Gratitude

I'm so thankful you've found my page, I believe everything happens for a reason at just the right time and this is no exception, so welcome! I know you've probably been searching through many herbal schools and looking at various curriculums for a while - you want to make sure you're making the right choice for you - I applaud you for your thoroughness and commitment to your craft. Let me share with you why I believe my program is the best, then I'll leave it to you to decide if my herbal program is a good fit for you.
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Why my herbal school?

I've spent the last 20 years (and I'm still learning/studying every day) learning herbal medicine. I have enrolled in MANY herbal programs via correspondence & online courses, I've attended herbal conferences, herbal talks/walks, and weekend intensives. What I have experienced has allowed me to take the best parts of every program and formulate the most thorough program that I wish I'd been able to find. (there is in-person option available if you'd rather attend in person - located in North Idaho)

Comprehensive Program

  • The Best of the Best

    One of the things I've found most frustrating about the majority of online programs was the lack of order and structure, and those were my only option because of the lack of availability of brick-and-mortar herbal schools in my area (Inland Northwest). Some online schools do have very distinct order but fail to provide a truly comprehensive program or meaningful feedback (a simple letter grade or "pass" with no personal message or critique). When taking online programs I had to pick and choose and piecemeal my education together. Unlike many new or experienced herbalists, I was fortunate because I had previous healthcare experience (CNA and CertA Pharmacy Technician) as well as fitness and nutrition background which allowed me to understand anatomy and physiology and other aspects of holistic herbalism better. However, I realized there are many people out there who don't have that experience or education so I've included A&P, mind-body connection, movement & nutrition into my curriculum (this is incorporated throughout the sessions emphasizing a holistic approach). 

  • 16 Sessions

    There are a total of 16 sessions and each is built on the one before, I have not separated it according to subject. My focus is on expanding your knowledge in a way that makes you feel empowered and confident. This herbal program does not allow for you to jump from session to session or take a subject separately from another (holistic means that you understand that everything is interconnected). Keeping to a schedule also gives you an extrinsic (outside yourself) motivation that ensures your progress through the program - there's no forgetting about the program you're enrolled in (something that happens frequently with online and correspondence programs).You have the desire to learn. Your learning has been all over the place and you're done wasting time.

  • Herbalism is a Lifestyle

    I know you want to move ahead as quickly as possible, believe me, you're talking to the queen of getting it done! But an important aspect of herbalism is realizing that you will never be done with your studies - it isn't about memorizing facts (though that IS part of it) and it's not about reaching a certain level of mastery then sitting back contentedly in your knowledge. Herbalism is a lifestyle, one that allows for constant personal and intellectual growth. When you commit to a program realize that it is the door you are going through to begin your herbal journey, it's not the destination. And we all know the journey is really the greatest part of all things, not the destination.

Who is this program for?

  • Nutritionists looking to broaden their understanding of herbs and incorporate them into their practice.

  • Stay-at-home moms wanting to take better care of their families naturally.

  • Other health professionals seeking to add herbs to their modality

  • High school graduates who are exploring options and wanting to build a career in herbal medicine

  • Retirees with keen interest in herbs with the desire to learn more

  • Health Coaches/Life Coaches

  • Entrepreneurs intersted in getting into the herbal product business

  • Natural Healers - you know who you are

Program Options

Course begins March 16th and each new session is released 1 week after the live class

  • Elite Program

    Access to 16 sessions, monthly Q&A live calls, personalized homework & project feedback, quizzes, tests, a private phone consultation with me once a month, certificate of completion & official transcript (everything must be complete and turned in) **Recommended for those pursuing a career as a clinical herbalist or membership in AHG

  • Intermediate Program

    Access to all 16 sessions, monthly Q&A live calls, quizzes & tests. This does not include personalized homework or project feedback, monthly private consultation call, certificate of completion, or official transcript.

  • Basic Program

    Access to the 16 session program plus monthly group Q&A live calls. This does not include any quizzes/tests, personalized feedback for homework or projects, private consultation call, certificate of completion or official transcript.

Success!

Why the Elite Program?

If you are serious about making huge improvements in your herbal knowledge and getting everything you can out of the program, then enroll in the Elite Program. With the accountability of a well laid out course, personalized feedback, quizzes and tests highlighting where you need to do more study, a private monthly call with me (up to 1 hour), you you can be sure of your success!
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Subjects Covered

  • Cultivating Wellness

    Growing herbs gives a deeper understanding of their personalities and makes the medicine easily accessible to you. This course will be taught by Sean Mitzel, Permaculture Design Consultant who specializes in designing and growing food and herbs using natural systems and materials. His expertise willhelp build your confidence and ability to design and start your own herb garden. We will discuss how to build soil for maximum yield, how to make your own fertilizers, the ins & outs of composting, herb garden design options, the different propagation methods, natural pest & disease control, and choosing your first 10 herbs. We start with this class to enable to you to hopefully get your garden going right away.

  • Botany for Herbalists

    In this course we will investigate botany from an herbalist’s perspective. We will start out by learning botanical classification system, essential botanical terms and plant parts identifications. We will examine live plants and discuss the parts of a plant. After this introduction we will begin working our way through specific identification features of plant families. Studying these families will give you a great head start on identifying many of the plants you will encounter in your neighborhood, on your property, on hikes, foraging or wildcrafting adventures.

  • Materia Medica

    We will begin our study of materia medica by going over HOW to start your own Materia Medica, the specifics of the different sections and how to find reliable resources. Following the introduction, I will begin reviewing, in detail, 30 of the most commonly used herbs in Western Herbalism. Each monograph will include Latin name, other names, geographic distribution, description, taste, vitamins & minerals, best time to collect, what parts are used, herbal actions, energetics, uses, preparations, dosage & warnings and cultivation guidelines if applicable.

  • Herbal Actions & Western Energetics

    Every new discipline has its own terminology, in herbalism, learning herbal actions becomes important when referring to herbal resources. Learning the meaning of these actions and how they affect the body is an important piece of understanding monographs and knowing what other healthcare professional are talking about when referencing prescription medication or even herbs and other supplements. I will discuss the actions along with a few herbs that would fit into each category for your reference. I will also cover the basics of the western energetics system.

  • Wildcrafting

    Wildcrafting is a super enjoyable part of herbalism, it connects us more deeply to the plants. Finding a plant in its natural environment, taking it home to process and prepare opens an entire world of herbs to us. Often we get dependent on buying dried or prepared herbs online. This experience will give you an introduction to wildcrafting so you can go home and begin your personal journey with plants. We will talk about wildcrafting flowers, leaves, stems, roots, bark, berries, & seeds.

  • Preparations

    This is another really fun part of learning herbal medicine...getting to turn those plants into something palatable and easier to ingest. Starting in session 6, I will cover the basics of herbal preparations and in session 7 I’ll start the actual preparations. This will include medicinal, body care, cooking with herbs, and home cleaning blends. Preparations we will do: Infusion Decoction Poultice Compress Liniments Herbal Honey Herbal Vinegar Herbal Wine Tincture Infused Oil Syrups Oxymel/Elixer Salve & Lip Balm Lotion Powders Capsules Lozenges Suppositories Herbal Bath Salts Herbal Steams Lip Scrub Seasoning Blends for the kitchen Herb Butters Herbal Salt Electuaries Herbal Truffles Nourishing Bone Broth Hydrosols Fire Cider Even if you have done these preparations at home or in another course, continual exposure and learning new methods of preparation is always good. You can never make enough, it’s fun and educational everytime.

  • A&P for the Herbalist

    Knowing herbs and their actions is important, but in order to put it into practice we have to understand the body and how it works. I will cover enough so you understand the basics of each body system and then I will discuss what problems we see, and what herbs, lifestyle and diet to consider when dealing with these different ailments. Our journey will start with a basic understanding of biochemistry and cells. From there I will dive into each body system in detail. Systems we will cover: Short Chemistry Introduction Digestion & Elimination Liver Lymph & Immune Inflammation Respiratory System & Cold and Flu Cardiovascular System Endocrine Integumentary Men’s Reproductive Women’s Reproductive Nervous System Autonomic Nervous System Urinary Musculoskeletal

Program Options