About The Berkeley Herbal Center Apprenticeship Program

The Berkeley Herbal Center Apprenticeship Program provides a complete training in Western Herbal Medicine, leading to an official BHC herbal certification.

In our 600-hour Herbal Apprenticeship, students receive an intensive education in local plants and their healing properties through theoretical and experiential learning, botanical field study, and medicine making.

WE’RE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2020

Click Here to Fill Out the Application

 

Deadline: March 1st, 2020

Classes Start in March.

 

This is an intensive program for deeply motivated beginning and intermediate-level students.

Through this program, you will be prepared for your first year of the Clinical Internship in our low-cost community clinic.

Our Herbal Apprenticeship Program Covers:

  • Indigenous wisdom, folklore, and medical history
  • Plant action theory
  • Extensive materia medica
  • Herbal medicine formulation
  • Herbal first aid and home health care
  • Herbal energetics, aromatherapy, and flower essences
  • Advanced herbal preparation
  • Botanical field study and identification
  • Natural cosmetic and skin care
  • Independent herbal research
  • Organ systems, physiology, and pathology
  • Constitutional theory and therapy
  • Clinical case studies
  • Pulse and tongue diagnosis
  • Record-keeping and case histories
  • The foundations of creating an herbal business
  • Legalities for small businesses, including GMPs

 

Students gain hands-on plant experience

 

in our school garden,

sitting with plants, learning how to grow and tend an herb garden, appreciating seasonal changes, and understanding the ecosystem we live in.

through the process of medicine-making,

learning how to make the best healing elixirs of all types out of the plants we know as healers.

with botanical field study on herb walks,

all throughout the Bay Area of California, with a focus on botany and proper plant identification methods

and on four camping trips

where students will gain knowledge of medicinal plant communities in California’s diverse microclimates.

The apprenticeship focuses on an in-depth investigation of human physiology
to understand the complex interactions between the reproductive, endocrine, nervous, skin, muscular, skeletal and digestive systems.
Constitutional physiology and the impact of stress on physical and emotional health are emphasized.*

Students will complete this program with …

an “herbal dissertation” of the student’s choice

(see past student research)

case studies on each body system

and a working understanding of herbal formulation.

Taught by Berkeley Herbal Center Staff

 

The next Program begins March 10, 2020 and runs through October 15, 2020.

Tuesday through Thursday
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

To apply: Please submit your application here and send your non-refundable deposit via paypal below or via physical mail.**

 

For more information on our certification programs, please email studentservices@berkeleyherbalcenter.org.

 

Item Name:
Full Payment - Apprenticeship
9100 USD

Program Policy

Additional Costs: Tuition includes all instructional time. Additional cost to students include travel, food and facility rentals for 4 wildcrafting trips and text books. Depending on how thrifty you choose to be, students can expect the additional cost to be anywhere from $1,200 to $1,600.

Deposit Policy: To secure your space in the program, a non-refundable deposit is required. Full payment of entire tuition is required by the first class. If Berkeley Herbal Center is not able to guarantee you a space in the program, your deposit will be refunded promptly.

Refund policy: Refunds, less the non-refundable deposit, are given if students drop within 30 days of the first class. There are no refunds on tuition payments after this time, even if the student is no longer in attendance.

Transfer policy: Unused non-refundable deposits can not be transferred to short-term programs, courses, or workshops.

Item Name:
Deposit - Apprenticeship
1800 USD

Program Policy

Additional Costs: Tuition includes all instructional time. Additional cost to students include travel, food and facility rentals for 4 wildcrafting trips and text books. Depending on how thrifty you choose to be, students can expect the additional cost to be anywhere from $1,200 to $1,600.

Deposit Policy: To secure your space in the program, a non-refundable deposit is required. Full payment of entire tuition is required by the first class. If Berkeley Herbal Center is not able to guarantee you a space in the program, your deposit will be refunded promptly.

Refund policy: Refunds, less the non-refundable deposit, are given if students drop within 30 days of the first class. There are no refunds on tuition payments after this time, even if the student is no longer in attendance.

Transfer policy: Unused non-refundable deposits can not be transferred to short-term programs, courses, or workshops.

Item Name:
Tuition Less Deposit - Apprenticeship
7300 USD

Program Policy

Additional Costs: Tuition includes all instructional time. Additional cost to students include travel, food and facility rentals for 4 wildcrafting trips and text books. Depending on how thrifty you choose to be, students can expect the additional cost to be anywhere from $1,200 to $1,600.

Deposit Policy: To secure your space in the program, a non-refundable deposit is required. Full payment of entire tuition is required by the first class. If Berkeley Herbal Center is not able to guarantee you a space in the program, your deposit will be refunded promptly.

Refund policy: Refunds, less the non-refundable deposit, are given if students drop within 30 days of first the class. There are no refunds on tuition payments after this time, even if the student is no longer in attendance.

Transfer policy: Unused non-refundable deposits can not be transferred to short-term programs, courses, or workshops.

*The Berkeley Herbal Center is a small non-profit clinic and school. At this time, we do not have the capacity to offer financial aid or schedule a payment plan.

**Unused deposits cannot be used for short-term programs, courses, or workshops. There are no exceptions.

 

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Consider Donating

Berkeley Herbal Center is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible. Tax ID #14-1975183

If you would like to donate by check or cash, please send an envelope addressed to:

Berkeley Herbal Center
1250 Addison St. #G
Berkeley, CA 94702