in Halifax and Blue Forest
Dive deeper into the world of plant medicine.
Do you want to...
...expand your local plant repertoire by meeting new plants?
...add additional herbal preparations to your medicine making toolkit?
...fine-tune your plant knowledge by differentiating between plants with similar effects?
Personalize your plant knowledge.
In this nine-month seasonal wellness program you'll meet new herbs, and study the plants you already know in greater detail.
This course follows Bloom Herbal Studies Level 1 and is designed to deepen your knowledge and experience with herbs, for application in your personal life. Where Level 1 offers practical, foundational level herbal and health studies, level two delves more in depth, into some of the finer aspects of herbalism.
Learn to differentiate between plants with similar effects to further customize your tonics and remedies.
For example, which of the 20-some nervines is best for you?
What is the difference between the many adaptogens?
Learn the History of Herbal Medicine
We'll learn the fascinating stories of our herbal ancestors that have helped lay the foundation for the herbal movement that we're a part of today.
Studying medicinal pioneers has given me a whole new appreciation of the wisdom of our ancestors.
Having an established base of knowledge from year one allows us to focus more on hearing what the plants and our teacher have to share with us instead of constantly scribbling notes.
In year two we have been able to visit herbs in alternate seasons and new locations to help reinforce our understanding of the plants and deepen our connection to them. Adding more tree and lichen medicine to our repertoire this year has sparked an area of new interest for us to explore in our own back yards.
Our monthly herbal adventures with Savayda have become an addiction that I'm proud to share with my family, friends, co-workers and the occasional stranger!
This is a nine month program, beginning in September.
Our group meets one Sunday per month
from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.,
from September to June,
which is a home study month.
You can choose to attend the course in either Halifax
or Blue Forest on the Eastern Shore, and there will be field trips to other special green places, near each location.
- September 17
- October 22
- November 26
- September 10
- October 15
- November 19
Plant Spirit Medicine
Do plants have spirits?
What role does this play in herbal healing?
How can plants be included in a spiritual practice?
We'll explore and experience the answers to these questions.
Beneficial topics include:
The program includes:
- 40 hours of in-person instruction
- December home-study module
- Personal encounters with plants in their living habitats
- Tasting of prepared medicines including tinctures, teas and more
- 100+ pages of course materials including herbal monographs, worksheets, and diagrams
You've got questions, I've got answers.
Are there any additional costs?
- Approximately $50 for medicine making supplies
- When we travel to field trip locations and there may be some travel expense involved. Car-pooling is encouraged.
Do I need any special equipment
For home medicine making you will need a few supplies:
- glass jars 250-500 ml sizes, recycled jars are fine and encouraged
- small amounts of herbs
- alcohol, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, glycerine
- knife, cutting board
- a kitchen scale is strongly recommended
- cloth or paper bags for herb gathering
- colouring pencils, notebook, pen
What books do you recommend?
A list of recommended books is covered in the first class, but they are optional reading materials.
The only two books that we highly recommend purchasing are Bartram's Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine and The Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America.
Where do the classes take place?
For the winter months we are indoors at the Bloom Institute
All other months are spent outdoors, in local parks or field trip locations, including:
Point Pleasant Park - Halifax
Sir Sanford Flemming Park - Halifax
Fort Needham Park - Halifax
Seaview Park Lookoff - Halifax
Saint Mary's Campus - Halifax
Will I get a certificate?
Yes, you will be given a Certificate of Completion. If you are interested in becoming a Registered Herbal Practitioner, please see our Practitioner Program.
Is herbal medicine safe?
Herbs are generally safe, when used properly at the recommended dose. This course focuses on gentle tonic herbs that are suitable for self care.
Is herbal medicine effective?
For self-care, herbs are effective at alleviating simple, self-limiting health conditions. More significantly, herbs incorporated into a holistic lifestyle can enhance well-being (on many levels) and help to prevent illness.
When used by a professional herbalist, herbs are also highly effective at bringing balance to health and resolving a wide range of health conditions.
Pricing & Registration
3 payments of
$340 (includes tax)
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