It is gratifying to know that the work and research I have done over the past decades is of interest and will be continued by others. Since the publication of The Master Book of Herbalism in 1984 I have not allowed weeds to grow in my mental gardens. That book, which has become a standard text for so many, represents such a small amount of the basic knowledge with which we work. Over the years many people have studied from me – some for as little as a two hour workshop – and have gone on to boast that they are fully trained as Master Herbalists with my blessing. While they definitely have my blessings, they do not have my recommendation as Master Herbalists.

     The prototype was established when I lived in Minneapolis. It was called the “School of Healing” unwittingly taking the name from Christopher’s book.

     I began teaching an herbal courser at Seattle Central Community College in January, 1996.That summer, with several of those students, I began a major revision of the program I originally established in Minneapolis. Many of the courses were significantly expanded to provide the student with a depth of knowledge which will serve them well.

     The certification program is designed to be a two-year study course with a student completing an average of one unit of study per week followed by the examination which would take place here at The Hermit’s Grove. However, most students also have careers and other activities claiming their time.

Rev. Paul’s formulas

     The educational materials are now provided to the student as published ‘units,’ each with exercises and written assignments. There are a total of 100 units, divided into four quarters. It is possible for a student to complete the program in a year (or less) when one’s life has been arranged so as to study ‘full time.’ At the other end of the spectrum we expect a minimum level of study to be the completion of one unit of study per month. This has proven to be the most common pace of study.

Upon Completion

     When you have completed the Master Herbalist Program and the final examination you will receive a certificate.

     It is important to remember that a “certificate” is just that. It is a piece of paper which I will sign indicating that you have completed our educational program and that I give you my recommendation. A certificate is not the same as a license issued by your State. It is not the same as a medical license. In many states one’s ability to advertise for clients as an herbalist may be seriously limited. On the other hand, if you intend to seek employment in an herbal or health-foods store you will have knowledge and confidence … and our certificate. The certificate should also facilitate your ability to teach herbal medicine, from the noncredit adult programs at your regional community colleges to programs you establish yourself. It is not possible to create a program leading to certified status which assures you of employment. There are many vocational training ads on television and even they have great difficulty providing job placement. Herbal medicine is still an alternative field.

     My goal has been to create a program of study which provides a comprehensive, professional level of knowledge. A thick packet of detailed information and an application form is available for $5.00. Please click here