General Program Description:
The 2017 Botanical Medicine Program offers a
6-weekend program, June through October, for those who desire an in-depth herbal
program. The program is held one weekend a month (twice in October). This course
is very special. It offers students the opportunity to learn about herbs by
placing the classroom right in the garden! The program is at the Herbal Bear, Grand Gorge, NY location - a beautiful private 30 acre property in the Northern
Catskills - just 2 hours and 45 minutes from NYC.
Each weekend we learnabout the plants that grow around us, studying their
healing properties upon different body systems, gathering and harvesting the
local medicinal plants whichgrow on the property, anddeveloping a systematic approach to herbal formulations. By the end of the
program you will be able to identify and know how to use well over 100 different
herbs. Our classes are informal and relaxed - however we take pride in the fact
that our instructors are among the top in their fields and include experienced
herbalists, research scientists, and authors who have published in their field.
See a short video from our Botanical Medicine Program:
One of our instructors - Bob Beyfuss' videos:
What is Ginseng?
Our small class size allows accessibility to our instructors both during lessons
and after class. Our instructor's enthusiasm for their topics shows in their
willingness to share both their time and knowledge with students - in class and
No one enjoys a boring classroom lecture - this is why we have designed this
program to be an interactive and hands-on experience. Learning about herbal
remedies takes on a whole new dimension when you have a chance to see, smell,
touch and use the plants that grow right in the Northern Catskills.
The 2017 Botanical Medicine will be the 22nd year our program has been running.
Each year I have the pleasure to meet wonderful people who come to learn about
plants and botanical medicine. The program is a unique experience, bringing
together professional instruction in an informal setting which provides a
relaxing environment in which to learn.
The Botanical Medicine program offers course material that is often offered in
college level classes. An applicant should have a minimum of a high school
diploma and be comfortable with scientific topics.
Director and Principal Instructor
The Herbal Bear School of Botanical Medicine