Herbalism - Core Curriculum

Our Herbalism Program offers courses for those interested in exploring herbalism; for those wishing to gather the information to care for their families naturally; and for those wishing to pursue herbalism in a professional setting.

The health of our planet, of our communities, and of our bodies are inextricably connected.   At FSHL, we approach Herbalism from an ecological perspective, cultivating a sustainable practice that focuses on medicinal plants of our bioregion. We study Western Herbalism with an emphasis on traditions indigenous to this continent, and look to eastern traditions, such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, to deepen our study. We believe in a hands-on approach to learning, and work with the plants themselves, dried herbs, and herbal preparations to build our knowledge. We explore Herbalism holistically, recognizing that nutrition, exercise, stress management, and other holistic modalities offer us a full experience of health. We encourage our students to integrate their study into a personal practice, so they can benefit daily and master the material through first-hand experience.

Our Roots of Herbalism course is an immersive introduction that introduces herbalism to both experienced and lay people alike.  It is an excellent course for those wishing to gain a comprehensive introduction to herbalism, and empowers students with the knowledge, tools, and experience to continue their journey to natural, radiant wellbeing.

Roots of Herbalism is the prerequisite course for our Family Herbalist program.  This program is a thirty module course that empowers students to care for the everyday health imbalances they face as a family caretaker.  It is an excellent program for those wishing to care for their children, their parents, and themselves fully and independently.  We believe in preparing students to live in sustainable health.  The modules provide students with a strong, comprehensive herbal education, covering over 200 herbs, herb cultivation, anatomy and physiology, alternative health modalities, plant chemistry and botany, nutrition, detoxification, medicinal formulation, and a wide spectrum of herbal preparations and herbal medicine-making.  Students who graduate from this Certification program enter the world prepared to care for their families health through safe, natural, preventative, healing, and balancing avenues.

Completion of the Family Herbalist is the prerequisite for entering our Community Herbalist program.  The Community Herbalist program is tailored to individuals who wish to continue their herbal education, and is especially suited to those who wish to use herbalism in a professional setting, whether it is education, consultation, or integrating herbalism into an existing health profession.

The Community Herbalist program is a focused program with small, individualized groups for study and practicum.  Students explore their niche in the herbal world through deepening their experience in cultivation, consultation, education, and preparations.  Students work one-on-one with professional herbalists to explore the intricacies of the field and to find their heart’s calling and their path.  Students engage with the community in our Herbal Clinic.  The Community Herbalist program empowers students who complete the program to integrate their knowledge of and experience in herbalism into a professional setting.

Community Herbalist graduates are invited into our Master Herbalist apprenticeship by application.  This program is structured as a single-student, mentor apprenticeship, tailored to the educational goals of each student.  This program is self-paced, and is based in clinical practicum and also includes cultivation and preparation experience, teaching hours, and published written assignments.

We also offer a Roots Roundtable monthly gathering as an open forum for our Roots class graduates to reconnect, share, ask questions, and continue their journey in the herbal world, outside of our formal programs.  These fun, insightful, and educational gatherings are a great opportunity to reconnect with old classmates and meet new friends while enriching your personal herbal practice.


In the United States, an herbalist is a self-defined professional.  Graduates have found work as herbal consultants for product companies, gardening, launching an herbal product company, teaching herbal workshops, and seeing clients for health consultations.  Our school provides guidance and resources to help our graduates succeed in an herbal profession.  Demand is steadily increasing across the country for skilled and knowledgeable herbalists.

Successful completion of each program including required class hours and assignments will earn the student a certificate of completion.  At the present time, there is no national or state system of licensure or certification for herbalists.  We use the standards of the American Herbalists Guild to inform our curriculum, which are found at  The educational objectives met with successful completion of our certification programs exceed their criteria.  More information on all of our programs is available upon request.