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Heartsong Farm Healing Herbs: Village Herbalist Nancy Phillips and Apple Grower Michael Phillips
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Classes at Heartsong Farm

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Foundations of Herbal Healing

First Steps on a Lifetime Journey to Knowing the Plants and the Healer Within

Nancy Phillips is an herbal practitioner, educator, and farmer (photo: Michael Phillips).

We welcome you to join kindred spirits on a green adventure that will immerse your heart, mind, and soul in the holistic art and science of herbal medicine. This six month course taught on our working farm is for anyone wanting to use herbs for health and well-being. The program will provide you with the practical skills necessary to become a home herbalist and set the foundation for those that aspire to become herbal practitioners. People well-versed in other healing arts find our Foundations program a holistic complement to their own work. The Science and Art of Herbology (a home study course written by Rosemary Gladstar) will be used to augment the hands-on learning here at the farm. We are honored and excited to have Rosemary be one of our featured guest teachers.

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  • Plant walks and Identification
  • Herbal preparations and proper usage
  • Herb gardening
  • Nutritional support for vibrant health
  • Herbal body care products and treatments
  • Herb harvesting and drying techniques
  • Herbs for first aid
  • Herbal formulation
  • Earth sustainability
  • Building health and treating common ailments in men, women, and children
  • Plant Spirit medicine -- Learn to deeply connect with the essence of the plants
  • Wild food foraging and cooking
  • Flower essences
  • Grateful prayers and ceremony woven throughout
Come learn potent harvesting techniques on the  farm!
Come learn potent harvesting techniques on the farm!

We look forward to sharing our love and knowledge of herbs, health and healing and in offering you this opportunity to strengthen your connection to the Creator, the Earth and the healer within. A completion certificate with class hours documented will be awarded to those students that meet all of the course requirements.

The Herbalist's Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines by Nancy and Michael Phillips -- click for book summary The Herbalist's Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines

Dates: We'll meet one weekend a month through the main growing season, so you can learn from the plants as they flow through the seasons. The August weekend will have an extra day to fit in more content and fun! The dates are May 28-29, June 18-19, July 16-17, August 12-14, September 17-18, October 15-16.

Cost: $1400 includes The Science and Art of Herbology, (a $375 value), with mentored assignments. All supplies, handouts, and Heartsong Farm's famed delicious meals are provided. Rustic camping and breakfast is available for $15 a night. We suggest a list of local motels for those wanting full amenities. Limited work-study available. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place.

Click here for a class registration form.
Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center & Botanical Sanctuary, Founder/President of United Plant Savers
"If there's a person who embodies the essence of a community herbalist, it is Nancy Phillips. She's been one of our most popular teachers at Sage Mountain and has assisted me in my Herbal Apprentice Programs, the Science & Art of Herbology home study course, and at the New England Women's Herbal Conference and International Herb Symposium. Quite simply, I'm enthralled by her way of life, her beautiful gardens, her farm and family and encourage any one wishing a more in-depth knowledge of herbalism or seeking a more harmonious way of living to study with Nancy. You'll be delighted you did!"
-- Rosemary Gladstar
Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center & Botanical Sanctuary
Founder/President of United Plant Savers

"Nancy and Michael Phillips' Foundations course is a great start for anyone who wishes to study the herbal way of life. I was able to escape the regular world and enjoy a sustainable, sensational, herbal world during our weekends. This class goes beyond anything you can get from a book!"
-- Maria Noel Mandile
2003 Foundations student

We'd love to have you join us!
Email us with any additional questions.

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