Roots of Herbalism Orlando October 19-20, 2023
Roots of Herbalism introduces students to over twenty herbs and their primary uses. Over the course of one weekend, we spend time delving into the characteristics of all sample herbs, tasting each one along the way. We discuss the philosophies of being ecological in herbalism, practicing herbal nutrition, and the foundations of holistic health. And, this is a hands-on weekend, where students participate in preparing their own herbal tisanes, tinctures, and teas. Come prepared to learn a lot, take notes, go home with a new perspective and experience, and begin your herbal journey with a solid foundation.
The Roots of Herbalism Weekend Intensive comes with:
- 1 copy of Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar
- Florida School of Holistic Living Course Book
- Opportunity to sample 20+ foundational herbs
- Hands-on medicine making
- Time in our United Plant Savers’ Registered Botanical Sanctuary around the plants and others we discuss
- Subscription to Roots Roundtable — the seasonal (from October through April), monthly online live sessions of teachings from current community herbalism students and the chance to meet, share and collaborate with fellow herbalists.
Date: Thursday-Friday, October 19-20, 2023
Time: Thursday-10am-6pm, and Friday-10am-5pm
Tuition: $297 / Early Bird Price: $277 through October 10, 2023
Class Meets: In-Person / Altamonte Springs, FL
The exact location will be emailed after registration closer to the class date.
Level: All levels welcome
12 CEUs are available to Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Dietitians, Nurses & Midwives in the state of Florida through CE Broker for students who successfully complete the course through attendance and submission of assignments. To add CEU credits to your enrollment, click here. An additional $15 educational credit processing fee will apply.
Be sure to bring your water bottle, your favorite note taking tools and mask (if you choose to wear one). We will have a variety of teas and filtered water available. Please reach out to our firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
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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 well-being 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 that 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 that empowers students to provide primary care of health for their family and friends. This program is a 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 our Orlando location. This course is also offered as a self-paced Home Study Course featuring DVD, Book, and Plant Samples: Click Here to Learn More.
Please review this link for our school’s tuition and cancellation policies.
Tuition: $297.00 includes herbal materials and textbook, Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
Early Bird Discount – Receive $20 off your tuition when you register and pay in full by June 10, 2023—otherwise, the full registration fee will apply.
Dates not convenient? Try our Home Study Course
Instructors: Maggie O’Halloran
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. 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 ultimately received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Masters in Educational Leadership.
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 with Playworks. 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 Emily Ruff and The Florida School of Holistic Living. Since then she has found inspiration from teachers like Rosemary Gladstar and David Winston. She continues her passion for helping people find peace by sharing her knowledge with whoever 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.
Debbie Krause is a Central Florida herbalist with a passion for plants, healing and medicine-making. She graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from Rollins College’s Hamilton Holt School in 1994 and has had a passion for nature and a connection to nature ever since. One of her greatest joys is wandering through the woods here in Florida or up in the mountains of North Carolina.
Debbie began her formal herbal training at the Florida School of Holistic Living and completed the Community Herbalist training under Emily Ruff’s skilled guidance. She has continued her training with a variety of esteemed herbalists including Kim Ellis, Margi Flint, Jody Noe, Phyllis Light, 7Song, Thomas Easley, Michael Cottingham, John Gallagher, Rosalee de la Foret, Sam Coffman and Steven Horne.
Debbie believes that learning never ends and is thankful for every opportunity to learn about herbs, wilderness, and healing. She appreciates every teacher who has crossed her path and believes that “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
While Debbie appreciates every aspect of herbalism, she has a true passion for medicine-making. You can often find her in the kitchen working with fresh roots, creating tinctures and formulas or making her well-known “Deb’s Mega Balm” first-aid salve and lip balm. She takes a lighthearted approach and loves the fun, messy nature of herbalism and the cast of characters that has become a core part of her life. She also enjoys teaching others how to take their own health and the health of their families, communities and environment into their own hands.
Here’s more about all the additional materials you can now access online:
Enjoy our Basics of Herbal Medicine Making 5-part video series
- Tea Blending and Formulation
- Vinegars and Oxymels
- Steams and Chest Packs
This series is offered on its own for $50 tuition and included for free as part of our introductory Roots of Herbalism package.
Plant Profiles aka Materia Medica
What is it to develop a relationship with a plant?
Beyond the introduction of scientific names and common names, plants like people deserve some one-on-one time to really get to know them. You’ll learn attributes like appearance, taste, smell, touch, where it’s from, where it lives, what’s its character is like, energetics, medicinal benefits, and its history with humans.
These plant profiles are articulated both through a written, blog format as well as a short video class. They include the herbs that you will receive in your physically mailed package to support your hands-on learning.
Receive our entire catalog of Materia Medica classes and articles with your Roots of Herbalism Enrollment.
Join us for our seasonal live, online sessions of fun and friendship with fellow
herbalists, plus teaching from our Community Herbalist students. Runs from October to April.
The Roots Roundtable Subscription includes:
• Virtual classes
• Discounts from herbal companies
• Curated collection of videos, PDFs and e-books
• And More!!
Roots of Herbalism
Roots of Herbalism curriculum | $260 value
Basics of Herbal Medicine Making | $50 value
Materia Medica | $60 value
Roots Roundtable Season | $75 value
All components a
All this for only $297
$15 additional fee for CEU credits