3rD Level Herbal Apprenticeship


Madeline Hope and Tommy Priester

The Third Level Advanced Clinical Training Program teaches essential skills to become a practicing clinical herbalist. There are three components: diagnostic classes, herbal clinics and intensive weekends with nationally known herbalists.

The diagnostic classes meet Saturdays from 10:00-5:00 p.m. The first three classes emphasize consultation skills and involve intensive instruction and practice.  Students learn tongue, pulse, nail, sclera and facial diagnosis as well as formulation. There are also assignments to practice diagnostic skills during the month in-between classes.

March 10         Facial diagnosis
April 14           Pulse Taking
May 19            Tongue, nail and sclera diagnosis
June 16            Formulation – with case studies                              
July 14             Effective models for doing consultations
September 8    Case presentations, exam and wrap up

The Herbal Clinic is a required part of the course, and each month students do consultations with clients and receive guidance and feedback. The focus is on teaching critical skills to become a clinical herbalist. The clinics meet Sundays from 10:00-4:00 p.m. on the following dates: March 11, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, September 9.

Tommy and Madelon will be available to mentor and support students as they continue to do clinical work.

Advanced Training Intensives

The weekend intensive includes extensive materia medica, case histories, and stories from the herbal practice of a prominent herbalist.

  • The classes cover advanced anatomy and physiology and the inter-relationship among body systems. The focus will be on how to get to the root cause of physical complaints.

This year Phyllis Light will be teaching about “Natural Approaches to Major Mental Health Issues” on March 24, 25. We will be including another advanced herbal teacher in the Spring or early Fall.

Natural Approaches to Major Mental Health Issues
December 1, 2; $250 non-refundable
Saturday, 10:00-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00-4:30 p.m.
Phyllis D. Light, Master Herbalist; Director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health

12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington 

Anti-depressant usage among Americans has increased over four hundred per cent within a recent ten year period. With so many Americans using psychotropic medications, it is imperative for herbalists to have an understanding of major mind/body disorders including ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder and various forms of depression and anxiety.

In this class, Phyllis will discuss how imbalances in methylation and neurotransmitter functioning as well as how oxidative stress and pyrrole disorder contribute to emotional and spiritual dis-ease. She will also focus on herbal and nutritional protocols and lifestyle changes that can address these major disorders. She will describe how constitutional vulnerabilities can impact emotional health. Finally, she will describe how the liver, brain and nervous system work together to keep us healthy and balanced

The tuition for the Advanced Training is $1595 non-refundable.

For more information, please contact us at 781.646.6319 or email or register by clicking 'sign up' below.