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If you haven't yet noticed, we are passionate about herbalism and natural wellness.jpe

Our foundational 8 Month Apprenticeship in Traditional Herbalism, Sacred Plant Medicine, Spiritual Ecology, & Holistic Healing.

In Ontario, Canada our first year training runs from May 2024 until December.


Class will be held at a retreat space in Mulmur, Ontario filled with herbal gardens students can harvest from! Our Year One training will gather 1 weekend a month in person. Students will also receive full unlimited access to our online version of this course A Year of Gaia. Our First Year Plant Medicine Apprenticeship is an immersive 160-hour course in traditional herbalism and sacred plant medicine. This course creates a strong foundation in herbalism and building personal relationships with our healing plants.


Classes include harvesting & medicine making, herbalism lectures, tea meditations, guided journeys, plant walks and identification, herbal gardening, and simple rituals. We explore the systems of the body in depth through the lens of herbalism and holistic anatomy and physiology. Students will learn to identify, grow, and harvest plants for medicine year-round. In each class, we seek to unite Western modes of learning with ancient traditions of learning directly from the plants, ourselves, and the earth.

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Year 1 Apprenticeship class focus
  • Folk & Traditional Herbal Healing

  • Growing & Wildcrafting Healing Plants

  • Healing Plants of North America & Tropical Plant Medicine

  • Plant Spirit Medicine

  • Spiritual Ecology & Earth-centered Ceremony

  • Wild Foods & Plant Identification

  • Meditation with Plants

  • Restorative Medicine & Nourishing Traditions

  • Systems of the Body & Herbal Energetics

  • Medicine Making - (tinctures, infusions, salves, etc.)

  • Sustainable Herbalism

  • Plant Medicine Walks & ID

  • Ethnobotany & Ecology

  • Chakra Healing with Plants

  • Energy Healing & Bodywork

  • Magical Herbalism & Folklore

  • Communication with plants

  • Herbalism & Social/Environmental Justice

  • Body-centered & Heart based Learning

  • Nourishing Self Care

At the end of the 8-month program, each student will be certified by the school for 160 hours of training in traditional herbalism, holistic healing, and sacred plant medicine.  Please note ~ There is no legal licensing or certification required for herbalists to practice in Canada. Herbalists are not legally allowed to practice medicine or "treat" patients, instead, we recommend plants from our own personal experience, helping to support each person's own healing path. This course offers certification in 160 hours of training. 

Educational and plant materials will be provided to you in class. Students can harvest fresh plants for their own use and medicine making from our herbal gardens every class weekend. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at and we'll arrange a time to speak with you!

This apprenticeship is both a course in ancestral herbalism and Western sciences, with a strong focus on our own personal relationships with the plants themselves. In the first-year course, we get to know the plants in our own body, through experiential learning, plant communication, and journeying. Classes in our first-year course focus on self-healing, as well as building a strong foundation in herbalism. In year two students focus on bringing all they have received from the plants in year one to their communities.

The course is intended to be a healing journey into your own connection with the medicine plants that surround you. Doorways that are opened and the wisdom gained during class will seep into each apprentice's home and everyday life. The plants that each student forms relationships with change their lives on deep levels, and become health care that lasts a lifetime.  

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Our Sacred Plant Medicine Apprenticeships focus on working with plants as medicine for the body and soul, remembering the ancient traditions of our ancestors. In our courses we partner with plants as conscious beings, learning from them directly. We work with local Northeastern American plants as well as many plants that have long traditions of use globally. Plants of Europe, Central and South America, Polynesia, Ayurveda, and Chinese herbal medicine are explored throughout the course, with a strong focus on sustainability, protection of native plants, and respect for communities. Students are able to harvest an abundance of medicinal plants, herb seeds, and wild foods from the Gaia School gardens.

Certification for the 160-hour course in sacred plant medicine and holistic healing will be given upon completion of the apprenticeship. Students combine herbal medicine with many other healing modalities and often go on to incorporate plant medicine into their careers in many different ways - growing plants, medicine making, teaching, opening a healing practice, working with friends and family, and using plant medicine to benefit social, environmental, and collective change. Please take a look at our apprenticeship syllabus for a closer look at what this course offers.

Join us as we journey with the healing plants of Gaia...

Saturdays & Sundays 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM


  • May 11th & 12

  • June 15th & 16

  • July 20th & 21

  • August 10th & 11

  • September 14th & 15

  • October 19th & 20

  • November 16th & 17

  • December 14th & 15

160 hours

Year One Apprenticeship deposit is non-refundable. $350 holds your place in the course as space is limited!


The cost for the 9-months starting May 2024 Year One Apprenticeship is $2,200 - $2,500 sliding scale


The class will meet for 9 weekends total, for a total of 160 hours of class time. We offer payment plans and a sliding scale based on income level. BIPOC scholarships are available. We ask that each student choose what they can afford, understanding that those who pay the higher end of the sliding scale are providing support for lower-income students to attend as well.

Payment Plans 

We offer a monthly payment plan to students for assistance please email alessandra@layaspaandyoga. A $350 deposit (non-refundable) is required to register for the apprenticeship and is subtracted from the total tuition. Full payment is due by the first apprenticeship class meeting unless a payment plan has been arranged in advance.

Before the start of the course you will receive a welcome packet with your course syllabus, booklist, course information, and beginning readings. Solitary study, practice, and assignments for the course are optional, (with occasional required assignments) and home practice is highly encouraged! Students should plan to devote 2 hours a week to their class home practice. 

This apprenticeship is open to anyone interested, regardless of their gender, belief system, past experience, or knowledge of plants. We believe strongly in creating a safer spaces that honour diversity, difference, and many voices. We continue to work on creating safer spaces for all people who have experienced marginalization. We strongly value creating safer space for BIPOC, queer, and gender non-conforming people.

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