Community Herbalism Program
Dates: The Community Herbalism program runs from April 14th – October 14th of 2020 with a graduation ceremony held on October 17th.
Schedule: Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 5 pm, with a one hour break for lunch each day. There will be a week-long break in the middle of the term, dates TBD.
Field Trips: In addition to 312 regular class hours, we will make several field trips as a class, including multiple-day camping trips, adding 80 hours of additional field study, for a total of approximately 400 hours.
Class size: We value an intimate learning environment. Final class size will be relatively small.
Tuition: Tuition for the Community Herbalist Program is $3,700. Once you are accepted, a $400 non-refundable deposit is required in order to secure your spot, with the rest of your tuition due by March 1st, 2020. If you need to arrange a payment plan, please contact us.
Early Bird Discount: An early bird price of $3,400 is available to those who pay their full tuition by December 1st. In order to receive the early bird discount, we recommend that you get your application in for review as soon as possible. The final early bird application deadline is November 1st though we cannot guarantee that the class will not be full long before this.
Refund Policy: Any student who chooses to withdraw from the school before the first day of class, and has already paid their full tuition, will receive a refund of their full tuition minus their deposit. Should an extenuating circumstance arise and a student needs to withdraw from the school, if it is within 21 days of the first day of class they will receive a refund of half of their tuition. If they withdraw from school after the 21st day of the program, no refund will be provided.
Certification: Graduates will receive a certificate showing that they have completed our 400-hour training program and are qualified to practice as herbalists in the community or to pursue advanced education.
Additional costs: We require our students to purchase a few textbooks. Students will also need gas money to get to field trips, money for medicine making supplies and of course, money for paper, notebooks and pens.
Housing: We do not provide housing for our students. There are ample housing opportunities in and around Marshall, as well as in Asheville, a twenty minute drive from school.
Transportation: There is unfortunately no convenient public transportation serving the Marshall area. Carpooling, especially for those living in Asheville, is encouraged.
Inclusivity Policy: At the Terra Sylva School of Botanical Medicine, we value diversity. In our selection of students, we do not discriminate against individuals of any class, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual beliefs or nationality. We understand that oppression and injustice have a negative impact on health. Likewise, we know that the intersection of various forms of oppression creates complex obstacles to healing. In the interest of training herbalists who understand the connection of the health of the individual to their social context, we require our students to attend trainings on racism and gender identity. We also teach clinical skills for working with transgender clients and other marginalized communities.
Accessibility: Our classroom is located on the 2nd floor of an old schoolhouse that has 3 sets of steep stairs. It is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. In addition, much of our class time will be spent outdoors hiking on uneven terrain and we will also be tent camping. If you have accessibility concerns before applying, please contact us to discuss them further.
Applications: Our admissions begin in May when applications for the next year go up. We will begin scheduling interviews in July and sending out the first acceptance letters in September. Once the class is full, we will post an update here and begin accepting applications for the waiting list. Please note that our program fills up quickly. Having your application in by the end of summer will give you a better chance of getting in. If you are interested in applying for our 2020 program after reading the details above, you can find the application here.
Apprentices: Three students will have the opportunity to live and work as apprentices at the Terra Sylva field campus, where Dave and Janet live. This is a remote location, 40 minutes from the main school. Apprentices will pay a reduced tuition of $1200 and commit to working 15 hours per week. You can learn more about our apprenticeship program and see if it is a good fit for you here.