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

  • 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: (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

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

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.

Cancellation Policy
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.

The Herbal Wisdom Institute is a natural setting for Kris Vaughan to share her superior herbal knowledge. Kris is a dynamic speaker who conveys the information with such enthusiasm and passion that her students are always left craving for more. Her formal herbal training, extensive clinical experience, and management level background in sales and marketing in herbal supplement manufacturing and distribution qualify her as an authority on botanical medicine. Plant-based medicine continues to be one of the most widely used therapies worldwide for promoting health, wellness, and longevity. It is essential for budding herbalists to receive formal instruction of traditional use accompanied by an understanding of current scientific mechanisms to assure this natural healing modality remains in the forefront of time-honored medicine. Every promising herbalist bar none will benefit from Kris’ instruction and from the opportunities this knowledge affords, whether seeking this information for self-treatment, caring for loved ones or going on to pursue professional practice.
— Ken Koenig, D.C. Former Dean of Education & Executive Director of the National Board of Homeopathic Examiners and Past President & Owner of Wise Woman Herbals

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