How to become a herbalist


I’m happy to say the most frequent question I get off the back of my podcast is ‘how do I study as a herbalist’? This podcast, and final episode, aims to answer that question for anyone in the UK and gives some online options too.

The information in this podcast was true in 2018. Please check the course websites below to ensure nothing has changed since then. You’ll see from the list I’ve placed below how incredibly varied the courses are now but generally last 3 years. Although this is aimed at people wanting to practice as a herbalist you’ll find that almost every institution offers courses which suit those of you with a casual interest in herbal medicine for home use too.

British Herbal Medicine Courses

College of Naturopathic Medicine  

Cost £4000

Length 5 years

Total £20,000

Based in London and Manchester

Betonica - Laura Carpenter 

Cost £1100 to £2620

Length 4 years

Total £8,540

Based in Somerset

School of Herbal Medicine - Maggie Pope 

Cost £3000/yr

Length 6 years

Total £18,000

Based in Somerset and Allerford

Heartwood Professional Course 

Cost (at least) £2000/yr

Length 3 years

Total £6,000

Based Online (and near you)

Westminster University <— No longer available, I had to botch an edit to remove this from the podcast
School of Intuitive Herbalism - Nathaniel Hughes

Cost £1000 – £1800/yr

Length 7 years

Total at least £7,000

Based in Gloucestershire

Sensory Herbalism Apprenticeship - Karen Lawton, Fiona Heckles and Belle Benefield 

Cost £2000

Length 1 year (with 2 more possible after that)

Total £2,000

Based in Dorset

Lincoln College - 

Cost £7999/yr

Length 3 years

Total £2,3997

Based in Lincoln

The Plant Medicine School - Nikki Darrell  

Cost €1500/yr

Length 3 years

Total €4,500

Based in Cork, Ireland