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 ’90’s 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. In both the Foundations of Herbalism and intermediate/clinical program and shorter courses, the school’s curriculum offers a unique approach to herbal studies. Grounded in the belief that the best herbs are the ones that grow nearby and that the best way to learn about them is to see them growing in the wild, our programs encourage students to use all of their senses to experience herbs as they learn about their uses truly.

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

Over the years, our teaching staff has expanded to include noted herbalist Lorna Mauney-Brodek.  Patricia Kyritsi Howell is the Program Director and primary instructor for the school. We also host special programs taught by other herbalists, wild foods experts, and others throughout the year. See our Calendar for details about upcoming classes. To receive updates on new classes, subscribe to our Newsletter.