school image 640x640Imagine 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.

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Herbal Foundations:

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.

Learn more about Herbal Foundations

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.

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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.

Learn more about Green Path Herb School

 What students are saying:

angelica bud3You are such a “natural,” teacher and so WISE! Loved your class.–S.S.

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.

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  1. I am self taught in herbal medicine but looking for a school to learn more from.

    • HI Dawn, You are always welcome to stop in and see a class and the school if or when you are in Missoula!

  2. Please tell me when the next classes start again and if housing or work exchange is offered.

    • Hi Marsha, The school is in full swing for 2015. A new program will begin in February 2016. Housing is not offered at the school. students generally rent something in town. We do offer one work exchange position and do interviews to fill that. I can send you the details if you are interested. Thanks!

  3. Just graduated from high school and am interested in more information in your program.

    Thank you.

  4. Hi, I’m moving to Kalispell in 2016 and am very interested in this school. Is there some way i can recieve a complete information packet?

      • I am a senior in high school this year and have recently gotten very interested in attending your school. Could I get more information, too, please. greatly appreciated, thank you
        p.s. i have already activated my email from the link you posted

        • Hi Shayna, I will email you some information. Thanks for your interest and let us know if you have questions.

  5. I am very interested in seeking information for your program starting in February. Please send my information regarding application and fees. Also, if there is any funding thru financial loans.

    • Hi Rachel,
      We are delighted that you are interested in Green Path Herb School! You can find information on this page, as well as scrolling down to the bottom to download the application.


      You can also call us with any questions at 406.274.2009. We do have a work trade position as well, which we’d be happy to discuss with you.
      Thanks, Elaine

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