Advanced Case Study

Elevate your herbal practice

All in-person courses closed in support of social distancing, until further notice.

We are currently making plans to offer distance learning instead.

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For those with prior training looking to work with clients in the future, we offer our Advanced Case Study.

Next Course runs from November 2019 - April 2020

This is an integrative program where Jasmyn Clift and a well-rounded group of visiting expert teachers describe complex client cases. Students use the information to create formulas for which they receive direct feedback.

Students are encouraged to employ the abundant Materia Medica they acquired in the Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies Intermediate Program or similar classes completed elsewhere. Participants gain confidence in their prior knowledge as well as explore a wide range of important new topics relevant to clinical practice.

How we prioritize applicants:

  • We accept small groups of committed, grateful, hard working students.
  • We prioritize those who have graduated from the Wild Seed School Intermediate Program.
  • In particular, we prioritize those who have pursued some sort of herbal studies since completing the program. Some of you have gone on to take other classes, some of you have done herbal apprenticeships, and some of you have done phone mentorship with our faculty, or with another clinical herbalist, and some of you have done self-study.
  • There will likely be many more people interested in moving forward with their herbal training than we can accommodate at this point. Apologies for that.

Folks who sail through this level will be able to go on to Supervised Clinic at either the Compassion Club Wellness Centre, with Jasmyn or most especially with Maryann. We will be providing support, clients and a space as well as a huge apothecary for you to learn the art of clinical herbalism.

What you'll learn:

  • Advanced Materia Medica of complex plants with more narrow therapeutic index dosages
  • Herb / pharmaceutical drug interactions and other contraindications
  • Constitutional approach to clinical herbalism
  • Epidemiology & diverse therapeutics
  • Clinical skills including formulation, counselling and interview skills, and appropriate client/practitioner conduct
  • Pathology of common and not so common ailments
  • Client/practitioner relationship
  • Approaches to nutrition and optimal use of supplements
  • Preparation for student clinical practicum

Time Commitment:

The Advanced Case Study consists of one 4-day weekend of class time per month for 6 months, plus guided self study (meaning lots of awesome homework!)

Financial Commitment:

The Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies Advanced Case Study costs $3295 CAD

If accepted, applicants will be asked to pay tuition in full, or a non-refundable 20% deposit of $599 to secure their position. We would then make arrangements for a mutually agreeable payment plan.

See our refund policy for details (links to FAQ page).

Advanced Case Study prerequisites:

Students must have successfully completed the Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies Intermediate Program or a similar program elsewhere to be eligible for this course.

If you are unsure which of our classes is best suited for you, please enquire further.

How to apply:

If you feel enthusiastic about taking this further leap toward becoming a practicing herbalist, then you can apply for the Advanced Case Study program by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button on this page and submitting a complete application form.

But first, please write us a letter. This is your application!

Please include in this letter:

  1. All the reasons why you would like to continue your herbal studies with us (as opposed to another clinical herbalist teacher/school out there). And what your future herbal plans or dreams are, i.e. what you will do with this training.
  2. And please let us know what you have been doing herbally since you graduated from the Intermediate Program (or equivalent).

How long a letter? That’s up to you.

How to get the letter to us:

Upload a file right to the application form; send us an email; or handwrite and post via snail mail to our mailing address (found on our contact page).

On the application form you will also be asked to give us a reference (including their contact info). This should be someone who can support your description of what you have been doing to further your herbal studies.

Application check list:

  • Completed application letter: either sent to us via email, or sent via post to our mailing address, or have digital file ready to upload directly on the application form (accepted file types: pdf, pages, doc, docx)
  • Reference name and contact info
  • Your contact info

Make sure you have everything listed in the check-list above before proceeding!

Praise for this course

  • Wild Seed’s Advanced Program is a perfect balance of pathophysiology, herbal therapeutics, case studies, and clinical wisdom — by the end I felt ready to approach clinical work with confidence. Instructors have worked hard to distill years of clinical experience into a captivating and relevant curriculum. It has fed my passion for herbal medicine, providing me with a profound respect for the specificity and personalities of herbs, as well as the intricacies of what it means to provide herbal care.

    A.S., Duncan, BC
    Student, Advanced Case Study
  • What I learned in Wild Seed’s advanced class with Maryann, Jasmyn & other teachers gave me the basis (and the confidence) to begin my practice as a herbalist. I am so grateful for the wisdom I gleaned from their decades of experience treating clients with complex health issues. It’s been key for me to study with teachers I align with politically in terms of harm reduction, queer-positivity, & more.

    L.S., Salt Spring Island
    Student, Advanced Case Study

Photos from past Advanced Case Studies