Herbal and Garden Program

Health Alkemy Herbal Program Began in 2016blue-vervain

+The first of its kind program.  Learn to understand the web of life as it relates to herbs, plants, and how they nurture the human organism.  Participants will learn to use plants via science, clinical indications, historical use, folk use, and direct experience.  How plants interface with the Earth (and us) via soil health, sunlight, water, and air.  The entire program is a requirement for Certification as an Herbalist.  Once completed, the participant applies for a one year herbal apprenticeship – minimum 100 hours education and 100 more in clinical setting working with people directly.

The other option is to come in and get an assessment in health from us, and we can design a food and herb garden for your specific needs!

12 classes – one per month
Can begin anytime and join the process already occurring.



$749 (payments – initial deposit of 249, $100 per month payments pays off at month 6)

Features up to 3 on site visits and an initial consultation (value for that alone is $200)


  • Nature/garden walks – plant identification, history of use, understanding plants via felt sense meditations
  • Medicine making – topicals, salts, oils, vinegars, tinctures, honey extracts, and more
  • Meditations and Direct plant experience, Morphology – how to determine plant properties based on form
  • Indications / Clinical perles, cautions, Signatures and Matches
  • Garden skills – soil, microbes, compost, fertilization
  • Survival skills

Example Topics

January Young plants/herbs, soil health, getting plants/seeds in ground/pots, nettles, horsetail, learning to sit with sensations/feelings/impulses from plants, composting and mulching skills.
Understanding root energy and mycelium/microbial interface – plant adaptation
February Spring energy – Nettles, chickweed, miners lettuce, garden skills – soil health
Inspection of land – lighting, insects, soil health (weed identification as a measure of soil health)
March Horsetail, young leaf energy
Calamus – observe early and later in year
April Wood element, TBD
Harvesting compost
Scullcap observe and harvest
May Vervain, TBD, Self-heal
How to make cheap and easy compost bins – their importance
Elder flowers
June Summer energy – flowers, mature leaves, St John’s wort, fire element (observation of where maximum light hits garden), yarrow observation and harvest
July Ginkgo, Greater Celandine – its history and uses
Summer light, heat management, water control of heat, mulching
August Working with sunlight, gotu kola and bacopa
Elder berries wild harvest
September Roots, barks, seeds, comfrey root harvest
October Root harvest, last summer flower harvest, prep seeds and beds for winter crops
November Prepping for next year, roots, barks, seeds
Getting garden beds ready – finishing harvest of Late Summer and Autumn foods
December After first rains, look up tender water loving plants, tend soil (observation of lighting)


Make an Appointment


720 River Street
River Street Wellness Center, Unit 4
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 325-3174


  • Monday-Friday 12:00PM - 4:00 PM
  • Two Sundays/month (by appointment/phone)

Contact us at healthalkemy@gmail.com for more details.


720 River Street
River Street Wellness Center, Unit 4
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 325-3174
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