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Join our hands-on herbal education/mentorship

Family Herbalist Certification Program

OPEN Enrollment

~ Early Bird Discount Ends March 1st, 2019 ~

Often in the study of herbal medicine it can be difficult to go from book learning or even an online course or classroom setting to practicing what you have learned. As a beginner, having a mentor to help you bridge the gaps in your knowledge, bolster you when you feel unsure, and help you gain invaluable hands-on experience is one huge missing piece in herbal education. We are here to bridge that gap. 

Maybe you have done online courses in the past and feel the knowledge just isn’t sticking. That’s when we begin to realize that unless you are getting experiential knowledge, and tapping in to tactile learning then that information slips away. We honor that and recognize that slow deliberate learning in a hands-on way is THE BEST WAY to learn and apply knowledge. 

The focus of the Family Herbalist Program to provide herbal literacy, body literacy, and health competency for your family and yourself at a level that we feel all persons should have in order to be confident as a human being on this planet. 
— Clinical Herbalist Cameron Strouss RH (AHG), FH

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Mentorship, much like a traditional apprenticeship, is one of society’s oldest forms of experiential education. In many cultures, herbal training occurs almost exclusively in a setting where experienced herbalists work closely with others to share their accumulated wisdom. The structure of these relationships varies widely, but all have in common the desire to share information while offering support, guidance and critical feedback.
— American Herbalist Guild

What we ARE:

1. A education program geared towards herbal literacy, body literacy and health competency that benefits your family and your own health.

2. A hands in dirt, plants, and medicine experience.

3. A way to walk beside a practicing herbalist and gain knowledge through proximity.

4. A way to connect to community and grow and learn with them/us.

5. A certification program offering a “Family Herbalist Certificate” providing you with the skills to help you family and those close to you. 

6. A mentorship program with concentrations in either Harvesting/ID, Growing Medicinals, or Making Medicines. 





How long? The program will be 2 years long and will begin April 6th, 2019.

Who should apply? In the age of technology, with information at our fingertips, we forget that immersion, mentorship, and time is really the best way to learn anything. Maybe you have done online courses in the past. Think about how much you actually retained or use now on a daily basis. I keep seeing people do online herbal schools or just doing weekend intensives 1 x monthly and they end up feeling ill-equipped or like a hobby herbalist. Taking a short course online is a great place to start learning something but when working with something that you will be ingesting (like herbal medicine) and using to aid in your health it is important to honor the amount of time that you need to work with something in order to become truly confidant. 

Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers talks about how it takes 10,000 hours of doing something to become a master. If you truly want to feel secure in helping your family — the learning process takes time. We just can’t expect to be proficient herbalists with 100 hours of online learning. Unless you are spending some solid time in experiential and tactile learning then we will be forever in the space of just educated enough to be dangerous. You have to take time to learn, you have to actively pursue, you have to spend time doing. We are not here to give you a crash course. We are here to guide you, to teach you, form a relationship with you, to equip you to help your family and those closest to you, and feel confident doing so. We honor that and recognize that slow, deliberate learning, in a hands-on way is THE BEST WAY to retain information and become competent. THAT is why the course is 2 years long.

How many hours of class time/education? 20 hours per month is the base time that we expect you to be in class, harvesting, or medicine making but you could get up to 50 hours (or more) monthly if your schedule allows for it. Mentees are required to choose and amass hours in a concentration in either Medicinal Gardening, Plant Identification/Harvesting, or Medicine Making. You would choose 1 concentration per year and would end up with 2 concentrations under your belt after your two years. Four hours of your monthly class time will be allotted to cover course material in your concentration.

We also allow you to join us in harvesting, gardening, medicine making, and at our market stand. Our scheduled dates for mentoring include:

  • Medicinal Gardening — Saturdays and Tuesday or Wednesday weekly

  • Harvesting and Identification — Thursdays and some Saturdays weekly

  • Medicine Making — Tuesday - Saturday 12-5 pm available weekly

  • Farmers Market Assisting — This is very educational as you get to see 5 minute counter consultations/on the spot formulations and learn scope of practice/appropriate language usage. (Schedule below.)

You have the option to attend as many events as you can come to but will be required to attend 20 hours monthly in order to get your certification— your concentration advisor will be who you report to about your hours and schedule. You are also required to take the Herbal Medicine Making 10 Week Intensive course either year one or two to get your certification. 

Sample Monthly Schedule for someone in the Harvesting and IDENTIFICATION CONCENTRATION

Sample Monthly Schedule for someone in the Harvesting and IDENTIFICATION CONCENTRATION

Where? Classes are held in Montevallo, AL in our store-front and teaching space.

Where will I stay if I need to? I am actively working on arrangements with two B&B’s in town to figure out a few discounted accommodations for students. I will post more information as soon as I know it!

When do I begin? We now only recruit 1 x bi-yearly and will be actively recruiting in January, February, and March but you can apply now with the application below. We accept 15 students and mentees. Students have a mandatory Orientation April 6th and 7th in Montevallo, AL.

When are scheduled class times? 1 x monthly Saturday & Sunday classes from April 2019 to April 2021 (first Saturday and Sunday of the Month) from 9 am - 5 pm include material about health and body systems, materia medica and plant tastings, group learning through sharing and troubleshooting. Your mentorship hours in your concentrations will continue during those months and you will be given options for field trips and organized events during those months. 4 hours of your monthly class time will be allotted to cover course material in your concentration.

Will I receive a certification? You will be a certified Family Herbalist qualified to take care of the basic care needs of your family and an appropriate scope of care in most situations(when to see your clinical herbalist and when to see a Doctor.)

Fill out the Application to Apply!


Core Curriculum

April - June 2019


  • Herbal Medicine, History, & Whole Body Focused Care

    • Introduction

    • Why Herbs?

    • A History or Traditional Western Herbalism

    • Wholism

  • A Framework and Vocabulary

    • Traditional Western Herbal Energetics/Framework

    • How do herbs work?

    • Herbal Actions/Vocabulary

    • Synergism

  • Nuts & Bolts

    • Biological Terrain

    • Introduction to Basic Tongue and Pulse Assessment 

    • Dosing Ephemeral (but not quite)

    • Degrees of Remedies

    • Summary of Applications

    • Botanical Research & how to cultivate a BS meter

July - August 2019


  • How to Build a Body/Basic Needs

    • Anatomical Overview: Digestive System

    • Whole Foods, Organic Foods and GMOs

    • Macronutrients

    • Vitamins and Minerals

    • Favorite ways to boost nutrient/mineral content 

  • Digestion & Assimilation — minus the gas and gripe

    • Anatomical Overview: From Mouth to Small Intestines

    • Secretions

    • The Struggles & How to Help

    • Bitters, Astringents and Carminatives

  • Fostering Your Gut Microbiome

    • Anatomical Overview: Large Intestines, Appendix, Colon

    • Fiber and Intestinal Flora

    • Inulin Rich/Prebiotic Herbs/Food

  • Detoxification/Elimination— supporting normal detoxification systems

    • Anatomical Overview: Colon, Liver

    • Poop and all it can tell you...

    • Bioflavonoids in Food and Herbs

    • Detox/Anti-oxidant Herbs

September 2019

Immune System (10 Hours)

  • Innate Immunity

    • Anatomical Overview: Immune System Macro Overview (Spleen/Lymph/Mucosa)

    • Herbal Immune Tonics

    • Herbal Immunomodulators

  • Adaptive Immunity/ Auto-Immunity

    • Anatomical Overview: Immune System Micro Overview

    • The Basics of Autoimmunity

    • Herbal Immune Stimulants

    • Recipes for Immune Health

October 2019

Respiratory System (10 Hours)

  • Respiratory Relief - the in’s & out’s, up’s and down's

    • Anatomical Overview: Upper Respiratory, Sinus, Lungs

    • Cough

    • Bronchitis

    • Influenza

    • Allergies

    • Cold and Flu Recipes

November 2019

Infections & Strategies (10 Hours)

  • Common Infections and Symptoms

  • When to go to a Clinical Herbalist

  • When to go to a Doctor

  • Methods of Application

  • At Home Test Kits

  • Choosing Your Herbal Materia Medica

  • Supporting Herbals vs. Target Herbals

(We are currently updating and revising the curriculum below and will be posting as soon as possible!)

December 2019 - January 2020

Nervous System (20 Hours)

  • Anatomical Overview of the Limbic System, CNS, PNS (SNS, PSNS)

  • Nervous System Building Blocks

  • Nutrient Deficiencies that cause imbalances in stress response

  • The Physiology of Stress

  • Sleep and it’s impact on health

  • Lifestyle and Behavioral Supports for Stress Reduction

  • Cognitive Decline and Neurodegenerative Disease Prevention & Support

  • Shingles and other nerve infections. 

  • Herbal Materia Medica for the Nervous System

    • Adaptogens

    • Nervines

    • Nerve Tonics

    • Relaxants

    • Sedatives

February 2020

The Integument A.K.A. Your Skin (10 Hours)

  • Anatomical Overview of the Skin

  • As within, so without: Eczema, Psoriasis, Histamine Intolerance and when it isn’t just topical

  • It’s just topical: cuts, scrapes, bruises, & infections.

  • Wounds that won’t heal...

  • Preparations Lab 

  • Herbal vulneraries and anti-infectives 

March - April 2020

Musculoskeletal (20 Hours)

  • Anatomical Overview: Pain & Innervation

  • Strategies for Pain Management

  • Herbals for Managing Pain

  • Anatomical Overview: Connective Tissue/Musculature

  • Strains, Sprains, Tears, and the like. 

  • Herbals for Addressing Connective Tissues Injuries

  • Herbals for Addressing Musculoskeletal Concerns

May 2020

Urinary Health (10 Hours)

  • Anatomical Overview: Urinary System

  • UTI’s, cystitis, incontinence, over-active bladder, & kidney stones

  • Dietary notes for bladder health

  • Herbals for Bladder Health 

  • Herbals for Infections

June 2020

Reproductive Organ Health (10 Hours)

  • Anatomical Overview: Reproductive System

  • Hormones 101: what they do and how they make us feel

  • Hormone Balance: how to facilitate it and maintain it

  • Chronic Reproductive Disease Prevention

  • Charting 101

  • Blood and what it can tell us!

  • PMS: please make it stop

  • Reproductive Hiccups: infections and best strategies

  • Reproductive Materia Medica

July - August 2020

Herbs & Children (20 Hours)

  • Dosages and Applications

  • Babies vs. Children

  • Common Complaints: Ear infections, cough, colds, etc.

  • When to go to the Dr. 

  • At Home Test Kits

  • Notes from an ER Nurse

  • Preventing Chronic Disease

  • Dietary Notes for Children

  • Children’s Materia Medica

September - October 2020

Formulation 101 (20 Hours)

  • Creating Formulas

  • Symptom Collection

  • Energetics

  • Synergies

  • Parts

  • Materia Medica

November - December 2020

Acute Care Case Studies (20 Hours)

Total hours of in class learning: 210

Concentration Options

Our goal with the concentration focus allows you to become truly competent by investing the time and focus that you need to become confidant in one of these areas. You would choose 1 concentration per year and would end up with two concentrations under your belt after your two years.

Harvesting & Identification

Total Required Hours in Concentration: 120

Clinical Herbalist Cameron Strouss RH (AHG), FH



  • You will be able to decipher the language of botanical terminology. 

  • You will be able to correctly identify any plant utilizing a dichotomous key.

  • You will be able to recognize key botanical families at a glance allowing for easier identification.

  • You will learn how to press plants and create herbarium sheets. 

  • You will know how to ethically harvest plants and simultaneously cultivate them in the wild for years to come. 

  • You will become an empowered participant in your natural environment. 

  • You will learn to identify many medicinal plants native, naturalized, and invasive. 

  • You will learn how to utilize organoleptics to identify compounds, asses properties, and the medicinal strength of your harvests.

  • You will learn how to properly process, preserve, and document herbal medicines and wild foods.

  • You will get field experience in the habitats, identification, harvesting, garbling, processing, storing, and cataloging of local herbal medicines.  

  • You will learn harvesting techniques and utilize tools for harvesting all manner of plant goodness. 

  • You will be getting 4 hours of lecture in this concentration per month.

Unit 1: Wonders of the Plant World

  • Plants as Sentient Living Beings

  • Understanding Ecological Relationships Between Plants, Animals, Insects, and People

  • Phytochemicals as Communication

  • Bioregional Herbalism & A Sense of Place

  • History of Herbal Medicine in Traditional Western Herbalism— Honoring our Elders

Unit 2: Ways of Interaction

  • Plant Spirit Medicine

  • Plant Observation/Interaction

  • Herbarium Book Creation/Collecting Herbarium Species

  • Drawing 101

  • Organoleptics 101

  • Putting it all together- Introducing yourself to a plant

  • Cultivating Relationships with Healing Plants in the Field

Unit 3: Recognizing the Low Dose, Toxic, and At- Risk

  • Recognizing & Stewarding At-Risk Plant Species

  •  Recognizing Toxic/Low Dose Botanicals

Unit 4: Wildcrafting & Harvesting

  • Ethical Guidelines for Foraging and Wildcrafting

  • Identification of Common Wild Herbals and Edibles

  • Gear and Techniques for Harvesting

  • Order of Operations for Plant Interactions

Unit 5:Processing & Preservation

  • Garbling

  • Processing

  • Drying & Storing Herbs

  • Cataloging Inventory/Record Keeping

Unit 6: Plant Identification Skills

  • Introduction to Botany: Plant Classification, Scientific Names and Key Terms/Plant Morphology and Taxonomy

  • Floral and Reproductive Parts

  • Leaf and Vegetative Terminology

  • Introduction to Common Medicinal Plant Families

  • Using a Dichotomous Key

Unit 5: Down & Dirty

  • Foraging through the seasons

Guest Teachers

  • Darryl Patton- The Southern Herbalist

  • Dr. Mike Hardig-

  • Zac Napier- Botanist

Required Supplies & Materials List

  • Book: Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas

  • Book: Plant Identification Terminology

  • Book: Common Weeds Coloring Book

  • Book: Botany in a Day

  • Magnification Loop

  • Pruning Shears & Holster

  • Pruning Saw

  • Pocket Knife

  • Hori-hori/Digging Knife & Holster

  • Back Pack

  • Belt

  • Cloth Hat

  • Boots

Medicine Making & Formulations

Total Required Hours in Concentration: 120

Domenique Price Apothecary Manager and Clinical Herbalist in Training & Clinical Herbalist Cameron Strouss RH (AHG), FH



  • You will get hands-on experience making medicines in a fully functioning apothecary.

  • You will be utilizing the skills that you have learned in the 10 Week Medicine Making Intensive to further solidify them into your mind.

  • You will get exposure to hundreds of herbal medicines in tea, tincture, and salve forms.

  • You will regularly make and process tinctures, salves, teas, and formulations in a clinical setting.

  • You will witness different formulations for different issues and challenges and get exposure to the countless herbal formulas that are created in our apothecary daily.

  • You will be helping with experimental projects and learning alongside with us as we continue to expand and grow our apothecary.

  • You will inimatly get to know many plants on a personal level through their many forms, and iterations in a running apothecary.

  • You will hone your skills in herbal home and body care.

  • You will develop the complex skills to create effective herbal formulations.

  • You will continue to explore organoleptics.

  • You will be getting 4 hours of lecture in this concentration per month.

Unit 1: Materia Medica

  • Tasting, Smelling, & Experiencing Herbal Medicines

  • How to utilize a specific selection of plants, their indications and uses.

Unit 2: Introduction to Organoleptics

  • Learning how to use taste and smell to identify potency, dosages, and harvesting times.

Unit 3: Kitchen Herbalism Lab

  • Utilizing herbal medicines and kitchen herbs to diversify nutrients and boost your daily cooking practice.

Unit 4: Herbal Body Care Lab

  • Making body care products for health & beauty

Unit 5: Cleaning Products Lab

  • Making cleaning products for a healthy and happy home

Unit 6: Phytopharmacology

  • Getting down to the Chemistry

Unit 7: Synergy in Herbal Medicine

  • Moderative Effects

  • Synergism

  • Additive Effects

Unit 8: Framework for Formulation

  • How do we begin combining herbals for maximum effect

  • Creating a framework for making herbal formulas for specific issues

Unit 9: Creating Formulas Labs

  • Making formulas — in practice

Guest Teachers

  • Antonia Viteri — Herbalist

  • TBA

Required Supplies & Materials List

  • Book: The Modern Herbal Dispensatory

  • Book: Herbal Anti-Biotics


Total Required Hours in Concentration: 120

Clinical Herbalist & Master Farmer Alyssa Dalos, FH


  • You will get hands-on experience preparing and shaping a garden bed for planting

  • You will participate in direct sowing and transplanting crops

  • You will learn the fundamentals of starting and maintaining a compost pile

  • You will learn the basics of proper irrigation for a variety of crop needs

  • You will take an active role in the management of pests and weeds in the garden space

  • You will be introduced to best practices for continuing to build soil fertility over the winter months

Welcome to the Program

  • Introduction and Welcome to the Garden

  • What defines Organic Gardening?

  • Choosing the right crops//What we grow

Unit 1: Start-of-season Bed Prep, Direct Sowing & Transplanting Crops

  • Preparing a space to receive seeds/seedlings

  • Direct Sowing vs. Transplanting: when to choose which and why

  • Proper sowing technique (depth, spacing, moisture level, etc)

  • Maximizing germination rates & transplant care

Unit 2:  Managing Weeds

  • What is a “weed?"

  • Cultivation Techniques

  • Mulching 

  • Mechanical Weed Management

Unit 3: Irrigation Basics

  • Options for irrigation methods on a garden scale

  • General Irrigation Rules

  • Estimating soil moisture by feel

Unit 4: Intro to Compost

  • Benefits of Aerobic Hot Composting

  • Carbon: Nitrogen Ratios and other Key Considerations

  • Ecology of a Compost Pile

  • Monitoring, Turning and Applying Compost

Unit 5: End-of-season Bed Prep, Intro to Winter Crop Care for Perennials

  • Preparing a space to lie fallow

  • Building soil fertility in winter

  • Intro to Perennial Pruning

Guest Teachers

  • TBA

    Required Supplies &

    Materials List

  • TBA

Family Herbalist Program Cost:

Bonus Price - $400/month (includes Acute Care appointments)

Regular Price - $350/month

Early Bird (Extended to MARCH 11th!) - $300/month

Scholarships are available just ask!

If you have done the Medicine Making Intensive and/or the Herbal Mentorship Program you will be given a discount of $50 per month.

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Expectations are as follows:

  • We expect you to assist with harvesting, garbling, medicine making, and the Pepper Place market.

  • We expect you to have a curious and humble attitude towards learning.

  • We expect you to be PROMPT and responsible.

  • We expect you to work hard and take full advantage of this learning opportunity.

  • We expect that you honor this as a working learning experience and be willing to do so.

  • We expect that you understand that learning herbalism will take time, effort, and energy and we are willing to invest in you as you invest in us your time.

  • We expect to give you hands on experience.

  • We expect that you will communicate clearly and effectively with us throughout this internship.

  • We expect to match the effort you put in for learning with our effort in teaching you.

  • We expect to enjoy spending time with you and sharing our collective passion.

  • We expect to learn from you.

You will work closely with Cameron, Alyssa, & Dominique.


Mandatory Orientation

Saturday, April, 6th 9 am- 5 pm

Sunday, April 7th, 9 am - 5 pm

Saturday & Sunday Classes

All Classes are from 9 am - 5 pm the first Saturday & Sunday of the month.


Every Thursday from 9 am - 3 pm. Any Thursday we are rained out we will be garbeling, processing, and making.


Every Tuesday/Saturday from 8 am -12 pm.

Medicine Making

Any Tuesday - Saturday 12-5 pm

Pepper Place Dates









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