Herbal Crafter Apprenticeship

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Spring 2024 Program - OPEN Enrollment 

If Full, PLEASE EMAIL US to be put on a contact list for our next Apprenticeship:
Programs@brooklynherborium.com. This Apprenticeship is open to all and has no application process or prerequisites.

Starting Friday March 22, 2024, we will begin our Spring Herbal Crafter Apprenticeship. Availability is offered on a first come basis and space is limited.

Our Herbal Crafter Apprenticeship focuses on the how’s and why’s of our Functional Skincare Line along with some of our Apothecary products and Herbal Infusions and Herbal Medicinals. Many people go on from this apprenticeship to found their own skincare lines, become herbal or aesthetic practitioners, or add to their offerings in adjacent fields. Depending on the composition of the group, we may focus on particular aspects of our practice and production. We share any resource you may benefit from in order to support your growth. Our mission is to disseminate this wealth of knowledge to a greater audience so more people can benefit from traditional wisdom. These secrets are not to be held, but to be shared.

Please note: Our apprenticeship is not a course in herbalism. There are many wonderful courses in traditional herbalism, but ours is focused on the essentials and secrets of crafting herbal skincare and medicinal products.

Location: This course is 100% IN-PERSON at our Windsor Terrace Workshop (1301 Prospect Ave, Brooklyn NY) .

Meets Friday mornings (9:30am until 1:30pm) for instruction and Herbacrafting: we’ll gather at our Windsor Terrace workshop for guided meditation and discussion about Brooklyn Herborium philosophy and methodology. We’ll share in functional wisdom. We’ll learn about holistic skincare, and we’ll craft skincare products together, too, working with beautiful raw materials.

Products: You will get to take home each of the products we make together, (along with samples of all the trial formulation work that we do here - we love your input!), which will allow you to really get to know how to care for your skin and health with herbal goods.

Attendance Note: Attendance is important. Please commit to attend every session, barring illness or an emergency, as it is a wonderful benefit to you. We do not have the capacity to run a full makeup sessions for missed days, but we will provide sheets for your Apprentice Binder as well as samples of herbals goods that were crafted.

Herbal Crafter Apprenticeship Program, Spring 2024

ORIENTATION: March 22 - 2 Hrs (9:30am to 11:30am)
Let’s get to know each other and share some Inner Strength Tea, while answering any questions about our upcoming Apprenticeship.

Week 1 - March 29 - Introduction to Good Housekeeping & Herbalcrafter Protocols 
Getting to know infusions: 5 Herb Infusion, Swish Oils, Red Clover & Calendula, Arnica
Topic: Preparations & Formulations: The Power of Properly Prepared Plants 
Craft: Cold Infusion of Plantain in raw sesame Oil (will be decanted and made into a balm in 6 weeks)


Week 2 - April 12 - Hydro-distillation of Plant Materials 
Demo - Distillate of Herb (TBD) 
Topic: Distillation of Hydrosols & Essential Oils
Craft: Crafting Essential Oil Blends

Week 3 - April 19 - Mineral Mists and Medicinal Sprays: Uses and formulation 
Topic: Minerals in the body and transdermal absorption 
Craft: Mineral Mist

Week 4 - April 26 - Functional Oils For Topical Use
Topic: Oil + Mist (Moisture Duo) Why do we emulsify oil and water? What is the difference between a Functional Skincare Oil and a Medicinal Oil?
Craft: Functional Skincare Oil

Week 5 - May 3 - Cleansing (Build Up | Break Down)
Topic: Cleansing: Herbal, Oil, Soap, and Clay
Craft: Sow Your Wild Oats, Clay Mask

Week 6 - May 10 - Herbal Tea and Nourishing Foods
Topic: Functional Selfcare: Diet For Incredibly Good Skin
Craft: CRAFT a tea and sourdough Loaf

Week 7 - May 17 - Balms and other Topical Medicine Making
Topic: Balms & Practical guidance on preservation 
Craft: Herbal Oil Infusion Decant: Healer Balm (with Oil we infused week 1)

Week 8 - May 24 - The Microbiome, Intrinsic Healing, and Supporting Structural Integrity
Topic: Supporting the skin through hard times
Craft: Integrity Biome Mask + Fill Cow Fart Juice

Week 9 - May 31 - Herbal Body Care
Topic: 5 forgotten lessons, Discuss All Body Care + Renewal Botanical Oil
Craft: Ancient Secrets / Salt of the Earth

Week 10 - June 7 - WEED WALK in Prospect Park - Herbalism in the Field 
Topic: Learn to identify common plant helpers that grow locally: Chickweed, dandelion leaf, plantain, blue violet, red clover, lavender, field garlic, sassafras, hawthorn, elderberry
Craft: Wild Crafting: Herbal crafting with our foraged materials

Week 11 - June 14 - Spring Medicinals 
Topic: Wheel of the Year, Herbs as Medicine
Craft: Tincturing with our foraged materials

Week 12 - June 21 - Potluck Day! 
Topic: Body Mind Spirit: Wisdom Connection
Learn Alignment Technique: Practice facial reflexology on self and others

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