What’s in a name?

When I first decided to take the leap and create a training programme for medical herbalists I went through lots of different ideas about what the course would be called and how it would be run. I chose to use the word ‘apprenticeship’ in the traditional sense of the word as I see herbalists as crafts people as well as medical professionals; we’re a combination of the two. So when the course began that is what I decided to call the programme (from June 2016), and many people really resonated with the word, understanding that need to get back to …

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A day in the life of a herbal apprentice – Maria

To help you get an idea of what it’s like to be a herbal apprentice with Betonica, I have set our apprentices the challenge of writing a blog about what it’s like to be an apprentice with us.   Here’s Maria’s blog: “I love plants; I love all aspects of them – what they look like, how they smell, what they give to us in terms of food, medicine and well-being, and the fact that, whatever we may think as we pull them up as ‘weeds’, if the human race were to disappear tomorrow, plants would quietly reclaim the planet …

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Thank you to everyone who applied this year

It’s always great to see so many people interested in herbal medicine, and particularly interested in becoming medical herbalists. We had a record number of applications from people across the UK, and it was great to meet many of them at our interview day. We had two interview sessions which included a presentation about Betonica and what we stand for, as well as a chance to ask any questions before the start of the informal interviews. We also had a little herb ID quiz to get the herbal juices flowing while applicants were waiting. It was great to get some …

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Our first year as a herbal apprenticeship

The Betonica herbal apprenticeship began a year ago (find out more from our previous blog). Things have moved so quickly that sometimes it seems like we’ve been running for a lot longer than a year! What we’ve achieved this year: Links with other apprenticeship programmes in the UK and Ireland. A new home herbalist programme. Confirming 15 excellent tutors (meet some of them here) to teach the four year programme. Setting up our first community herbal medicine clinics in Tiverton and Wellington. Welcoming 8 new apprentices into the first year of the apprenticeship. Starting a more formal application and interview …

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Are you considering becoming a medical herbalist?

  What should you consider before committing to such an undertaking? Time It takes time to become a medical herbalist, most courses range from 3 years to up to 7 years. Do you have the time to commit to the course? It’s not just the length of the course before you can qualify, what about the time it’s going to take away from your family and work commitments? Most courses require at least 10 hours per week of study, is this something you can commit to? Most courses will involve study days, clinic days, and travelling, these all take time. …

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How did the Betonica Herbal Apprenticeship begin?

Over the last couple of years I have been giving talks and running workshops which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I love bringing people closer to plants and improving their health. This then lead me to offer distance learning courses which have also brought a whole new group of people to herbal medicine. Some students have come to all of those and come out the other end asking, what now? If you have a passion for herbal medicine should you become a medical herbalist? Only you can really answer that and it is certainly not a career path for the faint …

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