Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine’s full-time intensive program will begin in May of 2016. This year we are happy to announce world renowned herbalist Matthew Wood will be joining Thomas Easley as a head instructor. While Thomas will continue providing clinical training, Matthew will share his vast knowledge into his materia medica, energetics and more.
The intensive is an eleven month live-in program, although commuting is welcome. Our lodging options are shared dorms, private rooms or cabins. Although our accommodations contain modern amenities such as a bathhouse and laundry facilities, you’ll still feel like you’re living in the wilderness. There are a limited number of spots in this program and on campus.
Our herbal studies program is hosted at Wellspring Mountain, a 500-acre camp tucked away into a mountainside of the Blue Ridge in a small town called Lowgap, North Carolina. Over 90% of the land is set aside for plant preservation and land conservancy.
The intensive program will run from May 30th, 2016 to April 27th, 2017.
Our curriculum is designed to take you from beginning herbalist to clinical practitioner. The program is grounded in traditional Western herbalism, with a particular focus on the Eclectic tradition of using the best remedy, herbal or otherwise, for every situation. At our school we meld together modern clinical skills and the wisdom of folk medicine into a cohesive training platform.
The intensive program’s class hours will run four days a week Monday through Thursday (not including weekend intensives) and you will accumulate a total of over 1000 hours of classroom time. Classes will be held in the afternoon from 12:30 to 5:30 with a half an hour break.
Thomas’ lectures will go in-depth into the anatomy and physiology involved in the ten major body systems, and the associated pathology. Through Thomas you will be trained in clinical nutrition, which is at the focal point of program’s healing modalities. You will be taught how to conduct consultations and the art of physical assessment, as well as how to proficiently read blood work. Thomas will also cover advanced medicine making, herbal formulation, the essentials of emergency herbalism and a variety of other indispensable herbal skills.
Matthew Wood will be sharing his profound knowledge of plants and energetics. His wisdom of herbs and their ability to help us heal, will be shared in accompaniment with the week’s body system. The six tissues states, a concept Matthew has brought into our current Western Herbalism, will be taught at length. Matthew will teach on pulse and tongue assessments, an in-depth history of herbalism, the extracellular matrix, along with many other topics he has mastered in his decades of experience.
Please inquire further for a detailed curriculum outline.
Wellspring Mountain will host weekend intensives on a variety of subjects. Each intensive is led by an experienced instructor and is open to the broader community. Student access to herbal intensives is an added bonus to the cost of tuition. These classes are taught by Wellspring Mountain staff and by nationally-acclaimed herbalists.
The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine is host to a free clinic for the community. At our core is a problem-based learning approach, you’ll be reviewing case histories and working with clients within the first few months of the program. Students will gain consultation skills and learn how to put together wellness plans, including herbal formulas. The clinic is supervised by staff herbalists who review each case and work with students to create effective programs for clients.
Through our advanced medicine making lab you will not only understand how to properly prepare a standardized tincture and how blend potent salves, you’ll also learn the intricacies of soxhlet extractors and more. The training is designed to put you out ahead of the rest in the field of medicine making. Students spend a great amount of time working hands-on with plants by learning how to sustainably wild craft and how to create medicines. Through this you will develop a closer relationship with the plant life and the natural world that surrounds us.
Of our 500-acre botanical sanctuary, 40 of those are built upon and house the facilities in which we live in and teach. The campgrounds used to be a home for troubled youth and before we inhabited it in March of 2015, it sat empty for 5 years. The grounds have a very summer camp kind of feel and are all a work in progress. Except our lodge which is less than a decade old.
Our school is located just ten minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway in a protected woodland forest. We are in the beginning stages of developing woodland gardens, as well as vegetable and herb gardens; and hope to give the students the opportunity to assist in the development, and upkeep of these projects. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to identify plants that grow in the area, through plant walks and in class botany lessons. We are also working towards clearing existing paths and developing a network of hiking trails throughout the camp.
About the Head Instructors
Thomas Easley, RH (AHG), is a clinical herbalist and professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. Thomas integrates modern science and traditional Western herbalism into a unified and systematic approach to health and healing. He uses herbs from all over the world, including Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, but focuses on the deep and rich tradition of Western herbalism. Thomas emphasizes using foods as primary medicine and uses intensive diets, as well as stress reduction techniques, nutritional supplements, and exercise to help people achieve their health goals. Thomas believes that herbal medicine has the potential to change the world. Thomas’s approach draws on his extensive clinical experience, which spans 12 years of full-time practice and over 10,000 clients.
Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely “arm chair herbalists” who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).
There will be other Wellspring Mountain staff teaching classes throughout the program, sharing their unique skills and knowledge with students.
The cost of the program itself is $9500. We will have a limited number of payment plans available.
Lodging costs are separate from tuition and cover lodging and utility charges, but you will be responsible for your own food and transportation.
Shared dorm room in our lodge $1500
Private room in our lodge is $2500
Private, one room cabin is $2500
*11.5 x 11.5 basic cabins. No air condition and heated with infrared electric heater.
Please email us with questions
Or call us at (336) 352-3323.