Clinical Herbology (Year 2)

Welcome budding herbalist! If you have had some introductory herbal training, loved it, and are on the lookout for opportunities to deepen your knowledge and skills, this is your next step.

Buds & Blossoms is a comprehensive, intermediate-level program that will put prepare you to see clients. It’s where your knowledge, your skills and your innerstanding of the plants and the body will coalesce, where your confidence as an herbalist will blossom.

We will meet once a week for 36 weeks to explore

  • The production & management of vital energy
  • Energetic Herbalism & the Six Tissue States
  • Constitutional assessments
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Diet & the Energetics of Food
  • Natural Detox protocols
  • In-depth Materia Medica of 100 herbal allies
  • Homeopathy for common imbalances
  • Root causes of Dis-ease
  • Tongue, Pulse & Facial Diagnostics
  • Phytochemistry for herbalists
  • Herb & Drug Interactions
  • Pathophysiology and corrective therapies for dozens of common ailments
  • Professional logistics and how to set up a practice
  • The Art of Intake & holding space
  • Apothecary Management & record keeping

This is a relatively rigorous program compared to Foundations. We will have regular tests and research assignments, but don’t let that scare you. There will still be plenty of mystery and reverence woven into all that we learn.

Completion of this foundational training is acknowledged by a Certificate of Completion at the end of the 9 months (90% attendance + passing grade on all tests is required to receive the certificate).

After this year of diving deep into the human body, you will be eligible to participate in the  final level of clinical training, which is when we see ‘real world’ clients every week and work towards the requirements to become a registered clinical herbalist through the American Herbalist’s Guild.



  • Regular tuition – $3888
  • Deposit– $444 is required to save your spot. Deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Discounts
    • Early Bird: $200 discount if you register before February 1.
    • Pay-In Full Discount: $200 off tuition for those who pay their full tuition balance by the first day of class.
    • 5% discount for cash payments
  • Monthly Payment plan available
    • 10 monthly Installments due the first Thursday of each month. Without discounts, this comes to $345/month.

Tuition includes all materials. Please plan to bring a bag lunch or enjoy one of Shepherdstown’s restaurants for lunch. For those requiring overnight accommodations, please see the Our Area page.

Ready to begin?

Email Ashley at


to schedule an interview



March 3- December 8

In person classes every 4 weeks, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. The rest of the month we will meet virtually from 12:30 – 4:30  pm 

In person classes will be held at Tonic Herb Shop in Shepherdstown, WV

For those who are interested, just email me and let me know if you have any questions! For those who have completed my Foundations class, you can save your space by sending your deposit at anytime. For those who are new to Sacred Garden School, we will need to schedule an interview before sending your deposit.


Completion of an introductory-level training program, either our Roots & Vines Foundational Herbalism program or a comparable program that lays the groundwork for understanding the elements, herbal energetics, herbal actions, and body systems. Feel free to email Ashley to see if you qualify.

I also strongly recommend having some adult-level Anatomy & Physiology before enrolling in this program. If you have not had A & P as an adult, I recommend this class with herbalist Tammi Sweet for $480: https://courses.heartstone.com/p/onlineanatomyphysiology


  • Leaves & Logs (Medicinal Permaculture Weekend) Coming September 2022
  • Stars, Spells & Sambucus (A Samhain Celebration) October 29, 2022
  • Gather the Seeds (Advanced Clinical Training) Coming 2023