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.



Seraphina is a powerful and gifted teacher.  Weaving together scientific frameworks with intuitive ways of knowing, she supports her students to dive deep into the mystery of plant medicine and holistic healing.
Infused with beauty, ritual, and heart, her classes open up a space in between worlds -rooted in the physical and simultaneously immersed in the ever expansive spiritual realm of which we are all a part of. 
Seraphinas warmth and deep presence supports her students to connect with their own intuition, inner wisdom and ancestral ways of knowing that are rooted deeply within our bodies.  This is a precious and vital gift in a world that often has many of us disconnected, disempowered, and severed from our own truth and wholeness.  Re-membering our way back into relationship with ourselves, each other and the land is a deep deep medicine and Seraphina guides this journey with skill, integrity, compassion and wisdom. 


Studying with Seraphina has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Her teachings have profoundly impacted my life in a variety of ways, even outside the realm of herbal medicine. Not only have I gained knowledge and confidence working with medicinal plants, I have been introduced to the innate healing power we all carry within, the complexity & sacredness of the healing journey, and a whole new outlook on how I see the world, the plant realm and my Self. Seraphina is an incredibly wise, grounded, captivating and humble teacher. I truly couldn’t of asked for a better mentor as I walk the healing path. I particularly appreciate the way she seamlessly weaves together the sacred and ancient with the scientific and modern. Thanks to Seraphina I feel competent and confident to treat myself, loved ones, and clients, teach workshops, and formulate beautiful and effective remedies. Studying with Seraphina has truly been a blessing! I highly recommend her programs to folks of all levels of herbal medicine experience.  


My experience with Seraphina as a mentor of mine in the Alchemy of Herbal Medicine course allowed me to sink deeply into my roots as a herbalists and expanded my awareness into my own capacity as a healer. Seraphina provides a safe container for her students to explore themselves and for their own inner wisdom to come shining through. Her own wisdom radiates through in a manner that invites you in, comforts you, and gives you the curiosity to learn more. She is a sensational teacher who pours her heart into her work as a mentor and into the beauty of who she is and what she creates. She doesn’t just teach herbalism, she awakens you to the power of the plants themselves. She guides you on a profound journey home to yourself and your power within.

Herbalist, Mama & gardner


As a budding herbalist, I had read a lot of herbal books and tried a lot of things at home. As a student in Seraphina’s Alchemy of Herbal Medicine program, I gained skills in medicine-making, and deepened my understanding of the materia medica. My relationship with many herbs was forged, and my apothecary expanded. As a graduate of the program, I was prepared to support loved ones to find better health through herbal remedies. I can’t thank Seraphina enough for sharing her wisdom and hard-won herbal knowledge and practice in this program—we need more empowered community and family herbalists in this world.
student of Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbalist, and homesteader


From the moment that I started with Seraphina in her herbal training I knew that I belonged. In previous herbal courses I always felt slightly overwhelmed and as if I would never be able to memorize the properties and preparation of the hundreds of assigned herbs weekly. With Seraphina, she showed me that my body and my unconscious mind hold so much of this information already and that with herbs, knowing fewer herbs more intimately will deepen your practice and confidence. With her guidance and mentorship, I was able to access and encourage my inner knowing and allow it to grow and flourish along with the herbs surrounding me. By the time I completed her training, I was itching for more but was also left feeling confident in knowing how treat that itch with a plethora of local wildcrafted herbs ;). I know without a shred of doubt that if you choose Seraphina, you will not regret it. Welcome to a beautiful community that weaves magic, lore and practical herbal knowledge into an accessible format that guides you to build a community, your inner knowing and weaves herbs and magic into your daily life.

RN, MScN:FNP student

Since taking The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine with Seraphina my view of the world has been drastically changed. I see medicine everywhere, and have such a deeper appreciation for the spirit of the plants as well as their physical constituents. The plant sits that we did in this program were amazing. The plant journeys that she took us on will stay with me forever. This was my first dive into holistic medicine and it was 100% the best place to start. She is a warm, passionate, and insanely knowledgeable teacher with such a beautiful and grounding energy. With her expertise in homeopathic medicine alongside herbs, Seraphina adds another layer to her teachings that you won't find in the common literature. This is more than just a herbal medicine course. Seraphina holds a container for transformation and healing with her huge heart and expansive tool kit of wisdom. Whether you are new to herbs or have been exploring them for awhile, I believe this course has something for everyone.
Massage Therapist 


After researching several programs and teachers, I made my choice to go ahead with Seraphina Capranos and her course The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine. And wow, what a wise decision it was. With both her professional background and being a generational Herbalist, Seraphina has a rare and natural gift of translating deep wisdom through educational templates. Her course was incredibly informative, organized and was the first real open door for me, into the world of Herbalism. I found each part of her program to be a clear and concise glimpse into the beautiful connection that is possible, and dare I say necessary, with the natural world. Thanks to this program and Seraphina, years later, I now walk through the world with confidence in identifying, foraging, contemplation and medicine making with the plants.
Facilitator at Elemental Eros, Founder at Moonrise Project


Taking the Alchemy of Herbal Medicine course with Seraphina Capranos was one of the best things I have done for myself in a very long time! The course was both very practical as well as almost mystical and ethereal at times. Along with all of the information about the various herbs that we covered there was a large component of health and wellness and body systems. Seraphina wove it all together quite seamlessly. Her wealth of Knowledge and her ability to deliver all of this vast amount of information in very accessible ways made learning easy and enjoyable under her compassionate and supportive  tutelage. Since completing this wonderful educational program I have been absolutely delighting in gathering herbs and creating tinctures, syrups, salves and creams throughout the seasons! 

Seraphina is an amazing, compassionate, natural teacher. Through her Alchemy of Herbal Medicine course, I’ve learned so much about myself and many wonderful plants that are there for our benefit. She has a deep understanding of the different plants, their nuances and complexities, and how they work in harmony with the body, mind, and spirit of an individual. She brings vast clinical experience into her lessons yet shares this in an engaging way. Studying with her has taught me so much, I can’t recommend this course enough.  

Nutritionist  breez_kitchen instagram 


At a time in my life where I felt utterly lost  and going through major hormonal changes, I came upon Seraphina's Program.  There never goes a day that I am not grateful I learnt from Seraphina. She teaches in a way that allows you to tap into your own innate being to really hear, feel and see what a particular plant has to offer. Seraphina teaches with pure love of the plant world, which you may not find in a conventional setting. When I started to work with plants in the way she teaches I learned to listen to my own inner wisdom and started to become into a more vibrant state of mind, heart and soul. Seraphina brings her ancestral knowledge alongside her educational knowledge and the combination is beautiful. She has a soft and yet potent way of teaching, you are sure to have a journey of a lifetime when you step into her virtual classroom. 
Langley BC 


I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my herbal apprenticeship with Seraphina Capranos. The information has been remarkably useful and deeply interesting. I've especially appreciated the balance of right brain / left brain learning supported with practical hands on experience. Seraphina is an extremely knowledgeable and competent teacher. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of and confidence in herbal medicine.
Still Mountain Farm Salt Spring Island


Taking Seraphina's course was one of the best decisions I've made with my herbal medicine studies. She is so knowledgeable, patient, sincere, and personable and makes the lessons clear and memorable. I've taken other courses where the teachers zoom through herbs and I don't absorb the information, but Seraphina makes sure the class takes their time to really get to know the herbs and their properties on a physical and even emotional level. I felt so connected with plants while taking the course, it inspired and encouraged me to work with them seasonally and make beautiful medicine without feeling intimidated by the process. I can't recommend Seraphina's herbal course enough, it is something that will stick with you for a lifetime.



 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.

Video Sessions:

  • 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

Video Sessions:

  • 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

Video Session:

  • 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.

Video Sessions:

  • 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

Video Sessions:

  • 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

Video Sessions:

  • 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.


The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine

How it works

• Monthly Live Zoom sessions with Seraphina. These are 3 hour classes take place a Saturday once a month between 10 am - 1 pm Pacific Time, from October - March. Interaction between live sessions continues in our private group Forum. Zoom sessions are recorded if you cannot attend live. 

• Each LIVE interactive class includes a Plant Journey. This style of teaching allows students to deepen their overall understanding of all plants. Students will learn not only the practical application, but also the intuitive and energetic teachings of plants. 

• Students will be required to purchase a small sampling of each herb for these journeys from any herb seller. Each live session will include a tutorial and a group discussion.

• Students will have the opportunity to receive mentorship in real time and benefit from group discussions. Sessions will be recorded and made available to students for review and as a resource for self-study.

• As part of the apprenticeship students will have the opportunity to deepen their studies through the Bonus Course, the self-paced, 46-hour Pacific Rim College Online (PRCO) Home Herbalist program taught by experienced faculty (value $890). This course includes a beautiful 500+page ebook.   

• Students who complete the Pacific Rim Course will receive a Certificate of Completion from Pacific Rim College once all homework is submitted. Students then have the option of upgrading to the Community Program or matriculate into the Diploma Program. 

• Through the combination of Live mentorship with Seraphina and The Pacific Rim Home Herbalist Course, students receive strong foundational training in herbal medicine that is unlike any other training. Seraphina brings a depth that cannot be learned in books leading students through kinetic training. The Pacific Rim College Course provides world-class foundational training in herbalism from some of the best western herbalists in the world. 

*Mark your Calendar* 

October 1st 
November 5th 
December 3th 
January 7th 
February 4th 
March 4th 
Classes take place 10:00am - 1:00pm Pacific Time 

Herbs Featured


Holy Basil
Lady’s Mantle
Lemon Balm
Meadow Sweet
Milk Thistle

Oregon Grape
Red Clover
Wood Betony

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.

Learn Herbal Medicine Online the Alchemy of Herbal Medicine




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. 


Option One

One Payment of $1500

Plus 5% tax = $1575

Option One (1)

Two Payments of $760

Plus 5% tax = $798

Option One (2)

Three Payments of $550

Plus 5% tax = $577.50

Option One (3)

Six payments of $275

Plus 5% tax = $288.75

                        Registration Closes September 22nd



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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