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The beginnings

In 2003, founder Nicole Telkes, took her passion for plants, healing, education, and nature and created the Wildflower School. As curriculum grew and teachers were added, we've remained dedicated to inspiring, empowering, and building a strong herbal community.  The original, onsite offerings were developed in and around Austin, Texas.  The school follows a bioregional Western, holistic tradition.  Read more about our business philosophy here

Core Values

We work to be of service to the plants and our community.  We use herbalism as a tool to build a stronger and healthier world. Social and environmental justice plays a strong role in our evolving curriculum . Read our statement of inclusivity here.

  • Learn and use bioregional medicinal plants
  • Weedcrafting and wildcrafting for the future
  • Deepening our connection to plant spirits
  • Making herbalists and herbal medicine accessible to all parts of our community
  • Honoring oral tradition and multiculturalism in herbalism
  • Teaching our families and community the responsible, ethical,  and safe use of herbal medicine

Where we are Heading

Every year we grow and improve our curriculum based on student and teacher feedback.  Over the last 15 years, our small apprenticeship-style program has blossomed into a to a large, year-round herb school with basic, intermediate, and advanced offerings and over a dozen core teachers and staff .  We keep our onsite classes small, but are excited to have more and more online resources and offerings as we grow.

Upcoming Classes & Apprenticeships

Herbal Medicine ///  Community /// Flower Essences /// Traditional Healing /// Spirit ///  Fresh Plant Tinctures /// Permaculture /// Science ///Folk Remedies /// Art /// Self Care/// Botany/// Free Clinics /// Holism /// Vitalism /// Natural Health /// Human Life Skills /// Medicine as Resistance /// Plant Walks ///  Gardening /// Body Systems ///  Mystery /// Self-Empowerment ///

Join us on the green path, to learn about plant-based healing of body, mind, and spirit. Our education philosophy incorporates Vitalism and Deep Ecology into Traditional Holistic Western Herbalism.  Connect to plants and other people like you, who are searching for herbal wisdom.

  • Main Onsite Campus: Austin TX
  • Pacific NW and Desert SW Retreats and Classes
  • Online Learning



FEATURED: Nov 2 Moonflower Herb Fest followed Nov 3 with post conference intensive with Margi Flint

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We offer beginning, intermediate and advanced training in holistic western herbalism with a bioregional focus.  No matter where you are on your herbal journey we are here to facilitate you going deeper, whether its foundational materia medica, outdoor skills, clinical training or herbal first aid. Next Program begins Sept 19, 2019


Want to increase your knowledge on a certain subject in holistic Western Herbal Medicine?  We offer intensives throughout the year on herbal preparation making, properties & actions,  body systems and first aid, plant identification and harvesting, and more.  Next Intensive begins Sept 27, 2019


These are open to small groups of committed herbalists that want to spend more time with the plants or learning hands-on skills in specific areas of focus.  These are an additional charge and open to all with apriority given to our program students.

  • BIG MOON PLANT WALK to forage or not to forage
    1 week ago by wildflowerherbschool BIG MOON PLANT WALK to forage or not to forage, that is the question.... . It never ceases to bring me so much joy to share wild plants with people. We spent last Sunday peering into gardens, and watching bees and butterflys feast. I still remember the first plant walk I went on in 1997. I always make sure Wildflower School students are given careful instruction with regards to sustainable foraging and weedcrafting, not wildcrafting. What are some things you consider important when deciding to take plants out of the wild?  #plantmagic   #plantmedicine   #plantwalk   #medicinalplant   #medicinalplantsoftexas   #bigmoonbeefarm   #bigmoon   #herbschool   #wildflowerschoolofbotanicalmedicine 
    3 days ago by wildflowerherbschool THANK YOU FOR HELPING US FREE FIRE CIDER ❤ A big giant thank you to all of the people who helped make this win possible. For more information you can go to our website freefire cider.com . This was a completely Grassroots effort. Each of you donated energy time money and Magic so that Justice could prevail. We want to especially thank all the witnesses that came across country to testify in federal court with us. I can't think of a better community to be a part of than our herbal community. May we all think of the plants, the
  • FIRE CIDER IS GENERIC The Fire Cider 3 Kathi Langelier
    4 days ago by wildflowerherbschool FIRE. CIDER. IS. GENERIC. The "Fire Cider 3", Kathi Langelier of Herbal Revolution, (ME) Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs (RI) and Nicole Telkes of Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine, (TX) have had their day in court!! The trial lasted 9 days and was a huge effort by many involved!! Judge Mastroianni of United States District Court of the district of Massachusetts has determined in a 40-page decision that fire cider is a generic term!! Their trial started during the Spring Equinox with the moon in Libra and we ended with the Fall Equinox with the Sun in Libra… LIBRA is
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    2 days ago by wildflowerherbschool M O O N F L O W E R The nights lengthen. The shadows darken. Can you hear the whispers of our ancestors? The veil is getting thin. Sacred Datura opens it's blooms to the stars and sphinx moths. It seems to thrive in the deep South around Samhain, and Day of the Dead. One year I walked into my backyard and about a dozen plants had sprung up as volunteers, creating a gorgeous array of moonflowers that bloomed thru late October and early November. The plant is toxic, but its essence speaks deeply to our spirits about dreams,
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    6 days ago by wildflowerherbschool Reposted from  @free_fire_cider - ❤ FIRE CIDER CELEBRATIONS BEGIN TOMORROW❤ Reposted from  @rosemarygladstar  International Fire Cider Making Days ~ this Saturday and Sunday! Have your ingredients ready?~ Send us pics so we can repost in our stories of ways you are freeing fire cider. Tune in here for updates from the East Coast to the West Coast with the Fire Cider 3 this weekend!!! Why do we love fire cider? We love it like we love other herbal remedies. We love sharing recipes amongst eachother. Herbalists, like many chefs, all have their own unique way of making a our favorite recipes

Online Learning

Online Single Classes

A warm welcome to those of you following the green path!  We are excited to offer online herbal education to you through our site. Here are our 2019 offerings

  •  free online library with a blog and resources for students
  • Live Single Online Class webinars listed here
  • Audio Only downloads
  • Recorded Webinars
Online Programs
Livestreams for Out of town students
Artwork by Carla Vargas of Yerba Nomadica
Artwork by Carla Vargas of Yerba Nomadica

Creating Sanctuaries in our Community:

Sowing the seeds of the herbal revolution one wildflower at a time!

Our herb school has educated students in holistic Western Herbalism since 2003.  As our students and alumni thrive and grow, so has the school.  In 2014, we stretched our wings and added a new campus.  We now steward Big Moon Bee Farm,  8.5 acres just east of Austin as a botanical sanctuary, and are proud part of the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary Network.  In 2016, we received a grant from the Native Plant Society of Texas to build garden beds for offering important plants for all phases of the Monarchs life cycle. In 2017 we installed honeybee hives and are now establishing our apiary.  We remain a part of the Austin community with our partners at the American Botanical Council in East Austin, and participate in community outreach through our Wildflower Chapter of Herbalists Without Borders.  Join us on your path as a herbalist, either online or in person.  Learn how to seed herbalism in your own and be part of the important calling of protecting plants and people through herbal medicine


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