Connect to the plant world

Immerse yourself in the art and science of herbal medicine. Gain access to sustainable ways to care for yourself and your loved ones.

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Who is this course for?

Herbal enthusiasts
Students seeking a herbal career
Professionals serving their community

Program and guidebooks

Start any time and progress at your own pace
80+ hours of stunning step-by-step video lessons
A detailed 876-page e-book or, purchase 3 printed guidebooks to study offline

Included when you enroll

Instruction from 9 holistic wellness teachers, researchers, and makers
Access to a monthly instructor-led live virtual class
Herbalist moderated discussion boards
Access to our active herbal community with over 550 students
Assignments and quizzes to enhance your learning
Lifetime access to course videos and notes
2 years to complete the program to earn your certificate
7-day money-back guarantee

Do you feel called to the world of plant medicine?

Remedy common ailments naturally, effectively & affordably

  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Colds
  • Constipation
  • Coughs
  • Eczema
  • Fatigue
  • First Aid conditions
  • Hayfever
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Joint pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Muscle spasm and strain
  • Nausea
  • Nervous system depletion
  • Sleep
  • Sore throat
  • Stomach aches
  • Urinary issues (age-related)
  • UTIs (chronic and acute)
  • and more!

Program description

For as long as humans have been on Earth, we have collaborated with plants for food, medicine, shelter, and ritual.

Plant knowledge has been passed down generationally through stories and texts and has served as our primary form of health care until recently. It’s time to reconnect to our herbal histories and trust the wisdom and offerings of our collaborators, helpers, and teachers: the plants.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn about the properties and uses of over 50 medicinal and culinary herbs
  • Discover how to make herbal remedies for internal and external uses
  • Become proficient at customizing herb blends for yourself and others
  • Learn how to identify both wild and cultivated plants
  • Learn simple backyard permaculture garden design and maintenance techniques to ensure that you can grow and harvest an abundance of quality plants
  • Learn seed-saving techniques to ensure a long-term, sustainable supply
  • Witness herbs used in ceremony and learn how to connect to past generations of herbalists and your herbal ancestry
  • Discover how to create your own herbal first aid kit by learning which plants and preparations are best suited for various ailments
  • Become knowledgeable about how to identify, harvest, and use medicinal mushrooms
  • Understand how to incorporate aromatic medicines (essential oils) into your herbal practices and routines
  • Get excited about creating your herbal business and sharing your gifts with your community and beyond

This program is designed to ground you in the art and science of herbal medicine.

Upon completion of this program, you will be capable of taking care of many of your and your family’s needs. The Community Herbalist program contains all of the courses within the Home Herbalist program plus 11 more.

“The CHP program opened up so many opportunities to me that I didn’t realize existed before. I now make my own medicine and teach others how to make their own too. This sustainable knowledge is so useful to promote medicine security. Thank you so much for an amazing program!”

“The CHP program was such a valuable experience for me. I cannot express how gratifying it is to possess the knowledge to grow plants and make my own medicine! It is empowering and I can’t imagine life without this knowledge!”

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Join our Community Herbalist newsletter and we'll send you:

  • Lessons on materia medica, medicine making, and herbal therapeutics
  • A free herbal monograph and a body care recipe
  • An invitation to book 15-minutes with the Assistant Dean to ask questions about the program

Program outline

9 instructors, 21 courses, 80+ hours of video, 398 lessons

  • 1. Introduction to Herbal Medicine

    Peter Conway | Medical Herbalist, Aromatic Medicine Specialist

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  • 2. Wild Medicinals

    Amanda Howe | RHT, Medical Herbalist

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  • 3. Materia Medica Introduction

    Amanda Howe | RHT, Medical Herbalist

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  • 4. Materia Medica

    Amanda Howe | RHT, Medical Herbalist

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  • 5. Herbal Therapeutics

    David Caudwell | BSc, Medical Herbalist

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  • 6. The Art of Herbal Medicine Making | External Preparations

    Amanda Howe | RHT, Medical Herbalist

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  • 7. The Art of Herbal Medicine Making | Internal Preparations

    Seraphina Capranos | Herbalist, Classical Homeopath

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  • 8. Herbal Body Products & Gift Making

    Dr. Marisa Marciano | ND, RH (AHG)

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  • 9. The Medicinal Kitchen

    Jennifer Brott | Holistic Nutritionist

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  • 10. Botany & Plant Identification

    Lindsay Hounslow | Medical Herbalist, Organic Master Gardener

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  • 11. The History, Energetics, and Spirit of Plant Medicine

    Seraphina Capranos | Herbalist, Classical Homeopath

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  • 12. Backyard Gardening & Cultivation

    Lindsay Hounslow | Medical Herbalist, Medical Herbalist, Organic Master Gardener

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  • 13. Seed Saving

    Lindsay Hounslow | Medical Herbalist, Medical Herbalist, Organic Master Gardener

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  • 14. Herbal First Aid

    Amanda Howe | RHT, Medical Herbalist

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  • 15. Holistic Nutrition

    Cordelia McFadyen | Holistic Nutritionist

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  • 16. Aromatic Medicine

    Peter Conway | Medical Herbalist, Aromatic Medicine Specialist

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  • 17. Medicinal Mushrooms

    Robert Rogers | Botanist, Clinical Herbalist, Mushroom Expert

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  • 18. Developing Therapeutic Relationships & Case Taking

    Peter Conway | Medical Herbalist, Aromatic Medicine Specialist

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  • 19. Herbal Business

    Seraphina Capranos | Herbalist, Classical Homeopath

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  • 20. A 'Day in the Life' of our Herbal Graduates, Mini-Documentary

    Lance Staples | Michelle Reichert, David Shaw | Gina Gibbons, Marissa Pulaski

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  • 21. Conclusion

    Peter Conway | Medical Herbalist, Aromatic Medicine Specialist

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Community Herbalist Online Program

80+ hours & 876 pages of herbal wisdom.

New Add the Printed Guidebooks

Follow along with your video lessons. 3 guidebooks packed with herbal wisdom so that you can study on or offline.

$3069 CAD

Save $321 vs pay monthly

or
12 payments of $260 CAD

Billed monthly

7-day money
back guarantee

Please note that the 7-day money back guarantee applies to stand-alone courses only and to courses that are not completed in full. The 7-day money back guarantee does not apply to students that have completed a course and have received a certificate of completion.

Lifetime access
to materials

100% Secure
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What happens after you sign up?

1. Enroll

Watch your videos at your own pace and watch the calendar for the next virtual classroom.

2. Join virtual classroom

When the date arrives be sure to log in and enjoy your virtual class.

3. Ask your questions!

Connect with your community on the discussion boards. Ask questions and receive answers from our in-house Herbalists.

  1. 1. Enroll

    Watch your videos at your own pace and watch the calendar for the next virtual classroom.

  2. 2. Join virtual classroom

    When the date arrives be sure to log in and enjoy your virtual class.

  3. 3. Ask your questions!

    Connect with your community on the discussion boards. Ask questions and receive answers from our in-house Herbalists.

Meet your instructors

9 world-class professionals have collaborated to bring you the highest quality herbal education. Get inspired to impact your community.

  • Peter Conway

    Medical Herbalist, Aromatic Medicine Specialist

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  • Amanda Howe

    RHT, Medical Herbalist

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  • David Caudwell

    BSc, Medical Herbalist

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  • Seraphina Capranos

    Herbalist, Classical Homeopath

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  • Lindsay Hounslow

    Medical Herbalist, Naturalist Guide

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  • Dr. Marisa Marciano

    ND, RH (AHG)

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  • Jennifer Brott

    Holistic Nutritionist

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  • Robert Dale Rogers

    Botanist, Clinical Herbalist, Mushroom Expert

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  • Cordelia McFadyen

    Holistic Nutritionist, Gut Expert

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What do you get with the program?

  • 398 high-quality, step-by-step video tutorials

  • Learn something new and get your questions answered with live virtual classes every month

  • 876-page stunning e-book so you can follow along with your video lessons

  • Lifetime discount on suggested PRCOnline courses to further your education

  • Regular newsletters to keep you up-to-date and connected with the PRCO herbal community

Program Companion Guides

Printed Guidebooks

Follow along with your video lessons or, turn off your devices and learn without distraction.  Take notes and carry your books with you for on-the-go reference. These are the most comprehensive herbal curriculum guidebooks that you will find anywhere.

Take a look inside

  • Full curriculum for 21 courses and 398 lessons.
  • 40+ detailed herb monographs with photos, history, medicinal uses, dosages, herbal combinations, and more.
  • Step-by-step kitchen recipes, and herbal medicine recipes for internal and external preparations.
  • Easy to follow icons, charts, and diagrams.
  • Anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of 8 body systems.
  • Detailed guidance for treating common ailments including formulas and dietary/lifestyle recommendations.
  • Guidance for growing, harvesting, and storing medicinal herbs.
  • 15 detailed mushroom monographs with cultivation, medicinal uses, cautions, and contraindications.

Only $270 when bundled with the Community Herbalist Program.*

Bundle and save

*Books are for herbal program students only.*

Bonus feature

Virtual classes

Every month, one of your herbal instructors will conduct a virtual class in their area of expertise and answer student questions live.

What can you do after completing this program?

  • Formulate herbal medicines: salves, tinctures, teas, creams, and more.

  • Design and your own permaculture-inspired medicinal herb garden.

  • Use the healing power of plants to help restore and enhance health.

  • Identify wild medicinal plants and mushrooms and learn about sustainable harvesting.

  • Save money by creating your own luscious body products right in your very own kitchen.

  • Start a medicinal herb farm, work at a health food store, and take people on plant identification walks.

  • Educate your community about the power of herbs.

  • Hone your new herbal business and use your new knowledge to begin making your impact.

  • Increase the nutrition and healing properties of your food by cooking with herbs.

  • Explore your herbal ancestry and build your relationships with healing plants.

Program Comparison

Home Herbalist Online ProgramCommunity Herbalist Online Program
Program Hours4680+
Courses1021
Quizzes & ProjectsAll are optionalYes ?
Receive CertificateYes ?Yes ?
Can transfer credit into Pacific Rim College's Diploma of Phytotherapy program (upon successful program application)NoYes ?
Access to discussion boards9 months2 years
Access to monthly virtual classrooms9 months2 years
Start a new career post program!Optional
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Holistic Nutrition
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Botany
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Backyard Gardening
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Aromatic Medicine
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Medicinal Mushrooms
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Seed Saving
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Herbal First Aid
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Herbal Business
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Case Studies/Intaking
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"A Day In the Life" alumni mini documentary
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# of video lessons215 398
E-book page count564876
Own videos for lifeYesYes
7-day money back guaranteeYesYes
Payment planYesYes
Full price$890$2799
Enroll TodayEnroll Today

If all courses, quizzes, and projects are successfully completed, the following courses are eligible for transfer:

  • Materia Medica
  • Internal Medicine Making
  • External Medicine Making
  • Backyard Gardening
  • Wild Medicinal Herb Walk
  • History, Energetics and Spirit of Herbal Medicine

Upon successful completion of all videos, quizzes, and projects.

Upon successful completion of all videos, quizzes, and projects.

Once your program is successfully completed, you can hand your certificate in with your application to the Pacific Rim College campus. If you are accepted into your program, some of your course credits will transfer.

Plant a tree

When you register as a new student, we celebrate by planting a tree in your honor!

Why? We are dedicated to sustainability for our planet through both education and action. Trees are pivotal for protecting the biodiversity of our planet and this includes protecting plant medicine.

How? Twice per year we partner with OneTreePlanted, a non-profit, and choose a global location most in need.

Trees planted to date
614

Enroll today

Community Herbalist Online Program

80+ hours & 876 pages of herbal wisdom.

New Add the Printed Guidebooks

Follow along with your video lessons. 3 guidebooks packed with herbal wisdom so that you can study on or offline.

$3069 CAD

Save $321 vs pay monthly

or
12 payments of $260 CAD

Billed monthly

7-day money
back guarantee

Please note that the 7-day money back guarantee applies to stand-alone courses only and to courses that are not completed in full. The 7-day money back guarantee does not apply to students that have completed a course and have received a certificate of completion.

Lifetime access
to materials

100% Secure
checkout

Why Pacific Rim College Online?

Pacific Rim College in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is recognized around the world as a leader in holistic medicine and sustainable living. Since 2006 Pacific Rim College has educated thousands of students, forged innovative curricula, and earned a global following with its award-winning services.

  • 15 years in business
  • 1,000+ graduates
  • Expert instructors

FAQ

  • How long do I have access for?

    Lifetime access to all video content. Access to discussion boards and virtual classrooms for 24 months.

  • Do I receive a certificate or certification?

    You will receive a certificate of completion once you have successfully completed all videos, quizzes, and projects. Herbal medicine is currently an unregulated profession globally. The level of education that is provided with this program is of the highest quality and is designed to give you a solid grounding in herbal medicine.

  • Is this program accredited?

    Currently, there is no licensing accreditation anywhere in the world. For this reason, we brought in the top instructors in herbal medicine to ensure you receive the highest level of education.

  • Are all courses online?

    Yes! Your program is 100% online. You can start anytime you like and from wherever you are.

  • Do I have access to instructors?

    Yes! You will have a monthly virtual classroom with one of your program instructors where they will answer your most common questions and teach you a new mini-lesson.

  • What supplies are required?

    You will see a 'Supplies & Equipment' list in your guidebook for the courses that require or strongly suggest supplies. Do know that there are many options for students on a budget.

  • Do I receive continuing education credits for these courses?

    Please check with your local association as this program will likely count towards professional development/continuing education credits. Factors for determining eligibility will vary.

  • What e-readers are supported for the online e-book?

    After sign-up, you can go to your student dashboard and click on 'my downloads' to find your e-books. There is a PDF version and a Kindle version. You can also go to the website FAQ to find the links to the e-readers that support your e-book. Go to the top of the page --> click 'support' --> click 'read FAQ'. You will find the links you need there.

  • Can I use this certificate towards my application to the PRC campus Diploma of Phytotherapy program?

    Yes. Upon successful completion of your program (videos, quizzes, and assignments), you will receive a certificate of completion that you can present to admissions with your application. If you are accepted to the campus, you will receive 12 elective credits toward your diploma. Please be aware that this credit transfer program is subject to change.

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What our students are saying…

“Excellent. Herbal body products and gift-making videos are great. I have enjoyed making soaps and salves because I know exactly what is in them. Now there are more products I can make for myself and my family.”

Colleen - Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

“I am delighted with this program thus far. Especially the cooking ideas! I enjoy learning how to utilize medicinal herbs for everyday normal/natural usage. The gift-making section was also very useful because making homemade products seems too daunting, but now it’s very easy.”

X - Victoria, BC, Canada

“I loved this course and learning about traditional First Nation medicines. I wanted to take a course like this, so I had more knowledge and skills to give someone herbs with confidence.”

Pamela Mitchell - K'ómoks FN, Comox, BC, Canada

“The course was great; I appreciated the additional reading list, of which I am working my way through many of the titles. Peter Conway’s sessions had the most profound effect on me- he is inspirational in how he communicates and makes you think.”

Sarah Manuel

“This is an excellent course, high-quality videos and support, scientifically based and outstanding instructors. The support of fellow students and the quality of the materials are outstanding. It has helped kickstart my community herbalist business.”

Michele Young - Quebec, Canada

“Thank you for making this course available online! I’ve wanted to study herbal medicine for ages now but could not find a course that didn’t require full-time study. I love the videos and guidebooks – the dual learning ability is very helpful. This course is perfect!”

Jaclynn Wiltshire - Toronto, ON, Canada

“The course is very high quality, informative, easy to maneuver, with incredible visuals(videos) and layout! During these different times and losing my job, the thought of retraining from online school wasn’t exciting for me until I came across this course. The fact that it’s filmed beautifully, full of herbs, gardens and life, is such a gift!”

Jennifer Christenson - Penticton, BC, Canada

“Great! Love it! Such a fantastic course! It has helped me to gain a preliminary understanding of the herbal world! The instructors are invested, and the love for what they do is clearly expressed in their teaching! “

Claire - Sherwood Park, AB, Canada

“The Community Herbalism Online Program is beautiful and well laid out. I also enjoy learning from the discussion boards. The herbalists that are responding to my questions are thorough, encouraging and kind. The quality of the education is superb.”

Cindy Mueller - Prince George, BC, Canada

“A big thank you for making this herbal course accessible! I am so excited about my future and making herbal medicine. I feel like there’s been a lot of time, effort, and love put into this program, especially in how the instructors show how happy they are guiding us! I am an RMT and can’t wait to make things like arthritis relieving cream for my clients.”

Holly - Edmonton, AB, Canada

  • “Excellent. Herbal body products and gift-making videos are great. I have enjoyed making soaps and salves because I know exactly what is in them. Now there are more products I can make for myself and my family.”

    Colleen - Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

  • “I am delighted with this program thus far. Especially the cooking ideas! I enjoy learning how to utilize medicinal herbs for everyday normal/natural usage. The gift-making section was also very useful because making homemade products seems too daunting, but now it’s very easy.”

    X - Victoria, BC, Canada

  • “I loved this course and learning about traditional First Nation medicines. I wanted to take a course like this, so I had more knowledge and skills to give someone herbs with confidence.”

    Pamela Mitchell - K'ómoks FN, Comox, BC, Canada

  • “The course was great; I appreciated the additional reading list, of which I am working my way through many of the titles. Peter Conway’s sessions had the most profound effect on me- he is inspirational in how he communicates and makes you think.”

    Sarah Manuel

  • “This is an excellent course, high-quality videos and support, scientifically based and outstanding instructors. The support of fellow students and the quality of the materials are outstanding. It has helped kickstart my community herbalist business.”

    Michele Young - Quebec, Canada

  • “Thank you for making this course available online! I’ve wanted to study herbal medicine for ages now but could not find a course that didn’t require full-time study. I love the videos and guidebooks – the dual learning ability is very helpful. This course is perfect!”

    Jaclynn Wiltshire - Toronto, ON, Canada

  • “The course is very high quality, informative, easy to maneuver, with incredible visuals(videos) and layout! During these different times and losing my job, the thought of retraining from online school wasn’t exciting for me until I came across this course. The fact that it’s filmed beautifully, full of herbs, gardens and life, is such a gift!”

    Jennifer Christenson - Penticton, BC, Canada

  • “Great! Love it! Such a fantastic course! It has helped me to gain a preliminary understanding of the herbal world! The instructors are invested, and the love for what they do is clearly expressed in their teaching! “

    Claire - Sherwood Park, AB, Canada

  • “The Community Herbalism Online Program is beautiful and well laid out. I also enjoy learning from the discussion boards. The herbalists that are responding to my questions are thorough, encouraging and kind. The quality of the education is superb.”

    Cindy Mueller - Prince George, BC, Canada

  • “A big thank you for making this herbal course accessible! I am so excited about my future and making herbal medicine. I feel like there’s been a lot of time, effort, and love put into this program, especially in how the instructors show how happy they are guiding us! I am an RMT and can’t wait to make things like arthritis relieving cream for my clients.”

    Holly - Edmonton, AB, Canada

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