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HERBAL MEDICINE SERIES 2024    application>>>

HERBAL & NATURAL MEDICINE TRAINING SERIES               A certificate series


Achievement of the assignment of the full series conveys

a Certificate in Herbal Studies

WE MEET ONCE A MONTH, THIRD SATURDAY excepting August. 930-230.    Bring something for your lunch to eat at our site, as there will be no time to go out and pick up lunch. January 20 onward.


Students will learn to create, make, store, apply, and use a variety of herbal medicines  upon completion.  Students will directly learn which body systems/ physiology and conditions the herbal formulations should be used for, or applied to.

OUTLINE- with the awareness that commentary, teachings, and answers to questions are provided by Mary Light, ND MH LMT -content that is relevant to in-class meetings and cannot be written out here - here is a general outline plan taking us through 2024: 

( may deviate from) 

Herbal studies series   May through 2025 and beyond…. Class is third Saturday of the month

May 18    SHORT RAMBLE in the Saginaw forest area, which abuts our studio!  Most\medicinal plants will be at the edges, and we can look deeper in to see what is up and identify LEARNING TO USE PROFESSIONAL FIELD GUIDES.

Sensory Experience , in identifying herbs in their formulated and raw states.  Evaluating quality and  medicinal signatures.  Focus on the nervous system and nervous herbs and their contribution to our holistic health.  A medicine- making station of tables- extracts, oil infusions, water infusions, vinegar infusions.

JUNE – Addressing first aid, camping and outdoor/wilderness use of  botanical formulations and remedies for stings, abrasions, travel sickness including digestive, rashes, hygiene in primitive areas, poultices, and first responses  for injuries.


ASSIGNMENT and discussion/guidance of the Program Project of individual students creating two different products which they will bring in and present in October!  Using medicine making skills of infusions, decoctions, oil infusions, vinegar infusions, and tincture extracts using alcohol.   Review and discussion of refining any medicine-  making methods.

JULY  - Introduction to Seasonal and winter medicine making and seasonal health challenges, and their protocols.   The time to learn about this and prepare your Home Farmacy and apothecary is now!  Before the changes come to us in mid fall.

SEPTEMBER -  This is a wonderful time to look at late blooming plants and roots.  To that end, Adaptogens - a topic large enough to go into OCTOBER as well- the experience of them and their effects and uses- are our focus. 

FALL IN GENERAL-  we have a healthy sized class , and during this time we will enjoy learning about the different presentations of each individuals STUDENT PROJECT , sampling their products, and integrating and discussing the possible variations of each product.  This has always been a fulfilling and confidence building assignment for everyone concerned! 


This is HANDS ON EXPERIENTIAL TIME, with supplementation to the program with ASSIGNMENTS, FIELD WORK outside of class via a documentation booklet given to students.  Students will be required to read some text, and obtain 2 or more required reference books.    The  mission of the series is to empower participants in the use and understanding of applied natural medicine and herbal medicine  methods and techniques for personal or clinical use.

LOCATION: Our Studio / Apothecary   3684 w. Liberty road ANN ARBOR MICHIGAN 48103    734-769-7794

FEES -  $1,500.00 tuition fee to be paid up front in cash. There are monthly materials fees of $25.00 per person, paid in cash  There are no scholarships , loans, or deferred payments. There may be a waiting list for placement

TO REGISTER :  CALL , TEXT,     734-769-7794 OR E MAIL  You may fill out your application and pay at our location or have an application send and then mail in your registration with a check. ​



Materials for the on- premises hands on work are supplied within the program fees.  Samples of medicinal products are given to students as covered by lab fees.

Students are expected to gather some of their own materials at their own cost, for development of home apothecary, and to pay for their own recommended books. 

Books:  Field Guide to North Central and North Eastern Wildflowers, Peterson.  Do not buy a field guide to “medicinal plants”.  Use this title.  Any edition.

The New Holistic Herbal  by David Hoffman.  Any edition.  Books are not required, but they are recommended.  A used edition is fine.


MARY LIGHT, ND MH LMT is a medicinal clinical herbalist of 20+ years experience as teacher, master herbalist, consultant, and practitioner. She maintains an apothecary on the site of her State Licensed  school, established in 2009.


Lisa Bozeman  - a testimonial

I don’t usually write reviews but I myself feel a responsibility to ENCOURAGE people to use this School. I have learned more from Mary Light and her teachers in 10 MONTHS than I learned in over 20 YEARS of both self and school study of natural medicine and holistic care. Her non-linear and hands-on way of teaching taught me to TEACH MYSELF and to develop the critical thinking skills that are necessary and so important in the world of natural healing. Anything can be memorized and put down on paper like most schools, but it’s useless if we don’t understand the basics, the root of natural medicine and how to THINK. This is what Mary does. Not only that but she personally and intimately understands and works with each student. She cares what they get out their education beyond the certificate and is never too busy to give of herself and share her knowledge and great love of natural healing at any time - in or out of the classroom. I first completed a 3 month course in Herbal Medicine in the Spring. Then I was allowed to start a very enjoyable apprenticeship at the school and later that Fall started the 2 year Naturopathic program. Mary personally worked with me to make this possible through any challenges I had. I learned how to support the health of a handicapped toddler with significant health issues at a time when doctors and specialists had nothing to offer. I would recommend this School a hundred times over to anyone who really wants to learn TRUE natural medicine in the real world. 



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