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.


Additional information



Cost per year

$4500 (Full year in advance) or $4800 (seasonal payments)


All tutoring, materials, ingredients, and course manuals for each season detailing all recipes and resources. Full course fee is $4,500 if paid by 31st October for whole year. (See prospectus information page 6 for payment details & page 7 for course dates) An option to pay separately for each season is available for $1,200. A tasty Phytofarm lunch will be provided on attendance days. Accommodation in Little River is in addition and optional.