Foundations in Western Herbalism-Certification Course

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Foundations in Western Herbalism-Certification Course

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Due to popular demand, additional seats have been added to this class.

Foundations in Western Herbalism

We have made changes to this course for the 2018-2019 session. The course will now be a nine month course held one weekend a month with a live webcast option for students outside of Arizona who are unable to travel. See below for more details.

Herbalist Certification Course
Next Course Begins September 15, 2018

Do you use herbs, grow them in your garden, or make remedies and want to make a career of it? Maybe you are completely new to the concept of herbalism but are curious about using herbs at home to care for your family in a natural way. If you are interested in any of the following things then this course may be for you.

Career Opportunities as a Certified Herbalist

  • Clinical practitioner

  • Retail store owner

  • herbal product manufacturer

  • Herbal pharmacist for a physician

  • Author

  • Researcher

  • Herbal Instructor

  • Sales representative for herbal product manufacturer

Herbalist certification allows you the knowledge, skill, and credibility to make herbalism a career. In this course you will be immersed in classroom, field study, and clinical and business training in order to have all of the tools necessary to develop your own herbal path.

The Foundations in Traditional Herbalism course offers up to 130 hours of classroom and field study instruction along with experiential projects designed to develop and strengthen your unique herbalism gifts and talents. 

Course Topics

  • Herbal Medicine Introduction

  • Plant identification and basic botany

  • Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology

  • Pharmacology & Formulary

  • Medicinal application by Body System

  • Plant Spirit Medicine

  • Herbs of the Desert

  • Wildcrafting / Foraging

  • Harvesting & Preparations

  • Medicine Making

  • Introduction to Medicine Systems around the world (TCM, Ayurveda)

  • Business Development for Herbal Advancement

  • Working knowledge of approximately 150 herbs

  • Field Study

The herbalist certification course is designed to give you a strong foundation of the historical and contemporary use of herbs, laws and regulations governing herbal medicine, business development for the herbalist, and effective preparation and formulation of herbal medicine to be used in clinical practice. The addition of the optional supervised Clinical Internship is beneficial for those who wish to become a clinical

Course Instructors

Kris Vaughan, CH (Herbal Wisdom Institute Founder and Program Director) is your main instructor. You will also have a team of additional instructors who are experts in their field of study to enhance your course and offer you the most comprehensive education available in Northern Arizona. Your instructors include Native American medicine women and certified herbalists who all live and work with herbal traditions from various medicine systems around the world.

Learn about your instructors HERE

Hands-on Interactive Learning

The herbalist certification course is highly interactive and requires your participation. You will be participating in field study trips, research projects, and clinical application of the remedies. This course will require you to experience the herbs in various forms and it will require the ability walk in the desert on field trips and navigate the local terrain. Of course, if you have special health considerations please advise us upon admission to the program.


Students will meet once a month for a weekend intensive for a total of nine months. Class time will be a mixture of Classroom time and field study (season and weather permitting)
Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

Course Class Dates:

September 15 & 16, 2018
October 13 & 14, 2018
November 10 & 11, 2018
December 15 & 16, 2018
January 19 & 20, 2019
February 16 & 17, 2019
March 16 & 17, 2019
April 13 & 14, 2019
May 18 & 19, 2019

Students may miss no more than 14 hours of instruction to receive full certification. Some makeup work may be available as needed and upon approval for time that is missed due to unforeseen circumstances.


Course Total: $1,750.00

Registration Fee$50.00
Tuition $1,500.00
Required Texts (incl. tax & s/h, subject to change)$200.00


Creating Herbal Community
Building community with your fellow learners is important. You will have the opportunity to join a Facebook group of current and past students of the Foundations in Western Herbalism course. In this group you will have the chance to connect, receive support, and build knowledge during times between class sessions.

Payment Plans

Pay in full discount = 10% off tuition ($150.00)
(Discount applied to tuition only. Excludes books fees)

Flexible payment plans are available. Enroll now with a minimum $350.00 deposit and an automatic billing agreement. Course must be paid in full one month prior to completion of course hours.  Payment plans may begin before your course begins to allow for lower payment options. Please ask about this option at time of inquiry.

Payment plans are available - call for information (928)227-2760

Contact Us to discuss payment options

Enroll now with a $350 deposit. You will be contacted to set up your payment agreement and complete your registration. Registration is not complete until these items are done.

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