These questions apply to Herbal Foundations Online.

When does the next program start?
A new session of Herbal Foundations Online starts the first Monday of every month.
The next program begins January 4, 2021

How do I sign up for the Herbal Foundations Online Certificate Program?
Fill out the registration form.

How long will I have access to the program? 
Students will have access through the end of the following year. If your register in 2020, you will have access through 2021, ect.

Is this program live classes or recorded?
This class is all pre-recorded. There are no live classes. If you are interested in live-in person classes, click here.

What is the  “certificate” I will receive?
There is no legal licensure or standardized education protocols among western herbal schools. Each program invents its own standards. This is not the same as receiving a “license”  nor does the certificate of completion allow the certificate holder to claim they are a “certified herbalist”.
The certificate of completion means that you completed this course. This does not certify you as a “master herbalist”, or even a “certified herbalist”
This program is designed to give students in-depth personal training in Western Herbalism and herbal medicine making.

How do I apply for a scholarship?
We offer scholarships for the following students POC, transgender, disabled and low income.  We offer 20 scholarships per session.  Check our scholarship page here. We accept applications on an ongoinb basis, so apply when you can.

How often does the program run? 
We start a new program at the beginning of each month.
You can sign up at any time during the month to participate in the following month’s program.

When are the classes available online? 
Classes are released online every Monday at 4 pm for 6 months. You can watch the classes and complete the work at your leisure.

Do I need to appear in person to complete this course? 
No. This whole program is online.

Is there research/ writing work due for this course? 

Is there any homework due?
The whole course is homework! 🙂 Students are encouraged to make tinctures, salves, and teas, but are not required to in order to complete the course

Is there interaction with other students or group assignments? 
There are no group assignments.  Students can post questions to the group, but it is up to the individual students how much they want to communicate with each other.

Are there instructors available for questions?
Yes. You can call us on the phone at 401-270-5223  with as many questions as you have!

How long are your classes, and how often do they meet?
Herbal Foundations is under an hour of videos, notes, quizzes, and discussions per week.

Do you have a payment plan?
Not at this time. We often offer specials during one of Mary’s free videos. All payments must be paid in full by the start of the program. The program is sliding scale, and that allows people to pay based on income

What is a sliding scale? 
The economic concept of sliding scale: people pay as they are able to for services, events, and items. Those with access to more resources pay more and thus provide the cushion for those with less access to pay less, creating a sustainable economic underpinning for said services, events, and items.

What is your refund policy?
Cancellation 2 weeks before class: full refund
Cancellation 1 week before class: 75% refund
Cancellation 1 day before class: 50% refund
Cancellation day of class/ through the first week of class: 25% refund
After one week of class: 0% refund
We have a hardship refund. Click here for details on the refund policy.

Can I do work trade?
To apply for work trade, you need to live within 100 miles of Providence, RI. Work trade needs to be completed before the hours can be used as payment. This requires pre-planning and starting your work trade 6-8 months before the program begins. Work trade for level 1 is only available between the months of April – November.  Therefore, you need to start your work trade in April to apply them to the October- March winter program. Work traders need to go through an interview, have references and have their own transportation, and live in Rhode Island. Check out our work-trade page here. 

How do I know if the program is full?
We usually keep a note on the top of this page if the program is full. If the registration link is available on this page, there is space. There are sometimes last-minute cancellations and we will have a waiting list form posted if there are cancellations.

Can someone answer my specific questions?
Yes! Give us a call at 401-270-5223. All of the folks working here have been through the programs here and are happy to answer questions.

Email us or call with any questions!




Scholarship application here