Preregistration and a nonrefundable deposit are required for all classes. Deposits will be refunded in full if the class is cancelled. Early registration is strongly encouraged, as class fills quickly.

How to Make a Deposit or Payment

Deposits or payments for classes can be paid by credit card, check, or money order. Arrangements can be made for cash payments in person. Please do not mail cash.

Checks can be made payable to either to the Northwest School for Botanical Studies (NW School for Botanical Studies) or to Christa Sinadinos. Payments can be mailed to: Christa Sinadinos, 36 Kingston Road, McKinleyville, CA 95519.

Please include the following information with the deposit or payment:

  • First and last name
  • Current mailing address, including zip code   
  • Area code and phone number
  • Email address

Receipt of deposit will be confirmed by email. Directions to the school will be emailed for in-person classes.

Cancellation Policy

All deposits are nonrefundable. A tuition refund may be granted if a written cancellation notice is received two weeks prior to the start date of class. If written notice is not received two weeks prior to the class, tuition will not be refunded. No refunds will be issued after the class has begun.

Dropout Policy

Once a class has started, the student is responsible for payment in full, even if they drop out of the class or have a work-study contract. 

Class Minimums

The school requires a minimum of ten students per class. Otherwise, the class may be cancelled or postponed due to a lack of enrollment and all monies paid will be refunded.

Late Fees and Bounced Checks

There is a $40 penalty applied for bounced checks or late payment of payment plans. Failure to make a payment of a payment plan is cause for immediate suspension or termination.

Application for the Herbalist Training Program

To apply for the "Herbalist Training Program," complete the application and mail a nonrefundable deposit of $500. The school will contact you to via email to confirm receipt of your application and deposit. If you are accepted into the program, the deposit will be deducted from the tuition and the full payment for the program.

If you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded. If you are accepted into the program and you cancel your enrollment with less than two weeks written notice, your deposit is nonrefundable.

Payment Plans

Payment plans can be arranged for a small additional fee; prior arrangements, a contract, and credit card are required. Payments will automatically be withdrawn on the first of the month. Students must complete payments in order to receive a certificate. For more information and details, please contact the school via email.