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Our Professional Program

ArborVitae offers a three year program of study for those interested in gaining and applying professional and clinical skills in traditional herbal medicine. The program starts with the foundational year described below. Students who have studied in other programs may apply to place out of the first or second year. The Second and Third year clinical programs also run from September to May, and each year offers an additional 343 hours of instruction.

Professional Program

The ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism incorporates a number of traditional energetic approaches, including Traditional Western Herbalism, Vitalism, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Expert instructors come with a well-developed philosophy and practice, offering a range of perspectives that contribute to a diverse and exceptional herbal education.

Our classes are a hybrid of in-person and live online instruction with a minimum of half the classes being held in-person, primarily at our New Paltz, NY location. Some days will be spent outdoors, within the Hudson Valley area. The school year will culminate in a weekend overnight gathering.

Students who successfully complete coursework, attend and participate in classes will be granted a course certificate at the end of each school year. 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.

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New to

Are you fairly new to herbalism? 

Take a look at our first year program entry.

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Furthering your

Do you already have a strong foundation in herbalism through education and/or practice? – Check out our second year program.

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Working with

Looking for clinical supervision working with clients? Our third year program, open to graduates of our second year program as well as practitioners, offers just that!

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. 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 and/or education may begin at the second year. Those interested should email detailing experience and previous studies.


Now Accepting
Applications for 2024-25

Holistic Traditional Training for a

New Generation of Practicing Herbalists. Our 2023-24 school year has begun. We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year that starts in September 2024.


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