Our six-month program includes the following, at a minimum:

  • Basic botany, ecology, plant taxonomy, evolution of plants, botanical vocabulary, plant identification.
  • Herbal actions and energetics, flavors of herbs and their meaning.
  • Wildcrafting procedures and ethics.  Ecological conservation.
  • Making herbal medicines, including drying herbs, preparation of medicinal teas, tincturing by various methods (including percolation), oxymels, elixirs, infused oils & salves, lotions, liniments, medicine balls, and medicinal mushroom double-extractions.  Food as Medicine / Creative ways to consume herbs.
  • History and traditions of Western herbalism.
  • Holistic/Vitalist approach to the human body in health & disease, basic treatment goals and priorities.
  • Diversity of human constitution and constitutional medicine.
  • Major organ systems in the human body, their anatomy & function, common disorders & treatment approaches, and commonly used herbs.
  • In-depth teaching on dozens of individual herbs: botany & identification, tastes & energetics, actions, uses, formulation, contraindications. (Materia Medica)
  • Making herbal formulas.
  • Basic clinical skills:  Interview, assessment, setting priorities, treatment strategies.  Clinical skills for working with transgender patients.
  • Nutrition fundamentals, working with food allergies and intolerances, elimination diets, and diet counseling.
  • Herbal first aid.
  • Focused classes on:  Health Justice in practice.  Herbs for mental health.  Working with addiction.  Healing from Trauma & PTSD.  Creating affordable protocols.