A 3-Year Herbal Study with Dr. Nate Petley
Dr. Petley’s Herb Apprenticeship focuses on the art and science of herbalism. The program is suitable for those looking to gain a deeper respect for the power of herbs, those aspiring to become a practicing herbalist, those working in the health care field who would like to expand their knowledge of botanical medicine, and those looking to start an herbal product business. Dr. Petley’s Herb Apprenticeship is divided into three years: Essential Herbalism, Applied Herbalism, and Clinical Herbalism. Each year builds on the previous but students are not required to commit to all three years at once. Visit the short videos available on YouTube: Dr. Petley’s Herb Apprenticeship Trailer, Dr. Petley’s Herb Apprenticeship 2017, Herb Apprenticeship 2017, Become an Herbalist, Be the Change.
Enrollment for Essential Herbalism 2017 is now closed. The classes run on the second Saturday of every month from February to November. Each class runs 9AM-5PM. Dates for 2017 include: 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10, 7/8, 8/12, 9/9, 10/14, 11/11.
Festival of Herbalists: December 4, 2017, 5PM-8PM at Maine Center for Natural Health. This event is designed to celebrate all students taking part in Dr. Petley’s Herb Apprenticeship. It is optional for those finishing Essential Herbalism (the first year of Dr. Petley’s Herb Apprenticeship) to create herbal products and experience selling them in a marketplace setting. Prospective students are encouraged to attend in order to chat with current students and hear their stories. Click here for details.
Enrollment for Essential Herbalism 2018 will begin October 1, 2017. The classes run on the second Saturday of every month from February to November. Each class runs 9AM-5PM. Dates for 2018 include: 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12, 6/9, 7/14, 8/11, 9/8, 10/13, 11/10.
Enrollment for Applied Herbalism 2018 will begin October 1, 2017. The classes will run the Sunday following Essential Herbalism (this correlates to the second or third Sunday of the month). Classes run from February to November and each class runs 9AM-5PM. Dates for 2018 include: 2/11, 3/11, 4/15, 5/13, 6/10, 7/15, 8/12, 9/9, 10/14, 11/11.
Classes will be held at Maine Center for Natural Health, One Post Office Square, Waterville, Maine with some excursions to wild areas throughout the summer. Class dates may shift at times depending on holidays and class agreement.
Essential Herbalism is a 10-month herb apprenticeship that meets the second Saturday of every month from February to November. Enrolled students are introduced to the foundations of herbal medicine through hands-on lectures and class discussions. Each class will focus on herbal preparations and ideal herbs, along with special topics like plant identification, wildcrafting, scope of practice, essential oils, plant energetics, healing foods, etc. Click here for detailed topics included in Essential Herbalism.
Applied Herbalism is a 10-month herb apprenticeship that meets the second Sunday of every month from February to November. This is year two in Dr. Petley’s herb apprenticeship program where he leads students who have taken Essential Herbalism to start applying herbalism in daily lives. Each class will focus on different systems of the body including anatomy, physiology and pathology along with exemplary herbs and formulas for addressing common conditions. Special topics include advanced medicinal preparations, dosing, and herbal formulating. Applied Herbalism starts February 2018 and enrollment begins October 1, 2017.
Clinical Herbalism is a 10-month herb apprenticeship that meets the fourth Saturday of every month from February to November. This is year three in Dr. Petley’s herb apprenticeship and is open to students who have taken both Essential Herbalism and Applied Herbalism. Enrolled students gain clinical experience and confidence while seeing live patient case studies. Each class will also focus on advanced health topics such herb-drug interactions and contraindications. There will also be a detailed review of the scope of practice for herbalists. This includes writing case studies. Clinical Herbalism starts February 2019.
Each year costs $2000. Enrollment requires a non-refundable deposit of $300 to reserve a space in the apprenticeship program (applied to the tuition). Students may choose to pay monthly via automatic withdrawal ($170 x 10 +$300 enrollment fee = $2000) or all at once by the start of the first class ($1450 +$300 enrollment fee = $1750, for a savings of $250). Automatic withdrawals will be made on the Friday before each class unless prior payment arrangements are made.
2017 Essential Herbalism Scholarship:
There are two $1000 scholarships made available by an anonymous donor for the 2017 Essential Herbalism Herb Apprenticeship. These scholarships will be awarded to two students who apply by December 31, 2016 (hand delivered or post-marked by this date). Please download or ask for a copy of the application. Applications may be emailed to Dr. Petley (email@example.com) or dropped off at or mailed to Maine Center for Natural Health (1 Post Office Square, Waterville, ME 04901). Sorry, no late applications will be accepted after the deadline to ensure sufficient time for the committee to review and select recipients. The application process has now closed.
Class enrollment is available online (www.drpetley.com). The remainder of the tuition can be paid in person via credit card, check, or cash if paying the full tuition by the start of the first class. These payment options are still available to those who choose to pay monthly if arrangements are made prior to the automatic withdrawal that occurs on the Friday before each class.
Enrollment may be cancelled for any reason before the start of the first class and payments will be refunded minus the enrollment fee. After the start date, students not wishing to continue will forfeit the enrollment fee plus any prepaid tuition for classes in which the student participated at the rate of $170 per class. Otherwise, students are still required to pay for classes they miss and class notes and materials will be made available. Do not register for this program if you cannot commit to attending every class.
Dr. Petley reserves the right to cancel a student’s participation in the program. Please contact Dr. Petley if you have any questions before enrolling in the herb apprenticeship program. Enrolled students are encouraged to study herbs outside of the herb apprenticeship program and will receive a discount on many other classes taught by Dr. Petley at Maine Center for Natural Health (some exclusions may apply) during the year they are enrolled in a program. These may be viewed as electives and include materia medica, soap making, medical astrology, etc.
Outside reading, homework, and projects are expected between classes so the student not only learns in class but practices the art of herbalism. This may take an estimated 3-5 hours per week. Although there are no required books for the program, students will be encouraged to purchase a few herbal texts to enhance their apprenticeship experience, along with herbs and ingredients for home projects. A detailed book list will be published. Dr. Petley will help organize bulk sales for both book and ingredients, when available. Students can expect monthly costs to be $25+ depending on what they have available, what they choose to wildcraft, etc.
About Dr. Petley:
Dr. Nate Petley is a naturopathic doctor and clinical herbalist practicing in Waterville, Maine. Dr. Petley blends the art and science of herbalism in his clinic and classroom, relying on his 20 years of experience studying, wildcrafting, and making herbal medicine. Dr. Petley lectures throughout New England on the healing properties of herbs, medicinal preparation and naturopathic medicine. He attracts students of all backgrounds, from the budding herbalist to the medical professional. He has taught at the university level as an adjunct professor, as well as at naturopathic conferences for CE credit. His passion for herbs is contagious as he presents his knowledge in an easy to understand manner. Click here for for more information about Dr. Nate Petley.