Herbal Apprenticeships

At Wildwood Institute

Bringing The Plants To The People And The People To The Earth

Our Next Beginning Apprenticeship Class Starts May 13, 2023

Each apprenticeship class meets one weekend per month from May through April.

The Institute is located in a lovely wooded area just outside of Madison, Wisconsin.

Here, students enjoy herb walks and outdoor teaching in the Wildwood Gardens, indoor class in “the Treehouse,” and occasional treks to wild areas.

Spend A Year With The Plants

Do What Plant People Do…

…with hands-on education at every class.

Identify plants & harvest responsibly.

Make and use your own tinctures, salves and more.

Build Your Resources

Create and use your own herbal apothecary and materia medica based on accurate information as opposed to rumors and trends.

Distinguish misinformation about herbs, nutrition and health from scientific facts and traditional herbal wisdom.


Empowered Education

Appropriate for many educational backgrounds and learning styles.

Twelve weekends of collegiate level instruction.

Monthly herb reports, readings, tests, and learning activities to do at home.

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purple violet leaf and flower infusion in a jar
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The Wildwood Method


At Wildwood Institute we teach from the Four Directions of Information,
with Nature at the center.

With our herbal curriculum:

  • Learn the fundamentals of human body systems and nutrition.
  • Experience an introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine.
  • Access and use all of your senses: sight, touch, taste, smell, and intuition.

Why Study At Wildwood Institute?

We are one of the only in-person herbal programs in the upper Midwest.

  • About half of our Beginning class each year comes from 2 hours or more outside of Madison. Apprentices come from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, and upper Wisconsin.
  • We have been offering this herbal apprenticeship program since 2003.

Learn with a group.

  • A diverse cohort of apprentices who share your passion for nature will be there to enrich the journey, and celebrate the seasons of the year.
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Our students apply their herbal skills for a lifetime.

    • Many of our graduates use the herbal training provided by Wildwood Institute to promote health and vitality for themselves and loved ones. 
    • Some choose to incorporate herbalism into their current occupations of nursing, pharmacy, nutrition, and other conventional healing professions. 
    • Some have obtained employment at holistic pharmacies and health food stores, while others have started their own herbal products businesses or clinical practices.

Our Expertise

Learn more about Kathleen Raven Wildwood, the Founder and Director of Wildwood Institute.

When I signed up I was so excited, but I had no idea I was going to learn so much. I would have had to research and study for years on my own in order to obtain this collection of information.

Beginning Apprenticeship graduate, 2017

How to Begin

Step 1: Fill out application

We are now accepting applications. We suggest applying early, as we often have a wait-list!

Step 2: Pay application fee

We cannot process your application until the fee is paid.

Step 3: Check class dates

Confirm whether you can attend the 12 weekends indicated on our schedule.

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