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ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism offers a comprehensive three year course in herbalism. Using various approaches to herbal health care, the first year curriculum offers over 367 hours of instruction in herbal practices and materia medica, holistic anatomy and physiology, botany and plant identification, energetics, medicine making and more. The majority of instruction will be classroom hours, with one online anatomy and physiology course as well.


The application deadline for 2022-23 is April 1st, 2022.

Application Process

1. Fill Out Appropriate Application Form

Please fill out the appropriate application form according to what year you are applying for, along with the additional information required to apply. Year One Forms: Year One Application Form PDF Year One Application Form DOC Year Two Forms: Year Two Application Form PDF Year Two Application Addendum PDF Year Two Credit Submission Form Also Include: 1. Answers to the 2 additional questions (described on the application form) 2. A CV/resume (can be informal) 3. A photo of yourself If you have had previous training in herbalism and feel that it would qualify for credit for classes either for a portion of the first year or feel you have enough training to enter into the 2nd year, you can fill out the Year 2 Application Addendum and the Year 2 Credit Submission Form. Please note: This form is very important for those planning to apply for the 2nd year program, as you may discover the need to take some 1st year courses to be prepared for 2nd year curriculum. Year 2 applicants must interview.

2. Email Documents

Email all required documents to with the subject line “Application”. Submit your application to marking “application” in the subject line. We strongly prefer to receive applications electronically; however if you are unable to do so you can mail your application to ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism, 68 Jay St., #425, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Please notify us by phone or email that you have sent your application. Applications are to be submitted by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be automatically placed on the waitlist. Applicants will be notified of a decision within six weeks of submitting your application.

3. Wait!

Wait 6 weeks (or less!) to hear back.

4. Tuition & Acceptance

If you are accepted, we will send you information about paying your deposit, which reserves your seat in the class, and your options for paying tuition.

About the three year program

Students who complete the first year of study at ArborVitae can expect to gain an essential understanding of herbal medicine, with application for friends and family. Students who successfully complete coursework, attend and participate in classes will be granted a course certificate at the end of each school year.


Most classes will be held in Dumbo, Brooklyn, at 68 Jay Street, #425, in the ArborVitae classrooms. Some days will be spent outdoors, either within NYC or a few hours from the city. The school year will culminate in a weekend trip upstate. ArborVitae students will receive a building keycard and student ID card that will allow access to the school building and can be used for discounts at local herb stores and many other herb venues as well as offering basic student discounts generally available. Discounts will also be offered for ArborVitae community classes.

The second and third year curricula delves more specifically into clinical herbalism and further specializations in herbal practices. The three years are designed to be comprehensive. A student with qualifying experience may begin at the second year.

Students with some previous herbal education who are interested in beginning with the 2nd year of the clinical program should email detailing experience and previous studies.



Tuition is $7,300 per year (your deposit counts toward this total). While we are working to develop a scholarship fund for people with financial need, regretfully, we cannot offer any at this time. We will happily fill out any necessary paperwork for outside scholarships or financial aid.

See the tuition page for more details.