New Classes and Courses!

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Free Intro to Animal Medicines and Bear Medicine class (2 hours) HERE...

A very unique course to help you be an exceptional herbalist! Get started here...

"Not only is nature alive, but she conveys to us knowledge through the patterns which form all creatures and the constantly changing kaleidoscope of the seasons and land. This is traditionally called Nature Wisdom or Natura Sophia. This knowledge comes to us through our intuition which sees patterns in the world."

Join us for the live-online class or enjoy the recording and many more previous classes here...

Animal Medicines...

Join this live-online class and view 50+ hours of previous class recordings for only $8 per month HERE!

Meet famous plants everywhere you walk, with Lise Wolff, RH (AHG), MSc. 

(Matt mentions her often, she's one of his early students)

Learn right away with the FREE PREVIEWS


- Plantain (ID and unique medicinal use)

- How to distinguish True from False Solomon's Seal! 

- How to properly identify Poison Ivy

- Prickly Lettuce - why it's especially helpful at this point in history

- Many more!

The paid course includes materia medica and case histories in addition to plant ID and more! Class 4 includes how to make Flower Essences!

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Join at any time. Start at any level!

Learn more and join this live-online (recording will be available) class HERE...

Join our next live-online class, or enjoy the recording and previous classes at your leisure. Join anytime! Get more info, watch the free intro class, and join us HERE...

Our Mother Earth is intelligent, sentient, and always communicating with us. Learning to interpret the language of nature can make us excellent herbalists by upping our ability to source directly from our earth for healing wisdom...

Learn more and join this fascinating class here...

"This website is extraordinary in all ways - packed with incredible info, easy to use and so exciting!!

Bless you for all the upfront hard work you did to make this happen for us learners. I’m truly impressed and super excited to get going with all of this. Please forward my profound thanks to Matthew!!! A VERY BIG wow!!!" 

- Eve

"The single most reliable herbal property I know about after thirty-eight years of practice is that Agrimony will restore balance in a hierarchical situation (boss/employee, governmental official/citizen, and even lawyer to lawyer). It will not favor one side over the other but establish right relationship so if you are the one at fault, you will be the one who has to change.  I have never seen this fail, although sometimes a person has to quit their job! Although this works in person-to-person situations, or in a limited sized workplace or governmental circumstance, this seemed like the herb for the time. The flower essence or herb may be used; or its Cinquefoil cousins. In this class I will describe case history after case history. Students can apply the plant as they see fit – remembering that it establishes justice, not favoring one side over the other." 
- Matthew Wood

View the recording in our FREEBIES section.

This link HERE will take you directly there after you sign-in or create a free account.

There is SO much content that Matthew and other wonderful MWIH teachers have provided regarding symptoms of 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) for FREE! 

Many documents, hours of video +++

How to access the FREE content:

• If you're not currently signed up for FREEBIES...

Content regarding symptoms of COVID-19 is in the FREEBIES section HERE.

• If you've already signed up for FREEBIES: 

to your account - upper right corner

- go to "My Dashboard" 

- find the FREEBIES course

- select "Start/Resume Course"

Related Classes and Content in the Materia Medica course with Matthew Wood:

Colds, Coughs, Fever, Flu

Includes 2-hour class plus view the accompanying 9-page document by Matthew, "Holistic Treatment of Colds, Fevers, and Flus: Underlying Logic and Specific Indications." 

Thermoregulatory System 

Enjoy this 2-hour class plus 20+ pages of manuscripts by Matthew Wood! 

The Immune System

This is a fascinating class with insight into the organs and organ systems associated with immune function (some will surprise you) and of course, the many herbs that help with immunity. Matt was on a roll with this class. There's nearly 30 minutes of bonus material!

How to Access these Materia Medica Classes...

Check out Free Previews and get the above and so much more in the Materia Medica for only $8 per month! Learn more and join HERE.

...with appropriate herbs and supplements.

This new course was fast-tracked to be available when this information is needed more than ever!

Free Preview, learn more about the course, and sign-up HERE...

Unique Herbal Education Taught and Curated by Matthew Wood

• Certificates designed and signed by Matthew available •

• Study at your own pace • 

• Learn from a variety of knowledgeable & experienced instructors •

• Online help from teachers •

• Free, life-time access to private, online community •

Live-Online Classes and Recordings

A Wide Variety of Beginner to Advanced Material

Materia Medica - Intuition Training - Astrological Medicine - Psychological Herbalism - Herbal Medicine Making - Over 1000 pages of Matthew's Latest Manuscripts! - Clinical Skills - Endocrine System - MUCH MUCH MORE!

Where to Begin

A great place to start, for any level of student, is our Materia Medica series of classes with Matthew Wood. For only $8 per month you have access to over 50 hours of previous class recordings, and can join any live-online class offered in the Materia Medica while your subscription is active. You'll get a good feel for Matthew's teaching style, and get a good intro to other herbal class topics, which can help in deciding where to go next. Always feel free to contact us for help as well.

Nearly every course offers "Free Preview" classes to help you decide if the course is right for you, so feel free to explore!

We also have an extensive Free Classes section here.

Mission Statement

Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism

The focus of Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism is on a spiritual practice of herbalism, healing, and medicine.  The main points in this approach are an overall emphasis on Nature as a Living Being, acknowledging the body, soul, and spirit, the four directions or elements, the seven lessons of the medicine path (described below), and the plants themselves.  This is undertaken from a vitalist, holistic, natural, and traditional perspective.    

         The Living Nature (anima mundi) is experienced through the heart, both as a loving presence and as a fountain of wisdom.  In order to practice herbalism, healing, and medicine in a sacred way we need to understand the basic principles by which Nature regulates her creatures.  The traditional name for this knowledge is natura sophia (Nature Wisdom).    

         The Living Nature encompasses the mineral, plant, animal, and human worlds.  As an herbal program, our emphasis is on the plant world, which provides so many of our great healing remedies.  However, the animal world is also of great importance because it is the source of our animal vitality (vital force or qi), senses, instincts, emotions, and dreaming.  We sleep and dream only because we are warm-blooded animals.  Internal exploration shows that the dream world is the spirit world; this is an age-old teaching of shamanism, Native spirituality, and the Nature Wisdom tradition.  The human adds just self-consciousness and self-determination (a two-edged sword).  

         So we also need to study the animal world.  This includes the vital forcewhich is also equivalent to the animal self (the double with which we co-walk during life in the body), the so-called etheric body, light body, or energy body.  It is the actualization of the animal self in dreamtime allows us to have eyes and ears in the spirit world, for the animal world is the source of sensory awareness.  The animal carries the human into the spirit world.  This is why the eternal symbol of the shaman is the Human/Animal.  This is known as the Old, Old Path, innate to the Living Nature.  This is not a religion but an experience.  

         The mineral world adds the physical Earth, which we need to learn to approach in a sacred manner, with regard to our growing, picking, and selection of herbal medicines, and our living upon the surface.  

         Thus, Nature Wisdom encompasses the four elements (earth, water, air, and fire), also the fifth (spirit, inspiration).  It also teaches us that the medicine of Nature is based on natural laws.  These include the law of action and reaction (“karma”), manifesting as the great therapeutic laws of similars (like to like) and contraries (hot to cold).  Healing proceeds from the “touch of the essence,” through similarity or opposition, then continues through the healing principle of the law of direction of cure and the law of the healing crisis.  These three constitute the basic directives for healing from an innately spiritual perspective, in alignment with the Living Nature.  There are, however, a total of seven laws, the higher four constituting therapeutic letting go, therapeutic sight, therapeutic grabbing hold, and therapeutic authority and responsibility.    

These seven principles also correspond to the organizational themes of spiritual life, the seven levels or rungs on the shamanic ladder (“Jacob’s ladder”), which led us to self-knowledge and the opening of spiritual vision.  For this reason, therefore, our curriculum also offers material on the spiritual journey through life.   

These are the principles of Nature Wisdom and the way our school of herbal medicine is organized.  A secondary mission will be to collect and offer materials relating to the history of herbalism and herbal practitioners in the last several generations.       


Matthew Wood 

MSC (Herbal Medicine), Registered Herbalist (AHG)

Lowgap, North Carolina

9:35 am, Jan. 30, 2019

"...medicine, to be holistic and curative, must include mythic elements to satisfy the soul and spirit." - Matthew Wood

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