apprentice (uh pren' tis), n., v., -ticed, -tic*ing.-n.

1. a beginner, a learner who is bound by contract/agreement to work for another for a specific amount of time in return for gaining practical experience and instruction in a trade or art.
2. one who is committed to working with a small group of people, over an extended period of time, delving deeply into the heart of herbal knowledge.

Beginner Week-Day Apprenticeship Program

Intermediate Week-Day Apprenticeship Program

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Immerse your heart & soul in the exhilarating world of herbs! The seasonal cycles here are exceptional. Winter is sparkling white, roots are waiting deep below the earth. In Spring, new shoots poke up from the earth, the lilacs & forsythia bloom; we begin work in the garden. Summer is abundant with fresh herbs, weeds, vegetables & bright fragrant flowers. We are busy planting, harvesting, wildcrafting. The Fall brings us pumpkins & roots to harvest, herbs to dry, wreaths of sage & lavender. Learn by immersing yourself in the green world of plants, reclaiming your ancient roots. Apprenticeships are designed to focus on your particular areas of interest and to support & empower the Wise Woman/Man that you are. Whenever you choose to apprentice here, you will find open hearts, enthusiasm & a bountiful way of life.


Beginner & Intermediate Week-Day Apprenticeship
with tony(a) lemos

Begins Tuesday, April 24, 2006 - February 2007

Every Tuesday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10 month program for beginner and intermediate students

Course of study includes:

  • Herbal Preparation
  • Study of the Organ Systems
  • Medicinal/Botanical Terminology
  • Wild Foods Preparation
  • Developing Diagnostic Skills
  • History of Western Herbalism
  • Determining Herb Quality
  • Chronic Ailments
  • Herbal Tonics & Supplements
  • Herb Gardening
  • Herbal Spring Tonics
  • Herbal Formulation
  • Ethical Wildcrafting
  • Herbal First Aid
  • Herbal Bibliograph
  • Herbs for Children Herbs for
  • Women’s Health Care
  • Intro to TCM
  • Flower Essences
  • Natural Cosmetics & Skin Care
  • Herbal Business Practices
  • Herbal Field Trips
  • Herbal Projects
  • Doctrine of Signatures
  • Plant Culture & Cultivation
  • Earth Ceremony
  • Herbal Case Histories
  • Creating an Herbarium
  • Herb ID Walks
  • Intro to Ayurvedic Medicin

Cost: $1750, deposit $250. Includes instruction, handouts, & field trips.

Full payment - $1,750.00

Payment plan and partial work exchange program is available. Please write to BSHS for a week-by-week syllabus and more details. A pdf sample syllabus will be posted here soon.

Email us or call 413 625-6875

Pay Deposit - $250.00

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Advanced Week-day Apprenticeship
with tony(a) lemos

Check back in Spring 2007

This program is designed for those students who have already completed an herbal apprentice program and wish to delve deeper. A clinically oriented approach, offering comprehensive study of the organ systems, herbal therapeutics, and case studies.

Course of study includes:

  • Herbal Pediatrics
  • Detailed study of the Endocrine system
  • Detailed study of the Reproductive system
  • Detailed study of the Immune system
  • Detailed study of the Digestive system
  • Detailed study of the Respiratory system
  • Detailed study of the Muscular/Skeletal system

The study of each system will include:

  • Integration of Traditional & Western MedicineMedical Terminology
  • Herbal Actions
  • Classification of Medicinal Plants
  • Plant Pharmacology
  • Materia Medica
  • Formulation & Preparation of Herbal Medicines
  • Sources of Herbal Information
  • Herbal Selection Criteria/Interactions
  • Herbal Energetics Diagnostic Techniques

Cost: $1750, deposit $250. Includes instruction, handouts, & field trips.

Full payment - $1,750.00

Partial work exchange is available. (plus $80 text book "The Clinical Medicine Guide - A Holistic Perspective" by Dr Stephen Gascoigne )
Recommended preparation ­ Anatomy and Physiology

Please write for a detailed course syllabus. Email us or call 413 625-6875

Pay Deposit - $250.00

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And a few words from past years apprentices...

My experience as a first year herbal apprentice has been one of the best decisions I have made for myself. I am building a strong foundation in the basics of herbalism and have formed new and nurturing friendships. I have gained a new understanding of the global impact of food practices and its politics on the world and on our bodies. I have become aware of the importance of living organically and environmentally. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in enriching their lives and living more consciously! -Patty McKenizie

This herbal medicine apprenticeship has offered so much more than I anticipated. Not only am I learning about herbs and their uses, the class has also offered hands-on exploration of the plant world and medicine making, and in-depth discussion about food activism. Tony(a) has integrated into our study field trips to beautiful, local areas of interest, encouraged attending an array of noteworthy speakers and has created a meaningful, conscious attitude toward community. -Kara Leistyna

The 10 month program is a perfect way to gain insight to the world of herbalism, learn about gardening and the harvesting of herbs, and making medicine and body products out of earth's natural gifts to us. Coming from the Boston area, I look forward to my weekly apprenticeship at BSHS and find it a good way to begin the journey into plant medicine, whole health and conscious living.-Amber Mamakos

This is where I see the garden changing my life. I knew on that higher level of knowing, that Blazing Star is not just a garden. It is a quieter space where I have one day a week to contemplate how the rest of my life can be spent-In a tornado or the eye of the hurricane.Tues has become one of my favorite days of the week. -Julie Robbins

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