Intermediate Program

Our most popular course!

For those looking to expand their previous herbal knowledge, whether informal or from beginners’ classes, we offer our Intermediate Program.

This year's program is underway. The next program will run 2020/21. Check back later or contact us to get on the wait list.

In this nine-month herbology course we start by providing a working understanding of anatomy and physiology. Then we teach students how to create their own versatile apothecary from local and common plants. Once these skills are developed, we delve into the uses of these medicines for humyns. At the end of the year students participate in our beautiful Herbal Medicine Fair, where they proudly display medicines they have made during the course.

Intermediate Program prerequisites:

To participate fully in this class, students will be expected to have made folk method salves, tinctures, decoctions and infusions. Useful books to study before taking this class include James Green’s Herbal Medicine Making Handbook and Michael Moore’s Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West.

If you think you may be interested in taking this course in the future, we recommend you take a beginner’s class in your community.

Time and financial committment:

The WSSHS Intermediate Program runs annually from November to June, at one  2 or 3-day weekend per month, with a winter break.

The 2018/2019 Intermediate Program investment $1995 plus 5% GST, which includes extensive in-class medicine making supplies. The total including tax is $2095. This does not include books or meals or your travel.

If you are accepted you will receive notification soon after the application deadline. At that time, you will be required to pay your tuition in full, or a non-refundable 20% deposit of $399 in order to secure your place. We would then make arrangements for a mutually agreeable payment plan.

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

Title photo above by @SoaringScavengerPhotography

What you'll learn:

  • Materia Medica for well over 100 plants
  • Optimal extraction techniques for each plant we discuss
  • Anatomy & physiology as applied to herbal therapeutics
  • Harm reduction strategy
  • Ethical wildcrafting
  • Flower remedies
  • Herbal first aid
  • Cultivation of medicinal plants
  • Basic formulation
  • Botany
Magnolia excited to present her portfolio at the Intermediate Medicine Faire.

How to apply:

If you feel enthusiastic about taking this next step to advance your herbal knowledge, then you can apply for the Intermediate Program by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button on this page and submitting a complete application form.

Here's how to prepare before you apply:

  1. Be ready to provide thoughtful answers to questions about your herbal knowledge and aspirations.
  2. Obtain two short letters of reference from two different people who can write either about
    your herbal studies and knowledge or how much herbalism is a part of your life (please do not use family or close friends). Please ask your references to describe anything about your study habits, and your ability to commit to something and see it through. Be sure to provide phone numbers for your reference.

We can’t consider applications complete until we receive accompanying reference letters – so don’t leave this to the last minute!

How to get your reference letters to us (3 options):

  1. Upload a file/files right to the application form (accepted file types: pdf, pages, doc, docx)
  2. or, send them via email to us at:
  3. or, handwrite and post via snail mail to our mailing address (see ‘contact us’ page).

Application for 2020/21 opening soon.

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Praise for this course

Amazing Course. Such an incredible amount of information. Thanks again for your great training and the life changing experience. I have a room full of gathered herbs and tinctures, teach others how to use herbs, manage my own health and the health of my family. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was worth every dollar.

H.M., Gabriola Island, BC

I’m so glad I decided to study with the Wild Seed School. Jasmyn and Kevin, along with a wonderful group of guest teachers, are clearly so passionate about what they do, which was reflected in the diverse and in depth instruction. I finished the 9 month course feeling like I have a very solid foundation in herbal medicine, which I look forward to expanding upon in my future nursing practice.

G.P., Prince George, BC
Student, Intermediate Program

Photos from past Intermediate Programs