, teaching business, or begin developing a community clinic.
- Gather common wild foods and prepare them into delicious, healthy and satisfying dishes and meals for yourself and loved ones.
- If unable to make your own products, you will be able to discern where high quality products are made and support these efforts as part of your personal walk towards a more sustainable health care system.