Foundations of Herbalism Online Program

More than ever before, herbalists are needed to provide safe, effective herbal health care for their families, friends, and communities. Our 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 to treat a wide range of common health conditions, make herbal medicines in your own kitchen, and much more.

The curriculum consists of 120 hours of lectures, discussions, interactive learning exercises, and medicine-making demonstrations taught by Patricia Kyritsi Howell, Lorna Mauney-Brodek, and Mimi Hernandez.

We offer two options for accessing the Foundations program: Full Access and On-Demand.   See Program Information for details.

What You Will Learn

  • A materia medica covering the medicinal uses of 60 herbs.
  • Botany, cultivation basics, and the botanical characteristics of 60 herbs.
  • To make herbal preparations (tinctures, oils, salves, infused oils, teas, syrups, and more).
  • Herbs for specific body systems (cardiovascular, nervous, 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 2021 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 to access live-streamed or recorded sessions and download all program materials.


CurriculumThe Foundations of Herbalism Program includes 120 hours of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and interactive learning exercises. See Program Information and Syllabus for details.


Tuition:  We offer two options for attending the Foundations of Herbalism Program:  Full Access students attend live classes beginning February 18, 2021, and to have access to all class recordings for one year, along with other program benefits. Tuition: $2500.00 On-Demand Students receive access class recordings in the form of 10 Modules, released monthly beginning March 1, 2021. Each module contains four or five recorded classes and all program handouts. Tuition: $1200.00. For more information, including payment plan options,  see Registration and Payment Details.

Program Dates

2021 Program Dates: Thursday nights, 7:00 to 10:00 pm ET. February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26; September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, (no class Oct. 14), 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18, (no class Nov. 25), December 2, 2021. For a detailed curriculum, see Information and Syllabus Details.

Your Teachers

Patricia Kyristi Howell

Program Director and Primary Teacher

Lorna Mauney-Brodek

Primary Teacher

Mimi Hernandez

Guest Teacher

Additional Cost

Additional Costs: Expect to spend about $200 to $300 on books, herbs, and medicine making supplies. See the Information and Syllabus for the required book list.

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

We do not offer any scholarships or state-funded tuition stipends. Our program is not accredited.


Students who meet all program requirements are awarded a “Certificate of Completion.” 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.” Find more information here.