Online Herbal Immersion Program

Have you ever felt confused trying to grow
your own herb garden?

Or wondered which herbal preparation will be
the most potent?

I understand how hard it is to navigate the deluge of herbal information out there, and find a resource you can trust.

With over twenty-five years under my belt growing herbs, making medicine, and teaching about plants, I've come up with a program that is chock-full of expert guidance for cultivating medicinal herbs and addressing common ailments at home with your very own tinctures, syrups, poultices and salves.

Bonus: You’ll be learning all about herbs while you save money—growing the garden of your dreams and whipping up a homegrown medicine chest full of the highest quality remedies to be found!

~Juliet Blankespoor

Watch Our Video About the Herbal Immersion Program!

Herbal Immersion Program Outline

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Module 1: Foundations in Herbalism

Cultivating Relationships with Healing Plants; Introduction to Botany; Plant Families; Vegetative and Floral Terms; Herbal Actions; Ethical Wildcrafting; Spring Plant Walk; Medicinal Preparations; Harvesting Herbs; Edible Flowers

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Module 2: The Nitty-Gritty of Soil, Part 1

 Principles of Organic Gardening; Planning Your Dream Garden; Growing Healthy Soil; Building Soil Fertility; Botanical Garden Allies; Creating New Garden Beds;
Container Gardening

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Module 3: Common Useful Garden Weeds

Daylily; Lamb’s Quarters;
Chickweed; Dandelion; Violet;
Purple Dead Nettle;
Cleavers; Creasy Greens;
Garlic Mustard; Yellow Dock;
Japanese Honeysuckle 

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Module 4: Plant Propagation

Special Strategies for Germinating Herbs: Stratification, Scarification, and Light-Dependent Germination;
Preparing Seed Trays; Sowing Seeds; Soil Blocks; Bottom Heat; Root Division; Stem Cuttings; Layering; Seed Saving of Medicinal Herbs

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Module 5: Tonic Herbs and Adaptogens

Introduction to Adaptogens, Alteratives and Tonic Herbs;
Gotu Kola; Tulsi;
Nettles; Milky Oats;
Astragalus; Ginseng;
Hibiscus

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Module 6: The Nitty-Gritty of Soil, Part 2

Introduction to Permaculture; Building a Compost Pile;
Composting Leaf Mold; Organic
Pest and Disease Management;
Season Extension; Woodland Cultivation of Medicinal Herbs; Homemade Potting Soil

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Module 7: Herbs for the Immune System

Introduction to Immune Stimulants, Immunomodulators and Antimicrobials; Spilanthes; Echinacea; Goldenseal; Bee Balm and
Wild Bergamot; Calendula;
Boneset; Elderberry

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Module 8: Introduction to the Digestive System

Bitters, Astringents and Carminatives; Foundations of Nutrition: Whole Foods, Organic Foods and GMOs; Macronutrients, Fiber, and Intestinal Flora; Vitamins and Minerals; Bioflavonoids; Food Allergies and Intolerances

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Module 9: Herbs for the Digestive System

Anise Hyssop; Meadowsweet;
Fennel; Mint; Chamomile;
Lemon Balm; Basil 

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Module 10: Herbs for the Respiratory System

Introduction to Expectorants, Demulcents and Anticatarrhals; Elecampane;
Mullein; Marshmallow;
Yarrow; Goldenrod

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Module 11: Herbs for the Nervous System

Introduction to Nervines, Hypnotics, Anxiolytics, Antidepressants and Analgesics; Valerian; Skullcap; Passionflower;  California Poppy;  Mimosa; Rose; Vervain

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Module 12: Herbs for the Female Reproductive System

Uterine Tonics, Emmenagogues, Hormone Balancers and Uterine Antispasmodics; Ecology of Estrogen in the Body; Red Raspberry; Black Cohosh; Vitex; Motherwort

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Module 13: Medicine Making - Core Preparations

Infusions and Decoctions; Tinctures; Herbal Honeys and Syrups;
Herbal Vinegars; Flower Essences;
Plant Spirit Medicine

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Module 14: Food as Medicine

Meads; Culinary Oils; Infused Vinegars; Fire Ciders: Spicy Vinegars; Goo Balls; Compound Butters; Herbal Finishing Salts; Herbal Sauces; Wild Herbal Pestos, Hummus and Pâté; Medicinal Mushroom Concoction; Herbal Popsicles, Iced Teas and Granitas; Bone Broth; Bitters; Shrubs; Fancy Pants Ice Cubes; Simple Syrups; Cocktails and Mocktails

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Module 15: Topical Preparations and Natural Body Care

Infused Oils and Salves;
Compresses and Poultices,
Herbal First Aid; Introduction to Hydrotherapy; Introduction to Aromatherapy; Floral Skin Serum; Body Butters;
Salt Scrubs; Bath Salts;
Aromatherapy Sprays;
Aromatic Massage Oils

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Module 16: Herbal Livelihoods/Applying the Knowledge

Introduction to Herbal Livelihoods and Legalities of Products Businesses; Connecting to Your Life’s Purpose; Permaculture in Action: Joe Hollis’ Mountain Gardens; Amy Hamilton; Lorna Mauney-Brodek; Dr. James Duke; Asia Suler; History of Earthaven Ecovillage; Permaculture Principles with Chuck Marsh

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Module 17: Siting Reference Guide - Regional Profiles and Habitat Lists

Arid Lowland Climates with Monica Rude; Cold Temperate Climates with Deb Soule; Arid Mountainous Climates with Kathi Keville; Rocky Soils in Mid-Continental Climates with Steven Foster; Subtropical Climates with Emily Ruff; Mediterranean Climates with Richo Cech; Woodland Medicinals with Joe Hollis; Wetland Herbs; Shade Herbs; Arid Climate Herbs; Hot and Humid Climate Herbs

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Meet Our Featured Botanical Stars

Our program is infused with a plant-centered approach to herbal medicine. From anise hyssop to yellow dock, the course focuses on an all-star lineup of botanicals, primo for most temperate climate gardens. Note that most of the following herbs are the headliners of their very own video and profile.

Take a Sneak Peak at Our Botanical Starlets.

 

Full Program Outline

The program is in a drip feed format. When you sign up, you will be on an individualized drip feed. This simply means you’ll have access to all the modules that have been released, but you can move at your own pace through the material. We hope this format will allow you to pace yourself and avoid feeling overwhelmed by the vast amount of material!
Enrollment is ongoing, and you can sign up any time.

View the Complete Course Outline Here.

We've had over 1,700 students enroll from over a dozen countries in just our first year offering online herbal classes.
Here are just a few glowing testimonials from both our programs...

"The Immersion offers so much more than you think you're going to get. Not only will you learn about these amazing plants and how to grow them, you will also learn about the human body and how herbs affect each system--and not in a general way. These courses teach you how to understand plants in various preparations and how each type of preparation will extract different properties of the plants. You will no longer be doing a web search on remedies for various ailments, because in the Herbal Immersion Program, you are given such tailored and focused instruction that not only includes information, but wisdom on how to apply all of this knowledge. They teach you both the science and the art of herbalism. A student can go as deep as they want with all these tools provided. I cannot express enough gratitude for this course."

~ Marianela Leekley, Charlotte, North Carolina
Entrepreneur
Online Herbal Immersion student

"These beautiful courses consistently, yet gently, remind me that there is always so much more to learn when it comes to herbal medicine. I've been working with and growing herbs my whole life including four years working on an herb farm. I have a master's degree in Chinese medicine and have spent nine years in clinical practice and in herbal medicine teaching roles. Even with that depth of experience, I'm learning so much! You've all done a wonderful job putting these courses together! They are impeccably organized, offering information useful to both the absolute beginner and the seasoned herbalist. More than anything, on a personal level, I so deeply appreciate the amazing images and photography. That in and of itself is inspiring to go deeper into this medicine. These courses uniquely reinforce personal creativity, building relationships with the plants, and remembering the web of connection we are all a part of. The love, experience, professionalism, and effort you have all put into the creation of these programs really shines through. Thank you all for doing what you do!"

~ Melissa Bergstrom, M.S., Menomonie, Wisconsin
Acupuncturist, Bodyworker, Herbalist
Online Herbal Immersion student

"I've taken many different online herbal courses and this is by far my favorite! It is stunning, gorgeous, fun and very informative. The videos are fun, the manual is stunning, and I really enjoy the progress aspect and review worksheets and quizzes. I was worried it was a little too basic for where I am at in my studies, but it turns out I'm filling in a lot of critical holes in my knowledge base. I'm in love with this course and am having a fabulous time studying with it."

~ Lola O'Brien, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Doula, writer, entrepreneur and stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to 3 kids
Online Herbal Medicine Making Course graduate

This online course is self-paced and you can start as soon as you sign up!

Not quite ready to begin just yet?

Sign up now and defer your course start date for up to a year.

Pay in full for $1800

Payment Plan: $162 for 12 months

(the payment plan is $144 more than paying in full)

Modules are delivered monthly -- watch the videos and read the lessons on any device, at your own pace and convenience.

We offer a money-back guarantee! If you're not satisfied, we'll refund your full tuition within 14 days of enrollment.

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How does the program work?

  • The program is in a drip feed format. When you sign up, you will be on an individualized drip feed. This simply means you’ll have access to all the modules that have been released, but you can move at your own pace through the material. We hope this format will allow you to pace yourself and avoid feeling overwhelmed by the vast amount of material! Enrollment is ongoing, and you can sign up any time.
  • Please see the full course outline for a schedule of module release dates and to learn more about entering the drip feed midstream. New students will be on an individualized drip feed, however the majority of our students started in April 2016.
  • When you enroll, you’ll receive immediate access to these Immersion resources:
    • Modules 1-11
    • Siting Reference Guide: Regional Profiles and Habitat Lists
    • Herbal Profile Videos for reference
    • Online Herbal Medicine Making Course (Immersion Modules 13-15)
    • Supplies List & Recommended Reading List
    • Access to our Student Forum
    • Seasonal Herbal Starter Guides, with seasonal videos for herb gardening, wild foods and recipes
  • The format of the program
    • You will be able to download all audio and text, however, the videos can’t be downloaded and will not be provided on DVD so you must have a reliable internet connection to view them.
    • The course can be viewed on mobile devices with a wireless connection.

This online course is self-paced and you can start as soon as you sign up!

Modules are delivered monthly--watch the videos and read the lessons on any device, at your own pace and convenience.

You'll also get downloads of the audio from the videos, and printable PDFs of each module. All the course material is yours for life!

The online program includes:

  • Beautiful and engaging video instruction, primarily filmed in the garden and field with the stars of the program—the plants themselves
  • Over 100 herbal recipes, ranging from medicinal preparations, wild foods dishes, natural body care products and culinary herbal concoctions
  • 95 videos and 143 lessons, clearly organized into 17 modules (delivered in a monthly drip feed format — see the schedule here.)
  • Downloadable audio files so you can listen on the go
  • Extensive written materials and instructional photographs by Juliet Blankespoor, available online or as a printable PDF, so you can learn wherever and however works best for you
  • Review worksheets and quizzes at the end of each module
  • Access to a team of experienced herbalists and herb growers, including Juliet Blankespoor, for questions and guidance via Q and A emails for two and a half years after enrollment
  • Access to our student forum where you can share triumphs, troubleshooting, and more with a lively community of herbal enthusiasts
  • Monthly Q&A video sessions with Juliet Blankespoor and other course instructors
  • Exclusive monthly newsletters with book reviews, herbal news, recent scientific studies on herbs, and seasonal gardening tips
  • Lifetime access to the course materials, including all indexed videos, written text and archived newsletters (any new videos and materials we add to the program will also be yours)
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The online program also includes:

Bonus perks (subject to change*):

  • Complimentary student membership for one year in the United Plant Savers, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving rare medicinal herbs
  • One-time 15% discount off medicine making supplies at Villager’s urban homestead supply store for one year after enrollment
  • One-time 15% discount on the book ‘Foraging and Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook,’ by Dina Falconi for one month after enrollment

* These perks are bonuses, and are not included in tuition. Perks are subject to change–without notice–based on the needs of the business or organization offering the discount. 

The course materials are yours for life!

You’ll have ongoing access to all the videos, online written materials, and exclusive archived newsletters indefinitely. By joining our learning community, you’ll not only have access to an amazing educational experience—you’ll also be gaining entry into a trusted source of herbal information to revisit year after year. It’s like a perpetual library card to a whole world of herbal knowledge. As a bonus, you’ll also have access to all fresh material – videos and newsletters – that we’ll be adding to the course over the years.
Please note that two and a half years (30 months) after enrolling, instructors will no longer be available for questions or guidance. However, the connections you foster with other herbal enthusiasts in our private forum will help support you through a lifetime of herbal learning.

 

Herbal Immersion Program

Here’s what you’ll be able to do after completing the program:

  • Build drop-dead gorgeous herb gardens, frequented by colorful pollinators and covetous neighbors
  • Create your own medicine chest, filled with high-quality botanical remedies, made from homegrown herbs and medicinal wild weeds
  • Start an herbal nursery, small herb farm, or herbal CSA
  • Use tonic herbs to promote long-term health and help prevent illness
  • Connect with plants, the earth, and the cycles of life on a deeper level
  • Address common health complaints with your own teas, tinctures, salves and oils
  • Teach your children to prepare their own herbal remedies – laying the foundation for self-care and knowledge of natural medicine
  • Indulge yourself with luscious body butters, creams and scrubs
  • Create value-added medicinal or culinary products for your farm
  • Lavish your loved ones with beautiful and tasty herbal-based gifts
  • Master herbal actions so you can better match herbs with specific conditions
  • Share the abundant herbal harvest with your friends, family and neighbors
  • Discover your own herbal allies: treasured plant friends you can call on for years
  • Develop a homespun herbal products business
  • Gather common wild foods and prepare them into delectable meals
  • Build a forest garden with endangered medicinal plants
  • Grow perennial vegetables, culinary herbs and edible flowers as a hobby or small specialty business

Who’s this course for?

Anyone who wants to learn more about growing and using medicinal plants, including:

  • Herbal enthusiasts and herbalists who want to go deeper with botanical medicine
  • Herbal entrepreneurs who wish to start an herbal products line or an herb nursery or seed business
  • Parents who wish to learn about simple natural remedies that can easily be grown and prepared at home
  • Botanical moguls who wish to grow a sustainable herbal products business based on medicine sourced from their own fields and gardens
  • Vegetable farmers who want to diversify their crops and create value-added culinary and medicinal products
  • Permaculturists who wish to further explore the realm of healing plants and wild foods
  • Community garden organizers and instructors who want to bring the joy of herbs into their communities
  • Homesteaders and vegetable growers interested in medicinal sovereignty and long-term community resilience and self-sufficiency
  • Gardeners who wish to incorporate more useful plants into the home landscape
  • Homeschooling families with older children and teenagers who are excited to explore medicinal garden plants together (see FAQs for details)
  • Herbalists trained in the medicinal use of herbs, who want to know the herbs on a more intimate level, especially how to grow them
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Do you find yourself yearning for a deeper connection to the herbs you use medicinally?

We believe direct connection with healing plants is THE best way to learn about their medicine. When we fully know an herb, it virtually comes to life, blooming in our mind and heart. Suddenly, it’s easier to remember its medicinal qualities, as we now recognize the herb as a distinct personality. That’s why our program is infused with a plant-centered approach to herbal medicine.

You might be asking yourself, what exactly does that mean?

It means the plants are the stars of the show.
In this course we’ll introduce you to each of our botanical starlets on an intimate level. We know good medicine begins with good relationships, so a deep-rooted connection to healing plants is at the heart of our teachings.

Watch Our Sample Video from the Course –

Herbal Honeys and Syrups!

Have you been studying herbs for a while, but just aren’t sure how to tie everything together? Or maybe you’re already an experienced herbalist, but feel like something’s missing from your repertoire…

Whether you’re just beginning to dabble in herbalism or you’re ready to take your craft to the next level, we’ve got something special to share with you. Our students range from complete newbies to seasoned herbalists, with established gardens and businesses. One of the beauties of online learning is the community support and mentorship, and the ability to network with herb lovers from around the globe.

A few more kind words from Herbal Medicine Making Course students:

"I am so honored to be a part of such a magical journey. The whole thing is so beautifully put together. It feels very personal and real as opposed to being distant and dry like one may think an online course would be. It's also super sweet to witness how much work and dedication you all put into the course. It's amazing!! Thank you for teaching such important, vital and healing information!!!"

~ Christina Torres, Mars Hill, NC
Teacher and aspiring baker

"Before I began studying with the Chestnut School, I already had high expectations. This course has blown all of my expectations out of the water. The videos are amazing, and the content is so well written and thought out. You can tell that they poured their hearts and souls into it, with the intention to give you the best online education possible. I've been to other herbal schools, researched every single one... and this one is by far the best. Whether you're a newbie or an expert, this course offers something for everyone."

~ Stephanie Dieppa, Orange, CA
Stay-at-home mom

"I thought the information was awesome!!!! Although I was familiar with the basic practices, the extra information and recipes were so delicious and concise. Beautiful photographs, videos and text will make an invaluable resource to enjoy for the rest of my days studying and practicing. Honestly this is one of the only courses I have taken that hasn't been slightly disappointing because it was lacking in some way. Way to go!"

~ Miakoda Wolf, Charleston, SC
Owner of White Wolf Apothecary

"Living in Greece, taking herbal courses from the States is my window to the world. The course was great even for someone quite experienced with most parts of it. It brought everything together and helped me to understand some things better or improve others. There are many “universal” recipes using culinary herbs or weeds that can be found most places in the world. There are recipes that I have already made so many times that I will remember for ever, like the nettles pate which is on our table every day!"

~ Eleni Christoforatou, Corfu, Greece
Herbalist, educator, stay-at-home mom

This online course is self-paced and you can start as soon as you sign up!

Not quite ready to begin just yet?

Sign up now and defer your course start date for up to a year.

Pay in full for $1800

Payment Plan: $162 for 12 months

(the payment plan is $144 more than paying in full)

guarantee 2If you’re not fully satisfied, we’ll give you a complete refund within 14 days of enrolling.

Tour our FAQs! Still have a question?
Don’t hesitate to drop us a line

Most of us love learning about herbs in-person but sometimes this just isn’t practical for those with busy schedules and full lives. We crafted our engaging videos to be as close to live instruction as you can get, with a front row seat in the garden –the plants are our esteemed co-stars. Throughout the course, Juliet, along with her trusted team of core instructors, demonstrates the real ins and outs of cultivation, propagation, harvesting, and medicinal use. This is NOT your typical instructor sitting in a classroom with a blackboard. We’ll be elbow deep in soil, head high in garden bushes, and up close and seriously personal with a huge variety of plants. We love how the medium of film allows us to dynamically showcase the plants, visiting them in all their growth cycles and zooming in close for the kind of botanical detail only possible with a hand lens, or high powered macro camera.

Online learning is a convenient way to learn – you can take your class with you wherever you go and complete the lessons at your own pace, when it works for YOU. Easy access to our team of moderators ensures you get the support you need — in most cases, your questions will be answered within 24 hours. And you will be able to connect with a rich community of herb gardeners from around the world!

Our multimedia program is designed for you, whether you learn best from reading, writing or watching. With each module you’ll be provided with additional hands-on assignments to further engage all your senses and creativity. We truly believe you can learn about growing herbs through video and clearly written instruction, or else we wouldn’t have created this program!

You’ll have ongoing access to all the videos, online written materials, and exclusive archived newsletters indefinitely. By joining our learning community, you’ll not only have access to an amazing educational experience—you’ll also be gaining entry into a trusted source of herbal information to revisit year after year. It’s like a perpetual library card to a whole world of herbal knowledge. As a bonus, you’ll also have access to all fresh material – videos and newsletters – that we’ll be adding to the course over the years. Please note that two and a half years (30 months) after enrolling, instructors will no longer be available for questions or guidance, but the connections you foster with other herbal enthusiasts will help support you through a lifetime of herbal learning.

Upon completing our program you will be able to:

  • Treat common ailments with homegrown medicines
  • Know over 40 easy-to-grow medicinal herbs, including their propagation, cultivation, harvesting, preparation and therapeutic uses
  • Create your own herb garden from scratch; starting with inspiration and vision, and branching out into layout and installation
  • Prepare tinctures, infused oils, salves, compresses, poultices, syrups, herbal honeys, flower essences, infusions and decoctions
  • Concoct herbal culinary delicacies, such as compound butters, finishing salts, pestos, meads, and infused oils and vinegars
  • Whip up sumptuous natural body-care products, such as body butters, face creams, bath salts, and aromatherapy serums
  • Identify 11 of the most common wild garden weeds, along with their edible and medicinal uses
  • Understand the basic principles of aromatherapy and hydrotherapy, and their applications in the home
  • Harvest and dry your own herbs
  • Know basic botanical terms and how they apply to plant identification and gardening
  • Propagate plants – through germination, division, cuttings and layering
  • Build healthy soil organically, with amendments, compost and soil microbes
  • Be familiar with the characteristics of the 5 most common plant families
  • Start your own herbal business focusing on locally-grown plants

 

When you enroll, you’ll receive login information to enter the student portal, where you will access all the course materials. Our welcome video will walk you through all the nitty gritty details, including how the website works and the layout for the entire program. Each module is comprised of 6-15 individual lessons, which you will complete in sequential order.

You’ll receive immediate access to these Immersion resources:

  • Modules 1-11
  • Siting Reference Guide: Regional Profiles and Habitat Lists
  • Herbal Profile Videos for reference
  • Online Herbal Medicine Making Course (Immersion Modules 13-15)
  • Supplies List & Recommended Reading List
  • Access to our Student Forum
  • Seasonal Herbal Starter Guides, with seasonal videos for herb gardening, wild foods and recipes


One module will be released every four weeks for a year. We hope this format will allow you to pace yourself and avoid feeling overwhelmed by the vast amount of material! Please see the full course outline for a schedule of module release dates.

Enrollment is ongoing, and you can sign up any time. The majority of our students enrolled when the course launched in April 2016, so if you prefer to start the course with a larger group you can wait to enroll until the next big launch early in 2017. The course content is sent on a monthly drip feed that is individualized based on when you sign up (i.e. you’ll receive the Module 1 email in the first month, the Module 2 email in the second month, etc). However, you’ll have access to all the modules that have been released, but you can still move at your own pace through the material–you don’t have to catch up to the group! You have two and a half years from your date of enrollment to ask questions and to complete the program if you are pursuing a certificate. The Villager’s discount is good for one year after enrollment. And you’ll have instant access to the student forum (which includes all students, regardless of enrollment date). We’ll let you know that we have students signing up at all times so you’ll be in good company, even if you join in the middle of our drip feed.

The lessons are a combination of video and written materials, which you can read online or in hard copy (via a printable PDF that comes with the course). After you have explored all the materials and completed the lessons in each module, we offer self-guided review worksheets, experiential projects and further media resources. These exercises are designed to help you integrate and review the information.

When you’re ready, you’ll take the self-graded quiz at the end of the module. If you’re working towards a certificate, you’ll need to reach a grade of 80% or higher to progress to the next module. You can take the quiz over, if needed. If you have severe test anxiety or a learning difference, please contact us— we will create another form of assessment that feels comfortable to you! We mean it; we welcome and support all types of learners.

Every month you’ll receive an exclusive newsletter, peppered with seasonal gardening tips, recipes, book reviews and updates on herbal happenings and news. The newsletters are printable and archived.

Yes, we donate need-based scholarships annually in partnership with several non-profit organizations and through our own scholarship program (see our partnerships page).

Juliet Blankespoor is the green mastermind behind the program, and is the primary instructor and choreographer. She has been growing medicinal herbs for twenty-five years, and has been involved with many aspects of herbal medicine, including owning an herb nursery and tincture business, and directing an herbal school. Her extensive knowledge of plant propagation and cultivation comes from years of growing medicinals for her tincture business and nursery, and gardening with herbs in many different climates.

Other core instructors include Joe Hollis, 7Song, Lorna Mauney-Brodek, Asia Suler and Becky Beyer. See our full line-up of instructors and contributors.

We begin at the ground level, and build from there. You don’t need any prior experience or knowledge. We’re here to answer your questions and lead the way in a clear and easy format.

 Even if your growing area is limited, you can still grow plenty of medicinal herbs! We offer many pointers and techniques for maximizing yields in smaller gardens, such as utilizing vertical space, polycultures, repeat harvesting, and container gardening. If you have at least 250 square feet of garden space available for herbs, you can still grow quite a bit of medicine.

Even experienced gardeners and herbalists will benefit from our course, as we offer detailed instruction on many topics. Some of the material will be review but we believe that most people will gain valuable insights, especially in the area of medical herbalism. Look over the curriculum and list of plants covered to help you decide if the program is right for you. Finally, we do offer a guarantee – (please see the details above). We want our students to be completely satisfied with their learning!

Though a lot of the information in the course will be applicable—propagation and medicinal usage especially, the program itself is more geared toward the gardener than the farmer. We don’t offer specifics on farming, such as market prices, yield per acre, or special mechanized equipment and the program will not cover what you would need to know to get started with a large-scale operation, but you can definitely use the knowledge to help fill in the gaps.

We designed the course for a variety of growing climates throughout the temperate world. The program will be useful for most areas of North America, Europe, Southern Australia and Asian mild-temperate regions. It is specifically geared for USDA Growing Zones 4-9. Check here to see what zone you live in. Throughout the videos, we give growing tips for different climates. We also have a whole module with regional features from various bioregions to give you a good idea of the optimal medicinal plants for your climate. Please consult the list of plants covered here. If you’re still not sure if you can grow the plants we feature, consult local growers, herbalists, master gardeners or extension agents and ask if those plants can easily be grown in your area. If you’re still not clear, drop us a line, and we’ll give you an honest opinion about whether you will benefit from this course.

As long as you can grow the plants we cover (see the questions above and below), and have a solid command of the English language, you are welcome to take the course. We’ll be sure to connect you with any students and graduates from your country. Please note that Villagers free shipping offer is only available to students in the US.

There are many ways you can approach the program. If you’re enrolling purely for your personal needs and aren’t working towards a certificate, you take all the time in the world. It’s your program to do as you like, but we do recommend following the sequential format, as it builds up from the foundation, with roots, branches, twigs, etc. You can binge watch on the weekends or slowly sip it in on Tuesday nights.

If you’re working towards the certificate you have a timeframe of two and a half years (30 months) from your time of enrollment to complete the program. There are several reasons you may want to aim for a certificate. The dangling carrot can help you keep your eyes on the prize, so to speak. Motivation is even more important with distance learning, where it’s easy enough to fall off the wagon. Gaining a certificate can also give a strong feeling of personal satisfaction – a milestone after hard work and dedication. Finally, the certificate may help to serve your career goals.

The bottom line is that we want the program to work for you and your life, however that looks. Each of you will have a different approach, tailored to your needs. Some of you will move through the materials quicker, while some of you will gain the same benefit, but spread your learning out over a longer time period. But remember, however you engage with the program, you will get out as much as you put in!

We estimate you can complete the course in 18 to 24 months, depending on your pace. There are 17 modules, each of which contains approximately 2-5 hours of video instruction and 6 to 15 lessons. Additionally, you will want to plan time for reading assignments, worksheets, experiential learning, and studying for quizzes. Each module will take about 25-40 hours of your time, depending on its scope, your pace, and depth of work. If you complete 1 module a month, you would want to budget approximately 6-10 hours a week for the program.

As stated above, you have 30 months to complete the program and gain a certificate. After this time, you’ll have ongoing access to all the materials, but our team of herbal moderators won’t be available, and it will no longer be possible to gain a certificate. Ultimately, we created this deadline because we believe it will help motivate you to finish the program!

Yes! Enrollment is ongoing so you can sign up and begin any time. The program content will be released on a drip schedule – please click here to see the module release dates.

After satisfactorily completing all the assignments and quizzes, and submitting your experiential projects for review (within 30 months of enrolling and after paying your tuition in full), you’ll receive a beautiful certificate of completion. The certificate will state the number of hours and subjects covered. Currently, there is no certifying or licensing agency in the United States for herbalists, so there is no such thing as a certified or licensed herbalist, despite what some schools advertise. However, many people find that a certificate represents the hours and dedication poured into one’s herbal studies. Additionally, a certificate offers a sense of pride for completing the program. In any case,  you will learn valuable skills that we believe are essential for self-care and the foundation for many plant-based herbal livelihoods. We want to be clear that we are not an accredited University or vocational school. We are a school of traditional herbal medicine.

Our program lays a solid foundation in clinical herbal medicine, but it doesn’t fully train you in all the necessary subjects to begin a practice, such as anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, constitutional assessment, and drug/herb contraindications. The Herbal Immersion can serve as the first step on this career path, followed by a clinical program. Or it can be taken concurrently with a clinical program to round out your education with more botany, herb cultivation and medicine making. However, the Herbal Immersion does equip you with many valuable skills. You can find a list of these after the section on this page: Here’s what you’ll be able to do after completing the program.

You’ll have the option to be part of a private student forum where you can share triumphs, troubleshooting, and inspirations with a lively community of herbal enthusiasts. Currently, this forum is held on Facebook.  If you have questions for our staff, you can look through our FAQs at the end of each lesson, as well as our general Q & A board. If your question is still unanswered, you’ll send it to us via an e-mail form. In most cases, your questions will be answered by one of our moderators within 24 hours (Monday through Saturday). You’ll be able to ask us questions and seek guidance for two and half years after enrolling. After this time, you’ll still be able to connect with other students via our student forum but the moderators won’t be available for questions. Since you’ll still have access to the course after two and a half years, you’ll have continued access to our growing bank of common Q & A’s. (Our herbal team isn’t available by phone or private e-mail, except to provide assistance with technical issues or problems related to accessing the course. Please note that we can’t answer questions related to personal health due to legal and time constraints.) 

We don’t believe you would benefit, as half of the program focuses on growing herbs. We want this course to serve the educational goals of our students, and so we’ll candidly let you know another course would better serve your needs. Our Medicine Making program doesn’t cover cultivation, and touches on the therapeutic use of herbs.

 Yes, we offer a $200 discount on tuition for each student when 3 or more students enroll together. This discount cannot be combined with other offers, discounts, or during a sale. Please use the following discount code when checking out: HerbTeam. See the question below for details about enrolling with children under 18.

We have worked hard to offer this program at an affordable price and ask that you respect all the time, effort and trust put into its creation by keeping your login information to yourself. When you sign up for this course you enter a pact of community trust along with every one of the students and teachers. It is, of course, always okay to share your own insights and inspirations with friends and family, but building a healing community begins with respectfully supporting one another in our livelihoods. So we thank you in advance for helping us to build a stronger, more trusting community by keeping your login information to yourself.

However, we do encourage sharing your course materials with your children under 18. We want to nurture the next generation of plant lovers and gardeners. This is a great program for homeschooling families with older children and teenagers interested in plants. If you wish to share the course with your children, be sure to watch our sample videos and lesson plans to gauge the level of instruction before enrolling. In other words, the video and written materials may be too advanced for young learners.

We offer the three medicine making modules as a separate course. The other modules are only available by enrolling in the whole program.

When you enroll, you will receive a list of the kitchen supplies used in most of the recipes and garden tools you will need for cultivating your herb garden. These include items you may already own, such as assorted Mason jars, an electronic scale, stainless steel funnels and labels, pruners, shovels, garden gloves, etc. How much you spend on ingredients and materials will differ, depending on how prolific you are with the recipes and what tools and ingredients you already own. We estimate you might spend anywhere from $200 to $600 depending on these factors. For the first year you’re enrolled in the course, you’ll receive a one-time 15% discount off medicine making supplies at Villager’s urban homestead supply store. Note that you have two and a half years to ask us questions, but the course is yours for life, so you can spread out your purchases to suit your budget.

Hands-down, the biggest difference is our plant-centered approach and emphasis on cultivation and homemade medicines. We practice and teach a combination of bioregional and DIY herbal medicine. In addition, we provide a wealth of detailed, hands-on video instruction that is not found in other programs.

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