Each season April Coburn offers in-person classes here in her garden in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Classes meet once a month, for 9 months and are limited to 12 people in order to maintain an intimate environment.
Advanced Apothecary course
Advanced Apothecary is a second-year course for all students who have completed my 9-month course in Folk Herbalism. This course is designed to give hands-on experience with forms of herbal medicine making not covered in the Folk Herbalism course. It is a class for students who are comfortable working with a basic materia medica, have begun to build up their own apothecary, and are ready to learn some more advanced medicine making techniques.
In every class, we will be learning medicine making techniques we did not cover in the Folk Herbalism series, such as percolation, soxhlet extraction, suppositories, powdered concentrates, double extracts, fluid extracts, and cannabis medicine. The whole class will be geared to take your apothecary skills to the next level.
There will also be discussions and class notes on some concepts like tissue states, energetics, formulation and tongue diagnosis... all topics to help you make more effective medicine for individual cases.
The total cost for this course is $875. A deposit of $200 will hold your spot, and monthly payments of $75 can be made at each class.
As with the Folk Herbalism class, folks will go home with something we make together in class every month. And at the end of the course, we will also have an Advanced Apothecary medicine show!
This is an 9-month course, and we will meet one Saturday a month here at my home and garden in Cochranville, Pa. We will also check in virtually once a month for a Q&A and to go over additional material.
For some of the medicine making techniques taught in this class, you will need some special equipment. For the most part, these will be relatively inexpensive items such as graduated cylinders and sieves. However, the one more pricey piece of equipment that I recommend all students try to acquire before the start of the course is a good dehydrator. I prefer the Excalibur brand. I will be providing a recommended equipment list when you register, or you can begin preparing and have everything on hand to dive right in when we begin.
Although this class is primarily for students who have completed my Folk Herbalism beginning course, I am also open to folks who did not take the Folk Herbalism course joining us for the Advanced Apothecary course if they have been through a similar beginning herbalism course, have a working materia medica, and a good knowledge of basic medicine making techniques, such as infusions, decoctions, infused oils, salves, tincture by maceration, syrups and flower essences. If you are not a former student of mine but feel you are ready for this course, please send me an email describing your past experience and why you wish to take this course.
Advanced Apothecary is offered on a year to year basis depending on the interest. I need 6 dedicated students for the course to run and space is limited to 8 students total. If this is something that interests you, and you meet the qualifications, reach out to sign up for this coming year.
Dates for the 2021 Advanced Apothecary will be announced soon.
All classes will be held at my home and garden in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. Classes run from 10am to 1pm, but we may sometimes run overtime.
Registration is open now. To sign up, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LET'S COME TOGETHER AND MAKE GOOD MEDICINE!
NOTE: Due to current quarantine restrictions these classes will take place primarily online as needed.