Class meets every Thursday (6:30 to 9:30pm) from October 5, 2017 thru June 31, 2018 (holidays excepted). Sunday and/or Weekend Intensives as follows (dates subject to change): 10/08/17 • 11/12/17 • 12/11/17 • 1/13/18 & 1/14/18 • 2/11/18 • 3/11/18 • 4/09/18 • 5/20/18 • 6/10/18.

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Your prior experience and commitment to an intensive program must be reviewed before acceptance into the program. Please apply early as enrollment ends in mid-September. We will review your application and setup a phone interview prior to acceptance. Once accepted, you may register by clicking the Sign-Up button below to pay your deposit.

COST: $2,500. A $500 deposit holds your space.
Monthly payment plans are available with arrangements made at time of acceptance into the program.

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Beyond the Basics: An Intermediate Level Study in Western Herbalism

A 9-Month Intensive Program for the Serious Herb Student

Drawing from the expertise and experience of a well-rounded faculty, with many years of clinical and teaching experience, the goal of this intermediate-level course is to go beyond "the basics" to put your knowledge of plant medicine to practical use, grounding what you've learned in a beginning-level program or at-home study to become a confident herbalist in your community.

Class meets every Thursday evening in addition to a Core Intensive session one Sunday (or weekend) per month. (See exact dates outlined on the right-hand panel of this page). Students who complete this program will receive instruction in the following areas:

Judy Lieblein begins the program with an in-depth look into herbal energetics. Learning and understanding the language of herbal energetics is a natural, easy, exciting and empowering way to work with herbs. Herbal energetics has been used in India, China, Tibet and in the Americas by Indigenous Native Tribes for thousands of years. The Energetic system is a method to understand how a plant moves through the body, mind and senses affecting the different organs, body systems and tissue states. We will be exploring the 6 tastes, the 20 attributes, the 5 elements and 6 tissue states to provide a deeper understanding of how plants work in our bodies.

Students are expected to have a basic understanding of the Western materia media and to research and build upon their personal monographs. The focus of discussion on herbs will be within the context of disease states, herbal energetics and individual constitutions.

We will cover anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on pathophysiology. Topics covered include common pathologies by body system as well as autoimmune conditions, inflammatory processes, degenerative disorders, endocrine disorders, sexual health, mental health, pain and cancer. These classes will be taught by Madalyn Sarena Berg

Throughout the course, students will be expected to develop “theoretical” client protocols based on information provided by the instructors. Each protocol will be presented to the group and/or evaluated by the instructors. This is an excellent way to develop and hone your herbal formulation skills to create effective remedies for yourself and your community. These classes will be taught by Cheryl Fromholzer and guest herbalists.

Kia Sanford will teach the nutritional components of this program, including but not limited to the following.

  • Macro-nutrients, vitamins and minerals with an emphasis on indications and ailments caused by deficiencies as well as using nutritional supplements and food as supporting adjuncts to an herbal protocol.
  • Medication induced nutrient depletions.
  • Food allergies vs. sensitivities and food elimination protocols.
  • Detoxification – the what, why and how.


  • What constitutes a well-rounded herbal formula.
  • Acute vs. tonic formulas
  • Matching herbal energetics and clinical actions to an individual’s constitution and the characteristics of their particular condition
  • Herb safety
  • Herb/Drug interactions including side effects of common drugs.


  • Understanding plant constituents: best solvents and techniques for medicine making based on plant chemistry
  • Percolation method of extraction
  • Dried & solid extracts
  • Boluses & suppositories

Students will be expected to craft their own medicines outside of classtime. We will discuss menstruum solubility for major plant constituents and focus on more advanced preparations, including: percolation, succus, herbal pills, boluses and suppositories, oxymels and electuaries, nasal irrigation, herbal waters and more.

Although not part of this program, nor necessary for certification, we highly recommend that students also consider including the following herbal camping trips during the course of their studies: Pinnacles State Park Camping Trip - 4/20 to 4/22 2018 and Los Padres National Forest Camping Trip - Dates TBD

Unpaid internships are available for those who seek to immerse themselves into deeper avenues of learning. We have three tracks: a garden internship, an internship in our retail shop as well as a teaching assistant for the Explorations class which meets every Monday evening. These internships require a commitment of a minimum of 8 hours per month for the term of the session you are enrolled in. If you are interested, please contact us for more information.

For a complete list of Core Faculty and Guest Teachers, please visit: Faculty Listing

Students must have completed a first-year comprehensive herbal program or otherwise show proficiency in a Western herbal materia medica, basic anatomy and physiology, conditions and therapeutics as well as basic medicine making skills. Upon receipt of your application, a phone interview will be setup to ascertain if this program is a good fit for you. While a desire to be a clinician is not necessary for admission, the financial means, drive and motivation for completion of studies is key.

In addition to classroom lecture and experiential “hands-on” core intensives, each student is expected to work independently or in teams to complete assignments on schedule before the next module begins. Certification is based on participation and successful completion of all assignments.

It is recommended that each student build a good herbal reference library. Suggestions will be offered throughout the course on recommended books.