In 2020, we will be hosting 2 different programs: the Reclaim program, a 150-hour beginner program similar to the one we hosted in 2019 & the Reconnect Program, a 70-hour entry level program.  

Reclaim program

Dates: February 1st – May, 31st 2020. Exact dates up on the site by mid-July.

Schedule: Every Thursday 10 – 5 pm and every other Saturday. Class times vary but are mostly 10 am – 5 pm. There will be some field trip days we are in class from 9 am – 6 pm. No class on February 27th, which is the day after Ash Wednesday. Exact weekend dates will be up at the bottom of this page by mid-July.

Hours:  150 total hours of class

Tuition:  Sliding scale $1600 – 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. A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to hold your spot upon acceptance. The remainder of the tuition is due by January 1st, 2020. Payment plans available if needed and will be offered upon acceptance. If you are wondering where you fall on the sliding scale, here are a few ideas from our pal, Bear.

Scholarships:  Partial scholarships are available. Students receiving these scholarships will pay $500 to cover the costs of medicine making supplies for the apothecary they receive. People of color who live in/are from New Orleans will be prioritized. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out this form in addition to the regular school application below.

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: 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.

Time Commitment: This program is rigorous and requires time spent outside of class in order to get projects and readings done. You will need to have enough time set aside to spend on studying outside of class. Please consider this when applying.

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: Dates coming soon.

Fill out an application for the Reclaim program here.


Reconnect program: Details coming soon! Check back on June 26th!