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Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship Courses

Our courses empower individuals to harness their innate intuition and effortlessly discern the unique properties of trees and plants.

For those with a profound interest in New Zealand's native bush and wild plants, including practitioners seeking to deepen their knowledge, our Herbal Courses offer a unique journey. Rooted in the wisdom of local wild plants, native trees, and traditional practices, these courses are curated by Amy, a seasoned expert with over 25 years of experience in herbal medicine and wild plant formulations. With a background in science and extensive teaching experience across diverse landscapes including Canada, Holland, Costa Rica, and New Zealand, Amy brings a rich tapestry of knowledge to her teachings. Emphasizing environmental education and indigenous wisdom, our program is designed to resonate with both the mind and spirit.

In addition to Amy's expertise, we invite specialized guest tutors to enrich the learning experience as needed. At Plant Rhythms, founded by Amy, we are dedicated to providing holistic health solutions through our range of New Zealand local wild herbs and Native medicinal tree extracts, nurturing both our health and wellbeing.


The Apprenticeship program covers:

  • Herbal Medicine Making

  • Herbal Cooking & Wild Plant Nutrition, Recipes

  • Materia Medica: looking at chemical constituents of plants

  • Modalities of Healing

  • Shamanic Journeying

  • Principles of Homeopathy & Herbalism

  • Wildcrafting & Identification

  • Herbal Essences: Intro & Advanced

  • Development of Intuitive Trust & Nature Awareness

  • Women's Health

  • Wise Woman Perspectives

  • Women's Cycles

  • Working with the Frequencies of Wild Plants/Native Trees

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Upcoming Course

Upcoming courses

Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship 

May - August 2024


Medicinal and edible properties of Wild plants and Native trees of the NZ bush. Materia medica and more. This course also empowers and instructs people in working with their own intuition to enable them to determine properties of plants themselves.  For those deeply interested in the NZ Native Bush and Wild Plants- practitioners and lay people alike. 


Session 1: May 25th, 26th & 27th

Session 2: June 15th, 16th & 17th

Session 3: July 13th, 14th & 15th

Session 4: August 24th, 25th & 26th

Location: Waitakere Ranges, West Coast Auckland

Herbal Apprenticeship Course (info link)

Cost: NZ $3300
Registration Deposit: NZ $300*

Online Goddess Course TBA

Furthering your journey and education on a Shamanic Level with the Goddesses.

The intention and structure is centred around being in close communion with a Divine Energy, a week at a time.  


This Goddess course comprises of 6 weeks at a time.

We will intimately connect with the following 16 Divine Healers.

Mother Mary, Black Madonna, Mother Mary, Aphrodite, Athena, Isis, Baast, Sacred Union, Double Goddess, Hecate, Inanna, Artemis, Demeter, Durga, Kuan Yin and Sofia.


Online Goddess Program

Registration Deposit: NZ $300*

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Herbal Diploma in Biofield Therapies

Available on the completion of two courses and a thesis to be
handed in and presented during the second course.

Case Studies. Perfect for students who have completed the
intensive / apprenticeship and online course.

30 case studies to be completed and handed in.
Feedback discussions and Foundations going forward with patients.

Course Promo codes:
(for use with Shopping Cart)

Where requested, please use the promo codes below to remove shipping costs from your purchase.

PICKUP - Pick Up - New Zealand. 
For customers who are picking up their purchase (in New Zealand only)

COURSENZ - Course Deposit NZ.  Course Deposit - removes the postage and handling charge for NZ based students

COURSEINT - Course Deposit International.  Course deposit - removes the postage and handling charge for international students


Cancellation Policy

All course deposits and paid fees are non-refundable.  
In the event you are unable to attend a course, you may transfer your course deposit or paid fees to a future course.

* Full course payment must be in before the course begins.

  Thank you.

Personal Experiences

"I still think doing your course was the best thing that could ever have happened to me. Putting me in touch with my soul again and the oneness with everything around us."

J., South Island.

"Tena koe Amy

I am happy to provide a course write up from my experiences at the apprenticeship course I attended in 2014.  My experience started through pain and suffering I had just had a bad week with  tooth ache and "tanked up" on antibiotics from the dentist, which were actually making me feel like......


My life excelled into another world  through the Intervention of the spirit and my Tupuna as they directed me to Paihia I questioned why I would want to go to Paihia that particular day, but hearing the quiet voice saying "go to Paihia!" It was to so strong.... I followed through.


Amy you were right there in the doorway of the Paihia hall Our brief conversation and consult not only healed me but opened a pathway to learn and experience the apprenticship course I learnt so much from the course Particularly this, that pain was in fact my allie.


Being able to learn in a beautiful environment with sweet and beautiful people  helped me gain confidence and appreciation of the taonga that papatuanuke provides for us all Communicating and connecting with the plants and trees was amazing, learning of their healing abilities and experiencing the group dynamics was fun I continue to make the tinctures and creams


If I could do this course again I would"


Nga mihi

Bella, Northland

"I found Amy's plant rhythm apprenticeship to be very nurturing and grounding.  Her facilitation enabled us to connect deeply to plants in a way I hadn't experienced before.  I really feel much more in tune now with our beautiful native plants and trees and this is what I was

wanting from the course.  Amy has a depth of knowledge and connection to the energy of plants and the earth that invited us all to enter those quiet places as well.


I think back to the time at Piha with great affection and remember the wonderful sisterhood we shared in the bush beside the ocean, the amazing food we prepared, all the infusions we drank and potions we created, the walks in the bush to meet and dialogue with the plants, trees, fungi, creepers, mosses, lichens and our friends the garden weeds, the songs we sang, the transformative sweat lodges we shared, and the caring we received.


It wasn't a typical learning environment with an emphasis on taking notes and doing heaps of assignments although we did have them and I wish I'd made more notes to help remember more of the incredible information we were offered.  It was very much an opportunity to drop into our bodies and spirits and to allow our essence to flow and breathe.


It was a very special apprenticeship and I would like to have more catchups. Thank you so much Amy for being you and creating this 

opportunity of being deeply immersed in nature and her gifts".


With much love from

J.S, Tauranga

"I decided to do Amy McCombs Plant Rhythms Apprenticeship after completing my Naturopathic Degree and it was the best investment I made for myself at the time. I felt that Amy’s course brought me back to my own intuition when working with plants and people and gave me valuable wisdom on how to work on an intuitive level that honors nature and brings a sense of harmony when working with plants.


Amy’s plant knowledge and wisdom when it comes to helping people is inspiring, It helped me to develop my knowledge of wild foods, using plants in my daily life, cooking with wild foods, and learning more about the native species which was an area that i was keen to develop, it was empowering, although I had already practiced some herbal medicine, I felt that Amy’s course made it a wonderful practice that really honored the earth, bringing ritual and ceremony to our work.


I feel that this course has been an important part of my journey on both a personal and professional level. I left my course at Plant Rhythms with not only more wisdom but an incredible sense of sisterhood with all the wonderful people that I met during my time. I would recommend this course to anyone that truly wants to learn about mother earth with a true medicine women”. 


LOVE and Gratitude ALWAYS

Fleur, Auckland


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