Our Roots of Herbalism class gives an introduction to herbalism and holistic living. In the course, we focus on studying the characteristics of 20 foundational herbs, with a way to sample each one as we go. We discuss philosophies of being ecological in herbalism, practicing herbal nutrition, and all aspects of holistic health. Whether you’re new to herbalism, or a seasoned herbalist wanting to continue your education, this foundational class is full of resources and education to support your herbal journey.

And, to keep this education accessible to all, we offer two options for how to take this course:

Home study package for distance learning;

In-person intensive weekends held in the Orlando-area.

Scroll down for more details on what you get when you purchase the Roots of Herbalism Home Study package.


Is this course for you?

This course is for you if you’re looking for an introduction to herbalism and holistic living. Whether you’re new to herbalism or a seasoned herbalist looking to get your hands back in plant craft, this class will give you a wealth of new knowledge. It is eligible for 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), regardless of whether you take it as the home-study option or attend an in-person class. And students in either class are provided with ample resources to support their herbal journey, no matter where that may lead.


Core Topics Covered

The Roots of Herbalism class covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to 20 foundational herbs.
  • Basics of medicine-making. Home study students are mailed samples of each herb to prepare for tasting at home.
  • Intensive weekend students get to sample infusions in class.
  • Materia Medica, or plant profiles, is where you’re introduced to the idea of keeping your own informational notes about the herbs you use.

What You Get

All Roots students receive the following:

  • 1 copy of Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.
  • 1 course workbook with supplemental information and blank materia medica sheets.
  • 20 herbs to sample (home study students receive these in the mail, while in-person students will be provided infusions to sample in class).
  • Access to Roots Roundtable, our online community for expanding knowledge, networking, and building the FSHL collective.

From the Class to the Garden

Our Roots of Herbalism Home-Study package is available year-round and can be purchased here.

The Roots of Herbalism Intensive Weekends happen throughout the year. We meet in the Orlando FL-area in one of our teaching gardens. Click here to view upcoming classes.

Value Added Bonuses

  • As the pre-requisite to our Family Herbalist Program, Roots of Herbalism students usually have first access to registration for upcoming programs.
  • Seasonal Roots Roundtable Subscription – includes monthly LIVE gatherings—October through April—with herb teachers and fellow students plus loads of digital resources including video audio and ebooks: now available at a Name Your Price option.
  • Access to online materials via your Student Portal.

More About The Home Study Option

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When You Sign Up for the
Roots of Herbalism Home Study Course…

You get the tools and resources you need for rooting your foundation as an herbalist.

Roots Home Study kit
Roots Home Study kit

Instructional Video

The Roots of Herbalism Home Study courses video can be provided as a full-length DVD or streamed through the online course.

20 Herb Samples

Free samples of what’s covered in class are mailed right to your door so you can gain a sensory knowledge of the plants and work with them in your home kitchen.

Roots Coursebook

Your guidebook through the class with foundational teachings, herbal exercises, and medicine-making instructions. Accompanies the instructional video.

Herbal Recipes Book

We include a complimentary copy of Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. Gladstar is one of the leading contemporary herbalists with over 40 years of experience.

A $260 Value

Plus, Exclusive Access to Online Programs


Basics of Medicine

The 5-part video series, Basics of Herbal Medicine Making, covers tea blending and formulation, vinegars and oxymels, syrups, tinctures, steams, and chest packs.

Materia Medica

Aka “Our Friends in the Garden” plant profile series. These are available on our blog and as short videos. They include the herbs you’ll receive in your material package to support your hands-on learning.

Roots Roundtable

A subscription to the Roots Roundtable community. Live online sessions (one per month October through April) for fun and friendship with fellow herbalists, plus teaching from our community herbalist students. 1 monthly virtual class, discounts from herbal companies, and a curated collection of videos, PDFs, eBooks, and More!

A $185 Value

In total, the entire package is worth $445, but we offer this course package for a one-time payment of $297 or two payments of $165

*Also available for an additional fee are 12 Continuing Education Units for Massage Therapists, Nurses, Dieticians, Midwives, and Acupuncture physicians.


Or try our completely Hands-On, In-Person offering

The Roots of Herbalism Weekend Intensive,
at our Central Florida location by clicking here now.


Kind Words From Our Graduates

The Florida School of Holistic Living is a great place to study herbs, the natural world, and our personal places in that world. The herbalists who guided me through the Roots of Herbalism Family Herbalism, and Community Herbalism programs are all full of amazing energy helped not only teach me about more helpful herbal allies than I ever thought I could learn about, but also became an extension of my herbal family.

Leann Hill

Herbalist Graduate

Plants have grabbed me with all their might. I started Roots at the Florida School of Holistic Living as an online course. The Content and overview propelled me to attend Family as the intensive followed by Community. The school, teachers, and the students carried me on their wings from a newcomer to herbal medicine to showing me all the opportunities work with healing herbs can bring to one’s life. The core herbalism program provided me with the foundation to pursue further study as a clinical herbal practitioner.

Robyn McKenzie

Herbalist Graduate

The Florida School of Holistic Living truly embodies everything that an herbalism school should represent the curriculum is in-depth and thorough and is presented with a perfect balance of science, academia, folk wisdom, and spiritual depth. After I finished the community herbalism course, I have gained not only the hands-on experience and knowledge needed to begin my lifelong journey as an herbalist but a few lifelong friends and a sense of community and belonging as well.

Rachel Amos Alonzo

Herbalist Graduate

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