Herbalist Lifestyle Program

Year 1


2023 Registration Now Open!


2023 Registration 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. This program is designed for:

  • Beginning herbal students
  • Health care practitioners
  • Healthy lifestylers
  • Nature lovers seeking their Plant Tribe


By “studying herbs”, we don’t mean watching a video!
Despite the rush to online classes, we believe the most effective herbal studies occur in person, hands-on, and in nature. Our students learn through:

  • Herb walks and field trips (local forests, creeks, fields)
  • Lecture, demo & discussion by local enthusiastic specialists
  • Communion with Nature, personal experiences outdoors
  • Supervised harvesting: ethical, reciprocal, and in gratitude
  • Hands-on medicine preparations in class
  • Take-home medicine samples and assignments
  • Community building and sharing experiences

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

Materia Medica


FOCUS ON 25 LOCAL MEDICINALS: selected by our faculty for their safety, ease of identification, and usefulness. These plants will be studied in terms of scientific and common names, botanical identification, part used, preparation/dosage, actions/indications, and safety/contraindications.
HERBAL ENERGETICS: 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.
HANDS-ON MEDICINE MAKING: to create your own apothecary: decoction, infusion, maceration tincture, infused oils, salves, syrups, vinegars, and honeypills.
WORLD HERBAL TRADITIONS taught by trained professionals: Chinese herbalism, Ayurvedic herbalism, Native American traditional herbalism, Appalachian folk traditions
BOTANY/ PLANT IDENTIFICATION: plant communities and relationships
WILDCRAFTING: Art and ethics, how to I harvest safely, effectively, and in consideration of plant life and needs of other species?
ECOLOGY & AT-RISK SPECIES STEWARDSHIP: how do I know if a plant is at-risk and if I should harvest it? How do we determine this?



Read about our all-star faculty, which includes Master’s degree herbalists, botany professor, Ayurvedic practitioner, 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.

2023 Herbalist Lifestyle Program Schedule

2023 Registration Now Open!


April 15, 16
May 6,7
June 3,4
July 8,9
Aug 12, 13
Sept 9,10

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


Blackberry Blossom Campground
250 Blackberry Blossom Land
Unicoi, TN 37692

If you would like to spend the weekend at Blackberry Blossom Campground, make your reservations now! Tent camping, cute travel campers, and a luxurious AirBnB suite are available.


When necessary, we adapt our program to follow strict CDC guidelines and our ‘COVID pivots’ have been given rave reviews by students. While occasionally inconvenient, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to SAFELY enjoy our time together.



How do I register?

Complete your online application and pay full tuition OR $650 deposit.
HERBalachia Director Michelle Bouton will contact you for a brief student interview and to set up payments.

  • Your $650 deposit will save your spot for the 2023 program
  • Full tuition is due by March 31, 2023

Deposit is non-refundable, and no refunds will be made after the first day of class.

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

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

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