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Do you want to become a pro in the healing properties of plants? Would you like to develop a deeper connection with nature? Are you interested in developing the confidence and understanding of how to use herbal remedies to restore and improve the well-being of you and your loved ones? Imagine opening your cupboards to a wide range of natural herbal remedies that you personally handcrafted and knowing exactly how to apply your herbal wisdom to support healing for any health concern.

Join us for our 9-month herbalist intensive program and infuse yourself with wisdom passed down by many generations of herbal healers.

Immerse yourself in hands-on remedy making, develop plant-centered healing knowledge, and galvanize your potential.
Aka, let’s step up your self-care game!

Herbalism is about being inquisitive, resilient, and skilled at keeping you and yours safe and healthy. From making your own herbal teas and tinctures, to discovering food medicines, to first aid and crafting potent cleaning products, this course by Arete Herbs x Paula’s Herbals will plunge you into the art, science, and celebration that is plant-centered wellness.

Over our 9 classes, you will learn to:

• Craft remedies and medicines
• Improve your body’s natural functions and capacity
• Develop inner knowledge and perception
• Experience individual and gardening growth and changes
• Establish personal agency and authority
• Cultivate and refine your working plant knowledge of dozens of healing herbs

This course is for anyone who wants to develop a deeper understanding of plant medicine. Whether you are a complete beginner or already have begun working with herbal remedies, this course will provide the foundational knowledge and skills that are necessary to become a medicine making herbalist. The goal of our program is two-fold- (1) entrust you with a new, foundational skill set and (2) inspire you to keep exploring, learning, and experimenting with the abundance that is our plant world.

Will I get a certificate?, you may be wondering.

Yes, you will get a certificate of completion (upon completion, more on that in class), but this doesn’t make you a certified herbalist. There are no certification standards for Herbal Medicine, which is another topic we will discuss. Essentially, you are free to practice what you learn but never (ever, ever) pretend or suggest or imply or outright impersonate a medical professional- those whose schooling legally allows letters after their names.

What else will you get?

Better start clearing out cupboard space now. 18 projects plus monthly herbal observations will provide you with many, many jars of new herbal goodies to play with. In addition, you will find yourself dabbling and expanding upon our lessons and adding to your remedy stock on your own.

You'll learn to make:

  • teas

  • tinctures

  • body care products

  • cleaning products

  • first aid and wound care products

  • elixirs

  • herbal foods like syrups, golden milk, and herbed wine

  • salves

  • bitters

  • and more!

You'll also learn about:

  • harvesting, foraging, and storing herbs

  • building a personal inventory of medicine making supplies

  • organic, IPM, biodynamic, and other growing methods

  • supporting all your paths of elimination

  • stress, sleep, and the health of the nervous system

  • that hot new topic, CBD and your endocannabinoid system

  • traditional healing systems and seasonal practices

  • movement and breath techniques for daily wellness

  • developing intuition and personal relationships with herbs

  • resources and best practices to deepen your new skill set

  • plus monthly tasting, testing, sampling, and personal guided herbal experiments

Class handouts, worksheets, and notes will be provided to you as well. We suggest a 3 ring binder to organize and store all the class materials.

And each class will be followed up with an Additional Resources email, listing more ways to research and learn about the day’s topics.


The Yoga Barn
313 Upland Rd
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Class Schedule:

Class will meet the 1st Saturday of each month (skipping January) from 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

Class Dates:

Saturday, Sept. 7th
Saturday, Oct. 5th
Saturday, Nov. 2nd
Saturday, Dec. 7th
**skip January**
Saturday, Feb. 1st
Saturday, March 7th
Saturday, April 4th
Saturday, May 2nd
Saturday, June 6th

Student Max: We are capping the course at 15 people.

Tuition Payment Options:

$1,350 Pay in full option — This is the ticket page for this option, hit ‘add to cart’ on this page if you’d like to pay in full.

$1,450 Payment plan option — 5 payments of $290/month, starting immediately upon registration. Your payment will come out on the same day each month as your original date of registration. There is a surcharge built in for the administration of the payment plan. If you’d like to register for the payment plan, please select the “DIY HERBALISM PROGRAM: PAYMENT PLAN OPTION” on the shop page or go HERE.

*registration for this course closes Sunday, September 1st at midnight*

Please note that classes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Required Text:

Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care by Maria Noel Groves

Lodging: for students that are traveling far to attend and would like to stay overnight, there are 2 apartments on the Yoga Barn property that are available for an additional fee. Please reach out if you’re interested in this option.

About Your Instructor:

Paula Billig is a life-long herbal enthusiast, having been started on herbal medicines as a toddler way back in the day, before this was a trendy topic. She’s been the weird one ever since, until her passion suddenly became popular in the last several years - she’s still a little eccentric, but now also on topic! Paula’s diverse background makes her an entertaining and engaging teacher who is enthusiastic and devoted to teaching you how to be more in charge of your health.

She holds a B.A. from Temple University in Human Biology, where she also earned her EMT certification. She has honed her understanding of our body's form and function teaching Reformer Pilates for over 12 years, and she polished her public speaking and presentation skills performing for a decade with an interactive Children's Theater.

Paula studied Herbalism with Maia Toll in Philadelphia, and was certified through her Sage School of Clinical Herbalism. She has also studied other herbal and wellness courses, including with Barefoot Botanicals in Doylestown PA, where she returned for her third guest instructor position this year. Additionally, Paula is presently completing the extensive Advanced Physiology for Herbalists course from Heartstone Herbal School.

Check out our interview with our DIY Herbalism instructor, Paula Billig, on the blog! We're sharing a few Q&As with her so you can get to know this incredibly knowledgeable Herbalist and the next big name in herbal education to hit our local area! Click here to read!

To learn more about the instructor, visit her website or find her on Instagram or Facebook!

Additional Notes:

Please provide your primary email address when registering! All students will receive a welcome email, so keep an eye out!

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