The 2019 Foundations of Herbalism Program has begun and we are not accepting any more students in this year’s program. Our next Foundations program begins in March 2020. Registration opens in late August or early September. To be notified when registration opens, sign up for our newsletter. In the meantime, feel free to browse the information here to learn more about the program.

Now in its 26th year, our Foundations of Herbalism program offers you a solid introduction to the art of herbal healing. As one of our students, you’ll get  experience learning to identify and use 60 wild and cultivated herbs through lectures, plant walks and hands-on medicine making workshops.

Our well-organized, in-depth program introduces you to the basic language of Western herbalism (with an energetic slant), explains how to use herbs in the context of body systems, and most importantly, gives you a foundation that will support you in your herbal practice for years to come.

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 give you the confidence to use herbs as integral part of your life.

Note: We have only two seats left open for the 2019 program. There are no more  work/trade/barter opportunities available.

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 herbal formulas and treat everyday health problems.
  • how to incorporate herbs into your cooking.
  • herbal strategies to improve your own health.​


Clayton, (Rabun County) Georgia. We are located in the beautiful Southern Appalachian mountains in the northeast corner of Georgia, approximately 100 miles northeast of midtown Atlanta and 90 miles southwest of Asheville, North Carolina. See  Visitor Information. for more details.


Includes 140 hours of instruction, extensive class materials (most in digital form), herbs for medicine making workshops, most medicine making supplies, and membership in a moderated on-line discussion group. And as a student of our program, you’ll also qualify for lots of discounts from various herbal suppliers and organizations. Download Program Info + Syllabus.


   The cost of the entire program is $2,500.00
($250 per weekend class.) Payment plans available.                                 Download Registration & All the Details.

   Note: Drop-in options are not available:
you must register for the entire 10 weekend program.


Program Dates

March 16 & 17, April 6 & 7, May 4 & 5, June 22 & 23, July 20 & 21, August 17 & 18, September 21 & 22, October 19 & 20, November 16 & 17, December 7 & 8, 2019. Download Program Info + Syllabus.

Your Teachers

Patricia Kyristi Howell

Program Director and Primary Teacher

Additional Cost

Students should expect to spend about $250 for required books, medicine making and other supplies throughout the program. Lodging and meals are not included in the tuition cost; see our Visitor Information for options . Limited work exchange or barter may be possible; see Registration & All the Details to learn more.  We do not offer any scholarships or state funded tuition stipends. Most program handouts and other materials are provided as digital files. Students should have access to a computer with a printer throughout the program in order to print their own copies of program materials for class.