Essentials of Herbalism Program

This program for 2017 is NOW FULL 

We are excited to present our newly improved, learner-centered weekend program. Our revised program includes more 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.
Instruction: CoreyPine Shane and Jamie Sparks are the primary instructors, with other teachers including Marc Williams, Asia Suler, and Rebecca Vann 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 18-19, 2017.
Class times are:
Saturday 10:00 - 6:00 
Sunday 10:00 - 6:00
We meet the 3rd weekend of each month with the exception of October.

Tuition: Tuition is $1,400 for the full course. This includes all the medicine and food you will make in class and bring home.
Early Bird price is $1,200 if paid by January 1, 2017.
A $300 deposit due upon acceptance to complete enrollment.

Full tuition is due by March 1, 2017, 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: 2017 Registration is closed, this program is full

​​ Application deadline is February 15, 2017.
Please review our comprehensive Admissions Procedure page for a detailed window into how all this works.

PLEASE NOTE: A $100 fee is due upon application and must be received before an interview is scheduled. This application fee is non-refundable and will be applied toward your tuition, should you enroll. Paypal link is below.


Topics for the weekends as a sample of what to expect:

March 18-19
• Herbal Healing Philosphy - a new paradigm
• Tonic herbs as cornerstone of herbal medicine
• Making teas and herbal vinegars

April 15-16
• Digestive herbs and holistic nutrition
• Beginner Botany
• Tincture making - fresh and dry

May 20-21
• Herbs for reproductive balance
​• Plant walk

​June 17-18
​• Strengthening eliminative systems
• Plant walk
• Wild food harvest
• Food as medicine

July 15-16
• First aid and herbs for pain
• Plant walk and harvest
• Medicinal oils, salves, and topical applications​

August 19-20
• Herbs for stress and balance
• Plant spirit medicine, immune herbs, soups, syrups

September 16-17
• Energetic herbalism - Traditional Chinese Medicine/Ayurveda
• Aphrodisiacs and cordials
• Plant walk​

October 21-22
• Plant walk
• Formulation
​• Medicine show and Graduation