Family Herbalist Program ~ Basic Herbal Training

The Family Herbalist Program is a nine month foundation program with an emphasis on learning your herbs and your body. It includes herbs for specific body systems, the functional physiology of the primary body systems, and home remedies based on both folk remedies and science.
You’ll study and practice basic herbal medicine-making skills. You’ll make decoctions, tinctures, infused oils, and salves. And we’ll spend time identifying plants in their native habitats with either herb walks or slide shows. We’ll also discuss ethical ways to harvest and prepare the herbs
The goal of the program is to learn your herbs, especially your local herbs, how herbs help build and maintain good health, functional physiology of body systems, and simple home remedies for common complaints. You’ll also be introduced to various assessment techniques, such as tongue, pulse, nail and skin assessment.


Dates and Times

March 5 – November 6, 2022

The Family Herbalist Program is a certificate program, generally held the first weekend of every month, for nine months, beginning in March 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 first weekend of every month unless otherwise noted.

In addition to the FHP weekend class, there will also be one online evening class each month held the Tuesday night following the weekend class from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Central time. The class will be used to discuss and answer questions about the material from the month’s class.

March 5-6 March 15
April 2-3 April 12
May 7-8 May 17
June 4-5 June 14
July 2-3 July 12
August 6-7 August 16
September 3-4 September 13
October 1-2 October 11
November 5-6  

Tuition & Registration

Tuition is $2,250.00 for nine months, or $250 per month. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration for new students.
Please make checks out to: Phyllis D. Light. If you would like to use Paypal please contact Phyllis.

Full-tuition, $2,250.00, 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 below. (The pdf has fillable form fields so you may type on it, save the file, and email it back to Phyllis. Or print it and snail mail to address on the form.)

Click here for the Application
Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion will be rewarded at the end of the program if all criteria has been met. Keep in mind that you’ll get out of the program, what you put into the program. Doing the homework in a timely manner helps increase understanding of the material. Class participation and attendance also helps increase understanding of the material. The completion of the monthly homework and the fulfillment of a class project will be required to receive a Certificate of Completion. If you choose to audit the class, the price will be the same but no homework is required and no certificate of completion will be awarded.

General Course Information

Homework is required as well as an oral presentation in November for your final project to receive your Certificate of Completion. You can expect to spend at least 10-15 hours a month on homework and practice.

Handouts and notes will be furnished for each session. In addition, the following books