practice the art
of transformational healing
with Traditional Medical Alchemy & Clinical Herbalism
Herbal remedies to heal the whole being
Most herbalists want to be “holistic.”
But what does that really mean?
It means that you understand the whole person and the whole plant. That you see the relationship between their physical, energetic, and spiritual virtues.
It also means that the medicine we use— the actual preparations— should be holistic as well, healing the body, mind, and soul.
After all, how can you expect to heal the whole person if the medicine you use doesn’t contain the whole plant?
The Missing Pieces
in modern herbalism
Unfortunately it’s all too common in modern day herbalism to tunnel in on symptoms & forget the whole person. Plants are commonly understood by what they’re “good for” and their true holistic nature is overlooked…
So we use Turmeric for inflammation or Willow bark for a headache… which works sometimes, but sometimes isn’t good enough for a practicing herbalist.
Beyond that, we use one kind of remedy to heal the body— like teas, tinctures, and powders— and different preparations for the emotional, psychological or spiritual side of healing— like homeopathics or flower essences.
When we lose sight of the whole person and the whole plant, our practice of herbalism becomes scattered, allopathic, and less likely to be effective.
Like our modern culture, the practice of herbalism is suffering from a deep split, a state of separation between science and spirit.
But what if you could harness the full medicinal potency of plants by concentrating their chemical, energetic, and spiritual properties in a singular holistic extract?
What if you had an integrated system that united the science and spirit of herbal medicine and enabled you to transform the lives of those you serve?
The Alchemical Tradition Reunites the Science and Spirit of Herbal Medicine
The tradition of alchemy harnesses the transformational cycles of Nature as the basis for natural pharmacy and the crafting of holistic herbal medicines.
When we take those alchemically prepared medicines into our bodies, they transform us in the same way we transform them in the lab.
Alchemy understands that to heal is to evolve, and to evolve is to heal. That to grow spiritually, we must heal, and to heal, we must make changes to become better people.
True healing is not just a lack of symptoms… but a transformational process that touches the core of who we are, reintegrating us with the archetypal forces and patterns of nature externally and internally.
This is the level of healing desperately needed at this time…
online program from the School of Evolutionary Herbalism
The most comprehensive online education on
Clinical HERBALISM & TRADITIONAL ALCHEMY
Some programs teach alchemy. Some teach herbal medicine. But none synergize them in a way that gives you the ability to both prepare and administer plants to provide transformational levels of healing.
This holistic system unites herbal traditions from around the world into a cohesive system that integrates the science and spirit of people and plants.
This is not your run of the mill herbal program. From spagyric alchemy and medical astrology, to clinical Western herbalism, Ayurveda, and modern pharmacology, you’ll gather skills that revolutionize your practice of herbalism in the forest, the pharmacy, and the clinic.
THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM
The essence of Alchemical Herbalism is a holistic philosophy of nature, people, and plants that guides your practice of herbal medicine.
You learn the fundamentals of what you need to be an effective practicing herbalist, with the unique approach the alchemical tradition provides.
Below is a high level overview of what you learn throughout the entire course, with a more detail breakdown of the modules and curriculum further below.
The Language of Plants
Deepen your connection with plants by learning to balance your rational knowledge of them with intuitive and experiential understanding. Rather than just memorizing plant properties, you will learn about the plants from the plants themselves.
Integrative Global Herbalism
See the connections between the great herbal traditions of the world — such as Western herbalism, spagyric alchemy, medical astrology and Ayurveda — and weave them together into a comprehensive system of plant medicine that is both spiritual and scientific.
Learn Plants with Precision
Get beyond learning just what herbs are “good for” and learn their essential medicinal patterns. From tastes, energetics, and actions, to organ affinities, and esoteric properties, you’ll learn your plants with precision so you can understand them holistically, and see the connections between their chemical, energetic, and spiritual virtues.
Understand People Holistically
Get beyond just treating symptoms and get to the root causes of disease by understanding people holistically. From constitutional systems, anatomy, physiology and pathology, to psychology and stages of spiritual development, you’ll know how to treat the whole person with precision by seeing the relationship between the body, spirit, and soul.
The alchemical paradigm allows you to see the relationships people and plants have to the wholeness of nature and cosmos, or how the “macrocosm is within the microcosm.” You’ll understand people and plants through the lens of the energetic architecture of nature: the Seven Planets, the Five Elements, and the Three Philosophical Principles.
Craft Traditional Alchemical Remedies
To heal the whole person you need a holistic medicine that integrates the chemical, energetic, and spiritual properties of the plants. You’ll learn step-by-step examples of how to create spagyric herbal extracts that heal the body, mind, and soul of the people you serve. This is what makes the practice of true alchemical herbalism possible.
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Outline of Curriculum Lesson by Lesson
Lesson 1: The Evolution of Herbal Medicine
Lesson 2: The World and the Earth
Lesson 3: Communication with Nature
Lesson 4: Building Relationships with Plants
Lesson 5: Heart Perception of Botanical Intelligence
Lesson 6: Natural Language
The Alchemical Herbalism Program progresses through seven stages of your herbal development. These are the specific processes you go through in the practical application of what you learn in your coursework, from learning your remedies holistically and transforming them into powerful medicines, to healing yourself and others with them.
Your Inner Forest
The first step is discovering the remedies of your “inner forest;” those plants that you deeply resonate with and “stand up in the forest and call your name.” These seven plants are those you’ll learn through study and experience, take through the alchemical process, and ultimately will be healed and transformed by.
Build your direct experience by sitting with your plants, learning directly from them, and developing your relationships to them. You’ll cultivate a deep and profound connection to your plants as you come to understand their unique language, teachings, and medicine… all from the plants themselves.
Learn your plants holistically through its physical actions, chemistry, constitutional and organ affinities, energetics, psychological and emotional properties, and spiritual virtues. Your heart based understanding will be balanced with intellectual, traditional knowledge that goes beyond just what it’s “good for” so you can use it effectively and holistically.
4. unlock the
Esoteric Virtues in Plants
Decipher your plants’ embodiment of the archetypal forces of nature through its elemental and planetary rulers. You’ll be able to see the relationship between its physical, energetic, and spiritual properties, as well as how those same forces help you understand people holistically. This is the key to preparing your plant alchemically and administering it transformationally.
5. Craft An
With knowledge of the elemental and planetary ruler, you now can harvest and prepare the plant according to the principles of spagyric alchemy. By concentrating its chemical, energetic and spiritual properties, you have the full medicinal potency of the whole plant that will heal the whole person.
As you work with your spagyric preparations, you’ll receive a deep level of healing and integration of your plant’s unique medicinal virtues as it becomes a part of who you are. The plant now guides you through the same transformational process you took it through in the lab. As you heal the various parts of yourself you’ll come to a deeper understanding of the archetypes of Nature, and grow in your skills as an herbalist.
Everything comes full circle as plant by plant, spagyric by spagyric, healing by healing, you enter deeper levels of understanding of the healing power of alchemically prepared plants. As you heal yourself, you are better able to step into the role of serving your community as an alchemical herbalist, sharing the deep levels of transformational healing you’ve received through this process.
Alchemical Herbalism is for both beginners and advanced herbalists
Totally new to herbalism? If you’re struggling to grasp it all— or even know where to start — this course was designed with you in mind. You’ll get a solid foundation that gives you the competence to work with herbs with confidence.
Already a seasoned practitioner? In addition to learning powerful new methods and practices, you’ll gather tools to get even more out of your remedies and clinical results in your practice. You’ll learn connections you’ve never seen before, and how to put that knowledge to use that provides transformational healing.
Wherever you’re at on your plant path, you’ll get powerful tools to advance your practice of herbalism so you get the healing results you know are possible.
“Words cannot express how thankful I am for the healing I received in this program. You’ve provided me with amazing tools for years of self-study and personal healing to come.
I could not have designed a better school for myself!”
– Willow – Portland, Oregon
WHAT YOU GET
& HOW IT WORKS
We’re here for you every step of the way. You’ll have all the help and support you may need throughout your journey from our team of experienced & knowledgable herbalists – on the phone, chat, email or through message in the student portal.
Alchemical Herbalism is a completely searchable database. If you have a question or are looking for something specific, just search to find the exact lesson you’re looking for. You also get access to thousands of articles in our knowledge base.
Once your tuition is paid in full you will have lifetime access to the course materials. There are no deadlines to finish the course or end-dates where you lose access. We believe if you pay for something you should get to keep it forever!
Online or Offline
Every lesson is in video format, but you can also download MP3 versions of the lectures and in-depth PDF notes, charts, and handouts, making it easy to get your herbal studies in anywhere, especially through our exclusive student app.
engage & connect
Engage with the community in our student teahouse. Setup your profile, post in your activity feed, start a forum discussion, update us on your program progress, start a study group, and make connections with other like-minded herbalists.
at Your Own Pace
You can study whenever it’s convenient for you. You’ll be able to take your time and watch the videos over and over again. There’s no deadline to finish the course material – you can study as fast or slow as you like.
Earn your own
certificate of completion
As you watch each lesson, your progress is tracked through the program so you know where you’re at, where you left off, and how much more you have to go.
After you’ve finished the entire program, you’ll receive your own personalized Certificate of Completion to show that you’ve finished Alchemical Herbalism.
Take Your First Step on the Path to Herbal Mastery
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We’re confident that this program gives you everything you need to become a practicing herbalist. But if you discover the program isn’t right for you, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee, no strings attached as long as you haven’t downloaded a majority of the program. We want you to have plenty of time to go over the materials and see if the program is really a good fit for you.
YOUR BONUS PACK
In addition to the entire program, you also get these bonuses
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exclusive access to the
Evolutionary Herbalism Student App
After years of painstaking development, we’re proud to offer our students an exclusive Evolutionary Herbalism app. Whether it’s watching the latest Q&A session, staying updated on forum and group discussions and your activity feed, or having convenient access to your courses, the app makes access to the Evolutionary Herbalism world right in your pocket. Available for both iOS and Android users.
CELEBRATING OUR STUDENTS
hear from our incredible community of herbalists & alumni from our courses
“I am ever so grateful for this school because there is so much rich and valuable information being offered. Finally I can breathe and practice in confidence because I have to tools and the teachings to back it all up for life!”
Evolutionary Herbalism student, herbalist, nutrition and health consultant,
The Herbal Releaf Apothecary
“This program has tremendously enhanced my competence and confidence in my ability to help people with plant medicine.
Before this program, I was thinking that I would never know enough and I was keeping my interest in herbalism private. But through this course, a door to the heart of nature opened for me to share healing with others – to be a bridge between the herbs and the people.
I have the tools and confidence now that I have support from the School of Evolutionary Herbalism and material to consult for a lifetime.”
“This school has opened my eyes and heart to a whole new way of seeing and perceiving the world, synthesizing so much information I have studied over the years into a cohesive and practical system.
It’s given me a whole new skill-set and practical application for my knowledge and passions. A new lens to approach healing that encompasses both my clinical herbalism background, along with my spiritual longing.”
Anja Robinson, founder of Mana Medicinals
“I can truly say that the School of Evolutionary Herbalism was the rooted foundation of my herbal practice. Sajah’s invitation to go into nature and into the heart centered space to cultivate a relationship with nature itself is what truly transformed me and then assisted me in cultivating a space for my practice. Through the Alchemical Herbalism program I now am a practicing astrologer and am now purchasing equipment to begin spagyric operations. Time and time again I come back to listen to the lectures in this course to not only brush up on knowledge, but also to reflect on how far my practice has come and where it will continue to go as it grows.”
-Cameron Allen, herbalist & medical astrologer
“Through this course I have gained a confidence that I didn’t have before, even after attending several different herb schools.
I gained a new spiritual perspective connecting with plants I already knew in a much more deeper and profound way. I feel like this was the class I needed to tie everything I learned all together.
Before Alchemical Herbalism I was shy to call myself an herbalist, but now I realize what it truly means because I feel it.”
-Colleen Bones, founder of Witch in the Woods Modern Botanicals
Humboldt County, California
take the next step
on your plant path
Now is the time to step up to your calling and commit to growing on your plant path – not only for yourself, but for your family, for your community and for the Earth.
If you’ve been waiting to take that next step to serve at your greatest capacity, then now’s your time.
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Signing up for an online course is a commitment we don’t take lightly, and we want to make sure that the course is a good fit for everyone that joins. That’s why we have a 30 day 100% money back guarantee. Enroll now and try it out, risk free. If you feel like the course isn’t for you, we’ll give you a full refund within the first 30 days of your enrollment.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Author of Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Medicine & Spirituality from the Heart of Nature
Hey there! I'm Sajah, core instructor and founder here at the School of Evolutionary Herbalism. You're probably wondering who I am and what my qualifications are.
I received a BS in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University 2008, which formed my foundation in herbalism: rooted in science but also central to my Earth-centered spirituality. From there I received clinical training through studying and shadowing some of the best herbalists.
For the past decade of teaching thousands of folks from around the world through our school, my goal has been to have a truly holistic approach to people and plants, one that honors the physical, energetic and spiritual aspects of life. I strive to support people in transforming their lives, to not just be symptom free— but physically vital, mentally inspired, emotionally uplifted, and growing into their life purpose. The plants are at the root of this transformational healing, for that's what they have provided to me.
I hope to be able to share a little bit of the medicine I have gathered along my plant path with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! When you finish the entire course, you will receive a personalized Certificate of Completion showing the hours of education you’ve accomplished in the Alchemical Herbalism program.
Whenever you’re done watching a video lesson and you’ve downloaded the notes that go along with that lesson, that lesson will automatically be checked off as complete. This makes it easy for you to move through the course so you can pick up wherever you left off and know how far you have to go till you finish the program. This also enables us to ensure you’ve completed the course material so that we can award you with a Certificate upon completion of the program.
This certification only shows that you’ve completed the course – it wouldn’t make you “licensed” or “officially approved” to practice herbalism, because such certification doesn’t exist in the US at this time.
The Alchemical Herbalism program is more focused on the spiritual aspects and philosophy of alchemy and spagyrics, giving you an understanding of the astrological forces that work through people, plants, and spagyric medicine. It is an overall holistic herbal philosophy that bridges the science and spirituality of plant medicine, with an emphasis on deciphering the pattern of the elements, planets, and principles within people and plants, along with integrating traditions like Ayurveda, Western herbalism, alchemy, Astrology, and natural philosophy.
The Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program is more clinically focused, with an emphasis on the body systems through a constitutional approach and focuses on using plants therapeutically for people, along with formulation and assessment strategies.
Originally, Alchemical Herbalism was considered the “Year 1” Evolutionary Herbalism program and the Vitalist course was “Year 2,” as it was designed to take the teachings you learn in Alchemical Herbalism to a deeper level of specificity for a clinical herbal practice. That being said, they are both totally stand-alone programs and you can certainly do one without the other.
So they are ultimately 2 quite distinct programs. The Vitalist program does cover some simple medical astrology through the organ systems, but Alchemical Herbalism goes into much more depth on medical astrology in herbal practice. Alchemical Herbalism briefly covers holistic evaluation/diagnostics, but Vitalism goes much deeper on this subject.
Absolutely. All of the programs we offer are distinct unto themselves. That being said, Alchemical Herbalism does include a few other smaller programs we offer, including Elemental Herbalism, Botanical Constellations, and Astro-Herbalism. If you are currently enrolled in one of these programs and would like to upgrade your account to include Alchemical Herbalism at a discounted student rate, contact us directly at [email protected] or hit the chat link on this page to discuss upgrade options.
Because you have a lifetime access to this program, you can move as fast or slow as you like. We’ve designed it this way because we know how busy life is and want you to be able to study at your own pace. If you were to watch 2 videos per week you will get through the entire program in approximately a year.
When you register, all the classes are taught through videos lessons, and come with the option to download audio MP3s and PDFs for further reference as you move through the content.
We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, no strings attached! That will give you the option to go over the materials and see if the program is a good fit for you. If you would like to cancel your enrollment within the first 30 days to get a refund on your tuition, you will need to contact us via email or phone prior to the expiration of the refund window. No refunds can be given 30 days after the date of your enrollment.
IMPORTANT: We have a zero tolerance policy for people that enroll, download a large portion of the course and then request a refund. We are able to track what materials are downloaded and will not issue refunds to people downloading large portions of the course.
We currently do not take work traders or interns as we don’t have the infrastructure to manage and oversee helpers at this time.
Absolutely! A major feature of being an Alchemical Herbalism student is access to our exclusive Student Teahouse. Here you can setup your own personal profile, post to your activity feed, start a forum discussion, make connections with your fellow classmates, start a study group, and give updates on what you’re learning, struggling with, or need support with.
If you have questions, there are a number of ways to get it answered:
- The program is a fully searchable database, so you can find the lessons and specific locations within videos that answer your questions.
- You get access to our knowledge base, which has thousands of articles, questions and answered from the past 8 years of running our courses. You get access to the articles from all 6 Evolutionary Herbalism courses at no extra charge.
- If you can’t find your answer there, you can submit your question to be answered on one of Sajah’s Q&A videos that are published on a weekly-ish basis. You also get access to ALL past Q&A videos, which is literally hours of additional content.
Yes! This program is not just about making spagyric medicine – this is only one module of the entire program. Much of what is taught is not just about making the medicine itself, but about how to therapeutically use herbs through understanding the underlying energetic and astrological principles behind plants and people.
If you are not into making the medicines yourself — but you want to start practicing someday soon; we do have a spagyric product line called Natura Sophia Spagyrics where we make our own spagyric extracts that many practitioners and students order wholesale from us. Please see our other site at www.naturasophiaspagyrics.com for more info.
Even if you don’t know a lot about herbs and you consider yourself a beginner, this program lays a solid foundation that gives you the skills & tools needed to use herbs holistically.
We’ve had students with zero background in herbalism who excelled in this program. Sajah breaks everything down in incredibly simple yet profound ways that are easy to grasp to get your foundation solid to grow from.
This program was designed to give advanced practitioners new strategies and perspectives that will accelerate your herbal practice to a more refined and potent level. The integration of alchemy, Ayurveda, medical astrology, and clinical Western herbalism is a unique synergy that makes this program highly distinct from other herbal programs out there that is guaranteed to give you new perspectives, insights, and practices in your work with plants. We’ve had surgeons, naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, and many holistic practitioners go through this program and all were taken to a new level of precision and potency in their practice.
This is a 100% online distance learning course and all of the program lessons are in video format, along with audio downloads of the lectures and downloadable notes. The lessons are filmed from our live classes, so it feels like you’re in an intimate workshop setting with Sajah and a community of students.
Though in the past we have offered live workshops on Alchemical Herbalism, we don’t currently have any live workshops scheduled for the 2023/2024 school year. However, students of Alchemical Herbalism are given first priority on any live workshops that we offer before they are opened to the general public. You will receive email announcements for any live events we may have. Please note any live workshops that may be available to you as a student are not covered in your tuition for the Alchemical Herbalism online program.
We’re working to get captions on our videos, but it’s a large project and we don’t have a date yet of when this feature will be available. This is a priority project as we want to make the course available to everyone. However, there are currently PDFs for each lesson in the program that you can download for your reference.
Unfortunately the training session videos are not downloadable, and will only be available to watch until enrollment for Alchemical Herbalism closes.
Absolutely! If you’re buying this program for a friend or family member, please send a message to [email protected] or give us a call at (833) 988-4433
Yes! Our goal here at the School of Evolutionary Herbalism is to make herbal education available to everyone. This is why we focus so much energy in publishing so much content for free on our podcast, blog, YouTube, and social channels, as well as offering these more in-depth training sessions and mini-courses.
Our scholarship program is for our larger courses, such as the Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program and Alchemical Herbalism which may be financially inaccessible to some.
If you have questions about our scholarship program, you’re welcome to reach out to our support team with any questions at [email protected]
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