Live Online Class Series


Since 2020 we have been offering live, online versions of our original classroom series, in month-long segments. We continue to offer deeply discounted price for these classes to keep them accessible for as many folks as possible during difficult times.

What is it like to take an online class at The Elderberry School?

These classes offer live instruction from an herbal practitioner with over 25 years of experience in the field. Active participation is part of what makes live classes special. We engage with one another through discussions, Q&As... maybe even some singing! You can turn your camera and mic off during lectures, but there will be some times where you will be expected to be present with classmates. These classes offer much more involvement and attention than recordings. These classes do not need to be taken in a particular order.

Plant Medicine Classes

In our Plant Medicine classes we follow each plant on a journey to understand its place in the world and the way it interacts with the human body and mind. Instruction is focused on growing healthy and beneficial relationships as we work to make effective medicines that honor the plants while helping people.


Each month-long course focuses on a different group of 15-30 plant medicines, covering:

- Botanical identification

- Ecological roles in their native habitat

- Detailed materia medica including both contemporary and historical medicinal uses

- Herbal energetics

- Medicine making techniques

Our Spring series has completed for 2022. Please join us for our Summer-Fall series, starting with Plant Medicine IV: Western Mountains and High Deserts in August and Plant Medicine VII: Nervines in September.

This fall, our complete series will also include The Energetics of Herbs: Constitutional and Holistic Herbalism. In this course we will look at the herbs in more subtle ways beyond their herbal actions and symptom pictures. Ultimately, we will investigate how the energetics of herbs act as a foundation for some of the holistic and vitalist concepts involved with matching people to the plant medicines that are right for them as unique individuals. We will look at how herbal energetics connects to formula construction and to constitutional medicine.

Who can take these classes?

Unless noted, our Plant Medicine classes are designed for adult students of all levels.