School Information

  1. Admissions Policy
  2. Tuition and Fees
  3. Refund Policy
  4. Educational Environment
  5. Attendance
  6. Leaves of Absence and Withdrawal
  7. Books
  8. Evaluation and Grading
  9. Registration Form
  10. Camping

All individuals interested in herbs, herbal health or personal development/discovery are encouraged to submit an application to the school.



PrairieWise Herbal School has no prerequisites even for the Practicals course that has previously been for students in their third year of study.  The Apprenticeship program is open to all students, new or returning. 

If you wish to take this program, you need to send in a non-refundable $50 deposit with your email address so that we can send you the book and supply lists.

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Apprenticeship Program

$1800 or $150 per month, plus cost of books and supplies

You may begin this course in any month and commit for whatever time period is best for you.  You are strongly encouraged to begin in January and take each month's classes through December.  This provides you the maximum benefit of seeing the plants throughout 4-seasons in their fullness of bloom and in their dormancy.  The course is designed to be taken through the full year.

This course includes the basics of herbalism and an understanding of how the body works.  It allows you to explore on your own and in a class environment.  You will experience growing techniques, wildcrafting, research and development, medicine making and other related activities that will help you become a well-rounded, informed and active herbalist.

All school weekends are included in the monthly fees for this course.  Guest speakers fees, conferences and field trips are not included in the monthly tuition and must be paid in advance directly to the event organizer prior to the event.

Second Year:  Anatomy & Physiology for the Herbalist with Materia Medica

$2400 or $200 per month

This course is designed to help us see Anatomy & Physiology from the eyes of the herbalist and an in-depth study of medicinal plants and their uses.

Third Year:  Clinical Studies

$2100 or $175 per month

This year is a year of action and self determination.  We will explore constitutional typing and other diagnostic skills.  Students may choose to participate in the school clinic and apothecary.

For All Students

Once a course is successfully completed and paid in full, a student can retake the course at any time without further payment.

Most herbal walks will be part of the workshop time but on occasions a special walk may be scheduled. These walks are $15 per person and available to anyone that wishes to attend. School age children are $5.

Field trips are not included in the course price.  We tried really hard to make all field trips about $100 for 2-3 days of study; oftentimes with  more than one herbal teacher. 

Growing plants and working within the school gardens are critical part of the learning process.  You are required to work within the garden any day of the week when we do not have class.  This will be further explained in your first session.  If work days are not met then an additional charge will be assessed.  It is best if the same day each week is your standard work days.  Work days also include exploring 80 Acres and getting to know the wild plants that grow here.

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All deposits are non-refundable. Students that pay in full for course have 3 days to cancel for a full refund minus the non-refundable deposit(s).

Students choosing to withdraw from the program after 3 days are eligible for a partial refund according to the following schedule:

Elapsed Time from Beginning of School Year Refund Amount
3 months 40%
4 months 30%
5 months 15%
over 5 months No Refund

Books, tapes, CDs, materials and supplies purchased through PrairieWise Herbal School are non-refundable and must be paid for at the time of purchase.

Educational Environment


All classes are held at 80 Acres in Leavenworth, Kansas. Most classes will be held outdoors so students are expected to bring a comfortable outdoor chair (no chaise lounges), bug repellent (no citronella), reusable water bottle and sunscreen. When weather does not permit outdoor activities, a classroom is available.

PrairieWise Herbal School has a library and research center for student use.  You must schedule library time in advance.

All meals at PrairieWise Herbal School are pot luck and communal. Each student is expected to follow the PrairieWise Cooking Instructions available at your first class. Students are encouraged to try new recipes and methods of cooking that differ from their day to day fare.  Each class will discuss allergies and personal preferences.

Please use your time in class to practice healthy eating, drinking and habits so leave sodas, energy drinks and junk snack foods for other times, if needed.

Tasty Pot Luck Meals

It is essential that you preregister for classes so that you are emailed the class materials.  These you may print before class and bring them with you or you may take notes and integrate the class materials later.  Paper copies will not be available for those taking an entire course; you must print your own from email. 

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Simply stated our attendance policy is be here, on time. This is a common courtesy that each student is responsible for doing.  Kahla will begin on time and you are expect to be in your seat with your tea and books ready. 

Classes begin prompt at 9:00 a.m. and usually are completed by 2:30 p.m. Students are expected to have completed all reading assignments and all homework such as material medica. Students are also responsible for printing their class from email, prior to coming to school.  If a student misses 20% all any course, the course must be retaken. There may be times when travel or other circumstances causes a student to take time from work. These situations will be known well in advance and the student is responsible for planning accordingly. Tardiness as a habit will be addressed by the entire class since the entire class is affected.

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A leave of absence will be granted to students for problems related to themselves or their immediate family. Students must submit a request to initiate their leave complete with reason and approximate date of return.

Students wish to withdraw from a course program are asked to submit their request in writing. Withdrawing students will receive a refund according to the school’s refund policy. Students that do not communicate their intent to withdraw within 30 days of leaving are not entitled to a refund.

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Upon enrollment the student will receive a book list for registered classes. All reading assignments are included in the course syllabus given at the first class for that course.

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PrairieWise Herbal School is committed to supporting its students to the fullest capacity possible and we want you to understand that a serious commitment is required of every student. We deeply believe that adult education is about success. We will work with you to ensure that your herbal education is successful.

Students are evaluated through hands-on demonstration, oral testing and written exams. Students are evaluated on a pass/fail basis. It is understood that using herbal remedies is a individual and unique experience between the herbalist and their client, therefore, a well thought through protocol will be seriously considered even if it is not substantiated by historical knowledge or current literature.

Students are engaged in learning a new set of skills and also encouraged in their self discovery, their relationship with plants and their relationship to the community and the world. Each student is looked upon as an individual, unique with specific needs and talents.

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Because PrairieWise Herbal School is located on a active retreat center you are welcomed and encouraged to camp on premises the day before or the day of a scheduled class.  Camping fees are $10 per night per adult, children under 16 are free with an adult.  Children under 18 are not allowed to camp alone.  Some students bring their family for a day of fun while the student is in class.  Day fees for 80 Acres are $5 per person with accompanied children under 16 free. Clubhouse at upper pond

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