Advanced Herbalist Training Program

Clinical Herbalist TrainingI’m delighted to continue writing The Essential Guide to Western Botanical Medicine this fall, and am pleased to have more than 600 pages completed! I’m also thrilled to offer the Advanced Herbalist Training Program, a weekend course thats an abbreviated version of the Clinical Herbalist Training Program (CHT) enabling previous graduates to continue their studies. The prerequisite for this course is the Professional Herbalist Training Program or teacher approval.

The Advanced Herbalist Training Program is designed for students interested in deepening their understanding of the endocrine system, learning formulation and compounding, practicing creating holistic herbal protocols, reviewing case studies, and continuing to learn materia medica. This program integrates, expands, and applies the information and concepts covered in the Professional Herbalist Training Program.

The studies include:

  • Herb Jars and formulationThe Art of Formulation - Learn how to compound tea and tincture formulas.
  • Intake Forms - Study examples of intake forms, client waivers, and formulation worksheets.
  • Case Studies - Review case studies and practice creating botanical protocols.
  • Top 10 Consultation Concerns

  • Endocrine System Physiology and Pathophysiology - Learn about the adrenals, thyroid, and blood sugar disorders.
  • Herbal Therapeutics - Study treatments for the endocrine system.
  • Case Studies - Review case studies and practice creating botanical protocols.
  • Advanced Materia Medica - Explore the therapeutic uses of medicinal herbs, with an emphasis on tonifying adaptogenic and immune-modulating herbs.

Note: Research time is require outside of class.

Aralia rootThe Advanced Herbal Training Program will continue to cover an herbal materia medica repertoire. Plants will be discussed in a monograph format, providing in-depth exploration of each plant including: the medicinal use of the plant based on clinical observation; appropriate uses of each herb; optimum extraction methods and doses; and Latin and common names.

Although it can take many years to become established as an herbal practitioner, the skills taught in the Advanced Herbalist Training Program create a solid foundation for the practice of herbalism.

Class Schedule

This program will meet four weekends from 11 am to 5 pm with a one-hour lunch break. The dates are Oct. 24/25, Nov. 21/22, Dec. 5/6, and Jan. 16/17.


Cow parsnipThe tuition for the program is $1000 if payed in full by October 16, 2015. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due no later than October 1; the remainder of the balance is due on or before Oct. 16, 2015. The tuition for students wishing to make payment plans is $1100, with payment to be made in four installments of $275 each, prior to attending each class. A minimum of 12 students are required for the class.


All classes are held at the Northwest School for Botanical Studies in Fieldbrook, California. Directions will be sent after the student is accepted into the program.

Disclaimer: The class material and dates described above are subject to alteration.