Intermediate Program

Our most popular course!

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

We are currently making plans to offer distance learning instead.

Contact us to receive notification about upcoming virtual courses.

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

Contact us if you’d like to be among the first to know when our next session will start.

In this eight-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:

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.

Discounted Price

for single payment in full
$1995plus 5% GST
  • Payment due on or before October 31st, 2019
  • Reduced rate reflects reduced admin fees

Pay by instalment

Three payments spaced throughout course
$2136plus 5% GST
  • Three payments of $712 +GST
  • First payment due Oct 31st, 2019

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

The 2019/2020 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% security deposit of $399 in order to secure your place.

We also offer an instalment plan. Accepted applicants may choose to pay tuition in three individual instalments of $712 plus 5% GST, totalling $2136 plus 5%GST. Payment schedule is as follows:

  • First instalment due on or before October 31st, 2019
  • Second instalment: post-dated cheque for January 2nd, 2020
  • Final instalment: post-dated cheque for March 2nd, 2020
  • We require both post-dated cheques no later than the first day of class

Important notes:

  • We will only accept deposits on or before October 15th, 2019. Beginning October 16th, we will only accept either full tuition, or, if paying by 3 instalment, your first payment totalling $747.60 (this amount inclusive of 5% GST).
  • The final due date for either full tuition or first deposit is October 31st, 2019. Students unable to make this payment deadline risk de-registration and forfeit of security deposit.
  • We will not hold your space if we do not receive your deposit. This course always fills up.

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

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).

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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