Module 2: Intermediate Western Herbalism


FACULTY: Teachers for this program will be Cheryl Fromholzer, Frieda Kapar Bay, Karen Aguiar, Kia Sanford and guest teacher Margi Flint. For a complete list of Core Faculty and Guest Teachers, please visit: Faculty Listing

COST: $1,600. A $400 deposit holds your space once you’ve been accepted into the program.
Monthly payment plans are available with arrangements made at time of acceptance into the program. Limited scholarships and work/trades are available for those in need with a focus on aiding POC and low-income women.

Class meets every Thursday (6:30 to 9:30pm) from March 5th through June 18th (holidays excepted) as well as several weekend days.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme, 1447 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415.524.8693

An Integrative Program focusing on pathophysiology, pulse, tongue and facial assessment, nutrition and advanced case studies.

March - June 2020

Understanding herbal energetics and learning assessment techniques is key to becoming a proficient community or clinical herbalist, as is botany, nutrition, pathophysiology and case studies. This module is co-taught by Clinical Herbalists and Clinical Nutritionists to provide a truly integrative education in holistic health. The focus here is on in-depth studies in pathophysiology with advanced-level case studies as well as pulse, tongue and facial diagnosis. Successful completion of an intermediate herbal program is required for admission. It is recommended, but not required, that both Module 1 and 2 be taken in succession and priority will be given to students who sign up for both. Space is limited and we only accept a maximum of 13 students.

Drawing from the expertise and experience of a well-rounded faculty, with many years of clinical and teaching experience, the goal of this module is to further your understanding of the human body, what happens physiologically when imbalance occurs, and how to address those concerns using a holistic approach including herbal medicine, nutrition and supplements and healthy lifestyle practices. Another goal is to further your diagnostic skills incorporating facial as well as pulse and tongue diagnosis… all significant factors necessary to become a confident herbalist in your community.

Class begins on March 5th and meets every Thursday evening in addition to several weekend days. Students who complete this program will receive instruction in the following areas:

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.

In addition to teaching pathophysiology, 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.

  • Working with your clients’ dietary habits: dietary trends and considerations.

  • Food allergies vs. sensitivities and food elimination protocols.

Margi Flint brings to this program a depth of knowledge on face reading seldom seen in other herbal programs. Each color, line and marking on the face, tongue and nails holds meaning of your internal health. Margi will explain and demonstrate diagnostic techniques taught to her by the late William Le Sassier.  We are delighted to have Margi travel across the country to offer her expertise in clinical skills.

In this program we will continue our journey with neo-classical pulse, as taught in the Shen/Hammer method of pulse diagnostics. In addition, we will continue our studies into reading the human body - including tongue and facial diagnostics. We will use these diagnostic tools to inform choices around formulating holistic preparations for the individual. Each diagnostic tool is designed to serve as an anchor to correctly assess what’s happening in the body and how to rebalance with herbs. This class is appropriate for those with a working knowledge of plant properties and an interest in pursuing clinical training. These classes will be taught by Frieda Kipar Bay

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.

Students are expected to have a basic understanding of the Western materia medica 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.


  • Understanding plant constituents: best solvents and techniques for medicine making based on plant chemistry

  • Using Fats in Herbal Pharmacy

  • CBDs and THC: Understanding Cannabis

Students will be expected to have a good working knowledge of making fresh and dried plant tinctures and glycerites, liniments, oils and salves and will be expected to craft their own medicines outside of class time. 

Students must have completed an intermediate-level Western herbal program. Priority is given to students who have completed Module 1: Intermediate Western Herbalism. Upon registration, 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.