Community Herbalism Program
Dates: Our 2022 online Community Herbalism Program runs from February 16th to November 16th.
Format: The 2022 Community Herbalism Program will consist of a minimum of 250 hours of content that will include weekly video lessons, a 3-hour live videoconference every other week, homework assignments, and peer-to-peer engagement between students. We are committed to bringing our emphasis on engaged, experiential herbalism to our program by facilitating embodied practices. Our core faculty (Jen Stovall, Dave Meesters and Janet Kent) will review assignments, give feedback, and hold biweekly live conference calls. Students who meet our attendance, assignment and exam requirements will additionally receive a certificate affirming successful completion of our Community Herbalism training program.
Live classes will be held via video conference every other Wednesday (beginning February 16th) starting at 2pm Eastern Time, for a total of 21 live sessions.
In addition to the recorded and live course material, students will receive over 150 pages of handouts and 72 detailed plant monographs. To ensure an embodied experience, we are also creating a mini-apothecary of herb samples for each student to taste, smell and experience when we discuss the plants in class.
Tuition: Tuition for the online Community Herbalism Program is $2,550. Once you are accepted, a $250 non-refundable deposit is required in order to secure your spot, with the rest of your tuition due by January 15th, 2021. If you would like to arrange a payment plan, we can discuss options after you are accepted into the program.
Additional costs: two required textbooks and a readings book, medicine making supplies. (Kitchen scale and measuring cup required for medicine making.)
Unlike some online learning opportunities, our Community Herbalism program has a specific start and end date. Students should expect to be engaged with the program every week, and to keep up with videos and assignments as we go. The entire class will go through the program together, completing coursework on the same schedule, and meeting together for scheduled live sessions, all facilitated in real time by the Terra Sylva instructors. Students can expect approximately 4-5 hours of course material a week and another 3-5 hours on assignments and self-study.
There is an application and admissions process for this program. We will limit class size to ensure that we have a cohesive group and opportunity for student-teacher interaction. Everyone who applies will not automatically be accepted into the program. We are selecting a cohort of students who are a good fit for our curriculum and who will work well together as a group.
The Community Herbalism Program includes:
- Minimum 250 total hours of course content
- Weekly pre-recorded video lessons (approx. 4-5 hours/week)
- Biweekly (every other week) video conferences for discussion, small-group exercises, and Q&A
- Homework assignments
- Peer-to-peer engagement with students and faculty via online forums
- Ongoing embodied herbal practices
- Mini-apothecary of herb samples
- Over 150 pages of printable handouts
- 72 detailed printable plant monographs
- 250-hour Community Herbalism Certificate upon completion of all requirements
Accessibility – While an online program does allow us to include people who cannot relocate for herb school, it does limit accessibility in other ways. Students will need access to reliable internet and a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. The device and the internet bandwidth must allow full video-conferencing capability.