Grassroots Herbalism
Foundational Herbal Course

Starts April 29th, 2019. Registration closes May 13, 2019

We exist to create a place, where herbal students and fledgling herbalists can grow

their knowledge and develop their skills so they can heal themselves and others.

Resiliency for plants, people and planet, through a Systems Approach to Well-Being

Are you a spiritually oriented healer ready to apply your herbal learning?

Proud supporters of United Plant Savers

Proud supporters of United Plant Savers

★ Do you love plants?

★ Do you love Mother Earth?

★ Do you want to meet other herb lovers?

If you’re like many of the people we work with, you see plants not only as beings that give us oxygen, shelter, clothing, fiber, beauty and delicious food but also as something more - maybe as teachers that bring us much needed healing and give us lessons about how to live.

Even if you don’t believe in plant devas, you kind of like the idea and believe that plants are not only alive but sentient and can communicate with us.

You believe that working with plants and the natural environment is intimately connected with deeper emotional, psychological and spiritual healing.

And so you’re drawn to learn more about how to work with the plants.

Registration Open Now:

Cost: $535.00 US

Payment Plan: 6 Payments of $97

Register early and get access to our Learning How to Learn Course and our Grassroots Herbalism Community.

That way you can get started on some of the content right away.

My book is one of the required texts of the course.

Pathways to Healing, a Guide to Herbs, Ayurveda, Dreambody and Shamanism by Don Ollsin

Digital copy is included in the price of the course.

The course is 6 months long. During the first 12 weeks we provide weekly, live webinars (recorded and not mandatory) to motivate students to get a solid start on the material in the first 12 weeks.

Some students are able to complete the course within the first 12 weeks, others use the the full six months to finish.

Course fee includes 6 months access to our Grassroots Herbalism Community.

First Live Webinar: May 1, 2019, 11 AM Pacific Time

In this course you will learn about:

  • Herbs

  • Plant-spirit medicine

  • Ancient healing systems like Ayurveda & Shamanism

  • The dreaming body

  • Process oriented psychology

  • Bach flower remedies

  • The extracellular matrix

  • Systems oriented herbalism

  • How to do holistic wellness consulting

  • Herbal medicine making

Student Feedback:

Lauren Palsa RMT, RYT

"Let me be real here, it is a struggle connecting with a real herbal education. There are a ton of online herbal education courses. They run the gamut; we can choose from intensely in-depth or casually light, we have general comprehensive courses as well as a plethora of modality specific programs. 

With so much of our lives online there is a deep longing for “realness” and authenticity.  We have what seems like infinite options, and it’s a job in and of itself to figure out what we want. Then we need to find how to get there, and hope that the process accesses the deep aspects of experience our souls crave … it’s a tall order indeed.

Truly Don’s program met so much of my searching. The initial feeling when I jumped on the program was relief. The plants themselves can fully shine when the teaching, intention and framework is dynamic, honest, and engaged. Authenticity and genuine connectivity catalyze real learning and by extension (hallelujah!) personal growth. Don and his herbal mentorship collective (and I’m truly honoured to count myself among such awesome company) are actively, effectively, and dynamically facilitating real connection and understanding of real plant teachers and the herbalists who work with them. I’m grateful."

Lauren Palsa RMT, RYT

  • Graduate of Herbal Healing Journey - Spring 2017

  • Presently a member of Don Ollsin's Herbal Mentorship Collective 2017

In my Master’s thesis in Environmental Education and Communication, I deeply explored the environment of online learning and I have tested my thesis online since 2013. I understand what works.
— Don Ollsin

The extracellular matrix (ECM) is the non-cellular component present within all tissues and organs, and provides not only essential physical scaffolding for the cellular constituents but also initiates crucial bio-chemical and bio-mechanical cues that are required for tissue changes, differentiation and homeostasis which means it is an active dynamic regulating system of the body. It is the total environment for the cells and the cells are completely dependent on the matrix. We will learn how all body systems are connected and regulated by the matrix.

LEARNING HOW TO LEARN (Covered in Preparation to Learn Module)

In this section we explain how to learn and what practices to focus on to get the most from your learning

In this section:


In this section we cover the power of paradigms and how they shape our worldview. We look at the metaphors we live by. We will also explore the systems view of life.


The Spirit - Dreaming

DREAMBODY AND SHAMANISM (Included in Modules #3 & #7)


The Elements - Earth, Air, Fire & Water

AYURVEDA (Covered in Module #7)

In this section:

During this lesson you will learn about Ayurveda, the world's first medical system, which is a science that considers the relationship of body processes, the outside environment, diet and emotional health. Illness is seen as an "imbalance;" which can be restored through natural treatment using meditation, herbs and cleansing. Ayurveda is an ancient, complex system of medicine. The profound healing wisdom of Ayurveda originated in the ancient culture of India and is thought to be the oldest natural healing system, pre-dating even Chinese medicine. The word "Ayurveda;" means "knowledge of life" in Sanskrit. Over five thousand years ago the ancient seers of India imparted to their disciples the truths they learned about the Universe while in a supra-mental state of meditation. This knowledge exists today in text written in Sanskrit, and contains the secrets of the interaction of body, mind and soul within the context of the fundamental elements of Nature and the Universe. It is a practical, all-encompassing science which embraces the whole person in relation to the outside world.

At the heart of Ayurvedic medicine is the concept that the elements are represented in the human body through Doshas (pronounced Doe-sha). As you will see when you complete this lesson, you are predominantly either a Vata, Pitta or Kapha dosha (or combination of any of these). Respectively, the Sanskrit words Vata, Pitta and Kapha mean Air, Fire and Water.

Holistic Healing

WELLNESS CONSULTING (Covered in Module #10)

During this module you will learn how to conduct a thorough herbal wellness consultation. The goal of this module is to understand the consultation process and all that is involved in an holistic herbal consultation.

In this section:


After successfully completing all of these modules you will be eligible to apply for Don Ollsin's Herbal Mentorship Collective.

In our collective you can deepen your studies through applying your knowledge to real situations with real clients while being supervised by an herbal elder and supported by the collective.

Some students may want to work towards becoming a registered herbalist (R.H.) with The American Herbalists Guild (AHG).

We might resonate and get along because...

  • You would rather use plant-based medicine when possible because you are cautious of pharmaceuticals

  • The idea that things like dream work, shamanism, psychological healing work and plants work well together is not a strange idea for you. For you it’s ‘of course they do!’ (even if you couldn’t articulate why).

  • A part of you has often felt that dis-ease isn’t something that happens to an individual as an isolated event that we need to fix but that, maybe, disease is relational (that our relationship to our food, job, the place we live, our lifestyle or the core people in our life play a profound role in our health. That sometimes it’s not what’s wrong with us but who is wrong with us).

  • You also suspect that disease may, ultimately, be about being disconnected from plants, the seasons and the elements.

  • You like the idea of focusing on enhancing our life, rather than being obsessed with constantly solving our problems.

  • You are a strong-spirited individual who wants to empower herself with practical, empirical knowledge.

  • You want to share your passion for healing with others.

  • You care deeply about Mother Earth and you want to help heal her.

  • You are innovative and you want to collaborate with other students in the development of an important body of healing knowledge for future generations.

  • You want to learn from an elder who walks his talk and is willing to share the teachings he has gathered from a life dedicated to learning and healing.

  • You feel that psychology without the support of nature is not enough for deep healing

  • You are cautious about the reductionist approach to medicine. You want to learn a whole systems view to herbalism.

Because, we imagine that you want to…

  • Have the knowledge to learn which herbs are proven safe and effective.

  • Learn a proven system that informs you about wise choices for your health, lifestyle, herbs, food, exercise, relationships and even vocation.

  • Create a healthy lifestyle based on the seasons.

  • Personally experience the effectiveness of the herbs, knowledge, tools and techniques that you are learning.

  • Heal yourself while learning how to heal others.


    Note: price in US currency.

    Cost: $525.00US plus GST

    • Price includes digital of Pathways to Healing, a Guide to Herbs, Ayurveda, Dreambody and Shamanism by Don Ollsin.


Cost: 6 Monthly Payments of $97 US includes GST

  • Price includes digital copy of Pathways to Healing, a Guide to Herbs, Ayurveda, Dreambody and Shamanism by Don Ollsin.


Or you can send an e-transfer for $550US (includes GST) to:


(if two days after the second module you wish to withdraw we offer a 100% refund)