Bloom Herbal Practitioner Program

This is a herbal education program of the highest order designed to train herbal practitioners to build a career in herbal medicine. It meets and surpasses standards of training for professional accreditation across Canada.  Most importantly, this course is designed to ignite your passion for plants and their use for lasting well-being.


The curriculum will reflect the diversity inherent in herbalism.
  • One of the few “in-class” herbal colleges in North America
  • Direct learning with and from the plants
  • Exceeds standards requirements for professional designation
  • Learning with experienced, inspired, expert instructors
  • Halifax and Nova Scotia are herbally rich places to live and study
  • The college offers a regional flare represented by native plants and Mi’kmaq healing traditions
  • Diverse and beautiful class settings in the wilds of Nova Scotia
  • Herbal sanctuaries and farms, Mi’kmaq sacred lands, herbal laboratories and one of Halifax’s most grand heritage buildings
  • Blending of the timeless and modern aspects of herbalism, clinical study, and spirit connected learning

The program includes:

  • 1500 hours of instruction spread over 3 years, 500 hours per year
  • 350 hours of clinical practicum
  • 2/3 of the herbal study is dedicated to direct learning with and from the plants, which translates as in-the-field-study of medicinal plants, in various settings throughout Nova Scotia.
  • In class study (with and without walls), with a team of experienced and inspired herbal teachers and other specialist in the field of medicine and well-being.
  • Meaningful participation within the Bloom Institute community.


Year 1 – 100 hours – 10-15 hours per month.
Years 2 & 3 – 125 hours – similar to year 1.

  • 500 hours per year of study, spread over ten months, with breaks for the months of December and August.
  • Classes are held once a month, for 4 days: Friday – Monday, totaling 32 hours per month
  • Clinic practicums are held at various convenient times each month.
  • There will be in the field, farm or forest intensives each year, in addition to regular shorter excursions among the plants.


500 hours core herbal subjects

  • history and philosophy of herbalism, materia medica, herbal therapeutics, herbal pharmacology, herbal pharmacy, safe use of herbs, therapeutic interactions, , herbal energetics, medicine making, botany and field identification, organoleptic skills, wildcrafting, cultivation, Mi’ kmaq and indigenous medicine

350 hours health sciences

  • anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, differential assessment, pathology and nutrition, clinical skills

300 extra hours in any of the above points and/or additional complementary alternative medicine related subjects such as:

Research skills • Laboratory science: interpreting and analyzing medical diagnostic tests • Business skills • Plant Spirit Medicine • Aromatherapy • Flower essences • Study of additional natural health products • Homeopathy • Study of additional complementary alternative methodologies • Alternative diagnosis techniques such as tongue diagnosis, iridology, energetic assessment, and/or applied kinesiology • Hydrotherapy

350 hours of supervised clinical practice

  • Clinic practicum will consist of client / patient consultations, assessment, protocol development, remedy formulation, herbal dispensing, record keeping, follow-up.

Please be in touch if you are interested in further details and beginning the application process.  I deeply appreciate your inquiry, it fuels my inspiration for the school, and my excitement about the future of herbal medicine.  I look forward advancing the herbal movement together.