Earthwalk teachers are passing down the wisdom of local and global herbal traditions to individuals, families, and aspiring practitioners.
We offer classes, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities that explore a broad array of natural healing modalities to improve body, mind, and spirit.
This seven-month certification course provides students with a solid foundation in herbalism and prepares them for the Advanced Training.
Classes and Workshops
Earthwalk offers a variety of classes and programs throughout the year that appeal to both entry-level and established herbalists.
Melanie Rose Scofield
Melanie Rose Scofield is an herbalist, health educator, and the director and founder of the Earthwalk School of Herbal Traditions.
Medicinal Plant Walks 2018
Earthwalk offers medicinal plant walks once a month from June thru August. Here we get to know the local plants and observe their natural growing patterns and habitats, while learning how to respectfully harvest and utilize the healing properties of the wild weeds growing all around us. We visit beautiful locations in Rockport, ME. All walks are on Sundays from 10-11:30am. $10 a person or $15 for a family.
June 17- Erickson Fields Preserve- Father’s Day! Dad’s come for free.
July 29th- Beech Hill (Beech Hill Rd. parking lot)
August 5th- Earthwalk School’s Educational Gardens- 14 Camrock Dr., Rockport, ME
August 19th- Merryspring Nature Center
We have launched a small product line on Etsy! All proceeds of Earthwalk Botanicals go to support our scholarship program and our free herbal clinic. Please support our efforts by purchasing these wonderful products! http://www.etsy.com/shop/earthwalkbotanicals
Children’s Herbal Play! 2018
Every summer the Earthwalk School offers hands-on “play”shops for kids ages 5-10. These classes include learning to identify plants, harvesting medicinal and culinary herbs, drying them and processing the plants for herbal teas, oil, salves, bug sprays, dream pillows and herbal honeys. This is a program that really gets kids connected to the earth and all her magic. Each class is $25, which includes materials, or all 3 classes for $65. These classes are on Wednesdays from 2-4pm. Projects are determined by what is in bloom and abundant, but will be revealed a week before the class. Registration is required. Please contact us thru the form below or call 617-755-8063
June 13th- projects TBA
July 25th- projects TBA
August 8th- projects TBA
Herbal Apprenticeship 2018
Our program begins on May 12th and meets two Saturdays a month through November 17th. Students get hands-on experience making tinctures, teas, oils, salves, flower essences…etc, and are exposed to various herbal traditions including Chinese, Ayurveda, and Western herbalism. Each month we cover a different body system and the herbs that nourish and support it. Clinical diagnostic skills, including facial and tongue analysis, are taught to students. These provide a system for determining internal imbalances so that we may better choose the correct herbs to address specific conditions. Throughout the course we will learn to identify and harvest local medicinal plants and each person will study one herb per month as a homework assignment. Students are awarded a certificate in herbalism upon the completion of their training. This course is led by director Melanie Rose Scofield and other wonderful guest teachers. We take occasional field trips and get outside as much as possible. Tuition cost is $950. Payment plans are available.
Below are the dates for the 2018 Herbal Apprenticeship:
May 12, 26 (digestive system)
June 9, 23 (respiratory system)
July 14, 28 (cardiovascular system)
August 11, 18 (nervous system)
September 8, 22 (reproductive systems)
October 13, 27 (endocrine and immune systems)
November 3, 17 (urinary system, GRADUATION!)
*Classes will be held at Melanie’s home in Rockport. Apprenticeships are life changing experiences and we look forward to sharing this incredible journey of healing with you! For more information, please email us directly, or call Melanie @ 617-755-8063
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2017!
MELANIE ROSE SCOFIELD
Melanie opened the doors of the Earthwalk School of Herbal Traditions in 2015- Midcoast Maine’s very own herbal school! Melanie has a background in nutrition, herbs, and energy medicine. In 2005 she completed her nutritional consultant training with the Global College of Natural Medicine, as well as her first apprenticeship with the Boston School of Herbal Studies. In 2007 she completed her Advanced Clinical Herbalist Training, also with the BSHS, and since then has been leading apprenticeship programs in the Boston area. She feels incredibly blessed to have worked with such gifted teachers who have helped to shape her into the teacher she is today: Madelon Hope, Tommy Priester, Matthew Wood, Linda Patterson, Rocio Alarcon, Margi Flint, Kurt Leland, and many others. Melanie’s main passion is teaching others to cultivate their innate wisdom and fine tune their own intuitive abilities. In addition to rambling on about herbs and all things healthful, she enjoys spending time with her family in Rockport, playing the bass guitar with local funk band, Bottomless Funk, or boogying down with fellow African drummers and dancers. Melanie is available for private health consultations and for teaching workshops.
Jillian Kelsey-Rose is an herbalist, health educator, passionate gardener and mama. She has a background in clinical herbalism, naturopathy, permaculture and plant mysticism. She studied Naturopathy and traditional European herbalism at Southern Cross University in Australia and has been lucky to learn from many incredible American herbalists as well. Jillian’s clear and grounded teaching approach is deeply appreciated and we at Earthwalk are honored to have her on board as core faculty. She co-facilitates the Advanced Level Training and also helps out with the Herbal Apprenticeship. Jillian lives close to the Earth with her family in Hope, Maine, where she offers classes and occasional consultations.
Advanced Herbal Training 2019
This certification course provides students with the skills they need to begin working in a clinical setting. We focus on deepening our understanding of chronic illnesses, furthering our knowledge of medicinal plants, and learning about the art of consultations. Students will learn how to create a client intake form, how to read the face, tongue, pulse, and nails as part of an intake. We place importance on learning drug/herb interactions, how to work with autoimmune conditions, how to support those with cancer, understanding the energetics of tissue states, and the legalities behind establishing a private practice. The core teachers for the Advanced Herbal Training are Melanie Rose Scofield– clinical herbalist and Earthwalk Director, Jillian Twisla– clinical herbalist of Hope, ME, and Steve Byers– clinical herbalist of Belfast, ME.
This course is divided into 2 parts: classes and clinics. The classes are held on 7 Saturdays from 10-5. These constitute the bulk of our lessons. The clinics are held once a month on a Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30. Snow dates will be arranged. Students will get 15 hours of clinical experience in which everyone gets an opportunity to play an active role in giving an intake, practicing diagnostic skills, formulating, and creating customized protocols. Clinics are always supervised by an experienced Earthwalk teacher. Assignments and required reading are also part of the course.
Students who complete the Advanced Herbal Training will receive a Clinical Herbalist certificate. Tuition cost is $875. Payment plans are available.
To sign up for the Advanced Training, students must have completed a first level Apprenticeship either through the Earthwalk School or through another comparable training/apprenticeship. In order to receive a certificate, you must miss no more than one class. If another class is missed, the student must make up the class by arranging a private make up date with a teacher for $50. We need to know that you know your stuff!
Classes meet on these Saturdays: January 19, February 9, March 2, March 23, April 6, April 27, May 18
Clinics meet on these following Wednesdays: January 23, February 20, March 13, April 17, May 8
We hope you will consider our school for your education in the herbal arts. If you have any questions pertaining to this course, please use the contact form below or call Melanie @ 617-755-8063
Upcoming Workshops and Events!
*Community Herbal Clinic- Once a month we offer free holistic health options to folks who otherwise may not be able to afford herbal consultations and herbal medicines.Up to 15 people can attend the clinic and pre-registration is required. This is a wonderful opportunity for herbalists to brush up on consultation skills and also for newbies to learn a bit about what we do and acquire some new assessment tools. We create medicine together and provide a safe space for our client. No walk-ins please. For more information and upcoming clinic dates, please call, email, or visit the Facebook events page.
Earthly Aromatics: Scents of the Sacred- Sunday July 29th. 11am-3PM. Special guest teacher Jessica LaBrie of Blackbirds Daughter Botanicals will be visiting Earthwalk for this very informative class on capturing the sensual fragrances of plants without using essential oils. Essential oils have become a hot topic, but many herbalists are concerned about the potential side effects of using these concentrated substances, as well as the sustainability of them. Come make your own smudge bundle, floral water, ritual incense, and personal sacred scent! More information on the Facebook event page. $40 per person
*Margi Flint- Reading the Body and Clinical Pearls- Join us for a 2 day intensive with Margi Flint! September 15-16th, 10-4PM both days. Margi travels to midcoast Maine once again to offer us her wisdom, humor, and insight. Learn or deepen consultation skills, learn to catch health imbalances early on before they become problematic, sit with a seasoned herbalist! $150 for the weekend.
*Tuesday Clinic– Every Tuesday Melanie Rose Scofield offers 2 discounted Whole Health Consultations- 10am and 1:30PM. These sessions are reserved for low-income households/individuals in an effort to make holistic health services more available to everyone. Please contact Melanie to reserve your space today or visit the Facebook page for more information. Cost is sliding scale $55-75 which includes the cost of the herbs.
For more details on these classes, please visit the Facebook events pages. Call or email to reserve your space.