The world of Herbalism is vast and multi-faceted. There are many ways to perceive and observe the magical plant world and all its medicinal offerings. Herbal Modalities such Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Eclectic & Vitalistic Herbalism, Traditional Western Herbalism, Plant Spirit Medicine & Folk Herbalism all have amazing wisdom to offer us.

The Emery Herbals Holistic Herbalism Foundations Program was born out of a desire to take several of these ‘lenses’ to create a foundation to explore the healing world with. By first creating a solid understanding of some of these approaches to Herbalism one is able to draw from that mosaic in an effort to study, learn, research and practice plant medicine.

Program Overview

Once a month our group will meet for a learning experience that will combine both classroom learning alongside experiential hands on learning. Each month the participants will be given a comprehensive manual that details the theme of the month and provides all the necessary components to thoroughly immerse into the programming. Students are required to complete the program content for the month, returning the following month for the next immersion into their learning. This program has been built to be exponential, one month layering the next, creating a deep and enriching program.

In an effort to create a 360-degree viewpoint of herbalism, it felt important to include the voices of other educators. Students in this program will gain access to these teachers, all included in the pricing of the program.

The students of the Holistic Herbalism program also have first access and discounted rate to the ever popular Medicine Making and Fermenting workshops that provide the needed foundational skill-set for preparing medicinal formulations.

2019 – 2020 Program Dates & Times

Once a month classes run Fridays & Saturdays from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Friday October 18th & Saturday October 19th, 2019
  • Friday November 8th & Saturday November 9th, 2019
  • Friday November 29th & Saturday November 30th, 2019
  • Friday January 10th & Saturday January 11th. 2020
  • Friday February 14th & Saturday, February 15th, 2020
  • Friday March 20th & Saturday, March 21st, 2020
  • Friday April 17th & Saturday, April 18th, 2020
  • Friday May 15th & Saturday, May 16th, 2020

It is estimated that the student of The Holistic Herbalism Foundations Program will need to incorporate a minimum of 4 hours of home study per week above the classroom time commitments to meet the learning requirements of the program.

2019 – 2020 Curriculum Details

From October through to May, each month we have a different theme to sink into, learn and experience.

  • October Theme: Building our Foundation

We will be exploring the concepts of Traditional Western Herbalism through an overview of Modern Herbalism History, The Taste of Herbs, Herbal Actions & Energetics, plus Basic TCM principles, and much more!

  • November Theme: Building our Foundation

We will be exploring the concepts of Traditional Western Herbalism through learning of the Qualities and Tissue States, Bio-Chemical Families, plus Basic Ayurvedic principles, and much more!

From December through to April we will use our newly learned foundation to navigate the human body systems through foundational anatomy and physiology, a system specific herbal materia medica, preventative wellness strategies and potential imbalances that may arise.

  • December Theme: Digestive System
  • January Theme: Lymphatic and Immune System
  • February Theme: Circulatory & Respiratory System
  • March Theme: Nervous & Endocrine Systems
  • April Theme: Urinary & Reproductive Systems
  • May Theme: Botany, Plants Walks and more!

Bonus Workshops 

  • All participants have first access to the Medicine Making workshop intensive at a discounted rate.  The date of this class is TBA. 

It is highly recommended participants of the Holistic Herbalism Program Intensive complete this workshop as it provides the foundational skill set to all aspects of herbal medicine making.The skillset learned within this workshop will be referenced throughout the Holistic Herbalism Program.

  • All participants have first access to attend the combined intro and advanced Fermenting workshop at a discounted rate The date of this class is TBA. 

It is highly recommended participants of the Holistic Herbalism Program Intensive complete this workshop as it provides the foundational skill set to all aspects of fermentation including medicinal fermentation. The skillset learned within this workshop will be referenced throughout the Holistic Herbalism Program.

Course Requirements

Those participants of the program who wish to gain a certificate of completion for the Holistic Herbalism Foundations Program are required to submit homework assignments and final papers within the due date provided plus complete the mid term as well as the final exam.

Those participants who opt out of the homework, final papers and written exams will receive a certification of participation. 

Details and support provided.

This course provides 125 hours of in classroom instruction with a 120 hour estimate of home study for a combined 245 hours of herbal education. 


Included in the Cost of the Program

  • Over 125 hours of in-classroom instruction including guest instructors
  • 8 spiral bound class manuals with complete program contents
  • A Materia Medica study of over 125 herbs
  • Access to additional supplemental manuals (Medicine Making & Fermentation)
  • Access to additional workshops at discounted rates
  • Access to the book and resource library at Emery Herbals at no additional fee
  • 10% off purchases in the Botanical Dispensary from time of enrolment to June of 2020
  • Two complementary, 1-hour mentoring sessions with Colleen
  • Discounted rate for the Art of Aromatherapy, Essential Oil Foundations Program
  • Lifetime Access to the online student forum
  • CHAofBC Student Membership
  • Access to the Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Study Program


Total Investment for the program is $1600 plus GST.

Individual payments arrangements are welcome. All payment arrangements are subject to a non-refundable $50 fee for holding the students place in class. Payment in full secures registration. All fees are due within 30 days of the start of the program. 

Steps to enrol in the program: 

  1. To enrol in the program please go through the online checkout and select “program registration”.
  2. To register and pay at another time please select “pay upon pick up” in the options offered.
  3. Please view our refund policy here.
  4. Please fill out our registration form here. 

Once your registration has been received Colleen will contact you to connect about the program. All students are required to have an interview prior to the program beginning. 

Total enrolment for this program will be capped at 15 students.

Please note this program will be offered again October 2021 – May 2022.

Registration for this program will open Spring of 2021. 

Click Here for more details or please contact colleen@emeryherbals.com for more details.


Student Testimonials 

I signed up for Colleen’s Holistic Herbal Course hoping to better understand how to incorporate herbal medicine into my life. The course wildly succeeded all my expectations and I feel eternally grateful to have Colleen as a teacher.

 First of all, Colleen’s knowledge base continually blows me away. It is as though she is tapped into a universal stream of knowledge, because it flows effortlessly and it is vast.

The program itself is organized into digestible components that build on one another. Even now that the program has ended, I find my knowledge of herbal medicine still growing, thanks to the system of learning I took away from the program. I will be out in my garden, or walking past trees while doing errands, or on a forest walk, and find myself making connections and having “ah-ha!” moments.

I used to feel intimidated about the world of herbal medicine. Now, I feel empowered, and safe, to make my own medicines for my family and myself. I feel more in control of my health and well-being. My relationship with plants has deepened, and my whole world feels more alive. I would highly recommend this program to anyone.

Raelynn Gibson 2018 Program Graduate  


For anyone who has an interest in plants and plant medicine I highly recommend Colleen Emery’s 8 month Holistic Herbalism Course. I really can’t say enough good things about my experience. I have taken several different workshops with Colleen over the years and really love her warm and embracing teaching style. This woman knows how to share knowledge and walks her walk in the community! From understanding body systems, to the herbs and their actions and application this course surpassed my expectations. I have been able to implement many of the herbs and practices I learnt into my everyday life – this has benefited not only myself, but my family and friends. An added and unexpected bonus was having something sunny and bright to look forward to every month during the long winter months.

In good health – Renata Crowe 2018 Program Graduate 


I found the Holistic Herbalism Course a comprehensible and easily digestible way to understand health and wellness at large. Having each module based around a body system (ie. the digestive system, or the nervous system etc) gave me the visuals and the tools I needed to interpret the health of myself and my family in a way that felt empowering. Having this transformational learning occur in the supportive circle of people who very quickly became friends, deepened and enriched the whole experience.

Carina Klassen 2017 Program Graduate