Resources for Multiple Learning Styles
Videos, audio, slides, handouts, 1,000+ pages of documents, *transcripts, *closed captions, tests and many ways to interact with fellow students, knowledgeable staff and teachers to help you get the most out of the program.
Support & Guidance
A real person will be available to assist you. Quarterly Q&A sessions with teachers. Study Groups. Ongoing access to instructors and fellow students within the community. Regular (bi)weekly emails to guide your progress.
The Vital Herbalist Year One Program is foundational, but it's not basic. It's a specially-curated in-depth herbal program designed by prolific author and world-renowned herbalist, Matthew Wood, MS.
The Program has started, but you can still join.
Contact us at [email protected] for details on joining the program.
With The Vital Herbalist Year One program, offered by the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism, you have the remarkable opportunity to learn herbalism directly from one of the trailblazers who revived and popularized the wisdom of Traditional Western Herbalism.
Matthew Wood specially curated his own teaching as well as those of herbal specialists to create a program for students to enjoy, cherish, and carry the herbal legacy into future generations with confidence and honor.
"The focus of the 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, and the plants themselves. This is undertaken from a vitalist, holistic, natural, and traditional perspective..."
Materia Medica (Plant ID, Plant names, Uses, etc.)
Apothecary (Building your herbal medicine cabinet. Where and how to start.)
Family Herbal and First Aid (The basics, what you'll use the most!)
Beginner Herbal Medicine Making (Practical, fun, informative!)
Herbal Energetics and Tissue States (Tools that Matthew Wood brought back into Traditional Western Herbalism that will help you to be a truly skilled herbalist.)
Historical herbal foundations created by past and present trailblazers
Botany (A mechanic needs to know the makes, models and parts of car; likewise the herbalist needs to know the plants.)
Beginning Herbal Practice (Intake, Dosaging, Monitoring the Remedy, etc.)
Doctrine of Signatures and Plant Journeying (Connect with the plants!)
Unique and fun electives
What will the program be like?
Overview: The program is broken up into a guided 12-month path. Months 6 and 12 are catch-up months. A detailed Student Syllabus will be provided. Class officially starts October 8th. Class #1 (The Undying Flame) and many helpful resources are available upon enrollment.
Email Guides: Students will receive an email 2 times per month indicating where they should be in their studies if following the suggested timeline, including helpful study tips, Q&A and Study Group dates (optional), Plant Journeying class dates, and other fun and helpful information.
Core Curriculum: The curriculum is divided into three sections: Core Curriculum, Materia Medica, and Electives. The entire curriculum has been specifically designed by Matthew Wood to guide you with essential knowledge with room for you to also carve your own path with the option to choose Electives.
Materia Medica: You will learn 52 herbs in-depth in the Year One Program.
Electives: The vision of the Vital Herbalist Program is to help students not only learn the basics but to craft their own unique herbal path along the way. Each year students will have a choice of Electives including Medical Astrology (AKA Astro-Herbalism), Organ Systems (expanded upon in Year 2), and additional Materia Medica, to name a few. Students will be able to craft their own specialties within their herbal studies and practice.
Study Time: Expect to spend 8 hours per week (within 10 months, not including the catch-up months) studying curriculum, plus any additional study time you may need (this varies per person). This estimate includes the entire curriculum of around 150 hours of video plus documents and tests.
Communities: Included in the program is access to online communities to help you connect and learn with fellow students.
Live, online Q&A’s and Study Groups: At least once per quarter, there will be a Q&A session (optional) with a Year One Program teacher. Once a month MWIH will host Study Groups (optional). The Q&A’s and Study Groups recordings will be available for students to download and keep.
Interact with Teachers: MWIH Year One Program teachers are excited to receive your thoughtful questions and are available to answer your questions in the Year One Program Community and during Q&A sessions.
- Staff Help: We have a knowledgeable staff who will also be available to answer questions including quarterly check-ins. In other words... this is a live, interactive program run by and with real people!
- Then what? You will have up to 18 months to complete the Year One program: 12 months of guided program with Q&A's, Study Groups, and Plant Journeying and an extra 6 months to complete or review coursework.
To Help You Get Started
Doors to the Vital Herbalist Year One Program open October 8th, but you'll have access to the following to get started upon enrollment!
- Class 1 Video: "The Undying Flame of Herbalism"
- Materia Medica Flashcards (currently only available in the Library)
- Helpful, downloadable resources, some only available in this program: Doctrine of Signatures study help sheets, Materia Medica 5 Herbs to Know Flash Cards, NEW Botany Study Cards, Glossary, Required and Recommended Book List, and Supplies List.
Gain insights into the historical roots of the holistic approach and the guiding principles of Western Herbalism, understanding the significance and embodying the essence of vitalism.
Embrace herbalism as a way of life, learning from experienced herbalists specialized in various domains, many of whom devote themselves full-time to this craft.
Explore 50 distinct plants, delve into Family Medicine, First Aid, and Acute Disease, and embark on the journey of beginner Herbal Medicine Making, empowering you to create or expand your own apothecary or herbal medicine cabinet.
Be blown away learning the concepts of the Six Tissue States, Tastes and Sensations of Herbs to help determine which remedies are best called for; As well as the Doctrine of Signatures, which have shaped Matthew's life as an herbalist and serve as pillars in his herbal philosophy and the online Vital Herbalist Program.
You're tired of medical professionals guessing at what's 'wrong' with you, and you want to get to the bottom of what's ailing you!!
You want to be able to help yourself, family and friends to take care of common as well as long-standing issues by truly supporting the body, not just address symptoms--and save money in the process!
You're concerned with where the world is going and you want to be more self-reliant.
You're considering a career change and/or want to learn more to personally grow!
You value traditional knowledge and wisdom paired with updated information taught by people who practice and live-by what they teach.
It sounds like fun and there are so many potential benefits!
You prefer 1:1 or in-person teaching.
You need a program with more check-ins or guidance than we provide.
Acknowledging the plants as living beings (made by a single Creator), or persuing herbalism, healing, and medicine as a spiritual practice do not align with your beliefs.
|Have developed a profound understanding of herbs and their potential benefits for personal use, supporting friends and family, and commencing a clinical herbal career.|
|Embrace herbalism as a way of life, learning from experienced herbalists specialized in various domains, many of whom devote themselves full-time to this craft.|
|Move beyond generic herbal approaches and comprehend which herbs are best suited not only for specific conditions but also for each unique individual and nuanced conditions.|
|Cultivate a deep spiritual connection with the plant world.|
|Acquire knowledge of plants from diverse ecosystems and regions, along with related herbs that may be more readily available in your area.|
|Establish connections with herbalists and other students from various regions. Be a part of this vibrant community.|
|Tailor their herbal studies through elective classes and specialized departments aligned with their specific interests.|
Beyond the extensive and profound content, you will discover a sense of community woven throughout the Vital Herbalist Program. The Community platform facilitates connections with fellow herbalists and students from around the world and live Q&A's with teachers and MWIH-hosted study sessions help you connect and grow.
We understand that growth thrives in synergy, where a supportive environment and network amplify exponential development. Hence, the Year One Vital Herbalist Program offers a comprehensive Guide to support your learning process, including:
- Live, online Q&A Sessions with Instructors (quarterly)
- Live, online Herbal Study Groups (monthly)
- Email guidance, prompts, tips and updates to help you stay on track. (2 times per month).
- Vital Herbalist Year One Community to interact with peers (Anytime)
- Thought-filled resources to nurture your journey (Available upon enrollment.)
This program is designed for anyone passionate about exploring traditional medicines, whether for personal use, family care, or ultimately serving their community. While becoming a proficient herbalist may require years of dedication, establishing a solid foundation is a crucial initial step upon which you can build.
Matthew Wood, MS's herbal journey began in 1967. He studied botany and earned a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine. He has been a practicing herbalist since 1981. He is the author of ten books. Read More...
Phyllis D. Light, MA is 4th generation herbalist, taught by her grandmother based on her Creek/Cherokee heritage. Phyllis has studied and worked with herbs, foods, and other healing techniques for 30+ years. Read More...
Lori Rose, Ph.D., is a holistic nutrition expert and herbalist. She's a devoted wife, mother, and passionate wellness instructor, dedicated to empowering others to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. Read More...
Judy Lieblein is a Shamanic Herbalist, Reiki Master, and co-owner of Gathering Thyme. She specializes in plant spirit medicine and grief work, empowering others through plant medicine and energy practices. Read More...
Jon Baklund is a remote viewing instructor and has vast experience in the metaphysical realm, intuition, psychic ability, and intention. He is the Founder of Inomanti International. Read More...
Carolyn Jones, MSc, CC, is a Chaplain, Holistic Educator, and Herbalist, advocating self-care. With a rich background, she eases emotional pain through natural methods and healthier lifestyles. Read More...
Francis Bolnaldo, LAc has been a practicing herbalist for 15 years. He is a pulse evaluation expert, author, and wildcrafter from Montreal. He has a MS in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Read More...
Chris McPadden has been a practicing herbalist since 2002. His Ojibwe/Métis grandmother started him on his spiritual journey at the age of 4 with plant and animal medicine. Read More...
Amanda Nicole an author, herbalist, and Divine Daughter, shares plant medicine messages and connects with nature. Her book "Flowers for a Girl" and podcast "Whispers" reflect her deep connection to plant spirit medicine. Read More...
Judith Hill is an award-winning author of thirteen books, an internationally recognized researcher, and is one of the longest practicing full-time astrological consultants in America. Read More...
Other teachers include: Sebastian Liew LAc, Tara Baklund, Leigh Arnoldy, BM, Judith Simms, Mitch Stargrove, Macey Flood PhD, and Unchatwa.
The Complete Family Herbal: Home Remedies $285
Herbalists Matthew Wood and Phyllis D. Light, MA take this philosophy to heart and bring it into your home, where you empower yourself and your family with the gift of well-being. Providing healthy lifestyle practices, recognizing and aiding chronic issues, and timely acute care isn’t only healthy, but it also helps mitigate issues if an office visit to a doctor comes about. This class goes beyond the quick fix: you’ll learn about the cause of the ailment as well as how to deal with it in the short and long term.
First Aid for Herbalists $165
Bumps, scrapes, burns… it’s a part of life.
There are times when a person must go to the doctor for acute or chronic conditions, but there are many times when we can take care of ourselves and our family at home or in the field.
Botany for Herbalists $520
If you want to learn how to identify plants, this course is highly recommended. I've previously taken two other botany classes, but this one I came away with so much more, including how to actually use the keys to positively identify the plant right down to the correct species.
- Luana M
I highly recommend this class. It combines knowledge with humor, wisdom, stories and a deep connection to our earth. The teachers are excellent, and their co...Read More
I highly recommend this class. It combines knowledge with humor, wisdom, stories and a deep connection to our earth. The teachers are excellent, and their combined expertice and experiences can't be beat.Read Less
After completing this course I feel so excited for the spring and summer, to go forth and identify plants with my new knowledge, skills and tools. Learning...Read More
After completing this course I feel so excited for the spring and summer, to go forth and identify plants with my new knowledge, skills and tools. Learning about the plant families and how to use a botanical key and flora were eye opening developments in my botany and herbalist journeys. I also appreciate very much the teachings about the relationships between plants and the spirit world that provided a beautiful backbone to the course. I’m inspired to dive deeper into opening up my awareness and connections to the plant spirit realm. I was particularly intrigued by the teachings on Elder as I have been cultivating a beautiful Elder patch for a number of years, and this year I’m going to spend some time with the Elder in a new way, paying attention to what the Elder has to teach and offer on the spirit and energetic realm. It was very emotional to continue this course after Jolie’s passing, I thought constantly about her wisdom, her strength and her passion for plants, and though I never met her I was deeply impacted by her teaching and grieved upon her death. I believe and hope she will be my botanical angel going forward, encouraging me to continue to learn about plants, gain a deeper relationship with them, and commit to protecting them in my own small way.Read Less
I enjoyed every single second of it. This course contains several perfect combinations: Jolie and Matthew, their teaching styles, both educational and entert...Read More
I enjoyed every single second of it. This course contains several perfect combinations: Jolie and Matthew, their teaching styles, both educational and entertaining, precise keys to understand taxonomy and tons of practical experience and cases. This course achieves something that most of the people believe it's impossible: it proves that not only Nature but also Botany is alive! this course gave me "new eyes" to look at our beloved plants, I highly recommend it.Read Less
Beginner Herbal Medicine Making $150
Join Lori Rose, Ph.D. in this course full of essential information on making a variety of herbal medicines. She will guide you in a simple and practical way through the mysteries of Herbal Medicine Making!
- Enjoy fun activities for the family
- Feel the reward of making your own herbal medicines
- Save money by making your own herbal remedies
- Gain confidence in your herbal skills
This course is great, really gets you into practical hands on daily herbalism, this course brings things all the great theory into practical and simple appli...Read More
This course is great, really gets you into practical hands on daily herbalism, this course brings things all the great theory into practical and simple application.Read Less
I appreciate this information because it has helped me overcome my fears in feeling somehow I wasn't doing herbal oils right. The helpful insights, fun conve...Read More
I appreciate this information because it has helped me overcome my fears in feeling somehow I wasn't doing herbal oils right. The helpful insights, fun conversation and just watching the demonstration was plain helpful. Thank you so much!Read Less
this course is the best think I have ever come across as far as taking me, a beginner. that has been in the plant medecin world for a long time. to see where...Read More
this course is the best think I have ever come across as far as taking me, a beginner. that has been in the plant medecin world for a long time. to see where to actually begin. It captured me, and I have learned so much. I have also gained knowledge to spark my intuition. Thank you so much. I cannot but highly recommend this courseRead Less
Astrology Sun Signs $1067 (elective)
This course covers the health strengths and weaknesses of each astrological sign, Aries through Sagittarius! Make the best of your own astrology, deepen your chart reading abilities, and expand your herbal wisdom.
I really appreciate being able to study with both Matt AND Judith. I already have read several of Judith's books, and was attempting to learn Medical Astrol...Read More
I really appreciate being able to study with both Matt AND Judith. I already have read several of Judith's books, and was attempting to learn Medical Astrology from books. This was my first live course. Hearing and seeing and reading are my best learning modes. Love, love love adding the Hearing, and seeing them both speak. A great learning boost.Read Less
This course is wonderful. I'm learning so much. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
This course is wonderful. I'm learning so much. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.Read Less
Excellent course with tons of good information to help figure out what may be happening with your client, and different herbal options that work well with ce...Read More
Excellent course with tons of good information to help figure out what may be happening with your client, and different herbal options that work well with certain signs. Highly recommended if you have at least a basic foundation in astrology.Read Less
As I learned about the various herbs that were compatible with various sun signs, I chose a few that emphasized some troublesome areas in my natal chart and...Read More
As I learned about the various herbs that were compatible with various sun signs, I chose a few that emphasized some troublesome areas in my natal chart and felt much better. I even find myself re-reading and re-checking problematic material!Read Less
Many hours of other fascinating classes including:
- Women Herbalists and Healers
- Black Folk Herbalism
- Voyage with Culpeper
- Herbs for Death, Dying, and Grief
- Basics of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Others
- Herbal History: European, Native American, Egyptian, and others
- Herbal Energetics and Actions
- Specific and Preventative Medicine
- Assessment Skills
- And many, many more!
This course was so informative and fun. Matthew and Frances made Culpeper's work very accessible. I feel more comfortable using many of Culpeper's remedies n...Read More
This course was so informative and fun. Matthew and Frances made Culpeper's work very accessible. I feel more comfortable using many of Culpeper's remedies now that I understand better how he used them. Thank you so much!Read Less
This is a wonderful way to get to know the plants and I love that it contains different methods of learning including written, video and audio.
This is a wonderful way to get to know the plants and I love that it contains different methods of learning including written, video and audio.Read Less
+ Community and experiences are priceless.
+ Quarterly Q&A's (priceless!)
+ Study Groups (priceless!)
These classes are special experiences. You will have the opportunity to download these classes to keep; to re-experience, review, and reminisce.
18 months to enjoy and complete the program at your own pace
Guided 12-month program
+ 6 months to complete or review
This is a 12-month guided program, but you have access for 18 months from the start of the program (Oct. 8th, 2023)! That's 6 extra months to review and go further into the content as you'd like (does not include additional Q&A's, study groups or events, access to recorded curriculum only.)
Every other week (or 2 times per month), you'll receive an email to help you pace your studies, share some helpful information, tips and tricks, upcoming optional or required class dates (only 3 for the whole year) or Study Group dates, and other helpful resources.
We've scheduled 2 "catch-up" months in the 12-month curriculum, but you can speed up or catch-up at any time.
Do you like taking time off during the holidays, no problem! Do you want to complete your studies before the next summer break, you can do that too!
How much will I need to spend on other materials?
You will need to purchase the required books/reading and herbal medicine-making supplies. We estimate these costs to be around $200. Feel free to review the Required and Recommended Book List and Supplies List. You can also view it at the beginning of the course curriculum.
Playing catch up... Yes! You will have the opportunity to catch up on your lessons. We've included 2 extra months within the 12-month timeline to account for breaks and catch-up time. Feel free to use this additional time whenever necessary.
What if I can't start right away? Can I take a break during the holidays?
Will I get a certificate if I complete the program after the 1-year mark?Yes! All students who successfully complete the program will receive a 1st Year Vital Herbalist Graduate Certificate designed and signed by Matthew Wood.
Will I be a certified herbalist upon completing the course?
Herbalism is an unregulated field. You will receive a certificate from the MWIH as proof of successful completion of the program including the number of hours of study you've completed. You will need to check your local laws and regulations for how you may practice herbalism in your area.
Will I be able to practice herbalism after completing this course?
How much time will I need to dedicate to studying each week?
On average, students will require 8 hours per week for studying. This estimation considers the average reading speed and is calculated using the 10 months months of curriculum; not including catch-up months. If the catch-up months were included the average would be much less.
Are live classes required?
Participating in live Q&As and study groups is optional, but we highly recommend it. We believe that, like plants, herbalists flourish in a diverse and supportive community, fostering connections with others.
When will live classes be offered?
To accommodate the majority of students' schedules, we will offer live classes and events on different days and times.
What is the refund policy for this course?
Email us within 30 days of your purchase (or first payment plan payment) for a refund. Note, refunds are from the date of purchase, not from the program start date.
Do you offer scholarships?
Currently, we do not provide scholarships. However, this inaugural offering of the Vital Herbalist Program comes with a substantial discount. We also offer a payment plan to ensure it is accessible to a wide range of individuals.
When will payments process for the payment plan?
Once you enroll, the first payment will be processed immediately. The following payments will be charged on the same date in the subsequent months.
For instance, if you enrolled on the 5th, the next payment will be automatically charged on the 5th of the following month, and so on until payments are complete. After payments are successfully completed, no further charges will be processed, automatically.
Can I transfer credits?
Transfer of credits from within or outside of MWIH is not available at this time.
If you've already completed some of the curriculum, you can simply "test out" by taking the tests, many of which have been updated from original MWIH classes and courses.
The amazing first-time offer of this program is well-worth the Q&A's and additional classes, study groups, and support alone!
Why are contents not "lifetime or forever access"?
Our programs are meant to foster interaction with fellow students and teachers, to be as much like an in-person class as possible, with the convenience of online learning. While all classes are recorded, the material is not static - classes are continually reviewed, updated, and improved. This level of interaction and quality support takes time and financial resources in order to provide the best online herbal education possible and to best serve students.
Why are not all documents downloadable?
Matthew's and Phyllis' lengthy, in-depth documents are portions of future books to which students have early access. This is the same for Matthew and Judith's Medical Astrology Sun Signs handouts. The majority of other handouts and slides are downloadable.
Still have a question?
Contact us at [email protected]. We are happy to help!
Consumer Testimonials. As with any program, your results using MIWH Classes, Courses and Programs may vary from these consumer testimonials. Your results will be based on many variables, such as your level of effort, acumen, personal qualities, knowledge, skills, and a host of other factors. Since these factors differ for each individual, we cannot guarantee your success, results, or income level, nor are we responsible for your success or failure. MWIH Classes, Courses and Programs are often fun, but they are also seriously rich content. It takes lots of time, effort, and dedication to become an herbalist. We believe that we provide you a great toolbox to achieve your desired results, and these students agree.
Refunds. Email us within 30 days of your purchase (or first payment plan payment) for a refund. Note, refunds are from date of purchase, not from program start date, including the first payment for payment plans.