BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies traces its origins back to 1990 when Patricia Kyritsi Howell and Althea Northage-Orr, an acupuncturist and herbalist based in Chicago, founded the Living With Herbs Institute at the Chicago Center for Psychophysical Healing. Within three years, the program curriculum doubled in length, attracting students from all over the Midwest.

In 1993, they began offering the program in Atlanta. In the late 90s, Patricia became the primary instructor for the Atlanta school, eventually changing the name to the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies and relocating to the mountains of North Georgia in 1999.

Since then, BotanoLogos has introduced herbalism to thousands of people in the southeast. Through programs like the Foundations of Herbalism, intermediate/clinical skills classes, plant walks and retreats, the school’s curriculum is grounded in the belief that the best herbs for you are the ones that grow in your bioregion and that the best way to learn about them is to see them growing in the wild.

BotanoLogos students quickly grasp concepts that allow them to create a truly holistic and personally meaningful relationship with herbs. The curriculum celebrates regionally abundant herbs that can be sustainably sourced from the wild or local growers. In the clinical application of herbs, BotanoLogos teaches an Earth-centered understanding of the forces that result in physical, psychological, and spiritual strengths and weaknesses.

Over the years, the BotanoLogos teaching staff has expanded to include noted herbalist Lorna Mauney-Brodek and other guest teachers, including Mimi Hernandez, RH (AHG), Jen Stovall, and Zaire Sabb. Patricia Kyritsi Howell is the Program Director and primary instructor for the school.

BotanoLogos often hosts special programs taught by other herbalists, wild foods experts, and others throughout the year. See the Calendar for details about upcoming classes. To receive updates on new classes, subscribe to the Newsletter.