Herbal Apprenticeship

Residential Program | Weekly Wise Woman Apprenticeship Program

Residential Program

The residential program will not be offered in 2017. Check back for 2018 dates.

Scroll down or click above for information about the weekly apprenticeship dates for 2017

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Join us for this remembering- as we are invited to discover the meaning of the term Be-Wilder as it is defined by feminist author Mary Daly. She defines this term as to “lead the self and others on pixie-paths that wind deeper into the unknown; to hear and follow the call of the wild”

This residential herbal apprenticeship is a unique opportunity for women to hear the call of the wild and to listen to their own deep wisdom. We will connect deeply with ourselves, the earth, herbal green allies and all that is. Women will have the opportunity to experience living close to the earth while incorporating herbs and wild foods into their daily life. We will create a community of that encourages, inspires and challenges us to look to the mother earth. plant sisters and all that is, for deep healing and wisdom. This program is an authentic apprenticeship where participants are offered support on their own personal journey and encouraged, supported and challenged to journey to their depths.

We will connect with the wise woman within while hiking, kayaking, dancing, harvesting, creating community, crafting traditional foods and medicines, practicing compassionate communication, sitting in talking stick ceremony, exploring nature awareness and learning a wide variety of skills including but not limited to cordage making, basket weaving, broom making, hide tanning and much more!.

What you may discover in this program:

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  • Ways to incorporate herbs and wild edibles into daily life
  • Skills for identifying, harvesting and using local wild herbs
  • Techniques for growing herbs for food and medicine
  • How to create optimum nutrition with traditional food preparation
  • Harvesting and preparing wild food
  • Home Cheese making
  • Fermentation
  • How to make and use herbal remedies
  • Herbs for particular body systems
  • Approaches to connecting with the natural world
  • A personal materia medica
  • Herbal First Aid
  • Skills and confidence in sorting through health care options and how to be an advocate for healing
  • An understanding of health with a focus on seasonal cycles and patterns
  • Life enhancing communication skills
  • The Wise Healer within
  • Traditions of Healing
  • Communicating with plants/Plant Spirit Medicine
  • Experience with the birth/life/death cycle
  • Permaculture Principles
  • The joy and challenges of living in community
  • Mystery

And much more!!!

This program includes guidance on your personal journey, use of our extensive library, materials as well as whole and wild food meals, participation in all other programs being offered during the apprenticeship. Apprentices completing the program receive discounts on future programs as well. This program is for women only, providing a unique space to explore the invisible feminine that our culture often asks us to forget. There may be quest instructors and an opportunity to interact with the community through classes and other events. Participants will have the option of camping during this apprenticeship in order to connect deeply with the earth.

We will be staying at the Windhorse Retreat Center. The center is located in a beautiful glacial area adjacent to the 15,000 acre Kettle Moraine State Forest. The Kettle Moraine State Forest is in southeastern Wisconsin, USA. The chief feature of the reserve is the Kettle Moraine, a highly glaciated area. The area contains very hilly terrain and glacial landforms, such as kettles, kames and eskers. This forest offers a vast opportunity for exploring the natural world!

*Please note that An apprenticeship is a deep commitment to study and learn with a particular guide. Apprentices are asked to work on all levels: mental, emotional, spiritual as well as physical. Please be willing to explore all of these aspects. Apprentices are asked to be present for the entire program. If you are not able to make a commitment to the entire program, please consider taking classes or workshops, until such time as you can commitment to the entire program. The program builds momentum over time and being involved in the entire process offers the individual as well as the learning community the best opportunity for growth and support!

‘Cast your eyes down when you pray…in recognition: our only hope is in the soil…’ L. Keith

Past Apprentices Share

“I realize now that I am the driver of my healthcare; through herbs, nourishing foods, mild tinctures, and only from a place of centeredness and clarity, do I employ western medicine’s tools. I am grateful that you offered me the resources to make this enlivening shift.”

“I am so grateful for your influence in my life…I have felt motivated (especially during the apprenticeship and the herbal trip) to look for nourishment, and I continue to feel motivated and inspired when I read your updates or talk with/write you. Thank you for all the work you have done to be at this place of sharing/being willing to share your wisdom and experiences.”

“Your presence in my life has helped to break me open and give me revolutionary direction! I thank you, wholeheartedly and in deep gratitude, for sharing your relationship to the green and the goddess with me, and your clear and direct spirit!”

“I’m deeply appreciating the time I spent out on your land and how it created a space for me to be more present in my daily life.”

“You taught me more in those couple of weeks during the Winter apprenticeship then most people have taught me in my whole life. You were a good and at times hard teacher to have, but I am grateful.”

“This month-long program was a life-changing experience for me. I cannot say enough good things about the programs that Linda offers.”

“I wanted to say thank you for providing the container in which I was able to find my inner strength. I am feeling stronger, empowered, and more alive then I have ever felt in my life. Living within the Wise Women Tradition and embracing my illness instead of demonizing it and letting it control my life has been very powerful for me”

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Fees for this program: ($1650-1250) sliding scale. The fee is all inclusive (food, space for lodging, some medicine making supplies, participation in community classes and workshops, instruction, handouts with articles, recipes and much more!). You decide where you are on the scale based on your access to resources.

To register send an expression of intention and $200 deposit to Linda Conroy PO Box 653 Stoughton WI 53589 Once I receive your intention we will set up a phone interview to determine whether this program is a good match for you and you for working with me. We will be working closely together and it is in both our interest to connect ahead of time in order to answer questions, address concerns and open to the mystery. I look forward to hearing from you!! If we agree this is the program for you and you for it, you will be expected to send the balance 3 weeks prior to arriving for your apprenticeship, unless other arrangements have been made. If we decide the program is not for you, your deposit will be returned-otherwise once we have agreed you will be participating the deposit is non-refundable. Feel free to email with preliminary questions prior to submitting your application: rosemarygoddess@moonwiseherbs.com

To pay your $200 deposit with credit card to hold your place, do so below. Please send your expression of intention through snail mail. *a one time $3 nonrefundable fee will be added to deposit payments made below.



For more information see www.moonwiseherbs.com or rosemarygoddess@moonwiseherbs.com or 920-457-HERB (9290)

Weekly Wise Woman Apprenticeship Program

Weekly Wise Woman Earthways Herbal Apprenticeship ProgramThese immersion programs are an opportunity for women to connect deeply with themselves and to develop a connection with herbal green allies.

Please be willing to make a minimum 8 week commitment to the weekly program. This intensive program meets one day per week. Participants can join one session or longer. (Cost sliding scale for each 8 week session is $450-525). Participants receive discounts on residential programs and are welcome to join community workshops as part of their apprentice fee. Register for all 3 weekly sessions, with full payment for $1,150.00.

Monarda Bee Balm HarvestSpend time connecting with the wise woman within, while hiking, gardening, wild crafting, creating herbal medicines, discovering herbal nourishment and more! Creating sacred space through the practice of talking stick ceremony, nature awareness, guided visualization, practices in compassionate communication and more, we are guided through gateways to the green world. Participants in this program leave with a strong foundation in herbal wisdom and nourishment.

The first eight weeks are focused on incorporating herbs into daily life to promote health. Subsequent sessions build on this knowledge and participants develop a first aid kit and learn to apply herbs for common injuries and ailments. This program is seasonal, so in addition we will harvest plants of the season; generally speaking leaves and buds in the spring, flowers in the summer, seeds and roots in the fall and from the pantry in the winter. Participants who wish to receive additional guidance can work with Linda for 1-2 years.

*An herbal apprenticeship is a commitment and a journey. Wise Woman Apprentices are asked to engage in the process on many levels, including practical, spiritual, emotional and more. Please be prepared to work on all of these levels. If you are not prepared for this, then take an herbal class, see our calendar of events. Sometimes taking a few classes will help prepare you for the apprenticeship in the future. If you already feel prepared I would love to work with you and you can send your expression of intention.

Weekly Wise Woman Earthways Herbal Apprenticeship ProgramIn order for this program to provide the deep learning that is required participants are asked to attend all sessions. No make up sessions will be provided. Serious students will be encouraged to continue beyond 8 weeks and after a full year of study participants may be offered the opportunity to complete an internship, working closely with Linda to offer classes, make herbal wares, sit in on consultations and vend at area events.

What you may discover in this program

  • Ways to incorporate herbs as well as wild and whole food into daily life.
  • Skills for Identifying, harvesting and using local wild herbs.
  • Techniques for growing herbs for food and medicine
  • How to create optimum nutrition with traditional food preparation
  • How to make and use herbal remedies
  • Herbs for specific body systems
  • Approaches to connecting with the natural world.
  • A personal materia medica
  • Herbal Energetics
  • Herbal First Aid
  • Skills and confidence in sorting through health care options and how to be an advocate for healing.
  • An understanding of health with a focus on seasonal cycles and patterns
  • Life enhancing communication skills
  • The Wise Woman Healer within
  • Communicating with plants, plant spirit medicine
  • Mystery

And much more!!!

These programs include guidance on your personal journey, use of our extensive library, materials and whole and wild food meals and discounts on other programs. This program is for women only and provides a unique space to explore the invisible feminine that our culture often asks us to forget.

*Male students are invited to work with Linda through independent study and are invited to remember their own unique relationship to the feminine through a connection with the green world. Feel free to inquire.

*Be sure to send your letter of intention early to ensure a place in this program.

Spring 2017 Weekly Apprentice session: Wednesdays

March 29

April 5

April 19

April 26

May 3

May 10

May 17

May 24

Summer 2017 Weekly Apprentice Session: Wednesdays

June 28

July 5

July 12

July 19

July 26

August 2

August 9

August 16

Fall 2017 Weekly Apprentice Session: Wednesdays

September 6

September 13

September 20

September 27

October 4

October 11

October 18

October 25

The cost of the weekly sessions are sliding scale $450-525 sliding scale per session. This includes instruction, whole & wild food lunch with some materials for specific lessons. These sessions will meet on Wednesdays (9am-5pm) in Stoughton, WI at my home.

*Some days may end earlier to accommodate Linda’s evening teaching schedule. Participants will be welcome to participate in the evening program if they would like to accompany Linda.

*For a comprehensive learning experience, participate in multiple sessions. A discount will be offered to those who participate in more than one session.

Apprentices who have completed all 3 seasons will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for a certificate of completion as well as an internship position with Moonwise Herbs.

Apprentices are also welcome to participate in other programs that are being offered during their session as a helper. Look at our calendar, choose the programs you would like to participate in and submit a list to Linda @ rosemarygoddess@moonwiseherbs.com

To Register:

For the herbal apprenticeship program send an expression of intention for your participation with a $50-100 deposit to made out to Linda Conroy PO Box 653, Stoughton, WI 53589. Your deposit is only refundable if for some reason we determine together, before the program begins that the program is not a good match for you. Once I receive a deposit you will receive a confirmation and you will be scheduled to meet with Linda either in person or by phone for an orientation conversation. Be sure to include the session you are registering for as well as your complete contact information.

If you would like to pay for your deposit with a credit card or paypal you can do so below. Please send your expression of intention through snail mail, even if you send a copy via email.

$50 deposit for herbal apprenticeship program (*a one time non refundable $3 fee will be added for costs associated with processing this payment)


For more information contact Linda: rosemarygoddess@moonwiseherbs.com

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Testimonials/Gratitudes

”I realize now that I am the driver of my healthcare; through herbs, nourishing foods, mild tinctures, and only from a place of centeredness and clarity, do I employ western medicine’s tools. I am grateful that you offered me the resources to make this enlivening shift.”

“I am so grateful for your influence in my life…I have felt motivated (especially during the herbal apprenticeship and the herbal trip) to look for nourishment, and I continue to feel motivated and inspired when I read your updates or talk with/write you. Thank you for all the work you have done to be at this place of sharing/being willing to share your wisdom and experiences.”

“Thank you so much for sharing all your wisdom and knowledge during my herbal apprenticeship experience. You have not only given me a closer relationship with the plants in my surroundings, but have given me the ability to gain a closer relationship with myself. And I am grateful to have you as my teacher and my friend.”

“I think of you often as I give my kids their infusions and anti-viral (when my son has a cold sore) St. John’s Wort. I have been making so much cheese lately and selling it and the raw milk from our milking goats. Thank you for teaching me all of these wonderful skills that are now just a normal part of life!”

“Thanks for your inspiration in my life, it is continual and begs me to step forward into my full power as a woman.”

“You’ve been on my mind the last few days as I’ve thinking about my intentions for the coming year, and giving thanks for everything that has nourished me up to this point. Even though the time I spent with you was brief, I am still profoundly affected by the herbal apprenticeship I did with you seven years ago. I am grateful for your teachings on listening to your body, listening to the seasons, the earth, in order to find that harmony. I struggle with this daily, but I am returning to my plant helpers for support. Thank you for being who you are, and sharing that with me. I continue to benefit from your wisdom.”

“I wanted to take some time to reflect on my apprenticeship experience and to express my appreciation and new found feeling of empowerment. The herbal apprenticeship exceeded my expectations in terms of meeting my need for connection. I had no idea how nourishing it could be to spend the day with supportive honest women each week. I look forward to continuing on my herbal/personal/spiritual journey and seeing what surprises and blessings I find along the spiral!”

Watching gardeners label their plants
I vow with all beings
To practice the old horticulture
And let plants identify me

~Robert Aitken, The Dragon Who Never Sleeps

“The enormity of suffering on our planet requires more effective ways of distributing much needed skills than can be offered in a clinical setting.”

~Marshall Rosenberg