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The 3-year Herbal Apprenticeship with Abrah offers real world hands-on training in herbal medicine.

The first year, The Kitchen Herbalist, provides a foundation for understanding the profound relationship between herbal medicine and the human mind/body. This year you have the opportunity to learn the language of herbal medicine, explore many plants, get to know your body in new ways and experiment with different types of medicine making. This is the year to see if herbal medicine is a path for you.

The second year, The Community Herbalist, takes a deep dive into using herbal medicine to support others in a clinical setting. You will learn how to offer a full health assessment, enhance your herbal knowledge and create individualized formulas. The second year is rich in experience and learning.

During the third year, The Clinical Herbalist, you continue to develop your clinical skills and herbal knowledge. The third year is designed to build your confidence as a herbalist and offers you many opportunities to test your new found skills and knowledge.

For more information, scroll down.

To register please email your application to:

General Outline of Year One – The Kitchen Herbalist

Level one of the apprentice program will provide you with both theoretical and practical knowledge in the use of herbal medicine. The apprenticeship is designed for those with an interest in herbal medicine and wish to use it in their daily lives to benefit themselves and others.

What will you learn:
* You will develop a practical, hands-on knowledge of herbal medicine
* You will understand the theory behind the application of herbs from a holistic point of view
* You will explore how plants interact with the human body to create medicine
* You will have confidence in using herbal medicine for yourself, family, friends, and clients
* You will learn how to grow, harvest and make medicine with local herbs

Each month you will have an assignment based on a chapter from The Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and The Human Being and The Herbal Apprentice Workbook. You may purchase these book directly from me or on Amazon

Each assignment includes:

  • Meditation
  • Exercises to uncover your gifts as a healer
  • Exploration of Anatomy and Physiology-based on both traditional healing systems and our contemporary views of the body.
  • Discover how plants and the human being interact from both phytochemical and traditional viewpoints.
  • Learn to make creative monographs to help you learn plants
  • Study a how herbalists see the world.
  • Videos about plant medicine to inspire you
  • Make a several forms herbal medicine.
  • Have hands-on experience taking commonly used plants.

New This Year – Monthly Skype Classes

Each month we will meet on Skype to review the homework assignment from each previous classes.  These classes will be generally be held the Tuesday before the Friday classes from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. You will receive the dates of these classes upon registration.


2024 Dates for in-class

(10am – 4pm unless otherwise noted)

Friday, September 20, 2024 – The Roots of Herbal Medicine: The history of herbal medicine.

Friday, October 18, 2024 – Discovering plant medicine through taste and smell Friday,

Friday, November 15, 2024 – Physiology of Assimilation – Bitters, Carminatives, Hepatics Herbs

Friday, December 13, 2024 – Physiology of Circulation-Lymphatic, Circulatory, Pulmonary Herbs

Friday, January 10, 2025 – Immune-Stimulants, Immune-Modulators, Anti-Microbial Herbs

Friday, February 14, 2025 – Physiology of Elimination – Diaphoretics, Diuretics, Expectorants, Laxatives

Friday, March 14, 2025 – Physiology of Relaxation – Nervines, Hypnotics, Stimulants

Friday, April 11, 2025 — Physiology of Reproduction – Uterine Tonics, Hormone Balancers, Emmenagogues Herbs and the Herb Garden Friday

Friday, May 9, 2025 — Movement – Plants that help you move

Herb Camp June 6, 7, 8 – Wild Plants – Taking yourself for plant walks, Creating Flower Essences, Medicine Making, Plant Spirit Medicine and lots of fun

A Herbalist Anatomy and Physiology
Prerecorded Teachings
The Liver
The Kidney
Mucous Membrane
Extracellular matrix
Interstitial Fluid


Total cost is $1945 plus HST 13% tx.
All payment include tax.
1st payment of $486.25+Tax (549.21 w/ Tax) is due upon registration.
2nd payment of $486.25+Tax (549.21 w/ Tax) is due on 1st class, September 8
3rd payment is of $486.25+Tax (549.21 w/ Tax) is due on 4th class, December 8
4th payment of $486.25+Tax (549.21 w/ Tax) is due on 6th class, February 23
Payments can be made via e-transfer.

For herb camp, there is a separate charge for accommodations.

Upon registration a reading list will be sent.

To register please email your application to:

“Thank you so much for being such an amazing teacher. I really enjoyed doing the Level 1 Herbal Apprenticeship, very informative and practical.  I am very much looking forward to doing Level 2.” – M.R.S.

Level Two Apprentice: The Community Herbalist offers you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the relationship between the human being and plant medicine through small discussion groups, self-study and in a student clinic setting.

During Level Two, you will begin building the skills needed to practice herbal medicine in a clinical setting.

Note: If you have studied with a number herbalists but not had the opportunity to practice herbal medicine in a clinical setting, and are keen to develop these skills, please email:

In Level Two you will:

  • Continue to build your knowledge of individual plants and their clinical application
  • Develop assessment and interviewing skills with clients
  • Work with clients in a clinical setting
  • Compile wellness protocols for clients
  • Practice formulation of herbal medicine specific to a client’s needs
  • Practice medicine making and develop research skills

Small Group Discussions

October 16     Overview of the year, essays assigned. Begin review of intake with clients

November 20 GI Tract: Inflammatory bowel disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation and herbal protocols

December 18 Nervous system: Mental Illness, Migraines, Insomnia and herbal protocols

January 15     Circulation: High Blood Pressure, Weak Venous Return, Heart Disease and herbal protocols

February 19  Respiratory system: Asthma, Bronchitis, Sinusitis and herbal protocols

March 19      Skin: Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Basil Cell Carcinoma and herbal protocols

April 16         Endocrine system: Adrenal fatigue and Women’s health and herbal protocols

May 21         Children’s Health: Childhood illnesses, Insomnia, ADD/ADHD and herbal protocols

June 18        Bones, Muscles and Ligaments: Fractures, Inflammation, Osteoporosis  and herbal protocols

July 16       Urinary Tract: Urinary tract infections, Kidney stones and Interstitial cystitis, Herpes and herbal protocols.

Please note: Each month case histories will be handed out to work on through the month. The case histories will be reviewed the following month.


During clinic, you will have the opportunity to witness clinical herbal medicine in action. Real clients will come to the clinic, with real health concerns and real plant medicine will be formulated and given to them. You will have the chance to see how the medicine works when the clients return. Both level two and three apprentices will be present during the clinic and each student will have the opportunity to lead a client assessment.

Student clinic is held every other month on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There may also be student clinic intensives.

For more information on student clinic, please email

Self Study

  • Two 15-page thesis on using herbal medicine for a particular health challenge commonly seen in herbal clinics.
  • 26 plant monographs
  • 6 pharmacy assignments
  • Start a herb garden
  • Learn how to lead a herb walk


Total Cost: 2500.00 plus hst.

Upon registration: $500.00 plus $65.00 hst ($565 Total)
October 1 $500 plus $65.00 hst ($565 Total)
December 1 $500 plus $65.00 hst ($565 Total)
February 1 $500 plus $65.00 hst ($565 Total)
April 1 $500.00 plus $65.00 hst ($565 Total)


“Because you are concerned about my actual growth, and want me to learn the non-intellectual aspects of the practice, I feel differently about your teachings. It is truly sacred.” – B.G.

Level Three Apprenticeship is self-directed within the following guidelines.

Year Three Zoom Classes
Understanding the Blood
These classes focus on a blend of reductionist reading of blood work and a wholistic approach (exploring relationships within the body/mind) with conditions commonly seen in a herbal practice. These classes take place once a month over zoom.
Class One: Pregnancy
Class Two: Reading Blood Work
Class Three: Hormone Panels: Hyper/Hypothyroid and PCOs
Class Four: Metabolic Syndrome X
Class Five: Liver and Kidney Health
Class Six: Chronic Infections: Lyme Disease and associated co-infections as well as Streptococcus
Class Seven: Deficiencies
Class Eight: Breast Cancer
Class Nine: Other Cancers


You will be asked to select two body systems to explore deeply and write a 15-page essay. The essay will contain:

  • Description of its parts, anatomy

  • Description of how it works and what it does, physiology

  • Description of how it interacts with other parts of the body

  • The energetics of the system

  • Description on how other healing systems view the system

  • Description of what it needs to function well and why

  • Description of  herbs that supports its function and why


Book Reports

Each month you will read an assigned book on healing and write a three-page report that contains the following.

  • A general description of the book

  • What you found interesting about the ideas in the book?

  • How the book influences your thinking about healing?

  • Any disagreements you have with the author.

  • Anything else you wish to add.

You will have the opportunity to select two books you are particularly interested in to study.


Student Clinic

As well as participating in the student clinic, you will work with 6 clients on your own. I prefer that the clients be neither friends nor family. I will be available for a phone consultation for one hour will each client you take.

With each client, you will present me with a summary of your findings, your protocol and notes from follow-up. I will be available to review each client with you.



This part of the program involves setting up a functioning apothecary of plants from a herb garden, wild crafted and purchased. At the end of the year, the apprentice will have at least 15 plants that they have created medicine with and are comfortable using in a clinical setting.


Creation of A Herbarium

  • Collect 15 medicine plants that grow in the area you live, dry them and paste them into a scrapbook

  • Description of the environment you found it in, including the date

  • Its energetics

  • Its medicinal actions

  • Methods of preparation

  • Folklore



Host one workshop on herbal medicine. The topic is your choice. You will need to:

  • Prepare marketing for it

  • Provide handouts for the participates

  • Provide a hands-on activity during the workshop

  • Have participants fill out an evaluation which you design to hand into me


Costs for Year 3 Apprenticeship

Total Cost: 2500.00 plus hst.

Upon registration: $500.00 plus $65.00 hst ($565 Total)
October 1 $500 plus $65.00 hst ($565 Total)
December 1 $500 plus $65.00 hst ($565 Total)
February 1 $500 plus $65.00 hst ($565 Total)
April 1 $500.00 plus $65.00 hst ($565 Total)


“You hold a lovely space – it is so peaceful being at your place and in circle with you.” – K.S.

“Abrah’s apprenticeship program was an initiation into an unfolding world I knew I belonged; I just didn’t know where & how to find the front door. It blended my need for  scientific perspectives & clinical data with mystical lore.

Abrah taught in a way that is both captivating & serious. Herbal medicine is not for the faint of heart. Likewise, neither are Abrah’s teachings. She implores her students to show up & take herbal medicine seriously; a field which is too often brushed off in this Western society. 

Through her program, I’ve experienced a stronger connection to my heart center (feel the plant medicine!) and in turn, to Nature. Abrah’s reflections & self-inquiry-based work taught me the importance of communing with both intellect and heart. A practitioner must do their own healing work to be of value to their clients. Abrah’s program helped guide me out of my head (a place in which I’m all too comfortable residing) into my heart (not so comfortable for me!).”

– S.D.

“I just wanted you to know I appreciate how generous you are in sharing your knowledge and advice.

At 50 years old I have had quite a few teachers and have only revered two; my kindergarten teacher, and a high school teacher.  Each taught me different lessons, one social graces and “how to run with the wolves” and the other, organic chemistry.  When I struggled they were there for me, even during their break times and after school. And to this day they still genuinely inquire about my life, which I am so humbled by.

Unexpectedly I have found another teacher to put on my list. Bless you Abrah. Thanks for your advice, guidance and just being you.”

– K.P.

The three-year herbal apprenticeship is by far one of the best educational experiences I have had the privilege of participating in. Abrah guides you through the incredible interweaving relationship between plants and people, in a carefully thought-out and gradual immersion into the world of herbal medicine.

Drawing from extensive clinical experience, she easily provides advice on how to navigate a wide array of scenarios, providing students with the tools necessary for a clinical setting. Via a well-organized student clinic, students are able to build self-confidence and hone their clinical skills.

Abrah’s guidance may be the top reason for which the apprenticeship is so rewarding. She is encouraging, constructive, and understanding, while providing perspective and depth. But above all, she has an uncanny ability of identifying the strengths that each person carries with them. I will forever be grateful for all of the lessons she has taught me.”

– A.C.


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