Module 2: Intermediate Western Herbalism: Jan - Aug 2023

An Integrative Program focusing on the art of formulation, case studies and continued tongue and facial assessment.

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 focuses on the art of formulation based herbal energetics and constitutional theory. We will review each body system with a focus on pathologies we commonly see as herbalists and conduct case reviews based on case studies supplied by the instructors. Completion of Module 1 is required before registering for this Module.

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. nutritional supplements and healthy lifestyle practices. Another goal is to further your diagnostic skills incorporating facial and tongue diagnosis… all significant factors necessary to become a confident herbalist in your community.

Class begins on January 9th and meets every Monday evening in addition to several weekend days. Students have the option of joining us live in the classroom on Monday evenings or joining virtually. Weekend intensives are in-person, hands-on classes held in one of our field campuses in either Petaluma or Pt. Reyes Station. 

COST: $2500. A $100 deposit holds your space once you've been accepted into the program.

Monthly payment plans are available with arrangements made at the time of acceptance into the program. Limited scholarships and work/trades are available for those in need with a focus on aiding BIPOC and low-income women.

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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, generative health, queer and trans health, mental health, pain and cancer.


Learn how to build effective herbal formulas matching herbal energetics and clinical actions to an individual’s constitution and the characteristics of their particular condition. We’ll look at formulating for acute vs. chronic conditions and review herb safety as well as herb/drug/nutrient interactions.


Throughout the course, students will be expected to develop “theoretical” client protocols based on information provided by the instructors. Each client 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 your community.


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.


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.


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 Module 1: Intermediate Western Herbalism. 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 complete assignments on schedule before the next class 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.


Teachers for this program will be Cheryl Fromholzer, Rylan Sian, Whitney Lares, Kia Sanford and guest teacher Margi Flint. For a complete list of Core Faculty and Guest Teachers, please visit: Faculty Listing