Vital Ways, formerly The School of Traditional Western Herbalism offers beginner, advanced and clinical holistic herbalist training courses. Each year can be taken individually (as stand alone courses) or together as part of the 3-year Clinical Herbalist Training Program. Our classes provide a comprehensive foundation for the beginning herbalist, as well as advanced skills needed by clinical herbal practitioners.
THE COMMUNITY CLINIC PRACTICUM
In the third year of our program, students practice in our community herbal free clinic and gain experience in our herbal apothecary. Coursework in all courses includes an inspiring and rigorous blend of in-depth study of traditional herbal wisdom integrated with the best of modern advances in progressive holistic health.
ABOUT OUR EDUCATORS
The instructors and guest instructors at Vital Ways include some of the nation’s most respected herbalists from around the country and from here in the Northwest. Being part of our herbalist training program allows for unique opportunities to study with some highly sought after instructors who otherwise rarely make it to the Northwest.
Our past and current instructors and guest instructors include:Chris Smaka, Elise Krohn, Hanna Jordan, Paul Bergner, 7song, Jim McDonald, Jillian Stansbury, and others.
THE HERBAL EDUCATION CENTER & VITAL WAYS APOTHECARY
The School offers shorter and longer term classes and has a well stocked Community Herb Shop, a Free Clinic, a spacious education space, and a growing herbal and holistic health Research Library. Possibilities for intensive apprenticeships are open to interested students.
FLEXIBLE CLASS STRUCTURE
Each nine-month program meets one weekend per month from March to November. The Class Schedule is 230-7 on Fridays, and 10-530 Saturday and Sundays one weekend per month. This allows people who have families, jobs and other commitments, or who don’t live in the area to take the course without a disruption to their busy schedules. In between classes we have many opportunities for further study, including apprenticeships, mentorships, library and lab time.
We are located in the very lively NE Alberta Arts district at 2714 NE Alberta street, surrounded by food, art galleries, cute unique shops, coffee houses and true Portland culture.
2017 HERBALIST TRAINING
Vital Ways is accepting applications for 2017. To apply online, please click here. If you’d like to join us for our shorter courses, herbal movie nights, study sessions, herb and mushroom walks or just be part of our community, please join our mailing list above. We’ll never spam you, we swear!
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