Wild Cherries: *New and Improved* Intro to Herbal Medicine 108-Hour Immersion

A poke berry in the palm of a hand - a fuchsia rosette sitting atop a round green berry
Connect with the juiciness of the plant world!

* Our 2024 program is now full! *
We’ll start taking applications for 2025 sometime in the fall. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified!

Our 2024 Intro to Herbal Medicine is a three-season, 108-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.

Our brand-new curriculum focuses on foundational herbal skills — forming lively connections with the plants in our region; making your own medicines; caring for your body and mental health; and building an understanding of the energetic properties of herbs. Our more advanced physiology and herbal topics are being moved to our forthcoming Year 2 program, which will give us all more time to delve the depths of these topics, internalize new skills and foster meaningful relationships.

2024 schedule
We will meet one weekend a month, March through November.
Saturdays are 11-5pm, Sundays are 11-4pm
Class weekends will be held: March 30-31, April 20-21, May 18-19, June 22-23, July 20-21, August 17-18, September 21-22, October 19-20, and November 2-3

Identifying plants with a loupe and field guide, on a sunny day at the MLK garden.

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

Plant Connection
  • Plant ID and plant walks
  • Herb cultivation in our student garden
  • Listening to plants, relationship building, and plant sits
Materia Medica
  • Folklore
  • Phytochemistry
  • Energetics
  • Medicinal uses of plants
Medicine Making
  • Tinctures
  • Oils
  • Salves
  • Syrups
  • Treats & more!
  • Start your Apothecary!
Self-Care & Social Justice
  • Cultivating intuition
  • Harm reduction
  • Decolonization practices
  • Trans-affirming herbalism


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 forty-five years.

2022 Wild cherries making anise hyssop tincture and other medicines. We grow gardens together, and make gallons of tinctures, vinegars, honeys and teas!


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.

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. Payment plans are also available.

The blissed-out face of a 2017 Wild Cherry peeks through a forest of green
Immerse yourself in planty goodness! Pictured: a 2017 Wild Cherry spellbound in a forest of green!

COVID Safety

As we make it through the pandemic, we take our class safety seriously and continue to revise our safety measures as appropriate. Through 2023, that has meant that we’ve held all classes outdoors, with an option to connect via Zoom where possible; we had all students do a rapid test before class; and masked in indoor spaces (ie bathrooms etc.). We don’t know what measures we’ll take in 2024, but we will always be following the guidance of experts and be responsive to the needs of our students.

Our 2023 Wild Cherries posing by a magnificent tree, communicating with a strange duck in the river.


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

2023 Wild Cherries digging up roots in student garden! What delights lie beneath the soil!