Online Herbal Immersion Program

More Glowing Words From Our Herbal Immersion Students

Jane V

"I have loved working on this course, and am cycling back through the material as the topics come up in my life and work. The material here is truly a life-long journey—so thoughtfully presented, beautiful, practical, and welcoming. And I loved receiving feedback on my projects—and knowing that you truly read them and were responding to me. I loved the personal connection, reflections, and suggestions. Thanks for the work your team is doing! You are changing lives."

~ Jane V., Vashon, WA
Herbalist, Nature Immersion Instructor, Author-Illustrator

Donna R

"This course far surpassed my expectations. It kindled a deeper connection to herbs and fed my passion for organic gardening, permaculture, homemade herbal remedies and body care, and health-supporting life practices. It helped me begin to envision ways in which I might bring herbalism to others in my community and launched me further on this life-enhancing path of herbal learning. I am so grateful for the quality and thoroughness of this program, as well as the affirming and nurturing support that I felt from the staff. Each module was inspiring and relevant, and I found myself circling back to the material throughout the course. The Chestnut School instructors were top-notch, and the guest teachers were fabulous as well. I learned so much in this course, and equally importantly, it pointed me in the direction of further learning opportunities all along the way. As an educator, I was impressed with the organization, in-depth and engaging material, and creativity that made this such an effective adult-learning course. Thank you for a truly life-changing and enriching program!"

~ Donna R., Seattle, WA

Sarah E

"Being in this school has been an amazingly beautiful experience! I've learned so much and am looking forward to all there's yet to learn throughout the years of my life studying plants and earth-ways. You all are such great teachers and I feel honored to have sat at the virtual-feet of many Chestnut instructors."

~ Sarah E., Cincinnati, OH
Volunteer & Community Engagement AmeriCorps Member at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Alexandra F

"If you could only take ONE herbalism course ever, you should take this one. Juliet and team make the learning accessible and fun, and you will gain knowledge that will enrich your life."

~ Alexandra F., Ithaca, NY
Budding Herbalist - Massage Therapist - Certified Clinical Aromatherapist - Perpetual Student

Kiva and Jesse

"Juliet has genuinely created the single most comprehensive, clear, and aesthetically beautiful course available in the English speaking world today."

~ Jesse Wolf & Kiva Rose Hardin
Plant Healer Magazine & Events –

Dorothy Orr

"I have completed the Herbal Medicine Making Course. I am now taking the Herbal Immersion. Each class is a life and game changer. Definitely well worth the money and time. Wonderful teachers and tons of herbal information!"

~ Dorothy O., West College Corner, IN
Kitchen Witch

Marina Crosby

"This School is amazing. The intelligence in the design of the program is very impressive. The generosity of the staff sets the tone for an all around giving community of students and instructors that help each other and share the struggles and successes of the journey. I am so thankful for being part of this school! Being a student in this school is healing in itself."

~ Marina C., Cary, NC
Social Researcher and herbalist in training

Mary McKnight

"Chestnut School surrounds you with knowledge, creativity, possibility and with deep caring. Juliet and her team of herbalist teachers have given me new skills, expanded my knowledge of plants and plant medicine all with grace, humor and humility. I will be forever grateful to their teachings and their dedication."

~ Mary M., Ellicott City, MD
Elementary school teacher


"When I started the Medicine Making Course two years ago, it was for the first time really, someone explained herbal medicine, love of plants, communication and this trust in the green world and made it accessible to me, And it changed me, how I now function, completely... hard to explain in words this realising how things are being brought to you, you’ve been longing for. My walking on this planet has changed since the first lessons and the ongoing study. Realising and learning there is so, so much more. In the end the Immersion was just that, total immersion =) A big big thank from one very grateful student on the other side of this globe."

~ Elis V., Netherlands

Jane Jorgenson

"Before this course, I appreciated the plants for their beauty. Now I appreciate them for their medicine, their life force and spirit, and their existence as sentient, giving beings. I am also proud of the sheer volume of knowledge that I now have. The course has been a wonderful, exciting, beautiful, joyous journey for me that has opened my eyes and opened doors that I didn't know existed before. Please accept my deepest, heartfelt thanks to all of you for such an amazing program!"

~ Jane J., BC, Canada
RN, Herbalist, Green Witch and Urban Farmer

Becky S

"I have created a business, Cedar Hill Herbs, that creates herbal remedies for my community and a non-profit collaborative blog - One World Herbal Community, to connect and inspire herbalists and to give back to the herbal community. Without this program I would never have been confident or inspired enough to do this. Juliet, Sara, Christine and all the other beautiful ladies that have made this program happen, you have done an amazing job and thank you so much!!! I am very proud to have completed this program and I hope this isn't the end of my Chestnut journey."

~ Becky S., BC, Canada

Connie R

"I just wanted to say how thrilled I am to have enrolled in the Herbal Immersion. I have tried a couple other schools and the course of learning just wasn't suited to me, and I didn't finish. It seemed like a cumbersome chore just to log in. I love the way the Chestnut School teaches. The videos are amazing, and I find myself excited when I have time in the evening to log in. Thank you so much for all the effort you have put forth to make this learning experience very enjoyable!"

~ Connie R., Park Hills, MO
Safety Coordinator

"When I became serious about staring my own apothecary and business, I sought out a balanced and professional program. It was an easy decision to select the Chestnut Herbal Immersion Program. While enrolled, I gained new appreciation and knowledge about plants I've worked with for years, confidence and skills to create my own medicines, and a holistic, organic approach to growing and harvesting herbs. Chestnut Herbal Immersion Course empowered me to be creative and ask questions, re-connected me to herbal allies, and inspired me to plant one more row, harvest a few more roots, and spend time with plants and herbs as much as possible."

~ Sweet Wood Apothecary, Wisconsin

Because the Herbal Immersion Program is a long program and in its first round of students, we're still collecting testimonials. But here are some glowing words from our Medicine Making Course graduates. (The Medicine Making Course is part of the Herbal Immersion Program.)


"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 T., Mars Hill, NC
Teacher and aspiring baker

Lola O’Brien

"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., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Doula, writer, entrepreneur and stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to 3 kids


"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 D., 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 W., 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 C., Corfu, Greece
Herbalist, educator, stay-at-home mom

Sarah Dartez

"I've only read the first 22 pages (of the Guide to Herbal Livelihoods) so far, and oh. my. god. THE CLARITY! I was almost in tears from reading something as simple a list of possible avenues for herbalists, and of course Juliet`s compassionate realism. Everything she writes is liquid gold! I am completely inspired but the important thing for me is that it is no longer without direction or focus. I can't wait to finish this course, but I just had to reach out and let y'all know how deeply moved I am by the work that you do and that I appreciate it so very very much!"

~ Sarah D., Knoxville, TN
Department Manager at Earth Fare

Nakia Angelique

"I started with the Herbal Medicine Making Course that the Chestnut School offers and I felt connected to a classroom even though we all had virtual seats. The video instruction is clear and fun to follow. The printed materials are thorough in instruction and generous in content. The online support group is very active and Juliet is responsive to questions. I recommend this school to anyone who wants to learn about practical herbal use at home and can't get to a live and local teacher."

~ Nakia A., Dayton, OH
Teacher, Inner playground architect, plant pusher, body love facilitator, soul excavator

Cheryl LeClair

"The Herbal Medicine Making program was very detailed and thorough, a very worthwhile investment. Juliet Blankespoor and Asia Suler are masters at their craft, dedicated teachers, and lovely souls. I highly recommend!"

~ Cheryl L., Swansboro, NC
Owner of MOMENTUM yoga & wellness center

Whitney Callen

“This course was very easy to follow and the support from staff and students was great. I have been studying since I was 13 and there was so much I didn't know until now. Also you feel welcome the instant you start the course. Doing this renewed my love of natural healing.”

~ Whitney C., Canby, MN
Owner and creator of Mystic Rivers Cauldren Critters

Hillary Sargent

"I very much enjoyed my Herbal Medicine Making Course (and am planning on the next stage of this) and LOVED my Herb Cultivation course. Both have great info provided with wonderful videos. The teachers and staff are warm and welcoming. A must for those interested (or already into) herbal medicine."

~ Hillary S., Hamilton, MT
Mama, herbal skincare and remedy maker, and holistic nutritionist

April Lowery

"I learned so much in this this course! Teas, tinctures, honeys, goo balls, soaks, and edible flowers are all on the agenda! Wonderful videos and audio downloads, beautifully done textbook, great teachers who obviously know a lot about herbs... what else can I say? Well worth the investment!"

~ April L., Lenoir City, TN

Dana Skelton

"The course included a useful mix of activities that allowed me to receive the information more than once through different mediums which helped me integrate the information and then put it into practice with the projects. This course exceeded my expectations. Presentation of materials was organized and included beautiful photos, useful reference material and high quality video presentations that were entertaining and educational."

~ Dana S., Athens, GA
Executive Director of Georgia River Network

Marissa Waraksa

"I love the detail in description during each lesson and the layout of each course page. Also, it was amazing to have access to the Mountain Rose Herbs discount, so that I could really fall into building my apothecary."

~ Marissa W., Casper, WY
Writer, artist, musician

Marnie Scassa

"I came into this course with very limited herbal knowledge, only a new burgeoning interest. I watched a video of Juliet and Asia and was drawn in by their antics and obvious love and respect for herbal preparations. Everything I learned has been invaluable to my family and I and has already been beyond helpful through different seasons of use. I have finished the course with much more information than I started with and a passion to learn more. Thank you so very much for such a wonderful opportunity."

~ Marnie S., Leesburg, VA

Nancy Lewis

"I especially appreciate your educated, intelligent and joyful approach, and the way you present herbs as an accessible and integrated part of life for good health in any walk of life."

~ Nancy L., Palo Alto, CA

Jessica Scheepers

"I learned so much and feel confident in my abilities to use herbs in my home - the lessons were incredibly detailed. The videos created a fabulous learning environment, I felt like I was in a class learning rather than completing a self-directed online course."

~ Jessica S., Ontario, Canada
Kids Yoga Instructor & EFT Practitioner

Kimba Armbrust-Kohler

"I enjoyed the respect for the plants and the idea of spending time with each to get to know them. I am returning to that idea now that I don't have the urge to rush for the certificate 😉 The knowledge you learn in this course stays with you and allows you to bring medicine to others and that is a beautiful thing."

~ Kimba A., Stone Mountain, GA
Full-time mom, Library Assistant, lover of herbs

Even more testimonials from our Medicine Making Course...

"I recently completed the Herbal Medicine Making Course and absolutely loved it! The course material is filled with beautiful images. The course is engaging, the material is easy to read and instructions for making herbal tinctures and herbal preparations are easy to follow along. It is supplemented with videos by Juliet Blankespoor and Asia Shuler. Also provided are wonderful recipes to make herbal culinary and natural body care products. As an owner of Woodland Apothecary™, I was very happy to get some ideas for new products. I liked it so much, I am now enrolled in the full Herbal Immersion Program."

~ Angela D., Chicago, IL

"Its a life-changing experience which was created and presented lovingly, thoroughly, clearly, and it uses all the various learning types, including textual, experiential, visual, and audio. I loved getting to know other students on the path and being introduced to the much larger than expected World of Herbalists. I am a newcomer, and I hadn't even realized how vast and varied the herbal-sphere had become. Astonishing."

~ Laurie L., Durham, NC

"This course was truly everything I could have hoped for as a beginner taking the plunge into the daunting world of medicinal herbs. The content is easy to understand, the videos helped guide me on how to properly prepare my medicines. There is an infinite amount of support from the staff and also from the Facebook group. I am really happy and satisfied with my learning experience."

~ Elizabeth H., Perth, Australia

"I think the videos were the best part! I have read many books on herbs, herbalism, and medicine making but to actually see and watch how it is done was like taking a class in person. Also the benefit of being able to ask questions and get answers from a trusted source was wonderful. Overall I think Juliet and Asia did a fabulous job with this course and there was lots of attention to detail. I was sad when it was all finished....."

~ Kristen L., Tampa, FL

"I really enjoyed learning from Asia and Juliet. Their energy resonated with mine and I was able to absorb their pace and mellow nature while I studied the methods of herbal medicine making. I enjoyed the wit and the music and the colors and the recipes and the Love!"

~ Tarah P., Lander, WY

"I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of content, specifically about ways to incorporate herbs into the kitchen."

~ Carol J., Plant City, FL

"This course was really uplifting - I have had some significant challenges in my life over the last year, as my partner suddenly became seriously ill, and I found myself thrown into the role of his caretaker while working towards the certificate. This course, and the Immersion which I am now working on, has grounded me daily in something that feels authentic and true and it has created a balance in my life I would not have had otherwise. So, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for this course! It has helped keep me strong, and helped me to trust my intuition."

~ Sarah C., Tasmania, Australia

"I'm not super computer savvy so I feel like if I could navigate this, anyone could. The material was fun, light, funny even! I enjoyed it so much that it really has opened up a whole new world for me. No joke. "

~ Nina P., Saugerties, NY

"This course exceeded my expectations. I honestly looked forward to studying each day: watching class videos, reading course materials and making a mess of my kitchen while moving through the experiential projects. I especially appreciate the humor that is included in the videos and written materials. You made me laugh and feel at ease so learning was much more fun! Plus, I feel like I got to know you as people, not just as instructors, which made it feel more personal."

~ Kimberly B., Black Mountain, NC

"I got the impression that the staff really connects personally with the plants and the love for the work really comes through."

~ Hannah R., Bon Aqua, TN

"I am so impressed and would recommend this course to anyone. I thought I was fairly experienced but I still learned so much!"

~ Heather Z., Alberta, Canada

"To me, everything made a positive impression, from the aesthetics of the page, videos, and PDFs, to the useful and friendly yet relevant and important information, the wide range of contents in the course, and the emails, full of kind words. I laughed and learned with the videos and I really appreciate every bit of information that you gave me (form the course and also the "gifts" you send). Thank you VERY much! I will miss having access to the staff, I don't feel quite ready to "graduate", but I will continue learning as a "alumni."

~ María B., Santiago, Chile

"I enjoyed how the entire course was professional, yet extremely laid back. The videos were so helpful in making the content easy to understand."

~ Tiffany B., Cape Girardeau, MO

"The team was wonderful in answering my questions and commenting on my module review submissions. The videos were super fun! I love the humor and joy brought into each topic. The pictures and materials were beautiful and very high quality. The course manual was a goldmine of helpful information!"

~ Kasie R., Littleton, CO

"I would recommend this course to others as it gives you an easy but challenging, thorough grounding in herbal medicine making. The sheer enthusiasm and dedication of the teachers with the beautiful presentation for me makes it a winner! I now feel really confident to make my own medicine and a whole new world has opened up to me in my kitchen!"

~ Catherine P., West Yorkshire, England

"The Medicine Making Course was very helpful for me as someone who had very little experience with herbs to start. The help from everyone on the staff and on the group page made this an amazing learning experience! The videos are funny and entertaining, but engaging in such a way that they make you really learn what is being taught. The encouragement from everyone made me really want to be successful!"

~ Maggie E., Walnut Ridge, AR

"This course was obviously done with loving intention! The pictures did help me for identification purposes and the videos were extremely helpful in learning the course content! Very stimulating course, well done!

~ Cindy H., Leicester, NC

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