The third instalment of the HHA Clinical Program will be offered September 2024 – May 2026.

Enrolment opens for Applications on May 1st, 2024 

Registration for this program is capped at a total of 10 students with 5 onsite seats available, 5 seats available in the online classroom access.  

Are you looking to deepen, expand and clarify your herbal medicine education? Are you interested in learning how to take your learned foundational and intermediate concepts and place them to use, addressing specific health conditions and assessing client’s wellness? Are you keen to explore a collaborative formulation technique that honours the wisdom of plant medicine and client centred care?

The Emery Herbals Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Program is a full engagement into all aspects of the skillset needed to be a proficient herbalist in a professional clinical practice with an emphasis on client specific customized care.

Our program is designed to provide a deep and meaningful exploration of the strategies and skills needed to prepare herbalists for practice through a holistic lens, encompassing several approaches including Vitalism,  Traditional Western Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and more.

The Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Program provides a subjective and objective balanced analysis through a discovery of traditional and scientific approaches to herbal medicine. 


New to the 2024 – 2026 instalment of the program:

  • An additional 25 classes have been added, increasing the live in-classroom hour total to 475 hours (course total is 950 hours)
  • An additional 20+ herbs have been added to the Materia Medica study
  • Previous Cohorts have two options to audit / retake the program and upgrade their materials to the new content (please email Colleen)


Materia Medica Study of 160 + herbs including a sample library and a complete monograph for each herb.

Advanced Phyto-Pharmacology and Clinical Applications 

Advanced Nutritional Supplement Study 

Complete Discovery of Holistic Assessment Tools Including: 

  • Tissue State Energetics
  • TCM Organ Pattern System
  • Ayurvedic Clinical Dosha Assessment
  • Physical Evaluation including: Tongue, Pulse, Face, Iris, Sclera, Hand/Nail, Blood Pressure / Vitals and more.
  • Reading Lab Work: Functional Evaluation

The Art of Herbal Medicine Formulation 

Therapeutics Study including:

  • Herbal Medicine and Complementary Therapies for Pain
  • Herbal Medicine and Complementary Therapies for Depression & Anxiety
  • Herbal Medicine and Complementary Therapies for Sleep Disorders
  • Herbal and Aromatic Medicine for Topical Application
  • Cognitive Wellness through a Herbal Medicine Approach
  • Herbal Medicine for Children: Pediatric Herbal Practice
  • Inclusive Reproductive System Care
  • Proactive Fertility, Pregnancy and Post Partum Care
  • Navigating Menopause with Herbal Medicine
  • Immune System Dysregulation
  • Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance
  • GastroIntestinal Health
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Herb/Drug Interactions

Clinical Practice Study and Training: 

  • Creating the Intake Paperwork
  • How to conduct a consultation interview
  • Case Study Evaluation
  • Herbal Medicine and the Law
  • The Ethics of a Herbal Medicine Practice
  • Creating a Barrier Free Inclusive Business Model
  • And More!!


The main instructor for this program is Colleen Emery, Cl.H (BCHA). Colleen is a Clinical Herbalist and Aromatherapist, Educator, Mentor and Medicine Maker with more than 2 decades experience in client specific care. She has been leading Herbal Medicine workshops and programs to students from all over North America and Europe for 18 years. Colleen is known for her well organized, compassionate and humorous teaching style.

Our Guest instructors include a diverse group of Herbal Medicine Educators. Please stay tuned for more details.


  • College Level Anatomy and Physiology class: Can be completed concurrently with our program.
  • Emery Herbals Holistic Herbalism Foundations  Program Intensive or its equivalent
  • Emery Herbals Advanced 5-Part Medicine Making Program or its equivalent
  • All applicants will be required to have an interview with Colleen to determine readiness and fit for the program.


  • Classes begin Monday, September 9th, 2024 and conclude on Monday, June 15, 2026 with a total of 75 classes scheduled in the 93 weeks of the program. 
  • Classroom time is 10 AM – 4:00 PST  held both in person and virtually with a 1 hour lunch break.
  • Live attendance in the classroom (online or onsite) is mandatory in the program. 
  • Total Instruction Hours for the program equals 475 in-classroom hours.
  • Additional home study will be required to succeed at the learning outcomes and goals and is estimated at 475 hours.
  • There is a strong home learning component to this program to achieve the learning outcomes, total hours for this program are estimated at 950 hours. 

Successful completion of the Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Program offers the student access to the Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Observation Program. Students within the Clinical Program also gain access to participate in the Student Clinic hosted through Emery Herbals Healing Suites offering low cost access to Herbal Medicine care.


Total Program Fee is $6500.00 plus applicable taxes 

Payment plans are available with no additional service fees.  Upon acceptance to the program all applications are subject to a $500 non-refundable deposit that will be applied to the balance of fees. Payment plans extend the length of the program.

Fees are based on over 475 hours of onsite live instruction and include:

  • All class handouts in a digital, downloadable format
  • Access to the online classroom and video re-watch until June 30, 2027
  • Learning sample library of Materia Medica herb study
  • Access to weekly mentorship sessions with Colleen Emery
  • Access to Guest Lecturers
  • Access to Additional Video Content to augment learning outcomes
  • Upon completion this program offers access to HHA Observation Program and Student Clinic
  • A 10% student discount in the Emery Herbals Botanical Dispensary to June 30, 2027
  • A Student Membership with the BC Herbalist Association


Our program registration is capped at 10 students with 5 seats available in the onsite classroom in Winlaw and 5 seats available in the online classroom. 

  • To complete your application please submit a cover letter introducing yourself and detailing your interest in the program.
  • Please include your most up to date resume with education and industry related experience along with current contact information.
  • Please include any applicable transcripts and/or certificates of completion.
  • Applicants are required to submit a minimum of 2 reference letters from previous teachers and/or herbal medicine colleagues.
  • All requested documentation can be sent to learn@emeryherbals.com with the subject line HHA application 2024. 
  • Upon receipt of documents you will be contacted to organize a student interview.
  • Successful candidates will then be welcomed into the program and financial commitments will be organized at that time.

The Emery Herbals Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Program does not deny enrolment, or make any distinction of students regardless of race, colour, creed, nationality, sexual orientation or gender. You must be 18 years of age or older to attend classes.

Applications will be accepted anytime on or after May 1, 2024. Application process is open from May 1 – August 15, 2024.

2024 program begins in early September.

Student Testimonials 

Colleen’s Advanced Holistic Herbalism Clinical Program has greatly improved my confidence and practical knowledge in herbalism. As a midwife, I am often asked from clients about herbal medicine and I have not felt confident making recommendations until completing these courses with Colleen. The knowledge and wisdom she has shared has been invaluable to me as a midwife. I would recommend the advanced course to anyone interested in deepening their connection with herbal medicine and widening their tool box as a clinician.  Rachel Langevin, Registered Midwife 

Completing this program as a clinical herbalist has given me new perspectives, new tools, and new knowledge to support my work with clients. I’ve come out the other end a more well-rounded and more confident clinician. A lifelong learner herself, Colleen is a curious, energetic, and deeply knowledgeable instructor. This program strikes a true balance between the art and science of herbalism. Highly recommended!  Gina Badger, MSc, Clinical Energetic Herbalist

The Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Program was exactly what I had been looking for and so so much more. After doing years of theoretical herbal medicine studies, this program provides the hands-on experience to begin pulling all the threads together. Colleen weaves together a beautiful layered tapestry of the plant studies, the therapeutic principles, and the holistic lenses through which we can truly see people. I will be revisiting this content for years to come and finding new gems every time.  Sophie Deluca, Clinical Herbalist 

I would like to honour and acknowledge my most recent teacher of herbal medicine: Colleen Emery, owner and founder of Emery Herbals in Winlaw, British Columbia. When I signed up for Colleen’s Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Program, I came in already having extensive training in herbalism, botany, and many years of experience working at a community herbalism level. The Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Program turned out to be way more in depth and comprehensive than I expected, and I can honestly say that I have learned so much from Colleen in this program. To read the full testimonial from Patrick click here.  Patrick Kooyman. Clinical Herbalist and Ethnobotanist, Blue Lotus Ethnobotanicals 

This program is a realistic overview of what it means to be a Clinical Herbalist. Colleen is a brilliant herbalist and teacher but she is also an artist, and her ability to curate shines through in the programs she creates. Each module builds upon the last so when it comes time to learn challenging new skills, I felt completely set up for success. Colleen is a compassionate teacher who will hold you to your highest accountability, which is a rare gem in the world of herbalism education these days. I recommend this program for anyone who is serious about their path as a herbalist. Alison Lukyn , Clinical Herbalist

The Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Program has enriched me on so many levels. Colleen is a wonderful teacher who guides you step-by-step, preparing you to become a better herbalist and a better human at the same time. The small classroom setting is really unique as it creates space for a lot of interaction, feedback and a possibility to build relationships with your fellow students. The program embodies a large curriculum including wonderful guest lectures, multiple homework assignments and dozens of case study reviews. Full commitment and dedication are essential during the entire course and Colleen manages to lay out it so well that by the end the program you feel truly resourced and confident to apply her teachings. Fieke Mestdagh, Clinical Herbalist