Apprenticeship 2018/2019

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013


The apprenticeship offers a thorough instruction in the growing, harvesting, processing and manufacture of a wide range of herbal products. Students in the programme are encouraged to develop and explore personal areas of special interest and build confidence with medicinal plants that grow easily.  


6 days – Spring 2018
  • 16-18 November
  • 14-16 December
6 days – Summer 2019
  • 18-20 January
  • 22-24 February
6 days – Autumn 2019
  • 22-24 March
  • 19-21 April
6 days – Winter 2019
  • 7-9 June
  • 12-14 July
Full updated prospectus will be available soon! Please contact Valmai for any questions. 2018/2019 Prospectus 2017/2018 Application    

A unique approach to herbal education

Phytofarm has been developed over the last ten years by herbalist and naturopath Valmai Becker as a repository of plants and learning centre. The gardens, manufacturing and drying sheds have been purpose built to provide a practical learning experience in herbal medicine. The four seasons are celebrated with the students from discovering culinary herbal delights of the spring garden, to exploring the abundance of the summer garden and blending quality products from the drying room during the autumn and winter seasons.

Hands-on learning

The apprenticeship is open to anyone who has an interest and passion for learning about medicinal plants. This is a practical learning experience and will include out door activities in the garden and time managing plant material in the drying room. There will be 168 hours of instruction, 24 days, with 6 days for each season and 80 hours of home study, 20 hours to be completed at the end of each season. On successful completion of the apprenticeship the participants will be awarded a Phytofarm Certificate in Herbal Apprenticeship.


Valmai has had many years of experience in graduating students into the healing profession, gardening projects, and has been successful in the management of four businesses that reflect her enthusiasm and love all things natural.