Electives

In addition to our core curriculum, Columbines School of Botanical Studies offers additional supplemental elective coursework for our apprentices. They are not required to obtain the First or Second Year Certificates of Completion.

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First Year Apprenticeship Electives

Physiology for the Herbalist

This 36 hour eighteen class series is designed for the retention of the basic physiology concepts. Students who have had one year of herbal training with another herbalist may participate in this class. This introduction will focus on membrane physiology and the nervous and digestive systems. This is the same class taught at Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine for seven years and is ideal for those wishing to study with physiology oriented herbalists. The required text is The Physiology Coloring Book by Kapit, Macey, and Meisami.

The class will run from in the fall. Completion of Herbal Concepts or one-year of herbal study is also required. The instructor is Howie Brounstein. See the Academic Calendar for current dates and prices.

Fall Field Elective

This elective field option is designed for those students who wish to continue weekly field trips after the Summer Term of the first year Apprenticeship Field Program has ended. The class will focus on botanical skills and fall harvesting techniques.

The Fall Field Elective will run September, and consists of 1 to 3 Saturday field trips as weather permits. The total cost for the class is $95.00 per trip. A non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place. Completion of the first year Apprenticeship Field Program is required. The instructors are Steven Yeager and Heron Brae.

Academic Calendar

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Second Year Apprenticeship Electives

Physical Assessment Skills

This lab class teaches pertinent physical assessment for the clinical herbalist. Topics may include legalities, ethics, vital signs, deep tendon reflexes, neurological screening, HEENT (head, ears, eyes, nose and throat), and other clinical assessment skills. This is not a class in diagnostics, but rather one of “red flag” assessment.

This lab series will consist of 6 three hour evening lectures over a nine day period. The class will run in November. Enrollment or completion of the Second Year Lecture Series, or comparable experience required. The instructor is Howie Brounstein. See the Academic Calendar for current dates and prices.

Field Electives

Springtime in the Sonoran Desert

This botanical field trip will explore the desert ecosystems of Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora, Mexico. This trip will not include harvesting of plants; however, it will provide a varied overview of the Sonoran desert. Camp on the beach along the Sea of Cortez and wander through old growth cactus ’forests’ with free time for personal exploration.

This adventure is offered in March. There will be five teaching days and two days for travel and personal research. Successful completion of the first year Apprenticeship Field Program is required. We accept only eight students, so timely enrollment is encouraged. The instructors are Howie Brounstein and Heron Brae. See the Academic Calendar for current dates and prices.

Southern California Botanical Adventure

Hummingbird Sage, Salvia spathacea.

This adventure will tour the southern California ecosystems from coastal chaparral lands to the Sonoran desert. You will not want to miss seeing hillsides of shooting stars in the early spring. We will start in Santa Barbara and end near San Diego.

This adventure is offered in March. There will be five teaching days and two days for travel and personal research. Successful completion of the first year Apprenticeship Field Program is required. We accept only eight students, so timely enrollment is encouraged. The instructors are Howie Brounstein and Heron Brae. See the Academic Calendar for current dates and prices.

Chasing Spring Option

Take both March field trips back to back. Start with the blooming flowers along the Sea of Cortez on mainland Mexico and follow spring north over a two week stretch into Southern California. The class ends at an appropriate time to chase spring north through California to the blooming Calypso Orchids of Eugene, Oregon!

This option is offered in March. There will be ten teaching days and four days for travel and personal research. Successful completion of the first year Apprenticeship Field Program is required. We accept only eight students, so timely enrollment is encouraged. The instructors are Howie Brounstein and Heron Brae. See the Academic Calendar for current dates and prices.

Academic Calendar

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