Northeast School of Botanical Medicine Herbal Homepage

Enrollment has began for all of the 2017 programs, see below for details

If you are interested in seeing me teach, I will be  traveling and teaching on the west coast from LA to Seattle from mid-August to mid-October 2016. Please see my schedule here. 

Within this website you can find current information about the three herbal medicine programs, as well as informative handouts, syllabus, application forms, blog and a calendar of events. There is a photo section with many photos of the school, wildcrafting trips, animals, plants, places, and other nature photos for your perusal.

There is also information on other areas where I am involved such as the Ithaca Free Clinic and teaching abroad. If you are interested in a more ongoing discussion, see my blog or Facebook pages (7Song and School page)


Northeast School of Botanical Medicine Program

Enrollment is now open for all 2017 programs- Community Herbalism Intensive, Weekend Herbalism Progam and the Apprenticeship. See the 'Programs & Classes' button for descriptions.


Payment is by check or money order (I am setting up a Paypal acount soon). Please make checks out to '7Song' and send them to the below address. Your place is held in the class after I recieve the deposit. The rest of the payment is due by April 20. See individual classes for more information. 


P.O. Box 6626

Ithaca, NY 14851

Apprenticeship Program

I am currently interviewing for the 2016-2017 apprenticeship. The apprenticeship can start anywhere between October to March, and ends December 9, 2017. There are two spots now open. 

For a detailed description of the apprenticeship, see here

The apprenticeship is free and the apprentices also attend all of the classes. That said, please do not ask about the apprenticeship to save money, it is a long commitement and apprentices have to have their finances worked out before they start, as they will have little time to earn any extra income. 

Consider the apprenticeship if you are thinking of practicing as a clinical herbalist. The apprentices accompany me to the Ithaca Free Clinic where I see patients. This is helpful for people interested in practicing clinically. 

he apprentices will accompany me to the Ithaca Free Clinic as usual and in exchange help with gardening, medicine making and other tasks. 

If you are interested, please call or email me soon so we can begin the interview process. It is always helpful to speak with former apprentices to get their personal insights of what the apprenticeship entails.

Overview of Programs

This page is a good place to learn about the classes, the emphasis and focus of the school to get an idea of why you would choose to attend the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine

Community Herbalism Intensive (450 hour 7 month course)

The 2917 program begins May 15

This is a comprehensive, hands-on program meeting 3 days weekly from May to November along with extended field trips. It is geared to give students an in-depth western clinical herbalist training including materia medicia, wildcrafting, medicine making, physiology, clinical and counseling skills and well as a practical participatory education.
While you are welcome to visit the program while it is in session, you do not have to come in for an in-person interview to be a part of this course.
Full description here

Please note that the Rainbow Gathering will be in Oregon in 2017 and all CHI students are required to attend and work at the first aid staion as well as the following field trip. Please budget for this. Students generally carpool. 

Weekend Herbal Program (One weekend per month)

The next program begins May 19-21 2017. Please note that is class is often full by February.

This is a one weekend per month class that meets from May-November (except September) where NSBM Weekend Program 2011students gain a practical understading of clinical herbalism, plant identification, wildcrafting, medicine making, and the other aspects of herbalism.



 Upcoming Classes Abroad with 7Song

7Song teaches at a number of schools, conferences and other venues around the country, please see here for his teaching schedule

PhotosWhite-faced Meadowhawk

One of my favorite pastimes is taking photos of plants, with a focus on medicinal plants. The plants here are accurately labeled and can be used for help in identification.
As a naturalist, there are also many photos of animals, insects and landscapes. There are also photographs of previous classes and the places we've been. It is searchable, and a good place to get a sense of the different programs

 Applications, Handouts and Syllabus

This section contains handouts used in classes, the school's application and other informative material. There is a wide variety of topics here, so please browse for any information you may find helpful. 

Herb Articles

Here are a number of articles relating to herbs, books, or any subject that did not make it to the handouts or blog sections. These include a number of book reviews on the plant guides I use to identify plants in my travels.

Dryden, NY

 NSBM 2010 Durland Bird Sanctuary