Herb School: Medicinal Herbal and Botanical Studies-Level One Starts Feb 5th

The Ace of Cups School of Mystical and Medicinal Herbal and Botanical Studies-Level One Starts Feb 5th

The Ace of Cups School of Mystical and Medicinal Herbal and Botanical Studies-Level One offers a comprehensive and immersive 200-hour program that combines mystical, medicinal, and botanical perspectives. Here’s a breakdown of the program:

Program Overview:

  • Duration: The program spans over one year, starting on February 5th, 2024, and continuing through February 3rd  2025.
  • Modules: The program consists of 5 modules, each themed around one of the alchemical elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Ether/Spirit.
  • Class Format: There are both live, interactive evening classes on Zoom and weekend in-person classes each month.
  • Field Trip: There is an optional weekend field trip to New Mexico in June 2024.
  • Class Hours: Each module comprises approximately  40 hours, with 28 two and a half-hour weekday evening classes (Mondays 6:30-9:00) and 8 weekends (Saturday and Sunday 10:30-6:30).

Module Breakdown (see details below):

  1. Earth (February 2024): Grounded and nurturing force of the earth element, herbal vocabulary, ethics of wild crafting, anatomy and physiology of specific systems, and materia medica.
  2. Fire (March, April, May): Transformative and energetic properties of the fire element,anatomy and physiology of specific systems, herbal formulas for specific systems, endangered species awareness, and materia medica.
  3. Water (May June 2024): Fluid and emotional aspects of the water element, herbal formulas for urinary and reproductive systems, anatomy and physiology of specific systems, ethical wild crafting, and materia medica.
  4. Air (July, September and October 2024): Vital and expansive qualities of the air element, herbal formulas for respiratory and nervous systems, anatomy and physiology of specific systems, cultivation and propagation, and materia medica.
  5. Ether/Spirit (November 2024 to January 2025): Ethereal and expansive qualities of the ether element, herbal formulas for the endocrine system and chakras, subtle anatomy, anatomy and physiology of specific systems and deep dive into the 7 major chakras, and materia medica.

Program Cost:

  • Full Payment: $1,800 if paid in full by December 31, 2023
  • Payment Plan: $2,200 with a $333 non-refundable deposit, followed by $500 by December 31, 2023, and $228 a month for the following 6 months due beginning Feb 1st. Final payment due on July 1st 2024
  • Scholarships and Work Trade: There is one $500, one $750 scholarship and one work trade for $500 off available
  • Supply Fee: $70 per module, covering all 65 herbs used during the program
  • If you already have some of the herbs, the fee will be adjusted
  • Supply fee due on Jan. 15th, Feb. 15th, April 15th, June 15th, Oct 15th
  • Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $333 is required to hold your spot
  • Program is non-refundable once the program starts Feb. 5th 2024

Application Process:

  • Applications can be submitted through this link: Application Form.
  • The program accepts a maximum of 18 students.

This program is a well-rounded education in herb and botanical medicine and studies, combining practical knowledge with mystical and botanical perspectives. It covers a wide range of topics, from herbal actions and formulations to ethics and conservation. If you’re interested in working with herbs, plantcestors and related fields, this program may be a valuable opportunity to gain comprehensive training.

Details of modules, times and dates to follow:

Select Monday evening 6:30-9:30 interactive on zoom

Select weekend classes are 10:30-6:30

Module 1: Earth February – March 2024- Weekend dates Feb 24/25

●  Explore the grounded and nurturing force of the earth element
●  Herbal vocabulary, pharmacology and herbal actions
●  Earth rituals and herbs and associated herbs

●  Materia medica- 13 herbs
●  Ethics of wild crafting, growing, sourcing and storing herbs and formulas
●  Medicinal, ceremonial, energetic, and symbolic uses of the herbs in each module
●  Anatomy and physiology of skeletal, muscular and immune systems
●  Herbal formulations for supporting skeletal, muscular and immune systems
●  Salve and herbal oil making
●  Sustainable sourcing: During this module we will Introduce you to reputable herb suppliers or organizations that prioritize sustainable sourcing and conservation. You will learn to identify certifications, which ensure ethical and environmentally friendly practices

Module 2: Fire March- May 2024 -Weekend dates March 30th (no class March 31st) and May 4/5

●  Explore the transformative and energetic properties of the fire element
●  Herbal vocabulary, pharmacology and herbal actions
●  Fire rituals and associated herbs
●  Materia medica -13 herbs
●  Medicinal, ceremonial, energetic, and symbolic uses of these herbs
●  Herbal formulas to support the digestive system, integumentary and cardiovascular system
●  Anatomy and physiology of digestive, integumentary and cardiovascular system
●  Vinegars, oxymel, herbal broth, glycerides, sugar and salt scrub making
●  Endangered species awareness: Discuss endangered or threatened medicinal plant species. Look at reasons behind their declining populations and what we can do to help. Learn to identify these species and the importance of not harvesting them in the wild and finding alternative remedies and plants to substitute the use of them. We will look at conservation groups and how to support conservation efforts or seek sustainably sourced alternatives. Especially exploring local conservation organizations and initiatives that are working to protect plants in our region. We will be hosting guest speakers from these organizations to share their knowledge and experiences in preserving plant biodiversity.

Module 3: Water May -June 2024 -Weekend dates June 1/2 and June 29/30

●  Explore the fluid and emotional aspects of the water element
●  Herbal vocabulary, pharmacology, herbal action and Materia medica -13 herbs
●  Medicinal, ceremonial, energetic, and symbolic uses of these herbs
●  Anatomy and physiology of urinary, lymphatic and reproductive system
●  Herbal formulas to support  the urinary and reproductive systems.
●  Tissanes, infusions, decoctions, steams, sprays, tincture making
●  Ethical wild crafting: We will go in the field and work together to wild craft ethically. Wewill emphasize the importance of gathering herbs in a sustainable manner. Discuss guidelines such as harvesting at the appropriate time, only taking what is needed, leaving enough for the plants for natural regeneration, and respecting the habitats of the plants and more

Module 4: Air July-November  2024-Weekend dates Sept 14/15 and Oct 26/27 (no weekday class august or September)

●  Explore the vital and expansive qualities of the air element
●  Herbal vocabulary, pharmacology and herbal actions
●  Air rituals and associated herbs
●  Materia medica-13 herbs
●  Medicinal, ceremonial, energetic, and symbolic uses of these herbs
●  Anatomy and physiology respiratory and nervous system
●  Herbal formulas to support respiratory and nervous system
●  Salt inhalers, sprays, tinctures, cough syrups, herbal honey making
●  Formulation principles, and practical applications such as making herbal preparations(e.g., teas, tinctures, salves)
●  Cultivation and propagation: Gardening in the ground, in pots, community gardensetc. We will look at the benefits of cultivating medicinal and magical herbs in a controlled environment, such as gardens or farms. Students will learn techniques including soil preparation, propagation methods (seeds, cuttings, divisions), and maintenance practices. We will look at the importance of using organic and sustainable gardening practices. During this we will visit several gardens in our area.

Module 5: Ether  Nov -Feb 2024 -Weekend dates Feb 1/2

●  Explore the ethereal and expansive qualities of the ether element
●  Herbal vocabulary, pharmacology and herbal actions
●  Ether rituals and associated herbs
●  Materia medica-13 herbs
●  Medicinal, ceremonial, energetic, and symbolic uses of these herbs
●  Anatomy and physiology of endocrine system and related chakras
●  Herbal formulas to support endocrine system and related chakras
●  Herb ritual, dream oils, satchels, poppets
●  Formulation principles, and practical applications such as making herbal preparations(e.g., teas, tinctures, salves)
●  Subtle anatomy and deep dive into the 7 major chakras and how they relate to the endocrine system

Applications can be found here: https://forms.gle/7Mx2UnnR3AQcUrmZ8

We will accept 18 students to this program.

Weekday dates- Monday nights 6:30-9

Feb. 5,12,19

March 4,11,25

April 1,15,29

May 13,20,27

June 10,17,24

July 1,8,22,29

August No class

September No weekday class

October 7,14,21

November 11,18

December 2,9

January 2024 13,20

Weekend dates 10:30-6:30 Saturday and Sunday (128 hours)

Feb 2023 24/25

March 30

May 4/5

June 1/2

June 29/30

Sept 21/22

Oct 26/27

Feb 1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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