The Next Step in Herbalism Course

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Are you ready to take The Next Step?

Have you recently completed our “New to Herbs” course? Or did you participate in a past year of Herb Fairies by Learning Herbs? Then you are ready for The Next Step!

During this year long journey, you and your children will explore 13 herbs that can be used safely and effectively to increase your health and ease common ailments.

Over the next 13 months, you’ll learn about:

  • Cleavers
  • Yarrow
  • Echinacea
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Peppermint
  • Mullein
  • Chicory
  • Willow
  • Aloe
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Milky Oats
  • Stinging Nettles

Each module will give you in depth information on how to get to know each plant better through a variety of activities that will appeal to children of all ages. Download the corresponding Herbal Roots zine issue for games, puzzles, crafts, recipes, songs, stories and more. Learn to draw each plant and get to know them intimately through sensory exploration.

Each module is woven together in a year long project that culminates into a handcrafted linen or cotton tote bag that your child will cherish for years to come – as they use the bag, they’ll be able to reflect back on each plant they learned about and how each plant can support them in that individual plant’s way.

This year long course includes lots of great bonus materials as well including printable book marks and banners, herbal learning templates, herbarium how-to’s, and more.

What will you get for joining?

Everyone who joins will receive the following:

  • 13 issues of Herbal Roots zine (see above for full listing)
  • A one year membership to United Plant Savers ($35 value)
  • 10% discount at Mountain Rose Herbs
  • 20% discount on items such as enamel pins
  • Free private online community
  • Free printable book marks
  • Free printable banners
  • Free companion guide giving suggestions on teaching kids about herbs
  • Free resource guide
  • Monthly “Getting to Know Your Plant” lessons with experiential plant exercises, meditation and how to draw the plant
  • Year Long Project that is woven throughout the year to create a handmade project that incorporates all the plants from the year
  • Option to purchase enamel badges to give to kids upon completion of each issue (coming soon!)
  • Certificate of Completion at the end of the course

How does this work?

Upon enrollment you will be added to a special membership website which gives you immediate access to the free printables and companion guidebook and the first module, “Caught on Cleavers”. Each month a new module will be released. Quizzes will be offered at the end of each month and a certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the year once all segments have been completed.

It’s Time! Time to take the next step in your herbal journey with your children. Start your journey now with The Next Step.

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About the instructor

I love teaching herbalism and botanical drawing and I'm excited to bring the two loves to the online teaching world. I am the creator, author, and illustrator of the popular online kid's ebook series, Herbal Roots zine, which teaches children about the medicinal uses of herbs through fun activities like games, puzzles, songs, stories, and recipes. I began this ebook back in 2009 when I was looking for resources to teach my youngest two children, which I was homeschooling, when I realized there wasn't much available for teaching kids about herbs.   I am a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild and inaddition to writing the monthly ezine, I teach classes in my community as well as all over the United States to both adults and children. I have created and run kid camps at herbal conferences around the country as well and have run a kid's camps out of my home during the summer. I also see clients out of my home office.   Now that I'm not homeschooling my youngest two (which are now in 10th and 11th grade) I am usually drawing plants or walking my dog Lulu in the woods while taking photos of the plants that are growing there in my free time.   Teaching others about herbs is my focus with a passion on sharing my knowledge with children as they ARE our future!

Course Curriculum

Start Here!

  • Welcome!
  • Companion Guide
  • HRz 20% Discount Code
  • Mountain Rose Herbs Discount
  • Pocket Herbarium
  • Herbal Template

Getting to Know Each Plant Module

  • Getting to Know Each Plant
  • Getting to Know Each Plant Printable
  • Learning to Meditate
  • Learning to Explore a Plant Sensory Style
  • Learning to Draw Plants

The Year Long Project (TYLP) Module

  • What is the Year Long Project?
  • You Will Need
  • Getting Started
  • The Dyeing Process
  • Iron Vinegar
  • Premordants

Module 2 – Yarrow

  • Yarrow Lessons Materials
  • Getting to Know Yarrow
  • Yarrow in the Springtime
  • Yarrow in the Summertime
  • TYLP – Yarrow
  • Yarrow Quiz

Module 3 – Echinacea

  • Echinacea Lessons Materials
  • Getting to Know Echinacea
  • Echinacea in the Springtime
  • Echinacea in the Summertime
  • Echinacea in the Autumntime
  • Echinacea in the Wintertime
  • TYLP – Echinacea
  • Echinacea Quiz

TYLP – Intermission One

  • Assembling the first three squares

Module 4 – Saint John’s Wort

  • Saint John’s Wort Lessons Materials
  • Getting to Know Saint John’s Wort
  • Saint John’s Wort in the Springtime
  • Saint John’s Wort in the Summertime
  • Saint John’s Wort in the Wintertime
  • TYLP – Saint John’s Wort
  • Saint John’s Wort Quiz

Module 5 – Peppermint

  • Peppermint Lessons Materials
  • Getting to Know Peppermint
  • Peppermint in the Springtime
  • Peppermint in the Summertime
  • TYLP – Peppermint
  • Peppermint Quiz

Module 6 – Mullein

  • Mullein Lessons Materials
  • Getting to Know Mullein
  • Mullein in the Springtime
  • Mullein in the Summertime
  • Mullein in the Autumntime
  • Mullein in the Wintertime
  • TYLP – Mullein
  • Mullein Quiz

TYLP – Intermission Two

  • Assembling the next three squares
  • Putting the first two rows together

Module 7 – Chicory

  • Chicory Lessons Materials
  • Getting to Know Chicory
  • Chicory in Springtime
  • Chicory in Summertime
  • Chicory in the Autumntime
  • Chicory in the Wintertime
  • TYLP – Chicory
  • Chicory Quiz

Module 8 – Willow

  • Willow Lessons Materials
  • Getting to Know Willow
  • Willow in the Springtime
  • Willow in the Summertime
  • Willow in the Autumntime
  • Willow in the Wintertime
  • TYLP – Willow
  • Willow Quiz

Module 9 – Aloe

  • Aloe Lessons Materials
  • Aloe Storytime
  • Getting to Know Aloe
  • Aloe in Springtime
  • TYLP – Aloe
  • Aloe Quiz

TYLP – Intermission Three

  • Assembling the next three squares

Module 10 – Eucalyptus

  • Eucalyptus Lessons Materials
  • Eucalyptus Storytime
  • Getting to Know Eucalyptus
  • TYLP – Eucalyptus
  • Eucalyptus Quiz

Module 11 – Lavender

  • Lavender Lessons Materials
  • Getting to Know Lavender
  • Lavender in the Springtime
  • Lavender in the Summertime
  • TYLP – Lavender
  • Lavender Quiz

Module 12 – Milky Oats

  • Milky Oats Lessons Materials
  • Milky Oats Storytime
  • Getting to Know Milky Oats
  • Milky Oats in the Springtime
  • Milky Oats in the Summertime
  • Milky Oats in the Autumntime
  • Milky Oats in the Wintertime
  • TYLP – Milky Oats
  • Milky Oats Quiz

TYLP – Intermission Four

  • Assembling the last three squares
  • Adding the final panel

Module 13 – Stinging Nettles

  • Nettles Lessons Materials
  • Getting to Know Nettles
  • Nettles in the Springtime
  • Nettles in the Summertime
  • Nettles in the Autumntime
  • Nettles in the Wintertime
  • TYLP – Nettles
  • Nettles Quiz

The Year Long Project – Putting It All Together

  • Sewing the front and back panels together
  • Sewing the lining
  • Assembling the bag
  • Adding a base
  • The finished bag

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