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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.


Our initial May 1st application deadline has passed but we still have a few spots available and are continuing to accept applications. We review and accept them in order of receipt when there is still space or an opening becomes available.

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.


Starting in the 2022-23 school year ArborVitae will be located at 181 Huguenot St in New Paltz, NY where our in-person classes will be held. Classes are split between online and in-person learning. Some days will be spent outdoors, either within the Hudson Valley area or within NYC. The school year will culminate in a weekend overnight gathering. ArborVitae students will receive a student ID card that 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.