Columbines School of Botanical Studies 2018 Academic Calendar

Apprenticeship Track

1st Year Apprenticeship Program

 

Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, you will be able to identify, locate, harvest, process, and use unfamiliar plants outside of the class setting. These skills will apply throughout the world beyond the Pacific Northwest.

Small Marsh

Spring Term (April-June)

10 field trips, 1 overnight field trip, and 23 lectures (2-3 lectures/ week: 1/week discussing field trips and practicing plant identification; 1/week covers Herbal Concepts and Northwest Materia Medica; 1/month Herbal Preparations Lab)
Pre-requisites: none
Instructors: Brounstein, Yeager, Brae.
$3,350 includes a $400 non-refundable deposit. A $200.00 discount will occur for payment in full before January 15, 2018. A $100.00 discount will occur for payment in full before March 15, 2018.

Summer Term (July-September)

4 overnight field trips and 8 lectures.
Pre-requisites: Successful completion of 1st Year Apprenticeship Spring Term.
Instructors: Brounstein, Yeager, Brae.
$1,912 includes a $300 non-refundable deposit. A $100.00 discount will occur for a payment in full by June 15, 2018.

2nd Year Apprenticeship Program

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Students learn how to familiarize themselves with new ecosystems by exploring many ecosystems throughout Oregon. Outings are roughly 1/3 botany, 1/3 ecology, and 1/3 wildcrafting and preparing medicinals.

 

Second Year (April-November)

8 field trips, 1 overnight field trip, 1 three day field trip, and 18 lectures.Pre-requisites: Successful completion of the 1st Year Apprenticeship.

Instructors: Brounstein, Brae, Yeager.
$2,270 includes a $300 non-refundable deposit.

3rd Year Apprenticeship Program

 

Wild Food Tending (April-September)

Wild Foods Meal

Students locate, identify, harvest, tend, and prepare wild foods. We will explore multiple regions in Oregon and the traditional foods that come from those landscapes and cultures. We will expand our definition of wildcrafting to consider what role we may play in actively tending plant communities.

2 day-long field trips, 4 overnight field trips, and 1 three-day field trip.
Pre-requisites: Completion of the Second Year Apprenticeship Program.
Instructor: Brae.
$2,220 includes a $350 non-refundable deposit and a refundable lab fee of $300. Prepayment discounts available.

Clinical Internship

Interns sit in with an herbalist and client in the clinic, assuming increasing responsibility as their skills increase.

Pre-requisites: 2nd Year Apprenticeship or 2nd Year Lecture-Only Program. Instructor approval.
Hours may be used as clinical experience for the American Herbalist Guild Professional Membership.
Instructor: Brounstein, Bradley.

Clinic Roundtables

Lectures for clinical interns and those on the Clinical Internship wait list. Interns and practitioners discuss important clinic cases.

Pre-requisites: 2nd Year Apprenticeship or 2nd Year Lecture-Only Program. Instructor approval.
Instructor: Brounstein, Bradley.
$15/hour

Lecture-Only Track

1st Year Lecture-Only Program

Herbal Concepts and Northwest Materia Medica

Teaches fundamental principles of herbalism using a selection of Northwest medicinal plants. Herbal preparations and medicine making labs are included throughout the year.

1st Year Spring Term (April-June)
13 lectures (32.5 hours)
Pre-requisites: none
Instructors: Brounstein, Staff.
$390 includes a $50 non-refundable deposit.

1st Year Summer Term (July-September)
8 lectures (24 hours)
Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Spring Term Lecture-Only Program or Spring Term 1st Year Apprenticeship
Instructors: Brounstein, Staff.
$290 includes a $50 non-refundable deposit.

2nd Year Lecture-Only Program

Topics may include local materia medica, handling and using drop dosage herbs safely, clinical intake, case history review, and clinical assessment techniques. This class is designed to help the student of herbalism understand chronic illness in a clinical setting.

2nd Year Lecture (April-November)

18 lectures (54 hours)
Pre-requisites: Successful completion of 1st Year Apprenticeship, 1st Year Lecture-Only Program, or one year of herbal study from another institution (if approved by instructor).
Instructor: Brounstein.
$675 includes a $50 non-refundable deposit.

3rd Year Program

Clinical Internship

Interns sit in with an herbalist and client in the clinic, assuming increasing responsibility as their skills increase.

Pre-requisites: 2nd Year Apprenticeship or 2nd Year Lecture-Only Program. Instructor approval.
Hours may be used as clinical experience for the American Herbalist Guild Professional Membership.
Instructor: Brounstein.

Clinic Roundtables

Lectures for clinical interns and those on the Clinical Internship wait list. Interns and practitioners discuss important clinic cases.

Pre-requisites: 2nd Year Apprenticeship or 2nd Year Lecture-Only Program. Instructor approval.
Instructor: Brounstein.
$15/hour

Beargrass Meadow

Electives

Available after completing 1 Year of Columbines School

*Available to students on the Lecture-Only Track

Fall Field Elective (September)

Continuing botanical skills and fall harvesting techniques for those students who wish to continue weekly field trips after the Summer Term of the first year Apprenticeship Field Program has ended.

1-3 field trips as weather permits.
Pre-requisites: Completion of 1st Year Apprenticeship.
Instructors: Yeager, Brae.
Price TBA.

*Physiology for the Herbalist (December-January)

Covers basic physiology concepts including membrane physiology, the nervous system, and the digestive system. Required text: The Physiology Coloring Book by Kapit, Macey, and Meisami.

18 lectures (36 hours)
Pre-requisites: Completion of 1st Year Apprenticeship, 1st Year Lecture-Only Program, or comparable experience (as approved by instructor).
Instructor: Brounstein. $450 includes a $50 non-refundable deposit.

Sonoran desert

Springtime in the Sonoran Desert (March)

Students discover Sonoran Desert ecosystems of Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora, Mexico, camp on the beach along the Sea of Cortez, and wander through old growth cactus “forests” with free time for personal exploration.

1 week field trip consisting of 5 teaching days in Arizona and Mexico.
Pre-requisites: Completion of 1st year Apprenticeship.
Instructors: Brounstein, Brae.
We accept only eight students, so timely enrollment is encouraged.
$850 includes a $400 non-refundable deposit. Prepayment discounts available.

Southern California Botanical Adventure (March)

Tour southern California ecosystems from coastal chaparral lands, to hillsides of Shooting Stars, to the Sonoran desert.

1 week field trip consisting of 5 teaching days.
Pre-requisites: Completion of 1st year Apprenticeship.
Instructors: Brounstein, Brae.
$850 includes a $400 non-refundable deposit. Prepayment discounts available.

Chasing Spring (March)

Combining Springtime in the Sonoran Desert and the Southern California Botanical Adventure, we begin with the blooming flowers along the Sea of Cortez on mainland Mexico and follow Spring north over a two week stretch into Southern California.

Hummingbird Dage

2 week field trip consisting of 10 teaching days.
Pre-requisites: Completion of 1st year Apprenticeship.
Instructors: Brounstein, Brae.
$1700 includes an $800 non-refundable deposit. Prepayment discounts available.

*Physical Assessment Skills (October)

Available during or after 2nd Year of Columbines School

Lab class teaches physical assessment skills for clinical herbalists including legalities, ethics, vital signs, deep tendon reflexes, neurological screening, HEENT (head, ears, eyes, nose and throat). This is not a class in diagnostics, but rather one of “red flag” assessment.

6 lectures (18 hours)
Pre-requisites: Enrollment in or completion of 2nd Year Apprenticeship, Second Year Lecture-Only Program, or comparable experience (as approved by instructor).
Instructor: Brounstein.
$360 includes a $50 non-refundable deposit.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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