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




Check out our Upcoming Intensives Here



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. 2019 Programs begin Jan 22, 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 Feb 2, 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.  Next Apprenticeship Start date is Feb 1, 2019

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  • GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH? Todays class was on holistic
    6 months ago by wildflowerherbschool GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH? Today's class was on holistic reproductive and generative herbal care and I asked everyone to write their questions down anonymously so people could ask things they may not have otherwise been comfortable with asking about. There were questions about everything from infertility, libido, vaginal odor, hormonal balance and even herbal abortions. Got a question you are embarrassed to ask about reproductive health? Message us privately, or add to the comments below and the Director, Nicole Telkes  @herbcrafter  will answer it in the comments so others can learn...❤❤❤  #question   #learning   #wildflowerherbschool   #sexualhealth   #reproductivehealth   #herbalremedy   #herbalism   #herbal 
  • THIS GUY   has got the wrong idea Almost
    6 months ago by wildflowerherbschool THIS GUY.... . . has got the wrong idea. Almost every time we have herb class at our Bee Farm we feed the land and our ancestors by making a little plate of food we call the "spirit" plate and leave it outside. This guy, lets call him....Jimmy... Jimmy seems to have wisened up to this, and he crawled up on the porch looking for the food. Today we didn't make a spirit plate and Jimmy has been sitting on the porch dare I say, begging, for about an hour. He is just sitting there with his poor eyesight and
  • GIFTS FROM THE GARDEN Borage for courageand for the bees
    6 months ago by wildflowerherbschool GIFTS FROM THE GARDEN Borage for courage.......and for the bees to sip on during the winter. Borage is used in teas to help relieve adrenal fatigue. Its also important to note that it contains PAs that may be considered hepatotoxic. This is where western science and folk use are a bit at odds and its best to consult a herbalist when making your decision about using it. Nonetheless, its a great ally to help our bees sip on sweet nectar in the cooler months.  #borage   #borago   #medicinalherbs   #medicinalplantsoftexas   #plantmedicine   #herbschool   #herbs   #herbalist   #herbal   #garden   #wintergarden 
    6 months ago by wildflowerherbschool BEE BALM AS SEEN BY A BEE Our Bee Balm has dwindled to dead aromatic stalks right now but we gathered this native wildflower our our sanctuary and made it into so many wonderful concoctions when it was in bloom. One of my favorite things to do with it is infuse its flowers into honey. It is a very strong anti-microbial herb and seems to really center around the throat. Its the first thing I take when I get a little tickle in my throat. Its pretty easy to cultivate in the South but if its not bioregional to you

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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