Community Herbalism Program
Update on 9/6/17 : We are happy to announce that our 2018 school year is currently full with a waiting list! If you are interested in applying for the 2019 school year, we will begin accepting applications in May 2018. Please check back in then or sign up on our newsletter at the bottom of this page to receive updates. Thanks!
Dates: The Community Herbalism program runs from April 17th – October 10th of 2018 with a graduation ceremony held during the weekend of October 12th – 14th.
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 300 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 380 hours.
Class size: We value an intimate learning environment. Final class size will be capped at 16 students.
Tuition: Tuition for the Community Herbalist Program is $3,500. Once you are accepted, a $400 non-refundable deposit is required in order to secure your spot, with the rest of your tuition due on the first day of class. If you need to arrange a payment plan, please contact us.
Early Bird Discount: An early bird price of $3,250 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 early bird application deadline is November 1st.
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 380-hour training program and are qualified to practice as herbalists in the community or to pursue advanced education.
Apprentices: [ Note: We are no longer taking applications for apprentices for the 2018 school year! Please apply for the regular program or contact us next year. Thanks! ] Three students will have the opportunity to live and work as apprentices at the Terra Sylva field campus, where Dave and Janet also 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.
Work will consist of manual labor, including gardening and projects on the land, as well as apothecary work. The land is steep and the houses are off the grid, rustic, without indoor plumbing. Apprentices will share a kitchen, so living well with others is a must. We will provide propane for cooking and a few staples for the kitchen but the cost of groceries will be borne by the apprentices. Apprentices would do well to have reliable transportation, though carpooling could possibly be arranged.
Those applying to be apprentices must fill out an extended application and provide references in addition to the normal interview. The absolute deadline for apprenticeship applications is September 1st. There has already been quite a bit of interest. We expect the apprenticeship selection process to be highly competitive.
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.
Applications: [ Note: We are happy to announce that our 2018 school year is currently full with a waiting list! If you are interested in applying for the 2019 school year, we will begin accepting applications in May 2018. Please check back in then or sign up on our newsletter at the bottom of this page to receive updates. Thanks! ]
We are now accepting applications. As we receive them, we will begin the application review process and schedule interviews. We will accept students throughout this process until the program is full. At that point, we will post an update here and begin accepting applications for the waiting list. Our final application deadline for the 2018 program is February 2nd, 2018. If you are interested in 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.