The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine
PLEASE NOTE: Holly is taking a sabbatical from teaching and consulting for the year 2020; registration for all courses, programs, and online classes is suspended until 2021 (this site's shopping cart is now inactive). Please join the mailing list to be notified of 2021 dates for the 2-Week Herbal Training Intensive and the Apothecary Weekend.
2019 dates: May 24 - June 7
Though our Herb School offers a distance (online) program, we are most well-known for our popular 2-Week Herbal Immersion, a delightful and practical training program in herbal medicine where you can immerse yourself in everything herbal medicine has to offer. You'll gain a depth of understanding in the healing arts that will serve you for the rest of your life, and you'll equip yourself with a strong basis in formulary and pharmacology.
This program is designed for the intermediate herbal student who wants to serve family and community, as well as for the advanced medical professional who wants to integrate botanical therapy into an existing practice.
Earn your Community Herbalist Certificate during the most fun, rewarding and meaningful two weeks of your summer.
NEW: This year's 2-Week Herbal Immersion and the Apothecary Weekend will be held at The Rowe Center in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts.
*** APOTHECARY WEEKEND
Friday May 24 - Monday May 27, 2019
*** 2-WEEK HERBAL IMMERSION
Friday May 24 - Friday June 7, 2019
The Rowe Center, Rowe MA
Located in the hills of the upper-western part of Massachusetts, Rowe is a tiny haven nestled among New England towns, rivers and gorges, and the artistic and creative communities of the Berkshire Mountains. The Rowe Center has operated as a children's summer camp since 1924 and offers adult camps and spiritual retreats. Our classes will make the most of the local permaculture gardens, woodlands, and quiet countryside.
Rowe is about 2.5 hours from Boston Logan Airport and 1.5 hours from Hartford CT airport (Rowe offers a shuttle service to and from the Hartford airport for a small fee).
The 2-Week Intensive is geared toward the intermediate student who is looking to support self-health, to support the family, or to become a Certified Community Herbalist. This course is also excellent for the advanced student who is already a healing arts practitioner and wants to integrate herbal medicine into his or her practice. Please see pre-requisites.
Tuition (paid by May 1, 2019): $2500
Supplies fee: $40
Housing and Meals: Housing and meals are provided separately by The Rowe Center (you will see a variety of options when you register).
Tuition includes a $500 deposit.
Distance Program: register anytime
Apothecary Weekend: register by May 23 2019
2-Week Herbal Intensive (includes Apothecary Weekend): May 23 2019.
Refunds are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A fee is assessed on all cancellations/refunds, please see The Rowe Center for refund details. No refunds after May 10 for any reason, no exceptions.
PROGRAM DETAILS ARE BELOW, AFTER THE PHOTOS
COMMUNITY HERBALIST CERTIFICATION
You are invited to join us for an Intensive training with international herbalist Holly Bellebuono to earn your certification. A knowledge of herbal medicine allows you to flourish within your chosen profession with confidence, grace, and value.
Establish yourself as a knowledgeable herbalist and use your understanding to promote wellness.
Gain hands-on experience under the guidance of herbalist and author Holly Bellebuono, learning the nuances of traditional processing and materia medica.
Work in a like-minded community with others and incorporate botanical therapies into your current nursing, pharmacy, midwifery, chiropractic, massage, or other healing arts practice.
PHILOSOPHY AND INSTRUCTOR
This course is a unique exploration of herbs and healing, taught with a sense of humor, an academic approach to pharmacology and formulary, and a spiritual appreciation for the connections between plants, people, and healers. An herbalist of more than 23 years, instructor Holly Bellebuono is a well-known and acclaimed herbalist, author, empowerment speaker, and entrepreneur. She brings to the course a strong sense of collaboration and a deep intuitive understanding of how the art and science of herbal medicine resonates with us as individuals and as a culture. The philosophy of the program is founded on respect and an ever-growing sense of exploration and experimentation with an underlying foundation of a heritage thousands of years old. Grounded, low-key, and down-to-earth, Holly sets a very welcoming and relaxed tone as we dive into the deeper questions facing herbalists and healers. We cover basics and we wax philosophic; we eat weeds and we explore the underpinnings of what it means to be a healer; we study the intracacies of anatomy and physiology and we have fun getting to know each other in a special small-group dynamic that quickly develops into community.
As each student has a different approach and unique needs, Holly takes care to structure the class to best benefit each person's aspirations and goals. She recognizes there are as many ways to be an herbalist as there are herbs; by providing a framework upon which to build your study of herbal medicine, Holly helps you gain the experience and the expansion that best fits your needs.
"[This] is a rich, hands on program that draws its value from the presence and strength of it’s teacher, Holly Bellebuono. Holly is a gem of a teacher. Her quiet yet strong presence allows for the students and material to work together organically, veering off track to allow for rich sharing of personal experience and to playfully explore ideas and questions as they emerge and yet somehow she always managed to firmly guide us back to the detailed scientific yet soulful information of the readings, lessons, and the task of getting the abundance of homework done! I have to admit I was groaning towards the end, “down with homework!” But, wow! It really served its purpose in helping us to absorb such an immense amount of material in such a short period of time. I came home and went on a walk and felt amazed and proud of myself for how much I had learned. I really think the 2-Week Intensive is the way to go. Thank you Holly!" -- M.M., 2017
For the student who wants to serve as a family, community, or clinical herbalist, or for the professional who wishes to include the art and science of botanical therapy as an adjunct to another field such as nursing, midwifery, acupuncture, chiropractic, social work, etc. During this enjoyable, in-depth intensive, you will learn many facets of herbal medicine in a supportive setting, becoming very familiar with scores of edible and medicine plants and completing The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine Herbal Studies Program workbook in a dynamic small-group setting.
We'll go through all the body systems together, covering botany, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, formulary, holistic healing, herbal identification, philosophy of health and healing, business skills, jurisprudence, and hands-on crafting of delicious and effective herbal remedies. The Herbal Studies Program is a written curriculum specially designed for the herbalist, and includes limited hands-on training in making and processing most of the remedies in the 17 Lesson curriculum with a focus on applying herbal actions in formulas for clients. Together we go through the Lessons and complete the study, all the while surrounded by healing medicinal plants at The Rowe Center's beautiful garden, riverside, meadow and woodland habitats.
THE 2-WEEK INTENSIVE INCLUDES:
INTERMEDIATE TRAINING in Formulary, Pharmacology & Body Systems:
Formulary. Our primary focus is on formulary. We cover understanding how and why to blend or use herbs in a healing and medicinal capacity. You'll learn formulary as part of herbal medicine within the broader context of human healing so that you can apply your knowledge in a wide range of healing professions, including nursing, midwifery, allopathy, homeopathy, and community service work. When learning formulary, you discover both the scientific and intuitive reasons for combining herbs together and you gain a rich understanding of how certain herbs work together, how they fit effectively in a blend, how and why they affect the body's main systems, and how/why/when to use one herb or more than one herb for a given condition.
Pharmacology. The pharmacology of medicinal herbs—with a focus on Western herbalism and an introduction to Ayurvedic, Eastern and other herbs—examines the chemistry of herbs from a science perspective. In other words, what chemicals do plants possess and how do these affect the intricate chemicals and systems in the human body? These are often called the herb's actions, and it's a straight-forward look at the extraordinary science of plants and people, and we make it a fun, enriching, and worthwhile part of our days.
Body Systems. Explore the myriad ways herbs are used for healing the body in a very organized and useful way: based on body system. We'll cover herbal medicine for the digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, mental, skin, reproductive/hormonal, endocrine, and other systems, as well as specific pharmacology and chemistry and how these interact with human anatomy. You'll gain a sense of confidence working with herbs and being able to apply this information and heritage to people you work with.
BASIC TRAINING in Harvesting, Processing, Business Practice & Heritage:
The 2-Week Intensive focuses on formulary, but as time allows we will also cover:
Harvesting of key medicinal herbs, wildcrafting ethics, identification and harvest of wild herbs. Note: this is not a soil sciences or permaculture class, but we will do some harvesting.
Processing fresh and dried herbs into a variety of herbal remedies using traditional folk methods suitable for the community herbalist. These may include: foods, tinctures, salves, liniments, syrups, teas, infusions, decoctions, elixirs, infused honeys, electuaries, yogurts, milks, vinegars, compresses, fomentations, poultices, wines, powders, and/or salts as time and interest allows. (For more experience with this, register for the Apothecary Weekend.)
FDA requirements and GMP practices. We'll go over basics especially from an entrepreneurial perspective.
Entrepreneurship. Business ethics and small business management. Holly Bellebuono is a 2-time Business Owner of the Year Award winner and she regularly teaches workshops across the country on entrepreneurship, women's leadership, collaboration, and how to run a successful business with integrity and creativity. The Goal-Setting Workshop will be included in the Program if there is interest in the group.
Heritage and History. Based on Holly's book Women Healers of the World and her research of the world's cultures and many of the women instrumental in advancing herbal science, we will explore and appreciate the wonderful heritage of plant-based healing especially from a woman's perspective. What great role models!
School includes many field trips, herb walks, beach excursions, woodland meanderings, in-depth training, presentations, beautiful printed and digital curriculum materials, and special activities that will make this 2-week intensive rich with meaning, color, and diversity. We build a strong core of friendship during this intensive that resonates with you long after the final exam and your completion of the course.
This program does NOT focus on: in-depth clinical practice, diagnosis, diagnostic technique, diabetes or cancer treatment.
Since this is an intermediate/advanced level certificate course, a strong familiarity with herbs and/or medicine is required before enrolling. You should be very familiar with 15-20 herbs (you can identify them and have a general understanding of their medicinal function). You probably know more than you realize: many people can identify store-bought cinnamon and ginger, and can identify spearmint and roses and have a general idea of how and why they are used. True beginners will find it difficult to keep up with learning the herbs AND learning their functions in the human anatomy. Previous students have wished they knew more about identifying herbs before starting the course. Students should have some experience in any ONE of the following areas:
Gardening or farming (2 years or longer)
Medical/Nursing (completion of first year nursing/medical school or beyond)
Midwifery (CNM or similar)
Herbalism (completion of herbal apprenticeship or course with professional herbalist, or 2 years employment in a retail or clinical setting specializing in herbal medicine)
Anatomy/Physiology or Botany (completion of college-level class or higher). Students with gardening/plant backgrounds will want to take a community college course in anatomy before enrolling in the 2-Week Herbal Immersion.
Housing and meals are provided separately by The Rowe Center, which offers a variety of housing options including cabins, dorm rooms, single and double occupancy options, private rooms, and luxury rooms. Meals are lovingly prepared on-site using fresh ingredients, many of which are sourced from local farms throughout the western Massachusetts region.
Successful completion results in a Community Herbalist Certification.
All students are required to sign a Non-Compete Agreement. This specifies that you agree that you will not engage in a competitive business on (or from) the island of Martha's Vineyard for a period of seven (7) years. A competitive business would be an herb school, an herbal education center or enterprise, or an apothecary or seller of herbal medicines.
Refunds are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A cancellation fee is assessed on all cancellations/refunds. Please see The Rowe Center for the cancellation policy. No refunds after May 10 for any reason.
Curriculum materials included in your enrollment:
In addition, your enrollment in the 2-Week Herbal Immersion includes:
All apothecary supplies such as jars, bottles and herbs
Hands-on education for harvesting, processing and crafting
Access to harvest herbs from local gardens for your own creations
Involvement in a small, intimate group of learners with daily instruction from Holly
Engaging class dialogues about personal histories, case studies, news and current events, historical challenges, local and regional plants, health care, and more
Individual feedback and evaluations on Lessons from Holly
Perspectives and instruction from Guest Teachers (when available)
Access to an on-going, supportive online community of fellow students
Both a digital and printed Certificate, suitable for framing