Ecological Pathways to a Regenerative Future
Visionary Herbalism is the first course of its kind in the western world, combining Herbalism’s ancient wisdom and modern nutritional science with the Practical, Therapeutic and Energetic aspects of Plant Medicine.
Herbalism is Gaia in Action. It is the medicine of belonging, the direct experience of the whole healing part. We must know ourselves and the ground we stand on to heal ourselves.
Intuition and common sense tell us that we are one with the Earth. If our world is sick and poisoned, then so are we. We die a little with each feeling of the forests being destroyed. Humanity is faced with the beautiful reality that we are a part of a ‘shared planet.’
We are at a turning point on the planet, realizing that the intimate embrace of our world is a healing force moving humanity towards a transformation in our relationship with the Earth, each other and ourselves.
Having studied and integrated the various aspects of Visionary Herbalism, you may feel called to share what you have learned with others. Certified teachers will be able to facilitate this wisdom-centred course. Each aspect of this course includes practical instruction, which you can begin to apply immediately into your daily life.
The Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA) recognizes all our herbalism courses and mentorships. The OHA standards are recognized throughout North America. Graduates of the Visionary Herbalism program are eligible for professional membership in the OHA and use the Registered Herbalist (RH) designation as long as they remain good-standing members.
The herbalism correspondence courses can be taken individually or as diploma courses. Previous Herbalism or plant medicine experience is not required. This educational process is for people from all walks of life who are enthusiastic about bringing the herbalist lifestyle path into their own lives and to their communities.
“All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.”
The Visionary Herbalism Diploma Process
To receive the Visionary Herbalism Educator’s Diploma, the following pre-requisites must be completed:
Completion of four of our Herbalism Correspondence Courses
Completion of four of our Herbalism, Nutrition or Forest Gardening Mentorship Programs (check our Calendar for dates)
Completion of a Thesis Papers & Research Projects
The visionary Herbalism Diploma Process is divided into three parts:
Part 1: Correspondence Courses
Each herbal correspondence course comes with course material or Adobe DVD Reader and textbooks, the essential material to provide you with the information and instructions needed to become a Visionary Herbalism Educator.
Also, you will receive reference textbooks from the leaders in herbalism and ecology as essential parts of your study. Upon completion of each section, you will be asked to submit the lesson for examination and feedback.
Upon completing the correspondence course material, you will be asked to complete a thesis and a research project for examination to evaluate your competence and the practices and principles of Visionary Herbalism. The estimated time for completion of this diploma course is two to three years. We offer five distinctive Herbalism Correspondence Courses.
Part 2: Completion of the Mentorship Program
Completion of Four of our Herbalism, Nutrition or Forest Gardening Mentorship Programs
The course’s mentorship ensures that you get hands-on experience, clearly understand and integrate the course material into your life, and are ready to share this information with others. Qualified participants will receive intense instruction, practice, and evaluation in the various aspects of Herbalism, Nutritional, Energetic and Medicinal Herbalism: Edible Wild Plants, Regenerative Ecological Design Practices and Forest Gardening, and speaking skills will be reviewed. Support is given to developing the expertise needed to facilitate the Visionary Herbalism course.
The mentorship programs can be completed in two to three years; there are usually two to four mentorship programs each year, approximately one 3-day weekend each season from early spring to late fall. Check out the following herbalism or nutrition mentorship programs are the following.
Part 3: The Completion of a Thesis & Research Project
This includes 12 One-to-One Tutorials Sessions.
The One-to-One Tutorial Sessions are an essential aspect of this course to support and guide you in deepening your advanced herbal studies. You pick a specific topic/aspect of plant medicine that you desire to understand and articulate as a written thesis and a research project that you can offer to your community.
Upon completing this uniquely designed educational process, you will have the opportunity to become a Visionary Herbalism Educator.
This 1,550-hour diploma course will instruct core herbal subjects such as materia medica, herbal therapeutics, pharmacology, pharmacy, history and philosophy of plant medicine, nutritional chemistry, herbal energetics, botany, field studies, plant identification, and ecosystem ecology.
600 Mentorship Classroom & Hands-On 3-Day Trainings (12-Days per mentorship)
450 Correspondence Course Study Hours
450 Thesis and Research Hours
38 Field Study Hours
12 One-on-One Tutorial Hours
1550 Total Hours
“By learning, you will teach; by teaching, you will understand.” ~Latin Proverb
What are the prerequisites before attending the Teacher Training Course?
- Attendance and completion of the Apprenticeship program
- Completing the Correspondence course and all lessons and assignments.
- I am writing a 5,000-word thesis and conducting a research project.
- Completion of our one-on-one sessions with Shantree or Lorenna Kacera
When will I receive the Correspondence Course?
The correspondence course can be applied before or after attending one of the trainings.
The correspondence course provides foundational information and will support the education you receive in training. Therefore, it should be incorporated into your course of study as soon as possible.
How long will it take to become certified?
All participants will have up to two years to complete the program after receiving the Correspondence Course.
What does it mean to be a Herbal Educator?
Upon completing the programs, you will have the opportunity to become a Herbal Educator.
We support you in teaching this course in a manner and frequency that suits your schedule. We will provide support, including suggestions for promoting your services.
For more information, call to speak with one of our advisers: 519-652-0230 or 519-652-9109
The Herbalist Profession
There is no culture, ancient or modern, that did not use plants as part of their natural way of life.
The herbalist way comes to us from a long lineage of responsible healing practices. Today’s herbalists are self-employed, operating their own companies; producing herbal products; growing herbs for sale to customers; owning retail stores; or educating the general public. Teaching positions are abundant through college and school continuing education programs.
Suppose you are enthusiastic about working with plants and would like to learn more about plants’ transformative power and how to use them to enrich your life and share this leading-edge information with others. In that case, the Visionary Herbalism Diploma Course is for you.
Our herbalism courses and herbal mentorships are recognized by the Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA). The OHA standards are recognized throughout North America. Graduates of the Visionary Herbalism diploma program are eligible for professional membership in the OHA and use the Registered Herbalist (RH) designation as long as they remain good-standing members.
Discover how to teach and empower others to experience lasting health, soulful connection with nature and be of service to humanity and the Earth through our group and individual one-on-one sessions.
Imagine … making a living doing what you love while supporting others and the planet.
Is this Program for You?
If you agree to more than five of the following statements, then The Living Arts Institute Visionary Herbalist course may be just what you are looking for!
- I want to start a successful career as an Herbal Educator.
- I want professional training to help me implement the skills and techniques to motivate and inspire others in a herbalist lifestyle.
- I want access to leading-edge up-to-date education from herbalists’ foremost thinkers and authors.
- I want to be around radiant, healthy and motivated people – who want to support others to be healthy and reach their optimal potential.
- Incorporating herbs and plants is a common-sense approach to living a vibrant life.
- I could enhance my current educational background with the many lifestyle approaches of herbs.
- I can benefit from deepening my connection nature.
- I see myself as an herbal educator.
A Growing Need
The workplace is inundated with natural health and herbal practitioners. Much of what is taught in the herbal field replicates the ‘medical model.’ The focus is on treatment rather than the cause. Products and supplements abound, and people’s medicine cabinets are now filled with ‘wholistic pills.’ The results are often temporary.
The Visionary Herbalism course takes you back to the source of herbal healing, where lifestyle practices were as crucial as the herb taken for medicinal use. Through plant identification, nutrition, gardening, self-attunement practices and reconnection with the Elements, you will be given a wholistic model of herbal education that brings lasting results.
Visionary Herbalism is an innovative process that facilitates the well-being and deep ecology issues needed in this modern world. Herbalism is a natural preventative system with a lineage of thousands of years.
Creating a Fulfilling Career
Upon completing the Visionary Course, you will be eligible to create a Herbal Educator career. Assessing the emergent popularity of the natural healing arts, a Herbalist career is rewarding and fulfilling, knowing you are making a difference.
The Visionary Herbalism principles can be taught and applied through workshops in schools and colleges, ecology centers and professional institutions that incorporate innovative processes to educate their staff and employees about preventive health and well-being.
Choosing a career as a Visionary Herbal Educator will open doors of opportunities in various environmental-centred educational centers. Or you may desire the scheduling flexibility that being a private herbal educator can give you. Either way, life as an Herbal Educator enables you to experience continual growth for yourself and enjoy the noble opportunity of being of service to others.
- The Herbal Industry
- Teaching and Private Tutoring
- Educational Consulting Services
- Natural Health and Wellness Centers
- Herb and Health Food Stores
- Ecological and Nature Centers
- Include in your already existing wellness practice
Follow your Bliss, and Fulfillment will Follow!
Visionary Herbalism Diploma Tuition
Course Investment: Standard Tuition Package $12,000.
Discount Package $10,000.
Save $2,000 from the standard price when you pay the tuition in full upon registration.
Tuition when paid in full – $10,000. CAD.
- Four Herbal, Wild Nutrition or Forest Gardening mentorship hands-on 3-day weekends
- Correspondence course material
- 12 one-on-one tutoring sessions
- Handouts & Textbooks
It does not include HST tax or accommodations in the diploma educational process.