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. Students receive access to the program for 1 year, in which time they work through the material at their own pace.
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 access to the online classroom for 1 year. This includes a beautiful hard copy of the course handout booklet, herbs for tasting and other goodies to get you started!
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.
Students who complete the Art of Home Herbalism Online are eligible to take the Advanced Apprenticeship if further study is of interest and an in-person class (at Thyme Herbal in Conway, MA) is feasible.
Payment Plan Option
Payment plan options are available upon request. To inquire about payment plan options please email email@example.com.
“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
“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
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.