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Herbal Apprentice Program

Have you ever wanted to learn how to heal yourself with herbs & natural medicine?

Right now you’re probably feeling one or all of these ways:

  • You would love to know more about natural remedies and how to work with nature and herbs, but you just don’t know where to start.

  • You wish there was a source that you trusted for this information.  There is so much out there and it's overwhelming.

  • You wish you could feel confident that what herbs were trying would really work. How much of a difference can this really make in your life?

  • You wonder how your life would be different if you knew of something more natural to take when you had a headache or a stomachache, or when your friends or family got sick.

  • You would love to be more connected to the earth and it’s cycles, to know the names of the mountains and hills, and know what plants around you could be used for healing.

If you’re anything like me, maybe…

You’ve always had an interest in herbs and holistic methods, made some teas or even tried some tinctures but weren’t sure if it was actually working for you or not.

You’ve watched enough survivalist shows to know you can use native herbs or foods in the wild. You know that there are a lot of safe plant out there though, but you’re afraid you might get hurt if you use the wrong one.


You’ve spent YEARS binge-watched YouTube channels and reading online articles about herbs and natural healing



  • Dabbled with yoga,

  • Gotten a massage or two,

  • Tried to eat “cleaner”


But it feels like something’s missing.  You know there’s so much more you don’t know and you’re ready to go deeper in your understanding of the body.

You want to make a bigger impact in your community, you just don’t know where to start.

How do you put this all together and feel confident of what will work the best?

With the right knowledge, you can make a real difference in your loved ones' lives.

Think of all the situations that you will be able to have confidence in with this knowledge and these resources.  You’ll never have to worry about when you’re out on a hike far from a hospital or there’s a natural disaster.  You’ll be able to be a mentor and resource for your friends and family.

It can be daunting to find an herbal course you feel comfortable and confident with.

So what’s stopping you from enrolling in an herbal course so you CAN feel empowered to know exactly what to do should the situation arise?

You haven’t found the right course for you.

You’ve probably:

  • Looked into herbal courses either too far away or offered at inconvenient times. 

  • Not aligned with the teachers, who act like “gurus” or live in a bubble where all they do is live off the wild in some Amazon rain forest -- sounds nice but it’s not YOUR reality. You need something down to earth and easy to follow.

  • Thought about online courses, but they’re not offering one-on-one support from the teacher, or you're burnt out on watching video replays and being left to figure it out on your own time.

  • Been overwhelmed by all the information out there about holistic healing, and just don’t have the time to really sit down and learn it all.

  • Felt you’re not organized enough, disciplined enough, trendy or hip enough, or “not a good learner.”

  • Wanted to learn herbal medicine, but many of your family & friends think it's weird, or they feel like your time could be better spent pursuing a “real career” instead of a “passion” or “hobby”.

  • Felt turned off by extensive herbal programs that seem to be hundreds of hours long

I know what it’s like to feel stuck and like you’re never going to reach your true potential.  To be frustrated because deep down you know you’re being called to do something that helps people, but you don’t know how to get there.

All of the above makes you feel stuck and like you’re never going to reach your true potential.  You’re called to do something that helps people but you don’t really know how.

That’s why I love hearing how ecstatic students feel when they finally found the Artemisia Academy!

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I’m Emily Sanders and since 2014, I’ve helped many herbalists turn their passion for healing others and the earth into profitable, sustainable businesses.


Through my own personal healing experience, I learned the healer’s journey starts with exploration and finding out how to truly heal yourself FIRST.


So often healers get caught in a cycle of overworking with little or no boundaries and get burnt out by trying to help other people.

At the Artemisia Academy, we not only train you to be an incredible and successful herbalist, but we also focus on teaching you how to nourish your body and fill your own cup first, so you can truly heal the world outside of you.


If that’s what you want, then your journey starts with the Herbal Apprentice Program

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Wonder What It's Like To Be A Healed Healer?

The Herbal Apprentice Program will give you clarity about your purpose as an herbalist or healer. It lays out a simple foundation to easily learn a deeper kind of healing and gives you the peace of mind to finally know how to help your community in times of need.

The Herbalist’s Journey will transform you, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, as well as set you out on your life’s path.  It will help you to…

  • Listen to your body & heal yourself FIRST.

  • Implement Self Care, on a daily basis.

  • Live a more wholesome life on every level.

  • Become a Resource and Mentor for the people in your life.

  • Connect to the Plants and get to know the healing allies all around you.

  • Protect the Land and provide a future for our children.

  • Be a part of a Global Movement to teach sustainability and self-healing.

  • Build a life where your passions support your dreams!

This program is for you if...

You are:

  • Passionate about helping other people,

  • Ready to see if herbalism & holistic healing is the right path for you,

  • New to herbal medicine, only have some introductory level of herbal training, or would like a review of introductory herbal training,

  • Tired of feeling overwhelmed by all the holistic info out there.

You want:


  • A supportive teacher that will hold your hand through the process,

  • A program that offers flexibility that supports your unique learning style,

  • To create herbal remedies to help your family and friends,

  • To be more connected to the earth and its cycles,

  • To be a part of a community of holistic healers that are sparking worldwide change.


 This program may not be for you:

  • If you have already finished an intermediate or advanced herbal training program.

You can contact us about our Community Herbalist Program for our more advanced courses at info@artemisiaacademy.com.


  • If you are not ready to commit to a certification program.


Instead, check out our A La Carte courses and Workshops

Here's What You'll Get

The program consists of 5 modules: 4 live online lecture courses, and 1 in-person Plant Identification source (with the option of online only for those who live out of the area).

This hybrid program is designed so you can ask questions, get live feedback, and receive personalized coaching every step of the way.

These 5 modules include:

Human Anatomy


  • Anatomy and Physiology 

  • 10 body systems

  • Herbal therapies for each body system

Herbal Medicine



  • Make teas, oils, salves, vinegars & tinctures

  • Formulate syrups, steams, baths & aromatherapy 

Herbal Nutrition


  • Good, healthy nutrition for everyone

  • Self care for you and your family

Herbal Research


  • How to create your own herbal formulas

  • Clinical Interview, analysis, and presentation skills


Plant Identification


  • Safe & poisonous plants of Santa Barbara

  • Purchasing organic herbs

  • Ethical wild harvesting


Here are the details

All modules are offered twice a year so you have the flexibility to take them in any order you wish in the course of the year.  Here is the current schedule for the year.


  • Live online lectures via Zoom take place on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm and Wednesdays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

  • In-person Plant Identification class takes place on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Pacific Time at various trails around Santa Barbara.  All plant classes are also recorded and well documented, so if you live out of the area or miss a trip, you will not fall behind!

  • Weekly Office Hour on Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:15 pm PST.

Investment:  $2400


Payment Plans are available with a $600 deposit to hold your space in the program, then scheduled out $400 per month for 5 months (for a total of $2600 with the payment plan). 


Program must be paid in full before classes begin, unless other arrangements have been made.


“This class takes the student on a deep dive into the world of herbs in a way that feels nourishing, exciting and so confidence building. I loved watching my world totally transform from this class, where common weeds on the side walk have become nourishing and healing allies. My own flower garden has transformed into not only something beautiful to look at, but a medicinal foraging grove, ready to heal scrapes, burns, and belly aches. Its safe to say I will never see the natural world around me in the same light because of this class, and that is more than I could have hoped for. I'm so thankful for Emily and this wonderful age old story of herbs.” -- Chante

Female Handyman

"You make learning about herbs & herbalism fun & easy. Your down-to-earth style of teaching is a pleasure to experience. You made the classroom a safe place to ask questions & you shared your personal journey. You're not just teaching about things you learned in a book or in lectures. Rather you teach from experience: both personal & those of your clients. Office hours have been super helpful for me as well as attending herb walks & seeing the plants up close & in person." --Kris

Imagine a few years from now after you have completed your herbal training. 


You feel confident about your knowledge to help your friends and your family.  You are living a more sustainable life, more aligned with the natural cycles of the earth and the timing of the seasons.  You know the plants that grow around you.  You know the names of all the mountains and creeks in your big backyard.  The hills here are a collection of your healing herbal allies, and finally, walking along the tails, you feel like your home, you are right where you belong.

You are a part of an incredible community of healers & herbalists, all working together to help heal our community and build a future for all our children.  You realize, this is it.  You are finally living your dream.  You are a part of something bigger than yourself, and that something is nourishing and fulfilling your life on every level.  You have arrived in the future that you always dreamed of.

All this and more is possible with a teacher that will support you along the entire way, and a school that nurtures you right where you are at, one step at a time.

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"I loved the Herbal Apprenticeship! It was very helpful to learn the herbal actions and body systems side by side. I loved being able to begin a relationship with the plants by trying them in different forms, as we were learning about them. I feel I have a great base to start my herbal journey, and I'm confident that what I learned will allow me to start helping myself and my family and provide better health." -- Brook

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"Emily uses a down to earth and accessible approach to learn how plants can heal and improve your life. Emily is thorough and knowledgeable as she goes through the body systems. Plus, we go see the herbs in their local habitat, making for an easily accessible medicine." -- Sean

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"Emily's knowledge of herbal medicine is so impressive and inspiring. Through this course I've truly reconnected with my body and nature around me." -- Marina


Q: What level of competency do I need to take this course?

This program is specific for beginners with no experience in herbal medicine or human anatomy at all.

However, many students have had some prior healing knowledge before taking these courses and have found it comprehensive enough to learn new materials and find a more cohesive understanding of the body & plant medicine.

Q: What is time commitment?

Students have reported back that they learned more in just a few months than what they have tried to learn on their own for years.  So although it is a time commitment, it saves hundred of hours versus trying to learn it on your own.

Generally, students take about 3-6 hours a week outside of class time to spend on reading and homework assignments.  We do not do busy work or have graded tests in this course.

Many students work full time jobs, and/or are parents as well. 

Q: What if I have a hard time learning?

This course is specifically created for us creative mind types of people.  We cover all the learning styles; visual, auditory, hands on and experiential.

Also, since all of our courses are recorded live, students can go back and listen to the audio, or watch the video again anytime.  Students will have lifetime access to these course materials, so they can re-watch the videos for years to come.

Q: What if I don’t do well with online classes?

Most online classes are prerecorded and don’t involve student involvement.

Our classes are designed to feel like an in-person class in the comfort of your own home.  Students get to talk with one another, ask questions, and get real feedback during the live class.

Q: What if I work during the time classes are offered, can I still take the class?

We have many students that have time commitments during class hours who still join the class. 

These students watch the live recordings, and then we set up a special “OFFICE HOUR” each week for those students to check in and ask questions.

Q: What if I cant make the live classes?

All of our classes are recorded so that students can have access to the classes they missed. 

Students have lifetime access to all of the course materials (audio, video, and hand outs).

Q: Can I join if I don’t have access to herbs?

We provide ALL the herbs for students that they need for this course.  Additional herbs and supplies can also be purchased through the Artemisia Academy. 

Students will also be given extensive resource lists so that they will have local and online options to find herbs and supplies.

Q: What if I don’t have special equipment at home to make herbal remedies?

All of our courses are set up so that students can follow along with normal kitchenware they have at home.  Supply and tool lists will be sent out ahead of time so that students can be prepared in case they don’t have something at home.

Students also have the option to purchase a Medicine Maker’s Supply Box for all the special bottles and items they may not have at home.

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"Emily, you are a wonderful teacher! You are so open and excited. I feel comfortable to share and ask questions. You made the container of the group feel safe and accepting. I love how passionate you are for this subject, and I can't wait to go out on the trails with you and see the plants in their habitat." --Torrey