The "Wild Foods & Wild Medicinal Plants 6-Weeks Program

(Summer Classes - Fall Classes - Winter Classes)

Sign up for one, sign up for two, or sign up for all three. It's not a repetitive kind of class - new seasons bring new plants to learn about and use medicinally. These summer, fall and winter courses will bring you right into the wonderful world of herbalism and give you a taste of some wild edible plants and teas that our ancestors used and others continue to use today. At the begining of the first class, you'll be given a medicinal herb to take home and grow. You'll get hands on knowledge and experience with herbs and get to take some cool things home besides just knowledge such as salves and tinctures. You'll get to see, feeland taste medicinal plants that grow native in our area. You'll also get to see and taste some edible wild foods on "Experiencing Edible Wild Foods" night. Don't miss out. Sign up for just the one Summer program, or sign up for multiple Summer and Winter or all three (Summer, Fall & Winter) 6-weeks classes. These classes are designed to immerse you into the world of using plants for medicine and also to see if you want to stay involved with your herbalism education by becoming a student of the Deep South Center for Herbal Studies which will be taught by Master Herbalist and Naturopath Darryl Patton and myself. If you're interested in one or more of the 6-weeks programs, click on the Paypal Pay Now link on the left and select the option that's right for you.

The southern division of the Deep South Center for Herbal Studies is coming to Selma, Alabama

Medicinal plants and their uses are the lifeblood of Southern Heritage in the Appalachian Mountains where Darryl Patton studied under the great Tommie Bass, but it was also the lifeblood all across the south. For generations, our people have had an intimate relationship with the plants and animals surrounding them. Because of the diversity of the region, the more agrarian nature of its peoples and the blending of European, African and Aboriginal Indian cultures, the South has developed and retained a unique herbal tradition that cannot be matched by any other region of the country.

Whether it was a "Granny Woman" like Aunt Molly Kirby, who birthed every baby in Cherokee County and treated the people with herbs around the turn of the 19th century or, her student Tommie Bass who gathered literally thousands of medicinal plants for 88 years on the side of Lookout Mountain, there have always been herb doctors in every Southern community serving in many cases as the primary provider of "medical" help for those too poor too afford the services of a doctor or simply for those wanting an herbal "alternative".

It is the goal of The Deep South Center for Herbal Studies to pass along this unique approach to health and healing to its students. Our philosophy is that if a person wants to truly be an herbalist for their family, friends or community, it takes an intimate knowledge of the plant world to fully understand the craft. Classes consist of the standard classroom skills that any herb school has but what sets DSCHS apart from the others is the field time each student receives. Darryl Patton studied with Tommie Bass for 12 years as his apprentice. For Darryl and Tommie, 12 years studying consisted of going to to the woods with Tommie several days a week, assisting Tommie in gathering medicinal plants. These would then be taken back to Tommie's shack and processed into the salves, tonics and formulas sought after by people from around the country.

By the time Tommie passed away, he had taught Darryl how to identify and use over two thousand plants found in the South. It is this knowledge that is passed down to the students of DSCHS. When you have finished our programs, you will have the knowledge and confidence to gather and use a minimum of two to three hundred medicinal plants.


Herbalist Level I -

Herbalist Level I is a one year program designed to provide students with the basics for becoming a "home herbalist". By completing the program, you will have the confidence to begin treating your family and community with simple herbals, using herbs as a modern day homesteader/survivalist or having an herbal pharmacopoeia to fall back on in cases of emergency. Basic diagnostic and treatment skills will be taught along with understanding of how to make simple herbal products such as tinctures, salves, decoctions, boluses etc... Students will be taught anatomy/physiology basics, identification of a minimum of 200 medicinal plants, the history of medicine and will learn how to write an herbal protocol for a all of the plants which they study. Students will be required to complete a number of out of class projects.

Cost: $1,500 which can be paid in installments. A discount is offered for payments split into two installments.

Herbalist Level II -

Herbalist Level II is a one year program designed to take the basic herbalist beyond the "basics" of herbalism. This course is for those students who wish to take their skills to the next level and possibly open a clinical practice. In-depth diagnostic techniques will be taught at this time and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions in both a classroom setting as well as at a local clinic. Successful progress in the clinics as well as in individual diagnostic modalities will be required for graduation from this program. At this level, the more complex aspects of herbal medicine making will be explored. We will go beyond the making of the "Simplers Tincture" making to more complex aspects of the art. More specific medicinal formulas will be learned for the various ailments graduates might encounter in their practices. Advanced skills in writing herbal protocols will be taught at this level. Participants will be required to complete all classroom time along with individual one on one mentoring with the instructor. Students will be required to complete a number of out of class projects. Completion of Herbalist Level 1 is required before admittance to Level 2.

Cost: $1,500 which can be paid in installments. A discount is offered for payments split into two installments.

* There is a final exam required for those interested in receiving a certificate in Herbal Medicine.




Darryl Patton

MA., ND, Master Herbalist, Clinical Hypnotherapist

Darryl Patton has been hunting, gathering and working with medicinal plants for the past twenty-five years on Lookout Mountain in the Southern Appalachians. Darryl is an ND as well as a Master Herbalist and brings many years of experience to the field of alternative medicine. Known for his easy going approach towards teaching the identification and uses of medicinal plants, Darryl has been called a walking encyclopedia of herbal folklore. For 12 years, Darryl was privileged to spend thousands of hours studying under the late A. L. "Tommie" Bass, one of the last of the old mountain herb doctors. Known internationally among herbalists as well as the common folk living near Lookout Mountain, Alabama, Tommie Bass used his God-given ability and vast knowledge of medical herbs to help thousands of people from all walks of life. During his apprenticeship with Tommie, Darryl was taught the identification and medicinal uses for literally thousands of plants found in the hills and hollows of the South. His passion in life is to pass the "old way" of using medicinal plants to his students and others wanting to continue the tradition of gathering wild plants as food and healing. Darryl is the author of, "Mountain Medicine, The Herbal Remedies of Tommie Bass," published by Natural Reader Press and has appeared on Alabama Public Television and the Comedy Channel. Darryl has also been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles relating to the uses of medicinal plants and is in demand nationally as a speaker on alternative medicine. He has lectured in such diverse places as Las Vegas, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. An Adjunct faculty member of Clayton College of Natural Health, Darryl publishes Stalking The Wild....The Magazine of Outdoor Discovery. Darryl was a past publisher of Wilderness Way Magazine and is co-founder of Wild Alabama, a nationally recognized environmental magazine. Primitive and wilderness survival expert, outdoorsman, adventure traveler, herbalist—you name it and Darryl does it. He is a member of Randall’s Adventure Training and is a veteran of many trips to the Peruvian Amazon, where he graduated from the Peruvian Air Force’s Jungle Operations and Survival School. He also instructs classes and training seminars on primitive and wilderness survival skills.





Dewayne Allday

Herbalist, Forager & Author

Dewayne has been interested in foraging edible wild plants for around 30 years. It all started when he purchased an Army Survival Manual from a Army-Navy Surplus store in Jackson, Alabama during his formative teenage years. The color pictures in that back of that otherwise black and white field manual mesmerized him and he began experimenting with edible wild plants. He also received his first herbalism book - a gift from his mother - during this time but didn't get as interested in herbal medicine until meeting the Southern Herbalist, Darryl Patton. He spent a lot of time roaming the woods and camping in and around Marengo County, Alabama in his youth and that recycled survival manual became his Boyscout manual. In his late teens and early twenties, be began collecting a library of books on edible wild plants - a library that has now grown into the hundreds. Not finding friends interested in the hobby of foraging at the time, he trekked it along for many years until he ran across Green Deane who connected him to a whole community of others interested in edible wild foods. Darryl Patton was on Deane's resource list for Alabama and about five years ago Dewayne went to his first Survival Weekend class with Darryl. Connecting with others who used plants for healing and the miraculous results began pulling Dewayne towards herbalism. This began a lifelong friendship and apprenticeship between Darryl and Dewayne which has deepened his desire to dive much deeper into all angles of using plants for medicine to prevent and heal disease. What used to be a hobby is now becoming a way of life. Having been on a few mission trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Dewayne has a heart for others in need. He is now using that heart to help, heal and teach others about alternative methods to promote good health by using the plants as our ancestors used for thousands of years.