Foundations of Herbalism Program 2023

We’ve filled the Program!

Registration is now CLOSED for Foundations of Herbalism 2023

Please email us if you’d like to be placed on the Wait List should we have an opening.

Other options for learning from us this year include

Medicinal and Edible Plants of the Southern Appalachians

and Herbal Basics for Beginners


Our Foundations of Herbalism program offers you a comprehensive introduction to the art of herbal healing. You’ll gain first-hand experience with herbs in the wild and medicine-making workshops. And you’ll learn how herbs may address many common health conditions. Our goal is to awaken 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 confidently.

The 2023 Foundations of Herbalism Program begins in March and ends in December in Clayton, (Rabun County), Georgia. Classes meet one weekend each month for ten months. Class times are Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The curriculum includes lectures, hands-on medicine-making, wildcrafting, plant walks, and time devoted to discussion, Q & A, and community building.

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH(AHG), program director and primary teacher, brings more than 30 years of experience as a practicing herbalist and teacher to the program. Learn more here.

What You Will Learn

  • the medicinal uses of more than 60 herbs.
  • to make herbal preparations (tinctures, oils, salves, infused oils, teas, syrups and more).
  • how to identify wild herbs in the field with an emphasis on regional plants.
  • to use herbs to heal specific body systems (cardiovascular, reproductive, etc.)
  • to create simple herbal formulas to treat everyday health problems.
  • herbal strategies to improve your own health.


This program is held in Clayton, (Rabun County) Georgia.

We are located approximately 100 miles northeast of Atlanta and 90 miles southwest of Asheville, North Carolina. See Visitor Information to learn more.

Directions and other location details are provided when you register.

Program Details

Our program includes 120 hours of in-person instruction, extensive handouts (in digital form), all of the herbs and most of the other supplies needed for medicine-making workshops, and membership in an online discussion group moderated by faculty.

Click here to see the 2023 Program Schedule.

As a student of our program, you’ll also qualify for discounts from various herbal suppliers and organizations.

Hours completed in this program count towards education requirements for Registered Herbalist membership in the American Herbalists Guild.


Tuition is $2250.00. See Payment Options for details about making monthly tuition payments.

Early Registration Discount ($250 off the total price of the program) ends February 3, 2023.

See Additional Costs below.

It may be possible to receive a partial reduction in tuition in exchange for work trade or barter; see Registration and Program Details to learn more. Note that we have limited work trade or barter options, and they tend to go quickly.


Program Dates and Times

Classes meet for one weekend per month from March to December.

Class times are Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each month.

Class dates are March 4 & 5, April 15 & 16, May 20 & 21, June 24 & 25, July 15 & 16, August 5 & 6, September 16 & 17, October 21 & 22, November 11 & 12, December 2 & 3, 2023.

See the Program Schedule for details.

Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Program Director and Primary Teacher

Jen Stovall

Hands-on Medicine-Making Workshops

Additional Costs

In addition to program tuition, you can expect to spend about $200 for Required Books needed for reading assignments and $40-50 for medicine-making and other supplies needed throughout the program. Most program handouts and other class materials are provided as digital files. You will need a computer or other device with wifi access and a printer to print program materials throughout the program. Lodging and meals are not included in the tuition cost.



Students who meet all program requirements are eligible to receive a “Certificate of Completion.” The certificate acknowledges the successful completion of the Program requirements. It recognizes demonstrated proficiency in the basics of 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.” Find more information here.