Community Herbalist Program ~ Intermediate Herbal Training

In the Community Herbalist Program, you’ll build on the information learned in the Family Herbalist Program. In FHP, we learned about the organ systems and their common disorders and about basic herbal remedies. In CHP, we move into a deeper understanding of how the body works by looking at the endocrine system.

Herbal Studies with Phyllis D Light

The Community Herbalist Program is a ten month intermediate program with an emphasis on the Southern Folk Medicine constitutional system, the role of the endocrine system in good health, hormones and their effect on health, and importantly, the role of good nutrition as the foundation of good health.

You’ll learn about the Southern Blood Types (Bitter, Salty, Sweet, and Sour), the four elements (fire/water and air/earth), and the influence of constitution on health and personality. We’ll discuss ways to help balance a person’s constitution using herbs, foods, and lifestyle changes.

You’ll learn about the functioning of the endocrine system, its interaction with organ systems, the role of hormones in health and well-being, and the common disorders associated with each gland in the endocrine system.

The role of nutrition in maintaining health is studied in greater depth. We’ll study the signs of nutrient deficiency and how this may affect bodily processes and the foods, vitamins and supplements which can bring these deficiencies back into harmony.

You’ll also learn about herbal formulation and how to prepare a formula designed for the individual and their particular constitution.

We’ll also begin a discussion of case studies.

The student will continue to build an herbal materia medica in relation to their studies.


To enroll in the Community Herbalist Program, the student must have completed the Family Herbalist Program or a comparable program.

Dates and Times

February 12 – November 13, 2022

The Community Herbalist Program is a 10 month certificate program, generally held the second weekend of every month, beginning in February and ending in November. Class times are 9:30 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am – 4:30 pm on Sunday. The class will meet the second weekend of every month unless otherwise noted. Contact the office for the specific dates for each year or check the website for updates.

In addition to the CHP weekend class, there will also be one online evening class each month. The class will be used to discuss and answer questions about the material from the month’s class.

February 12-13 February 22
March 5-6 March 22
April 9-10 April 19
May 14-15 May 24
June 11-12 June 21
July 9-10 July 19
August 13-14 August 23
September 10-11 September 20
October 8-9 October 18
November 12-13


Tuition is $2,500.00 for 10 months (138 hours of instruction). A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration for new students but not for returning students.
Please make checks out to: Phyllis D. Light. If you would like to use Paypal please contact the office.

Full-tuition, $2,500.00, is due the week before the first class unless other arrangements have been made. An optional monthly payment plan of $250.00 is available for your convenience, but must be worked out in advance. Please note, that once you commit to the program and are paying by the month, you are responsible for the month’s payment even if you miss a class. All classes are recorded and available for viewing.

Refund Policy

Please carefully consider your commitment to the program whether you are paying in advance or making monthly payments. If you pay in advance and withdraw before the program begins, you’ll receive 100% refund minus a $50 transaction fee. If you pay in advance and withdraw after the first month but before the third month, you’ll receive a 50% refund minus a $50.00 transaction fee. No refund will be given after the third month of classes. The same timeline is applicable if you are paying by the month.


Please download the PDF application for enrollment. (Fill out the PDF, save the file, and email it back to the office. Or, you can print it and snail mail to the office, ACNH, 329 South Main Street, Arab, AL 35016.