Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine Weekend Program

2016 Class Harvesting HerbsDeepen your knowledge of herbal healing and medicine making in the garden, classroom, and field. You will also learn how to help friends and family members maintain their health using herbs. Designed for students and professionals with busy work schedules, the program is offered seven weekends, March through September, 2017.

You will learn:

  • How to make herbal medicines

  • Medicinal and clinical uses of herbs

  • Practical herbal skills to maintain optimal health and treat common conditions

  • How to identify and harvest plants

Harvesting DandelionCurriculum

Herbal Pharmacy - Learn the art and science of preparing herbal medicines. Many formulas and recipes will be shared in class, and you will have the opportunity to experiment with the medicines you create. Spend time in our gorgeous gardens, harvesting medicinal herbs and making medicines.

Herbal Materia Medica - Study numerous medicinal herbs growing throughout the United States, with an emphasis on West Coast herbs. Explore each plant in depth, including its medicinal uses and clinical applications, optimum extraction methods and doses, Latin and common names, and contraindications.


Herbal Therapeutics – Learn strategies for treating common health conditions and imbalances. Understand how to address many acute health concerns presented by friends and family members.


Plant Identification - Immerse in the garden, field, and classroom. Take herb walks, identify native plants in their natural habitat, and learn to identify many cultivated herbs.  


You will receive a Certificate of Completion after satisfactorily completing all course assignments, an attendance record of at least 90%, and full payment of tuition.

2016 Class photoClass Schedule 

Five classes will meet on the first weekend of every month, and two will be held on the second or third weekend of the month. Classes meet Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break. You will receive 100 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours required outside of class. In the unlikely event that a class must be cancelled, make-up dates will be announced.



Classes will be held on these dates: March 4/5th; April 1/2nd; May 6/7th; June 3/4th; July 8/9/10th; August 5/6/7th; and September 16/17th, 2017. Note: The July and August classes are three day weekends.

Applications and Tuition

Please complete the application page.Tuition for the program and materials is $2,300 if paying by credit card or Paypal, or $2,200 if paying with a check, cash, or money order. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due upon acceptance into the program. The remaining balance is due on or before February 1st, 2017.