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Herbalist Lifestyle Program

Year 1

Registration for the 2020 Lifestyle Program is now open!

HERBalachia offers a unique education through teaching local plant identity, world herbal traditions, sustainable harvesting practices, medicine making, and an overall inward journey of the self. The school meets one weekend per month, March through September, and is designed for beginning herbal students, health care practitioners, and healthy lifestylers.


By “studying herbs”, we don’t mean watching a video! Students learn through herb walks, communion with Nature, lecture, discussion, and hands-on harvesting, preparation, and home remedies.


Cherokee forest, the Nolichucky river, an Appalachian species propagation garden and various other herbal wonderlands in our midst.

My heart and my Head are full of love for plants,
for these teachers and for this wonderful journey. Aho!
Victoria Hanson


Selected by our faculty for their safety, ease of identification, and usefulness, these plants will be studied in terms of scientific and common names, identification, part used, preparation/dosage, actions/indications, and safety/contraindications.


We will visit the herb growing in its outdoor habitat, learn to connect with the plant’s energy, handle it, smell it, taste it, and prepare its medicine together. Part of your learning is to observe and document your own personal physical and energetic interactions with several herbs.


Create your own apothecary: decoction, infusion, tincture, percolation, salve, honeypill, and syrup. Our aim is for you to feel confident in aiding friends and family during times of common illness such as sore throat, cough, upset stomach, etc with your preparations.

Read about our all-star faculty, which includes Master’s degree herbalists, botany professor, Ayurvedic physician, native American medicine woman, mushroom and herbal propagation experts, among others.

Although, we all came in with varying degrees of knowledge (understanding) of the topics,
there was no shortage of help with those that may have needed assistance.
Henry Layne Jr.

Herbalist Lifestyle Program
84 hours

  • Materia Medica: 25 Appalachian Plants
  • Abundant field trips
  • Hands-on Medicine-Making
  • World Herbal Traditions (Chinese, Ayurvedic, Native American)
  • Botany/ plant identification, herbal energetics
  • Wildcrafting: art and ethics
  • Herbal ecology and stewardship of at-risk species

Lifestyle Class Schedule for 2020:

March 28,29
April 25,26
May 30,31
June 27,28
July 25, 26
Aug 22, 23
Sept 26, 27

7-weekend modules, 12 hours each weekend:

Sat 10-1 & 2-5
Sun 10-1 & 2-5

Approximately 3-4 hours per week of home projects and reading is required in addition to class hours.

Tuition: $1650

How do I register?

  • Pay your non-refundable deposit of $500.
  • Complete the online application.
    This finalizes your spot in the program.
  • Payment balances due:
    $550 by November 15
    $550 by February 6

Please budget an additional $200 for books and class supplies.

Payment may be made at Appalachian Acupuncture, Tues–Thurs 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-1pm.
We accept cash, check or credit card. Card payment by phone: 423-928-9394.

For questions, please contact Michelle Bouton: Michelle@HERBalachia.com

Goals of HERBalachia:

  • connect herbalists, growers, and educators
  • promote safe herb usage through training responsible and compassionate community herbalists
  • be a repository of Appalachian herbal knowledge, traditions, and seeds
  • build confidence in the medical community of the contribution herbalists can make to patient health
  • create opportunity for local experts to teach and share their knowledge
  • instill stewardship of at-risk species and sustainability of foraging practices
  • connect to a market of dispensing herbal clinics to support herbs grown by local farmers

Sign up to be notified of HERBalachia programs, workshops, and events,
including the free Sassafras Moon Herbal Festival!

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