Plant Medicine for Young People
In this student directed learning program, we’ll learn how to identify, preserve, formulate and incorporate plant medicine into our lives while deepening relationship with species in the northeast bioregion.
Participants will direct the group course of study, and have the opportunity to individually focus on areas they are most interested in learning about. This program is intended for ages 12 – 19, though anyone who is motivated to apply is encouraged to do so.
Each month we’ll gather in person for one full weekend day at the Teaching Grove. We may travel for special topics or field trips, but most months will stay within Waldo county. All or much of our time together will be spent outdoors depending on class content, weather, and covid-19 requirements.
Tuition may be paid as a recurring monthly charge or one time payment per 6 month session (details below). Mentoring, peer support, and classwork will be encouraged, although not required between sessions. Most materials will be included, there may be some exceptions. We are excited to collaborate with the local network of highly skilled herbalists as guest mentors.
Topics that may be covered:
Caitlin Horigan has been studying plant medicine with numerous teachers since 2014 and was an organizer of the Maine Herbalist Gathering in 2016. In 2019 she developed a self-directed herbal medicine curriculum for young adults as part of co-guiding the gap program at Glen Brook. She maintains a small practice supporting people in shifting their diets to bioregional, wild, and seasonal foods, offering guidance on how to incorporate medicinal foods into daily meals and support homeostasis in the body with herbal medicine. While there are many more individuals than could be named here she has deep gratitude for teachings from the following mentors:
- Michael Douglas, Arthur Haines and instructors at the Maine Primitive Skills School
- Sam and Suchil Coffman, The Human Path (The Apothecarist Course 2015)
- Mischa Schuler, Wild Carrot Herbs
- Plant Spirit Medicine Apprenticeship 2017
- Maine Herbal Series 2017-2018
- Margi Flint, Earthsong Herbals (Reading the Body 2017)
- Herbal Academy of NE (Herbarium member)
- Materia Medica Course 2017
- Intensives: Herbs for Animals, Botanical Nootropics
- Herbs For ADHD, Cognition, and Focus,
- Clinical Practice: Supporting Clients With Stress
- Deb Soule, Avena Botanicals (Biodynamic Training 2017-2018)
- Sean Donahue
- Ireland Pilgrimage
- Heart Medicine for Hard Times 2018
- Katja Swift and Ryn Midura, Commonweath Herbs
- Digestive Health Course 2020
- Mary Bove and Gaia Professional Solutions
- 7Song, Northeast School Of Botanical Medicine
- Kyla Hershey-Wilson and Trevanna Grenfell, The Wildwood Path
- Guido Masé
- Fredda Paul and Leslie Wood
- All of the wild lands, plants, trees, and other beings that have allowed themselves to be seen or heard.