This is something that I offered for the first time in 2018 at the request of a previous course participant who wanted to go deeper in her study with my support. I really enjoyed supporting her in this way and found that the one-on-one mentoring experience offered several positive aspects that aren’t really possible in a group setting. One major advantage is that the mentee is able to request a focus on specific material. They also able to help design the format of our time together based on their learning style and, wonderfully, we can continually assess and reformat as interests and passions arise in the material, or as new ideas for information integration present themselves. The one-on-one approach allows for an experience that feels closer to an old world traditional passing-on of knowledge, is more of an equal partnership approach to learning as opposed to top-down, and honors the understanding that people learn best when their mentor follows their interests and stems from what they are truly yearning for and ready to learn.
Because of the nature of this offering, it’s important that someone seeking this type of experience be self-motivated and clear on what they wish to gain from the experience.
The format can be oriented more towards a hands-on approach of herbalism, discussion based approach, homework and then integration approach, or anything that best suits the individual. I also now offer this mentorship experience as a merging of the ancestral lineage healing and spiritual counseling work that I do, allowing us to get to a depth with those modalities that is not as available in shorter term arrangements.
Our focus can be centered on aspects of traditional and clinical herbalism, or on spiritual development work: focused on intuition, boundaries, energy work, spirit relationships, and/or ancestral healing. We can prioritize developing a better understanding of the human body, deepening your relationships with plants, learning materia medica, understanding actions and indications, foundational herbalism, ritual skills or personal healing, or explore specific fields such as pregnancy, queer health, children, medicine making, plant identification, building a home garden and apothecary, using herbal medicine for your family, energy anatomy, journey work, clinical preparation, practicing case studies, etc. There are really endless possibilities for how we design the format of our time together and it’s all based on what you want guidance, witnessing and support with.
Base format: 20 sessions of 1.5 hours each, meeting every other week or every third week, depending on what you prefer. (30 total 1:1 hours)
Cost: $1,550 with 12 work trade hours (valued at $25/hour) helping with various plant related tasks on my homestead. I am open to converting more of the cost to work trade if you have skills which are relatable to homestead projects that may be underway, or to increasing the cost if you would rather not do work trade.
Those engaging in a mentorship will be prioritized for available support opportunities in other classes as a way to make concurrent classes more accessible to them.
If you are interested in discussing the possibility of a mentorship, please email me directly and include the following information:
Your background working with the material you wish to explore
What you would be hoping to get out of this mentorship
What things you are most interested in learning about or developing in yourself
What the most fruitful learning experience you’ve previously had entailed and why it was so meaningful for you
Any questions that you have about doing a mentorship with me
After I receive your email we can arrange a time to meet to discuss the details. Due to the nature of this experience, it is important to me that:
Our personalities are a good match – we are going to be spending a good deal of time together and I want to ensure that we both enjoy it
Your learning style matches my teaching style so you get as much as possible out of our time
My knowledge base meets your specific learning interests
We both have clear and attainable expectations
This is a one of a kind experience and can be really wonderful when it’s a good match, but it may not be for everyone and it’s very important to me that we ensure we’re a good fit before diving in.