Community Herbalist Certification Program


Applications are now accepted for the Community Herbalist Program held in Skagit County, Washington. September 2019- June 2020

This program is approved for Continuing Education Units through NCTMB, Provider No. Please inquire.

10 Month Certification Program runs September 2019-June 2020, 180 hours live training, including apothecary studies, anatomy and physiology for the herbalist, energetics and tissue states, pulse reading, business of herbs, marketing, safety and ethics. Students of the Certification program receive valuable time in a community clinic setting under supervision of a practicing herbalist.

Tuition is $3200.00 includes all live training, plants used in class. Students will be required to purchase apothecary supplies for products made in class for their personal or practical use.

Early Bird Registration is $2900

Two Three Day Weekends required, one in the Methow Valley (dates to be announced) for wildcrafting and plant identification skills

Two Clinic Shadow opportunities, one Public Lecture Shadow

One Consultation or Public Lecture/Outreach, outside of class time required.

Over 170 hours lecture hours. Students also have outside reading, apothecary studies, monograph and case history component and should expect to spend at least one full day per week on outside study projects.

Primary Instructor Erin Vanhee Guest Instructor: Shannon Rupert, Ph.D.

This Certification program is designed to provide curriculum to advance the hands on practical application of plant based remedies for the intermediate and advanced student of herbs. A basic understanding of medicine making and plant identification is assumed with curriculum focusing on advanced materia medica, understanding body systems, constitutional awareness, energetics and cultivating presence as a community herbalist.

Throughout the course you will gain the skills and confidence needed to support your self, your friends and family with the goal of ultimately using your training in the community.

Curriculum includes:

Plant identification of low dose botanicals used in practice, harvest, processing, safety and ethics in the business of herbal medicine

Materia medica, apothecary studies, formulation, labeling

Somatic herbalism, pulse testing

Tissue states, plant energetics

Integrating herbal medicine into an existing practice

Anatomy and Physiology for the Herbalist

Presenting Herbal Information to the Public, developing curriculum as herbal instructor, outreach

Consulting herbalist safety, practice and ethics

Case studies, presentations

Assessment, 5 Element Theory

Herbal First Aid

Creating boundaries, Holding Space, Cultivating Presence

To Apply:

Please send an email to with your name, email address, phone number, city, current occupation.

This program is vigorous and we want each candidate to succeed. To help us meet or exceed your educational goals; we ask that you answer the following questions.

What is your education, work experience, self study or passion relating to plants, herbal medicine, healing arts, science, wild foods?

What are your early influences into herbal medicine?

How do you see yourself as a Community Herbalist? What are your goals as a herbalist?

Have you taken classes with Erin in the past? Who are your current or past teachers?

How did you hear about Trillium?

Follow up your email with a deposit of $300 via pay pal or venmo. Checks are fine, too. Please inquire. Your registration application is not complete without a deposit.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete 85 percent of live class time.

Students must complete 90 percent of all home study projects.

Students must complete a plant monograph, a written final exam and a written case history.

Students must participate in a supervised community clinic, present a Business plan/Portfolio OR assist/present a public lecture.

Tuition and fees must be paid in full.

Job Placement

A Certificate in Community Herbalism is no guarantee of employment but the advanced training within the Certificate program will exceed the skill base necessary to work in a community clinic, herb store or apothecary, teach or write about herbal medicine to the public or produce a line of herbal products as a entrepreneur. Health care providers taking this course will find the skills blend well with current trends of self care, integrated care and can successfully incorporate herbalism into their practice.

Dates: September 2o,21,22 October 19,20 November 9,10 December 14,15 January 18,19 February 15,16 March 23,24 April 18,19 May 15,16,17 June 20,21