The 2019 Botanical Medicine Program
General Program Description:
The 2019 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 2019 Botanical Medicine will be the 23rd 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
- Spring Herb Identification
- Spring Herb Identification
- Herbal Terms and Resources
- Wild Food Gathering
- Herbs for the Digestive System
- Making Herbal Teas
- Plant Meditation
- Herbal Harvesting, Drying and Storage
- Herbal Vinegars
- Making Herbal Tinctures
- Medicinal Herbal Oils
- Herbs for the Nervous System
- Making a Herbal First Aid Kit
- Herbs for Women's Health
- Herbs for The Circulatory System
- Making Herbal Salves
- Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Herbal Energetics and Diagnostic Techniques
- Developing Herbal Formulations
- Making Herbal Cosmetics, Body Creams and
Herbal Bath Salts
- Herbal Case Studies
- Herbs for the Immune System
- Sacred Herbs and Ceremonial Uses
- Medicinal and Edible Mushrooms
- Field Identification of Mushrooms Mushroom
Propagation Harvesting Autumn
- Roots and Barks Herbs for Colds and Flu
- Making Herbal Brandies and Elixirs and
- Exploring Healing Modalities (i.e. Reiki,
- Planting a Herb Garden
As a participant you will learn the gentle cycles and rhythms of the plants as they develop and change through the seasons. Together with the plants, we will discover our own rhythms and connection to the Mother Earth.
The Botanical Medicine Program meets at Herbal Bear Cabin in the Northern Catskills. Located on 30+ acres of woods and field, Herbal Bear Catskill location is a beautiful place to learn. The land is home to deer, bear, turkeys and an incredible assortment of wild edible and medicinal plants. We have a pond suitable for swimming, planted herb gardens,
a water lily gardens and many paths to explore through the woods.
The 2019 Botanical Medicine Program meets for all of the following dates:
- Saturday, June 22 – Sunday June 23, 2019
- Saturday July 20 – Sunday July 21, 2019
- Saturday August 24 – Sunday August 25, 2019
- Saturday September 21 – Sunday Sept 22, 2019
- Saturday October 12 – Sunday October 13, 2019
- Saturday October 26 – Sunday October 27, 2019
We strongly encourage you to arrange your schedule to be able to attend all
the scheduled weekends.
Meals are Included
Delicious vegetarian meals are included in the Program. We use organic produce and local products as much as possible.
We serve 5 meals per weekend - starting withbreakfast on Saturday morning.
Our meals are vegetarian and may include dairy and eggs. If you are strictly
vegan or have religious limitation for your diet - you may have to bring somefood to supplement what is served. We do not serve soy or rice milk. All meals
are served buffet style. We ask that you assist in clean-upafter each meal.
8:00am - 9:00am - Breakfast
9:30am - 12:30pm - Class
12:30pm - 1:45pm - Lunch
1:45pm - 4:30pm - Class
4:30pm - 4:45pm - Break
4:45pm - 6:30pm - Class
6:30pm - 7:30pm - Dinner
8:00am - 8:45am - Breakfast
9:00am - 12:15pm - Class
12:15pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
1:15pm - 2:45pm - Class
How to Apply/Application Form:
- Step 1: Choose a registration plan below.
- Step 2: You will be directed to the application form.
- Step 3: Fill out the application and press the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
- Step 4: After submitting, pay using the payment button on the Payment Page.
The application is designed to give us information about who you are and why
you are interested in the program. Please feel free to write as much as you
wish. Each field is designed to accept several lines of text (many more than you
could possibly write). If you wish to know more about how we use our application
process, please click here.
Program Cost/Registration (payment options):
- Early Bird Program Price before March 31, 2019: $3,750.00 (a $500 discount on the full program price)
- Full Program Price after March 31, 2019: $4,250.00
Full program price applies to students who register and pay in full before program starts.
- All registrations are subject to a $400.00 non-refundable fee.
- No refunds are made after March 31, 2019.
- Students who are on a payment schedule must complete their full payment - regardless of attendance.
- We are not responsible to make up any classes for students who are absent for the scheduled program weekends.
- The tuition covers the 2019 program only. We do not offer make-up classes or provide future credit for classes.
- There are no exceptions to our refund policy.
The program costs do not include lodging. Each student is responsible for their own lodging arrangements.
Lodging at the Herbal Bear Facility:
We offer several lodging options at the Herbal Bear Facility.
All Herbal Bear Lodging includes use of the pool and hot tub.
We can only offer lodging to our students at our facility.
If you are traveling with family or friends - see our nearby lodging listings.
Please click on any of the two options to see details:
- Camping - no cost during the Botanical Medicine Teaching Weekends. (Campers must bring their own camping equipment and set up their own tents)
- Bedrooms - 2 Private bedrooms $125/room per weekend.
Please e-mail us at the time of your registration to ask about the Herbal Bear lodging availablity.
Once we have confirmed that we have available space for the lodging you requested - we will arrange for you to make payment.
Lodging at Nearby Motels, Hotels and Camping Areas:
There are several motels, hotels and camping areas near the Herbal Bear School.
Please click here to see a listing.
The Herbal Bear School will consider partial workstudy positions for up to two students. Students who apply must have specific skills and experience and be able to work at the Herbal Bear Catskill location on weekends that are in addition to the Botanical Medcine Program weekends. We will consider NYS licensed massage therapists or horticulturists/landscapers who can do garden maintanance. We do not have a need for office work, food preparation or web design. Qualified students may apply for workstudy up to maximum $600.00. Please contact us if you are interested in applying for workstudy.
There are a few books that I recommend
that each student purchase.