Herbal School

Sacred Warrior Herbal Apprenticeship

Deepen relationship to yourself & the living earth through plant medicine.

Sacred Warrior Herbal Apprenticeships at Love is Juniper offer you hands on learning with medicinal plants. You’ll grow herbs in our backyard garden, learn the art of wildcrafting and create a homemade apothecary to last you through the seasons.

We’ve partnered with Saw Mill Herb Farm in Western MA to provide fresh organic herbs for planting and medicine making through the Spring, Summer & Fall. You’ll receive 4 fresh herb bundles in classes from April-November grown using sustainable, organic practices. Seasonal selections include echinacea root, burdock root, nettles, mullein, red clover, tulsi holy basil, elderberry, cleavers, st. john’s wort and more. Herbs will arrive on the day of class. You’ll learn about the plants you receive and how to work with them through making tinctures, vinegars, oils, salves, teas & infusion.

Some of our classes will be outdoors in Prospect Park to get to know and work with medicinal plants in the urban wild. There will be opportunities for plant medicine hikes & field trips each season.

Come away with an experiential foundation in herbalism, a renewed relationship yourself and with the natural world. This course is for absolute beginners to intermediate level herbalists.


The classes are led by Herbalist & Sacred Warrior Founder, Vanessa Chakour and held in the beautiful, sun-filled classrooms & soon-to-be herb garden at Love Is Juniper. We’ll spend time in the garden, share an herbal infusion (medicinal tea) each class and discuss the ways plants help us to heal through the mind, body and spirit.


An avid environmentalist, Vanessa’s exploration led her to study herbal medicine and pursue a sustainable lifestyle. She is passionate about helping to deepen people’s relationships to their own bodies and the body of the earth. Many of her workshops inspire a connection to the wild—inside and out—and the multitude of healing plants in urban areas. She has studied and taught with renowned Herbalists such as Robin Rose Bennett and Matthew Wood and has partnered with Hidden Garden Wellness center in Costa Rica where she teaches, runs retreats and studies the local indigenous, latin and afro-caribbean medicines. She has developed partnerships with Wolf Conservation Center in So Salem NY, See Turtles, and other wildlife organizations with whom she offers Sacred Warrior workshops and Rewilding retreats.

Group 1: 12:30-3:30
SPRING: March 22ndApril 19thMay 17th
SUMMER: June 28thJuly 19thAugust 16thSept 13th
FALL: Oct 18thNov 15th, December 13th
30 class hours + garden hours, plant walks + mentorship days

Group 2: 12:30-3:30 
SPRING: March 24thApril 21stMay 19th
SUMMER: June 30thJuly 21stAugust 18thSept 15th
FALL: Oct 20th, Nov 17th, December 15th
30 class hours + garden hours, plant walks + mentorship days

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