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HERBalachia Frequently Asked Questions

Herbalist Lifestyle Program (105 hours)

This program, beginning in Spring 2018, creates your foundation in herbs to safely grow and wildcraft a Materia Medica of 40 specifically chosen locally growing herbs. Hands-on practicums will familiarize you with herbs to safely use in daily life to support the health of family and friends, prevent common illness, treat injury, and boost nutrition.

How much experience do I need?

No experience is required, but familiarity with herbs, plants, gardening, cooking, etc. is helpful. Nothing can beat enthusiasm and willingness to study, though!

What is the application process?

Fill out our online application and turn in your deposit of $550 to hold your spot. Payment may be made at Appalachian Acupuncture, in person or by phone. We accept cash, check or credit card.
Please make sure of your commitment before applying by asking us any pertinent questions. Space is available for 32 students, to be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon acceptance, detailed information will be emailed to you regarding required textbooks and tools.

What is the price of Herbalist Lifestyle Program?

Tuition is $1650 in full.

Pay your deposit of $550 then complete the online application. This will hold your spot in the program.
Second payment of $550 is due by November 17, 2017.
Final payment of $550 is due March 1, 2018.

Please budget about $200 for books, tools/gear, and alcohol/bottles/materials to create your herb projects for your home apothecary.

What is refund policy?

Withdrawal from the program should be submitted in writing.
$550 deposit is nonrefundable.
For students having paid full tuition and withdrawing before first day of class: $825 refund (50%)
First day of class onward: no refund will be given.

Will weather affect scheduling?

We may experience some rainy or cold days; we advise students to plan for this with gear and clothing and assume we will still have class. Occasionally, if the schedule allows, we will exchange the outdoor and indoor class times.

What happens if I miss class?

If you are taking the program for your own enjoyment, you will have simply missed the material from that class. You will be provided with any handouts, but should connect with a classmate to get any other material. If you are taking the program to continue on in the Community Clinical Herbalist Program, any absence over six hours must be made up with the instructor at a rate of $45 per hour.

Is there homework?

Yes, to complete the program, you are expected to participate in your learning process by reading all assignments and completing home herbal preparation projects, herbal research paper, and journal observations.

What materials are required?

Upon registration, you will be sent an email list of required texts and materials. Last year we used 5 texts, which totaled about $100.

Journal for notes, observations, sketches.
Botany hand lens
Sharp knife for stripping bark
Day pack for carrying tools, ID books, lunch, rain gear, water, etc.
Good hiking shoes

Can I treat patients when I graduate?

Not yet! The Lifestyle Program does not cover the physiology, pathology, diagnostics, or professional development to prepare you for consulting with individuals as a professional herbalist. If this is your goal, the Community Clinical Herbalist Program, which follows the Lifestyle program, will prepare you to practice as an herbalist.

Community Clinical Herbalist Program (400+hours)

This curriculum is being developed with an advisory board of medical professionals, and will begin being offered Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, Herbalist Lifestyle program is prerequisite to admission to the Clinical Herbalist Program.

I support HERBalachia’s mission! Can I sponsor a scholarship for a student?

All support of our school is appreciated, and your financial support helps us make sure that ALL may benefit from the teachings. Any amount is appreciated, and 100% of financial donations go toward our Student Scholarship Fund. Contribution form is HERE.

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