Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG), Program Director

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 gain hands-on experience with herbs both in the wild and in medicine making workshops. You’ll learn the many ways herbs may be used to treat a wide range of common health conditions. 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.

The 2019 Foundations of Herbalism Program begins in March and ends in December. Classes meet one weekend each month for ten weekend sessions. 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 workshops and field studies, along with plenty of time for discussion, questions and community building.

You’ll 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 for treat everyday health problems.
  • herbal strategies to improve your own health.

2019 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

Location: Clayton, (Rabun County) Georgia. We are located approximately 100 miles northeast of Atlanta and 90 miles southwest of Asheville, North Carolina.

Tuition: $2500.00 ($250.00 per weekend). See About Payment Plans for payment options. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Find the registration form here.

Early Registration Discount: Register before December 1, 2018 and receive a $100 discount on your tuition balance.

Curriculum: Includes 140 hours of instruction, extensive class materials (in digital form), herbs for medicine making workshops, some medicine making supplies, and membership in an on-line discussion group moderated by faculty. And as a student of our program, you’ll also qualify for discounts from various herbal suppliers and organizations.

Additional Costs: Students may expect to spend about $350 for books, medicine making and other supplies throughout the program. See the list of required books below. Lodging and meals are not included in the tuition cost. Limited work exchange or barter may be possible; see Work Exchange, Barter and Trades for details. We do not offer any scholarships or state funded tuition stipends. Our course is not accredited. 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.

The following books are required for reading assignments:

The two books you need for the start of the program in March are Medical Herbalism and The Modern Herbal Dispensary. You will need Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide for the April and May classes. By June you should have all of the books listed here, as you will need them to complete your homework assignments every month. Most of these books have been in print awhile and used copies are almost always available at a discounted price on the web from sites like ABE books (www.abebooks.com) and Amazon.com.

  • Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven Maimes. $18.95.
  • The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine Making Guide, by Thomas Easley and Steven Horne, $24.95
  • Medical Herbalism: The Science, Principles and Practice of Modern Herbalism by David Hoffmann. $60.00. Note: This book is available new from edwardrhamilton.com for $39.95 plus $3.50 for shipping.
  • Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians by Patricia Kyritsi Howell. $15.00 NOTE: If you need a copy of my book, you can either let us know and we’ll have a copy for you at our first class, or you can order a copy from the BotanoLogos website (wildhealingherbs.com) if you want it earlier.
  • Herbal Therapy and Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach (2nd Edition) by Merrily A. Kuhn and David Winston. $42.95.
  • Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb. $14.95.

 

Foundations of Herbalism Syllabus 2019

March

Herbal Medicine Basics

  • Overview of traditional healing systems that have shaped herbal medicine in the US
  • Introduction to the concepts of Herbal Energetics.
  • Medicinal preparations overview

Materia Medica

  • Basic plant taxonomy and introduction to bioregional plant communities
  • Herbal actions defined
  • System affinities and specific indications for individual herbs
  • Efficacy and safety issues

Discussion: Definitions of Health and Healing

April

Medicinal Preparations: Part 1

  • Overview of herb sourcing, quality standards and organoleptic assessments of plant materials
  • Tinctures (alcohol, apple cider vinegar and glycerin based) using both maceration and percolation techniques

Herbal Dosing (Posology)

  • Dosage guidelines for various medicinal preparations
  • Dosage strategies for acute and chronic symptoms
  • Treating babies, children and the elderly

May

Medicinal Preparations: Part 2

  • Water-based preparations: Infusions, decoctions, compresses, baths, etc.
  • Oil based preparations: Infused oils, salves and lotions

Field Studies

  • Introduction to field botany
  • Taxonomy: Plant classification and basic botanical terms
  • Ethical harvesting and conservation concerns in wild plant medicines
  • Herbs of early spring

June

Herbs in Practice

  • Overview of body systems and system affinities in herbalism
  • Body Systems: Immune and endocrine
  • Common imbalances of the immune and endocrine systems
  • Using adaptogens for chronic and constitutional conditions

Materia Medica

  • Materia Medica: Ten herbs*

Field Studies

  • Identifying plant families of common medicinal herbs
  • Herbs of early summer

July

Herbs in Practice

  • Body Systems: Digestive, hepato-biliary and respiratory
  • Common imbalances of the digestive, hepato-biliary and respiratory systems

Materia Medica

  • Materia Medica: Ten herbs*

Field Studies

  • Using botanical keys for field identification
  • Herbs of summer

August

Herbs in Practice

  • Body Systems: Cardiovascular, nervous, musculo-skeletal, skin, urinary and male reproductive
  • Common imbalances of cardiovascular, nervous and musculo-skeletal, skin, urinary tract and male reproductive systems

Materia Medica

  • Materia Medica: Ten herbs*

September

Herbs in Practice

  • Body Systems: Female reproductive
  • Common imbalances of the female reproductive system
  • Introduction to herb formulating
  • Calculating dosages for acute and chronic conditions

Materia Medica

  • Materia Medica: Ten herbs*

Field Studies

  • Herbs of early autumn
  • Ethical root harvesting practicum: Black cohosh, yellowroot and yellow dock

October

Herbs in Practice

  • Taking a health history and health assessment basics
  • Assessing symptoms and creating formulas
  • Herbal adaptogens and seasonal tonic therapies

Materia Medica

  • Ten herbs*

Medicine Making: Part 3

  • Herbs in the kitchen: Soups, condiments and other therapeutic preparations

November

Herbs in Practice

  • Herbal therapies for depression, anxiety, insomnia and other psycho-spiritual imbalances
  • First aid basics
  • Herb-drug interactions: Resources and guidelines

Materia Medica

  • Ten herbs*

Discussion: Treating the person not the disease

December

Materia Medica

  • Review of all herbs

Final Exam and Medicine Show

  • Multiple choice exam and case study review
  • Student presentations of herbal preparations
  • Celebration and Goodbyes

Program Info and Syllabus