share the healing power of plants

with your community as an herbal practitioner

Right now, someone is looking for healing

And they don’t just want symptomatic relief, they want a deeper level of healing that gets to the root cause of their struggles.

You might be the person to help them… but the question is:

Will you be ready?

Imagine someone is sitting in front of you and they’re asking foyour help.

And it hits you… the fear, uncertainty, and overwhelm. The big question every herbalist faces:

“Can I really help this personand will the plants I give them actually work?”

Will you fall into the trap of allopathic herbalism by just seeing the symptoms and give herbs that are “good for” them?

Or will you understand the whole person and use plants to holistically get to the root cause?

Healing the


The common “use this herb for that symptom” approach just doesn’t always work. 

We lose sight of the wholeness of a person, and end up giving herbs “hoping” they’ll work.

You don’t want to use herbs and hope they’ll work. You want to know they’ll work.

You want to give herbs with confidence and competence. You want your clients to not just be symptom free, but healed at the root of their struggles. 

You may have the calling to be an herbalist, but do you feel confident in your ability to actually do it?

Having the heart-felt calling to serve the plants, people & planet is the first step to becoming an herbal healer. But calling isn’t enough…

There’s knowledge and skills you have to gather to effectively help others and build your herbal confidence.

But with all the information in the world available at our fingertips, it’s hard to sort through it all, to figure out what’s essential, find the time to learn, and not get totally overwhelmed in the process.

A clear path to


There came a point on my plant path where I felt confused and overwhelmed… Like that moment you’re in the wilderness and realize “I’m totally lost!”

I’d sit surrounded by stacks of books, listening to audio courses, traveling to conferences and workshops, trying to figure out what I needed to know to effectively and holistically help people with plants.

But for some reason everything felt disconnected, like there were all these puzzle pieces, but no one put it together in a way that made sense to me.

Until I realized that there are specific stages of development that we all go through on the plant path.

Just as a plant grows, so do we on our journey towards becoming an effective herbal practitioner. These 5 stages became the foundation of what is now the Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program.

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Your Herbal Calling

It all begins with your heartfelt calling to the plant path and your purpose for wanting to be of service to the plants, the people, and the planet. Knowing the “why” behind your herbal practice is your foundation and something you’ll return to time and time again, especially when it gets tough.

2. Stem

Know Plants Holistically

To be an effective herbalist, you certainly need to know your herbs. But you need to know them beyond what they’re “good for” to administer them with confidence. This stage is all about learning your remedies on the physical, energetic and spiritual levels, because to be a holistic herbalist you need to understand the whole plant.

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Know People Holistically

The other half of the “herbal equation” is understanding people holistically. This involves learning how the human body functions on both the physical and energetic levels, as well as the unique connections to the emotions, mind, and soul. For to be a true holistic herbalist we have to address the whole person. 

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Therapeutic Skills

Stage 4 merges your knowledge of people and plants in a real-life healing context. This involves learning how to work with people to decipher the root cause of their problems, finding the correct remedies to help them, and properly administering them. This is a critical part of herbalism that can be commonly overlooked.

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Logistics of Practice

The final stage involves the logistical aspects of working as an herbalist, from setting up your dispensary and consultation space, to legality concerns and how to make herbalism your career. After all, the more you can support yourself doing this work the more people you can help to be healed by the plants


Each stage of development on this path has specific lessons, principles, and practices that you must understand and implement to move to the next level.

Over the years, we’ve developed a refined system of herbalism designed to take you through these 5 stages on the path to becoming a practicing herbalist. 

Step by step you’ll gather the essential knowledge and skills so you can be of greater service to your family, community, or clinic as an effective holistic herbal practitioner. 

Introducing the




from the School of Evolutionary Herbalism

For the community or clinical herbalist

Whether you want to be a community herbalist helping your family & friends, or a clinical practitioner working with clients, this program gives you the skills and strategies to help the people you care about with the power of plant medicine.

You’ll gain confidence and competence by integrating traditional healing techniques from across the world to practice with precision and be an effective herbalist.

You’ll cultivate the practice of true holistic herbalism: using whole plants for whole people to get to the roots of disease and bring about transformational levels of healing.

This is in-depth training that will give you a solid knowledge base and tools you’ll use for years to come on your path as an herbalist.


This course is a comprehensive exploration of the 12 organ systems of the body, how they function scientifically and energetically, and the specific ways botanical medicine interfaces with them.

Below is a high level overview of the organ systems covered and some unique attributes of what you learn in each module. A more detail outline of what is covered throughout each organ system follows. 

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Module 1:


Module 1: Foundations in Vitalism

This is your foundation in the entire course, covering topics such as: core principles and practices of vitalism, how to avoid the trap of allopathic herbalism, core herbal energetics, actions, and constitutional systems.
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Module 2:

The digestive system

Module 2: The Digestive System

The gut is said to be the root of the vital tree, influencing just about every other part of the body. You'll learn specific therapeutic protocols for mild to severe digestive issues, from common gas and bloating, to leaky gut syndrome, antibiotic trauma, and food intolerance.

Module 3:

The hepatobiliary system

Module 3: The Hepatobiliary System

Everything that enters your body your liver has to deal with. You'll learn how to maintain optimal liver health in a toxic world, the appropriate use and potential constitutional risks of bitter herbs and how to do effective detoxification for different constitutions and the dangers of fad herbal detox products.

Module 4:

the cardio-vascular system

Module 4: The Cardiovascular System

You'll come to understand the importance of heart health and why it's beyond a pump and goes into our spirit, along with why heart disease is one of the top killers in Western culture. You'll learn how to strengthen the heart and vasculature for a preventative approach to heart conditions and therapeutics for the physical, emotional and spiritual heart

Module 5:

The Respiratory System

Module 5: The Respiratory System

These days respiratory health is more important than ever amidst the pandemic. You'll get protocols for strengthening the lungs and optimizing oxygenation of tissues, the importance for differentiating remedies for treating common respiratory conditions from allergies and asthma to more serious respiratory infections.

Module 6:

The Urinary tract

Module 6: The Urinary Tract

From the regulation of minerals and fluids, to herbal treatments that go beyond diuretics and just Uva-Ursi, you'll learn how to address the urinary tract and kidneys holistically, including trophorestoration protocols for serious kidneys disease.

Module 7:

the male reproductive system

Module 7: The Male Reproductive System

You'll learn why issues with the prostate gland are so common and how to prevent them, how to revitalize libido with herbs and natural therapeutics as well as getting beyond Saw Palmetto and learn specific remedies for male anatomical reproductive system.

Module 8:

The Female Reproductive System

Module 8: The Female Reproductive System

Treatment of the female reproductive system ranges from common complaints to complex diseases, with connections to the endocrine, musculoskeletal systems, and more. You'll come to understand hormonal cycles and specific formulations for each phase, critical herbal differentials for the menstrual cycle, and how to cleanse & support the reproductive system.

Module 9:

The Musculo-skeletal system

Module 9: The Musculoskeletal System

Herbs can do so much for the treatment of pain and proper healing of the connective tissues, joints, bones, and muscles. You'll learn how to effectively treat various types of pain with herbal remedies, thinking beyond just using "anti-inflammatories," as well as restoring the connective tissues and bones, plus strategies for both acute and chronic pain.

Module 10:

Lymaphatics & Immunity

Module 10: Lymphatics & Immunity

Caring for our immune system is much greater than just taking Echinacea when we start to feel sick, it's a representation of our vitality! You'll learn how to build core immunity, why autoimmunity is so prevalent today and how to treat it, strengthening the body's primary defense mechanisms and getting beyond "herbal antibiotics and antivirals."

Module 11:

The Nervous System

Module 11: The Nervous System

Our nervous system influences every part of the body. You'll learn specific tactics for replenishing a burned out nervous system, how to holistically address common complaints like anxiety, depression and insomnia, and how lifestyle factors like diet directly influence nervous system conditions.

Module 12:

The Endocrine system

Module 12: The Endocrine System

The endocrine system affects many biochemical pathways and processes that influence our entire organism. We'll cover specific endocrine cycles and cascades, and their physiological, psychological, and emotional effects, how to safely use adaptogens, the adrenal fatigue myth, plus strategies for replenishing endocrine burnout.
Here's what you'll learn​


Each organ system module focuses on learning the body from a scientific, energetic, and spiritual perspective. You’ll learn each organ’s anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry, pathology, tissue state energetics, constitutional systems, and their connected psycho-spiritual patterns.

At the same time, you’ll learn your herbal remedies inside and out so you can use them with confidence.  You’ll learn your remedies through advanced herbal actions, energetics, and chemistry, as well as therapeutic principles, formulation strategies and in-depth materia medica.

After each module you’ll have a solid understanding of the organ system and how to treat it holistically with herbs and natural therapeutics.


Anatomy & Physiology

  • Get comprehensive lessons on anatomy and physiology so you understand how the body works on all levels scientifically
  • Know the specific physiological processes of each organ system so you know how they function in health, and dysfunction in disease
  • Understand functional biochemistry in a way that helps you better know how to treat organ system imbalances
  • Rather than learning the organ systems in isolation, you’ll learn to see their interconnections so you understand the body as a whole


Pathological Patterns

  • Integrate traditional constitutional systems to understand the relationship between individual organ systems and the whole person
  • Reach a deeper understanding of core energetic imbalances that give rise to physical symptoms so you can get to the root
  • Learn the Six Tissue States of every organ system, their primary symptomatic patterns and how to determine them in your clients
  • Know the core properties of herbs for each tissue state in every organ system so that you don’t chose herbs blindly, but with specificity


Assessment Tools

  • Throughout each organ system you’ll learn interview skills and specific questions to understand the roots of their health problems
  • Integrate holistic evaluation criteria beyond an interview to get the right information you need to help your clients
  • Learn tongue evaluation and pulse assessment for each organ for a more detailed and well-rounded analysis
  • Gather multiple assessment tools to decipher the constitution, tissue states, and underlying cause of disease to guide your remedy selection

The Whole Being

Energetic Blueprint

  • Go beyond the science of the body and learn the connections to the emotional and psychological levels to assess the whole person
  • Learn the “energetic architecture” of the organ systems; their connection to the Elements, Planets, Signs of the Zodiac, and other energetic systems
  • Understand how health issues can lend insight into deeper transformational levels of healing that are necessary for the soul to evolve
  • How psychological, emotional, and spiritual traumas can affect the physical body and how to approach remediating them with plants


Herbal Actions

  • Learn the herbal actions that are most specific for treating each organ system—not just based on what symptoms they’re “good for”—but their exact physiological mechanisms
  • Get organized materia medica listings of what plants relate to each herbal action, along with their energetics for more precise remedy selection
  • Understand how each herbal action influences not only the organ systems, but the tissue state energetics and ecology of the body
  • Learn how a single plant can be understood as a “formula unto itself” by seeing the synergistic effect of all of its actions


Herbal Therapeutics

  • Understand the common symptoms that you’re most likely to face as an herbalist, their physiology, pathology, and energetics
  • Learn holistic therapeutics based on the principles of vitalism so you don’t suppress the body, but support its innate intelligence
  • Get beyond what herbs are “good for,” and understand why they’re effective based on their tastes, actions, affinities, energetics, and special potency.
  • Learn overarching therapeutic strategies for helping people beyond herbs with diet, lifestyle coaching, and spiritual support


Materia Medica

  • Learn over 100 herbal remedies in-depth to holistically treat every organ, system, and tissue of the body so you can administer them with precision and confidence
  • Understand plants based off their functional clinical patterns—not just symptoms—to match the whole herb to the whole person
  • Get comprehensive materia medica listings organized by the synergy of their actions, organ affinities, tastes, and energetics so you know your herbs with specificity
  • Go beyond intellectual knowledge of plants and into deeper levels of understanding by experiencing them directly


Formulation Principles

  • Create customized formulas that are specific for your unique client
  • Understand how to strategically approach formulating remedies for each organ, system, and tissue of the body, as well as the psychological and emotional levels
  • How to blend herbs in the correct ratios to create a balanced formula to suit your client’s needs and constitutional pattern
  • Get hundreds of formulas used and proven in clinical practice from renowned herbalists and traditions across the world

For both beginner and advanced herbalists

Totally new to herbalism? We’ve got you covered. You’ll get a solid foundation to use herbs holistically and get the competence to practice with confidence.

Already practicing? This synergistic program lends you new insights, perspectives, and practices that will accelerate your herbal practice to a more refined and potent level.

We’ve had students of every kind: from total newbies with zero background in herbalism to naturopathic doctors and a spectrum of holistic practitioners.

Wherever you’re at on your plant path, you’re guaranteed to get powerful tools that make you a top-notch herbalist that gets results.

“As a Naturopathic Physician, I had always gravitated toward using plants in healing work with patients. However, I often did not see clinical results, it was as if the herbs sometimes just did not work.

That all changed after taking The Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program.

I highly recommend this course to every practitioner that uses herbal medicine.”

Dr. Katherine Mallette, N.D., founder of VI Natural Medicine

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands



120 hours

of Video Classes

You’ll get the entire Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program on video. Unlike going to a live workshop where you have to cram it in all at once and hope to remember, you’ll be able to pause, replay & repeat classes to let the material sink in.


Lifetime Access

You have access to the course for life – you’ll be able to revisit it for years to come. The program is advanced enough that you’ll still get new insights and revelations into these teachings years down the road.


Course Notes

You’ll receive downloadable PDFs of all of the notes, handouts, templates & tables, plus a mountain of additional study resources in written form. You can print everything out to compile your own workbook!



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. 


Course Database

The program 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.


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

with Community

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.

all your

Questions Answered

Can’t find the answer to your question? Get consistent Q&A videos where Sajah answers your questions along with all past Q&A videos. You literally get hundreds of hours of engaging additional teachings in these content rich videos.

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 the Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program.

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Sajah Popham

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.

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