Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine offers both online and hands-on herbal learning in the midst of our forest Botanical Sanctuary, surrounded by native plants and venerable trees, with the song of the river in the background.  Our central focus is to help people self-empower to reclaim lost wisdom to care for the health of our families, communities, and natural environment. 

Our community is vibrant, inclusive, and supportive our mutual learning process.

Education Programs

IMG_7757Traditional Apprentice Program

Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine offers a personalized, hands-on herbal apprentice program for students looking for an in-depth experience over the course of a Vermont growing season.   Traditional Apprentice Program


IMG_2298Online Home Herbalist Apprentice

Gain an extensive understanding of how herbs work, how to choose the right remedy, and herbalist considerations (herb-drug interactions, energetics, bias in medicine, etc.) in this in-depth course, available live online or as an independent study with personal feedback Home Herbalist Apprentice


IMG_3118Medicine Maker Apprentice

Learn to grow, make, & use plant medicine in this hands-on course, appropriate for all experience levels!  Also available as an independent study with personal feedback  Medicine-Maker Apprentice  

IMG_8584Clinical Skills & Cases

This live online course helps Community Herbalists, Clinical Herbalists, and Family Herbalists grow their clinical skills through practical application.  Clinical Skills & Cases


IMG_6956Herb Harvesting, Medicine Making, & Uses

8-part video course including Ashwagandha, Bee Balm, Calamus, Elderberry & Elder Flower, Hops, Marshmallow, Milk Thistle, Nettles, making herbal syrups, weight-to-volume tincture making, using a blender to tincture, hot water bath extraction tinctures, and harvest techniques.  Herb Harvesting, Medicine Making, & Uses


4BCC9591-56DE-4D03-A968-0F11E9A928B7Topic Focused Classes & Recordings

Intensive courses available live in person and recorded for independent study.  Topics include harvesting & wild-crafting (Medicinal Tree Barks, Japanese Knotweed, Multiflora Rose, Japanese Barberry), advanced medicine-making techniques, specific uses of herbs, seed starting and plant cultivation, mushroom log inoculation, basic animal husbandry, and more.   Topic Focused Classes


Old Ways Herbal is located in Newfane, VT, 20 minutes from Brattleboro, Putney, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts; 2 hours from Montpelier, Albany, upstate NY, and Connecticut; 4 hours from New York City and Montreal, and under 2.5 hours from Burlington, Boston, and Rhode Island, in gorgeous Southern Vermont, on the unceded traditional lands of the Elnu Abenaki of Ndakinna. 

Please note that the classroom is located in our Forest Botanical Sanctuary and is quite rustic, with a 5-10 minute walk over uneven ground including a hill.  Most classes also include a plant walk or harvesting component.  Students of limited mobility should contact us to discuss options.

For more information about our farm and practice, please read About Us.

Students planting Goldenseal in the Botanical Sanctuary