Foundations of Herbalism Online Program 2022

Foundations of Herbalism Online Program 2022

Registration for the 2022 Program opens soon! 

More than ever before, herbalists are needed to provide safe, effective herbal health care for their families, friends, and communities. Our Foundations of Herbalism Online program gives students a comprehensive introduction to the art of herbal healing along with skills and information to begin using today.

Our goal is to strengthen your innate ability to heal yourself and others, broaden your knowledge of herbs as natural and effective ways to promote optimal health and wellness and support you as you learn to use herbs with confidence. By the end of the program, you’ll know how to use more than 60 herbs for a wide range of common health conditions, make herbal medicines in your own kitchen, and much more.

The Foundations of Herbalism Online Program begins in February 2022 and continues until December 2022. Classes are live-streamed. The program includes 80 hours of lectures, discussions, medicine-making demonstrations, and other interactive activities.

We offer two options for accessing the Foundations Program:

  1. Full Access Students have the option to attend live classes and get access to the recordings for up to one year, along with enjoying other program features.
  2. On-Demand Students receive access to ten modules, which are released each month beginning March 2022, and get access to the recordings for two years. Each module contains four or five recorded classes and all program handouts.

Full Access students receive these program features:

  • Weekly live-streamed classes with program teachers available for questions and discussion
  • access to class recordings and materials for up to one year
  • membership in a private online student discussion group monitored by program teachers
  • “Office Hours” with Patricia each month for live questions and discussion
  • opportunity to earn a “Certificate of Completion” if all program requirements are met.

On-Demand Access students receive these program features:

  • Access to all class recordings and handouts
  • ten modules released monthly from March to December 2022
  • attend at your own pace
  • start, stop and review all recordings as often as you like for two years
  • opportunity to earn a “Certificate of Completion” if all program requirements are met.

What You Will Learn

  • Medicinal uses of 60 herbs, including botany, parts used, indications, contraindications, dosing, and medicinal preps
  • detailed demonstrations of how to make herbal preparations (tinctures, oils, salves, infused oils, teas, syrups, and more)
  • specific herbs for each body system (cardiovascular, digestive, etc.)
  • herb formulas for everyday health problems
  • herbal first aid and wound care
  • herb/drug interactions.


The 2022 Foundations of Herbalism Program is an online course accessible on your computer, phone, or tablet. Registered students receive a link to our private online classroom portal where they can access live or recorded sessions and download all program materials.


A “Certificate of Completion” is available to students who complete all program requirements, take the final exam, and prepare specific herbal preparations. The certificate acknowledges the successful completion of the Program and recognizes demonstrated proficiency in herbal therapeutics, herbal formulation, medicine-making techniques, and knowledge of the uses of 60 herbs. We do not confer any titles such as “Certified,” “Registered,” or “Master Herbalist.”

Tuition Information

Full Access: $1500.00. On-Demand: $800.00
See Payment Plan Options below.

A deposit of $100.00 (non-refundable) or payment in full is required to reserve your place.

Payment Plan Options: Full Access – $140.00 per month On-Demand Access – $70.00 per month.

Students should plan to spend about $200 on books, herbs, and medicine-making supplies throughout the program.

Program Dates

Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:30 pm, Eastern Time.

February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 18, 25, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 2022.

No class: March 31, June 9, August 11, October 20, and November 24, 2022.

Our Teachers

Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Program Director and Primary Teacher

Lorna Mauney-Brodek​

Primary Teacher

Mimi Hernandez

Guest Teacher

Jen Stovall

Guest Teacher

Frequently Asked Questions

Access our general FAQs here.

The Full Access Foundations of Herbalism program begins in February 2022. The On-Demand Foundations of Herbalism Program (access to recorded webinars only) is available starting March 5th; you can join the On-Demand program at any time.

You should have received an email confirming your registration with a link to log into the live Zoom class. If you are having trouble finding the email, or can’t log in for some unknown reason, please send an email to Michele Marlow, our tech wizard. Include your name and the name of the course you are trying to access.

 If you want to “pay as you go,” we offer the option of paying monthly through our subscription plan for both the Full Access and On-Demand versions of the Foundations of Herbalism Program. You will set up your payment plan when your register. Questions about payment options? Please send us an email. We also have a limited number of tuition discounts available; click here for details.

We offer two versions of this program. The Full Access program requires you to attend live webinars and complete all program requirements within two months after the live program ends if you would like a certificate. Two months after the last module is released, you must complete all program requirements for certification. All recordings and program materials are accessible for one year in the Online Classroom.

That may be possible. Please contact us for details.

Our longer programs do have required book lists you’ll need to complete reading assignments throughout the program, in addition to extensive handouts. See the detailed descriptions for each program for a complete list of required books. Students are responsible for purchasing their books. We don’t require books for any of our weekend retreats or plant walks, though we do suggest that you invest in an excellent regional field guide like Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Laurence Newcomb.

If you are working toward a Certificate of Completion, you will need to complete medicine-making projects for the final exam. Examples of things you might need to purchase include herbs, olive oil, grain alcohol, apple cider vinegar, honey, vegetable glycerin, jars, scales, measuring cups, and labels.

Yes! The best one is probably Tammy Sweet’s online course Anatomy and Physiology for Herbalists; find out more here. We also like this free online anatomy and physiology course.

We issue Certificates of Completion for programs that require you to complete homework, take quizzes, and a final exam. These frameable certificates note that you have completed a specific program’s requirements, topics covered, and the total hours of the training. Herbalism, or the practice of herbal medicine, is not officially recognized or regulated by state or federal licensing agencies; the terms Certified Herbalist, Master Herbalist, or Clinical Herbalist have no legal definition. We advocate for students to work towards Registered Herbalist membership if you plan to establish a clinical practice. Read more about the Registered Herbalist requirements here.

No. Our Foundations program includes 80 hours of classes. AHG requires 800 hours of herbal education before you can apply, along with other clinical practice requirements. Hours accrued in any of our courses or programs do count toward the 800 hours of herbal education required. Read more about the Registered Herbalist requirements here.