This program covers the essentials of making safe, effective herbal remedies at home for the whole family, focusing on foundational principles of herbal medicine, what makes remedies work, and delicious recipes. To aid our understanding, we will cover central principles of Western herbalism, energetics, solubility, formulation, wild-crafting, plant identification, and food as medicine. Throughout the season, students will make some of the most popular forms of herbal remedies, including tinctures, salves, honeys, syrups, oxymels, elixirs, oils, and vinegars. This course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level students. It is very beneficial for any herb student who hasn’t completed a top-down study of the practice of Western Herbalism.

Independent Study: The Independent Study option happens on your own schedule and includes class recordings and assignments to accompany each class, which are discussed by the class online. You receive personalized feedback from the teacher and group feedback from other students. The entire program is designed to be completed on your own schedule, and you end the season with a customized handmade apothecary.

In Person Program: The medicine we make as a class is guided by the seasons, and the herbs we choose change as the season unfolds, allowing students an in-depth understanding of the medicinal uses of a number of local plants. We discuss growing or wild-crafting the herbs in our formulas, so students can incorporate their learning into their future herbal practice.  Plant walks, group harvesting, & hands-on practice form a core of this course. Participants take home the remedies made in class, as well as written information on the recipes, guiding principles, and uses of herbs. By the end of the season, students have created a customized handmade apothecary.


Online Independent Study: watch classes and complete assignments at your own pace as part of a group. Receive personalized feedback for your work.

In Person Program: This course meets one Saturday a month from June through September, from 9 AM to 12 PM (or so), in our beautiful forest classroom. Please use the Contact Us page to get on the list for this class in 2022.

Principles of Home Herbalism, Make Tea Like an Herbalist, Ethical Wild-Crafting, and Early Summer Plant Walk, May

The Science of Solubility: Making Reliably Great Tinctures, and High Summer Plant Walk, June

The Art of Formulation: Infused Honeys, Syrups & Oxymels, and Late Summer Plant Walk, July

Putting it All Together: Medicinal Oils & Salves, Food as Medicine, and Fall Plant Walk, August

Make Up Day, just in case! September

Tuition & Sign Up  

In Person: Tuition for all classes and materials is $360, $325 before April 1 (10% discount).  You can also sign up to take individual sections of the course for $100, provided there’s space in the class.  Work-trade is available for local students; see the work-trade policy for details.  Scholarships are available for BIPOC students. Contact Us to sign up for 2022.

Online Independent Study: Tuition for the recorded class is $82. Sign up here:

Plant Walk