Bioregional Herbalism Course 2020

December 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Resiliency Institute
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd
Naperville, IL 60565
Connie Kollmeyer

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST -- COURSE IS FULL. Send us your email to be added to the waiting list: contact@theresiliencyinstitute.net.  Please sign up for emails to be notified when registration for 2021 opens, and for special herbal workshops we host throughout the year.


The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Course meets 9:00 am -4:00 pm one Sunday a month March - November, and has a graduation ceremony Saturday, December 5, 2020.

Bioregional Herbalism Course Stinging NettlesBioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Build your personal resilience by discovering how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection for yourself and the natural world. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support.


There are so many reasons to learn how to heal with nature:

  • Interest in foraging for increased personal and economic resilience
  • Connecting with nature
  • Expanding your knowledge of healing plants for landscaping, permaculture, or ecological restoration
  • Wilderness survival
  • To expand or prepare for botanical studies
  • Sharing with and building healthy, resilient community

"Nature itself is the best physician." ~ Hippocrates


During each Sunday class, discover several plants in depth, learn herbal walkintroductory health care topics and body systems, and make 1-2 herbal preparations. The day is divided among lecture and discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, walks to meet plants in their homes, and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom.

Our Bioregional Herbalism Course will empower you with nourishing herbal knowledge, the skills to experience the world in a new way, and the beginning of a personal herbal apothecary!

Receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the series. Only 1 class may be missed to receive a certificate.

Class size is limited to 15 students


Instructor: Ellyn Schmitz has studied for over 20 years with Tom Brown Jr., a world-renowned tracker and wilderness survival expert, who was taught the ancient arts of living close to the earth by a Lipan Apache medicine man. She continuously studies with numerous edible and medicinal plant experts including, Karen Sherwood, Kathleen Wildwood, Richo Cech, Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, Christopher Hobbs, 7Song, and others.

She is a member of the Keepers of the Plant Wisdom Medicine Society, has served on the board of directors for Medicine Waters Conservancy since 2001, and actively participates in United Plant Savers herbal conferences. Ellyn holds certificates from the Resiliency Institute in Edible Wild Plants and Bioregional Herbalism.



Level 1 Bioregional Herbalism will meet 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for 9 months on the following Sundays:

March 15    April 19     May 17     June 14    July 26     Aug 23     Sep 20    Oct  11    Nov 8


Plan to attend all classes.  Make-up classes cannot be offered.

TUITION*: (includes tuition, all course materials and supplies)

Register by October 31:  $800 check / $840 PayPal

Register by December 30:  $850check / $895 PayPal

Register by January 31: $875 check / $920 PayPal

Register by February 29: $880 check / $925 PayPal


Class is limited to 15 students

Due to the limited class size, in order to avoid restricting others from registering for the class, your registration is not complete until a minimum $300, non-refundable, deposit is received.  Payment plans can be arranged.  Please contact Connie Kollmeyer for assistance:  connie@theresiliencyinstitute.net


A work study opportunity is available to one qualified candidate. In exchange for 30-35 hours of work, the work study candidate's course tuition will be reduced to $520. Work will include assisting the instructor with class preparation, classroom set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading class supplies, making copies, and taking and posting photos for social media at least three times during the course. The candidate will be required to meet the instructor at 8:00 am each class meeting date, and possibly other dates (typically the Saturday prior to class) to forage for plant specimens, or assist with making preparations for class which will also serve as a valuable, additional learning opportunity for the applicant. Ideally, the candidate lives in or very near Yorkville.

By December 1st, email Jodi@theresiliencyinstitute.net describing your financial need and your intention for taking this course. Award will be determined by December 14.


*Your participation makes our "Growing Food Security" programs possible-- THANK YOU!