Q. How do I know which year (1st, 2nd or 3rd) is right for me?
A. Are you fairly new to herbalism? – Take a look at our year one program.
Do you already have a strong foundation in herbalism through education and/or practice? – Check out our second year program.
Do you have your herbalism education in place but need clinical supervision working with clients? – Check out our third year program.
We encourage anyone who is considering applying directly to the Year 2 or Year 3 program to thoroughly read our Year 1 Syllabus and Year 2 Syllabus, as well as the Credit Submission Form, to better assess which level is best for you. We will also discuss the best level for you in more detail when you apply.
Still have questions? Email [email protected] – we are happy to discuss this with you!
Q. When will the Professional Program classes be held for the 2018-2019 year?
A. Classes will start mid-September and go through mid-May. Year 1 classes will be held Wednesdays from 9-5 plus one weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) a month. Year 2 & Year 3 classes will be held Tuesdays 9-5 plus one weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) a month.
Q. I love your program and want to start immediately – can I begin in January or mid-way through the semester?
A. All of our professional programs are year-long and they all begin in September. Because our curriculum is cumulative, we unfortunately cannot accept students into the current year’s program after the first day of classes in September. However, it is never too early to apply to next year’s program! We also offer exciting community classes throughout the year, which are open to the public, as a way for you to begin your herbal studies with us now!
Q. I love your program but cannot miss one day of work per week. Can I just take the weekend classes?
A. We currently only offer a full-time program (one weekday a week plus one weekend a month), as we have found that this is the best way for students to really learn the curriculum. Many of our students have successfully worked out a schedule with their employers to enable them to attend the weekday classes. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this.
Q. How can I access handouts for a community class?
A. In order to access handouts for a community class, you must register for the class on our website. When you register for a class, you will create a username and password. Please save your login information. You can use that same information to login to our Student Portal – go to arborvitaeny.com and click on the Student Portal button, located at the top right hand side of the green bar at the top of the page. Once logged in, you will be able to access all of the courses you have registered for. Click on any course and you will be able to download the handouts for that course.
Q. What is your refund policy for community classes?
A. If you would like a refund, you need to contact us 7 days before a class starts. We understand it may seem unfair, but since we have to buy all our materials in advance and teachers are often coming from all around the US and sometimes abroad, it’s difficult to deal with last minute cancellations. Instead of dropping out if you have a last minute schedule conflict, a better idea is to ask around and see if any of your friends want the spot.
In cases of local teachers and evening classes, if you notify us 3 days ahead of time, we can offer you a credit for another class.