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Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania

Immersive Herbalism Course at The Rosemary House

Oct 31, 2022 09:31AM ● By Dave Korba
Susanna Reppert-Brill, herbalist at The Rosemary House, is conducting an in-person local certificate course, A Way of Life-Practical Herbalism, from January through October 2023 for beginning to intermediate students. This new program combines the Rosemary Gladstar's Science and Art of Herbalism course with Reppert-Brill's Way of Life Herbalism Course (valued at $375). Participants will learn a structured, systems-based approach to looking at medicinal herbs. If participants have already taken the extra course, it can be deducted from the fee.


The program includes all materials, including Rosemary Gladstar's Art and Science of Herbal Medicine, a one year online subscription to The Essential Herbal magazine, presentations by guest lecturers, tastes and samples of herbal teas, hands on make-and-take projects, and a certificate of completion.


Practical Herbalism is a unique blend of extensive information and full sensory experience in the classroom and the garden. The Rosemary House campus is a not-so-silent teacher and partner in the program, providing a venue that offers the herbs to see, touch, taste and smell while learning. The course teaches not just medicinal herbalism, but dips into gardening, crafting, culinary and lifestyle tips with herbs.


Reppert is a sixth-generation herbalist eager to share her passion for herbs. In addition to being a student of Gladstar's program and a graduate of David Winston's School of Herbal Therapeutics, she has a wealth of knowledge gleaned from 50 years behind the desk at The Rosemary House.


Gladstar, whose course work will be the basis for the class, is a pioneer in the herbal movement and has been called the "godmother of American herbalism". She is the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies, the oldest-running school in the U.S., and the author of the Science and Art of Herbalism home study course and numerous books.


Cost is $1,250. The Rosemary House is located at 120 S. Market St., in Mechanicsburg. For more information, call 717-697-5111, email or visit