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Business Development

This course will highlight the opportunities available to graduates of the Community Herbalist Program within the community.The course is broken up into case study analysis, business plan concepts and a presentation. The case study analysis consists of showcasing “community” herbalists offering Herbal Medicine services from previous CHP students and/or folk herbalists in the community. This …

Herbal Workshops

Herbal Workshops are presented by leaders in the field of Western Herbal Medicine, many of whom who have published books and articles and are internationally-renowned speakers.

Natural Emergency Medicine

In this course students learn to apply natural remedies – Acupuncture, Herbal Remedies, Homeopathics and others – to emergency situations both in the clinic and outside. Students learn to recognize and diagnose emergency conditions using biomedical techniques and provide effective therapy combining techniques learned in BMS221 and knowledge of natural healing remedies.

Backyard Gardening

In the age of financial uncertainty, gardening skills are a sought after commodity. This comprehensive and practical 30-hour introduction to backyard gardening in the Pacific Northwest will provide beginners with the requisite skills, knowledge, and support to begin their own organic growing projects at home. At the end of the program participants understand plant growth …

Herbal Therapeutics

Students learn to create customized treatment plans for patients. This includes the use of herbal preparations and diet and lifestyle counselling. Students also learn how to determine the effectiveness of treatment and the limitations of herbal medicine therapeutics within these conditions.

Introduction to Herbal Medicine

All cultures around the world have used plants as medicines either as their sole health care modality, or as a complementary or alternative option. This class explores the history of plant use in various cultures and examines the similarities and differences of their systems of healing.

Herbal Walk/Identification

This class gives students the opportunity to learn Herbal Medicine by exploring living plants as they exist in the natural world. Students learn proper identification of medicinal plants and the types of environments in which they naturally grow.


This course provides an introduction of the science of studying native and traditional plants as medicines. Students learn about research tools and techniques used to ascertain ethnobotanical data and also look at the relationships of various cultures with the plant world.

Energetics of Herbal Medicine

Systems of energetics are ways of describing and classifying patterns of disease and properties of plants that provide a basis for herbal therapeutics. In this course, we examine the energetic systems that inform traditional western herbalism. These include the intuitive approach to plant medicine that underlies all energetic systems, the four elements of Greek and …

Practical Herbal Pharmacy

This practical course provides students with an education in the preparation of various herbal products that are required to be effective in the dispensary. The products that are made include Infusions, Tinctures, Syrups, Capsules, Flower Essences, Infused Oils, Herbal Baths, Liniments, Poultices, Fomentations, Salves, Balms and Creams. Each class focuses on one particular product and …