The core curriculum of the school is a series of classes that meet once a week for five weeks, or can be presented as a day-long workshop. The classes cover practical herbalism and healthy living in ways that can immediately be applied in the participants' lives. These classes are free; they explore what should be considered a human birthright: the ability to take personal responsibility, make informed decisions about health, and have direct access to safe, traditional botanical resources. If you work with a school, church, wellness center, or other community organization, Common Branch would love to partner with you to make this curriculum available to your group!
Class One: Traditional Roots of Health This class explores traditional concepts of the human body, health and how it can be encouraged, and the role of herbs in health throughout history and into modern times.
Class Two: Using Herbs Safely This class explores the traditional use of herbs, and compares it to modern practices. Safe and unsafe practices will be explored in each case, and we will also explore some of the modern scientific findings about herbs.
Class Three: A Brief Introduction to Twelve Important Herbs Students will be introduced to twelve herbs that have been chosen for their versatility, wide availability, and rich history.
Class Four: Gardening with the Twelve Herbs In this class, we will discuss the fundamentals of growing herbs for personal and family use. We will address herb gardens for small spaces, container gardening, and using herbs as landscape plants. Harvesting tips and seed-saving will also be covered in this class.
Class Five: Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit In the capstone class, students will learn the skills they need to make practical first aid kits for home use. Unfortunately, this is not a hands-on class at this time, but finished products will be available for the students so they can know what to expect when they follow the recipes at home.