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We’re still accepting applications for the waitlist for the 2020-21 Program Year starting in September!

You can learn more about our programs by viewing this PDF from a virtual Open House we held in August 2015 or by watching this recording from April 2020. If you have any questions about our programs or application process, please email


Application Process

There are 4 steps to apply to ArborVitae’s Professional Program:

  1. Fill out the appropriate application form (see documents below). Please note that a complete application includes 3 documents – the application form, answers to the 2 additional questions (described on the application form), and a CV/resume (can be informal) – as well as a photo of yourself. If you are applying to enter directly into Year 2 or Year 3, you must also complete the Year 2 Application Addendum and the Year 2 Credit Submission Form.
  2. Email all 3-4 documents to with the subject line “application”.
  3. Wait 6 weeks (or less!) 🙂
  4. If you are accepted, we will send you information about paying your deposit and tuition, which reserves your seat in the class.

Our extended deadline is May 1st, although we will continue to receive applications after the deadline and add them to the waitlist and notify you if a spot opens up. Applying early and paying your deposit and tuition to secure your place in the program is a good idea.

To apply for the Foundational Year Professional Herbalism Program:  Please download & complete this application: ArborVitae Year 1 Application 2020-21 (PDF) OR ArborVitae Year 1 Application 2020-21 (DOC)

To apply for the 2nd Year Professional Herbalism Program Please download & complete this application: ArborVitae Year 2 Application 2020-21 (PDF) OR ArborVitae Year 1 Application 2020-21 (DOC) Please also fill out the Year 2 Application Addendum AND the Year 2 Credit Submission Form.

To apply for the 3rd Year Professional Herbalism Program: Please inquire for applications. Year 3 applicants must interview.

If you have had previous training in herbalism and feel that it would qualify for credit for classes either for a portion of the first year or feel you have enough training to enter into the 2nd or 3rd year, you can fill out the Year 2 Application Addendum and the Year 2 Credit Submission Form.  Please note: This form is very important for those planning to apply for the 2nd or 3rd year program, as you may discover the need to take some 1st/2nd year courses to be prepared for 2nd/3rd year curriculum. Year 3 applicants must interview.

Submit your application to marking “application” in the subject line.  We strongly prefer to receive applications electronically; however if you are unable to do so you can mail your application to ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism, 68 Jay St., #425, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Please notify us by phone or email that you have sent your application.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to early applicants. Applicants will be notified of a decision within six weeks of submitting your application.

About the First Year Program and Full Three Program

ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism offers a one year comprehensive course in herbalism. Using various approaches to herbal health care, the first year program offers over 367 hours of instruction in herbal practices and materia medica, holistic anatomy and physiology, botany and plant identification, energetics, medicine making and more. The majority of instruction will be classroom hours, with one online anatomy and physiology course as well. Students who complete the first year of study at ArborVitae can expect to gain an essential understanding of herbal medicine, with application for friends and family. Students who successfully complete coursework attend and participate in classes will be granted a course certificate foundational herbalism at the end of the school year.

Most classes will be held in Dumbo, Brooklyn, at 68 Jay Street, #425, in the ArborVitae classrooms. Some days will be spent outdoors, either within NYC or a few hours from the city. The school year will culminate in a weekend trip upstate. ArborVitae students will receive a building keycard and student ID card that will allow access to the school building and can be used for discounts at local herb stores and many other herb venues as well as offering basic student discounts generally available. Discounts will also be offered for ArborVitae community classes.

passiflora2The second and third year programming are for students interested in clinical herbalism and further specializations in herbal practices. The three years are designed to be modular; a beginning student will start in the first year program and may continue after the first year on to the second year program, and then choose to continue on to the third year.  A student with qualifying experience may begin at the second year or with extensive and adequate education and experience, the third year. Any student who receives a certificate from first year studies at ArborVitae is eligible to continue for the second and third years.

Students with some previous herbal education who are interested in beginning with the 2nd or 3rd year of the clinical program should email detailing experience and previous studies.


Tuition is $7,300 per year (your deposit counts toward this total). While we are working to develop a scholarship fund for people with financial need, regretfully, we cannot offer any at this time. We will happily fill out any necessary paperwork for outside scholarships or financial aid.

See the tuition page for more details.