Wild Cherries: Intro to Herbal Medicine 110-Hour Immersion

Connect with the juciness of the plant world!

Our 2018 Wild Cherries Intro to Herbal Medicine Immersion is underway!
Please check back for information on programs for 2019.

Stonefruit herbalists are offering a variety of multi-session courses in 2018, including our Intro to Herbal Medicine, a three-season, 110-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 will be offering work trade for the class in order to make it more accessible for those who would find the cost to be an obstacle.

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.

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 April through November, 10AM – 5:30pm. Class dates are:
April 7 & 8
May 12 & 13
June 9 & 10
July 14 & 15
August 11 & 12
September 8 & 9
October 13 & 14
November 3 & 4

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


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

Health Justice for Wholeness and Survival