Holistic Herbalism Program

2017 Registration is NOW open!

Overview: This 6-month, 425-hour program is for anyone who wants to be self-sufficient for their health and medicine, whether you intend to be treating yourself and your family, to be a community healer, or whether you wish to have a public practice as an Herbalist. It is appropriate both for committed beginners and for those who have already begun their studies. This class is intended to give you all the tools you need to go beyond treating symptoms and use diagnostic skills and knowledge about specific plants to treat at a deep level. Holistic herbalism is a beautiful art, combining plant wisdom, intuitive and scientific diagnosis, and skillful treatment.

The main focus will be on constitutional diagnosis and holistic treatment, including tonic herbs, food, and lifestyle. You will also learn how to do as much as possible yourself - how to identify plants, ethically gather them and make high quality extracts and preparations.                                                                                                                                        
This program begins April 11, 2017 and ends October 18, 2017.
Classes will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
There will be three field trips, to the Shenandoahs in Virginia, to the Georgia coast, and the Nanthala region of western North Carolina south of the Great Smokies National Park.

Classes: Individual classes cover plant identification, wildcrafting skills, medicine making, anatomy and physiology (structure and function of the human body), healing diet, holistic diagnostic skills including Chinese tongue and pulse diagnosis, constitutional medicine, study of individual medicinal plants, and a Student Clinic.

Instruction: CoreyPine Shane is the primary teacher, with 12 other faculty leading classes on Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Flower Essences, Botany, Gardening, and more. Check out our complete list of our amazing teachers here.

Tuition: Tuition is $3,800 for 2017.
The early-bird discount is $3,500 when paid in full by January 1, 2017.
A $400 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance to complete enrollment.
Full tuition is due by February 15, 2017 unless other arrangements are made in advance.
Payment plans are available for an additional $200 administrative fee due at the start of class.

Applying:  Class size is limited to eighteen.  We filled up last year by early January and we had a waiting list, so be sure to apply early.
Please review our comprehensive Admissions Procedure page for a detailed window into how all this works.
**Apprenticeship info below
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. The link to pay is at the bottom of this page.

Further study: This program provides a robust education for the home herbalist, as well as preparing students for our Clinical Herbalism Program which offers an opportunity to deepen your understandings and broaden your skill sets for a career as a clinical herbalist.
Apprenticing is a serious time commitment, at least two additional days per week.
Apprentices do not pay tuition but work directly in the herbal field, helping to chop roots, fill tincture bottles, or put together an order - whatever needs to be done. More than a simple work/study, it's an involved experiential education.
In addition to filling out the online application and paying the $100 application fee, please send a letter of intent explaining your motivation for apprenticing and why you think you would be a good apprentice. After we've received these, we will contact you for an interview.

** Please note**  the apprentice positions are in high demand, and we can only accept about 15 - 20% of those who apply. Those not accepted for apprenticeship may still be accepted as a student. Also, please be aware that although this position does not cost money, it does take a tremendous amount of time, so make sure to have money saved up because you won't have much free time for additional work.