Holistic Herbalist Program

Overview: This 6-month, 450-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 artful 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 14, 2015 and ends October 21, 2015. 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 $3600 for 2015. The early-bird discount is $3,300 when paid in full by January 1, 2015 and $3500 when paid in full by March 1. A $400 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance to complete enrollment. Full tuition is due by April 15 unless other arrangements are made in advance. Payment plans are available for an additional $200 administrative fee due at the start of class.

Applying: The application for the 2015 programming year is now open.
Class size is limited to eighteen.
We DID fill up last year by early March and we had a waiting list, so be sure to apply early.
Application deadline is March 15, 2015.
The deadline for apprenticeship applications is November 1, 2014. ** See note below for more about apprenticeship.
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. The link to pay is at the bottom of this page.
Apprenticing is a serious time commitment, at least two additional days per week.
Apprentices do not pay 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.