Foundations in Western Herbalism
2018 registration is closed. We will open registration again in March 2019 for the September session.
Herbalist Certification Course
Next Course Begins September 2019
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
Retail store owner
herbal product manufacturer
Herbal pharmacist for a physician
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.
Herbal Medicine Introduction
Plant identification and basic botany
Pharmacology & Formulary
Medicinal application by Body System
Plant Spirit Medicine
Herbs of the Desert
Wildcrafting / Foraging
Harvesting & Preparations
Introduction to Medicine Systems around the world (TCM, Ayurveda)
Business Development for Herbal Advancement
Working knowledge of approximately 150 herbs
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
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: (2019 dates TBD)
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
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.
For the 2019 session, we will allow students to utilize a payment plan prior to the start of the course. Tuition must be paid in full one month before the course begins. Payments will be set up on an automatic billing agreement. Please ask about this option at time of inquiry.
Each course session has a limited number of enrollment spaces available. Your spot is held just for you and the number set is designed to offer a rich learning environment. Withdrawals during the course do not allow for a new student to fill that space. For this reason, there are no refunds on cancellations unless we are able to fill that class spot.