This summer, it's all about creating sacred space, gathering good medicine, and putting down roots.
Craving a deep connection with Mama Gaia?
Want to explore how YOU can become an herbalist, gardener, wildcrafter, and steward of the Earth?
Ready to get dirty?
If you're a friendly, flexible, compassionate, hard worker who craves a deep connection with Mama Gaia and want to explore how YOU can become an herbalist, gardener, wildcrafter, and steward of the Earth... welcome aboard!
As Blackbird's Daughter grows from a small, often traveling apothecary into a full-scale Center for Sacred Gaian Studies (complete with schoolhouse, reference library, multiple gardens, native plant trails, sacred groves, and ever-expanding apothecary!), there are more opportunities than ever for hands-on learning. As the saying goes, "many hands make light work", and at Blackbird's Daughter, we're all about empowering our inner Lightworkers!
Here's the breakdown:
SUMMER HERBAL INTERNSHIP is 100% hands-on, experiential learning! Hard work + prayer + magic with a whole bunch of silly giggles, hundreds of plant friends, wildcrafting expeditions, medicine making, and maybe even some cleansing tears thrown in.
Program Description: Interns will be building and tending our new gardens, wildcrafting in the woods and fields, growing/gathering/preparing organic herbal Allies and turning them into medicine, helping to label and package products, post on social media, assist with building projects, organizing the apothecary, weeding, watering, and maybe even spending some time at our fairy godmother gardens (run by two of our beloved and talented master gardener friends)...and more! Sometimes we'll work together and sometimes you'll have independent projects.
Often we'll stop for a bit so I can show you a certain technique, tell you a story about the plant we're working with, or show you where to cross-reference something in a book so you have a more in-depth understanding of what we're doing. We will work hard, but also make time for ceremony, self-care, and personal discovery.
You will have access to the private pond and dock (clothing optional), hiking trails, the apothecary and collection of herbal & spiritual books, personal mentorship with me, free attendance at any classes taught by me at Blackbird's Daughter, and discounts for any classes taught by guest teachers. You will leave with knowledge of gardening, plant identification, plant communication, the body systems, herbal protocols and techniques of botanical medicine-making, food-based healing traditions, respectful wild-crafting and the Honorable Harvest, and a greater understanding of the traditions, philosophies, and practices of multiple Earth-based healing modalities.
Expectations: This is an energetic and labor-for-knowledge exchange; no financial compensation is offered/received. Blackbird's Daughter Botanicals is located on a wonderful, 125-acre intentional community, and we ask that you respect our neighbors by staying in our gardens, field, and on the clearly marked woodland trails. Interns are expected to dress for field work and bring gloves, a change of clothes in case we go into the woods, water, and food - sometimes we will share, but please bring your own snacks/lunch. Be prepared to work hard, be honest, respect others' differences, show up on time, accept praise and appreciation, and take directions/redirection with flexibility. If you have a passion or skill you wish to contribute to this amazing, growing place, please let me know - your creativity and unique light are welcome here!
Flexible Schedule Options:
- Internship runs from the beginning of July through the end of October.
- Interns will work a minimum of 8 hours a week.
- Week-long/multi-week intensives are available for people who can commit to working Monday through Friday or several days/week.
To apply: Email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802)578-7931. Preference is given to people who can commit to the whole season.
VISITING WORK-STUDY POSITIONS are also available. For people/families who come from out of state, camping with limited kitchen/bathroom access is available. The cost for this is $200 and does not include food, though some shared meals are available. You will need to fend for yourself during certain hours; there are many scenic places nearby and local nightlife we can direct you to.
Please note: These are are traditional, working apprenticeships. If you enjoy more of a structured academic experience (complete with assigned readings, at-home projects, creating a materia medica, etc) then you'll want to catch one of our occasional Pop-up Herbalism Intensives or sign up for our Year Long Sacred Gaian Studies and/or Intro to Gaian Herbalism programs, which start this October, with dates TBA.
Really want to study with me and don't want to wait? Here are 3 more options:
- One-on-one sacred life coaching.
- Host your own classes or come to one of the upcoming events.
- Organize an Intensive. Send me an email letting me know what you're interested in learning (kitchen witching, plant communication, wildcrafting, herbal first aid, etc), gather some like-minded folks, and we'll make it happen!
2016-2017 Introduction to Gaian Herbalism Apprenticeship
September 2016 through August 2017
...HERBALISM FOR BODY MIND AND SPIRIT...
Learn how to take care of yourself, your family, and your community...naturally and safely!
Create your own herbal medicines, foods, and body treatments!
Develop a deep, authentic relationship with the plants themselves.
This apprenticeship course meets one weekend a month in and around Williston, VT (with occasional trips further afield), in addition to online assignments and discussions. (For those traveling long distances, some overnight accommodations may be available.) It also includes personal check-ins and the opportunity to work alongside Jessica in her home apothecary and in nature.
Please note, this is NOT YOUR TYPICAL classroom-style learning experience... Instead, our classrooms are the woods, fields, gardens, my home apothecary, and your kitchen! You'll grow close to your cohorts, aka your Tribe, as we go deep, get dirty, and stretch our minds and hearts to understand the green world around us in ways you never thought possible! Independent assignments include readings, recipes, creative activities, weekly journal responses, and a final project. The course ends with a Final Ceremony, and students who complete all assignments receive an Introduction to Gaian Herbalism Certificate of Completion.
- Cultivate your intuition and skills as a healer
- Create your own deck of plant ally medicine cards
- Draw on diverse healing modalities and traditions including Wise Woman herbalism, Native wisdom, and Ayurveda
- Go in-depth each month with individual herbs, exploring how they support the body as a whole, and their relationship with specific body systems, chakras, doshas, and more!
- Assemble a personal medicine chest and first aid kit of tinctures, syrups, powders, flower essences, teas and salves.
- Prepare nourishing foods and drinks, including lacto-fermented foods and drinks, healthful teas, delicious spice blends, decadent infused honeys, and more!
- Hone your plant identification and wildcrafting skills
- Build a spiritual relationship with the plants through guided meditations and create your very own aromatherapy blends, smudge sticks, and more
Cost: $1200, not including books and suggested materials. I offer this program at a low cost with the goal of making this wisdom available to more people. In return, I ask participants to agree to share some of what they learn with others to ensure the knowledge of wellness spreads. Once you register, I will send you a course list of required books and suggested tools and materials to begin your path as a Gaian Herbalist!
Scholarship Opportunity for Native Americans and People of Color: Prospective apprentices from these communities may apply for a work-study scholarship. This scholarship seeks in a small but meaningful way to replace systemic injustice with the skills necessary to heal and nourish all community members.
My mission is to help you fall ecstatically in love with the Green World and recognize your birthright as a natural healer. Prepare to sing, taste, laugh, pray, and get dirty! Ready to take the next step?
2016-2017 Sacred Gaian Studies Certificate Program
October 2016-November 2017
Honoring the Wild Wisdom of Nature, Within and Without
Are you craving a spirit-centered relationship with the Earth?
Do you want to develop your sacred and intuitive skills as an herbalist, healer, or Shaman?
Is your soul calling out to Mama Gaia, and is Mama Gaia answering?
Woven naturally through the Year Wheel, this thirteen month Certificate Program is open to any individual who feels drawn to cultivating a deep, reciprocal and joyful relationship with the Green World. We meet several times a month in and around Williston, VT, with some longer trips further afield. (For those traveling long distances, some overnight accommodations may be available.) Much of our work will take place outside, connecting with Gaia Herself. In addition to classes and monthly moon ceremonies (both together and on your own), this program consists of on-going readings, sacred studies assignments, personal rituals, altar craft, and one-on-one check-ins to:
Explore the ways that the seasons’ patterns influence our individual journeys and celebrate lunar stages, Solstices and Equinoxes.
Create ritual tools including a pendulum, Gaia's Wisdom oracle deck, aromatherapy blends, incense, smudge sticks and a medicine pouch.
Develop your intuition through dowsing, plant communication and sacred journeying.
Study crystals and how to incorporate their energy into your work.
Explore the Jungian archetypes as well as those from other cultures and nature.
Learn your totem plants and power animals.
Create sacred space for individual and group rituals through altars, vision boards, creative journaling, song, chanting, and more.
I offer this program at a low cost with the goal of making this wisdom available to more people. In return, I ask participants to agree to share some of what they learn with others to ensure the knowledge of wellness spreads. Scholarship Opportunity for Native Americans and People of Color: Prospective apprentices from these communities may apply for a work-study scholarship. This scholarship seeks in a small but meaningful way to replace systemic injustice with the skills necessary to heal and nourish all community members.
Our first Welcome Circle and Ceremony meets on Samhain, the beginning of the Pagan Calendar. Future dates to be announced!