Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times 2023

An 8 month empowering immersion into the practical, mystical and healing wisdom of Herbalism, Yoga and Ayurveda.

Teachers: Nancy & Gracie Phillips
With special guest teachers Rosemary Gladstar, Amy GoodmanKiefer and Lisa Plourde 

Immerse yourself into the mystery, magic, and common sense of these ancient traditions in this eight month course. The time honored healing paths (Herbalism, Yoga and Ayurveda) intertwine and blend together perfectly, guiding us to align with nature for vibrant health. You can integrate these ancient teachings and practical skills into your daily life to improve your health and the well-being of your loved ones. Come to Heartsong Farm and enjoy the camaraderie of kindred spirits as we learn, grow, and celebrate life together. Strengthen your connection to the earth, your own inner wisdom, and Spirit. The teachings blend together and overlap as strands in the same yarn…

Through the Herbal strand you will learn to:

  • identify, grow and harvest wild and cultivated medicinal herbs
  • create effective home remedies to build health and treat common ailments
  • formulate and blend herbs for health promoting teas and tonics
  • harvest and prepare wild foods
  • choose plants for clearing, protecting and assisting us energetically
  • create herbal body care products, and much more!

Through the Yoga and Ayurveda strands you will:

  • enjoy joyful movement
  • increase flexibility, strength, balance and sooth the nervous system
  • practice a variety of breath work and meditation techniques to increase inner peace
  • delve into some of the basic philosophical tenets of holistic health
  • align with the cycles and rhythms of nature to enhance your vitality and natural radiance
  • gain insights into your individual constitution and the foods and herbs that will nourish you best

The Ancient Wisdom for Modern Women is a seven month course to become a skilled home herbalist, with the ability to improve the health of your whole family.  Cost includes teachings, materials, mentoring for your personal health program, and a copy of The Herbalist Way by Nancy and Michael Phillips.  Course cost is $1050.  (some work study positions are available)

Dates for in person classes: April 29, May 20, June 24, July 29, Aug. 19, Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18    

If you’d like to secure your spot but are not able to pay in full right now click here to pay your non-refundable $250 deposit. Email to let me know if you are signing up

Early Bird Discount:  If paying in full and you enroll by  December 31st, you may take $100 off the full price.

Contact us if you are interested and would like more details. 

“I’m forlorn that we are coming to the end of our 7 month workshop. It’s felt like a homing beacon each month- a time and place to replenish and in-gather all the flighty energy that is so disruptive. Coming down your driveway, that wonderful winding and steep road that ends literally in your garden, I always feel the stomach knots softening. This wonderful course weaving yoga and Ayurveda and plant teachings has felt like medicine for my life. In many ways these 7  months of teachings in this extraordinary community of women has allowed me to confront complacency and timidity, forcing some big life changes. Nancy I am forever grateful for your vision and energy and deep kindness. For those who are considering this 7 month commitment, it is a joyous journey accompanied by beautiful seekers.”

~Eurydice 2019 

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

A 8 month empowering immersion into the practical, mystical and healing wisdom of Herbalism, Yoga and Ayurveda.

“If there’s a person who embodies the essence of a community herbalist, it is Nancy Phillips. She’s been one of our most popular teachers at Sage Mountain and has assisted me in my Herbal Apprentice Programs, the Science & Art of Herbology home study course, and at the New England Women’s Herbal Conference and International Herb Symposium. Quite simply, I’m enthralled by her way of life, her beautiful gardens, her farm and family and encourage anyone wishing a more in-depth knowledge of herbalism or seeking a more harmonious way of living to study with Nancy. You’ll be delighted you did!

~Rosemary GladstarSage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, The “Godmother of American Herbalism” 

Foundation of Herbalism Certification Course 2021 

Excellent foundation step for those that want to become community herbalists and herbal practitioners.

In addition to everything that is included in The Ancient Wisdom for Modern Women 7 Month Course (above), you will also complete Rosemary Gladstar’s Science and Art of Herbology course, a beautiful, highly respected ten module course that can be used as a life time reference (a $375 value). Nancy will guide you along, review your homework and offer individual mentoring. You will receive certificates from Nancy and Rosemary Gladstar after the successful completion of the course. Course cost is $1225.      (some work study positions are available)

Dates:   May 22 , June 26, July 31, Aug. 21, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 13

If you’d like to secure your spot but are not able to pay in full right now click here to pay your non-refundable $200 deposit.

Early Bird Discount: If paying in full and you enroll by March 1st, you may take $100 off the full price. 

Contact me if you are interested and would like to learn more.

“In my journey to take better care of myself and my family, The Ancient Wisdom for Modern Women program fit perfectly into my life. I have learned so much about how we can use the plants and herbs around us to make healthy food and medicine. Gathering with other women to share our stories has been enlightening and strength promoting. Nancy Phillips is such a caring, experienced teacher and guide, and her farm is such a nurturing, learning environment.”

~Penny 2019

Foundation of Herbalism Certification Course

Excellent foundational step for those that want to become community herbalists and herbal practitioners.


Kate Gilday

Kate is a clinical herbalist, flower essence practitioner and creator, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and teacher.

A creative medicine maker, Kate is the co-founder of Woodland Essence, a forest botanicals and flower essence company and workshop center. 

Flower Essence Practitioner Training:

with Kate Gilday    DRAFT IN PROGRESS     This will be live and ready to sign up soon!!

Dates:   AUGUST 4-6, 2023   

We are fortunate and blessed to have Kate Gilday offer this two year training at Heartsong Farm. Kate is a clinical herbalist, flower essence practitioner and creator, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and teacher. A creative medicine maker, Kate is the founder of Woodland Essence, a forest botanicals and flower essence company and workshop center. Kate has been working with and teaching about flower essences for over 30 years. She has found great success in using them in her own life, with her family and clients and has created highly regarded flower essence collections. 

Following is an invitation from Kate…..  

With all that has happened in these past few years, and how our hearts and souls have been impacted,  I have seen that more than ever, understanding flower essences, plant spirit ways and spending time in nature  can help those who are experiencing deep grief, longing, fear and loneliness as well as other personal challenges.  As I send a crafted essence on to each person who has reached out, I feel as though the flowers chosen are indeed offering hope, healing and possibility. 

In our studies together, my personal hope is to guide you in the profound ways that flower essences can help us connect more deeply with Nature, Self and Spirit  as we navigate towards the light of consciousness, helping others along the way with love and care.  It is a beautiful path to walk.  I would love for you to join us in this adventure!  


Highlights of the Course

The Language of Flowers~

 Overview of The Language of Flowers

 Doctrine of Signatures: The Influence of the Elements and Environment on Form and Gesture

 Understanding and working with the Chakras and Essences

 Energetic patterns that emerge in nature

 Meeting and Recognizing the Spirit of Plants and Flowers 

 In-Depth profiles of a few often used flower essences: Quaking Aspen,

Golden Amaranthus, Lemon Balm, Lavender and Missouri Primrose,

Dandelion, Vervain and

 Herb & Tree Flower Essences~ Eastern Hemlock essence; White Pine profiles

 Nature walks and plant studies in Heartsong Farm gardens and woodlands

Choosing Essences for a moment or Journey of the Soul

 How Flower Essences Work

 Personality and Illness

 Steps along a personal journey with essences

 FE Selection, Formulation, Application

 Understanding the Effect of the Past on the Present

 Using flower essences for body, mind, spirit/soul healing

 Flower essences as support for finding soul purpose

 Working with Clients- part I

 The four levels of Flower Essence Response over time

 Flower Essence support for those in physical pain- A Experiential Training

     Nancy and —- 

    Dates:  August 4-6, 2023, Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-3 this is live in person training here at the farm.   This course will also include two Zoom classes on ___ and____ that will be recorded.     Cost: is $325 includes

    Flower Essence Practitioner Training with Kate Gilday


    Holistic Orchard Intensive Workshop

    Hands-on learning with Michael Phillips, the author of The Holistic Orchard

    Dates: June 12 & 13, 2021

    This “organic apple everything” weekend with Michael Phillips at the farm inspires people to pursue their own orchard dreams. Come gain the practical insights needed to establish your own fruit planting based on the biological systems approach used here at Lost Nation Orchard.

    Holistic orcharding involves a wide breadth of knowledge and timeliness, yet one fact stands clear — we can have beautiful apples grown without chemical intervention. Sustainable agriculture works only when we have fun and get people involved with growing healthy food. Michael’s workshops point the way for organic apple growers to meet their unique site challenges.

    Michael will lead participants in a walk through the orchard season. He will discuss the key role understory management and soil health plays in an organic orchard, and look at varietal and rootstock choices. Tree planting, pruning, grafting, branch training, and trunk protection will be woven into our time together along with a look at righteous equipment for the small-scale orchard. Michael will also identify insect and disease dynamics from a holistic perspective aimed at achieving maximum diversity, pointing out a few of the culprits and beneficial allies on hand around bloom time. The weekend ends with a rambunctious wassail sure to kindle those hopes of offering the “good fruit” to one’s own family and community.

    Dates: This Orchard Intensive will begin Saturday morning on June 12 at 10 am and run through Sunday afternoon June 13, till 4 pm. 

     Cost: $325  includes instruction, materials, meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday) along with a cider tasting on Saturday evening. 

    Learn More

    Please check out the full range of consulting options and the costs involved
    on his Lost Nation Orchard website.

    “I mark as an important life pivot my experience of coming to see the deep web of natural relationships outside through your books and the June intensive. Once you grasp the paradigm and gain the tools to engage and observe, the practice is endlessly fascinating. Entry for me was the key and I have you to thank for that.”

    ~Pete Lankford –Orchard Intensive Student