Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine offers various long-term programs as well events. You’ll find a full description of each course, including class dates, tuition and the application process under the Programs tab above. You can find more information for our events on the Events page.
All of our classes are taught in-person. CoreyPine Shane is the primary teacher and invites some of the best herbalists in Asheville to teach their specialties to our students at Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine. We do, however, have online programs coming your way!
After you’ve filled out the application and paid the application fee, we will reach out to you about scheduling an interview. For programs that require an interview, we will hold interviews on Thursdays and Fridays, with two time slots available each day.
Once we graduate our programs in late October, we move very fast with interviews and admissions. During the first three weeks of November, we try to finalize all apprentice decisions. If you are contacted by us during this time, please make yourself available.
*View each individual program to learn each application due date and specific application processes.
You can find the unique schedules for each program under the Programs tab above. They are listed at the bottom of each page.
We are not offering apprenticeships for the 2022 school year. We do have assistants who help with class set up and clean up each day for a small tuition discount. There are two spots for the Holistic Herbalism Program, one for the Essentials of Herbalism Program, and one for the Advanced Clinical Program.
We accept applications for each of our programs until the application due date. In the event a class does fill up before the due date, we will be sure to post an update on the program’s page announcing that enrollment is closed. Please note, each program has it’s own due date, so please see each individual program under the Programs tab above for more information. If you’ve paid the application fee and the program is full, you will be refunded.
Right now, BRSHM is offering equity seats for Black, Indigenous and People of Color – at this time, all equity seats consist of a 10% discount on tuition. Please email email@example.com if you are interested. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any forms of financial aid. We do, however, offer payment plans if paying the tuition in a lump sum is not feasible for you. Lastly, we are not offering work-trade opportunities at this time.
Due to the pandemic, interviews for admission into our programs and apprenticeships are done via phone or skype.
All students who complete our programs will receive a certificate. They are listed below:
Essentials of Herbalism Program: Certified Community Herbalist
Holistic Herbalism Program: Certified Holistic Herbalist
Advanced Clinical Program: Certified Clinical Herbalist
Please note that these are certifications and not licenses. There is no oversight over what a certified herbalist is and there is no accreditation program for herbalists in the United States. While this may seem somewhat loose, there are pros and cons to the lack of an accreditation process. We are, however, in complete support of having no accreditation program. We believe that if herbalism was ever obtained a governing body, it would undoubtedly lose its rich diversity of healing modalities.
Herbalists use different herbs native to (or growing in) their own region. There are many different philosophies of herbalism, and as we move away from modern western medicine, we encourage diverse and holistic approaches to healing the body. Herbalists today have the incredible opportunity to learn various healing modalities that most closely resonate with their own personal philosophies. Some of these modalities include Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Daoist Traditions, healing traditions from different Native American tribes, or even various folk methods used by healers from all over the world.
After completing a clinical program, herbalists have the opportunity to operate or work in a clinical practice. Other opportunities include being involved in production in the herbal products industry, teaching in a variety of alternative health care educational programs, and herb farming. Additionally, many herbalists develop a strong botanical skill set, offering valuable insight into forest restoration, activism and research.
BRSHM does not provide housing for students. The Asheville area offers many rental opportunities for those relocating here. There are online resources for finding housing as well as local realtors and property managers.
The Essentials of Herbalism Program is most conducive to commuters. If you are planning to commute to class, some students have had luck browsing Airbnb, HelpX, and couchsurfers.com. For the Holistic Herbalism Program and the Advanced Clinical Program, the schedule is such that we strongly recommend students live within reasonable commuting distance so that they can participate in scheduled class time and in clinical observation and practice opportunities.
There is no camping on school premises. Camping on National Forest land really isn’t a viable option until June and even then it can still be cold at night. Do keep in mind if you plan to camp that you need to be entirely self-sufficient.
We don’t have any job openings available at present but there may be jobs available in the greater Asheville area. Please keep in mind that our Holistic Herbalism Program and the Advanced Clinical Program require serious time commitments, so it is best to be prepared and have money saved up when applying for these programs.
At this time, you DO need a car as the school is not located near any public transportation. The school is currently located on CoreyPine’s property in Barnardsville, NC (20 min North of Asheville). Please note that he lives on a gravel road, but you do not need 4wd to get to the property.
The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine offers a varied experiential education. Our programs are intended to expose first-time herbal students, as well as those continuing their herbal education, to the wide variety of ways that herbal medicine can touch our lives.
Many class days will be spent at the school in the classroom. Students will have a one-hour lunch break to eat and connect with one another. Other classes will include full day plant walks with a picnic lunch on the field. For plant walks, students should prepare for a full day of hiking or walking and dress appropriately for the weather.
Classes are designed to be engaging and interactive, so whether the class is a full day of lecture or a full day in the forest, students will have the opportunity to engage and participate in the learning process.
Yes. The Essentials of Herbalism Program will require 2-3 hours/month. With the Holistic Herbalism Program and Advanced Clinical Program, expect 2-5 hours of homework each week including reading, writing, research and personal reflection.
Besides tuition, you will want to put some money aside for additional expenses such as books, tincturing alcohol, fresh herbs and tools, for which you will receive a list of suggestions. These are not required for class, but simply things you will find useful.
Below is an approximate suggestion of additional funds to set aside for each program:
Essentials of Herbalism Program: $100-$200
Holistic Herbalism Program: about $500+
Advanced Clinical Program: $300-$500
While we are animal lovers, we can only allow certified service dogs.