Level 1: In-Person

In-Person Herbal Foundations Certificate Program

The Herbal Foundations Level 1 Certificate Program is our most popular program.

  • This program is offered live at our shop and classroom in Providence, Rhode Island.
  • Herbal Foundations in person program  is organized as a series of six once-a-month Saturday classes focused on the how-to of Western Herbalism, and taught by Farmacy’s own Mary Blue. She has been teaching this class 2-3x per year since 2006.
  • If you are interested in an online version of this course, please click here.

Upcoming Program

Our next in-person Level 1: Herbal Foundations Certificate program will run 10am-4pm on the second Saturday of the month from May-October 2023. Sign up to be notified when applications launch, below:

This program offers:
In-depth coverage of herbal actions and herbal terminology, regulatory and legal guidelines, local plant identification, herbal first aid, and herbal body system support

The how-to of solvency and medicine-making, formulating decoctions/infusions, tincturing, syrups, salves, liniments, creams, poultices, infused oils, and flower essences

Herbal protocols for dental health, immune health, endocrine health, digestive health, reproductive health, respiratory health, elders, children, birthing people, and transgender people

Everyday uses of over 50 plants and an introduction to concepts of nutritional healing

Plant walks and herbal garden activities (season dependent)

This program comes with:
Access to Herbal Foundations Online, including 20 hours of video lectures, questionnaires, and notes to advance your herbal education

Samples of herbal products made in class, including tinctures, salves, poultices, syrups, and bulk herbs

A hardcopy of Mary Blue’s Herbal Foundations book to advance your herbal education

Hands-on-training and exercises supporting plant identification, herbal formula making, and product formulation

A certificate of herbal education

Payment Options


The in-person Level 1 Herbal Foundations Program is offered at a sliding scale. A 50% deposit is required to hold a space in the class. We do accept payment plans.

Yearly Income


Under $20,000 per year


$20-$30,000 per year


Over $30,000 per year




Farmacy’s Herbal Scholarships are for people of color, immigrants, and people who have been structurally denied access to herbal education and healthcare, transgender, queer, and gender nonconforming people, people with disabilities, and people who make under $10,000 per year (not available to college students whose parents pay for school). We accept scholarship applications for our programs annually in January. All scholarship placements for our 2022 programs are full.

Apply here for the 2023 scholarship program.

Internship/Work Trade

We accept work trade as payment for our Herbal Foundations Level 1 class. We have a limited number of spaces available for each work trade slot. Work trade hours are completed through our internship program, and all hours must be completed before they can be used for class credit.

Learn more about our internship program here.


Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation within 2 months before event/class/internship: full refund.
Cancellation within 1 month before event/class/internship: 50% refund.
Cancellation within 2 weeks before event/class/internship: 25 % refund.
Cancellation within 2 weeks of event date OR after event/class/ internship has started: 0% refund.

Missed Class Policy:
Students have access to classes they sign up for. Students will need to request a “hardship notification form” to be eligible to make up a missed class during the next session. We allow for only ONE make up class for folks who have requested the hardship form: they have had a death in the family, had a serious disease diagnosis, have tested positive for COVID the day before class, etc.

Classroom Policy:
Our classes are organized with social justice and health justice principles in mind. We strive to make the space safe,  comfortable, and accessible for everyone who is interested in learning about herbalism. We request that all teachers and participants treat each other with respect, inclusive of gender, class, race/culture, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status, political views, age, ability status, and appearance.

For more information, FAQ and Testimonials, click here.