Essentials of Herbalism Program

The Program is now full and we are no longer accepting applicants for the waitlist 

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.
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.

  • $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.

​​Application deadline is February 15, 2018.
Please review our comprehensive Admissions Procedure page for a detailed window into how all this works.

Please note: We have just started a waitlist. If you are interested in the program, please fill out our application and submit your $100 application fee so you can go through with the interview process. We will refund your application fee if you decide to apply/interview for the program and a spot doesn’t open up. However, if you’re accepted onto the waitlist and aren’t able to attend the program this year due to other circumstances, we can prorate your $100 application fee to the 2019 school year, but we won’t be able to give you a refund. 

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

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