Accredited Courses from Heartwood
When each of us started out on our path a seed was sown in our hearts. This seed will grow into a mighty tree. Its roots are in our tradition and in our personal relationship with the earth. Its branches spread far and wide encompassing the many different aspects of our discipline, art and science, poetry and pharmacology. Our leaves draw energy from the air and sun and, at the end of the year, they fall back to the earth to make fresh humus. Or, of course, we could hang onto our leaves; there are many different types of herbalist. Are you an evergreen or a deciduous herbalist? Are you a Pine or a Birch an Oak or an Ash? Holding everything together is our trunk. Good heartwood at the centre surrounded by a network of fine tubes hastening goodness up and down between the roots and the leaves.
Christopher Hedley

Foundation course in herbalism

  • Discover herbal medicine.
  • Observe how plants produce compounds used for millennia by most of the world’s population.
  • Explore how our body works, is dynamic and interconnected, and see the herbalist's view of our health ecosystem.
  • Learn about 15 essential medicinal plants.
  • Study and create your own herb monograph of one amazing plant across the year.
  • Learn in-depth techniques for engaging with each plant more deeply.
  • A rich variety of learning materials, activities, student-tutor forum and live webinars.
  • Deepen your relationship with your own body and with nature.
  • Take part in assignments to gain a certificate.

Professional Herbalist Course Accredited  by the NiIMH

  • Professional training in herbal medicine accredited by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists
  • 3,600 study hours
  • 4 or 6 year courses available
  • 500 hour clinical training in the network of more than 70 training clinics
  • Clinically oriented, enquiry-based approach to learning
  • Created and taught by internationally renowned herbalists
  • Flexible blended-learning and mobile-friendly study model to suit varying lifestyles


Online CoursesOur Online Courses

Heartwood's online Herbal Medicine courses are flexible, comprehensive, challenging, inclusive, mobile friendly, environmentally responsible, international in outlook and up to date. They offer expert tuition, an innovative clinical training scheme, rich and varied content, high availability student support, and learning materials that cater for a wide range of development needs.


Online CoursesThe Professional Course

The decision to offer the professional herbalist course as a combination of online learning and clinic-based training came from a desire to make herbal medicine education more flexible and more accessible, and a good preparation for the demands of clinical practice. The course takes the best of what we have learnt from the provision of herbal medicine degrees in Higher Education and combines it with the experience of a wide range of experienced herbalists and educators and a love of plants.
We see the computer as an aid to communication, not a barrier, and we do all we can to make the learning experience as human and personal as possible on the journey to accredited herbalist certification.
Heartwood’s herbalism goal is to prepare our students (once qualified as a certified herbalist) to use their knowledge of plant medicine and therapeutic applications to safely promote health, looking beyond the symptoms of an illness to the underlying causes.
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Heartwood Professional Course in Herbal Medicine

Online Student Clinic

Originally conceived to provide quality clinical training for our final year students during the Covid-19 restrictions, Heartwood Education are now able to offer appointments in our online student clinic to all.

Consultations are taken by final year students, but each session and all treatment is overseen throughout by an experienced qualified herbalist.

Consultations take place via a secure video call (rather like Zoom or Skype), and access to the consultation is restricted to Heartwood students, Heartwood herbalists and you. You will only see the supervising herbalist and the student practitioner involved in taking your case, and it is very helpful if you also use your webcam so that they can see you too.

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Accessing your online clinic sessions

On the day of your appointment, you will be emailed a secure private link to the online session 5 minutes before your appointment time to enable you to access the online Clinic room. We find that Chrome or Firefox web browsers work best - Safari and Internet Explorer don’t seem to work very well, and sometimes not at all.

The consultation part of your appointment takes up to an hour and a half, and you will be asked to return to the clinic session again - approximately two hours after the end of your appointment - for the clinical student and the supervising herbalist to explain your treatment plan, and to organise how you will receive your herbal medicines.

If you live outside of the UK, the supervising herbalist will explain how you can obtain the required herbal medicines locally.


The initial consultation fee is £30 and follow up appointments are £15. Any medicines prescribed are dispensed by the professional herbalist overseeing your consultation. The cost of medicines is usually between £5 and £25 per week, with an average of about £12 per week (excluding postage and packing). A course of treatment usually lasts between 6 and 12 weeks. The practitioner will always seek to reduce the cost of medicines in cases of financial hardship. Medicines will be posted to you directly, and payments can be made online.


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