Welcome to the Florida School of Holistic Living
We are a nonprofit educational organization at the intersection of teaching herbalism, holistic living and environmental consciousness. For over 20 years, we’ve guided students along their plant paths through training, classes, and workshops. In recent years, we’ve added virtual offerings to our schedule as well, making it possible to grow our community.
Growing healthier communities
begins one seed at a time.
Learn More About Our Programs
Our three-part Core Curriculum:
Roots of Herbalism
Family Herbalist Program
Community Herbalist Program
Continuing Education Units
Wild Weeds Plant Walks
In-Person and Virtual Classes
Single Classes & Class Series
We record our most popular live classes and offer them as on-demand virtual classes you can complete from the comfort of your own home, on your schedule!
Current Herbalist Trainings with Open Registration
Our three-part core curriculum guides you along your herbalism journey to becoming a Community Herbalist. Learn more about our Herbalist Trainings here or select the class you’re ready for below.
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Featured Live Classes
Outside our Herbalist Training Program, we offer classes throughout the year intended for students of all levels of experience. All classes at the Florida School of Holistic Living are designed to support your education to a better quality of life, and most offer continuing education units for licensed Massage Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Dietitians, and Acupuncturists. Below are our upcoming live in-person and online classes.
Coming Up with The Natural Nurse®
Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD & RN, teaches online with us throughout the year. Known as The Natural Nurse® she has extensive background and knowledge in holistic caretaking, health, and herbal remedies. Her classes make for excellent sources of continuing education for nurses, midwives, dietitians, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. CEUs are available on most of her classes when you select the CEU add-on at checkout.
See our full list of live classes.
Choose the one that’s best for you!
Discounted Tuition & On-Demand Sales
We offer early bird discounts on tuition for all our classes when you register before a certain date. And, throughout the year, we like to share select sales on our evergreen on-demand classes. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for announcements on ways to save!
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The gifts of nature
and teachings of ancestors
bring us health and peace through
the challenges of modern life.
Dig your fingers in the soil with us,
and let’s plant seeds of healing together…
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- Plant Profile: SidaBotanical name: Sida rhombifolia, Sida ulmifolia, Sida acuta*, Sida cordifolia Family: Malvaceae Common name: Broomweed, wireweed, teaweed, fanpetals, Cuban jute, Indian hemp, bala (* A note on S.acuta vs. S.ulmifolia – “ Although S. acuta has often been applied to Florida material, Krapovickas (2003) restricted the use of S. acuta to plants with a glabrous to ciliate calyx and (5-)6(-7) mericarps. Sida ulmifolia is then applied to plants with a stellate-pubescent calyx and 7-12 mericarps, which applies to the specimens common in Florida.” Wunderlin et al, Atlas of FL Plants 2019. According to historic use and research, it can be presumed that these two species may be used interchangeably.)
- Plant Profile: DrymaryCommon Names Heartleaf Drymary, West Indian Chickweed, Tropical Chickweed, Drymary, Whitesnow, “Calabar woman’s eye” Latin Name Drymaria cordata Family Caryophyllaceae
- Plant Profile: BetonyEach spring, I eagerly anticipate the perfect formula of patience and warmth to produce a succulent, slightly sweet tuber beneath my garden beds of the bountiful Florida Betony, aka Florida Radish, Wild Artichoke, or Rattlesnake Weed. I first learned of Betony from my dear teacher Peggy Lantz, and the moment I first tasted them in a wild salad in her garden, I was hooked. As a child, I had grown up digging these prolific and oft-labeled “pesky weeds” out of the garden with my grandfather, marveling at the grub-like shape of their tubers. If only Gramps knew how delicious these delicacies were, he’d likely have grumbled far less in his quest to eradicate them from the turnip patch! Perhaps the most famous Betony among the Stachys genus is Stachys officinalis, or Wood Betony, which grows heartily in climates to the north. Our local variety, Stachys floridana, can also be used herbally in similar ways to its temperate cousin – aerial parts used for headaches, anxiety, and nervous system health in tisanes and tinctures – with a slightly more mild effect than the European herb. I favor the leaves of our Florida Betony in a daily tea to give my body and mind peace and a sense of grounding.
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