Dates: Imbolc to Beltane –
Weekday class: January 30th, 2019 – May 1st, 2019 with a graduation get together that weekend.
Weekend class: January 26th, 2019 – May 4th, 2019 with a graduation get together that weekend.
Schedule: Due to the large interest in the school, there will be two classes running concurrently with different schedules. Please specify on the application whether you are applying for the weekday or weekend class.
Weekday class: Every Wednesday 10 – 5 pm (with a one hour lunch break) and 2 Saturdays per month from 9 – 6 pm. No class on March 6th (Ash Wednesday). For exact weekend dates, see the bottom of this page. *Please note the weekday class is full. We are still accepting applications for the weekday class waitlist.*
Weekend class: Every Sunday 10 – 5 pm (with a one hour lunch break) and 2 Saturdays per month from 9 – 6 pm. No class on March 3rd (the Sunday before Mardi Gras). For exact weekend dates, see the bottom of this page. *Please note the weekend class is full. We are still accepting applications for the weekend class waitlist. *
Hours: 130 total hours of class
Tuition: Sliding scale $1500 – 2000, though the true cost of the class is $1800. This price covers all medicine making costs, including plants grown by Speak Easy Farms. Students will leave the program with a large apothecary to begin their work as Community Herbalists. A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to hold your spot upon acceptance. The remainder of the tuition is due by the first day of school. Payment plans available if needed. If you are wondering where you fall on the sliding scale, here are a few ideas from our pal, Bear.
Scholarships: There are 2 partial scholarships available. Students receiving these scholarships will still need to pay $500 to cover the costs of medicine making supplies. Email me if you are interested in finding out more about scholarships. People of color who live in/are from New Orleans will be prioritized. *Please note all of the scholarship positions are full. We are still accepting applications for the scholarship waitlist. *
Refund Policy: Students will be able to receive a full refund, minus their deposit, up to the first day of school. If a student needs to withdraw due to extenuating circumstances up to 14 days of the first day of class, they will receive half of their paid tuition minus their deposit. If they withdraw after this point, students will not receive a refund.
Certification: Graduates who attend the full program will receive a certificate stating that they completed the program and are qualified to pursue further education.
Attendance: Students may only miss 12 hours of class in order to receive a certificate and to qualify for further education.
Location: The classroom and garden space are located in the St. Claude neighborhood. All field trips will be to locations in the city and surrounding areas.
Additional Costs & Time Commitment: Students will need to purchase a few books and tools for medicine making. This shouldn’t cost more than $100. There will also be the cost of gas money for field trips. Please ensure that you will have enough time set aside to spend on studying and working on projects outside of class.
Inclusivity Policy: At the Samara School of Community Herbalism, we value diversity. In our selection of students, we do not discriminate against individuals of any class, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual beliefs or nationality. We understand that oppression and injustice have a negative impact on health. Likewise, we know that the intersection of various forms of oppression creates complex obstacles to healing.
Exact Dates: Exact rotating Saturday dates for each class are below.
Weekday class: The Saturdays that we will be in class are February 2nd & 16th, March 9th & 23rd, April 6th, 20th, & 27th.
Weekend class: The Saturdays that we will be in class are January 26th, February 9th & 23rd, March 16th & 30th, April 13th, & 20th, & May 4th. No class on Sunday April 14th so that folks can attend the NOLA Herb Gathering.