FACULTY: Teachers for this program will be Cheryl Fromholzer, Judy Lieblein, Frieda Kapar Bay, Karen Aguiar, Madalyn Berg, Autumn Summers and Kia Sanford. For a complete list of Core Faculty and Guest Teachers, please visit: Faculty Listing

COST: $1,700. A $200 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 2nd through June 27th (holidays excepted) as well as several Saturdays (and an occasional Sunday). A botanical field trip is also part of the program and scheduled for April 25-28th. In addition to the botanical field trip, the scheduled weekend dates for this class are: 3/9 & 3/10, 3/30, 4/27, 5/11, 5/25, 6/15

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

SIGN-UP INFORMATION & REFUND POLICIES: Before registering for this class, click here to view our Sign-Up Information and Refund Policies. 

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415.524.8693

Intermediate Western Herbalism: Pathophysiology & Case Studies • A 4-Month Intensive Program for the Serious Herb Student

March - June 2019

Understanding herbal energetics and furthering diagnostic techniques is key to becoming a proficient clinical herbalist, as is botany, nutrition, pathophysiology and case studies, then onto clinical work. This program focuses on Pathophysiology, Beginning Clinical Work & Case Studies. Please see Intermediate Western Herbalism: Herbal Energetics & Pulse Diagnostics for another important component in clinical herbalism. It is recommended, but not required, that both programs 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 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 with an emphasis on pathophysiology and case studies, as well as botany, and advanced medicine making techniques... all significant factors necessary to become a confident herbalist in your community.

Class begins on March 2nd and meets every Thursday evening in addition to alternate Saturdays and an occasional Sunday. 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.

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.

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 this diagnostic tool 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.


  • 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

  • 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 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. Priority is given to students who have completed the Herbal Energetics & Pulse Diagnosis Course. 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.