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Foundations of Herbal Medicine

Student Comments…

Reviews written by graduates of the Foundations of Herbal Medicine…

I especially like the outline of the course, how we move through the body systems in an order that brings it all together.
I really feel like I have a better understanding of overall health and the big picture.
Not using herbs in an allopathic way is huge for me. No longer do I look for ways to suppress and treat symptoms alone.
Oh, and making my own lotion was groundbreaking!


To my herbalist/herb-curious friends, I can’t recommend this course enough. It gives one a solid foundation of the many facets of herbal medicine, including western, energetics/vitalist tradition, Ayurveda, TCM, aromatherapy, medicine-making, nutrition for herbalists, etc… I had studied herbalism prior to studying with Mike (not necessary) but didn’t feel confident to identify as and practice as an herbalist until taking this course. I finished this class ready to further my herbal journey and focus mainly in bio-regional herbalism, as I am right now in my studies and practice.


Just wanted to say, thank you from the bottom of my heart for such an incredible foundation in herbalism.

Just got back from a long weekend (with another herb school) and felt incredibly prepared and able to keep up. I was even able to share some wisdom about herbal energetics I got from you and other foundational info with newbies who were feeling behind in class. That certainly couldn’t have happened without you and your teaching style that truly resonated.

I’m also grateful that you exposed us to so many avenues in herbalism and taught us the language of herbalism so we could find our own, personal path in the herbal world. Thank you for planting the seeds and empowering us to blossom into the herbalists we all are and continue to become. Means more than words can express.


“The class was much more that I expected.  Loved learning about the various ways herbs could be used. When I entered the class my experience was primarily taking capsules here and there, using store-bought teas, and mixing essential oils in carrier oils for massage.  Was confused about all the conflicting information about herbs, and concerned about safety.  I now feel comfortable incorporating herbal preparations into my life.  The demonstrations on how to make different preparations were extremely helpful.”


“I want to begin by thanking you for a really wonderful Foundations class. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it. When I started it, I was intimidated and felt unsure of my abilities. I thought you did a wonderful job of empowering us always, never assuming we might know something and being really available for questions or issues. This made the learning experience a comfortable and productive one. I also loved that we started right away with making recipes as I went home feeling like I could do this! … I spend a lot of time outside so I found it very helpful to see the plants and sometimes the same ones at different life-cycles. I also thought that you did an excellent job of breaking up lectures with activities. I found that I could remember a plant much better if we tasted it, or touched it and so really appreciated the teas, tinctures, honeys and other forms that you used to introduce us to plants – very helpful.


The class was beyond my expectations. Learning about herbs has been like learning a new language and has opened my eyes to a new world full of magic. It has brought joy, inspiration and passion to my life.


“Arizona Herbal medicine” “Sedona herbal medicine” “Phoenix herbal medicine” “Colorado herbal medicine” “Las Vegas herbal medicine” “Prescott herbal medicine” “Flagstaff herbal medicine” “Oak Creek Canyon” “New Mexico herbal medicine” “Flagstaff essential oil” “Flagstaff essential oils” “Flagstaff aromatherapy” “Prescott essential oil” “Prescott essential oils” “Prescott aromatherapy” “Sedona essential oil” “Sedona essential oils” “Sedona aromatherapy” “Phoenix essential oil” “Phoenix essential oils” “Phoenix aromatherapy” “Las Vegas essential oil” “Las Vegas essential oils” “Las Vegas aromatherapy”You took the time and energy to make sure everyone was following and tailored it to the group.

It opened my eyes to the power of herbs for healing and gave me a deeper respect for these plants. I learned the importance of proper use and proper questions to ask before use.

Going on plant walks and learning about the wonderful herbs in and around our backyard was amazing.


The level of information was just right. I enjoyed the blend of scientific info, herbal energetics and hands-on experience.
I love looking at the world through herbal energetics as I learned in this class. It makes so much sense.
A highlight was connecting with local plant friends that have been around me for so long.


The biggest highlight is the sense of empowerment I feel knowing I can make my own medicine to heal myself and those I love.

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