Community Herbalism Intensive 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Community Herbalism Program. Please note that the first classes Sat-Monday May 11-13.

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 plants. 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 for an in-person interview to be a part of this course.
  • 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.

Classes begin May 11 and end November 13, 2019

The below syllabus is a good place to get an idea of the schedule and individual classes. The schedule for 2018 will be similar though individual classes may shift. The field trips will be on approximately the same dates and to the same places

Syllabus-CHI Syllabus 2017


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).

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

Tuition:  $3,900

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance. Please note, the remainder of the tuition is due April 30, 2019, unless prior arrangements have been made.

Please make out checks and money orders to 7Song and send to the below address

7Song P.O. Box 6626 Ithaca, NY 14851

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.


Certificate: A handsome certificate is given to students who successfully finish the program. This means completing all assignments and missing no more than 7 classes throughout the program.

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.
  • 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

The below calendar is where individual classes and field trips are listed. They occasionally shift. If you are setting up your schedule to coincide, you may want to look again at the exact dates or ask me.