• October 21, 2017 - October 22, 2017
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Our Family Herbalist program empowers students to care for the everyday health imbalances they face as a family caretaker, through a comprehensive herbal curriculum.  It is an excellent program for those wishing to serve as their family’s primary care provider, to prevent illness and help alleviate acute and chronic conditions through holistic and sustainable approaches.

Providing students with a comprehensive and hands-on herbal education, the curriculum covers over 150 individual herbs, as well as herb cultivation, anatomy and physiology, plant chemistry and botany, nutrition, detoxification, medicinal formulation, and a wide spectrum of herbal preparations.   This dynamic tapestry of teachings weaves together ancient culture and modern science to prepare students for a practice of sustainable health within our modern times. This course follows our Roots of Herbalism program in building on a foundation of self-care to branch out towards our care of others.

The class is offered in two different formats to meet unique schedule needs.  Our Weekend Series meets one weekend per month.  Students gather on Saturday morning and the session concludes on Sunday at dinnertime.  We offer our Weekend-Series twice each year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.  We also offer this program as a Weeklong Intensive, covering the full curriculum in an condensed immersion held once each Spring.

The complete program includes over 80 classroom contact hours and the study of over 150 herbs through hands-on, sensory experience. This course may be the greatest investment you will ever make in the long-term health of you and your family.

Students who graduate from this program leave with the experience and knowledge to care for themselves and the health of their families’ most common illnesses. It is our philosophy that to care for the health of others, we must first learn self-care. Thus, we have structured our program to provide you personal tools and experience which form a strong foundation on which to center your personal practice of caring for those you love with herbal applications, and on which to continue your education to build a future professional practice.  Successful completion of this course is prerequisite to enrollment in our Community Herbalist program.

Core Modules

Core modules focus on practical applications and philosophies within family herbalism


Bioregional Herbalism

Botany for Herbalists

Chemical and Nutritional Constituents

Detoxification and Purification

Diagnostics for Herbalists

Flower Essences

Herb Gardening 101

Harvesting, Drying, and Storing

History of Herbalism

Home Remedies and First Aid

Medicine Walk

Medicinal Formulation

Nutritional Preparations

Personal Wellness I and II

Topical Preparations

Herbal Therapeutics Modules

Herbal Therapeutics are a series of modules that focus on the anatomy and physiology of body, along with Materia Medica corresponding to each system.


Children’s Care


Elder Care


Immune, Lymphatic, and Prevention


Men’s Health



Nourishing & Restorative Tonics



Women’s Health

Successful completion of our Roots of Herbalism class is a prerequisite to enrolling in our Family Herbalist program.This course may be completed at our Orlando campus, or through our Home Study course.

Our 2017 Fall Weekend Series begins the weekend of October 21st & 22nd, 2017, and continues with additional weekend sessions November 11th & 12th, December 9th & 10th and a weekend in January (TBA).

Detailed schedule of class sessions for each weekend will be emailed to all students upon registration.

Please note, these dates are subject to change – refer to the final schedule you receive at registration.

This course offers 48 Continuing Education Units to Florida Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Dietitians, Nurses, and Midwives for an additional $15 processing fee.

Herbal materials and handouts are included with each module. Course tuition is $1500 paid in advance, or by monthly installment payment plan $1650. A $200 deposit is required to reserve your space and is non-refundable.  Space is intentionally limited, and these classes do fill up quickly. We encourage you to register early to hold your space.

Students who have enrolled in this program prior to 2013 should contact our office to learn how your previous coursework applies within our new program format.  Student with previous herbal education from other herbalists may submit an application for override of this requirement through transfer of other educational experience.  Please contact our office for more information.

Instructors: Emily Ruff, Maggie O’Halloran, Nina DiCristina, and guests

Please review this link for our school’s tuition and cancellation policies.

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Venue Phone: 407-595-3731

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1109 East Concord Street, Orlando, Florida, 32803

Welcome to our main campus.  During weekdays, parking is available in the two spots in front of our building, or streetside along Thornton Avenue and Concord Street (south side of Concord only).  After 5 pm and on weekends, all six spots in our lot are available, as well as the lot behind our office.  Please plan accordingly.

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