Foundations of Herbalism Online Program 2022

Foundations of Herbalism Online Program 2022

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 you a solid introduction to the art of herbal healing along with skills and information you can use today. 

Our goal is to strengthen your innate ability to heal yourself and others, broaden your knowledge of herbs as a natural, effective way 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, to make herbal medicines in your own kitchen, and much more. 

The 2022 Foundations of Herbalism Online Program begins February and continues until December 2022. Classes are streamed live on weekdays from 2:00 to 4:30 pm ET. Our 120-hour program includes live virtual lectures, videos, group discussions and medicine-making demonstrations and other interactive activities.

We offer two options for accessing the Foundations Program: Full Access Students have the option to attend live classes and to access recordings and all program materials for one year. On-Demand Students receive access to 10 Modules, that include all recordings and program materials from the previous month, beginning March 2022. 

Find complete details about both options below. 

What You Will Learn

  • A materia medica covering the medicinal uses of 60 herbs.
  • Botany, plant families, harvesting guidelines and the botanical characteristics of 60 herbs.
  • Detailed instructions about how to make herbal preparations (tinctures, oils, salves, infused oils, teas, syrups and more). 
  • Herbs for specific body systems (cardiovascular, reproductive, etc.)
  • How to create herbal formulas for everyday health problems. 
  • Herbal first aid and wound care.
  • Aromatherapy.
  • Herb/drug interactions.
  • Health assessment skills. 
  • Herbal support for stress, cancer and other degenerative diseases.
  • Herbal strategies to improve your health.


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 make a specific set of 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 sixty herbs. We do not confer any titles such as, “Certified,” “ Registered” or “Master Herbalist.” 

Tuition Information

Full Access – $1800.00.

On-Demand Access – $800.00

Additional Costs – Expect to spend about $200 to $300 for books, herbs, and medicine making supplies throughout the program. See the required book list below.

Program materials are provided as digital files. You should have access to a computer with a printer throughout the program to print program materials. 


Program Dates

February to December 2022, Thursdays from 2:00 – 4:30 pm ET. Dates to be posted when registration opens on December 1, 2021. 

Our Teachers

Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Program Director and Primary Teacher

Lorna Mauney-Brodek​

Primary Teacher

Mimi Hernandez

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 140 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.