Become a Practicing Herbalist
~ Advanced Series ~
Taught by Clinical Herbalist Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG)
& Guest Instructors
2019 Season Now Open for Registration
In the Classroom in Allenstown, NH*
2-3 Wednesdays per Month (15 total)
May - November 2019 (exact dates TBA in late winter)
DAYTIMES 9:30 am - 4 pm
Develop your skills as an herbalist to do what you love as a business!
This series offers a range of information in an intensive classroom format with approximately 90 hours of in class time plus an additional 50-90 hours of integrative at-home study homework (including detailed monographs, research, plant ID, seeing clients, custom formulation, final project/presentation). Gain and practice a range of skills to help you turn your love of herbalism into a career or to deepen your home practice. Students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion.
The Advanced series can be taken as a stand-alone program for students who already have a solid background in Western herbal medicine. Beginning students may take all of Maria's series together in one year (which is quite intense with a lot of homework!) or spread out the beginner Home Herbalist and Beyond Series for year 1 and then take the Advanced in year 2. You may also opt to take the Home Herbalist and Beyond Series as online classes at your own pace during my off season, then pick up the Advanced course in the spring.
This series is also a component of the Herbalist Training Certificate Program.
To complete the entire program and get your Herbalist Certificate, you will need to attend the Home Herbalist Series, Beyond the Home Herbalist Series, and Advanced Series, and complete all accompanying homework for each series. Click here to learn more about the Herbalist Training Certificate Program and what a "certificate" does and does not mean.
* The Advanced course is not currently available online. Stay tuned in 2020. I might design a hybrid course that incorporates online material with a consolidated set of live classes for students who have to travel great distances. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if this interests you.
Certificates of Completion for the Advanced Series will be granted to students who attend at least 11 of the 15 classes.
The Herbalist Certificate for the Herbalist Intensive Training Program will be granted to students who complete all three series and all accompanying homework.
Wintergreen Botanicals Education Center is Proud to Be
an American Herbalist Guild Member School and a
United Plant Savers Partner in Education
Advanced Herbalist Intensive Training Program
Medicine Making & Apothecary Skills
• Botany, plant identification, plant families
• Quality control, organoleptics, adulteration prevention
• Basic phytochemistry
• Introduction to regulations, labeling, food, and dietary supplement GMPs
• Harvesting, identifying, using, and making medicine with medicinal mushrooms
• How to make percolation tinctures, double-extraction (decoction) tinctures, simmered still glycerites, compound bitters, flower essences, gut-healing teas, homemade aromatherapy products
• Constitutional and herbal energetics in clinical practice from a Western perspective
• Taste-based energetics and assessment of herbs
• Tongue, nail, and facial assessment of clients
• Clinical skills, case studies
• Custom formulation
• Setting up an herb practice
• Regulations and ethics of clinical practice
Advanced Clinical Topics:
• Advanced Gut Repair
• Thyroid Support
• Cancer Prevention and Adjunct Care
• Autoimmune Disease
Cultivation, Wildcrafting & Harvesting
• Starting seeds
• Planting perennials and trees
• Wildcrafting ethics and basics
• Harvesting skills
• Field work
• Plant walks
2019 Special Guest Teachers and Topics:
Tentative/subject to change
Saving and Planting Herbs Seeds with Val White
Aromatherapy & Plant Spirit Medicine with Jessica LaBrie
Tongue, Nail, and Facial Assessment with Sara Woods Kender
Medicinal Mushrooms with Nathan Searles
Lyme Disease with Debbie Mercier
Cancer Support & Prevention with Dr. Jody Noe*
*Jody is unable to come on Wednesdays (our usual class day), so her guest class will take place on a Monday or Tuesday instead.
Click Here for a more detailed tentative class overview and to see how all three series stack up together if you take them in one year.
Course Materials & Benefits
Your registration includes a variety of materials and benefits:
• Lengthly class notes with recipes (PDF format)
• Audio mp3 files of previously recorded live classes to listen-ahead or re-listen to whenever you like
• Homework assignments and feedback
• Access to an online community of Maria's students
• 1-Year Student Membership to the American Herbalists Guild, which includes access to hundreds of webinars and conference audio recordings, the Guild's Journal, and various discounts, including for Mountain Rose Herbs
You may access the electronic materials online to download and revisit as often as and as long you like.
Pros & Cons
It may seem odd to lay out the pros and cons of a course I teach... after all, shouldn't I think it's absolutely amazing and that there are no cons at all? Well, I do! But, I'm an editor by nature, and there are pros and cons to every single herbal study program across the country. If you're deciding whether or not to become an herbalist and where to study, you'll want to ask yourself what kind of program suits you and your needs best.
- Clinical, western herbalism focused topics
- An infusion of science and evidence-based medicine with clinical experience and traditional uses of herbs and a teeny touch of plant spirit medicine
- Covers a lot of material in a relatively short amount of time
- This series provides 90 classroom hours and up to 90 home study hours. Along with part of the other two series as part of the Herbalist Certificate Program, you'll have 300 hours towards the American Herbalist's Guild recommended 400 study hours plus 400 clinical hours.
- Relatively affordable, especially compared to multi-year programs
- Delves into all the major topics and skills you'll need to develop an herbal practice (especially when combined with the Home Herbalist and Beyond series)
- Diverse course materials include detailed and lengthy notes, audio recordings, homework assignments, and a few videos
- Classroom time will be a mix of (mainly) lecture and demonstration, with some hands-on activities, garden walks, and in-the-field identification and harvesting
- No matter what you do with this program, all the course material will always be available to you
- There is no deadline to complete homework assignments
- Herbalism is not in any way a regulated practice in the USA. It is not licensed, nor is there a nationally recognized certification for herbalism. Therefore, your certificate does not have any sort of legal standing, though it does still show what you have learned and completed. This is true for any herbal study program in the United States. For students who think a certificate is everything, this can be a bit of a buzz kill.
- Not accredited, which is not necessary in any way for herbal studies and your ability to practice as an herbalist. (Accreditation does allow for some benefits like student loans and veteran benefits, but otherwise, it's grossly more expensive for accredited schools compared to non-accredited schools for the exact same content.) Most herb schools in the nation are not accredited.
- Short and dense. Because this is an intensive program where we cover a lot of topics in a short amount of time, you'll spend a lot of time in the classroom with rapid-fire lecture time, plus a little bit of hands-on and in-the-field time spread throughout the day. Therefore, this is not in any way a leisurely or extremely experiential class. We will not be spending several hours per class out in the field sitting with the plants or harvesting them. We also will have limited in-class opportunities to work on clinical hours and observation. (Multi-year programs often have a heavy clinical component in the later years where working in a clinic setting is almost entirely what you do. Which is awesome, but also is a greater time, energy, and money commitment for you.) You'll need to develop these skills further on your own through gradual practice, mentorship, etc.
- Limited business training. Although we will cover some introductory topics like setting up a practice, intro to GMPs and labeling, and the regulations surrounding clinical practice and selling herbs, very few business skills are covered in this course such a bookkeeping, taxes, and marketing.
- Limited exposure to Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and plant spirit medicine.
How This Compares to Other Herb Schools
- The course content in each of my series is relatively comparable to most "one weekend a month" (for 5-8 months) style programs, although they tend to be more informative yet less experiential and different schools may have different styles/focus (for example, Ayurveda, TCM, plant spirit medicine).
- My series are also relatively comparable to most online study programs, though each school's program covers slightly different topics and has a different flavor.
- My series do not provide anywhere near the level of education and clinical exposure of multi-year study programs like the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and Arbor Vitae in New York City... but they also take up less time, money, and in-class commitment for you. You only spend 30 hours each in the classroom for the Home Herbalist and Beyond Series, and 90 hours for the Advanced. In contrast, VCIH's Clinical Herbalist three-year program has 600 classroom hours. I can't possibly offer the same amount and level of material and experience in 1/6 the time.
Nonetheless, I do believe my herbal study series and program offer a fabulous opportunity to study herbal medicine and learn to become a practicing herbalist, especially for self-motivated students who enjoy a classroom learning environment and are looking for an economical and convenient way to study with high-quality information and materials.
How to Register
The series costs $1500.
A few work-study opportunities are available (these students must still pay a nonrefundable $200 deposit once registration opens, but the rest of the course cost will be paid in work hours). Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you're interested. Trades might be considered as well.
Course registrations are nonrefundable.
Click here for series comparisons, certificate info, policies, and FAQ.