Foundations of PNW Herbalism

March- November 2020

About 150 total course hours.

Every Thursday for nine months, Maximum class size: 12


A comprehensive herbal medicine course for beginner to intermediate level students.



This course is for the beginning to intermediate herbalist who would like a strong, practical foundation in the practice of holistic herbalism, and of Pacific Northwest plants. Throughout the course, you will learn the art of medicine making through hands on projects, how to identify and harvest over 40 local plants (both wild and cultivated) in the field, basic Chinese medicine theory, traditional assessment techniques. You will receive homework assignments that may include medicine making, experiential assignments and reading assignments.


It is Natalie’s goal to teach in a way that is interesting, fun, engaging and effective. As such, classes are experiential and hands on, and support a large range of learning styles. We taste, touch, smell, make, draw, compare, discuss and practice.


Graduates of this course will be able to use herbs safely and effectively for themselves and loved ones, and the basics of using herbs clinically. Students will be ready for more advanced programs.


Classes are taught by Natalie Hammerquist. Natalie combines Western Herbalism with Chinese Medicine, and feels particularly passionate about the importance of holistic thinking at this time in history. She chose to integrate Chinese Medicine into her approach because of its intricate model of cause and effect, and it’s precise diagnostic systems. She LOVES to dive into the emotional underpinnings of disease, and she loves to talk about the spleen and it’s under-appreciated importance in digestion. It’s very important to her to keep class FUN, CONNECTED and PERTINENT. Sometimes this mission includes things like doing spontaneous cold compresses on a hot afternoon, or scavenger hunts in the park. Needless to say, she’s a little unconventional. If you already have studied with her, then you probably know this already!



We’ll meet every week on Thursday from 10-4, alternating between an outdoor location, and an indoor location in North Beacon Hill, Seattle. Class starts on April 2, 2019 (postponed start date due to COVID-19), and goes until November 12th, 2019. There will be no class on certain weeks, these classes TBA at the beginning of class. The total course hours will be about 150.


  • Hands on harvest of 20+ wild and cultivated plants

  • Identification of 40+ local plants

  • Identification of major flowering plant families

  • leaf and flower morphology

  • Harvesting ethics and sustainability

  • Herbal medicine making (tinctures, tea, poultices, compresses, infused honey, infused oil, elixirs, vinegars, salve, cream)

  • Field trips to local farms, herbs gardens, and other natural places.

  • Acute remedies using western herbs

  • Basic Chinese Medicine theory: the 5 major organs, yin and yang, hot and cold, excess and deficiency.

  • Effects of emotions, lifestyle, environment and diet on health.

  • Medicinal uses and qualities of 80+ Western and Chinese herbs, both local and non-local

  • Herbal actions (diuretic, diaphoretic, styptic etc)

  • Basic tongue assessment, body reading



All indoor classes are held within easy walking distance the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station in North Beacon Hill. About 50% of outdoor classes are accessible by public transportation. All other classes will have a carpool option meeting on Beacon Hill. I have spots in my car available, but I will expect some students to drive themselves, as not everyone will fit in one car.




Space is limited. Please read the application and selection information below carefully so you know what to expect.


Application process

  • Submit your application by email as soon as possible. I am doing rolling admissions from now until the beginning of class.

  • NOTE: The deadline for work trade has passed and the position has been filled.


Selection process:

  • I will review applications and contact accepted and waitlisted applicants.

  • Priority will be given to students who have already studied with me in some capacity. For example, if you have been taking my classes and have been intending to do my program for a while, you are more likely to be accepted.

  • If you are accepted, you have 7 days to respond and make your $300 deposit for the program.

  • Wait-listed applicants may be offered a spot in the program at any time up until the program starts. I typically have one or two cancellations in the program.



$2600.00 per student

Contact me for more info about payment plans and small scholarships for LGBTQI and BIPOC.




Please either type your answers directly into an email, or make a PDF version of a word document (I don’t have word on my computer).

  1. Contact info

    • Name

    • Phone number

    • Email address (please use the one you check the most often. I will use this to send your acceptance and emails during the program)

    • Allergies

    • Preferred pronouns

    • Emergency contact (name, relationship, phone number)

  2. What classes have you taken with Natalie?

  3. Why are you interested in this class in particular? What caught your eye? What experience are you hoping for?

  4. What previous experience do you have with nature and plants?

  5. Are you able to attend all classes?

  6. Do you have any schedule conflicts that may prevent you from coming to class?

  7. Are you able to walk 2 miles on uneven ground, possibly uphill?

  8. Do you have any health concerns (including allergies or pregnancy) that we should know about that may affect your participation in the program?​

  9. How did you hear about The Adiantum School?


Please submit your application to adiantumschool [at]