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Howie Brounstein has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including at such herbal establishments as the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is the co-owner and a primary instructor of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and has a clinical practice in Eugene, Oregon. He is well known for his brilliant in depth teaching style and his passionate love of plants.

Leah Kays Leah is a 2006 graduate of Columbines School of Botanical Studies and has been involved with the school since. She is an herbalist, botanist, and bartender from Portland, Oregon who has moved from a substitute teacher to a full time Columbines instructor.

Columbines School of Botanical Studies

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Herbal Concepts and Northwest Materia Medica
Live on Zoom and In-person in Eugene, Oregon

Taught by Howie Brounstein and Alex Queathem with a possible guest appearance of Steven Yeager


This 56.5 hour lecture series will give the student knowledge of herbalism without the botany and fieldwork of our full Apprenticeship Program.

This series illustrates herbal fundamental principles using northwestern medicinal plants. These native herbs were intentionally selected to serve as an accessible medicine chest and an herbal basis for further learning. Herbal preparations and medicine making labs are included throughout term. No pre-requisite required.

Click here to view an old Herbal Concepts syllabus. We have added more classes and topics, but this will give you a rough idea of the class curriculum.

Spring term runs April 2024 to June 2024 on Thursdays and some Mondays. The total cost for the spring term is $490.00 for 10 weekly evening lectures and 3 Herbal Preparation labs (32.5 hours). A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place.

Click here for 2024 Spring Herbal Concepts schedule.

Summer term will run from mid-July 2024 to the last week inĀ August 2024, and consists of 8 evening lectures (24 hours). The cost is $360.00. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place. Completion of spring term required.

For more information contact the Columbines School of Botanical Studies at 541-687-7114.


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