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Home Herbalist Course


This course is for people who want to learn to use herbal medicine for their family and friends.


The course is an introduction to herbal medicine for folks who are wanting to use herbs in everyday situations. It is an interest course and is fun and engaging. It runs one day a month for ten months, with a focus on learning safe and effective ways of treating minor illnesses and how to use herbs in a first aid situations as well as learning ways to keep your friends and family healthy and happy. You will experience how to treat common ailments and seasonal illnesses and there will be lots of discussion about how to use herbs in everyday situations. The course includes classes on medicine making, and also on growing and wildharvesting in the Spring so that you can incorporate your own herbs into your medicines.


The course is taught at Black Bear Herbs and the classes will take place indoors and also in the Black Bear Herb Garden, with some of the classes venturing out into the adjacent forest to learn about wildharvesting and native plants.


The course will not involve any distance learning components but there will be a small project to be done at home each month which will involve hands on experience of the herbs we have covered.


The Home Herbalist Course is a total of 48 hours tuition.  It is divided into three parts which can be taken seperately.  By the end of Part Three you will have learned how you can use 45 herbs safely and effectively.  The course outline below will give you an idea of the subjects we will cover.  You can join the course at any point.  

Registration being accepted now.  


Course Dates, Times, Location and Price.


Dates for Part Two starting January 2016:

Thursday January 14th, 2016

Thursday February 11th, 2016

Thursday March 3rd, 2016

Thursday April 7th, 2016


Time: 10am - 2pm

Location: Black Bear Herbs, 2748 Keswick Ave,

Cumberland, BC, V0R 1S0.


A total of 16 hours of class time for Part One.

A total of 16 hours of class time for Part Two. 

A total of 16 hours of class time for Part Three.

Total of 48 hours of class time for the whole course.


Part Two: January 2016-April 2016

Part Three: May 2016-June 2016

Dates to be announced for Part Three.


Total Cost: $600.00 for all three courses

Cost per Part: $250.00 if paid separately.


We use the Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann on the course

which participants should purchase in advance.

This book is supplied as part of the course if you pay

for the full year in advance.  


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“Amanda Howe’s classes/workshops on herbal medicine are very informative, interactive and fun. She has a wealth of knowledge to share and does so in a friendly, open teaching style.  It’s great being able to see the plants in their growing environment and have hands on experience with them as well.  My knowledge of herbs has expanded tremendously and she has inspired me to venture out on my own. I look forward to growing and harvesting herbs and making my own medicines."

Connie SH, Vancouver Island

Part One 


Class One: September 2015

  • Introduction to Herbal Medicine


Class Two: October 2015

  • Medicine Making


Class Three: November 2015

  • Winter Tonics to Boost the Immune System.  Herbs for coughs, colds and flus.


Class Four: December 2015

  • Dealing with Stress.  Herbs to help with stress, insomnia and fatigue

Part Two


Class Five: January 14th, 2016

  • Herbs to increase Joy and Alleviate the Winter Blues.

In this class we will explore herbs that help to keep your spirits up during the winter months, to keep the immune system healthy and herbs that nourish our mental and emotional state.  


Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder during the dark days of winter.  Or perhaps you don't have quite as much spring in your step, you feel a bit tired, run down or blah.


This class will introduce to herbs that help us to keep balanced through the winter.


Class Six: February 11th, 2016

  • Herbs for Kids


Class Seven: March 3rd, 2016

  • Herbs for Women. 

        Herbs to help with balance and               ease through the menstrual

        cycle and through Menopause.


Class Eight: April 14th, 2016

  • Growing a Herb Garden.  

        Choosing the herbs to grow for               your friends and family

        and their needs.

Part Three


Class Nine and Ten: May 2016

  • Wildharvesting


Class Eleven and Twelve: June 2016

  • Making a First Aid Kit and Bringing it all together for the final day.


Class Nine and Ten will be one 8 hour day


Class Eleven and Twelve will be one 8 hour day.


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