This Course is a Portal into The Heart and Soul of Herbal Medicine.
In this dynamic, comprehensive and transformative online program, you will learn the practical and the energetic teachings of plants.
Through experiential group learning, you will be rooted in a community of fellow herbalists. With hands-on, practical teachings, you will cultivate a knowledge beyond textbook learning.
If you are ready to awaken to both the magic and the grounded science of plant medicine, this course is for you.
Saturday October 1st
Collective Plant Journey: Rose
Live Session: Establishing connection with the Green Bloods. Activating our nervous system to receive the wisdom of plants.
- Introduction to Herbal Medicine (Peter Conway)
- The Wild Medicinal Plant Walk (Amanda Howe)
- The Art of Medicine Making: Internal Preparations (Seraphina Capranos)
Saturday November 5th
Collective plant journey: Elecampane
Live Session: Ancestral Healing Practices, The essence of nourishment and protecting our vital force
- The Art of Herbal Medicine Making – External Preparations (Amanda Howe)
- Herbal Body Products & Gift Making (Dr. Marisa Marciano)
- The Medicinal Kitchen (Jennifer Brott)
Saturday December 3rd
Collective Plant Journey: Milky Oats
Live Session: Maintaining and replenishing our Core Energy
- Materia Medica Introduction (Amanda Howe)
- Materia Medica history, medicinal uses, growing and harvesting tips for more than three dozen herbs (Amanda Howe)
Saturday January 7th
Collective Plant Journey: Pine
Live Session: Protecting our Qi, understanding the complex immune system.
- Herbal Therapeutics: Introduction to herbal actions, dosing and formulating (David Cauldwell)
- The Digestive system and Cardiovascular system (David Cauldwell)
Saturday February 4th
Collective Plant Journey: Wood Betony
Live Session: Anxiety, depression and what it means to nourish our mental and psychic well-being
- Herbal Therapeutics; The Respiratory system and The Nervous system, & The musculoskeletal system and Skin Health (David Cauldwell)
Saturday March 4th
Collective Plant Journey: Rosemary
Video Sessions: Live Session: Deciphering the ways in which plants speak to us; closing ceremony
- The reproductive system, urinary system and tonics and adaptogens (David Cauldwell)
Included: Pacific Rim College Home Herbalist Course!
Each student of The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine receives, as a bonus, The Pacific Rim College Home Herbalist Course (PRCO). The PRCO Home Herbalist Course focuses on the foundational teachings of Western Herbalism providing strong, comprehensive education preparing students to blossom and thrive as confident herbalists.
Explore the wisdom the Earth provides through this in-depth training
- Monthly Live, Online teaching sessions with Seraphina
- A total of 46 hours of self-paced video lessons with easily accessible, step-by-step guidance from master herbalists through the Pacific Rim College Online - Home Herbalist Course
- 500-page ebook by Pacific Rim College (plus the option to buy a hardcopy) with beautifully detailed, easy to follow instructions for medicine-making.
This course is carefully calibrated to balance intuitive learning with practical knowledge.
Seraphina began a professional study of natural medicine at Emerson College of Herbology and then completed a 4-year training in classical homeopathy. She been teaching herbal medicine for 15 years.
Peter Conway trained as a Medical Herbalist in the UK where he ran a clinical practice for over 20 years. In addition to seeing patients, Peter has taught herbal courses at several UK universities and other academic institutions.
Amanda Howe has been a Herbalist for over thirty years. She trained in England in the early ’80s and became a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She went on to receive her MSc in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales.
Dr. Marisa Marciano is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor & Registered Herbalist (AHG) with expertise in both the education and clinical applications of phytotherapy. She strives to empower both her patients and her students to take a “hands-on-herbal approach” to learn the arts & science of herbal medicine.
David Caudwell studied Herbal Medicine at the College of Phytotherapy and the University of Wales. He has a passion for the world’s indigenous medicine systems, which has led to travel on five continents.
Jennifer Brott is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Her expertise and private practice are rooted in an unwavering commitment: to empower individuals to reach their health and wellness goals by providing them with the tools to thrive.
Frequently Asked Questions
This course is for the person who has a desire to deepen their relationship with herbs through the sacred, scientific and practical lens of study. It is for the individual who enjoys learning with like-minded people, and who can appreciate the diversity that exists among a group setting. This is also for the individual who does well with a combination of live group sessions and some self-paced learning.
This course is likely not the right fit for you:
- if you are interested solely in the medical approach to botanical medicine
- if online learning is a challenge for you
- if you are averse to a group setting or impatient with class discussion
- if you do not have access to strong wifi or a computer with video and microphone capabilities.
There will be suggested home-study practices from Seraphina to deepen your learning.
To receive your certificate of completion from Pacific Rim College you must complete their quizzes and modest assignments.
I teach a select group of herbs deeply. I was taught that a successful herbalist knows over a hundred uses of one herb, rather than memorizing one use of a hundred herbs. Once a practitioner deeply understands a small group of herbs, you can understand the language of all of them. The style I use to teach materia medica is through your own body, learning to interpret how your body signals respond to herbs. I teach through story, folklore, and case studies from my own practice spanning across twenty years. As both of a herbalist and a classical homeopath, I bring a unique perspective to the practice of herbalism.
The training that is required to become a qualified health practitioner is much greater than this program. A professional program that provides sufficient training for clinical practice is at least 2,000 hours of training and includes health sciences and supervision in clinic.
Yes, all Zoom classes will be recorded for later viewing for a maximum of one year after the program ends. This provides the opportunity to watch and re-watch at anytime to maximize your learning. You will have lifetime access to the Pacific Rim College online videos.
Students may be refunded 80% of course registration price within the first 7 days of the course start date. There are no refunds after 7 days of course registration, including for those students on payment plans.
If your life circumstances change and you are no longer able to attend classes, not to worry - you have up to a year past the end date of class to watch all the Zoom recordings on your own schedule, and you have lifetime access to the Pacific Rim College Course.
A lot of work goes into the production of this program and your spot is saved just for you. Refunds are not available if your life circumstances change and you are no longer able to participate in class. Thank you for understanding.
One Payment of $1500
Plus 5% tax = $1575
Two Payments of $760
Plus 5% tax = $798
Three Payments of $550
Plus 5% tax = $577.50
Six payments of $275
Plus 5% tax = $288.75
Registration Closes September 22nd
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In recognition that financial circumstance often correlates to systems of privilege and oppression, there are some scholarship spaces set aside for Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour (BIPOC) and also single parents. Scholarships are limited and on a first come basis.
We welcome all genders, all gender histories, all races, all ages and sexual orientations and all those differences of life situation, background, and ability that increase our diversity. As we know, nature prefers diversity as it creates strong, healthy ecosystems.
All living beings are worthy of respect. All are supported by the sacred elements of air, fire, water and earth. We work to create and sustain communities and cultures that embody our values, that can help to heal the wounds of the earth and her peoples, and that can sustain us and nurture future generations.
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