Imagine you are walking through the forest near your home. As you look around you, you start noticing the plants growing nearby. Imagine knowing each of these plants; understanding how to use them, when to harvest them and which parts to use. Envision being able to make these plants into medicines such as salves, oils, pills, syrups and tinctures. How would it feel to help others use these herbal medicines for healing purposes?
These are the skills of an herbalist. Are you ready to follow the path less traveled? Are you interested in deepening your connection with plants and the earth? It is time to get excited about plants and awaken your passion for natural healing!
Green Path Herb School empowers students to use medicinal plants for themselves, their families and as professional herbalists. We offer several herb programs designed for the beginning student to the advanced practitioner. Join us on a journey of exploration of medicinal herbs and natural remedies! Students foster a life long relationship with herbs as we explore the healing power of plants and the study of herbal medicine.
We offer classes in Missoula, Montana and have upcoming online classes as well. Our offerings include natural health retreats, guest speaker workshops, wildcrafting trips, online herb certificate classes and programs, a school for training professional herbalists, herb books and lots of free herbal information!
Our two main courses are Herbal Foundations and Green Path Herb School.
Herbal Foundations is an in-depth, herbal studies program designed for laypeople and practitioners who wish to use herbs safely and effectively. This is a great program for the person who wants to develop self-sufficiency with herbal medicine. We study medicinal plants easily grown in our northern climate as well as some special exotics. Learn how to grow herbs and how essential oils are made. Explore using herbs for different body systems. Learn the art and science of medicine making. Upon finishing Herbal Foundations courses, students receive a certificate of completion.
Green Path Herb School:
Discover a new and exciting direction in your life: explore the ancient art and modern science of herbal healing! A comprehensive program catering to those interested in becoming professional herbalists, this curriculum is designed to provide a total immersion into natural healing and medicinal plants. Students will take away from this course the skill set and confidence needed to practice herbalism.
A New Path:
450+ class hours over a span of 6 months starting early 2016. Classes start February 1, 2016 and run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am-4pm, with several wildcrafting fieldtrips. The program ends the middle of July. This program is in house only. This program does not require any previous education related to herbal medicine. Green Path Herb School is accepting applications for 2016.
Herbal Therapeutics, Materia Medica, Wildcrafting/Field Trips, Medicine Making, Anatomy and Physiology, Botany, Nutrition, Western Constitutional Herbal Medicine, Plant Constituents & Contraindications, Student Research Projects, Herbal Perspectives on Health Issues, Aromatherapy, Gardening, Permaculture, Wild Foods, Plant Spirit Medicine, History of Western Herbalism, Ayurveda, Physical Assessment, Flower Essences, Clinical Skills, Herbal Body Care, Homeopathy, Chinese Herbs and Medicine.
What students are saying:
Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. Your passion for what you do inspires your students to learn and expand their own knowledge of the natural world and how connected they can be with it. Your classes are clear and straightforward. I love all the plant wisdom. I go outside and all I see are medicinal plants! Thank you!
The things I learned while taking classes with the Green Path Herb School empower and inspire. I now feel equipped with information and awareness that will allow me to take medicine and healing into my own hands by working with the Earth’s provisions. -Michael Billington
Thank you so much for the great information you provided – your presentation of the material was entertaining and professional and I appreciate your approachability. Your course and philosophies are a real gift to our community. –S.Richardson
Thank you so much for sharing your amazing knowledge and time with so many people. You have been such an inspiration to me, and I don’t think I would have had the resources or info I needed to begin this journey without your help! –Kristin
Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, Elaine! I have thoroughly enjoyed the class and look forward to more in the future! –K.W.
Thank you for the AMAZING class this summer! –P.P.
You have inspired and empowered me to incorporate herbal methods for health and healing into my everyday life. I now have a new understanding of the way my body functions and ways I can nourish and heal it, naturally. – M.L.
Enrollment: We are now accepting applications for 2016. There is no deadline for application, however applications are considered upon their submission and we expect the program to fill. Note that a deposit is required along with the application to secure an interview, so please call or e-mail with any questions or concerns before applying. Find out more by clicking on Classes, and get the applications here:
Herbal Foundations: HF Application Form
Green Path Herb School: GP Application Form
The Ten Best Things You Can Do For Your Health
There are some basic and fundamental things we can do to be healthy. Without these practices, I think it is hard to have adjunct therapies such as herbs, essential oils, homeopathic remedies or even pharmaceuticals work well. Bottom line, there is no substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. I recommend the following lifestyle practices to all of my clients and students.