some reflections from past apprentices...
"I loved this apprenticeship and strongly recommend it to others. I loved the blend of science and spirit, the inclusive environment, and the playful yet sacred space that was held throughout our work and studies. I enjoyed the focus on local and weedy plants, the hands on practice of medicine making, access to various local gardens, and I really appreciated the independent project, which pushed me to ask questions and create."
"The Spoonful Apprenticeship made my summer! The program gave me a foundation for incorporating herbalism into my daily life, but even better, it cultivated real, direct relationships with plants. The green world continues to become more and more illuminated and engaging for my mind, heart and hands. I'm excited to keep learning and to share these gifts with my community."
"Prior to enrolling in the Spoonful Apprenticeship I had minimal knowledge about medicinal herbals. The variety of learning experiences including work study, assigned readings especially Body into Balance and hands on preparation of tinctures, syrups, fire cider, body care products, plant identification walks, plant harvesting and preparation, etc all helped me to learn. I would highly recommend this journey to those wishing to learn from the ground up or add to your current knowledge base."
"Apprenticing with Kara and Katherine is one of the best decisions I've made, and it has been incredibly impactful. The relationships with plants they hold are in balance with reverence to plants as teachers and friends. They carry the messages of community herbalism with concerted strategies and with innate grace. Kara and Katherine instill principles of the Good Harvest and embody the heart of herbalism. This apprenticeship has deepened my work with plants from all angles, and I'm incredibly grateful."
APPLY HERE: 2019 Spoonful Herbals
Community Herbalism Apprenticeship
Application due by April 7th
Participants can expect to:
This class will be taught collaboratively by Katherine Elmer and Kara Buchanan. They share a deep love and reverence for the plants and the wild and not-so-wild places they live, and for the amazing resilience and innate knowledge of the human body. They find great joy in sharing their knowledge of the plants and their herbal creations with community near and far.
To learn more about Katherine and Kara,
please visit our home page