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Valerian on Lynn's roof terrace

12 or 18 month apprenticeship with Lynn Shore in Amsterdam Oost Watergraafsmeer. Open to anyone who has a heartfelt desire to learn ways to live in harmony with nature, whilst residing in a town or city. We focus on competently using urban herbs and engaging in nature based spirtuality. For an idea of what we do, please see apprenticeship related blog posts via this link.

There are now three Urban Herbology apprenticeship groups; Oak, Willow and Rowan. The first began in 2012, the second in 2013 and the third began in March 2014. I don’t know when another group will be offered but those wishing to apply for any future places must have walked with me or at least have spent some time with me and the plants. I ask this so that you know a little about how I work and what I am interested in. If you want to apply but are not familiar with me, then please look out for walks which I offer periodically or come on one of my River of Herbs sessions.

Photo credit: Joop Eisenberger

Photo credit: Joop Eisenberger

Willow Group (Saturdays)
13.00 – 16.00
Please see events page for dates.

Rowan Group (2nd Monday of Month)
9.30 – 12.30
Please see events page for dates.

Oak Group
Now merged with the other groups.
Please see events page for dates.
Oaks, please feel free to join any of the sessions, just let me know beforehand so I can plan for correct numbers.


Hawthorn tincture in Park Frankendael

The apprenticeship aims to be about 80% practical experience and 20% theory. We spend time inside and outside, each time we meet. We meet once a month, on a Monday or Saturday morning (depending upon the group). All meetings are in Amsterdam Oost Watergraafsmeer. You receive a comprehensive handout each time which contains useful information, suggested reading, recipes and homework activities which you can work through at your own pace. All practical materials are provided and apprentices receive useful gifts from time to time. But do start to collect small glass jars and lids, if you join the course – there is always something else to make! There is no examination. A certificate will be issued on completion of the 18 month course – when you have completed a series of challenges.

Between meetings we are connected by a private online group (one group per course) and by individual emails, as and when required. This is particularly useful for the homework activities, sharing ideas, questions and experiences and for building social contacts within the group. Now and then all of my apprenticeship groups have a chance to meet.

Apprentices are welcome to attend any of my public walks and workshops for a reduced fee (generally for free). They are also invited to help out at interesting events from time to time, such as Popup City Live and the Van Gogh museum events of 2013. As time goes on, I’ll create a page of links to the herbal ventures of my apprentices – I am very proud to be part of their lives.

The last 6 months (and there will be a chance to continue beyond that, if desired) consolidate and add depth to learnings of the first year. The optional final 6 months can be chosen at the end of the first year. There is no pressure at all to spend more time on the course, every apprentice has their own path to walk. Each of the final six months is themed (e.g. Lunar theme- incorporates moon meditation/manifesting, Biodynamic gardening, night gardens, moon yoga etc).

Forage for Popup City event


Consists of two main themes:
Understanding how to work safely with herbs, particularly in urban spaces.
Ways to connect sensitively with Nature, throughout the year.

The full syllabus and my teaching biography is available to view here.

€60 per two months, payable in advance
(Total is €360 for 1st year, €180 for optional final 6 months. Payable in bi-monthly instalments).


Lynn Shore by Grainne Quinn

Oost Watergraafsmeer
(tram 9, bus 65)
Close to Park Frankendael

To apply or for further information please email me at or call 0627596930


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