• January 19, 2019
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • January 20, 2019
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Roots of Herbalism explores the philosophies of ecological Herbalism, the practices of herbal nutrition, and the foundations of holistic health.  Students learn to make their own herbal preparations, including tisanes and tinctures, to apply the knowledge they learn about the plants.

~ Discover your relationship to plants and the environment, and its impact on your personal health

~ Explore the theory, philosophy, and history of ecological herbalism and ethnobotany

~ Understand the role of the nervous system and emotional, mental, and spiritual health in our physical wellbeing

~ Learn techniques to integrate herbal wellness into a daily lifestyle practice

~ Discuss important foundational nutritional principles to nourish your body’s own healing capacity

~ Learn the botanical classification, parts used, and prominent medicinal uses of over 20 herbs from subtropical western Materia Medica, to begin building your knowledge of herbs

~ Explore through hands-on experience, how to make your own herbal preparations to apply your herbal knowledge through practical application, including tisanes, tinctures, and topical applications

~ Learn how to integrate these ancient teachings into our modern day world

Roots of Herbalism is intended as an introduction for those who wish to help themselves and their families achieve radiant wellbeing through natural health. It is a practical course well-suited for laypeople and health professionals alike. The course seeks to marry ancient traditions with the scientific context of our modern world. Our goal is to reclaim our herbal heritage and empower students to apply these teachings for optimum wellbeing in balance with today’s society. We focus our study on plants which are common in the Native North American and Western European traditions, which grow native or can be easily cultivated. This course includes 16 class contact hours, handouts, herbal samples, and assignment feedback.  Students learn 25 herbs and their uses through hands-on interaction with the plants in their living and dried form.

Roots of Herbalism is the prerequisite course to our Family Herbalist Program, an intermediate course which empowers students to provide primary care of health for their family and friends. This program is prerequisite to our professional training, the Community Herbalist Program, intended for those wishing to integrate these teachings into a professional or clinical setting. Learn more about our Core Herbal Curriculum at this link.

Space in each class is limited, and these courses fill quickly.  This class is hosted at Orlando campus. This course will be offered again on March 9th & 10th or is also offered as a self-paced Home Study Course featuring DVD, Book, and Plant SamplesClick Here to Learn More.

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

Tuition: $260.00 includes herbal materials and textbook, Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

Early Bird Discount – Receive $50 off your tuition when you register and pay in full by December 16, 2018, otherwise, the full registration fee will apply.

Instructors: Maggie O’Halloran and Nina DiCristina


Maggie is an herbalist and educator in Central Florida. She comes from a large family where chaos was the norm. She always found peace outside watching things grow or climbing magnolia trees. One of her older brothers was considered hyperactive and had a hard time staying in school. Because of the impact food had on his behavior they had no sugar in the house, including ketchup! She learned in her mother’s kitchen that the things you put in your mouth impact your mind and your body.

In the early 90’s she first found her own inspiration to view health from a holistic perspective while working as a teacher assistant at a mental health hospital for children. From that experience, she decided that there had to be a better way to help kids beyond medicating them to a zombie state with pharmaceuticals. She started college studying education and psychology and ultimately received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development.

In 1999 she took her love of plants to Oakland, California where she worked with inner city elementary students and teachers, learning and teaching about violence prevention and anger management through physical education and body awareness. She explored working with food, exercise, breathing, and communication skills. She continued to study plants and their medicine by sharing with friends.

In 2006 she moved to Florida to find a slower pace in life. Though her love of teaching hasn’t waned, she took the opportunity to focus on deepening her plant knowledge in a more intentional way with herb walks with Emily Ruff. Since then she has found inspiration from teachers like Phyllis Light, Rosemary Gladstar, David Winston to name a few and mostly Emily Ruff. Finishing the community herbalist program in May of 2015. She continues her passion for helping people find peace by sharing her knowledge with whomever will listen. She enjoys working with friends, family, and strangers seeking a more holistic way to be healthy.

These days she can be found hiking on trails, tending her garden, creating something good for you in her kitchen, teaching in her community about plant medicine, and learning from her six-year-old herbalist and his friends.





Nina DiCristina is a practicing herbalist in Orlando, FL. She’s been studying herbalism and holistic health since 2008, and is a graduate of the Community Herbalist program at the Florida School of Holistic Living. She’s been grateful to study with Emily Ruff, Rosemary Gladstar, and Guido Masé. She has taught at the Florida School of Holistic Living, Sage Mountain Retreat Center, and Ground Floor Farm. A seeker of knowledge, she studies mythology, ethnobotany, and anthropology in her spare time. She is a scorpio, ISFP, slytherin, swamp bending, plant person.



Dates not convenient? Try our Home Study Course

12 CEUs are offered for Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, Dietitians, Nurses, and Midwives in the state of Florida for an additional $15 processing fee.

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