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 Herbalism, Western Herbalism, Plant Spirit Medicine & Folk Herbalism all have amazing wisdom to offer us.


Holistic Herbalism 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 booklet 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.


2018 – 2019 Holistic Herbalism Program Intensive Dates & Times

Enrolment for this program will open on June 5th, 2018. Program will be limited to 15 students. 

Once a month classes run Fridays from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm & Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Friday October 12th & Saturday October 13th, 2018
  • Friday November 16th & Saturday November 17th, 2018
  • Friday December 7th & Saturday December 8th, 2018
  • Friday January 18th & Saturday January 19th. 2019
  • Friday February 15th & Saturday, February 16th, 2019
  • Friday March 15th & Saturday, March 16th, 2019
  • Friday April 12th & Saturday, April 13th, 2019
  • Friday May 10th & Saturday, May 11th, 2019


It is estimated that the student of The Holistic Herbalism 8-Month Intensive 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.


2018 – 2019 Curriculum Details, Guest Teachers, Extra Workshop Opportunities and More

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!

Our guest teacher is Brendan Murray Nellis, R.Ac of Raven Acupuncture

  • 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!

Our guest teacher is Maya Skalinska, MH, Ayurvedic Practitioner

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

  • 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: Diagnostics, Botany, Plants Walks and more!

In our final month together we will be putting all our learned knowledge to action by discussing and exploring various diagnostic techniques such a Chinese Tongue Diagnosis, formulation, as well as basic botanical terms and plant identification skills. We will conclude our time together with a plant walk and picnic celebration.

Guest Teachers: Brendan Murray Nellis R.Ac returns this month to share more of his wisdom along with Shanoon Bennett, B.S., Herbalist, Environmental Educator who will lead a wild herb walk for all of us.



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


  • Bonus Workshop!  All participants have first access to attend the combine 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.


  • Bonus Workshop!Menstrual Cycle Charting and Herbal Medicine for Practitioners All participants have first access to attend this practitioner-based workshop introducing menstrual cycle charting, a tool for practitioners to assess reproductive pathologies with their patients and manage these conditions. The date of this workshop TBA.  Our instructor for this program is Krista Poulton, Medical Herbalist, BKin, Dip.Phyt. RHT.  To read all about Krista and her passion for herbs and female wellness visit her website.


Those participants of the program who wish to gain a certificate of completion for the Holistic Herbalism Program Intensive are required to submit final papers within the due date provided and complete a written final exam. 

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

Details and support provided.

This course provides 350 hours of Herbalism Education.


Included in the Cost of the Program

  • Over 125 hours of in-classroom instruction including 4 guest teachers.
  • 8 spiral bond class booklets with complete program contents
  • Access to additional supplemental manuals (Medicine Making & Fermentation)
  • Access to additional workshops at discounted rates
  • Access to the book lending library at Emery Herbals at no additional fee
  • 10% off purchases in the Botanical Dispensary from time of enrolment to June of 2019.
  • Two complementary, 1-hour mentoring sessions with Colleen.
  • Discounted rate for the Art of Aromatherapy, Essential Oil Intensive Program.
  • Access to the Clinical Study Intensive & Student Clinic Program (September 2019 – June 2020).


Total Investment for the program is $1600 plus GST.

Individual payments arrangements are welcome. Payment in full secures registration.

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


Please note that the 2018 – 2019 term will open for enrolment on June 5th, 2018.

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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