Foundations of Herbalism Online Program 2021

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.

We’ve put together a short video that gives you an overview of the Foundations of Herbalism Program. View it here.

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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.

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The 2021 Foundations of Herbalism Program is an online course accessible from your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Registered students receive a link to our private online classroom portal to access live-streamed or recorded sessions and download program materials.


The Foundations of Herbalism Program includes 120 hours of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, live monthly “office hours” with Patricia Kyritsi Howell,  and interactive learning exercises and quizes. See Program Syllabus for details.


We offer two options for attending the Foundations of Herbalism Program:

Full Access Students attend live weekly classes, have access to all class recordings for one year, receive extensive program materials and other program benefits. Tuition: $1800.00*

On-Demand Students attend via class recordings in 10 Modules, released monthly beginning March 1, 2021. Each module contains four or five recorded three-hour classes and all program materials. Tuition: $1200.00*

For complete details about what each option includes and to see our payment plan options,  see Registration and Payment Details.

A limited amount of financial assistance (sliding scale tuition) is available. Learn more here.

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 details,  see the Program Syllabus.

Your Teachers

Patricia Kyristi Howell

Program Director and Primary Teacher

Lorna Mauney-Brodek

Primary Teacher

Mimi Hernandez

Guest Teacher

Additional Cost

Expect to spend between $200 – $300 on books, herbs, and medicine making supplies throughout the program. See the  Program Information for the program booklist.

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


Students in either the full access or on demand program 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.