Foundations of Herbalism

For the aspiring community herbalist

     These introductory courses are designed for beginner and intermediate herbalists who are looking for a grounded, holistic foundation for practicing herbal medicine. The programs are centered around kincentricity and reciprocity, meaning that throughout the program we will cultivate a relationship to place and approach herbalism as a lifeway. You'll receIve in depth instruction on how to develop meaningful relationships with plants and expand your materia medica, and how to safely and effectively work with plants in your home and in your community. Discover lost ways of learning and how to obtain wisdom directly from the plants as well as the empirical science and research behind modern herbal knowledge. 




"Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us."

-Robin Wall Kimmerer

   We will trace the lineage of western herbalism all the way back to its origins and discuss crucial pieces of knowledge that are absent from much of modern herbalist practice. We will discuss the history and fundamental framework of the western herbalism lineage and honor the indigenous medicine knowledge and lifeways that have contributed so much to that western lineage here on Turtle Island. There is a heavy focus on ethics and responsible practice. No matter where your herbal studies take you, the Foundations of Herbalism program is designed to provide the tools to approach the land, the plants, and the people as medicine and continue learning and growing on the lifelong journey that is herbalism.


     Two tracks are offered: 

     The VITALIST HERBALISM track is available all online, and provides 40+ hrs of live lecture and prerecorded content over the course of 6 months. This track provides the option of a 300 hour certificate of completion or audit. 

Certificate: $1,300     Audit: $600

Sliding Scale & Scholarships Available

Early Bird Discount: $50 off final tuition if registered by October 1st


 The BIOREGIONAL HERBALISM track is an in-depth hybrid program in South Central Pennsylvania with a larger focus on bioregionalism, botany, wildcrafting, medicine making, nutrition, and embodied practice. This track provides a 400 hour Certificate of Bioregional Herbalism.

$1,700 (early bird $1,500)

Scholarships available

The Field Botany Intensive is included in this program and is also open to the public. To find out more about this program, click here.

The 2021 FBH program has been cancelled - contact us to inquire about 2022

What sets us apart:

     Northern Appalachia School is committed to providing education that is based on ecological and community reciprocity. We take a personal interest in each one of our students and their learning outcomes. 
     Foundations of Vitalist Herbalism offers a unique blend of live webinars and Q&A, home study materials, and regular assignments with instructor feedback and group discussion. This guided mentorship-style approach to distance learning provides an immersive experience and high quality content without the high price tag. This program is ideal for an individual who is self-motivated but wants structured guidance and accessible feedback from the instructor.  

     The program is designed to help students deepen their knowledge of plants and healing, learn fundamental skills for entering the professional herbal community. We will expand beyond the limits of most herbal curricula, integrating ecological stewardship and place-based practice as well as ethical considerations that go beyond wildcrafting. 

Core Herbal Skills, Sciences, History, & Theory:

  • Vitalism & Nature Cure

  • Herbal Actions, Energetics, & Tissue States 

  • Formulation

  • Herbal Safety

  • Research Techniques

  • Basic Biochemistry & Phytoconstituents

  • Plant Relationships

  • Organoleptics

  • Medicine Making

  • Apothecary Management

  • Fatigue & Adaptogens

  • Detoxification & Alteratives

  • Herbal First Aid

  • Plant Relationships

  • Plant Spirit Medicine

  • Kincentric Ecology

  • Ethnobotany

  • Decolonization

  • Bioregional Herbalism

  • History of Western Herbalism

  • Regenerative Wildcrafting

  • Botany & Plant ID

Herbal Anatomy, Physiology, & Materia Medica self-guided study to include Twelve Body Systems:

  • Skin & Mucosa

  • Digestive

  • Nervous

  • Respiratory

  • Urinary

  • Endocrine

  • Reproductive

  • Immune

  • Lymphatic

  • Hepatic

  • Circulatory

  • Musculoskeletal


Foundations of Vitalist


Course Details

Course Format

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Program Days


Study Hours

lecture Hours

Course Depth

Number of Lecture Topics


Number of Instructors


Anatomy & Physiology Notes

in-person Seminars

Bioregional Focus

Facebook community


Field Botany Intensive

Labs (Medicine making, Formulation, Flower Essences. & Kitchen Herbalism)

Bonus Content

Enrollment Options

Enrollment Opens


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Financial Aid Options

Online - Live Classes

January 4th, 2022 - June 28th, 2022

Self-paced (materials available for 6 months)




Introductory - Intermediate




✓ Partial

✘ (discounted tuition)

Certificate or Audit

August 15th

December 30th, 2021

Certificate: $1,300

Auditing fee: $600

*Auditing option does not include assignments, anatomy & physiology notes, instructor feedback, or certificate option

Sliding Scale from $700

BIPOC & Community Improvement Scholarships

For more info, you can view the syllabus or contact us with questions 

Registration for Foundations of Vitalist Herbalism is opening August 15th, 2021

Scholarship applications are OPEN


Calyx Liddick - Core

     "This program was intense!!! The work was deep and powerful and I learned SO much! Even more powerful than the botany and Vitalist actions and tissue energetics and phytoconstituents was the transformational knowledge around colonization, ecological stewardship and seeing the world through a more balanced lens of what it means to be human. 
     Calyx is an inspiring, wise, kind teacher and a powerfully brilliant herbalist. I am looking forward to taking more of her programs, and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to center the health of the planet while also growing as a human and plant advocate." 

Erin Shrader, The Rebel Herbalist