Holiday book bundle: The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders + The Wild Foraged Life Cookbook. Save $5 when you buy them together and get them signed for your favorite plant lover!
The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders
Whether you’re a homesteader or your homestead is in your heart, you face many challenges: from a simple cold, to an earache in your child, fleas on the dog, or worms in your goat. Medicines and treatments are never cheap, and are often vague.
Wouldn't it be great to grow, forage, and create natural remedies yourself?
Look no further than The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders!
The Wild Foraged Life Cookbook
With this book get over 40 pages of time-tested recipes from wildcrafter and professional forager, botanist, and herbalist Abby Artemisia.
This book includes:
Shipments may be delayed to due to slow holiday shipping. We cannot guarantee these will be delivered by the holidays. Order as soon as possible for the best chance at getting them there on time.
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Choose one of three different support levels and give yourself or your loved one the gift of nature! You'll also be supporting the work our nonprofit does to get herbal medicine and botanical education to communities in need.
Find out more and choose your support level at https://www.patreon.com/thewanderschool (subscriptions must be bought there)
Second Fridays & Saturdays, April - November
April 8-9, May 13-14, June 10-11, July 8-9, August 12-13, September 9-10, October 14-15, November 11-12
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a DIFFERENT kind of herb school.
We pride ourselves on that.
In this program you will truly learn the Wild Craft of Herbalism.
We believe that the best medicine for our bodies is already available in the plants that grow in the same habitat that we live in, and have adapted to the same environmental issues.
As the world changes and it becomes more difficult and less sustainable to ship herbs from around the world, knowing that everything we need surrounds us, is a comfort and a big leap in the direction of our own security.
It's about connecting with ourselves, each other, and our habitat.
We, at The WANDER School, have never been big fans of sitting in a classroom, we like to wander. So, we think there's a different way to learn.
We'll gather together one Friday and Saturday a month, April - November, at The WANDER School in Burnsville, NC, on the edge of the gorgeous Pisgah National Forest, on the South Toe River.
Fridays will be field trip days. We'll get out into nature to see, touch, taste, and smell the plants. We'll create relationships with the plants, learning how to recognize them through basic botany and spending time together. Then, we'll sustainably and ethically harvest them. We'll bring the plants/plant parts back to school and get real hands-on experience making them into food, medicine, and crafts.
Saturdays will be spent at the school and in the herb gardens. You'll get experience growing wild and cultivated herbs and learning their favorite habitats. We'll also have a different speaker each Saturday. Topics will include, but not be limited to (and are subject to change):
Another important part of this course is learning about and practicing Reciprocity. A part of Herbalism that's often left out of teaching in the American culture is asking where the knowledge came from. There is a long folk herbal tradition in Appalachia, which has been a melting pot of Indigenous knowledge and knowledge from the descendants of enslaved people, and beyond. Though this has created a wide and rich body of knowledge, its roots are not often acknowledged. This is a large part of why The WANDER School became a non-profit, to acknowledge, and go beyond that, to continuously figure out ways that we can give back for this knowledge.
Throughout the course we'll become true Community Herbalists, by giving back to our Cherokee neighbors (and others) through making medicine that can be given away, and more. We'll also learn what cultural appropriation is and how to avoid it in our herbal practice.
Because we don't want to spend so much time sitting in lecture in the classroom, as part of your tuition you'll receive Abby's book, The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders, and her Make Your Own Herbal Home Remedies course, so you can start the course with a foundation of basic herbal medicine making. You'll have plenty of opportunities to practice and learn more in and out of class, with plenty of medicine to take home.
The WANDER School is a United Plant Savers Partner in Herbal Education. That means you'll automatically get a student membership to United Plant Savers!
Formed in the spirit of hope, United Plant Savers is a group of plant enthusiasts committed to raising public awareness of the plight of our wild medicinal plants and to protecting these plants through organic cultivation, sustainable agricultural practices, and the replanting of native medicinal species back into their natural habitats. Our goal is to ensure that these valuable medicinal plants will be preserved for our grandchildren and our grandchildren's grandchildren.
Members of UpS:
Throughout the course, you'll get to:
Be prepared to create lasting relationships with other plant lovers. We will gather together in circle every morning to check in about where we are in our relationships with the world and the plants. Students from herb courses often go on to meet outside of and after school is over, becoming friends, learning from and with each other. Come ready to connect!
You'll graduate with a certificate on Graduation Day, which will include a party potluck and medicine show to celebrate all you've learned and share medicine with your herbie friends.
This is a 3 year program. The second 2 years are not mandatory, but build on the knowledge of the first year, going deeper each year into Botany, Medicine Making, Clinical Herbalism, and more.
Lodging is not included, but there are several local lodging options, including Inns, Airbnb's, and Campgrounds, that will be shared before class begins or can be emailed upon request.
Your Investment in Your Health Empowerment:
Payment Plans are available upon request. The total is $2,500 to cover administrative fees, and must be paid in full by April 1, 2022, with a $500 deposit.
One Scholarship position will be available for a BIPOC person. Email Abby to apply.
Two partial Work Trade positions will be available, on a first come, first served basis for people with a financial need that would make attendance impossible otherwise, with a $1,000 payment by March 1.
We welcome all people into the Herb School, including BIPOC, Queer, single parents, and differently abled people (though you will need to be able to hike). Please let us know your needs and concerns, and we'll do our best to accomodate you.
All prospective students will have a Zoom or phone interview with Abby before being accepted into the program, to ensure that you are a good fit for the program and the program is a good fit for you. Contact us to schedule yours now, or with questions.
As we are a very small business, we cannot offer refunds, unless we cancel the course. If you have a family or health emergency, and need to drop out of the course before it starts, we will try to offer you a refund, minus a $500 administrative fee, if you or we can find a replacement to take your place. Thanks for your understanding; the tuition supports our family.
Do you want to develop a deeper relationship with the land you live on?
Schedule a personalized plant walk on your property with Botanist, Herbalist, & Forager, Abby Artemisia.
At your Botanical Property Survey, you'll learn all about the plants that grow on your property. As you reconnect with the wild, you'll be empowered with information and know-how to forage for delicious foods and turn wild herbs into medicine.
It doesn't stop there: after the survey itself, you'll get customized information in an easy-to-understand format that will help you continue enjoying the benefits of knowing your land.
There's 3 parts to your botanical property survey:
Botanical Property Survey, Part 1 - Scheduling
Just email Abby to book your botanical property survey. Ideally, you'll do a survey in 3 seasons (Spring, Summer and Fall) because new plants are growing and blossoming at different times of year. Email Abby now to schedule YOUR Botanical Property Survey.
Botanical Property Survey, Part 2 - The Walk
Abby will come to your property and spend a couple hours walking the land with you. You'll get to go for a botanical walkabout of your property with a botanist, forager, herbalist and wildcrafter with over 20 years experience teaching people how to reconnect with the land and empower themselves with the knowledge and the know-how of all things wild. The walk takes at least a couple of hours, and you will get to ask burning questions you've been dying to have answered.
Botanical Property Survey, Part 3 - The Customized Information
After the walk on your land, Abby will provide you with a spreadsheet of the edible, medicinal, and poisonous plants on your land. This spreadsheet is an easy-to-understand tool that you can continue using in seasons and years to come.
$250 + transportation fees for the first two hours and the spreadsheet; $100 for each additional hour
Schedule your holiday botanical property survey today! You must email Abby to reserve yours, as price differs depending on length of survey and location.
Thursdays in January • 6:00 PM EST
Sliding Scale $100-200
Start the new year off right, with a healthier you! This is your year! Throw resolutions out the window and turn intentions into practice. Take the first steps to becoming your own Herbalist. Be able to help your loved ones and your community.
This series is all about empowering yourself with your own natural healthcare! We’ll take away the mystery of herbal formulating, while introducing you to the magic of creating your own herbal products. From Abby Artemisia's years of experience as a professional forager, herbalist, and parent, she’ll share knowledge on how to make these formulas, from harvest to cup, jar, or plate.
We’ll come together online to learn about and discuss the various basic formulas that we’ll be making in the following classes: teas, tinctures, oils, salves, and tonics (or food used as medicine). It’s a lot easier to understand what these formulas are when you can hear them explained and see them being made. You can even follow along and make your own formulas at the same time.
Join the class live on Zoom to be able to interact and ask questions (don't worry, you can turn your video off if you want to stay in your pj's :) , or watch the recording (sent out after class). Handouts included for each class.
Registration is sliding scale to make it accessible for everyone. If you can afford to give more, please do, as it supports our non-profit work to make this knowledge accessible.
Making Your Own Herbal Teas
There’s nothing more soothing than a cup of tea. Learn how to make your own therapeutic and beverage teas. We’ll talk about the different ways to prepare them, depending on which part of the plant you’re utilizing and what its constituents are. We’ll discuss what the differences are between herbal tea, and green, black, white, and rooibos tea, among others.
Become your own master blender. Abby will teach you which common wild and cultivated plants make great teas. And most importantly, she'll teach you how to make a delicious cup of tea, making it easier for picky kids (and adults) to take their medicine.
Making Your Own Herbal Tinctures
Learn how to make your own herbal extracts. Tinctures are herbs extracted with alcohol, glycerine, or vinegar. They are super convenient, as they’re portable and more concentrated than tea. Tinctures are an easy method of extending the shelf life of herbs. They can also be a great way to get kids to take herbs.
We’ll discuss and demonstrate the different methods for making tinctures, local herbs that work well as tinctures, along with how to harvest and process them.
Making Your Own Herbal Oils & Salves
Herbal oils and salves are two ways of preserving herbs for topical use. They can be used for skin irritations, like cuts, burns, and even splinters; or for massage or pain relief, along with many other uses. We’ll discuss which plants are most beneficial in oils and salves, including many local wild plants.
You’ll get to watch a demonstration of how an oil is made and then turned into a salve. We’ll talk about the best ways to do this to preserve the plants and keep the oils from going rancid, extending the shelf life of your formula.
Food as Herbs, Herbs as Food
Hippocrates was definitely onto something when he said, “Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.” The tastiest and easiest way to ingest herbs for health is through our food. It's also a great way to get kids to take herbs.
We’ll share some of our most delicious, tonifying recipes for medicinal herbs, along with some tips and tricks on whipping them up. We’ll discuss the best recipes for each season and their corresponding health concerns. Of course the best part will be sampling the recipes after you make your own!
Abby's book, The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders, is an optional and helpful textbook for this class. Get your signed copy here.
You can get this class for free when you register for The WANDER School's Wildcrafted Herb School. Find out all the details here.
Take advantage of this seriously special offer!
When you’re walking around outside, and you think...
dang I wish I knew more about these plants!
More plant knowledge could help me survive, if it all came to that...
Your wish is granted.
You can now join botanist, herbalist and professional forager, Abby Artemisia,
for a private virtual plant walk customized FOR YOU.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS!
*Your order number becomes available on the thank you page after purchase below, and in the email you'll receive after purchase with the subject "Your downloads are ready!" You will need to note this order number to schedule.
THIS OFFERING MAKES A GREAT GIFT!
If purchasing a Virtual Botanical Discovery Session as a gift, make sure to note the order number you receive, and give THAT to the lucky recipient when you give the gift. You can just print or email out the PDF you receive after purchase to give to to the lucky recipient once you've added the order number details!
HERE'S WHAT FOLKS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT VIRTUAL BOTANICAL DISCOVERY SESSIONS WITH ABBY...
If you're missing conferences and botanical education, or bummed about the lack of classes, or always wanted to study with Abby, Private Apprenticeships are the right choice for you.
Apprentices spend 1 to 3 days with Abby for hands-on education about plants. Whether your interest is botany, wildcrafting, foraging, cooking wild foods, herbalism or medicine-making, we design your days together so that you get the most out of it.
To agree on the topic(s) you are interested in learning in the private apprenticeship contact Abby.
You can come to the gorgeous mountains and rivers of western North Carolina!
Or Abby can come to you, if you provide transportation fees (the government mileage rate) plus food and lodging.
Apprenticeships are $125 per hour per person, plus materials fees for medicine making and cooking classes. Additional discounts available for multiple days and groups.