Spotlight: The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine was founded by Juliet Bankespoor in Cherokee Nation territory, in what is currently known as Asheville, North Carolina, nestled in the botanically rich Southern Appalachian Mountains—currently offering a wide range of online courses.

“Just as locally grown food is key to long-term sustainability, so is locally grown medicine. That’s why our programs focus on growing your own herbs and all the ways you can enrich your life with edible and medicinal weeds. Preparing herbal medicine is a deeply satisfying and sovereign practice, and an essential aspect of all traditional cultures across the globe.”

“Our connection to plants as medicine nourishes this ancient spirit and wakes us up to the profound natural cycles of life. We’re honored to share that connection with you, and we hope it brings you as much joy as it brings us!”

The Chestnut School is woman owned and primarily women-powered.
(Photos © The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine)

Here’s what others are saying:

Before this course, I appreciated the plants for their beauty. Now I appreciate them for their medicine, their life force and spirit, and their existence as sentient, giving beings. I am also proud of the sheer volume of knowledge that I now have. The course has been a wonderful, exciting, beautiful, joyous journey for me that has opened my eyes and opened doors that I didn’t know existed before. Please accept my deepest, heartfelt thanks to all of you for such an amazing program!

Jane J., British Columbia, Canada

The Immersion offers so much more than you think you’re going to get. Not only will you learn about these amazing plants and how to grow them, you will also learn about the human body and how herbs affect each system–and not in a general way. These courses teach you how to understand plants in various preparations and how each type of preparation will extract different properties of the plants. You will no longer be doing a web search on remedies for various ailments, because in the Herbal Immersion Program, you are given such tailored and focused instruction that not only includes information, but wisdom on how to apply all of this knowledge. They teach you both the science and the art of herbalism. A student can go as deep as they want with all these tools provided. I cannot express enough gratitude for this course.

Marianela L., Online Herbal Immersion student

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