Our Most Popular Program now in its 8th and Final Year Expanded for 2014 - Two Exciting Courses Now Enrolling
Farm to Pharmacy
is a revolutionary approach to herbal education
that takes place at Goldthread Herb Farm and Apothecary in the
foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. Deeply
informative and life-changing, Farm to Pharmacy provides the chance
to play a pivotal role in the Grassroots Healthcare Revolution,
awakening the healer within through unparalleled communion with
medicinal plants as well as community that emphasizes sustainable
healthcare grounded in organic agriculture.
Goldthread's multi-dimensional curriculum offers the rare opportunity
to learn both traditional medicine and herb cultivation, within a
personalized, contemplative and reciprocal relationship with the plants
as the teachers. Students attend classes in medicinal theories,
participate in capacity-building workshops and spend an abundance of
time outdoors in Goldthread’s lush fields, home to over 100 varieties of
2014 will be the last year running our Farm to Pharmacy
internship and we're making it our best yet with an expanded
schedule and two new teachers.
The classic Work Study Program
will run each Wednesday as it has
for 8 years, and feature a blend of class time and work in the gardens
giving interns that rich and unique experience that's made it our most
popular program. Work Study interns spend an additional day on the
farm each week tending the living medicine and building deep
relationship with the plants. It is an invigorating and rewarding
program designed for those that recognize and appreciate the
challenge, value and benefit of first-hand experience and
New this year, we're offering the same revolutionary curriculum in a
format for those living at a distance or with
schedules that can't accommodate a mid-week commitment. The
weekend course will include two exciting new teachers in a truly
multi-dimensional learning experience that presents a complete picture
of Traditional Medicine theory and application.
Both Courses Follow the revolutionary Farm to Pharmacy Curriculum.
Read more about what makes this program so unique here
2014 Program Offerings
Farm to Pharmacy - Work Study Internship 2014
We are happy to announce that our signature 7-Month program
is now enrolling for the
Interns combine working with living herbs in the soil, studying the theories and
philosophical foundations from various Traditions, with hands on medicine making for
practical healing purposes. In this way Interns gain a truly holistic understanding of the
power of plants.
Over the course of this experiential seven-month program Interns will spend two days per
week on the farm, with one day focused on instruction and the other devoted to practice.
The class day will be divided between classes in herbal theories and supervised work
with the plants in over 3 acres of fields. The day for practice will allow students to apply
their new skills consistently to build mastery.
- Class with William Siff meets each Wednesday from April - October 9-4 pm
- Work Study consists of one additional full day (9-5) spent on the farm each week
- Interns may choose the Work Study day that best fits with their schedule
- Certificate awarded upon successful completion
The Work Study Program is vitally important to the healthy functioning of Goldthread
Herb Farm, Interns playing a pivotal role in the grassroots healthcare revolution! It is not
only an opportunity to gain experiential knowledge about growing and using medicinal
herbs, it is also an exploration into your own personal growth and development.
** Students who are unable to commit an additional day per week will have the option of
paying a tuition to attend the weekly class day.
Click Here for Schedule and Registration Information
Weekend Immersion 2014
Goldthread is thrilled to present our new Weekend Immersion Series. Spend one
weekend a month on the farm, immersed in the aesthetics, alchemy and application of
Following the Farm To Pharmacy Curriculum
multi-dimensional, hands on learning experience will engage students on all levels
culminating in both a comprehensive scholastic and deeply-felt understanding of
Three esteemed teachers come together for a truly multifaceted learning experience:
- William Siff, Goldthread Founder, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist unlocks and
translates the wisdom found within each plant. William teaches about herbs through the
lens of various healing traditions, weaving their common language together with an
understanding of modern physiology. He shares his singular enthusiasm and expertise in
plant cultivation, medicinal preparation, application, and treatment.
- Hilary Garivaltis, Former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda shares her extensive
knowledge and passion of the Vedic sciences, yoga and sustainable agriculture. She will
lead seminars that delve deeply into the Ayurvedic system of healing and lifestyle.
- Alexander Papouchis, Director of Programs at Living Routes in Amherst combines his
expertise as an environmental educator with his passion for galvanizing individuals and
establishing sustainable community systems. His bold, inventive practicums will
encourage individual contemplation and skill building for use on an individual and/or
Students will experience and participate in the full cycle of the growing season,
stewarding the plants from seedlings through harvest while the atmosphere of the farm
revives and restores. Lectures, group work and hands on capacity-building activities form
the cornerstone of a strong philosophical and practical foundation of grassroots
Goldthread's Farm to Pharmacy Weekend Immersion is ideal for non-local
students, or those that work full-time.
- The Course will take place over six weekends, running from April through September
- Program cost including practicum materials and course book is $1650
* Book by 2/14 to receive 10% early bird discount
- Certificate awarded upon successful completion
- Click Here for Schedule and Registration Information