Interested in herbalism? Becoming an herbalist or owning an apothecary? A holistic practitioner of some sort wanting to add to your healing repertoire? This class is for you, the working adult!
The course is set up on an online forum, so to take it, you should have regular internet access. There is so much information that we are able to share this way- audio, video, slideshows, lectures, files, and links. In fact, the online class is able to give far more information to students than the in-person class, simply because the in-person class is limited to two hours at a time!
This class is self-paced, so you do not need to worry about deadlines. You can take as much time as you need to complete a unit (and then advance to the next unit). Lily designed it this way intentionally.She has taught this class in person and many have missed a unit due to life circumstances and fell behind (and felt bad). Instead of feeling like you will never catch up and regain that knowledge- you can take a break and come back when you are ready. No pressure- just the learning you want!
You advance at your own pace- once you complete a module, you are granted access to the next level's lessons. There is no expiration date for the class, so if you are ambitious and have the time you could complete it sooner than the normal 18 months. If you have lots of other obligations, you can take years to complete it if you wish! This is ideal for working adults.
You will also need to purchase David Hoffman's Medical Herbalism book. You will also need certain supplies and items that you will need to purchase: herbs, beeswax, etc. in each level (usually under $20 at any given time). I find enthusiastic students also look for supplemental books & materials and I make recommendations for those as they come up in each unit. Want to be sure you are amassing a reliable, reputable library on these topics? We give recommendations to the most respected herbalists and their works!
Theories of healing and the body
Systems of the body; anatomy and physiology
Health conditions and their symptoms
How to treat health conditions with herbs
Herbal classification and actions in the body
Cultivation and wildcrafting
Harvesting and processing
Materia medica (learning about individual plants)
and an introduction to other overlapping systems of healing: TCM, Ayurveda, aromatherapy, homeopathy, flower essences.
In addition to access to the resources and Lily to answer all your questions and direct and mentor you along this path, you will also have access to free field trips, a 10% discount in the shop as long as you are a student (including on workshops and classes), and the ability to advance into an apprenticeship model once you complete the course.
The class is a non-refundable $800. Monthly payment plans are available via email. Register here.
A Note about Herb Schools
There are plenty of schools out there that promise a "master herbalist certification", but there is only one objective certification that is nationally recognized by everyone: Master herbalist certification from the American Herbalists' Guild. They are focused on standards of education to train clinical herbalists (people who treat patients one-on-one).
They have a list of schools on their website that meet their criteria- all of these schools have clinics attached for you to do internships. If the school is not listed on their website, it does not meet their criteria and has not been certified. There are no AHG accredited schools of herbalism in the state of Ohio.
There are however, several qualified teachers. This class is not focused on teaching you to be a clinical herbalist, but instead prepares you to be a community herbalist, one who feels confident treating friends and family, learning about the amazing human body and plant world and how they support one another, or perhaps going on to a Master's Degree from a healing school that does have a clinic.