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

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.  Sliding scale $5-$10 per person. 

Want to hold a private plant walk on your land? Please inquire! Thank you for a wonderful season of plant walks and talks! 


Earthwalk Botanicals

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!



Children’s Herbal Play!  2019

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 Thursdays from 10am-12pm. Projects are determined by what is in bloom and abundant, and will be announced a week before the class. Registration is required.  Please contact us thru the form below or call 617-755-8063


July 11, July 18th, July 25th










Herbal Apprenticeship 2019

Our program begins on May 11th and meets two Saturdays a month through November 16th.  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.  Herbal energetics are introduced to students, as well as developing some intuitive skills which make choosing “the right herbs” less of a guessing game.   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 our wonderful core faculty: Jillian Twisla, Steve Byers, and Oceanna Miller.  We take occasional field trips and get outside as much as possible.  This is a foundational apprenticeship that prepares students for the Advanced Level Training. Tuition cost is $1025 which includes the cost of the course book and all materials.  Payment plans are available. Please inquire.


Below are the dates for the 2019 Herbal Apprenticeship:

May 11, 25 (digestive system)

June 8, 22 (respiratory system)

July 13, 27 (cardiovascular system)

August 10, 24 (nervous system)

September 7, 28 (reproductive and muscular-skeletal systems)

October 12, 26(endocrine and immune systems)

November 9, 16 (urinary system, GRADUATION!)

*Classes will be held at Melanie’s home in Rockport from 10-5.  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



Earthwalk Teachers


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, at which time she became a core faculty member and led apprenticeship programs for 8 years.  The Earthwalk Apprenticeship is now completing it’s 3rd year and we are overjoyed with the herbal learning community that has been created in that time.   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.  She is available for private health consultations and for teaching workshops.



Jillian Twisla 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 consultations.   



Community Herbalist Training 2020

January- June 2020

This certification course provides students with the skills they need to begin working as a Community Herbalist. After the completion of a first level apprenticeship, which represents the “body”, we now enter the “mind” with this Intermediate level training.  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 the history of Western herbal medicine, 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 has two primary focuses: classes and clinics.  The classes are held on 12 Saturdays from 10-5, which meet about every 2 weeks with some exceptions.   Students will receive 15+ hours of hands-on clinical practice during class hours. Our clinics will be a combination of performing intakes on each other, and also bringing in clients from outside of our class.  Everyone will have an opportunity to play an active role in performing an intake, practicing diagnostic skills, formulating, and creating customized protocols. Given the fact that this course begins in the unpredictable Maine winter, 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 Community Herbalist certificate.  Tuition cost is $950. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required at the time of registration.  Payment plans are available. Please inquire! The tuition fee covers materials and your course book. 1 additional book will be required, not costing more than $25. 

To sign up for the Community Herbalist 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 or some other arrangement that gets you caught up.  We need to know that you know your stuff!

Classes/Clinics meet on these Saturdays: January 11, January 25,  February 1, February 22, March 7,  March 21, April 4, April 18, May 9, May 23, June 6, June 20

After registration you will receive an email with the full itinerary for the course with all the specifics! 

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

Green Blessings!





Upcoming Workshops and Events!

*Ancestral Gut Health- Wednesday June 26th, 2-5pm. Steve Byers teaches us how to improve health thru traditional diets and herbs, and how to heal the 5 most common gut imbalances.  $25 per person.  More information can be found on the facebook page. RSVP

*Music as Medicine and Attuning to Plants- Saturday and Sunday July 20th-21st 10am-4pm both days. Special guest teachers Maureen Robertson and Jose Melo will be visiting Earthwalk from their beautiful herb farm in Portugal. The first day Jose will guide us in an exploration of the musical vibrations of plants and essential oils.  We will create essential oil blends that align us with our highest health thru scent and vibration. This day will prepare us for opening to the energies of plants and our focus on Sunday with Maureen, who is a powerful teacher of Steiner and Goethe’s anthroposophical herbalism.  Maureen will help us directly experience medicine from the plants’ overseers- devas, nature spirits, and subtle energies. More information is available on our facebook page. $80 for one day or $150 for the weekend. 

*Sustainable Bee Medicine- Wednesday, August 14th. 2-4pm. $25 per person. Sustainability and Usage of Bee Hive Products:
Beekeeper and herbal enthusiast, Debra Lowtwait, teams up with Earthwalk to offer a workshop on the multifaceted aspects of Bee medicine. For more details, please visit our facebook event page.  Registration is required. 617-755-8063

*Getting to Know Rhodiola- October 5th, Maine Herbalist Gathering.  Join Earthwalk director Melanie Rose Scofield for a talk on a little plant that is an adaptogenic powerhouse. In this class we will learn about rhodiola’s history, how it works, how to grow it in Maine, and how to properly dose it to get the best results. 

For more details on these classes, please visit the Facebook events pages. Call or email to reserve your space.


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