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Practical Herbalism

Correspondence Course


2005 yes to life retreat 012 medium.jpgTo study the green world of healing plants is to step into a whole new realm of existence. How can a home study course mentorship course of study be transforming? Perhaps it's because of the nature of the subject itself. This practical course takes the student into the very heart of herbalism. It instills in the student the fundamental skills necessary to practice this ancient healing art as well as the profound understanding of the spirit and essence of herbalism.

This course is not a quick 'read through' course, but is created to give you the most through, practical, hands-on learning experience possible with herbs. Though it does require a time commitment on your part, if used as intended, these lessons will provide a comprehensive understanding of this ancient healing art of herbalism and provide you with the skills necessary to be a herbalist. One of the most exciting aspects of this course is the actual hands-on experience.

As you dive deeper into this study of herbs, expect a shift and transformation both in your life and way you view the world. It seems that as one begins to study the green world of plants, the plant's essence infuses one's entire life with joy. People become happier, healthier, more in balance within their life and nature. The beauty of the herbs work their gentle magic on the heart of the user.

The course is written by one of the most respected herbalist in North America, Rosemary Gladstar, founder of the 'California School of Herbal Studies' - the nation's largest and most successful herb schools, and the co-founder of 'Sage Mountain'. The Lessons combine earth awareness, scientific observations and research with practical folklore techniques and teachings to form a well-rounded study of the Art and Science of Herbalism.

The reason that we call this a mentorship course is by the structure and the personal time Shantree will spend reviewing and commenting on your homework and assignments. He will be available to support you in your studies and guide you through the practical applications of using medicinal and edible plants.

The Process

The Process

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PART I (The Correspondence Course) Is the home study part of the course. Study the material and do the lessons at your own pace. Send in the lessons through the postal mail or email. We'll check your lessons and make comments and give you feedback on your progress.

PART II (The Advanced Study & Research) Thesis Project offers you have the opportunity to dive even deeper into the teachings. Choose an area of study that you feel particularly drawn  to in the course, one that sparks your passion, invites yours curiosity, beckons you to explore. Write a 5,000-word thesis and conduct a research project, to be submitted within the course study time. Also, you will be required to offer to your community, and document, a minimum of four workshops or lectures to build understanding, expertise and confidence.

One-on-One Sessions

These sessions are available to both support and deepen the learning experience of this course. Three sessions of 40 minutes each which can be done over the phone or through Skype. These are available to guide and advise you on your research thesis project. You need to book these sessions well in advance once you have sent in your proposed thesis topic.

Your Guide & Adviser: Shantree Kacera

Herbs and Supplies

This course has been put together to give lots of 'hands-on' learning experience and therefore, requires some supplies and materials to complete the numerous herbal projects you'll be participating in. Many of the items needed are found in your very own kitchen, other specialty items may need to be ordered.

The list of materials needed depends a great deal on the extent that each individual student wishes to become involved in their herbal studies. In each lesson there is a list of ingredients that you may need to complete your lesson. The items that are bolded are necessary for the required projects. It is recommended that you quickly scan each lesson and mark all the formulas and recipes you wish to make. After you have made your ingredient list, get your ingredients together before you proceed into the lesson. Some of these items you may need to order before hand. A good idea is to order ingredients needed for several lessons at one time. In that way you will be organized and get more out of the lesson when you are ready to begin.


Homework is sent upon completion of each lesson and is returned to you. You DO NOT need to send your reference files. You should, however, keep us posted as to how you're doing with your projects; i.e., how your reference file is progressing, reports on your herbal preparations, and progress of your plant press and herbarium.

Time Completion

You may complete these lessons on your own time schedule. But in order to utilize them to their fullest, we recommend you set up a schedule time to do each lesson; one evening a week or an afternoon on the week-ends will keep your momentum going. The average time to complete the course is about one year. Some students have completed the material in 6 months while others may take a few years. We do ask that you complete the course in a period of two years. After the two year period, if the student fails to complete the course within the allotted period, the time-extension fee is $100. for each additional year.


One of the specialties of these lessons is the personal attention available to your questions and homework. We invite your comments, favorite herbal recipes, and suggestions.


Each student that successfully completes the lessons and ALL the homework will receive a beautiful Herbal Certificate. The Certificate awarded states that you are acknowledged for the successful completion of a thorough in depth study of herbalism. The reputation of this course is outstanding and is recognized as superior among other professional herbalists, herbal schools, and holistic centers.

Lessons 1-10 & Beautifully Designed Course Binder

The Practical Herbalism Correspondence Course comes in a specially designed binder. The binder makes it easy for you to keep your lessons, homework and other course material together. The binder and books are sent out as soon as we receive your tuition.

Textbooks for the Course

  • Conscious Living Manual, Shantree & Lorenna Kacera
  • Family Herbal: Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
  • Planting Our Future-Rosemary Gladstar
  • The Herbal Medicine~Makers Handbook: A Home Manual

For hands-on training see our Mentorship Program details click here>

For information about the Visionary Herbalism Educator Course click here>


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Projects & Assignments

The Lessons are designed to provide practical, hands-on experience. Each lesson gives:

  1. Directions and recipes on making herbal preparations,
  2. A list of herbs to research,
  3. Projects such as making a herbal first aid kit, designing a herb garden, or making your own herbarium and plant press. You are encouraged to complete as many of these projects as you can. Each assignment is designed to enrich your personal experience with the plant world.


  1. How to determine good quality herbs.
  2. Where to get herbs/herbal products.
  3. Herbs and allopathic medicine.
  4. Herbal preparation: decoctions/infusions.
    1. Herbs for the nervous system.
    2. Herbal nervine formulas.
    3. General suggestions for a healthy nervous system.
    4. Health problems related to the nervous system.
    5. Materia medica for the nervous system.
  5. Wild plant identification: St. John's wort


  1. Beverage blends
    1. How to create beverage blends.
  2. Terminology used to describe herbs.
  3. Weights and measures charts
  4. Herbal Preparation
    1. Herbal oils
    2. Salves, ointments, and balms
  5. Solvents used in herbal preparations
  6. Herbal first aide: skin problems
    1. General suggestions for skin problems
    2. Skin problems and herbal treatments
  7. Herbal therapeutics: the liver
    1. The medicinal action of alterative
    2. Materia medica
    3. Liver imbalances
    4. Herbal treatments for liver imbalances
  8. Hayfever and allergies
  9. Wild plant identification


  1. Science versus art
    1. Herbal Preparation
    2. Tinctures
    3. Liniments
    4. Capsules
    5. Herbal Pills
  2. Herbal therapeutics: the respiratory system
    1. General guidelines
    2. Materia medica
    3. When to treat the respiratory system
    4. Favorite formulas for the respiratory system
    5. Programs to follow for respiratory infections
    6. Asthma/Hayfever/Allergies
  3. The fine art of drying, harvesting, and storing herbs
    1. When to harvest
    2. Drying your herbs
    3. Storage
  4. Herb identification


  1. Herbs for children
    1. Which herbs are safe for children
    2. Materia medica
    3. How to determine dosage
    4. How to administer herbs
    5. General formulas
    6. Herbal remedies for children
    7. Recipes for children's products
  2. Major chemical constituents of herbs
  3. Herbal therapeutics: the urinary system
    1. Herbs for the urinary system
    2. Materia medica for the urinary system
    3. Healthy kidneys
    4. Common imbalances of the urinary system
  4. Basic aromatherapy
    1. Essential medicine
    2. Essential oils
    3. Aromatherapy charts
  5. Herbal Dreams
    1. Dream pillows
    2. Dream tea
    3. Dream balm
  6. Wild plant identification: Dandelion


  1. Herbal pet care
    1. General suggestions
    2. Materia medica
    3. Common health problems of animals
  2. Herbal preparations: Charmoon's 6th. chakra sauce
  3. The sciences of herbs
  4. Compresses and poultices
    1. Poultices
    2. Compresses
    3. How to make poultices and compresses
    4. The incredible plantain poultice
  5. Herbal stimulants
  6. How stimulation therapy works
    1. When to use herbal stimulants
    2. When not to use herbal stimulants
    3. Materia medica: herbal stimulants
    4. Examples of formulas
    5. Therapies using herbal stimulants
  7. Stevia and Guarana
  8. Natural cosmetics
    1. 5 Steps to perfect skin
    2. The recipes
    3. Beauty and the bath
    4. Home health care products
    5. Where to get containers and ingredients
  9. Making your herbal first aide kit
    1. Kitchen medicine
  10. Herbal remedies for radiation
    1. Survival tactics
    2. Nutritional antidotes
  11. Wild plant identification: chickweed


  1. General concerns of women
    1. Books on women's health
    2. Women's ceremony and ritual
    3. Herbs for the female reproductive system
    4. General guidelines for a healthy female system
    5. Specific treatments for common health problems
  2. Pregnancy and childbirth
    1. Formulas for pregnancy
    2. Renewing the body after birth
    3. Recommended reading
  3. Menopause and croneship
    1. Signs of menopause
    2. General guidelines for menopause
    3. Specific treatments for menopause
    4. Estrogen replacement therapy
  4. Conclusion


  1. Creating medicinal formulas
    1. Guidelines for creating medicinal blends
    2. Examples of formulation
    3. Exercises for you to do
  2. Herbs for winter health
    1. General guidelines for winter health
    2. Favorite winter time recipes
    3. Herbal remedies for winter health
  3. Herbal therapeutics for male health care
    1. General guidelines for male health care
    2. Materia medica for the male system
    3. Herbal tonics for the male system
    4. Specific male health problems
    5. Herbs and health care by J. Green
  4. Wild plant identification: Yellow dock


  1. Herb gardening
    1. The basics of gardening
    2. Recommended reading on herb gardening
    3. Designing the herb garden
    4. The culinary garden
    5. Recipes from the culinary garden
    6. The medicinal garden
    7. The medicine wheel herb garden
    8. How I build my herb garden
    9. Zigzag to success
    10. Garden product directory
  2. Making your own herbarium and plant press
  3. Making a plant press
  4. Treatment of scabies and crab infestations
  5. Herbal preparation: vitamin and mineral formulas
  6. Herbal therapeutics: the digestive system
    1. Materia medica for the digestive system
    2. Imbalances of the digestive system and herbal treatments


  1. Preventative health care
    1. Clinical mock up cases
    2. Prescription for health and happiness
  2. Pathways to health and healing by F. Davidson
    1. Purification and regeneration
    2. Transition: Ringing the changes
    3. Purification diet
    4. Acid/alkaline foods
    5. Sources of nutrition in herbs and food
    6. Good health and your skin
  3. Legal herbalism
    1. Legal herbalism by K. Collins
    2. How to handle an FDA or state inspection
    3. Legal aspects of herbal prescribing
  4. The question of "safe" and "unsafe" herbs
    1. The toxicity hype by M. Blumenthal
    2. "Herbs are often more toxic than magical"
    3. Food for thought


  1. Wild plant identification
    1. Eight steps to learning plant identification
  2. Wild food cooking
    1. Recipes
  3. Flower essences
    1. Flower essence preparation and usage
    2. Dosages/How to administer
    3. Rescue remedy
    4. Bach flower essences
    5. Where to obtain flower essences
  4. The immune system
    1. Autoimmunity
    2. The immune system and aging
    3. Herbs for the immune system
    4. Building a healthy immune system
    5. Materia medica for the immune system
  5. Resources for continuing your herbal studies
  6. Final Quiz




 “We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”  
~Henry David Thoreau,
Walden: Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Regular fee $1400


  • All Correspondence Course Material
  • One-on-One Sessions
  • Taxes where applicable

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