- Healing With Herbs
- Herbal Therapeutics and Materia Medica I
- Herbal Field Studies - Introductory Class
  • This class is an online introduction that establishes the theoretical foundation for the Herbal Field Studies workshops.

    Herbal Field Studies are a series of seven full-day workshops, taught by Michael Vertolli, running monthly from April to October. Participants will learn how to identify, harvest and use many wild herbs that grow in Ontario . At each field workshop they will also have the opportunity to make some kind of herbal preparation using herbs that they will harvest during the workshop.

    To participate in the HFS workshops, students need to have completed this introductory online class.

  • Cost: $350.00
    This course is based on, and equivalent to, a 30-hour classroom course. It provides a general introduction to the use of medicinal herbs for health promotion and the treatment of common health conditions. It provides a firm, practical foundation for anyone who wants to use herbs for themselves and their families, as well as for those who are considering further education in this field.

    Topics include: The philosophy of Western herbalism; the therapeutic properties and uses of herbs; herbal preparations; making herbal formulations; protocols for using herbs for the treatment of acute and chronic conditions; herbs and stress; herbs, detoxification and chronic disease; herbal treatment of acute infectious conditions.

    Prerequisite: None.

  • Instructor: Michael Vertolli.

    Prerequisite: Healing With Herbs

    Required Textbooks: Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry Plus Mastering Chemistry with eText Access Card Package, 12th Edition (Karen Timberlake). There is more than one version of this book. The ISBN of the correct version is 978-0321907141.

    Scheduling: This is an online course. You may enroll at any time upon completion of the prerequisite.

  • This is an online distance learning course that is based on and equivalent to a 26 hour classroom course. It provides an introduction to a number of holistic therapies that utilize remedies derived from herbs and how some of these can be utilized as complementary therapies that can be integrated with herbalism. This course also includes an introduction to herbal energetics.

    Topics include: An introduction to Aromatherapy; energetic healing; traditional Chinese medicine; ayurvedic medicine; homeopathy; Bach Flower Remedies.

    Prerequisite: Healing With Herbs.

    Required textbooks: Homeopathy: Medicine of the New Man (George Vithoulkas); The Bach Flower Remedies: Step by Step (Judy Howard).

    Scheduling: This is an online course. You may enroll at any time upon completion of the prerequisite.

  • This is an online distance learning course that is based on and equivalent to a 122 hour classroom course. It provides detailed information on the principles and practical application of traditional herbalism. It is organized by organ system.

    Because of the length of this course and the amount of information covered, it is divided into three distinct parts. Each part runs like a separate course.

    This is PART ONE of Herbal Therapeutics & Materia Medica.

    Part I

    • Physiology from a Holistic Perspective
    • Formulating
    • Herbal Treatment of the Epithelial Membranes
    • Herbal Treatment of the Muscular and Skeletal Systems
    • Herbal Treatment of the Nervous System


    Part II (HTM2 online soon)

    • Herbal Treatment of the Endocrine System
    • Herbal Treatment of the Female and Male Reproductive Systems
    • Herbal Treatment of the Immune and Lymphatic Systems

    Part III (HTM3 online soon)

    • Herbal Treatment of the Cardiovascular System
    • Herbal Treatment of the Respiratory System
    • Herbal Treatment of the Digestive System
    • Herbal Treatment of the Urinary System

      Prerequisite for HTMI: "Healing With Herbs". You need to have fully completed "Healing With Herbs" BEFORE registering for this course.

      Required textbook: ‘Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body’ by Pip Waller, available from Amazon.ca for $13.75. (The same text is used for all three parts of this course).


    • This is an online distance learning course that is based on and equivalent to a 122 hour classroom course. It provides detailed information on the principles and practical application of traditional herbalism. It is organized by organ system.

      Because of the length of this course and the amount of information covered, it is divided into three distinct parts. Each part runs like a separate course. The major units of each part are as follows:

      This is PART TWO of Herbal Therapeutics & Materia Medica.

      Part I (HTMI - must be completed before enrolling in HTM2)

      • Physiology from a Holistic Perspective
      • Formulating
      • Herbal Treatment of the Epithelial Membranes
      • Herbal Treatment of the Muscular and Skeletal Systems
      • Herbal Treatment of the Nervous System

      Part II

      • Herbal Treatment of the Endocrine System
      • Herbal Treatment of the Female and Male Reproductive Systems
      • Herbal Treatment of the Immune and Lymphatic Systems

      Part III (HTM3 online soon)

      • Herbal Treatment of the Cardiovascular System
      • Herbal Treatment of the Respiratory System
      • Herbal Treatment of the Digestive System
      • Herbal Treatment of the Urinary System

      For each organ system the following information will be discussed:
      An introduction to the physiology of the system; lifestyle and nutritional factors affecting the health of the system; the therapeutic properties of herbs that are required to treat the system and their mechanisms of action; specific herbs that are recommended for the treatment of the system; protocols for using herbs to treat the system.

      Prerequisite: Healing With Herbs and Herbal Therapeutics & Materia Medica I.

      Required textbooks: Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body (Pip Waller).

    • This is an online distance learning course that is based on and equivalent to a 122 hour classroom course. It provides detailed information on the principles and practical application of traditional herbalism. It is organized by organ system.


      Because of the length of this course and the amount of information covered, it is divided into three distinct parts. Each part runs like a separate course. The major units of each part are as follows:

      This is PART THREE of Herbal Therapeutics & Materia Medica.

      Part I (HTMI - must be completed before enrolling in HTM3)

      • Physiology from a Holistic Perspective
      • Formulating
      • Herbal Treatment of the Epithelial Membranes
      • Herbal Treatment of the Muscular and Skeletal Systems
      • Herbal Treatment of the Nervous System

      Part II (HTM2 must be completed before enrolling in HTM3)

      • Herbal Treatment of the Endocrine System
      • Herbal Treatment of the Female and Male Reproductive Systems
      • Herbal Treatment of the Immune and Lymphatic Systems

      Part III

      • Herbal Treatment of the Cardiovascular System
      • Herbal Treatment of the Respiratory System
      • Herbal Treatment of the Digestive System
      • Herbal Treatment of the Urinary System

      For each organ system the following information will be discussed:
      An introduction to the physiology of the system; lifestyle and nutritional factors affecting the health of the system; the therapeutic properties of herbs that are required to treat the system and their mechanisms of action; specific herbs that are recommended for the treatment of the system; protocols for using herbs to treat the system.

      Prerequisite: Healing With Herbs and Herbal Therapeutics & Materia Medica I and II.

      Required textbooks: Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body (Pip Waller).
    • Cost: $300.00
      Prerequisite: Herbal Therapeutics & Materia Medica, Chemistry for Health Sciences.

      Required textbooks: Medical Herbalism (David Hoffmann).

      Scheduling:
      This is an online course. You may enroll at any time upon completion of the prerequisites.

      Instructor: Michael Vertolli.

    • This is an online distance learning course that is based on and equivalent to a 40 hour classroom course. It provides detailed information on the properties and uses of over 120 herbs. Many of the herbs that are part of the Traditional Herbalist materia medica, and therefore discussed in this course, are traditional herbs for which there is very little information available in the herbal literature. Students will be provided detailed information on these herbs, most of which not available from any other source. In addition, information on the better known herbs is provided at a level of detail that is much greater than is available in the general literature.

      For each herb the following information will be discussed: Habitat and botany; harvesting instructions; therapeutic properties; indications; toxicity and contraindications.

      Prerequisite: Herbal Therapeutics & Materia Medica, Part III.

      Required textbooks: Bartram's Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine (Thomas Bartram).

      Scheduling: This is an online course. You may enroll at any time upon completion of the prerequisite.


    • This is an online distance learning course that is based on and equivalent to a 135 hour classroom course. It integrates all of the information from the preceding online courses up to this point, adding a greater level of depth and organizing it into an integrated therapeutic system.

      Because of the length of this course, and the amount of information covered, it is divided into three distinct parts. This is part one (AHT1) and covers the following:

      • Diet and Lifestyle
      • Protocols
      • Potentizing Herbs
      • Contraindications
      • Four Elements Herbal Therapy

      Prerequisite: Herbal Materia Medica, Anatomy & Physiology II*, Pharmacology.

      Required textbooks: Medical Herbalism (David Hoffmann).

      Instructor: Michael Vertolli.