“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time.”

- Georgia O’Keeffe -



“A background in botany is crucial to a well-trained herbalist. I can always tell the difference between a student with a botanical training and one without."

- Matthew Wood -



Why an Herbalist Must be a Botanist

Jolie was once at a conference where an herbalist started a plant journey class with a misidentified plant.  Jolie pointed out that it was poison oak.  As herbalists, and ambassadors of the plant kingdom, we do not want to look like fools, misinform people, or poison them.  Herbalists, like masters of plants and their properties, should be able to talk to fellow herbalists and pick, plant, and grow herbs appropriately. 

What Students are Saying

About Botany for Herbalists

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I think it's a perfect title

stacey quade

The class was clear, useful, empowering and extremely helpful. Thank you SO much! Well worth the time. First time learning with Jolie and I hope to someday m...

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The class was clear, useful, empowering and extremely helpful. Thank you SO much! Well worth the time. First time learning with Jolie and I hope to someday meet you in person!!! Thank you Matthew! When are you coming back to Duluth maybe you can bring her along :-)

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Awesome Class!

Leanne Beaulieu

I truly loved this class. Jolie and Matthew are great together and made this so fun! I feel this class is so important for herbalists, something I've been mi...

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I truly loved this class. Jolie and Matthew are great together and made this so fun! I feel this class is so important for herbalists, something I've been missing! Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, truly a wonderful class!!

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Wonderful!

Lynn Daniluk

Thank you so much for this lovely presentation. It was great to see your smiling faces. I am inspired!

Thank you so much for this lovely presentation. It was great to see your smiling faces. I am inspired!

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Interesting and fun

Liana McCoy

You two made it really fun to watch and listen to.

You two made it really fun to watch and listen to.

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Botany for Herbalists

Jo ana

A Wonderful overview presented through their perfect unique "intellectual levity", these 3 Super Professionals, Matthew, Jolie, and Tara hit it out of the pa...

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A Wonderful overview presented through their perfect unique "intellectual levity", these 3 Super Professionals, Matthew, Jolie, and Tara hit it out of the park! Thank you!

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botany for herbalists

dave santander

Muggliscious! Thank you for your fun living educational resource and inspiration!

Muggliscious! Thank you for your fun living educational resource and inspiration!

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An excellent teaser

Randall Shelaga

The sex lives of plants and their relations...a good intro.

The sex lives of plants and their relations...a good intro.

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House Rosa Here ... !

Fotini Taylor

I loved taking an herbal / botanical course from this fun and lighthearted perspective because this is exactly the way I see myself when I make my own herbal...

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I loved taking an herbal / botanical course from this fun and lighthearted perspective because this is exactly the way I see myself when I make my own herbal concoctions. I was able to very easily follow along and had tons of fun watching! I hope more classes come along that are taught in this fashion. Awesome!

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flower sex

julie gaia

amazing fun!!! I have been looking at witch hazel blooming now here in Ontario.

amazing fun!!! I have been looking at witch hazel blooming now here in Ontario.

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The Intelligent Plant Community

tina beneman

Appreciate additional reading and viewing links. Powerful to consider the wisdom that guides life.

Appreciate additional reading and viewing links. Powerful to consider the wisdom that guides life.

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Oak Tree

Susan Draffan

Great class with wide range of topics about our mighty Oaks. Fun to watch as well as filled with wisdom. Thank you!

Great class with wide range of topics about our mighty Oaks. Fun to watch as well as filled with wisdom. Thank you!

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Wonderful name. It's just what I was looking for.

Olivia Harris Barkoff

I enjoyed the class very much. I was a bit unclear on some of scientific details and would have appreciated more visual demonstrations.

I enjoyed the class very much. I was a bit unclear on some of scientific details and would have appreciated more visual demonstrations.

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Botany for Herbalists

Mugwort’s School of Botany (for non-muggles) - See the FREE intro video!

with Matthew Wood MS (Herbal Medicine)

and Jolie Elan MS (Natural Resources/ Forestry)


Classes cover:


• Plant Ecology.  We should know that we are part of an ecosystem, with characteristic plants in various mixtures.  The plant is inseparable from the soil the water, air, pollinators, birds and of course, us. We are part of the living, sentient ecosystem.    Learning plant ecology will ground the herbalist and enable them think like an ecosystem. Geez, this plant in the rose family is growing on the edge of a wet meadow helping to dry it out, I wonder if it does the same thing in my body. 



• Botanical nomenclature and plant taxonomy (how plants are categorized).  We need to know the Latin name in order to identify the plant and converse with others about it.  Knowing the scientific name informs us where the plant lies on the family tree; who are its sisters and cousins. The herbalist can start to ask interesting questions like: “I wonder, can I substitute Hound’s Tongue for Comfrey since they are cousins in the same Borage family?” 


• Safety.  We need to know the poisonous plants that are found in our ecosystem.  


• Evolutionary Botany.  We need to know the major plant families to which medicinal herbs belong.  This gives us insight into medicinal properties and basic planetary evolution.   We want to understand the evolutionary history of plants, in order to understand the relationship between major families.  


• Herbal Education and Communication.  We will be better teachers for our students and we will have better communication with our herbal peers.  


• Plant Communication.  We want to fully appreciate plants by understanding the new scientific knowledge about how plants, and plant communities, communicate.  This is highly analogous to traditional knowledge based on plant to person communication.  We want to value both. This class delves into the science of Plant Intelligence.  


• Ethical Harvesting and Plant Propagation.  We want to know if an herb can be sustainably harvested – and how to look that information up, if we don’t immediately know. 


• Herbal Practice.  The best practitioner is the one who knows her or his field thoroughly, competently.  When we are selecting the correct herbs, we want our mind to naturally slip from one to another, making associations based on medicinal properties, tastes, ecology, botany, correct identity (at the least), safety, and ethical harvesting.  


  • How plants are named and grouped
  • How to see a flower: plant parts and functions; plant sex 101
  • Evolutionary history of plants and why it’s important for herbalists to know.
  • Intelligent medicine - The fascinating new field of plant intelligence - Indigenous wisdom meets modern science 
  • Plant ecology and ecological medicine – How plants relate with each other and their communities; how this influences their medicine. 
  • Major medicinal plant families - how to identify them and their shared medicinal properties
  • Botanical identification and ethical harvest
  • How to read the landscape
  • Includes access to the private, online community
  • Join the free "Botany for Herbalists" Facebook Group 
  • Access the Free Preview video here...



Includes: 

21 Curriculum hours of video

Detailed syllabus, reading assignments, online resources, fun labs.

Online access to teachers to help answer questions.

CERTIFICATES!

Botany for Herbalists Certificate granted upon successful completion of the course and tests with passing grade of 70% or better on tests in classes 1-7. Must be subscribed for a minimum of 3 months to receive a certificate.

3 new classes coming in 2020!


Why We Created

"Botany for Herbalists"

An herbalist should always feel, in their own home environment, that they can “read the landscape” around them.  

We should know that we are part of an ecosystem, with characteristic plants in various mixtures – native, non-native, damper soil, drier soil, disturbed soil, shade-tolerant, sun-tolerant, etc.  From the tree, to the bush, to the plant, to the soil, we should understand that we are looking at a complete system with its own intelligence.  Within that microcosm we should be able to identify most of the plants we are looking at.  


While we can rely on teachers, books, experience, the infallible method is to learn to look deeply at the sacred geometry of the flower patterns made by the  sepals, petals, and male and female reproductive plants.  For the most part, plants are classified by their flower patterns into groups, families, genera, and species. 

We also need to know the Latin name in order to identify the plant in terms that everyone else can refer to.  The science of naming and classifying plants is called Plant Taxonomy.


Many herbs follow the traits of their families and have similar medicinal properties.  We might want to substitute a cousin plant with similar properties, or by knowing the family we might get a clue to the possible properties of a new plant we have not seen before.  We also must know the three or four poisonous plants that are found in most temperate ecosystems.

  

Finally, we want to know whether a plant is rare or common in the region where we are, and whether it can be sustainably harvested – and how to look that information up, if we don’t immediately know.  


When we know all of these bits and pieces of information and can put them together into a whole, then we are ready to pick plants in the wild and teach others about their properties on herb walks and even in the classroom. 




Free Intro Class

Which type of non-muggle botanist/herbalist are you? 

Access this hilarious and delightful FREE intro video 

with Matt and Jolie here...

About Jolie Elan

Jolie Elan, M.S. is the founding director of Go Wild Institute, which offers educational and mentoring programs that weave science, myth, and spirit to awaken our nature and find balance in the great web of life. Jolie is a deep ecologist, herbalist, consulting botanist, and educator. She has inspired thousands of people to deepen their relationship with nature. Jolie has worked with ethnobotanical projects on four continents including developing the herbal medicine sector in war torn Kosovo and restoring sacred forest groves in India. 

Jolie has studied both herbalism and botany for twenty-five years and has taught botany to herbalists for almost a decade. She also acts as a spiritual companion for those who wish to increase their intimacy with the divine, especially through the natural world.

Jolie received her B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Environmental Studies, her Master’s degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University, and her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute.

 

"...It is great to have a botanist on staff . . . but especially one that is, (1) on the cutting edge of botany, (2) can explain it to students simply, is (3) excited about it, and MOST OF ALL, (4) has talked to Mother Nature and the plants in person.

Thank you so much, Jolie,"

- Matthew Wood

 

Recent Class

From Elder’s proven antiviral effects to its ancient folklore bridging the land of the spirits, the Elder has much to teach on healing the physical and psychic viruses of our day. While our modern age has validated the antiviral effects of Elder, we often discount the rich folklore that points at the power of Elder to move us through these great turnings of our times. Why has Elder risen to such legend as the Cross of Christ and the most powerful wand of the Wizards of Hogwarts?  Join Matthew and Jolie for this fun class that dives deeply into the medicine, myth, and ethnobotany of Elder - one of the greatest medicines of our day. Elder has some pretty interesting relatives including Viburnum, Dipsacus (Teasel), and Lonicera (Honeysuckle). We will explore the botany and medicine of these plants as well.

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Curriculum

21 Hours of Content - Learn at Your Own Pace

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    NEXT CLASS: TBA - 7:00 - 9:00 pm US Central time (Chicago)

    • Webinar Instructions

    • ***Webinar Link***

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    Class One: What’s in a Name

    • Reading Assignments

    • Botany - Class 1: Handouts and Supplementary Reading

    • Botany - Class 1: What's in a Name - Video

    • Class 1: Audio

    • Botany - Class 1: What's in a Name - Quiz

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    Class Two: From Algae to Orchids

    • Class 2: Reading Assignments

    • Botany - Class 2: From Algae to Orchids - Video

    • Class 2: Audio

    • Botany - Fern Reproduction

    • Botany - Gymnosperm vs. Angiosperm

    • Botany - How To Identify Trees

    • Botany - Mosses and Fern Reproduction

    • Botany - Ponderosa Pine

    • Botany - Story about Conifers

    • Botany - Class 2: From Algae to Orchids - Quiz

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    Class Three: How to Really See a Flower

    • Class Preparation Notes and Reading Assignment

    • Botany - Class 3: How to Really See a Flower - Supplemental Reading and Activity

    • Botany - Inferior Ovary

    • Botany - Plant Walk

    • Botany - Class 3: How to Really See a Flower - Video Part 1

    • Class 3: Audio Part 1

    • Botany - Class 3: How to Really See a Flower - Video Part 2 - Plant Sex

    • Class 3: Audio Part 2

    • Botany - Class 3: How to Really See a Flower - Quiz

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    Class Four: The Intelligent Plant Community

    • Botany - The Intelligent Plant Community - Class 4: The Intelligent Plant Community - Supplemental Information

    • Botany - Class 4: The Intelligent Plant Community - Video

    • Class 4: Audio

    • Botany - Class 4: The Intelligent Plant Community - Quiz

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    Class Five: Medicinal Plant Families Part 1

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    Class Six: Medicinal Plant Families Part 2

    • Botany - Class 6: Medicinal Plant Families Part 2 - Video

    • Class 6: Audio

    • Botany - Class 6: Medicinal Plant Families Part 2 - Quiz

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    Lab: The Rose Family

  • 11

    Lab: The Parsley Family

  • 12

    Class Seven: Tiger Lily and Related Medicinals - Who's in The Previous and Current Lily Family?

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    Lab: Our Friends, The Oaks: Medicine, Lore, and Botany (2020)

    • About this class

      FREE PREVIEW
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    • Botany - Our Friends, The Oaks: Medicine, Lore, and Botany (2020) - Webinar Chat Text

    • Botany - Our Friends, The Oaks: Medicine, Lore, and Botany (2020) - Video

    • Our Friends, The Oaks: Medicine, Lore, and Botany (2020) - Audio

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    Lab: The Wisdom of the Elders: Medicine for Our Times (2020)

    • Free Preview and Summary

    • Botany - The Wisdom of the Elders: Medicine for Our Times (2020) - Webinar Chat Text

    • Botany - The Wisdom of the Elders: Medicine for Our Times (2020) - Video

    • The Wisdom of the Elders: Medicine for Our Times (2020) - Audio

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Imagine yourself standing by a trickling creek in dappled shade... 

You are in the midst of what could be powerful medicinal plants. And - Wow- what is that? Is it California Ginseng? Yes, it must be.  And you begin to imagine all the wonderful herbal honey you can supply to your friends and clients for their damp lung congestion this winter.  It's great to be an herbalist!  Then the inevitable question arises - how do I know for sure?  Maybe it's cow parsnip or even worse, poison hemlock - Yikes!  Maybe it is endangered?  And all the visions of herbal honey are now forgotten. You walk home wishing you had tools to know the plants around you on a deeper level. Well this is the course you have been waiting for…


"Thanks Jolie... 

I have been studying herbalism for many years and am just getting into the botany aspect of it. So thankful you guys are doing this class. I wish I had realized how much I loved botany when I was younger! It truly is fascinating!" - L.B.




"Thanks to you, Matthew and Jolie for making such a wonderful, entertaining and informative class available to the world! I'm so grateful to have found it.” - T. K.




“I have so much enjoyed this class!!!! Thank you to all involved! Jolie & Matt are such creative, inspirational, thorough & wise teachers.

 I've been an herbalist for many years & have always wished to enhance my botany skills.  This class has been such a wonderful stepping stone for this & I feel ready to deepen my relation with plants this coming growing season with new eyes & skills.” - Suzanne

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Learning is a Never Ending Process

“The neat thing about herbalism is that there is no end to learning.  There is always one more leaf to turn over”    ––– The late Bob Gallagher, herbalist

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