Holistic Herbalism Program

Applications are now open!!

Overview
This 6-month, 425-hour program is for anyone who wants to be self-sufficient for their health and medicine, a community healer, or working towards having a public practice as an Herbalist. 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. 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.                                                                                                                                        

Schedule 
This program begins April 15, 2019 and ends October 22, 2019.
Classes will be held Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 am - 4 pm.
There will be three field trips, each five days long where we will go deeper with our forest explorations.
*Please note we made some changes to our schedule from years past so if you've been checking us out, be sure to notice this!

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 basic clinical skills.

Required Supplies
Students need to have two tools that are going to be your best harvesting friends -  pruners and a soil knife (sometimes called a “hori hori”). If you are accepted, please purchase a nice 10X - 16X loupe (hand-held magnifying lens) for use in technical botany; I prefer the kind that fold up for use in the field.

We provide two of the required textbooks and students then purchase their other books.  Students will also need to set aside funds for gas money for field trips for medicine making supplies. Most food and lodging (which may be camping) is covered for all field trips. 

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

Tuition 
  • Tuition is $4,400 for 2019.
  • The early-bird discount is $4,200 when paid in full by January 1, 2019.
  • A $400 non-refundable deposit is due within two weeks of acceptance to complete enrollment. Please plan for this when scheduling your interview.  Your deposit goes towards your tuition.
  • Full tuition is due by March 15, 2019, unless other arrangements are made in advance.
  • Payment plans are available for an additional $200 administrative fee due at the start of class.
  • Please note we are NOT offering apprenticeships for 2019.
Applying  
We accept applications for students from July 15, 2018, until March 1, 2019. Class size is limited to 22.  We filled up this year by early December 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.
Click here to see our policy on refunds and payment plans.

To Apply:
  • Submit the application
  • Please pay the one time $100 application fee. This is non-refundable if you are interviewed, and is not applied towards tuition.