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FOUNDATIONS IN HERBALISM: Connecting Plants & People Energetically & Intuitively

  • Fields Without Fences 71 Barbertown Idell Road Frenchtown, NJ, 08825 United States (map)


Plant medicine is both an art and science developed and refined over the course of human history, and interwoven into the myths, culinary traditions, and seasonal practices that comprise culture. Join herbalist and medicinal plant grower Lindsay Napolitano as we explore foundational concepts and practices in herbalism that inform how we grow, harvest, process, and utilize plants for health and therapeutic effect. Every plant has a story to tell and an energetic influence over the external ecology of the local environment, and the internal ecology of the human body. This dynamic and interactive intensive will delve into the overlap of tradition and science as we use our senses to understand the activity and energetics of herbs through taste, touch, sight, and smell. We’ll review growing, harvesting, and foraging techniques, and participants will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience crafting plant medicine. This weekend long workshop is designed to jump start your understanding of herbal medicine, and offer you the tools to begin a mindful practice. Hosted on our 10 acre medicinal forest garden, this workshop is ideal for anyone looking to connect with the wild wisdom inherent in the plants where they grow!

What you’ll learn in this course…

  • Introduction to plant medicine traditions

  • Introduction to plant chemistry

  • Understanding plant energetics for holistic healing

  • Specific plants indicated for specific constitutions

  • Cultivation methods for medicinal herbs

  • Harvest techniques for crafting powerful herbals

  • Introduction to plant medicine making

  • Participants are invited to craft a homemade herbal tea, salve, and tincture to bring home.


Event Details…

  • Registration is required, No walk-ins please.
  • Cost: $150.00
  • This course runs 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday & Sunday.
  • Breakfast refreshments are included with this course. Lunch is BYO.
  • Please dress weather appropriate & bring a water bottle.
  • Space for camping is available to out-of-town attendees
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in.




Lindsay Napolitano is an herbalist, farmer, artist, and educator living and working within the fields and forests of the Delaware River Watershed. She is the co-founder of Fields Without Fences, a forest garden farm and permaculture design service. In collaboration with the natural world she designs, cultivates, and tends wild gardens and woodlands while growing and crafting plant medicine for her extended community. Combining a love of story, myth, metaphysics, and ecology, Lindsay weaves an inspired narrative throughout her teachings on the subjects of herbalism, permaculture, and agroecology. She is a practicing clinical herbalist and writes professionally on subjects including herbalism, permaculture, and environmental renewal. You can usually find her outside, aiding and abetting the plants in their ceaseless quest for world domination.

Earlier Event: July 7
Later Event: September 22