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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: Sept 15, 2019

Register for the Program Here

Early Registration Ends August 15



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.

    2 weeks ago by wildflowerherbschool ARE YOU PLANNING A FALL HERB GARDEN? We are giving away a seat to folks for our Wed class online PLANNING A FALL HERB GARDEN IN TX. This class is appropriate for folks who live or will be working on gardens in climates that do not follow a 4 season model. We will be discussing living with "seasonish" influences and how to prep and plan for Fall in the deep South. To enter the contest: ~Tag 3 friends that may be interested in gardening or herbs ~tell us 3 plants you would love to grow and what bioregion you live
  • WHAT COLOR IS YOUR MEDICINE?  When we choose to
    4 days ago by wildflowerherbschool WHAT COLOR IS YOUR MEDICINE? >>>>>>>>>>>>> "When we choose to use plant medicine, we are choosing to walk in the beauty of the natural world, to learn how to hear the language of our green allies, to slow down, and to embrace our own wild spirit. ~Nicole Telkes  #herbs   #herbal   #herbalist   #herbalism   #botanicalmedicine   #harvest   #wildspirit   #greenallies   #walkinbeauty   #embrace   #plantmedicine   #wildflowerschoolofbotanicalmedicine   #wildflowerherbschool   #plantmagic   #plant   #gardenmedicine   #gardenremedies   #garden 
    1 week ago by wildflowerherbschool SEASONAL SHIFTS:THE FINAL SUMMER HERBAL ADVENTURES As the Full Moon of Aug passes, we take a break in August at the Wildflower School and the teachers go on adventures. Some are on the West Coast, Mexico, Colorado, and wherever their herbal wanderings lead them. The days are quickly shortening, and the light has shifted. Take advantage of this last bit of summer yourself to pause, and unplug for a bit. Our culture has us all working at unsustainable and unhealthy levels. Rest is scorned for productivity. The herbal lifestyle that we teach isn't just about the using of plants for
  • STRATEGIES TO SOOTHE YOUR SKIN Skin is our largest organ
    6 days ago by wildflowerherbschool STRATEGIES TO SOOTHE YOUR SKIN Skin is our largest organ. One of its functions is to act as protection and In holistic practice the skin can offer whispers and suggestions about how other organs and systems are functioning internally. Many of us outdoor lovers find ourselves in the Sun more often than not. Join  @herbcrafter  for a holistic exploration and strategies for maintaining healthy supple and vibrant skin ONLINE > We will cover internal AND external remedies that affect skin health, especially after prolonged sun exposure.  @herbcrafter  is the Director of the Wildflower School and spent over 15 years in
  • MARVELOUS MENTHAS Did you know Mentha is the latin genus
    1 week ago by wildflowerherbschool MARVELOUS MENTHAS Did you know Mentha is the latin genus for Mint? And that they seem to love blooming when it's hot? And that though they taste cool, they actually warm the body? Did you know that you can grow all sorts of kinds and medicinally you can use them for very similar conditions: stomach aches, gas, some types of headache, breathe fresheners, decongestant for the sinuses and lungs, and so many other ways! Oh, and did you know tomorrow is the last day of early registration for our Introductory Fall program in Texas? Sign up at the link!!! What

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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