Wild Cherries: Intro to Herbal Medicine 125-Hour Immersion

Connect with the juciness of the plant world!

* Our 2020 Herbalism Intensive is now full!*
* Please fill out our application to be added to our waiting list! *

Our 2020 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.

Class dates are:
March 14 & 15
April 25 & 26
May 16 & 17
June 20 & 21
July 18 & 19
August 15 & 16
September 12 & 13
October 10 & 11
November 7 & 8

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

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