This course is a unique opportunity to study herbal medicine remotely, in community with others.
Brittany’s introductory apprenticeship and most popular class, the Art of Home Herbalism, is now available as an online course! The course includes materials to meet a variety of learning styles including instructional videos, audio recordings, at-home activities and reading assignments. Instructional videos and audio recordings will walk you through preparations and explanations step by step. At-home activities and assigned readings will help empower application of home remedies into everyday life. The online classroom contains a forum where students can ask questions, clarify concepts and connect with other students. The course is organized into 10 Units that revolve around body system therapeutics, medicine making, seasonal self-care, and other educational themes. While the class material follows the cycles of a solar year and is designed to be completed in 9 – 12 months (approximately 1 module of material per month), access to the online classroom never expires – students can work comfortably at their own pace and go back as needed to review concepts.
Upon registration, you will receive immediate access to the online classroom (see included photos) as well as a welcome package in the mail that includes a course handout booklet, herbs for tasting and muslin fabric for medicine making. The beautiful course handout booklet (see included photos) serves as a hard copy companion for the course and is fully illustrated to inspire your projects along the way. It contains a full table of contents, a breakdown and description of each unit to help you keep track of and engaged with where you are in the course, as well as a printed copy of each handout. All handouts are also available in the online classroom as PDF documents.
- Medicine making
- Wildcrafting, harvesting, drying, storing
- Body system therapeutics: digestive system, nervous system, immune system, lymphatic system, skin.
- Nutrient dense foods and food preparation
- Nutritional support for vibrant health
- Seasonal herbalism, cooking & self-care
- Seasonal and directional energetics
- Oral Wellness
- First Aid
Please note, because of design, this class will include limited plant identification. Students are encouraged to seek out local informational resources and experiential opportunities to help practice plant ID. Wildflower groups, as well as parks and nature areas, may have helpful offerings and events. Field guides, online resources, and the optional readings will also offer support.
- Complete Illustrated Guide To The Holistic Herbal: A Safe And Practical Guide To Making And Using Herbal Remedies, David Hoffmann (Please Note: All editions are wonderful and will work for this course)
- Rosemary Gladstar’s Recipes for Vibrant Health, Rosemary Gladstar (formerly published as The Family Herbal)
- Body into Balance, Maria Noël Groves
- The Herbal Homestead Journal, Brittany Wood Nickerson
- Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen, Brittany Wood Nickerson
- Botany in a Day, Thomas J. Elpel
- Peterson’s Field Guide (Medicinal and Edible Plants of the …) to your region
The Art of Home Herbalism Online uses a variety of different types of learning material to help appeal to diverse learning styles.
The course includes:
- 8 Instructional videos
- Over 20 recorded audio lessons
- Reading assignments from assigned texts
- At-home activities
- A beautiful, fully illustrated course booklet that clearly lays out all course content, material and assignments as well as all handouts and recipes (handouts and recipes are also available as PDF documents in the online classroom)
- Online discussion forum
Instructional videos and audio recordings will walk you through preparations and explanations step by step. At-home activities and assigned readings will help empower application of home remedies into everyday life.
The online classroom contains a general forum where students can ask questions, clarify concepts and connect with other students.
Estimated Time Commitment:
Each of the primary 9 units* of material includes 1 – 3 hours of video and audio recordings and 2 – 3 hours of reading and activities. Materials for each topic can be completed monthly or at any pace that works in the student’s individual schedule. Most students are deeply inspired by the course material and will want to do other activities prompted or suggested by course material.
*The final unit, Unit 10, is seasonally focused and designed to be incorporated into the program on an ongoing basis, rather than completed as it’s own unit.
The Art of Home Herbalism Online is $625 for the entire 10 unit program with unlimited access to the online classroom. Access to the online classroom never expires. This includes a beautiful hard copy of the course handout booklet, herbs for tasting, and other materials to get you started!
(If at any time I decide to stop offering this course I will give everyone at least 1 year’s notice – I don’t anticipate this in the near future, but I want to be transparent – it always seems strange to promise access “forever.”).
Following registration, students will receive immediate access to the online classroom. A welcome packet that includes the course handout booklet will be sent to the address provided at the time of registration within 1 week of registration.
A certificate will be awarded upon completion of the course.
Payment Plan Option
Payment plan options are available upon request. To inquire about payment plan options please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I did not expect this course to be as life-changing as it has been. The most meaningful part is being empowered with the knowledge to heal, nourish, and support myself and my loved ones back to a place of balance. I no longer suffer from insomnia, I have healed my frayed nerves and my digestive system, and I left the stressful job that was depleting me. It wasn’t long before I was dreaming about plants and my little pantry was becoming full of tinctures, herbal blends, vinegar extracts, and infused oils. My small herb garden grew from a couple of pots of culinary herbs to over 20 types of different plants and herbs growing in any nook and cranny I could find. This journey has shifted something inside me that I can’t ignore – a little spark has grown and I have let go of what no longer serves me to make way for a new cycle in my life; one of happiness, healing, and balance.
Thank you, Brittany, for sharing your knowledge and ways. I feel like I have gotten to know you even though I am so far away.”
– Deniz, Australia
“After taking the Art of Home Herbalism Online I feel empowered to take care of me and my family’s health and wellness in a new way. I’m teaching my kids to know their bodies and what herbs are out there for them to use. I’m teaching them how to support their whole body, not just individual parts. This summer I grew as many herbs in my own yard as possible and began to forage for herbs in the wild. I now have a full home apothecary and incorporate herbs into our everyday life.
Your course has changed my life and I am so grateful for the wisdom you have shared!”
– Amanda, OH
This is an amazing course! Not only did I learn so much about plant medicine, I also gained the ability to take my healing into my own hands. This course has transformed me; I am not the same person as when I started – I’ve deepened my connection with plants, nature, and the cycle of all living things. My young children now have their own herbs and plants to take of! Brittany, thank you for your guidance and support throughout the course. Thank you for the opportunity, you have made a difference in our lives and I am so grateful.
– Amanda, Ottawa, Canada
“Your audios on the seasons and aligning with their cycles are very inspiring. In this chaotic and material world, the messages that you intersperse throughout the course – connecting with nature, reflecting on our blessings, and continually giving thanks, have been most grounding. Thank you for the reminders of these most valuable lessons that I now more closely carry in my heart as I explore the natural world and work with the beautiful gifts of medicinal herbs.”
– Kirby, MA
“The Art of Home Herbalism course is wonderful in its emphasis on experiential learning. Each lesson is paired with an ‘at-home activity,’ and the encouragement to waste no time in getting started. I have gone from not knowing what an infusion was to throwing one together in the morning without much thought. Also, I appreciated that the course covers a wide range of medicine-making types. I feel that it is helpful for home learning, but also sets up a good foundation if I decide to continue in my herbal studies. The most important aspect, though, is that it switched my focus from eating the ‘right’ foods, to eating foods and herbs which are the most nourishing to my body – and for that, I am very grateful!”
– Kat, ILL
“This was a life-changing experience for me. Brittany is so very masterful in her knowledge of and educating about herbs and heart-centered wisdom. If you’re interested in this course I highly recommend jumping in and signing up. You will be so grateful.“
– Yasmine, NY
Heather Daniels Pusey and I collaborated to make all of the video tutorials included with this program! Heather is an incredibly talented designer, videographer, and editor. She has a great ability to translate vision into something concrete and meaningful and I could not have dreamed of finding someone more generous or kind to work with on this project. I am so grateful to Heather for her commitment to and belief in this project. I hope you enjoy these videos as much as Heather and I enjoyed making them!
Heather’s work as a digital storyteller and oral historian is focused on creating a more humane pathway forward and inspiring others to reweave their connection with the natural world, their intuition, and holistic modalities. With one foot immersed in technology and the other in holistic wellness, her work tends to the threads of spirit, mindfulness, dignity, interconnection, self-care, and the stories behind the people spreading their knowledge and passion about these topics. Learn more about Heather and her work on her website: opiacreative.com.
Chelsea Granger is a dear and long-time friend and collaborator. For the past 10 years, we have collaborated on medicine posters, zines, and books – our work together is driven by a shared vision to integrate art and self-care into everyday life. Chelsea did all the illustrations in the Art of Home Herbalism Online handout booklet. Herself a 2011 graduate of the Art of Home Herbalism, Chelsea holds this work in her heart and you can feel it in each of her illustrations. I am grateful for the warmth and homeyness that her illustrations bring to this material, making it feel welcoming and accessible even before you begin!
Learn more about Chelsea and her work on her website: ChelseaGranger.com.
Screenshots of Units 2, 4 & 7
Below are sample clips from 3 of the video tutorials in the course.
You can find the full recipe for the herbal syrup discussed in this last Water Based Medicine tutorial on Brittany’s Blog.