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Herbal Immersion Program 2017

10-4 each day

Mar. 11 & 12 * Apr. 1 & 2 * May 6 & 7 * June 24 & 25
July 8 & 9 * Aug. 5 & 6 * Sept. 16 & 17 * Oct. 21 & 22

Herbal Immersion Course Topics:

Plant Medicine Energetics
-Six tissue states
-Understanding plant actions through taste
-Plant spirit medicine

Herbal Medicine-Foundations & Origins
-Past & Current Practices
-Acute vs. Chronic Disease
-Constitutions: The Doshas & Humors
-Community Herbalist vs. Clinical

Making Medicine Skills
-Teas (decoctions + infusions)
-Tinctures (folk + ratio)
-Herbal vinegars, honeys, oxymels, syrups
-Topical (infused oils, salve, herbal crèmes, liniments, compresses, poultices, steams, baths)
-Distillation: hydrosols and essential oils
-Supplies, Tools, Storage, Labeling & Organizing
-Sourcing Herbs (self-harvested, bought or bartered, local vs regional vs global)
-Demonstation & Hands-on Participation

Herb Growing in Landscape & Garden
-Propagation Techniques: Stem Cuttings, Layering, Root division
-Specialized Seed Germinating Techniques: Stratification, -Scarification, Light Dependent Germinators
-Basic Permaculture Principles
-Gathering & Processing Herbs from the Garden

Medicinal Formulations
-Creating Balanced Formulas
-Formulation for an Individual

Nutrition & Herbal Medicine
-Plants as Food & Nutritional Medicine
-Nutritional Assessment
-Nutritional Health Issues
-Recipes for Herbal salts, Pesto’s, Broths, Teas, Culinary Oils, Syrups, Popsicles, Confections

Herbal First Aid
-Basic kit & How to Customize

Clinical Skills
-Assessment & Evaluation
-How to Ask Good Questions
-Herbal Repertory
-Herbal Materia Medica
-Cases & Case Studies

Overview of Anatomy and Physiology
-What’s Healthy Function & What’s Not

Body Systems
-Digestion, Neurology, Urinary, Skin, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Immune, Liver, Endocrine
-Specific Issues with Men, Women, Children, Elders & Pregnancy/Lactation

Foraging Excursions
-Wild harvesting Herbs
-Observing Relationships & Patterns in Nature
-Botany & Plant ID skills

Wildcrafting Plant Medicine
-Harvesting Techniques
-Methods, Tools & Supplies
-Drying & Processing
-Labeling & Organizing
-Edible Plants


Materia Medica: Expected Plants of Focus
(this list is not inclusive of all plants we will explore)

Alder, Anglica, Arnica, Black Cap Raspberry, Black Cohosh, Blackberry, Bleeding Heart, Boneset, Borage, Burdock, Calamus, Calendula, Camas, Cascara sagrada, Chamomile, Chickweed, Clary sage, Cleavers , Comfrey, Coral Root, Cottonwood, Cramp Bark, Dandelion , Devil’s Club, Douglas, Fir, Elderberry, Fairy Slipper, False Solomon’s Seal, Fireweed, Fo-ti, Ghost Pipe, Ginger, Gingko, Ginseng, Gogi berry, Goldenrod, Goldenseal, Gotu Kola, Green Tea, Gumweed, Hawthorn, Horehound, Huckleberry, Hyssop, Iris, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon verbena, Licorice, Licorice fern, Linden, Maple, Marshmallow, Miner’s lettuce, Mints, Motherwort, Mugwort , Mullein, Nettles, Oatstraw, Olive, Oregano, Oregon Grape Root, Osha, Peach leaf, Peony, Pippsissewa, Plantain, Poppy, Red Clover, Rose, Rosemary, Salal, Salmon Berry, Saskatoon, Self Heal, Skullcap, Slippery Elm, Solomon’s Seal, St. johns wort, Stevia, Sweetgrass, Thimble Berry, Tobacco, Trillium, Turmeric, Usnea, Uva Ursi, Valerian, Violet, Vitex, Coltsfoot, Waterleaf, Western Red Cedar, White sage, Wild Ginger, Wild Yam, Willow, Wood betony, Yarrow, Yellow Dock, Turkey Tails, Red Belted Polypores, Gandoderma sp., Chicken of the Woods & other mushrooms, Seaweeds And many more...

Wildroot Botanicals is proud to host amazing herbal teachers from across the country, teaching specialty courses! As a student of the Herbal Immersion Program you get the first opportunity to sign up for our guest teacher workshops.

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Cost: $875 for all 8 months

Additional List of Supplies & Resources for the Course

*Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar and

*Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore

*Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech

*20x Loupe

*Hori Hori

*Pruners- We recommend Felco

*Vodka, Vinegar and other medicine making supplies (like a small cutting board, jars and knife) for each weekend. A list will be given prior to class each month. Each student will be bringing home medicines they make each weekend from our harvests.

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One weekend day per month will be spent wildcrafting out in the field.  Most months this will be on Saturdays.  We will be at a different site each month spending time foraging, working on plant identification, harvesting and making medicine.

Our classroom/garden day will include topics of herbal energetics, formulation, basic anatomy and physiology, clinical skills, growing, harvesting and preparing medicinals in a garden.  This will be on Sundays most months.

It is important to always come to class prepared to be outside in the weather.  Sturdy walking shoes are important as well as layers and rain gear for cold weather months.  Sun block and hats are important for summer months.  It can also be useful to bring something to sit on.  Bring a water bottle and lunch/snacks for the day.


A discover pass is needed at some of the sites we will be traveling to.  Please consider purchasing one for the year it is $30 and can be purchased here http://discoverpass.wa.gov.  The pass supports our Washington State Parks. If you’d rather not buy one we will be carpooling so everyone doesn’t need to have one. We suggest chipping in for gas money for the driver you are riding with each day. 


Contact us for a list of camping/lodging and AirBnB sites if you are traveling from outside of the Bellingham area and need to find a place to stay.

About Wildroot Botanicals Herb School

Wildroot Botanicals is located 20 minutes South of Bellingham, WA.  The school is located on 5 acres of forested and medicinally cultivated land. Wildroot Botanicals offers an eight-month long herbal immersion program that offers a well rounded and in depth study of Western herbalism. Wildroot Botanicals is also proud to host weekend courses and intensives from top-notch herbal teachers from around the country and abroad.

About the Instructors

Leslie Lekos

Leslie Lekos founded Wildroot Botanicals in 2004. She has a deep love for plants, the natural world & supporting people to align with their innate inner knowing and connection to health. It is her mission to empower people in caring for themselves and their families through herbal medicine as a first response.
In addition to running Wildroot Herb School, she has an herbal distillation line of hydrosols and essential oils that she offers on her etsy shop www.wildroot.etsy.com.  Leslie is an avid hiker, mother, bknj c hmm,rth doula, certified Iyengar teacher and co-author of Yoga for Pregnancy.  She has studied extensively with respected herbalists from across the country including Aviva Romm, Michael Tierra, Rosemary Gladstar, Rosalee de la Foret, 7Song, Matthew Wood, Margi Flint, Yarrow & Anglea Willard & Jim McDonald.

Gary Bachman

Dr. Gary Bachman, ND, RN has family roots in herbal & natural medicine and has been actively learning, using and teaching about herbs for over 35 years. He has worked in the healthcare field for over 40 years in mental health, hospice, oncology, therapeutic touch, massage and naturopathic medicine. While studying at Bastyr University he was on faculty and ran the botanical gardens. He has studied with many local, regional and widely known herbalists. Besides practicing at Skagit Naturopathic Clinic he is active with permaculture, growing an orchard, raising honey bees, wildcrafting & foraging and being in nature.


Need to be able to hike a few miles

Payment Options

Payment Plans are available. If you would like to choose this option, select the down payment option below and then you can make payments of $200/month for the next four months.




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