Introducing HERBalachia,

East Tennessee’s first herbal training program!

Spring 2017


Curriculum is for:

  • Appalachian Herb SchoolBeginning herbal students
  • Health care practitioners
  • Gardeners and growers
  • Healthy, proactive lifestylers

HERBalachia school takes a hands-on approach to the abundant botanicals in our Appalachian region. Class time will include plant identification field trips to local habitats: Cherokee forest, the Nolichucky river, an Appalachian species propagation garden, and various other herbal wonderlands in our midst.

Materia Medica of 40 locally growing medicinal herbs are selected by our faculty for their safety, ease of identification, and usefulness. Each plant will be studied in terms of scientific and common names, identification, part used, preparation/dosage, actions/indications, and safety/contraindications.

By “study”, we don’t mean watching a video!

Handle it, smell it, taste it: we will visit and identify each herb growing in its outdoor habitat, learn to connect with the plant’s energy, and prepare its medicine together. Part of class assignments will be to observe and document your own personal physical and energetic interactions with several herbs through some of the methods of learning we will explore: personal experience, folk lore, reading, plant meditation, and others.

HERBalachia Herb SchoolA small apothecary of your own prepared medicines will be in your cabinet when you finish! We will create together a decoction, infusion, tincture, percolation, salve, tea pill, poultice, and syrup. You will have confidence of when and how to use these herbs to safely care for your friends and family, to ease common symptoms, and to build health with adaptogens and tonics.

Herbalist Lifestyle Program
105 hours

  • Materia Medica: 40 Appalachian Plants
  • Field trips every weekend
  • Medicine-Making
  • Intro to Traditional Herbalism: Western, TCM, Ayurveda, Native American
  • Energy anatomy, Herbal energetics
  • Botany/ plant identification
  • Wildcrafting: art and ethics
  • Gardening/ propagation/ harvesting techniques
  • Intro to homeopathy/ flower essences/aromatherapy
  • Herbal ecology and stewardship of at-risk species

Course includes 7 weekend modules, 15 hours each weekend: Fri 6-9pm, Sat 10-1 & 2-5, Sun 10-1 & 2-5pm. Each module is a balance of field classes, hands-on medicine making, energy exercises, lecture, development of plant monographs, and projects. Approximately 3-4 hours per week of home projects and reading is required in addition to class hours.

Herbal School Johnson City, TNThis program was designed by Herbalist and Acupuncturist, Michelle Bouton, owner of Appalachian Acupuncture in Johnson City. She has crafted a team of energetic professional faculty to each share their particular specialty:

Julia Thie, Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Kingsport
Seth McLaughlin, Nurse Pracitioner in Johnson City
Tim McDowell, botany professor at ETSU
Joe Hollis, native plants propagation specialist in Celo, NC
Reeda Tate, Herbalist and Health Foods store manager in Kingsport
Mary Lynn White, Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Amanda River Fern Bryant, Massage Therapist and Herbalist
Lora Diaz, Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Asheville
Sumitra d’Aragon, Tea Specialist in Asheville

Goals of HERBalachia:

  • Connect herbalists, growers, and educators
  • Promote safe herb usage through training responsible, compassionate community herbalists
  • Preserve Appalachian herbal knowledge, traditions, and seeds
  • Build confidence in the medical community of the contribution herbalists can make to patient health
  • Create opportunity for local experts to teach and share their knowledge
  • Instill stewardship of at-risk species and sustainability of foraging practices
  • Connect to a market of dispensing herbal clinics to support herbs grown by local farmers

Learn more and register HERE.