Community Herbalism Intensive 2018

This program is designed to give students a comprehensive, hands-on practical study of herbal medicine. Classes are divided between classroom teaching and discussion and being outdoors identifying, gathering and preparing herbal medicine. The goal of the program is for students to have a well-rounded overview of herbalism, plants and a solid foundation of clinical herbalism.
While you are welcome to visit the program while it is in session, you do not have to come in for an in-person interview to be a part of this course.

NSBM Community Herbalism Intensive 2011 debarking White oak bark

NSBM 2011-Debarking White oak bark

Classes are three days per week for six months. There are also 3 extended field trips in July, August and September.

Enrollment is limited to 21 students. It is helpful to come to Ithaca for a person to person interview, but this can also be done by phone.

Classes begin May 14 and ends November 14, 2018

NSBM 2006 at Eqinox Botanicals

Weekly Schedule

  • Monday 2:00 to 8:00

  • Tuesday 10:30 to 4:30

  • Wednesday 2:00 to 8:00

There is generally a one hour lunch or dinner break

Other classes include two eight-day field trips, the Rainbow Gathering, guest speakers and special classes (see individual class descriptions for details).

Ther is generally a 1 week class break in July (after the Rainbow Gathering) and another in September.

Tuition:  $4000

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance.

Please note, the remainder of the tuition is due April 20, 2018, unless prior arrangements have been made.

NSBM 2010-end of the year party

Certificate: A handsome certificate is given to students who successfully finish the program. This means completing all assignments and missing no more than 4 classes throughout the program.

Additional Costs: A detailed list of the items named below will be sent upon acceptance, or can be downloaded from the handouts section of this site.

For a more in-depth look at some of the tools below, please see the Wildcrafting handout (under Other Subjects).

  • Tools: Wildcrafting implements such as pruners, digging fork, hori-hori, shovel, etc. I strongly suggest buying high quality tools. They will last longer and be easier on your body. 
NSBM 2006 keying plants at Earthly Mirth

  • Books: Approximately four books are required for the course, while there is an endless variety of books, newsletters, magazines, herbal software programs, and other resources you may want to purchase. See Book List

  • Herbal Supplies: Alcohol, oil, bottles, and other expenses necessary for medicine making