UH Online Apprenticeship FAQs

For information about my online/blended apprenticeship course, please see this link.

No garden gardening, Amsterdam
No garden gardening, Amsterdam

Here are some of the questions which people have been asking about it and my responses:

Can I join any time or am I too late? Have I missed a start date? 
You are very welcome to join my apprenticeship course any time. It is certainly not too late.  I have set it up so that people can join at any time. All that you need to do is follow the link on my website Shop to make whichever payment suits you best. Then I will email you the passwords for the first online units. I will send the most appropriate Wheel of the Year unit along with the first unit for the other modules (Growing, Crafting, Healing and Foraging).

If you start now (February), you can work through the first set of units until Spring Equinox (about March 21st) and then I’ll send you the next unit passwords. There is no time limit on how long it takes you and you will always have access but it can be done comfortably in one year. The workshops are planned so that I can meet any apprentices who would like to come to Amsterdam and work on the skills together. They are optional. The dates are on my events page.

I clicked on “Take this course”. Why doesn’t anything happen?
When you click on “Take this course”, nothing much seems to happen but it does give you access to the welcome pages for each module on my course. This allows you to find out more about the course content. You email any questions to me at urban.herbology.lynn@gmail.com and payment is made through this page. When your payment is received, I will email you with the first module passwords.

Coffee growing in Indonesia.
Coffee: Indonesia.
I live in California, is this course suitable for my region? 
The course is aimed at people living in any geographical region. I love to travel so as well as my N. European experience, I have spent time working with wild plants in India, Brasil, Tenerife, Bali, North America and the Mediterranean. These experiences have helped to shape this course. As you have probably seen the course is split into 5 modules. The Crafting module is useful wherever you live – how to make lots of products from herbs with only a tiny kitchen needed. The foraging module looks at common skills for harvesting plants in all parts of the world and also focuses on key plant families which are really useful for foragers everywhere. Those families are present world wide and part of the course is to locate family plants in your local area. So it is wide and yet brings you close to plants at home. I use a lot of material from North America myself and this is mentioned on the course so it should really help you. Quite a number of North American herbalists have been to visit me in Amsterdam, to work or forage with me and I travel quite a bit. So I am quite certain that it is broad enough for people in many different regions and climates. The Wheel of the Year module is based on Celtic and neo-pagan nature based practices. Again, these are useful around the world. California is above the equator, so although the weather is so much nicer than where I live, the Celtic festival material remains the same. People living in the southern hemisphere will receive different units to match their seasons. The Healing module is based on my learnings from Susun Weed (from NY state), other American wise women/men, English wise women/men and herbalists and of course my own experience. The Growing module takes you through how to plan, grow and care for a herb garden in your own locality. So your Growing module work will reflect what is available close to your home and what you are interested in.

                            Japanese Butterbur.

But I live in the countryside, is the course suitable for me?
I live in an apartment in Amsterdam right now but until 11 years ago I was a country girl living in a cottage on the edge of a UK National Park. I love city life and I also love the countryside. I get out there whenever I can and love working with the plants there but I do find all that I need right here in the urban environment. Wherever I am, my principles and practices remain the same. What changes is which herbs are more abundant and attractive to me in each location. The course is mainly aimed at people who want to embrace herbal work in towns and cities but it does also suits people who live in the countryside. If you want to work with herbs which grow around you then this course has a great deal to offer you. I have had it tested by contacts in all sorts of areas in different parts of the world.

Jamu: Traditional herb system of Indonesia.
Jamu: Traditional herb system of Indonesia.

Is this just an online version of your apprenticeship notes?
No,  this is very different and much improved! I have completely reorganised and developed my face-to-face course material. I have been offering that for several years in Amsterdam and of course I was always able to look over my apprentices shoulders as they made their preparations and talk things through with them. An online course needs to be much richer to compensate for not being in face-to-face contact. My aim when creating this course was to provide a very similar experience, allowing the new apprentices to feel that I very close by if needed. It has taken me a long time to write this course as I wanted and to be certain that can effectively teach people and empower them, wherever they live. So this material is much richer.  It has more detailed notes, a discussion group, fast email contact with me and contains videos and many images to help my online apprentices.

Street garden. Amsterdam.
Street garden. Amsterdam.

Is the course available in Dutch?
It will be! One of my Amsterdam apprentices is currently working on translating the material in to Nederlands. If you are especially interested in this, please email me and I will let you know when the Dutch version is available. I do speak Dutch but I’m not so good at writing it. So feel free to email me in Dutch if that is easier for you. Email: urban.herbology.lynn@gmail.com

I missed the February start date. Can I join the course?
Yes! You can begin whenever you choose because there are no set start dates. I will send you the first set of access codes whenever you sign up. You will then be able to access the first units about Crafting, Foraging, Healing, Gardening and the most recent Wheel of the Year unit.

Hibiscus, Tenerife.
Hibiscus: Tenerife.

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