Herbal Apprenticeship with Amanda Klenner – Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Nutritionist, and Life Coach
Are you interested in learning more about Natural & Holistic Health practices, but you don’t know where to start your educational journey?
Have you often thought that if people just ate better, and used natural remedies, many health issues, both chronic and acute, could be improved?
Are you curious about how to better treat your family and friends with herbs, nutrition, and other holistic therapies?
Then broadening your education in herbalism and nutrition might be for you!
This Herbal Apprenticeship program will include:
- Give you insight on human anatomy and physiology, both from a science based perspective, and a more traditional energetic model of the body by combining the traditions of western herbalism, Ayurveda, and traditional Chinese medicine.
- An intensive Materia Medica for each body system, highlighting traditional use, plant based research, and case studies to help expand your knowledge of the herbs and remedies for each.
- An education on energetics, for both plants and people, and how the two work together to help achieve health.
- Hands on medicine making for each body system, and intensive conversations on how to formulate herbal remedies for individuals.
- A Bio-regional approach to wild crafting, and education on where and how to harvest our native medicinal in an ethical way and in right-relationship with the earth and land. This includes monthly herb walks, and three camping trips, to help improve and expand your native plant materia medica.
- Herb and food gardening in Colorado using organic methods always, and permaculture methods as often as possible.
- Plant-spirit medicine, and learning how to work closely with our plant allies both on a physical and a spiritual level.
- Flower essences
- Essential oil use, production, and safety.
- Class room days will be held in Amanda’s office in Wheatridge, CO and field days will be spent harvesting, hiking, and crafting. Those classes will either meet in Westminster, Wheatridge, or at the locations at hand. Amanda will send out information about where classes will be the Monday before each class.
The program will run from October 2017 to October 2018. Classes are held two whole Saturdays a month (9am – 6pm), with 3 day long camping trips over long weekends in May, July, and September. All lectures will be recorded, but I highly encourage you to attend in person so you can ask questions when they come up, and as a community of learners, your co-hort will benefit from your presence. Each student will also be creating 2 herbal monographs a month, with my assistance. The dates are set ahead of time, and shouldn’t vary from the schedule, unless there is an emergency, so everyone can plan in advance.
General Topics We Will Cover
Anatomy & Physiology – follow the systems of the body, their function, internal location and the requirements for bringing that system into greater balance. We go into deep detail about the primary body systems including cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, immune, digestive, musculoskeletal, reproductive, nervous, ENT, and skin.
Herbal Energetics – Learn energetics both in terms of the herbs we are studying, in the human body, and in disease patterns to better customize formulas for specific people and disease patterns. A good understanding of energetics is key to being an effective herbalist and healer.
Herbal support – learn the related herbs that support each anatomical system, discover therapeutic actions of herbs, and blend herbal preparations through hands-on experience. We will also draw parallels between herbs in separate systems and discuss why one herb might work in one way in one system, but in a different OR similar way in another.
Herbal First Aid – learn how to create your own personalized herbal home first aid kit. We will discuss different “weeds” that can be found almost everywhere and how they play an important part in first aid and acute situations in the field. Then, we will formulate first aid formulas that meet your personal needs and energetics for you to use in the field, or any time when you might need it in the future.
Bio-regional plant ID– learn plant names, and classifications, glossary of flower and leaf terms, take herbal walks, and learn how to identify common plants we meet along the front range, foothills, and mountains of the Rockies.
Growth of Herbs – learn requirements for herbal growth, seed and plant starting, herb garden planning, and planting through hands on work in my herb gardens and observation of how local plants grow and thrive. We will be planting medicinal herbs, with some food grouped in, using a bio-dynamic approach. We also work in a few permaculture gardens, and will discuss huggulculture, growing in pots, as well as how to design an herb garden for your own specific health goals.
Herb Walks – Almost every weekend class (especially in the spring/summer/fall) we will go on at least a two-hour herb walk. During this walk we will identify, discuss, and follow herbs throughout the year identifying growth patterns, and medicinal parts of the plants in each season. We will even do this in winter as long as there isn’t a lot of snow on the ground – but if it is snowing or uncomfortably cold we will focus on something else that day instead. We will also schedule 3 over night camping trips, one in the spring, one in the summer, and one in the fall to help improve our plant ID and harvesting.
Harvesting – learn which parts of the plant to harvest, time of day, drying, and storage methods and seed saving.
Herbal Preparation – learn to make high quality herbal tinctures, salves, honeys, infusions, decoctions, glycerites, oxymels, elixirs, lozenges, syrups, formentations, fermentation, salts, herbal oils and so much more. We will also discuss basic herbal formulation.
Flower remedies – discover homeopathic plant essences or “flower essence”, how to make them, their use and effect.
Aromatherapy and essential oils – learn therapeutic qualities, safety, blending, and healing through the use of oils, and how to formulate with essential oils by combining them with herbs, oils, butters, lotions, salves, etc.
Materia Medica – Learn to create your own materia medica, how to add to it, grow it, and use it as a lifelong learning tool to become a better herbalist.
Healthy potluck lunch – students provide an herbal dish and a recipe for each class.
Print Booklet – You will get each lesson plan printed for your continued education and uses.
Amanda is a clinical herbalist located in Westminster, CO. She is the mother of two wonderful children, whom she loves taking into the woods exploring and harvesting. She started out in holistic health because of a myriad of health concerns she had, which allopathic medicine wasn’t improving. Through her educational background in human anatomy & physiology, and her history in health care, she decided to do her own research and take her health into her own hands. From this research she came to learn about real food, nutrition, and herbalism, and how our natural world can help heal our body, mind and soul, much more effectively than any drug.
Because of her struggles with infertility, celiac disease, and fibromyalgia, and her successes treating these with a protocol of nutrition and herbal therapies, she specializes in auto-immune conditions, fertility and infertility, and digestive health, but she helps hundreds of people a year achieve their ideal health.
Amanda has a passion for teaching, and helping others learn about natural living and holistic health. These things don’t have to be complicated, in fact, Amanda likes to show her students how simple and common-sense herbal remedies can be.
She practices traditional western herbalism, and combines the energetic models and teachings from Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine where appropriate. The herbalists who have played a significant role in influencing her path to herbalism are Michael Moore, Paul Bergner, Aviva Romm, Darcy Blue, Todd Caldecott, and Michael Cottingham.
This serves as a down payment to reserve your spot for the 2016-2017 Herbal Apprenticeship or Internship with Amanda. This reserves your spot, and lets Amanda know you are “all in” on your herbal journey. Space is very limited, and apprenticeship is a close and intimate experience with Amanda and the other students in the class, so interviews are needed to be sure you and Amanda will be a good fit. If you put money down before your interview, and we decide you aren’t a good fit, there is no refund. If you have already been welcomed after your interview, down payments are not refundable after a 3 day grace period. Feel free to contact me (Amanda) with any questions.