Wild Cherries: Racemes of Delight (YEAR 2!)
This is the 2024 application for the NEW 70-hour weekend Wild Cherries Herbal Medicine Program: Racemes of Delight (YEAR 2!) exploring health, resilience and the plant world. The program is led by Michelle Soto, Jocelyn Kirkwood and Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich.  The dates for the 2024 program are: 3/25, 3/31, 4/15, 4/21, 5/13, 5/19, 6/17, 6/23, 7/20, 7/21 (SLEEPOVER WEEKEND), 8/12, 8/18, 9/16, 9/22, 10/14, 10/20, 11/3, 11/4. Monday classes (6-9pm) will be via zoom (except the last Monday, when we will meet in person) and Sunday classes (11am-4pm) will be held in-person at the farm outdoor/indoor depending on weather.

Please fill out each question with a full and robust answer (though we have marked some questions as optional, so don't feel compelled to share anything that you'd rather not).  We will follow up with you via phone or email after your application has been processed.  A $300 deposit is due with your application.  Payment info is below.

We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.  
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What Wild Cherries cohort were you a part of? *
Since Wild Cherries, what experiences have you had working (and playing!) with plants and herbs? *
Why do you want to take this course? What do you hope to get out of this course? In what ways do you want your herbal knowledge to expand? *
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What does Racemes of Delight mean to you?
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ACCESSIBILITY- Classes take place from 11-4 in person one Sunday a month and from 6-9 on zoom the previous Monday evening.  Each Sunday, we will spend time walking, standing and sitting for up to two hours at a time, in lectures, on plant walks, and working on hands-on activities in indoor and outdoor spaces.  Inside, we will follow class COVID guidelines.  Outside, the weather can vary; it can be cold, hot, raining, or sunny. 
What would make class activities more accessible for you?  Do you have concerns about going on plant walks, sitting in class for several hours, participating via Zoom, or any other part of the course?
COVID- As we make it through the pandemic, we take our class safety seriously and continue to revise our safety measures as appropriate. Through 2023, that has meant that we’ve held classes indoors and outdoors, with an option to connect via Zoom, we had all students do a rapid test before class, and masked in indoor spaces (ie bathrooms etc.). We don’t know what measures we’ll take in 2024, but we will always be following the guidance of experts and be responsive to the needs of our students.

Can you abide by covid or other guidelines set up by the instructors?
Do you have a car? Are you comfortable being in a car for up to two hours (for field trips!)? (Carpooling may be available.) *
Will you be able to dedicate up to four hours outside of each class weekend to complete homework (listening to podcasts, reading stories, doing research, tending the garden etc)? *
Will you be able to attend all in class sessions ? The dates for the 2024 program are: 3/25, 3/31, 4/15, 4/21, 5/13, 5/19, 6/17, 6/23, 7/20, 7/21 (SLEEPOVER WEEKEND), 8/12, 8/18, 9/16, 9/22, 10/14, 10/20, 10/28.  Again, Mondays via zoom, except the last Monday and Sundays in person at the farm. *
Tuition is $1000, which is nonrefundable. We require a $300 deposit due by 1/1/2024. Note that there will be some additional out-of-pocket costs, including gas money, medicine-making supplies and books.

We offer payment plans, $116.66/month from January-June 2024.

There are some scholarship positions for indigenous people, people of color and trans and non-binary folks. In our work as white herbalists, we strongly believe in taking steps to address the patterns of colonization and white supremacy in our herbal practices, and to help bolster the many forms of resistance to the systems and structures of oppression we live under. This includes trying to make this course more accessible to BIPOC and trans folks.
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Paying by check
Please make checks payable to Jocelyn Kirkwood, and send to:
Jocelyn Kirkwood
1307 Spring Garden Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Paying by credit card
We prefer payments by other methods, as there is a fee for us to take credit card payments. However, if this is the best way for you to pay, here are links to our online payment gateway:

To pay $300 deposit by credit card: https://link.waveapps.com/cgbynk-rz4v3f

To pay full $1000 tuition by credit card: https://link.waveapps.com/374rm6-4rpezn

For other amounts, please contact us and we'll send you an invoice!

Paying by cash
If you are paying by cash or credit card, we will make arrangements for payment when your application is accepted.
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