Earth Medicine Fundamentals


A five month intensive, invitation will gather for class Tuesdays from February 4 through June 16 from 10-5 for six hours of study.

This course is about establishing a solid, intentional foundation in relationship with earth medicine, so that you feel comfortable taking that knowledge into the world. You will gather information, experience, and intuitive integrity and know where to resource information when it's beyond your knowledge.

Tuesdays    February 4 through June 16     10-5

200 Hours In-Depth Instruction   • Mentorship   • Supported Independent Study

Brilliant instructors bring their wisdom to the conversation, offering an integrative curriculum laid out for you on the invitation syllabus as well as eight hours of one-to-one mentorship where you can find a real connection with the modalities that energize your spirit and further develop your knowledge around specific interests by working with real practitioners — herbalists, stonalists, aromatherapists, energy workers, medicine makers, gardeners and farmers, and guides — committed to holistic wellness. Beyond our class time, you will have the opportunity to dive into guided self study around the areas of earth medicine that interest you most and practice for yourself working with plants and stones, medicine making, and being in generous relationship with our community.

Invitation will more than prepare you for second layer herbal education, including dwelling's second year of study, awakening, where you immerse yourself in the modality of your calling — plant medicine, stone medicine, or embodiment medicine — as you explore the applications of these modalities and further develop your practice around earth medicine and holistic healing.

Read on to find a few more details about invitation: earth medicine fundamentals and begin your course application.


invitation 200 Hour Break Down

120 Hours  ▪▪▪  Invitation Classes
8 Hours  
▪▪▪  One-to-One Mentorship with any of our teachers
72 Hours 
▪▪▪  Documented, Self-Guided Study (average of 4 hours each week)

Self-Guided Study Includes

  • Medicine Making 18 Hours

  • Research & Homework 18 Hours

  • Wild Connection 18 Hours

  • Generous Relationship (creative engagement of your gifts in service or community involvement) 18 Hours

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invitation Classes Include


Healing Stories
Evolution of Healing Traditions & Healing Practices
Cultural, Racial, Economic, & Other Impacts to Healing Processes
Ethical Connection with Earth Medicine
Scope of Practice
Sharing about Herbs
Integrity in Your Practice
Intuitive Relationship with Medicine
Embodiment Foundations
Herbal Medicine Foundations
Stone Medicine Foundations

Food as Medicine      
Essential Oils + Aromatherapy
Vibrational Medicine
Deep Materia Medica for 21 Herbs + 7 Stones
Resourcing Medicine: Cultivation + Wild Connections
Imbalance + Patterns of Disease
Integration + Healing: Neuroendocrine
Integration + Healing: Respiratory
Integration + Healing: Digestive
Integration + Healing: Circulatory
Integration + Healing: Urinary + Generative


Get an idea of what your classes will be like with the invitation syllabus.


What should I expect to gain from this course?

You can expect to land in intentional, holistic space weekly on Tuesdays with up to 12 other students. The course includes intentional connection with 21 medicinal herbs and 7 medicinal stones. It encompasses the intellectual, physical, energetic, and spiritual inquiry of vibrational medicine (like flower essences and stone elixirs) and aromatherapy (including essential oils) as they relate to supporting and balancing vital biological systems. You’ll grow your personal relationship with multiple modalities through one-to-one guidance with invitation teachers. These applications along with the wisdom you’ll cultivate will add value to existing professional healing practices and personally benefit you, your family, and our greater community in ways that are resonant beyond measure. More than anything, students express the transformation of self trust, strengthening your intuitive connection, and calling on your wisdom in connection with earth medicine. The medicine is what you make of it, and you are encouraged to dive with intention and integrity into this process and practice.


How do I begin?

Applications and admissions for invitation open May 4. The 2020 course runs from February through June in Asheville, North Carolina. Space is limited, so prompt registration is recommended. Further layers awakening and presence, our intensive practical and clinical offerings, are open to graduates of the invitation course as well as others who have completed the necessary prerequisites. Please contact us at to learn more about required classes.


What makes dwelling and invitation different?

We offer integrative, in-depth, embodied educational experiences. The curriculum is robust and comprehensive, inviting you to learn in your fullness — engaging your whole being, mind, senses, energy, and intuition. This is not a single hour workshop or a short immersion but an inquiry that will resonate your life long.

You’ll experience the beauty and authentic power in learning how to make your own medicine and navigate the transformation to practitioner of earth medicine upon completion of the curriculum.

You’ll experience the value of true commitment to sourcing, making the highest quality medicines, and engaging those medicines with respect and integrity for holistic healing.

You’ll find throughout this course that your own healing is deeply connected with that of  your community. The instructors and guides for this course are committed to conversations around the importance of health justice, ethics and equality, cultural appropriation in holistic medicine, privilege, and community-based healing. You’ll leave with a real understanding of how you can bring this awareness into your life in ways that nourish you, the people you love, and our community.


invitation is the first year of three annual courses designed to inspire and inform you
as you cultivate relationship and integrity with earth medicine. Learn more about years two and three.


Are you looking for work trade opportunities?

We are offering partial work trade positions for the 2020 invitation and awakening courses. If you have experience or interest in the following, connect with us at to learn more.

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