Foundational Herbology (Level 1)

This program offers a comprehensive foundation in the practice and art of herbal medicine, grounded in the practical skills and sciences of the herbal path, with a sprinkling of magick and ancient cosmology. We will learn the botanical names, traditional uses, and various methods of preparing plants to support our bodies. We will welcome the plants as our ambassadors into the holographic Nature of the world to bring healing deeper into our bodies, minds and souls. The plants provide us an entry point for deeper connection with all of Nature’s gifts. They teach us universal truths, like how the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, how the microcosm mirrors the macrocosm (and vice versa), how humans and plants are mutually beneficial to one another, and how to live in harmony with ourselves, the Earth and one another. Together we will discover how the study & practice of herbalism can support deep healing, self-understanding and growth.


We will meet each month March 20- Nov 15. Classes will primarily be held at Tonic Herb Shop in historical Shepherdstown, WV with regular field trips to Sacred Roots Herbal Sanctuary. Every class will provide opportunities to touch, taste, smell and prepare different plants. This experiential approach is overlaid with teachings from botany, Permaculture, traditional medical philosophies, and modern science. There will be ample space for self-study and each participant will pick one plant to connect with throughout the seasons, culminating in a presentation to share your insights with the rest of the group.

Completion of this foundational training is acknowledged by a Certificate of Completion at the end of the 9 months (90% attendance required to receive the certificate). It is my hope to offer more opportunities to dive deeper into clinical herbalism in the future. Students who have completed the Foundations course will be eligible to enroll in the next level of clinical training, starting (tentatively) in 2021.



  • Buds & Blossoms (Advanced Clinical Training)
  • Leaves & Logs (Medicinal Permaculture)
  • Seeds & Stars (Intro to Alchemical Herbalism)
  • Webs & Wombs (Embodiment Circle for Feminine Awakening)


120+ hours of the following topics:

  • Herbal Actions & Energetics
  • Materia Medica of 100 plants
  • Introductions to Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine & the Western Vitalist Traditions
  • Constitutional theory
  • Basic botany & plant identification
  • Growing Basics: starting seeds, cultivation techniques, harvesting methods, seed saving
  • Ethical wild-crafting & plant conservation
  • Hands-On Medicine Making: tinctures, teas, spice blends, vinegars, honeys, oxymels, salves, lotions, liqueurs, baths, steams and more.
  • Overview of major body systems, physiology and common ailments
  • Herbal treatments for specific imbalances with focused classes on first aid, Lyme, metabolic syndrome, seasonal allergies, leaky gut, thyroid health, cholesterol & adrenal fatigue
  • Basic clinical skills: intake, assessment, tongue reading, formulation strategies
  • Fermentation basics
  • Plant spirit medicine
  • Introduction to Alchemical theory & practice
  • Wheel of the year, lunar and solar cycles

Tentative Schedule

Saturdays 10-6 + Sundays 9-4

  • March 21 & 22
  • April 18 & 19
  • May 23 & 24
  • June 20 & 21
  • July 18 & 19
  • Aug 22 & 23
  • Sept 19 & 20
  • Oct 17 & 18
  • Nov 14 & 15
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  • Early Bird 
    $1975 paid in full by February 2, 2020 (only $110 for each day full of content!; $500 Savings)
  • Regular tuition
    $2475 (10% Discount if paid in full by March 20, 2020)
  • Monthly Payment plan
    $225 deposit required to save your spot + 9 monthly Installments of $250 due at each Saturday of class ($2475 total). Deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Tuition includes all materials as well as herbal teas throughout the weekend. 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.

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Checks can also be mailed to Sacred Garden School at:

P.O. Box 1434, Shepherdstown, WV

Space is limited to 15, including work study positions.