About Our Training
Through our training program, we aim to provide a simple yet thorough guide to the methods we have developed and teach at Brooklyn Herborium. These are the same methods and techniques our staff and clients have been using since 2006 to achieve beautiful, healthy skin while enjoying the process.
Many of our clients come to us after years (maybe decades of) terrible skin problems that have left them scarred and scared of trying something else. They have been through countless programs from drugstores, beauty counters, spas and doctors. They are looking for answers that conventional medicine doesn’t have the time or framework to provide. Within weeks of working with us, they notice a distinct difference in their skin. Within months there is a visible improvement of texture and a reduction in amount of breakouts. After 6 months to a year, they are so satisfied with their simple and lovely skincare rituals that it would be unthinkable to go back to their old ways.
The Holistic Skincare that we teach is effective because it is a complete paradigm based in Functional Herbalism in which you are no longer working against the body’s natural inclination to heal itself. If you consider the skin’s uninterrupted state to be healthy and beautiful, you simply have to get out of the way and let that happen. Of course, it’s not always easy, so it is also our job to provide guidance in order to bring the skin back to that state.
Conventional “allopathic” approaches to dealing with skin issues look at the problem and ask “How can I control what is going on? How do I suppress what the body is doing? How do I make this stop? How do I kill this?” This point of view at best leaves your client in a continual control struggle or with a dependence on steroids, antibiotics or other medications.
When you reverse your point of view to one that acknowledges that body is continually trying to heal itself, you will recognize that many of the symptoms we see (and try to stop) are simply the body’s immune functions over-reacting or even a desired function of the skin. Rather than taking each blemish at face value, we show you how to analyze each problem and discern where there is dysfunction and where body is simply making an effort to heal.
You probably already know that it doesn’t matter how much money is spent on services, treatments and products. If the internal terrain is off, the skin will not function well. Similarly, no diet can fix issues that result from unsuitable topical products or practices. While you are training with us, you will get practical guidance and actual experience in gently nudging your client towards overall wellness.
Though we recognize that there are many paths towards health, we truly believe that following this plan has the ability to work for everyone. It takes a willingness to be to let go of some old perceived notions about how the body (and the world) works as well as enough of a desire to make a change. There will be challenges—there are in everything that is worth doing—but our training intends to increase your understanding of why it is happening and how to support your clients through it until a beautiful resolution.
You do not need to participate in the apprenticeship in order to become a retailer or use BYATM products in your treatment room or spa, though it is highly encouraged.
For over 10 years, Between You & The Moon (the passion-product of Herbalist Facialist Emma Graves) has been offered in beloved skin care rituals for both home use and in professional services.
2006 - Product Development and use in Private Practice
2008 - SoHo (Set up shop in the back of Valley - Product Made in Brooklyn)
2011 - Back to Brooklyn, we set up shop on Columbia Street
2012 - Joined Forces with Molly to Create Brooklyn Herborium (along with added herbal goods) and opened open the first location on Columbia Street (between Red Hook and Carroll Gardens).
2013 - Opened the Brooklyn Herborium Workshop right next door and focused on nurturing apprentices
2016 - Alive and well, growing and still sharing our processes
2017 - Opened 2nd location in Windsor Terrace Location with local foods pantry and gorgeous home goods!
M-F: 12 - 5
Saturday 10 - 6
Sunday 1 - 6
Thank you for visiting. We are so glad that you stopped by! We hope that the information gleaned here helps to make your transition to beautiful, healthy skin the natural way more pleasant and complete. Please email us or set up an appointment for a consultation if you have any questions!