Wild Cherries: Intro to Herbal Medicine 125-Hour Immersion

Connect with the juciness of the plant world!

* Our 2022 program is full! *
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Our 2022 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/non-binary folks. In our work as white herbalists, we want 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 19 & 20 (via Zoom)
April 23 & 24
May 21 & 22
June 18 & 19
July 16 & 17
August 20 & 21
September 17 & 18
October 15 & 16
November 5 & 6 (via Zoom)

Pandemic Safety

As we make it through the pandemic, we take our class safety seriously and continue to revise our safety measures as appropriate. Through 2021, that has meant that we’ve held all classes outdoors, with an option to connect via Zoom, maintaining social distance where possible and requiring masks where not. We don’t know what measures we’ll take in 2022, but we will always be following the guidance of experts and responsive to the needs of our students. Here is a full list of our 2021 safety requirements for all students and teachers (we will update this for our students in 2022).

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