Medicinal Plants of Central Texas: Plant Walk – June 20202020-03-14T11:27:21+00:00

Learn to identify and use medicinal plants from the Central South Texas region!

Plant medicine is all around us! Clinical herbalist Michael Blair will lead a local plant walk that explores the medicinal plants growing right here in our own eco-region.

Michael will guide students through many species of native plants that thrive in our climate, and how they can be used in your home apothecary to help support good health.

This will focus mostly on medicinal plants, but we’ll also talk about foraging edible plants when we come across them.

We will cover:

  • An introduction to botanical medicine
  • Botanical Medicine Making basics
  • Working with South Central Texas plants
  • A local herb walk

What to bring:

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing & shoes
  • Something to take notes with
  • A camera or cell phone to take photos of plants
  • A water bottle, or anything you need to be comfortable outdoors for a few hours
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Medicinal & Edible Plants of Central Texas: Plant Walk – May 20202020-03-15T05:45:22+00:00

Learn to identify and use medicinal plants from the Central South Texas region!

Plant medicine is all around us! Clinical herbalist Michael Blair will lead a local plant walk that explores the medicinal plants growing right here in our own eco-region.

Michael will guide students through many species of native plants that thrive in our climate, and how they can be used in your home apothecary to help support good health.

This will focus mostly on medicinal plants, but we’ll also talk about foraging edible plants when we come across them.

We will cover:

  • An introduction to botanical medicine
  • Botanical Medicine Making basics
  • Working with South Central Texas plants
  • A local herb walk

What to bring:

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing & shoes
  • Something to take notes with
  • A camera or cell phone to take photos of plants
  • A water bottle, or anything you need to be comfortable outdoors for a few hours
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You can review our tuition policies here: https://herbalmedics.academy/about-us/tuition-policies

Botany for Herbalists – 20202020-02-01T22:40:05+00:00

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Clinical herbalist Michael Blair will be teaching a 2-day botany intensive for herbalists, plant enthusiasts and clinical program students. This is an in-depth course on understanding more about the plants surrounding us that also includes many herb walks, wildcrafting exercises, and botany identification lessons and medicine making.

This 2-day course will be taught on our 50-acre San Antonio campus with lots of hands-on time in the field!

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COURSE INFORMATION

Dates: March 7th – 8th, 2020.

Location: The Human Path outdoor campus, N. San Antonio

Lodging: Camping is free to any enrolled student, at our 50-acre campus.  There are also hotels within a 10-minute drive of the campus in the 78260 zip code.

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Sustainable Herb Gardening as a Business – Session One 20202020-03-25T20:49:29+00:00

You do not have to be in our area to participate – all you need is an internet connection! Registration will remain open until June 29th, 2020. 

This is the first of (2) 12-week online interactive sessions that go into depth on how to build a natural greenhouse operation, from seed to CSA.

Session one will equip you with growing setups and techniques. Go from small scale front porch container gardening to greenhouse operations. You will learn how to build your own Grower’s Materia Medica and build a personal business plan for your own herbal-centric plant based business. Numerous growing concepts will be discussed ranging from Hydroponics/Aquaponics to integrating mushrooms into your plan and many other subjects.

View the full course syllabus here.

If you have ever wondered about how to get started with an herb based plant business, the concepts and processes presented in this class could be the start for which you are looking.

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Spring Guerilla Foraging and Field Medicine Making2020-03-13T11:41:49+00:00

Whether you are on a long camping trip, a remote location without your usual pantry items at hand, or even in a post disaster situation; learning to ethically wildcraft and forage what you need for medicine and wild foods is an important skill set while on the move. This one-day class will include a field plant walk, some ethical wildcrafting, and then an exercise in preserving and working with harvested medicinals in a field environment for summer months.

Students will learn:

  • Working with seasonally available plants
  • How to ethically wildcraft
  • What does being a steward of the land mean?
  • When should you not harvest or forage?
  • How to safely identify summer edibles
  • Good S. Texas field guides to use
  • Preservation in the field
  • What is guerrilla foraging and why would a lower profile be important?
  • Foraging tools to have in your pack
  • Simple medicinal preparations in the field
  • Harvesting after an environmental disaster – cautions and concerns
  • How to keep your medicine mobile

At the end of this information-packed class, students will go home with several harvested and prepared medicinals, handouts of wild edible recipes and a mini field guide of plants to watch for in urban and remote environments in our area. You will also go home with a mobile harvesting kit to keep in your daypack.

This course will be offered 3 times a year – one for each growing season and focusing on bio-regional medicinals and edibles in season. This is a requirement for the Female Medic program.

CLASS INFORMATION

Date: March 15th, 2020. 9 to 4 pm

Location: THP campus

WHAT TO BRING: 2 glass pint sized Mason jars with lids, 16 oz. of grain alcohol, daypack, hand-held clippers, hori blade if you have one, water, snacks, a sack lunch and outdoor clothing and hat for the field harvesting walk.

*just send us an email if you have taken a WFA or WHFR course with us, or if you are a member of one of the Herbal Medic chapters. For information about paying with cash, checks, or money orders, just send us an email here:

You can review our tuition policies here: https://herbalmedics.academy/about-us/tuition-policies

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Medicinal Plant Walk: Herbs for Women’s Health – July 20192019-05-30T19:15:50+00:00

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Medicinal Plant Walk: Herbs for Women’s Health

A 2018 survey found American women have the largest burden of chronic illness, highest rates of skipping needed health care due to cost and are the least satisfied with their care, out of 11 studied countries.  Our country also has the highest rate of maternal mortality, the highest rate of caesarean section and the highest rates of breast cancer and over 25% of women routinely spend money out of pocket to cover health care.

What if more women could return to time-honored traditions of working with plants to improve health?  Making herbal teas, compresses, poultices and tinctures is some of the oldest medicine, and knowledge of the body and the plants that support it is independence from a health care system that many feel is broken.

We will also talk about ethical wildcrafting, and how to keep the imprint on the natural landscape as low as possible with sustainable harvesting techniques, when the best time is to harvest plants and how to be a better land steward to the natural environment.

The workshop  will include a lecture followed by a plant walk to point out any available plants that can be used to support women’s health.

Clinical herbalist Michael Blair from Herbal Medics Academy will lead students through this summer series of medicinal plant walks that cover herbs that assist the body in healing, responsible harvesting techniques and botany identification of available plants in our area!


COURSE INFORMATION

Dates: July 10th, 2019.

Location: Judson Nature Trails, 246 Viesca St, Alamo Heights, TX 78209.

** We will send exact direction details before the workshop **

Pre-Requisite: none required.

 

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Central TX Early Spring Plant Walk2019-05-06T22:23:16+00:00

Central TX Early Spring Plant Walk

Learn to identify and use medicinal plants from the Central South Texas region!

Plant medicine is all around us!  Clinical herbalist Michael Blair will lead a local plant walk that explores the medicinal plants growing right here in our own eco-region!

Michael will guide students through many species of native plants that thrive in our climate, and how they can be used in your home apothecary to help support good health.

We will cover:

  • An introduction to botanical medicine
  • Botanical Medicine Making basics
  • Working with South Central Texas plants
  • A local herb walk

 


COURSE INFROMATION

Dates: May 22nd, 2019. 6-8pm.

Location: Freidrich Wilderness Park, 21395 Milsa Dr, San Antonio, TX 78256

Pre-Requisite: none required.

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Water Purification Workshop – 20192018-11-14T00:19:25+00:00

To complete the full Water Purification Systems course, students must complete both an online primer (4 hours) and a 2-day workshop. The online course is pre-recorded and can be accessed within 2 weeks of the start date of the on-site workshop.

Learn the fundamentals of water purification in an off-grid or homestead environment for a family or small community. Although the course (especially during the online portion) covers several methods of purifying water, the focus of the hands-on workshop is building a full-scale slow-sand filtration system. We have built these systems at the school and various communities in the USA and abroad. It is one of the simplest and most complete methods of filtering water from biological (and other) contaminants. The resources are relatively simple to acquire, anywhere in the world, and the concepts are simple but take some practice to achieve correctly

This is a full-day workshop on building a water purification system from start to finish, using pre-washed gravel.

Course Registration and Details

Online course will be opened on February 22nd, 2019 and close on March 8th.

On-site workshop dates: March 8th, 2019.

To register with cash, money order or check, please send us an email at:

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Students completing any school program (Engineer, Scout, Provider or Medic) will need to complete this course as part of the training. Full program details will be posted online here.

 


Making Medicinal Tea Blends – Online Class – 20182018-09-28T16:42:42+00:00

This is an online interactive workshop! You can take this anywhere you have an internet connection. You do not have to be present in our area to take the class! We send out a box of materials to you in advance, and together we’ll make several types of herbal tea in the live webinar!  *if you can’t make the live class, you can download and listen to the webinar afterwards with your box of wildcrafted herbal materials!

“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food” – Hippocrates

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One of the simplest forms of creating herbal medicine is making tea infusions.  In a matter of minutes, fragrant tea leaves, aromatic flowers and woodsy herbs can be combined and steeped  into warm water to create infusions for health and vitality.

This online workshop opens the door to the art of mixing medicinal herbs with fragrant plants and rich flavors – showing you how to make blends that anyone will love to drink!

Students will work with a wide botanical palette that will be filled with deeply fragrant blossoms, delicate spices, brightly dried fruits and smoky roots, berries and medicinal plants.

The workshop will cover :

  • How to create flavor profiles and combinations
  • Different types of tea leaves and how to weave them into your formulas
  • How to mix bitter herbs into pleasing formulas
  • Thinking outside the box: using spices, flowers, roots and fruits in your tea!
  • Making blends that are powerful medicinal formulas

What We Send You: We send out a box prior to the workshop with ethically wildcrafted herbs and materials you will need for making several medicinal tea blends.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Date: October 17th, 2018. 7pm central time.

Registration is open until October 8th, 9:00 pm to allow enough time for class materials to ship to you.

Location: This is an online class, you can take it anywhere you have an internet connection!

Workshop Cost: $40, includes handouts, chart, tea ball and 2 blends that we will ship out to you.

 

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Preserving Medicinal Edibles – Interactive Online Workshop2018-07-25T07:27:33+00:00
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This is an online interactive workshop! You can take this anywhere you have an internet connection. You do not have to be present in our area to take the class! We send out a box of materials to you in advance, and together we’ll step through preservation methods for medicinals in the live webinar!  *if you can’t make the live class, you can download and listen to the webinar afterwards with your box of specially gathered herbal materials!

Preservation methods are making a slow comeback and provide a way to hang on to the bounty of summer months long after the weather turns cool. Wild medicinals and edibles grow in the hot summer months, but fade as the cool fall weather sets in. Learn how to harvest responsibly and preserve the bounty so that you have local abundance year-round and add powerful plant medicine into your foods!

This will be a hands-on class to give practical lessons on how to preserve foraged wild edibles. We will send out to you a box of medicinals that we preserve during your workshop using several different methods. Depending on what we are able to harvest, we may showing preservation methods ranging from dehydration to hot-bath canning to alcohol preservation.

 

What We Send You:  we send out a box prior to the workshop with ethically wildcrafted herbs and materials you will need for making several herbal incense blends.

What Materials will you need for the live class?  raw honey, a cooking stove and saucepan, a spice or coffee bean grinder, wood clippers, a sifter or sieve, measuring spoons, empty mason jars of several different sizes, medium and small size bowls for mixing (3) and several spoons.  **I will send out a more definite list once I have completed harvesting for your class!

Students will make at least 2-3 preserved medicinal edibles made in the live class, and receive several recipes for future preservation adventures.

Registration is open until August 22nd, 2018 to allow for enough time (2 weeks) for the herbal class materials to ship to you.   The live class will be September 5th, 7 pm central time.

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