The Ojai School of herbal Studies

Have you dreamed of learning more about medicinal herbs? Not just the piecemeal knowledge you can pick up from a couple books or websites, or even from a few conversations with herbalists, but real, in-depth, experiential learning? Have you wanted to find the kind of course that would give you a serious foundation in herbal studies—an extensive and practical knowledge of medicinal herbs, including their preparations, uses, history, and cultivation?

Now you can realize that dream.

With the next two sessions beginning in September and October 2018 respectively, The Ojai School of Herbal Studies offers courses in the foundations of medicinal herbal studies. The 288-hour Foundational Course provides:

  • A vigorous foundational course in herbal medicine, and in-depth education on how to use herbs safely and effectively, including terminology, anatomy and physiology.
  • Access to Earth Island Herbs’ beautiful medicinal herb garden, nestled in Ojai’s East End at the foot of the Topa Topa mountains.
  • Tools for determining what herbs best support specific issues in various body systems.
  • Detailed knowledge of herbal materia medica of 75+ herbs.
  • Preparation methods for making tinctures, salves, lotions, etc.
  • Cultivation—requirements, pruning, harvesting, compost/green manure, irrigation, and pest management.
  • Diet, exercise, stress management and lifestyle support.
  • Thorough grounding in the cultural and historical context of herbs for health.
  • Empowerment in personal and community health.



Carol Wade has been practicing as a professional herbalist and nutritional counselor for over 20 years, and is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. A highly experienced, knowledgable and warm teacher, Carol truly enjoys sharing her deep understanding of herbs with students and guiding them as they embark upon their own journey in herbal living.

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The course is 288 hours total, and classes meet one weekend per month for 18 months. The next 18 month session begins on September 8, 2018 and ends in February 2020. The September session of the course is now full, but Carol has opened a second session to meet demand, this one beginning in October. Both sessions will cover the same material and coursework, simply on different weekends. Classes will be held one weekend a month, eight hours each day, on the following dates:

For the October session:


October 6th – 7th

November 3rd – 4th

December 1st – 2nd


January 5th – 6th

February 2nd – 3rd

March 2nd – 3rd

April 6th – 7th

May 4th – 5th

June 1st – 2nd

July 6th – 7th

August 3rd – 4th

September 7 – 8th

October 5th – 6th

November 2nd – 3rd

December 7th – 8th


January 4th – 5th

February 1st – 2nd

March 7th – 8th

For the September session:


September 8th – 9th                        

October 13th – 14th                          

November 10th – 11th                      

December 8th – 9th                           


January 12th – 13th                        

February 9th – 10th                          

March 9th – 10th                          

April 13th – 14th

May 18th – 19th

June 8th – 9th

July 13th – 14th

August 10th – 11th

September 13th – 14th

October 12th – 13th

November 9th – 10th

December 14th – 15th


January 11th – 12th

February 8th – 9th



Classes will take place in Ojai, both at the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden and the adjacent Krishnamurti Foundation of America campus.

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Course tuition: $3600. A deposit of $600 is due upon registration. Fee includes all instruction, materials and facilities, including Earth Island Herbs’ full-sized herbal specimen garden. Room & board not included.

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Click the button below to register. Or contact Carol at 805-646-0693 or

Refund Policy: 

Due to the layered progression of the course, new students cannot be added after the first class weekend, and so unfortunately no refunds can be given once the course has begun.