Herbal Foundations

A Self-Paced Online Program in Herbal Medicine

It is time to get excited about plants and awaken your passion for natural healing! This self-paced online program is for beginning to intermediate students who want more in depth knowledge about medicinal plants.

Make a deeper connection to the earth. Discover the healing properties of medicinal plants – a special and unique part of our world. Come on a journey with us and experience an intimate connection with healing herbs Study medicinal plants easily grown in a garden, weedy herbs, as well as some special exotics. Students will foster a life long relationship with herbs as we explore the healing power of plants and the study of herbal medicine. The Herbal Foundations Certificate Program is valuable, both for herb enthusiasts and professionals* wanting to add to their healing repertoire.

The Herbal Foundations Program

  • Herbs for Body Systems: Respiratory System, Cardiovascular System, Nervous System, Reproductive System, Kidneys and Bladder, Liver and Digestive System, Skin, Muscular Skeletal System, Lymphatic System, Immune System
  • Medicine Making: Medicine making tools, Herb drying and processing, Capsule making, Tinctures, Cough syrups, Salves, Herbal oils, Teas, Decoctions, Poultices, Liniments, Hydrotherapy
  • Field Trips: Wildcrafting plants of the Rocky Mountains, Medicinal Gardens, Wildcrafting Ethics
  • Actions & Energetics: Herbal properties and effects
  • Materia Medica: Learn the healing properties of specific plants, many from our own region.
  • Students will complete Herbal Foundations with a full natural medicine chest created with their own hands, as well as a certificate upon completion of the course. Completion entails completing all assignments and missing no more than 3 classes throughout the program.

*The Montana Board of Chiropractors has approved Herbal Foundations to offer continuing education units for chiropractors. Massage therapists have also received continuing education credits.

To Register:
This program does not require any previous education related to herbal medicine.

We are now accepting applications for 2021. 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 register for the class, so please call or e-mail with any questions or concerns before applying.

Cost: $900*

Includes more than 70 hours of instruction, self-paced video classes and PDF downloads.Contact us for payment options. There is a $50 extra charge for CEUs.

There is a $100* application deposit fee necessary for acceptance into the program. It is non-refundable and will be applied towards tuition, only for the year applying, upon acceptance to the program.

 We accept cash, check, money order or credit card. The remaining tuition is due by January 1. Payment plans are available and an additional $100* administrative fee is charged up front.

3 Payment Options: Paying by check or money order is ALWAYS appreciated, as it helps us keep our costs (like tuition!) down. You can also pay online:

  1. Pay In Full after November 1: $900*.
  2. Secure Your Space (if you want to pay the rest later): $100* non-refundable deposit.
  3. Payment plans are also available. Contact the school if you have questions.

*Please note: due to the fees charged by these companies, all credit card and Paypal transactions are charged a non-refundable (approximate 3%) transaction fee. Checks or Money orders can be sent to Green Path Herb School P.O. Box 7813, Missoula MT 59807

Tuition includes all classes, and medicine making supplies. The books used for class are extra. *$50 extra for CEUs.

Refund Policy:

  1. $100 of the program (called the deposit) is non-refundable upon registering for the program.
  2. If a student cancels after the classes have begun, a calculation of all allowable charges shall be made using the date that we received written notification of termination.
  3. If cancelling at the first class, 50% of the total tuition is refundable.
  4. If cancelling at the second class, 25% of the total tuition is refundable.
  5. After the second class, no refunds are given and the total sum of tuition is owed in full, even if not all classes are attended.
  6. All students making payments are still subject to the Refund Policy terms.

To Register:

  • Send a check or money order (or pay online) in with your application form to Green Path Herb School P.O. Box 7813, Missoula MT 59807
  • Fill out the HF Appplication form


elecampane fl copyWhat Students Are Saying:

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 store, 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.

This program has 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.

Now Accepting Applications for 2020!

12 Comments on “Herbal Foundations

  1. Good evening! The SEED and ROOT programs sound exciting and I look forward to your online offerings…Please keep me informed..

    • Hi Randall, Thanks so much for your interest! You can keep in the loop by signing up for our newsletter on the website.
      Warmly, Elaine Sheff

  2. Greetings. I am presently enrolled in an online herbal school along with an aromatherapy course. I find the courses interesting but I believe I need a “hands on” experience and am very interested in your offering. Please let me know your next offering so that I may apply. Thank you very much, Rhonda

    • Rhonda, Our in-house Herbal Foundations programs start every January and run through September. We will also have an upcoming on-line class starting in a few months, but you may want something more hands on? We can still get you in the 2015 program if you would like. Thanks for your interest, Elaine

  3. Hi, I am originally from Missoula and have been interested in your SEED and ROOT program, but unfortunately had to move to the Seattle area this last November. I am wondering if you know of any similar programs in this area, or have any recommendations? I would love to learn more than I currently know! Thanks so much.

    • Hi Sara,
      Luckily for you, your timing is great! We are getting ready to do our first on-line herbal foundations program this spring! The best way to get the details is to sign up for our email newsletter and then say yes to all the great freebies you will get along the way. (we’ll be offering a great discount as well)! 🙂

  4. Are you still offering online courses? I am in Montana, so my excuse is not as great as others.

  5. Hello,
    So I want to become an herbologist but am wondering if this is the course I need to take to do that. If I take this course, will I become a certified herbologist (who can use the newly acquired skills for a career)?
    Any clarification would be very helpful as I am very curious about the program,

    • I’m also wondering what the workload is like (hours of study time versus class time week), so any more info would be much appreciated.

      • For Herbal Foundations, there is (at most) about 1 hour of study time per week. Class happens once a month for 6 hours.

    • The Herbal Foundations course is designed for people that would like to use herbs for themselves or their families. We also have a lot of professionals take it who work in some other healing modality. If you want to be an herbalist, we’d recommend taking the Herbalist Certificate Program.

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