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Dear Apprenticeship Applicant,

Looking forward to another year of apprentices at Misty Meadows is always exciting, and each group brings its own special energy.  For more than 20 years this program has grown more wonderful every year, as students and teachers grow together and learn from each other.  This year you will have an opportunity to learn from several outstanding herbalists.  As always, we spend countless hours in the Mother’s classroom, the best one of all. 

The Spirited Herbalist - A Plant-Guided Journey to Your Self  is an 8 month program. This is a beginner level, hands-on program. The focus is on native plant identification and traditional uses as well as on plant spirit medicine. The content is aimed at those who wish to learn the Wise Ways of working with plants in daily living. Learn to understand and work with cycles of the moon, stars and planets, your body and plants, coming to a place of understanding that everything is part of the same whirling universe, connected in perfect balance. 

Student orientation takes place in April.  We will then meet on eight weekends during the months of May thru November. Final project presentations and graduation are held on the weekend following the 8th class weekend.

Students spend time in the gardens, field and forest, classroom and kitchen. Students must be physically able to hike through wild areas of the forest, wetlands and hilly terrain, tolerate working in the hot sun and rain. Upon completion of this Level I program, you'll have the tools to provide herbal support for yourself and your family's basic health needs, preparing Earth-gift medicines, creating lovely gifts from the Earth that people will cherish, and working your wise woman/man ways. Graduates of this program are also fully prepared for Advanced Herbal Studies.

Along the way, you will work closely with the other participants in the program; sometimes all together, other times in smaller groups depending on the projects being done. In any case, it will surely be a time of great learning, teaching and sharing.

Campers are welcome, and there are a number of excellent B&B's in the area.

Green blessings,

Wendy Snow Fogg, Director/Sr. Herbalist
Misty Meadows Herbal Center

Application Requirements: 

  • Deadline to apply is: April 7, 2019

  • Deadline to apply for student intern position: February 15, 2019

  • Program space is limited.

    • Early application is highly recommended, particularly if you are seeking work/study assistance.

    • Application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

    • Late applications may not be accepted

  • Age Requirement: Applicants must be at least 21 years old.

  • Physical Requirements:  Students must be able to participate fully in all aspects of the program, including  gentle hiking up to 5 miles in field and forest, work in garden for periods of up to 3 hours, maintain focus and  concentration for a minimum of 2 hours during lectures and hands-on workshops.

Interview Process:      

  • Once your application is received, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. Skype interviews are available if you are more than 50 miles from Misty Meadows.


Financial Information:

  • Program Tuition: $2200 (Plus 3% processing fee for credit card payments)

    Payment Options:

    Option 1:  Payment in Full with Application (Payment is processed after interview and upon acceptance
                       into the program).  Pay with cash or check and save $50 off base price!

    Option 2:  Payment Plan: Participation in the payment plan requires that a credit card be left on file and authorized for payment on the assigned due dates.  Card declination will incur a $20 charge and that month’s payment must then be made in cash.

    1.     $700     Deposit with Registration (processed upon acceptance into program.) If you apply and pay the deposit online: If your application interview results in you not being enrolled in the apprenticeship program, your deposit and associated processing fees will be refunded within 72 hours.
                  A 3% processing fee ($21.00) will be charged for payments made with debit/credit card.

    2.     $386     Payment Due May 1 (includes 3% processing Fee)

    3.     $386     Payment Due June 15 (includes 3% processing Fee)

    4.     $386     Payment Due August 1 (includes 3% processing Fee)

    5.     $386    Payment Due September 15 (includes 3% processing Fee)

                                     A valid credit or debit card must be provided with Application. 
    If card is declined 3 times for a single payment, a late payment penalty of $25 will be charged.


  • Tuition Refunds: Refunds will be made only if written request is made by student and received by Misty Meadows prior to March 31, 2018. No refunds will be granted after March 31, 2018. Any student withdrawing from the program after March 31, 2018 for any reason will forfeit all monies paid to Misty Meadows, and will be held legally responsible for any tuition balance due according to terms of the Student Contract. Should a registered student not begin or complete the program for any reason, Misty Meadows Herbal Center assumes no obligation, financial or otherwise to that student.

    In the event that Misty Meadows is unable to fulfil its program obligations, students will be given the option to be fully refunded for any portions of the program that were not fulfilled or receive a credit for that amount toward the following year’s program.

  • Work/Study Program: Work/Study students maintain the gardens at Misty Meadows and must be physically capable of doing so. An approved student may work for (not more than) $500 of the full tuition, which is worked off at a rate of $8/hr. A schedule will be arranged. Work begins May 1. All work/study obligations must be completed by September 30. Please indicate your interest in Work/Study when submitting your application. You will be contacted for an interview.

  • Intern Position: An exciting opportunity for an aspiring herbalist to be a Student Intern at Misty Meadows! The Student Intern will participate in the 2018 Herbal Apprenticeship Program in exchange for working as a gardener on the beautiful grounds of Misty Meadows! Please scroll down for more information regarding the Intern Position

Orientation Day:  

  • Sunday April 14, 2019

  • 9:30 am - 3:00 pm.

  • Lunch will be provided

  • Attendance is mandatory

Class Dates:        

  • May 11-12

  • June 1-2

  • July 13-14

  • August 10-11

  • September 7-8

  • October 5-6

  • October 26-27

  • November 9-10

  Class Meeting Times:  

  • 8:45 am - 5:30 pm. Students are expected to participate fully, arrive on time and remain for the full class time. (Campers are welcome to set up on Friday afternoon between 4 and 7 pm or on Saturday between 7:30-8:30 am.) Please ask for instructions.

  • Practicum Requirements: Each student is required to spend 10 hours (two 5-hour days) per month from May through October (60 hours total), in addition to the class weekends, doing hands-on learning at Misty Meadows. Days are scheduled upon acceptance into the program and must be completed on Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays. This time will include gardening, harvesting and processing of harvested plant materials and product making with our Medicine Maker. Practicum hours are designed to give the student a well-rounded learning experience, balancing time spent in the classroom with practical, hands-on learning without the pressure of the classroom that some people may experience.

  • Additional Requirement: Students are also required to participate in the annual Misty Meadows Wellness Fair, a fundraising event to support the gardens and other projects at Misty Meadows. Hours will be credited as practicum hours.

  • Absences: In the event of absence during any portion of the class, the student is required to make up the work. Make up classes are scheduled at the convenience of the teacher and at the expense ($40/hour) of the student for that teacher's time. Any student with more than two days or 15 hours absence becomes automatically ineligible to receive a certificate of graduation.

  • Requirements for Graduation

    In order to graduate and receive a certificate, a student must fulfill the following requirements:
    1. Meet attendance requirements
    2. Successfully complete all homework assignments
    3. Complete 60 Hands-on Practicum Hours
    4. Successfully complete Plant I.D. List
    5. Successfully present final project
    6. Pay tuition in full

Faculty Advisors
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who will be available to offer additional help, answer questions and meet with each student to help assure student success.

Food/Water:  Meals are on your own.  Our location is rural - bring a cooler w/ plenty of wholesome food that will sustain your energy on every level!  Our water is purified - drink lots!  Bring non-disposable water bottle for filling.

Camping:   Tenters are welcome - no RV Campers, please.  Indoor sleeping space is available during inclement weather.   We are also happy to provide a list of local B&B’s and hotels.

For Everyone's Comfort:

  • No Cell Phone Use Permitted inside the buildings

  • No Pets

  • No Guests

  • No Smoking or recreational drugs/alcohol anywhere on the property

Please note: The value of becoming a Certified Herbalist is personal. Herbalism is not a state or nationally recognized, regulated or licensed vocation. Herbalism is the medicine of the people, a folkloric practice passed down through generations for the benefit and well- being of those who subscibe to it. Misty Meadows Herbal Center makes no promise of career potential for graduates of this program.


Deadline to apply
February 15, 2019

Each year we offer this opportunity to one aspiring herbalist!  The Student Intern receives full participation in the 2019 Herbal Apprenticeship Program
in exchange for working as a gardener on the beautiful grounds of Misty Meadows! 


  • Must be 21 years of age or older.

  • Must be able to commit two 6 hour days a week from May 1st to September 30th. The days available to work in the gardens are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

  • Must be able and willing to work outside in varying weather conditions.

  • Applicant should have gardening experience and be able to work independently.

This internship is solely a tuition for work exchange and does not replace any program requirements of the herbal apprenticeship program.

If this is the opportunity you have been looking for, please write a 1-2 page essay on why this opportunity would be a great fit for you and for Misty Meadows and submit it with your 2019 Herbal Apprenticeship Application. 

Send your application:

  • Email

  • U.S. Mail
    Misty Meadows Herbal Center
    183 Wednesday Hill Road
    Lee, NH 03861

  • FAX



2019 Advanced Herbal Studies Program

Continue to grow in your herbal wisdom, healing the planet one plant at a time!

  • May 18/19 Margi Flint - Cost: $265 (plus 3% processing fee)


    • Reading The Body

    • Understanding The Intrinsic Factor

  • July 13/14 Chris Marano - Cost: $265 (plus 3% processing fee)


    • Chinese Five Element Theory

    • Additional topic TBA

  • September 21/22 Maria Noel Groves - Cost: $265 (plus 3% processing fee)


    • Advanced gut repair

    • Evidence-based medicine and how to access/understand herbal science

    • Percolation tincture style

    • Herb-drug safety

  • October 12/13 Caroline Gagnon - Cost: $325 (plus 3% processing fee)


    • Connective Tissue Fascia & Working With The Terrian

    • Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia & Other Misdiagnosed Diseases & Infections

  • November 16/17 Tammi Sweet - Cost: $350 (plus 3% processing fee)


    • Cannabis Medicine

    • Inflammation

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2019 (for whole program)

30 days before individual workshops

Class Times:

  • All classes: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 pm.

Program Cost:

  • $1395 plus 3% online transaction fee

    • Pay by cash or check to avoid transaction fee.

  • Individual class weekends available.

Payment Plan:

  • $500 deposit with registration

    • $223.75 due May 1, July 1, September 1 and October 1.

      • Credit card must be left on file for automatic charging.

        • 3% fees apply.

Please Note: The value of an herbal education is personal. Herbalism is not a state or nationally recognized, regulated or licensed vocation. Herbalism is the medicine of the people, a folkloric practice passed down through generations for the benefit and well-being of those who subscribe to it. Misty Meadows Herbal Center makes no promise of career potential for participants of this or any other program offered here.

Cancellation Policy:

  • 75% refund until March 1, 2019. 50% refund until April 1.

    • No refunds after April 1.



This course is offered in ten 6-hour classes, each class worth 6 credits. Classes may be taken individually according to student goals. Upon successful completion of all classes totaling 60 credits, a Certificate of Completion will be issued.

2019 Class Dates:                           2020 Class Dates:

Class One                      Saturday April 27                             Friday  Jan 17          
Class Two                      Saturday May 25                              Friday Feb 7
Class Three                   Saturday June 29                            Friday  Feb 28
Class Four                     Saturday July 27                              Friday Mar 20
Class Five                      Saturday Aug 17                              Friday  Apr 10                      
Class Six                        Friday Sept 13                                  Friday  May 1
Class Seven                  Friday Sept 27                                  Friday May 22
Class Eight                    Friday Oct 18                                     Friday June 12
Class Nine                     Friday Nov 1                                     Friday July 3
Class Ten                       Friday Nov 22                                   Friday July 24

Tuition: $125 per class (Plus 3% debit/credit card processing)

Minimum Class Size: 4 Students. Maximum Class Size: 25

Course Outline:

  1. Class One

    • Holding Healing Space For The Client

    • Challenges of the Clinical Herbalist

    • Self Care For The Clinical Herbalist

    • Importance of Boundaries

    • Scope of Practice

    • The Intake Form

  2. Class Two

    • Creating Effective Formulas

    • Student Intake Interview Practice w/ Breakout Groups

    • Discussion

  3. Class Three

    • Tongue Diagnosis

    • Facial Diagnosis

  4. Class Four

    • Pulse Diagnosis: Explore twelve pulses!

    • Pulse Testing: Observing reactions to herbs, flower essences and essential oils

    • Hand/Nail Diagnostic Markers

  5. Class Five

    • Drug Classifications and Energetics

    • Herb/Drug Compatabilities and Contraindications

  6. Class Six

    • Reading Medical Lab Reports for Use In Wholistic Practice

    • Exploring The Eight Tastes

  7. Class Seven

    • Exploring Tissue States

  8. Class Eight

    • Introduction to Ayurveda, one of the oldest healing systems in the world

  9. Class Nine

    • Translating Western Medical Diagnosis for Wholistic Treatment

    • The Laying On Of Plants

    • Power In the Breath

  10. Class Ten

    • Body Language

    • Maintaining Safe Boundaries

    • Muscle Testing

    • Choose The Best Delivery Method

Cancellations & Refunds

Cancellations made in writing at least 10 days prior to class date will be refunded 75% of paid tuition. Cancellations made less than 10 days prior to class date are nonrefundable.

Cancellations may be made in person, by phone or by mail (mail cancellations must be post marked 10 days before class. Voice-mail and email are not acceptable as that technology is not fully reliable.

Student Protection Guarantee: If minimum enrollment is not met 7 days prior to scheduled class date, class will be canceled or rescheduled. In the event of cancellation, all monies paid by students will be refunded within 14 days. In the event of rescheduling, students will be given the option of a full refund or a transfer of funds to the new class date or another class of student's choosing.


Session I Dates: July 8-12

Session II Dates: August 12-16

  • Class Time: 8:30am - 4pm

  • Ages 11 – 15 years old

    • * We feel that this program is most suitable for youth between 11 and 15 years of age; however, if you feel that your child would benefit from this experience, we would be happy to consider applications for those outside of this age range.

  • Registration Deadline:

    • Session I – June 8, 2019

    • Session II – July 12, 2019

  • Class Size: 6-12

  • Cost

    • $625 (Includes materials and class handouts)

      • $200 deposit due with registration; Balance due 30 days prior to the first class

        • Applying and paying deposit online: If, after your application interview it is determined that your child will not participate in the Youth Herbalist Program, your deposit and associated processing fees will be refunded within 72 hours

          • NOTE: 3% processing fee will be added for credit/debit payments. Payments may be made in cash or by personal check to avoid this fee. Please do not send cash through U.S. mail.

Overview: Students in the Youth Herbalist Summer program will spend the week learning and exploring the gifts of Mother Earth in the gardens, forest, classroom and kitchen. While working independently and in small/whole groups, students will focus on basic native plant identification, their common uses and applications, and will take part in herbal wildcrafting. Through a mixture of direct instruction and experiential learning activities, students will gain an appreciation for Mother Earth and all that she has to offer. Students will learn to connect to plant energy and listen to their body, mind and spirit and will even enjoy a “Spa Day”, where emphasis will be placed on the importance of self care and nature's role in this aspect of wellness. Over the course of the week, students will participate in daily yoga and guided meditation, crafts, games and plant walks. The week will end with a day of celebration, reflection, affirmations and intention setting.

Food/Water: Light, healthy snacks will be provided, along with tea, each day; however, students should bring their own healthy lunch and a non-disposable water bottle for filling to be sure that they have enough energy for the day!

Additional Materials Recommended: Although class materials will be provided, the following supplies are recommended for each student:

  • Harvesting Basket

  • Garden Shears

  • Garden Scissors

  • Bug Spray

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Sturdy shoes (students will be doing gentle hiking in the woods and gardens)

  • Rain Coat/Light Jacket

  • Pen/Pencil

  • Camera (Optional)

  • Non-disposable Water Bottle (no disposable water bottles please!)

Melissa McCormack is a clinical herbalist, Reflexologist, Reiki practitioner and professional educator, with a Master's degree in Education. With 18 years of teaching experience as an English teacher, Special Educator and Internship Coordinator, Melissa feels blessed with the opportunity to share her knowledge and passion for herbalism with children. As a mother of three young children, Melissa knew that she wanted to instill in her daughters an appreciation for Mother Earth and Her countless gifts, while empowering them to take control of their own physical and spiritual wellness; to teach them to dig in the dirt, savor the salt water on their toes and to find magic and wonder in each day. As her experience using herbs and incorporating them into her own family’s daily health and wellness grew, Melissa knew that it was time to combine her experience and expertise as an educator with her knowledge and enthusiasm for healing and wellness. Melissa began her formal herbal studies at Misty Meadows Herbal Center in Lee, NH, where she completed the Herbal Apprenticeship and Intermediate Herbal studies programs; a firm believer that learning is a lifelong pursuit, she continues to take advantage of opportunities for advanced herbal studies, in order to further her knowledge and skills as an herbalist. In addition, Melissa is the founder of Forget Not The Earth, a natural wellness products company, focused on crafting self-care products with intention. Melissa's extensive experience teaching students with a wide range of special needs has allowed her to craft a teaching style that ensures that she meets the diverse learning needs of all students through a variety of teaching modalities and formats. While Melissa enjoys the art of teaching, what she finds most rewarding is guiding students along their personal journeys, helping them to recognize the amazing gifts that they have to offer, while bringing awareness and understanding to the gifts that surround them each day, as they walk this Earth.

Instructor Contact Information: Please feel free to contact Melissa with any questions about the program!

  • Melissa McCormack

  • (H) 207-715-0212

  • (Cell) 207-251-0650

  • Email: