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Foundations in Phytotherapy: Local Apprenticeship

Foundations In Phytotherapy: Local

This apprenticeship is designed to engage apprentices in the therapeutic application of plants. It was created as a response to the need for an expansive approach to the use of herbal medicine and plant spirits in North America. Herbalism and plant spirit medicine has a lengthy history that is obscure due to the gradual forgetting of the medicinal foundations of the modern “health” industry. This apprenticeship is intended to be used in a number of different ways to fulfill the needs of different “herbalists”. It aims to fulfill the needs of the professional health care practitioner, spiritual healer, and student of holistic medicine. This apprenticeship is taught in Winter Park, Florida. The local apprenticeship is available to those in Florida and surrounding states such as Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, etc. It is open to anyone who is willing to travel to Oviedo, Florida for 1 weekend a month, every month for 9 months. We gather the first Saturday-Sunday of each month from 10am-5pm, starting October 5, 2019-July 6, 2020. Classes are taught by Elsie Lopez and a couple of very special guest teachers. Graduation for both online and local apprentices will be on July 12, 2020.

By the end of the apprenticeship, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the differences between plants within the same plant families.

  • Understand the components and procedures for creating a healing concoction.

  • Create a personal healing plan incorporating the use of plant medicine and natural remedies.

  • Present, discuss, and explain different methods of making medicine with plants.

  • Work with plant spirits and herbal energetics to target maladies afflicting the psychoemotional and psychoimaginal realm.

  • Apply plant energy to the chakras systems for clearing, aligning, and awakening these centers.

  • Make healthier choices regarding spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical wellness.

  • Identify, harvest, dry, and store many of the plants in the region.

  • Communicate with nature spirits and innerstand approaches in shamanic healing.

  • Synthesize various traditions of nutrition for healing the various systems of the body.

  • Consider sustainable living and ecological spirituality as a qualifiable way of existing.

Foundations In Phytotherapy is intended to be a profoundly transformative experience which not only aids in shifting or expanding our innerstanding of plants but also enables us to move more deeply into our own purpose. The plants work as our teachers and ancestors, opening portals and doors to levels of wisdom we perhaps had not encountered before. Though we are in deep communion with the earth through this journey, we are also tuning into the multi-dimensional aspect of our being. Through this work, we aim to unite the ancient with the modern, bridging the gaps and creating spaces for continual awakening and wholeness of being through nurturing and community. As apprentices and teachers, we are all family and it is with this spirit that we seek to operate. Through this apprenticeship, you will be introduced to a community of healers and integrated as part of the infinite web of weavers and medicine people. There is also an opportunity for apprentices to travel to the Dominican Republic in April 2018, at your own expense, for more hands-on work with Indigenous medicine people.

All of our group meetings will be lecture or hands-on field work/medicine making and active meditation. We will meet for 10 weekends (a total of 20 days) for 7 hours each day. All classes will be held in Oviedo, Florida. For lodging recommendations and accommodations, please email Location for classes will be disclosed upon payment of your deposit. These sessions feature everything from harvesting the plants of our local vicinity to hiking, to formulating medicinal preparations, weaving plant prayers and songs, and even learning tips on wilderness survival. During our gatherings, tea and snacks are also provided. You are welcome to bring your own if you would like. Our apprenticeship ends with a graduation. We celebrate, commune with our chosen plant teachers, receive certificates/gifts/acknowledgement, and dance. 

Certification for the 140 hour course in Foundations in Phytotherapy will be given upon completion of the apprenticeship. The certification verifies that you have received some training in herbalism.

Local apprenticeship sessions are limited to 15 students per session - there are only 15 spots available in this apprenticeship and spots fill fast. All materials (plants, educational materials, etc), minus the books and some solvents, included in tuition price.Before the start of the course you will receive a welcome packet with your full syllabus, booklist, course information, and introductory reading material. We will have a couple of required assignments, and home practice is highly encouraged. Apprentices should plan to dedicate one evening a week to their class home practice. 


Dates and Cost:

THE COST FOR THE October 2019-July 202o LOCAL APPRENTICESHIP IS $2,200*.

  • Payment plans are available for all who enroll.

  • Please submit an application before paying your deposit. To apply for the apprenticeship, click here. After completing your application, you will receive an email that will prompt you to make your deposit.

  • A deposit of $200 is due by October 1, 2019 to reserve your spot. This is non-refundable and includes a PayPal fee.

  • After this, you will be required to pay $175 by October 8, 2019; also includes a PayPal fee. The remaining tuition balance will be paid by selecting a payment plan of bi-weekly or monthly payments.

  • You may also choose to pay the full tuition price at once. The PayPal link for the deposit payment offers that option.

  • You are required to pay the full tuition price, even if you miss a class.

  • Upon receipt of deposit, we will send you an email with a form/application and information regarding tuition payment.

  • If you would like to view parts of the syllabus so as to see the class structure and make a more informed decision, feel free to email and we will send you a copy of a part of the syllabus.

  • *PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Local Apprenticeship price goes up to $2,200 after September 1, 2019. Anyone who completes an application after this date will be paying that amount. Thank you for innerstanding.

  • For each payment made, you are charged a PayPal fee. Fees are already included in the prices listed below.

What People Are Saying About "Foundations In Phytotherapy":

“This apprenticeship has allowed me to develop a green thumb. My relationship to the earth has changed in ways that allow me to communicate with what sustains me. Understanding that Nature provides everything for man is the first step in living a healthy balanced life .
My world had to open up in a way I was not use to. I learned that plant medicine can be reflected in many mediums. Through tinctures, teas, oils, ointments, etc the personality of those herbs can be prescribed with powerful healing effects. I’ve learned that it is way easier to learn the body and give it what nature provides, than to depend on western medicine which does not take care of a persons psyche and spiritual life. This apprenticeship has allowed me to see the role I play in sustaining the earth, and how I can speak its language.
I would recommend this class to anyone that wants to take healing into their own hands. Knowledge gives us so much more power over the direction of our lives.”
— Freddie Harris
“This apprenticeship is great. I’ve always been use to encountering people who are seeking for help for their mental and emotional secrets or issues and less than often physical. I haven’t had much knowledge in physical healing besides taking bio classes when I studied Nursing. In the past I wasn’t aware as I am now of the alternative medicines that are out there. This has allowed me to become aware of the huge impact that altering your nutrition and lifestyle habits and using herbal medicine have in helping to prevent many ailments and diseases. To me this means I have grasped an understanding of physical healing, truly. Mental and emotional just comes naturally, its like intuition and being open to attaining knowledge everywhere and from anyone. 
Plants are needed to heal and prevent our systems from being in an imbalanced and sick state. Other methods are useful for this but plants provide a natural and preventive remedy that applies to a specific system or organ in the human body. All while taking into consideration the whole person. Seeing someone as a person and taking into consideration other aspects of their life allows you to intuitively know what herb will assist in bringing them into a balanced state. I understand that extensive research should be done. When using plants we have to cater to what would work with the imbalanced person and know that not all plants are compatible with every person. Connecting the chakra energy systems to understand more about an imbalance person may assist in promoting success in healing.
I would recommend this apprenticeship to other people seeking to understand the healing process using herbal medicine and natural science. Elsie has done a great job at relaying information to us and having us reflect on what we are doing. Thank you for all your work. I would make people aware that you’ve done a great job and that what I’m learning is very heart warming and necessary in my journey of healing this world.”
— Serah Beckley