Herbal Crafter Apprenticeship: We are always looking for kind, inquiring minds with able hands and eager smiles to come and apprentice for us. This apprenticeship teaches the art of herbal crafting through practice and hands-on making of our herbal goods. It includes packaging the goods, cleaning up after the job, and learning to make tea for oneself and one’s companions to lift our collective spirits. Please inquire if you are interested and we will invite you for a Trial Work Day at the start of next 3 months. Considering the pandemic continuing into 2021, we can not say for certain when we will resume our in-person apprenticeships. Please reach out to us to be placed on a contact list if you wish to be informed.
What is our Herbal Crafter Apprenticeship?
We are a group of naturally oriented women who craft herbal skincare products together at our workshop on 1301 Prospect Avenue in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Apprenticing gives you an opportunity to work with beautiful raw materials and herbs (including butters, oils, clays, hydrosols, etc) and help out with our product production. You will learn the properties of all the materials you are crafting as well as have the opportunity to ask questions of the experienced crew about remedies etc.
This work can be challenging and physically demanding, so we ask that applicants are in good health and able to contribute to the physical labor. Grating beeswax or pouring an oil infusion can be tiring! This is a three month commitment which has very limited space. We ask that participants take this opportunity quite seriously. Please arrive before our official start time and plan on staying until all cleanup is attended to. For your own education as well as the group’s integrity, attendance is required for each session, barring illness or an emergency. Apprentices who miss more than 1 session may lose their position to someone who can make the commitment. In addition, key educational elements presented in each session build upon each other and are needed to understand subsequent lessons.
Why do we hold a trial?
We hold a trial workday to see if we are a good fit for each other. We have a very limited space for Apprentices and can only have a small group, but we encourage people to try for another session if they aren’t able to be accommodated in the current one. Attitude and work ethic are extremely important to us. We are looking for people who are eager to learn everything we have to teach and are willing to take on whatever the task at hand. Positive thought, words and actions are most welcome. Our happiness depends upon each other’s company and loving kindness. We encourage working with quiet focus and awareness of our connection to our herbal gifts from the earth.
Here’s what to expect on your trial day: You can wear a lovely dress or cool pants, but you may get a little sweaty doing something like hoisting a box of bottles, washing out a vessel, and of course, herbal crafting! We will be making a product on your trial workday – it could be any of our herbal goods. Some of them require steady hands for pouring, some require careful measuring, others are just a matter of mixing and packaging, but all require love and care. You will be able to experience the personalities of our team members, particularly those who lead our Apprenticeship Program.
We hire exclusively through this program, so please bear that in mind if you are interested in working with us as an herbal crafter. The program has a fee (please contact us for details) that covers our instructor’s time and materials & products for you to take home and enjoy.