Wild Cherries: Intro to Herbal Medicine 125-Hour Immersion

Connect with the juciness of the plant world!

* We’re now taking wait-list applications for our 2021 class! *
* Please fill out an application! *

Our 2021 Intro to Herbal Medicine is a three-season, 125-hour weekend herbal intensive exploring health, resilience and the plant world. The program incorporates medicine making and herbal knowledge with botany and field work, all based on a foundation of social justice and decolonization.

We offer some scholarship positions for people of color, indigenous people, and trans and non-binary folks. In our work as white herbalists, we strongly believe in taking steps to address the patterns of colonization and white supremacy in our herbal practices, and to help bolster the many forms of resistance to the systems and structures of oppression we live under. This includes trying to make this course more accessible to people of color and trans folks.

We also offer a few work-trade positions, to allow folks to offset part of the cost of tuition. Work-trade is compensated at $15/hour.

The class looks at some of the finer details of an awe-inspiring white oak at Raccoon Creek.

Class locations will include Pittsburgh, our farm in Butler, PA, and other wild places in the region.

Field Work
  • Botanical Information
  • Plant Identification
  • Cultivation Skills
  • Plant Walks
  • Student Herb Garden
Medicine Making
  • Tinctures & Oils
  • Salves
  • Formulation Techniques
  • Other Preparations
  • Start your Apothecary!
Materia Medica
  • Phytochemistry
  • Actions
  • Folklore
Community Care
  • Approaches to Self-care
  • Energetic Balancing
  • Cultivating Intuition
  • Harm Reduction
  • Anti-racism and Decolonization
  • Cultural Sensitivity in Clinical Practice
  • Addressing Cultural Appropriation
  • Trans Competence


The Wild Cherries Herbal Studies Program is led by Michelle Soto, Jocelyn Kirkwood, and Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich, herbalists and growers who have been teaching and offering herbal care in our communities for more than ten years.

Uma and students use Newcombs Wildflower Guide to identify plants in the field.

Cost and Schedule

Tuition is $1500. This money goes towards paying lead and guest teachers, rent at class facilities, and class supplies. Students should plan for some additional costs, including gas, books, and some medicine-making materials. If cost is an obstacle, we are offering work trade and payment plans.

The class will be one weekend a month from March through November, 10am – 6pm. Some classes will be held over Zoom, others in-person.

Class dates are:
March 13 & 14
April 24 & 25
May 22 & 23
June 19 & 20
July 17 & 18
August 21 & 22
September 18 & 19
October 9 & 10
November 6 & 7

Intro to Herbal Studies students will receive a 10% discount to all other Stonefruit courses and workshops.

Pandemic Safety

In 2020, we dramatically altered our class structure, to allow us to continue to spend time with the plants in a pandemic-safe way. All in-person classes were held outside, in areas that allowed us to maintain physical distance, and often in small groups. We also provided class time over zoom and through pre-recorded videos. It was a messy process, but we were all grateful to have the space to share our love of plants together, to feel connected to human and more-than-human community in a time where many of us were pretty isolated.

For the time being, we’re planning to continue and improve all COVID-19 safety measures and accommodations through 2021 (though off course we’ll respond to circumstances as they arise and change). Here is a full list of our safety requirements for all students and teachers.

Michelle leads a class in the farmhouse classroom in Butler, PA.


Contact us for additional information!
contact@wildcherries.org • (615) 804-0064

Health Justice for Wholeness and Survival