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The Philo School of Herbal Energetics

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The front walk to the school.

Photo © Mary Pat Palmer

The Philo School is located on 16 acres of enchanted land, 16 miles in from the Pacific Coast junction of Highways 1 and 128. The school offers Apprenticeships, Classes, Tours and prepares herbal products to include salves and hydrosols. 13 acres of the land are untouched redwoods with paths. 3 acres accomodate organic gardens and orchards, as well as housing. Director Mary Pat Palmer, MA, RH, is a Registered Herbalist who offers Certificate classes on Herbal Medicine.
The Philo School is dedicated to growing native and naturalized medicinal herbs with attention to drought tolerance, organic earth, and sustainable practices. There are currently over 200 species of medicinal herbs in the gardens.

How to Participate

Mary Pat is happy to give tours of the gardens and school, as well as walks among the redwoods looking at native flora. She welcomes new students for the 7 month apprenticeship, the third weekend of the month from March through September. Students are also welcome for other classes. During the summer Mary Pat hosts interns from the Willing Workers on Organic Farms program who live and work for three month stretches.

Dates and Times

Please call ahead of time to arrange a tour or visit between the hours of 10 and 4.

Appropriate Ages: All

 ADA Accessibility Notes
The grounds and school are wheelchair accessible although the ground can be uneven.

For More Information, Contact:

Mary Pat Palmer

PO Box 214, Philo, CA 95466

lorie miller wrote on December 15, 2015: maryPat is wondrous...what a beautiful & supportive healing energie she exudes ... thankYou, maryPat... enJoy

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of National Geographic.

Longitude: -123.618164100
Latitude: 39.113013700
Elevation: 722 FT (220 M)
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