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Advanced Holistic Herbalist Training Program

About the School:

Vital Ways is a dynamic and exciting multi-year Holistic Herbalism School and Education Center that has trained over 450 people over the past 10 years in herbalism, nutrition and holistic health. We have programs of study that range from 1-3 years for people of all levels from absolute beginners to advanced clinic practitioners.

Our accomplished and highly experienced faculty are passionate about herbalism, holistic health and education. Our programs have flexible schedules to fit modern people’s busy lives, are priced to fit most budgets and we have a vibrant and inspiring student community.

Advanced Holistic Herbalist Training Program Overview

The Advanced Holistic Herbalist Program at Vital Ways gives students with prior study, the advanced training and skills necessary to take their understanding to the next level.

Successful graduates of the Advanced Holistic Herbalist Training Program are eligible to attend the 3rd year Holistic Herbalist Clinic Practicum at Vital Ways Free Clinic.

Specific Topics of study:

  • Medicinal Plants: Traditional and time honored European, Asian and Native American herbal medicine combined with the best from modern scientific and state of the art clinical understanding of medicinal plants.

  • Holistic Approaches to Chronic Conditions: Herbal and Nutritional protocols for the most commonly seen conditions.

  • Clinical Nutrition: Advanced applied Food as Medicine for the modern practitioner; nutrition for specific conditions, individual requirements, and advanced health optimization.

  • Clinical Practitioner Skills: Complete practice skills, techniques and process from first contact to follow-up.

  • Mind-Body Medicine: Techniques and strategies for deep and lasting mental-emotional healing, to balance mind, body and spirit.

  • Holistic evaluation skills: Tongue, pulse, reading the body, interview technique and understanding labs for the holistic clinical herbalist.

  • Business Skills: Developing an herbal business, branding, attracting, and retaining clients, and business collaboration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, At Vital Ways, we prepare students to help others heal themselves, their loved ones and if they want, their community. The skills we teach work in professional and non-professional settings alike. So if you want to be a person who facilitates transformative health changes in others, whether personally or professionally we give you all the skills, techniques and strategies that empower you to achieve your goal.

The Advanced Holistic Herbalist Program builds on the extensive skills learned in the first year of the program. The advanced herbalism, nutrition, mental emotional health, and clinical skills taught in year 2 prepare students to work with people who have complicated conditions, so the Advanced Program students must already have a very good working understanding of the fundamental of holistic herbalism at the time of entry into the program.

We created our classes to be a diverse, engaging and balanced educational experience so that our students were constantly learning, and evolving their abilities and skills. Our dynamic classes engage our herbal students in many different activities to ensure that learning is maximized, and students are never bored. We place significant emphasis on learning things first hand so that our herbal students acquire a significant amount of real world experience with herbs, nutrition, tongue and pulse evaluation, medicine making, and more.

Between classes students continue to grow and develop their skills on their own schedule with a guided homework assignment that reinforces what was learned in class and prepares them for the upcoming class. In addition, for those with extra time, there are many opportunities to do more, by participating in our online message board, attending events at the school, apprenticing in the Apothecary, and having a clinic appointment. Students also regularly organize study groups, go on plant walks outside of class, and get together for medicine making gatherings or library usage at the school. Though all that is necessary is covered in class and in homework, there are lots of opportunities for more involvement for those interested.

We completely agree that holistic health’s lack of oversight has created an environment where it can be hard to know what to trust. We take the responsibility of providing trustworthy, efficacious and safe holistic health information extremely seriously. Our faculty only teach things that we’ve learned and vetted from our own in depth research, and training, and our extensive clinical experiences. Our student’s safety, and that of those they help, is always top priority. To that end, we feature herbal safety classes including toxic plant ID, pharmaceuticals-herb interactions, and research methodologies.

Both programs cover very similar content but the Foundation Program has more months and days per month and more educators. Both programs offer students a dynamic and extensive introduction to all the fundamental aspects of holistic herbalism.

Our vibrant and inspiring school community is a great place to meet and connect with amazing like-minded people. Many friendships are fostered and connections are made in the school that continue to last after graduation. We believe that support and inspiration from connection to like-minded health conscious individuals is another of the transformative aspects of Vital Ways. For people wanting to develop friendships and benefit from community there are ample opportunities in the school, center and apothecary.

At Vital Ways, we’ve seen that proper nutrition is an essential part of holistic health. Herbalists trained at Vital Ways are given an extensive nutrition skillset and toolkit, that is based on the most useful and latest information that has been tested in our clinics and practices.

Our vibrant and inspiring school community is a great place to meet and connect with amazing like-minded people. Many friendships are fostered and connections are made in the school that continue to last after graduation. We believe that support and inspiration from connection to like-minded health conscious individuals is another of the transformative aspects of Vital Ways. For people wanting to develop friendships and benefit from community there are ample opportunities in the school, center and apothecary.

2017 Schedule:

1 weekend per month for 9 months from March-November
Friday 230PM-630PM
Saturday and Sunday 10AM-530PM

Dates:

Mar 24-26
Apr 21-23
May 26-28
Jun 16-18
Jul 21-23
Aug 11-13
Sep 15-17
Oct 20-22
Nov 17-19

Prerequisites:

Foundation or Roots Holistic Herbalist Training Programs or Equivalent.

Cost:

$2700 for the entire program.

Our Location

We are located in the very lively NE Alberta Arts district at 2714 NE Alberta street, surrounded by food, art galleries, cute unique shops, coffee houses and true Portland culture.

Phone: 503.914.7908

Email: info@portlandherbalschool.com

Class is filling up fast, so apply now!

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To Contact us for a tour or to ask questions, please send us an email at info@portlandherbalschool.com or give us a call at 503-914-7908

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