The health of our planet, of our communities, and of our bodies are inextricably connected. At Florida School of Holistic Living, we approach herbalism from an ecological perspective, cultivating a sustainable practice that focuses on medicinal plants of our bioregion. 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 relate to the material through first-hand experience.
Our Herbalist Training offers three core curriculum 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.
Our Herbalist Training is offered in sequence as a three-part path:
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. It is offered as a dynamic home study course featuring a full-length DVD, course books, herbal materials, and monthly live q&a sessions with our instructors, as well as a robust collection of digital resources.
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 program receive a certificate of completion 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 who complete the Community Herbalist program integrate their knowledge of herbalism into a professional setting and receive a certificate of completion.
Community Herbalist graduates seeking additional clinical and professional guidance are invited to apply to our Herbalist Mentorship Program. This program is structured as a single-student, mentor-based 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.
For all Roots of Herbalism students and graduates, we also offer a Roots Roundtable monthly gathering as an open forum for our students 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. A subscription to Roots Roundtable includes a curated library of digital video, audio and book resources as well as exclusive discounts to herbal companies.