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Herbal Immersion Foundations 2019

One Saturday per month March-November 9-5:30

March 2
April 6
April 27
June 1
july 6
 August 3 & 4*
September 7
October 5
November 2

*August class is in the Methow Valley for the full weekend


Foraging Excursions

  • Plant Identification Skills
  • Ethical Wildcrafting Techniques
  • Ways to Increase Plant Populations
  • Drying & Processing our Harvests


Hands-on Medicine Making Skills

  • Each class students will prepare their own herbal medicines to take home to build their home apothecaries
  • Tea Making Methods: How to get the best medicine from plants
  • Tincturing Methods: Folk and Ratio
  • Herbal Vinegars, Honeys & Oxymels
  • Making Herbal Syrups, Broths, Pesto & Salts
  • Herbal Oils, Salves and Crèmes
  • Liniments, Compresses, Poultices, Steams & Baths
  • Distillation: Hydrosols and Essential Oils
  • Medicine Making Supplies, Tools, Storage, Labeling & Organizing
  • Resources for Sourcing Herbs
  • Storage, Labeling & Organizing


Understanding Plants from an Energetic Perspective:

  • Western Energetics: Hot/Cold; Dry/Damp; Tension/Relaxation
  • Understanding Action through Taste
  • Plant Spirit Medicine: Trusting our own Ability to Listen
  • Doctrine of Signatures


Treating the Person & the Imbalance

  • Seeing who is in front of you through the lens of the Humoral Temperaments
  • Understanding herbs for individual application



Understanding Plants through a Scientific Lens

  • Organ Affinities
  • Herbal Actions and when and how to utilize them
  • Herbal Knowledge from Research and Time Tested Experience


Land Stewardship

  • Reciprocity
  • Fostering gratitude, reverence & respect

Food as our First Medicine & Foundation for Good Health

  • Organic local meals included in the price of the program for each lunch.  *Accommodations are made for food allergies
  • Building Community through sharing meals
  • Eating from place to build stronger ties with the land in which we live upon


Medicinal Plant Cultivation

  • Propagation Techniques: stem cuttings, layering, root division
  • Specialized Seed Germinating Techniques: stratification, scarification, light dependent germinators
  • Gathering & Processing herbs from the garden


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

Cost: $1300, which includes 9 organic local lunches and a $20 per class material fee for medicine making supplies

Additional List of Supplies & Resources needed to be purchased for the Course

  • Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants by Scott Kloos
  • Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care by Maria Noel Groves
  • Hori Hori
  • Pruners- We recommend Felco

You will need to purchase medicine making supplies for your projects and harvests. A list of these items will be discussed our first class. These items will include vodka, vinegar, and other medicine making supplies like a small cutting board, jars and knife.


Most class times will be organized with a morning class period and harvesting and medicine making in the afternoon. We will be at different harvesting sites each month spending time foraging, working on plant identification, harvesting and making medicine.

Our classroom time will include topics like herbal energetics, herbal actions, and developing personal relationships with plants.


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We will be outside at our harvesting sites rain or shine.  It is important to always come to class prepared to be outside.  Good 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 and a water bottle 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.


Wildroot Botanicals is located 20 minutes South of Bellingham, WA.  The school is located on 5 acres of forested and medicinally cultivated land. We focus on bioregional herbalism, land stewardship and having a personal connection with the plants and the medicine made from them.  Wildroot is proud to host weekend courses and intensives from top-notch herbal teachers from around the country and abroad.


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. She strives to empower people in caring for themselves and their communities through herbal medicine in the ways that each individual finds their own personal healing.

Leslie Lekos

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, birth doula, certified Iyengar teacher and co-author of the book Yoga for Pregnancy.  She has studied extensively with respected herbalists from across the country.

dr gary bachman

Dr. Gary Bachman, ND, RN will be co-teaching each class with Leslie. Gary 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.

mike lane

Mike Lane has been raising and growing food for most of his adult life as a means to reconnect people with the land, each other and good health.  He and his wife Erin Suda have been building community through wholesome food for nearly two decades through hosting community dinners, their restaurants Seven Loaves and catering.  They have a way of making everyone feel welcome and inviting you to be a part of something greater with the land, community and our food.

Mike and Erin will be providing the lunches for the program and representing food as our first medicine and as a way to connect with each other and the land.




Need to be able to hike a couple miles


Payment Plans are available. If you would like to choose this option, select the down payment option below for $300. Each additional month on the 1st payment is due which is $250/month for the next four months.

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