The Forage Botanicals Podcast

Episode 27 - How to become a herbalist

I’m happy to say the most frequent question I get off the back of my podcast is ‘how do I study as a herbalist’? We have this podcast, which aims to answer that question for anyone in the UK and gives some online and training options too. Already training? We’ve got resources for you as well!

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You’ll see from the list I’ve placed below how incredibly varied the courses are. They generally last 3 years. Although this is aimed at people wanting to practice as a herbalist you’ll find that almost every institution offers courses which suit those of you with a casual interest in herbal medicine for home use too.

The information in this podcast was true in 2018. Please check the course websites below to ensure nothing has changed since then.

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British Herbal Medicine Courses

School of Intuitive Herbalism  Nathaniel Hughes
Cost £1200 – £1800/yr
Length 7 years Total at least £8,400
Based in Gloucestershire 

Sensory Herbalism Apprenticeship - Karen Lawton & Fiona Heckles.
Cost £2600
Length 1 year (with 2 more possible after that)
Total £2,600
Based in Dorset

Lincoln College -
Cost £9250/yr
Length 3 years
Total £27,750
Based in Lincoln

The Plant Medicine School - Nikki Darrell
Cost €1,800.00/yr (EU); £1,500/yr (UK)
Length 3 years
Total at least €5,400
Based in Cork, Ireland

College of Naturopathic
Medicine Cost £4000/yr
Length 3-5 years
Total £20,000
Based in London, Manchester & online

Betonica -
Laura Carpenter
Cost £2625 to £3500/yr
Length 4 years
Total £12,765
Based in Somerset

School of Herbal Medicine - Maggie Pope
Cost £3,060/yr
Length 6 years
Total £18,360
Based in Somerset and Allerford

Heartwood Professional
Course Cost (at least) £3060/yr
Length 3 years
Total £9,180
Based Online (and near you)

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