Traditional Herbalist Certification
Shoots: Advanced Training
Traditional Herbalist Certification, 350 hrs
Course Length: A Nine Month Experiential Journey through the Appalachia growing season
Outstanding instructors include: Joseph Allawos, Luke Cannon, Ceara Foley, Melissa Fryar, Jessica Godino, Robin Allison, Joseph Immel, Turtle, Joie Power, Camilo Sanchez, Dov Shoneman, Thea Summer Deer and Corinna Wood. (Not all instructors may be present each session.)
With amazing guest teachers such as: Richo Cech, David Crowe, Phyllis D. Light, David Winston and Sheri Winston!
From the early woodland wildflowers of spring, lush medicinal flowers of summer, to hardy roots of fall, immerse yourself in the full cycle of the Appalachian growing season. Advance your skill level by learning the art of Integrative Herbalism; understanding ancient Eastern assessment skills and selecting herbs appropriate for the whole person.
Deepen your knowledge of nature’s universal principles as well as your own self- awareness. This course is designed for the student of Herbalism who desires to refine their practical skills. Hands-on classes in gardening, beekeeping and medicine making, and plant ID bring the world of holistic health to life.
This program is appropriate for both the developing professional and those seeking greater attunement with themselves through the plant kingdom. Students are encouraged to develop their own definition of healing. We use meditation, dance, ritual, and sharing to promote personal empowerment. Students develop a clear understanding of their passions and career goals.
Hands-on experience: Retain lifelong sustainability skills by participating in the stewardship of Soulflower Botanical Sanctuary. Each student increases their wisdom by experiencing the life cycle of a plant ally from placement to packaging. Through this process students learn Permaculture and organic gardening, plant guilds and companion planting, identification and usage of weeds, soil prep, composting, harvesting, seed saving, medicine making, and monitoring of plant growth.
Self-Healing: Provide long-term support for your own healing process through the use of herbs, cleansing, nutrition, and energy work. This class has a profound life changing effect on participants. Apply your expanding knowledge outside the classroom with creative homework that challenges and reinforces what you learn in class.
Learn Through Community: A crucial part of the learning comes from the unique perspectives experienced within the group itself. Your intuition, sharing, and sense of community centered around wild medicines and sustainable living skills brings the study to life. Time spent in the woods and camping strengthens these bonds. We seldom, if ever, allow visitors in the course to better provide a safe supportive environment for self-discovery in a circle of allies.
Topics covered include:
- Materia medica of over 150 herbs
- Holistic support for childbearing
- Preventative health care
- Nutrition & wild foods
- Beekeeping & apitherapy
- Anatomy & physiology
- Pathology and treatment protocols
- Sustainable Wildcrafting
- Plant pharmacology
- Herbal formulation
- Energy anatomy
- Earth ceremony
- Herbal support for the family
- Aromatherapy & skin care
- Spiritual properties of plants
- Blood & liver cleansing techniques
- Practical botany
- Flower essences
- Constitutional analysis
- Case studies
- Edible & medicinal mushrooms
- Organic & lunar gardening
- Systems of healing: Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Native American and Folk Traditions Ayurveda and doshic considerations
Prerequisites/Requirements: This is an advanced certification course for graduates of entry level ASHH courses including the Fundamentals of Herbalism, Subtle Herbalism: Spiritual Properties of Plants and Forest Skills: Discovering our Living Mountains.
Commitment to upholding sacred space in class; including but not limited to: arriving on time, talking in turn, respecting instructors and classmates, maintaining excellent attendance (students who miss more than 10% of the total class hours will not receive certification), commitment to home study which must be completed to receive certification. Home study projects include: 100 wildflower herbarium, short papers, reading, case studies, oral presentation, tea formulation & medicine making.
This course is designed to promote one’s own self healing through expanded awareness and rigorous honesty; please enroll prepared to go through a personal transformation. Must be 21 years of age by the first day of class.
An interview with the director is required to ensure all students are aware of the commitment level involved in the class and prepared to meet it. A $250 deposit is to hold your space in class is required immediately after acceptance. Please bring a method of payment to your interview. Should your plans to attend change, the deposit is refundable up until 2 weeks before the first day of class.
Students meeting all course requirements receive certification for 350 hours due to extensive home study
Tuition: $2,900 if paid in full by March 5th, $3,200 if making payments
Herbal tea served at each class, wild foods prepared on the weekends.
“This program is what I will base the rest of my botanical career on. I think it is so important to hear and understand the spirit and heart of the herbs, and this is exactly what I needed to continue on my path. I can’t say thank you enough.” -Traditional Program Graduate