Registration will open in March

Learn how to grow, use and transform a few common medicinal plants over this introduction to herbal medicine course.  Taking place at the Loyola City Farm School Herbal Medicine Garden over the course of 6 months. Students will learn the basics of how to grow, harvest, preserve, transform and apply some common herbs such as Yarrow, Raspberry Leaf, Lemon Balm, Marshmallow, Lavender, St-Johns Wort, Comfrey and more. We will also learn how to make, salves, balms, tinctures, throat lozenges, syrups and suppositories to just name a few.

This course is designed for newcomers to the study of herbal medicine, as the classes are designed to start with the basics and build on that knowledge. If you already have spent a good deal of time learning about medicinal plants and have practiced transformations previously, then this school may not be ideal for you.  But if you are interested in learning the basics of perennial gardening, discussing issues of health and how to apply them locally, and looking at some of the basics of physiology, botany and energetics, then this course will be a great stepping stone towards those goals.

The program is divided into two main components – Education and Apprenticeship.




This series of workshops is designed to familiarize student with the main theories, concepts and practices of herbalism and body systems.  The workshops will be presented by a number of experienced herbalists.  The goals of these workshops are to help add depth to the practical training provided in the internship.





Loyola Saturday June 9th
11:00am – 4:00pm Introduction: Herbs, Anti-oppression, Interactions & contraindications & vocabulary
Loyola Saturday June 23rd
11:00am – 4:00pm Botany, Plant IDs and Transformations 101
Loyola Saturday July 14th 11:00am – 4:00pm  Respiratory & Gastrointestinal pathophysiology
Loyola Saturday August 18th
11:00am – 4:00pm Immunity, Adaptogens & the Neuro-endocrine system
Loyola Saturday September 15th
11:00am – 4:00pm Cardiovascular system: Herbs & Nutrition for Heart Health
Loyola Saturday October 13th
11:00am – 4:00pm Sexual & Hormonal Health
Loyola Saturday November 3rd
11:00am – 4:00pm How to close down a Perennial Garden: Roots, Seed saving & winter remedies


*There are 2 holiday weeks scheduled when students are not required to do shifts. These weeks will be June 23rd to July 1st and August 26th to September 2nd. Some small changes may be made to the workshop topics.


All students must fulfill a predetermined number (60) of apprenticeship hours plus host a student-led workshop, open to and free for the public.   Apprenticeship hours are made up of garden shifts and kitchen shifts.  Hours spent in workshops do not count towards the total number of apprenticeship hours. The schedule will be made with you, and will not fluctuate, allowing you to plan vacation time and work around the garden. During your apprenticeship, you will work with other members of the school to manage the Loyola Medicinal Garden.

Greenhouse & Kitchen Shifts

From June through November, when the snow melts and the soil thaws, students begin work at the Loyola Medicinal Garden in NDG. During weekly garden shifts students will work directly with the CFS coordinators on the upkeep of the garden, and, as a compliment to the full workshop schedule, our staff will offer a series of “mini-workshops” in the garden.  During the mini-workshops we will focus on some key technical skills, taking advantage of the smaller garden shift groups.  In addition, hours will be spent learning how to dry and transform herbs for specific functions.

Students must select one of the following weekly sessions and commit to it for the entirety of the 6-month program:

Garden Shift – One 3 hour shift per week

Tuesdays shift a 10am – 1 pm
shift b 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Fridays shift c
10am – 1 pm
During registration you will select your shift.  Shifts cannot be changed once assigned.


Registration now closed for the 2018 season

COST: $ 500 (can be paid in installments) What does the cost cover? The fee covers the cost of the 7 workshops, reading materials, transformation supplies, as well as the training you will receive from the CFS coordinators.

BURSARIES: We are offering a bursary program for those who need financial assistance. We don’t want cost to be a limiting issue for interns, so we are working to develop a sustainable model to help those who need support financially. Please download and fill out this bursary application form and email it to