Our courses are primarily aimed at people who want to earn either a part-time or full-time income from their love and passion for natural remedies and healing strategies. They do however also attract a large number of serious hobbyists and existing health and wellness practitioners (including medical doctors, nurses and alternative therapists).
Broadly speaking there are three learning journeys you can follow:
- The amateur herbalist (hobbyist and continuous professional development) journey.
- The professional product focus journey – growing herbs and/or making and selling herbal products.
- The professional service focus journey – serving clients as a health and wellness coach with your Family Herbalist knowledge.
Example #1: The Amateur Herbalist (Hobbyist’s and CPD) Journey
If you are here because you have a passion for herbs, but you have no intention of using what you’ll learn to make and sell products, or to coach health and wellness clients, you have a lot of leeway in how you plan your journey.
Most people who simply want to take better care of themselves and their families only complete the following milestones:
Milestone 1: The Basic Herbal Medicine Making Certificate. Start with The Basic Herbal Medicine Making Certificate course to get a firm grounding in the basic principles of herbal medicine and the Nature Cure approach to health and wellness.
Milestone 2: Healthy Meal Planning Masterclass. Nutritional intervention is one of the most powerful natural therapies and tools in the family herbalist’s materia medica. Anyone interested in taking better care of themselves and their loved ones should have a basic understanding of the principles of healthy meal planning. In this fun masterclass, you’ll get the meal planning superpowers every family needs.
Milestone 3: Herb and Veggie Growing Masterclass. A small door-sized herb and veggie garden can supply a family of four with all the herbicide- and pesticide-free salad greens and herbal medicines they need – and it’s far easier than you might imagine. If you like the idea of better health and nutrition for your family, and a bit more self-sufficiency, too, then you’re in luck!
Milestone 4: Working With Nature’s Apothecary – Principles of Natural Medicine for Herbalists. Gain firsthand experience in using the seven simple but effective natural healing protocols that focuses on key body processes.
Once you’ve reached these milestones you can do the remaining courses and masterclasses in any order. Because you won’t be using the material in your profession you don’t need to submit yourself to the rigours of obtaining the certificates of completion.
If you are a crafty person – many hobbyists are – then you could turn most of the outcomes of the masterclasses into small profit streams. Even if is just making bath salts or culinary herb and spice blends for your family and friends – and saving money on buying gifts.
Example #2: Learning Road Map For A Product-Focused Business
If you dream of a part-time or full-time herbal products business use the milestones below as inspiration for plotting your own learning road map.
Milestone 1: Basic Herbal Medicine Making Certificate.
Milestone 2: Start your side-hustle. Start a part-time herbology business. Yes, that’s correct. And before you run away… hear me out. You’ve chosen The Herb Academy because you have the seed of an exciting idea. You dream of starting a herb business or coaching practice. The business side also involves a lot of learning and a lot of dedication. The sooner you start developing your business skills, the better. Besides, I’m sure a little part-time income will come in handy. See the How To Start A Part-Time Herbology Business – Mini Masterclass.
Milestone 3: Herb and Veggie Growing Masterclasses. Only a milestone if you dream of growing your own herbs to use in making your products. It takes time to set up a herb growing operation. The sooner you start the better.
Milestone 4: Basic Botany for Family Herbalists Certificate. If you’ve taken botany or biology at college (high school) level you can apply for recognition of prior learning.
Milestone 5: Plant Journaling for Family Herbalists Certificate.
Milestone 6: Working With Nature’s Apothecary – Principles of Natural Medicine for Herbalists.
Milestone 7: Advanced Herbal Medicine Making Certificate.
Big Milestone: The Family Herbalist Certificate. This milestone is reached if you’ve obtained all the certificates in the preceding milestones.
Milestone 8: Launch your herbal products business.
Side note: We do not provide business training or courses. We focus on building your herbology and nature cure subject knowledge. If you lack in the business area we can point you in the right direction.
We do however have extensive experience in quantum leaping existing product businesses and launching health and wellness coaching practices. Feel free to reach out when the time and need arises.
Example #3: The Fast Track To A Health and Wellness Coaching Practice
Side note: You’ve already explored why we believe health and wellness coaching, and not clinical herbalism, is a better way to serve clients in a service-oriented business. If you need to refresh your memory see Accreditation and Serving Clients.
This learning road map is popular with students who are keen to fast track their part-time or full-time health and wellness coaching practices.
Milestone 1: Basic Herbal Medicine Making Certificate. Because it’s the best fast track to gain a sound herbology foundation. Period.
Milestone 2: Healthy Meal Planning Masterclass. Because nutritional intervention is one of the most powerful natural therapies and tools in the family herbalist’s materia medica. And knowing how to create a healthy meal plan is a key skill.
Milestone 3: Working With Nature’s Apothecary – Principles of Natural Medicine for Herbalists. Gain firsthand experience in using seven simple but effective natural healing protocols that focuses on key body processes.
Milestone 4: Start your side-hustle. See Milestone 2 in the product-focused journey for why we believe this is so important. And just in case you wondered… it’s even more important to start a side-hustle if you are working towards a coaching practice. Most participants following this journey start their side-hustle concurrently with Milestone 3.
Milestone 5: The Green Healers Apprentice Level 1 Certificate. Because just like herbology, the Nature Cure is not a spectator sport. You need to be your own best example – practice what you preach.
Milestone 6: The Green Healers Apprentice Level 2 Certificate. Having a sound Nature Cure foundation is what will set your health and wellness coaching practice apart from the rest. Putting it another way: this knowledge will help you be the best holistic health and wellness coach you can be.
Milestone 7: Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate and Accreditation. Third-Party Accreditation. We’ll point you in the right direction but you are welcome to explore your own avenue.
Milestone 8: Expand your Side-Hustle to Include A Coaching program. Third-Party Course. We’ll point you in the right direction but you are welcome to explore your own avenue. You may also skip this milestone and jump to Milestone 7.
Milestone 9: Go Pro. Launch your Health and Wellness Coaching Practice. Either on your own or with the help of our 8-week coaching program.
After you’ve launched your practice you can complete the remaining Family Herbalist and Master Green Healer Certification milestones in any order you fancy.
Most students following this journey view the remaining milestones as continuing professional development milestones (CPD credits) and they use the road map below to expand their green healer knowledge whilst serving their clients.
Post going pro CPD milestones…
CPD Milestone 1: Basic Botany for Family Herbalists Certificate. If you’ve taken botany or biology at college (high school) level you can apply for recognition of prior learning.
CPD Milestone 2: Plant Journaling for Family Herbalists Certificate.
CPD Milestone 3: Advanced Herbal Medicine Making Certificate.
Big Milestone: The Family Herbalist Certificate.
Example #4: The Scenic Road To A Health and Wellness Coaching Practice
If you dream of a part-time or full-time health and wellness practice using the skills and knowledge of the Family Herbalist and Master Green Healer, and you have no timeline pressure, use the milestones below as inspiration for planning your own journey.
Big Milestone: Obtain the Family Herbalist Certificate. Reach Milestone 8 in the Professional Family Herbalist journey.
Milestone 1: The Green Healers Apprentice Level 1 Certificate.
Milestone 2: The Green Healers Apprentice Level 2 Certificate.
Huge Milestone: The Master Green Healer Certificate
Milestone 4: Health and Wellness Coaching Certificates and Accreditation. Two Third Party Courses.
Milestone 5: Go Pro. Launch your Health and Wellness Coaching Practice. Either on your own or using our 8-week coaching program.
Side note: There are many permutations of the long and short journeys. If you need help, or a sounding board, to plan your learning road map don’t be shy to reach out. You can contact Di-Di on +27 082 416 7145 or firstname.lastname@example.org