Foundations of Western Herbalism

Our Foundations of Western Herbalism curriculum is designed to immerse both the beginner and intermediate herbalist in the basic knowledge needed to provide herbal care for themselves and their family. In doing this, we provide a grounded, well-rounded western herbal program to evolve and take into the student’s home and community.

This intermediate program provides students with a strong base to continue exploring the fascinating world of herbalism, and provides a space in which one can continue to immerse themselves in this field within a small class setting. This is comprised of six weekend intensives. Attendance to all six is required for completion and progression into the Advanced/Clinical Western Herbalist program.

Some of the topics covered: 

  • Plant spirit medicine
  • Energetics
  • Diagnostics
  • Bioregionalism
  • Client Intake
  • The properties of over 100 herbs

What past students say:
 “Welcome home! I hope you will discover with your Traditions family in your Foundation class what I have found... and more. My heart is filled with gratitude as I reflect on the personal growth/healing I have experienced during my Foundations journey as well as the gift of precious life-long friendships. During your Foundations journey Renee and Bob (along with you and your classmates) will co-create an excitingly mind blowing custom fit learning experience that goes way beyond the criteria for beginning herbal studies.
Take deep  breaths, pace yourself, take breaks, practice self nurturing, trust the process and know you are in excellent loving hands as you discover more about yourself and the amazing universe of herbal studies. 
Buckle up... this ride may be bumpy at times. It is sooo worth it! Enjoy!” - Joy S., Foundations Graduate 2018

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Hours: Entire program covers 110+ classroom hours. Class is held one weekend a month from 10 am to 5pm. Dates are subject to change.

2022 Dates:

(Dates and/or Topics are subject to change)
April 23rd - 24th: Nervous System
2)     May 21st  -22nd: Endocrine System
3)     June 18th - 19th: Digestive System
4)     July 23rd - 24th: Immune System
5)     August 13th - 14th: Urinary System, Men's and Women's Health
6)     September 24th - 25th: Cardiovascular/Respiratory Systems

7)     October 15th - 16th: Musculoskeletal System

8)     November 19th - 20th: Special Populations, Case Evaluations
All classes are Saturday & Sunday 10-5:00pm 

1. Submit application here

2. Submit $50 administrative fee here or  Pay-in-Full(see Tuition Options below for details). 

Please allow 3-4 business days for the application to be processed. 
*PRE-REQUISITE* Completion of Western Herbalism 101 (and the assigned homework) is required to enroll in Foundations.

Tuition: There is a $50 non-refundable administrative fee which is required for acceptance into the program. Tuition includes all classes, handouts, medicine making supplies. Text book not included. $250/weekend intensive x 6 = $1500 total + $50 admin fee.

We offer pay-as-you-go or pay-in-full. Students often choose to pay $250 per month for each weekend intensive. We offer payment installment plans, contact for more details. There are discounts available when paying in full. 

Tuition options: 
1. Secure your space + pay-as-you-go: $50 non-refundable deposit + $250 per weekend intensive (6 total). (See below for individual weekend payment links.)
2. Pay in full: $1350 (Save 10% off full tuition + waived deposit fee).
3. Payment plans are also available – contact the school.

Required Textbooks:

The Energetics of Western Herbs by Peter Holmes Vol 1 and 2

The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual 

(Students are welcome to purchase these from Traditions). 

Refund policy:
The $50 administrative fee due upon registering for the program is non-refundable.

Cancelling up to three days prior to class, refunds are available with a 5% deduction, or payment is transferable to future classes. 
Cancelling after the first class: 50% of total tuition is refundable.
Cancelling after the second class: 25% of total tuition is refundable.
After the third class, there are no refunds given and the total sum of tuition is due in full – even if all classes are not completed.

Additional questions? Contact us!
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Call (727) 318-2505

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