Essentials of Herbalism Program

Applications for 2018 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.

Overview
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.
 
Instruction 
CoreyPine Shane and Jamie Sparks are the primary instructors, 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 17-18, 2018.
Class times are:
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm 
Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
We meet the 3rd weekend of each month.

Tuition 
  • $1,400 - Early Bird price when paid by January 1, 2018.
  • $1,600 - Tuition - due March 1, 2018.
  • This includes all the medicine and food you will make in class and bring home.
  • A $300 deposit due upon acceptance to complete enrollment.
  • $100  nonrefundable application fee does not count toward tuition balance.
Full tuition is due by March 1, 2018, 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.

Applying 
​​Application deadline is February 15, 2018.
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.
Topics for the weekends as a sample of what to expect:

March 17 - 18
• Herbal Healing Philosphy - a new paradigm
• Tonic herbs as cornerstone of herbal medicine
• Making teas and herbal vinegars

April 21 - 22
• Digestive herbs and holistic nutrition
• Beginner Botany
• Tincture making - fresh and dry

May 19 - 20
• Herbs for reproductive balance
​• Plant walk

​June 16 - 17
​• Strengthening eliminative systems
• Plant walk
• Wild food harvest
• Food as medicine


July 21 - 22
• First aid and herbs for pain
• Plant walk and harvest
• Medicinal oils, salves, and topical applications​

August 18 - 19
• Herbs for stress and balance
• Plant spirit medicine, immune herbs, soups, syrups

September 15 - 16
• Energetic herbalism - Traditional Chinese Medicine/Ayurveda
• Aphrodisiacs and cordials
• Plant walk​

October 20 - 21
• Plant walk
• Formulation
​• Medicine show and Graduation