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Advanced Herbal Immersion Program 2019

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

March 3
April 7
April 28
June 2
july 7
 August 3 & 4*
September 8
October 6
November 3

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

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Wild harvesting excursions each class

Advanced Medicine Making

In depth study of Materia Medica

Assessment Skills: Tongue & Pulse Diagnostics

Applying the Knowledge of the 4 Humors System

System Formulation & Dosage

Skills for Developing a Practice

Land Stewardship, Reciprocity and Restoration

Food as our First Medicine: Organic healthy lunches provided each day from local farmers and chefs Mike Lane and Erin Suda.  Food allergies accommodated

Required Texts & Tools:

  • Medical Herbalism by David Hoffman
  • Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore
  • Hori Hori
  • Pruners- We recommend Felco


Additionally, 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.


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.

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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

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.

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.

janet michel

Janet Michel RN, LAc, RH, AHG worked in healthcare as an RN for 15 years and after that had a private practice as an Herbalist/ Acupuncturist for 15years. Now retired and free to roam the planet, she continues to learn new things about health lifestyles, plant medicine, and adventures in aging. She will be teaching tongue and pulse diagnostics skills.

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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