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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I an herbalist and can I get a job after I finish the course?

Dear Friend, We have a number of people who ask us if it ‘s possible to get a job as an herbalist after they finish my home study course.  Well, there are so many levels of answers to that question….  First and foremost, this course is designed for beginner/ intermediate students and for people interested in using herbs for personal health care for their families and friends.  If you are planning to become an herbalist and an herbal practitioner, this course provides the foundation and the basic knowledge needed, but it won’t prepare you to go into ‘professional herbal practice’.  However, many of our students apply themselves fully to their studies, do exceptional work, and bring a deep and abiding love of plants to their studies.  These students often create or find jobs working with plants in a number of capacities; working as adjunct councilors, working in herb shops, making products, farming with medicinal plants, and even going into practice if they’ve had previous experience.  Also, many of our students have studied herbalism previously and after they graduate from this course, they go on to study further if they wish to become professional herbalists.  These students have great likelihood of finding jobs because of their previous in-depth knowledge and experience.

So, yes, there are jobs and opportunities out their for herbalists, many of them self created.  But no one course, especially a home study course, will prepare you for professional practice.  As in any other profession, especially those involving health care, it requires years of study and a heartful life long dedication.  With herbalism as with many other health care professionals, an apprenticeship is helpful and/or the opportunity to work in an herbal health clinic under guidance to gain experience.

I hope this is helpful, I realize it’s a simple question; will I be prepared to work as an herbalist? But the answer is not so simple. As a reminder, even students who study and graduate from four-year universities are often not prepared for ‘professional practice’, nor are they guaranteed jobs. It’s a matter of how they apply themselves, the type of work they wish to go into, etc. With herbalism, there are so many different ways we can ‘practice’ our healing art: as gardeners, growers, herbal product makers, home health care (taking care of our personal needs and those of family and friends), cosmetics, plant spirit practitioners, adjunct practitioners, herbal educators, etc. etc.  Some of these fields require more skills and experience than others do.

Wishing you all the very best as you pursue your love of plants and your quest for knowledge.
Green Blessings,
Rosemary Gladstar

What are the primary differences between the "Classic" Printed & Online versions of the course?

The online and printed versions present the same core information. The printed version has the benefit of having the printed binder and an unlimited amount of time to finish the course.

In addition to the core lesson content, the online version also includes; a video & audio library, interactive forums, a social network, Rosemary’s personal plant notes, a Herb of the Month section with featured herbalists, and supplemental materials,  as well as a faster turn around time on homework.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
Many green blessings,
Laura

Do you offer a payment plan on the Home Study Course?

Yes, we do offer a payment plan for The Science & Art of Herbalism Home Study Course.

If you are interested in a payment plan, please contact Laura in the Sage Mountain Office and request the letter from Rosemary explaining the terms.

What are the refund policies for the Herbal Home Study Course?

Because we allow people the option to order Lesson One to `sample’ the course, there are no refunds offered once someone signs up for the full program.

What additional materials will I need to complete the course?

This course is a 'hands on' course and is filled with projects and activities that require making salves, tinctures, etc. None of the herbs or ingredients needed to make these products are included in the course We do give a list of sources where you can purchase the herbs and ingredients needed.   We also recommend creating a material medica that requires researching herbs in at least three books. We give suggestions for books to use, however, so long as they are good herbals you can use whichever books you chose or already have. But the books are not included in the course.   How much extra for the herbs and ingredients needed to complete the lessons.  Well, it truly depends on how much of each item you purchase, how many herb books you decide to buy, etc, but the minimal amount for the 10 lessons would be around $100 extra for the necessary herbs, ingredients, etc to complete the projects in each lesson (making tinctures, salves, creams,  oils, syrups, etc). If someone is thrifty and knows how to save, and/or grows their own herbs, uses recycled containers, etc, the cost would be less. But if someone was extravagant the price would be much higher!! Someone like me, for instance, who has an herb book fetish, I'd be buying every herb book I could!!

Hopefully, this is helpful.

Love and light and endless green blessings,
Rosemary

Will the course make me a Registered/Master Herbalist?

The Science and Art of Herbalism is a wonderful and well-respected course, and you do receive a lovely certificate for completing the coursework,however there is no way a home study course, no matter how well written could possibly provide the years of hands on experience and study required to achieve the title Master Herbalist. The Science & Art of Herbalism Home Study Course will provide a very strong foundation on the road to herbal knowledge, but only you will know when you are ready to start working with people outside of yourself and family.

Truly, we know of no online course that really would give one the tools and credentials to 'practice and prescribe'. This doesn't mean that one can't learn a tremendous amount from online or correspondence courses. There are some very good ones available and there are many herbalists now practicing that apprenticed and/or learned through primarily 'self study'.

But to get the kind of hands on practice one needs to open a practice, you really should attend an onsite school, learning directly from teachers and getting clinical practice by working one on one with others in a supervised way. At least, that's what Rosemary would suggest. There are schools that do this, some that offer full time programs and others that offer shorter programs for those, like yourself, that already have some training.

You might just wish to take a short term program that augments what you already know and gives you that invaluable one on one hands on clinical practice.  Schools and programs that you might wish to look into include:  David Winston's Clinical Training program (this course can be taken long distance, but David is actually teaching it in a classroom with students and some long distance learning students are included- although this is the last year he will be the main teacher), Maryland University of Integrative Health (offers full time accredited herbal training programs), The Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, The California School of Herbal Studies, and there are other programs as well.

For more information on becoming a registered herbalist, and other school listings, you may want to look around the American Herbalist Guild website,  http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com or the New England Herbal Association Website: http://www.northeastherbal.org

Hope that is somewhat useful information, and please let us know if you have any additional questions.

Many green blessings,
Laura