Way of the Wise Healer Apprenticeship

The Way of the Wise Healer’

3-year Plant Medicine Apprenticeship

April 2018 – March 2021

This is a 3-year apprenticeship program for those wishing to walk a sacred path of healing with the plant world. The course covers herbal medicine, flower essences, plant spirit healing and magical work with plants. It intends to foster an understanding of the sacredness of plants and all of life, offering an opportunity for profound personal development and building a bridge between inner and outer worlds.

Participants learn how to identify, grow, harvest and prepare simple plant remedies for the treatment of common ailments. For each system of the human body, we review basic anatomy, physiology and pathology and go on to study appropriate herbs for the related conditions including the hands-on preparation of remedies such as infusions, decoctions, syrups, tinctures, oils, ointments, lotions, vinegars, poultices, foot and hand-baths, amulets and flower essences.

By developing both physical and inner senses, students get to know plants in the herb garden and on the land. We enter the Dreamtime of the plants, using shamanic journeying to meet plants on the inner realms and bonding with plant allies who can help with healing and giving guidance. We align with the cycles of nature, connecting with the invisible world and working with the Medicine Wheel, the energy centres of our own bodies and the attributes of the five directions (Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether). Apprentices learn to embody their plant allies and each student produces a Herbarium of their personal Medicine Wheel of allies.

As the course progresses, we delve ever more deeply into the ancient ways of the Wise Healer. We work with plants to bring a way of healing that addresses imbalances on all levels – body, mind, spirit and emotions; whether personal, collective or planetary. This is a way of prayer and sacred ceremony, of deep dreaming and connection with the magic of the plant world. We remember the unity of all beings and who we truly are. We seek to know our life purpose and how we can best be of service in the world. Apprentices undertake personal ceremony to anchor the teachings from the plants and to facilitate self-knowledge & personal transformation. Each student makes a wand or staff as a personal magical item. In the final year, apprentices make a personal Medicine Shield, representing the beauty of their Soul and the medicine they carry in the world.

The course reflects Carole’s work and experience as a healer over more than 30 years and represents a committed personal apprenticeship. It offers a way to develop a deep relationship with the plant world, encouraging self-discovery and providing an opportunity for profound personal growth.

Carole’s aim is to help each student find and develop their own personal ‘medicine’ or the gifts they are bringing to the world. The apprenticeship offers knowledge and skills with which to support and assist others as they move through the many transitions of life. Successful completion of the three-year apprenticeship can provide the training necessary to incorporate sacred plant medicine into a private healing practice and/or to hold plant ceremonies for others. Where appropriate, apprentices may continue for further training in advanced healing practices and/or receive personal supervision to assist them in the expression of their own healing gifts. The course is suitable both for beginners and professional herbalists/healers alike.

As the 3-year program progresses, students pass through several Gateways or stages of initiation. These are as follows:

  1. Primrose Gateway

HERO archetype – questing, setting off on a spiritual journey, learning to make     decisions.

  1. Vervain Gateway

MAGICIAN archetype – mediating between physical & spiritual worlds, stimulating creativity & imagination, manifesting one’s intentions, co-creating with the Cosmos

  1. Datura Gateway

WARRIOR archetype – facing oneself & making commitment, being of service, transforming one’s inner enemies

  1. Blackthorn Gateway

WISE ONE archetype – knowing & claiming one’s own medicine, having the wisdom to apply knowledge and understanding successfully

Apprentices undertake a series of personal ceremonies which promote movement through these Gateways. Please note: these are Initiatory Gateways and sometimes require more than one attempt to negotiate successfully.

The course is divided into 12 modules over 3 years. These modules include teaching days, two Plant Diet ceremonies, two 4-day summer workshops and a series of personal ceremonies.

Apprentices attend the workshops to learn and grow through participation, observation and by assisting. This is an opportunity to receive the teachings given at the workshop as a participant and at the same time to train in certain tasks, whatever is appropriate, ranging from smudging or looking after the altar to taking part in healings or other ceremonial work. Attendance at 2 workshops is an integral part of the course and is part of working with the respective Gateways. Course content may vary as appropriate for the group.

Students are expected to do work at home inbetween sessions. Certificates are awarded on successful completion of the apprenticeship.

French interpretation may be able to be arranged if there is sufficient demand. We will do our best to organise this if needed. Apprentices are responsible for payment of interpretation fees.





To apply for the 3-year Apprenticeship, please email carole@derrynagittah.ie for an application form. Acceptance on courses is subject to a personal interview.