Essentials of Herbalism Program

Applications are now open!!

We are excited to present our learner-centered weekend program. Our program includes hands-on time in the field, garden, and lab where we’ll be harvesting, eating, and making medicine with the plants.

This practical class will give you a strong introduction to the culturally rich world of traditional, folk, and “kitchen” herbal medicine, combined with modern insights and data, directly engaging you with the medicine. Each weekend has an overall theme and includes engaging lectures, hands-on medicine making and food preparation, as well as plant walks in herb gardens and richly diverse local forests.
​Upon graduation of this 125-hour program, you will know how to identify and harvest wild plants, cook with them, make a wide variety of herbal preparations (both medicinal and fun), and address many common ailments. This course is perfect for the kitchen or family herbalist, and lays essential foundational groundwork for further study in the herbal field, if desired.
Jamie Sparks is the primary instructor, with other teachers including Marc Williams and Asia Suler also presenting their specialties. Check out our complete list of our amazing teachers here.

Dates and Times 
Classes meet one weekend each month, March through October beginning March 16-17, 2019.
Class times are:
Saturday 9am - 5pm 
Sunday 9am - 5pm
We meet the 3rd weekend of each month.

  • $1,400 - Early Bird price when paid by January 1, 2019.
  • $1,600 - Tuition, due March 1, 2019.
  • This includes all the medicine and food you will make in class and bring home.
  • A $300 deposit due upon acceptance to complete enrollment, which goes towards total tuition.
  • $100  nonrefundable application fee does not count toward tuition balance.
Full tuition is due by March 1, 2019, unless other arrangements are made in advance. Class size is limited to 16.
Payment plans are available; an additional $200 administrative fee is charged up front.

Application deadline is February 15, 2019.
Please review our comprehensive Admissions Procedure page for a detailed window into how all this works.

Click here to see our policy on refunds and payment plans.
Weekends of Class

March 16 - 17
April 20 - 21
May 18 - 19
​June 15 - 16
​July 20 - 21
August 17 - 18
September 21 - 22
October 19 - 20

Make-up Weekend if there's a cancellation due to weather: November 16-17

​​Refund Policy: Any student who chooses to withdraw from the school before the first day of class, and has already paid their full tuition, will receive a refund of their full tuition minus their deposit. If a students withdraws from the program after the first weekend, no refund will be provided.