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Herbal Immersion Program 2018

First Year Program

9-6 each Saturday, once per month

March 17 * April 21 * May 12th * June 9
July 14 & 15 (weekend trip in the Methow Valley)* August 11 * September 8 * October 20 November 10


Herbal Immersion Course Topics:

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

Foundations & Origins
-Constitutions: The Doshas & Humors

Making Medicine Skills
-Teas: decoctions + infusions
-Tinctures:folk + ratio
-Herbal vinegars, honeys, oxymels, syrups, broths, pestos & salts
-Topical: infused oils, salves, herbal crèmes, liniments, compresses, poultices, steams, baths
-Distillation: hydrosols and essential oils
-Supplies, Tools, Storage, Labeling & Organizing
-Resources for Sourcing Herbs
-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
-Gathering & Processing Herbs from the Garden

Medicinal Formulations
-Creating Balanced Formulas
-Formulation for an Individual

Herbal First Aid
-Basic kit & How to Customize

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, Figwort, Fir, Elderberry, Fairy Slipper, False Solomon's Seal, Fireweed, Fo-ti, Ghost Pipe, Ginger, Gingko, Ginseng, Gogi berry, Goldenrod, Goldenseal,Juniper, Gotu Kola, Green Tea, Gumweed, Hawthorn, Horehound, Huckleberry, Hyssop, Iris, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon verbena, Licorice, Licorice fern, Linden, Lobelia, 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, Red Root, Rose, Rosemary, Sage species, 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, Yerba Santa, Turkey Tails, Red Belted Polypores, Gandoderma sp., Chicken of the Woods & other mushrooms, Seaweeds And many more...


Introduction to Clinical Skills

-How to Ask Good Questions
-Herbal Repertory
-Cases & Case Studies

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

Nutrition & Herbal Medicine
-Plants as Food & Nutritional Medicine
-Nutritional Assessment


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 9 months


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

*Course Workbook- given out at the first class

*Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants by Scott Kloos

*Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care by Maria Noel Groves

*Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech

*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.

Additional Suggestions:

*A 20x Loupe

We also strongly recommed the following two books but they are not required:

*Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar and

*Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore


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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 of herbal energetics, formulation, herbal actions, growing, harvesting and preparing medicinals in a garden. 

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

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 for $275. Each additional month on the 1st payment is due which is $200/month for the next four months.

Paying online includes a 5% fee for online processing, if you'd like to avoid that fee you can send us a check or pay in cash.

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