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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.

  • PACIFIC NORTHWEST HERB SCHOOLING Bioregionalism to me is about cultivating
    1 day ago by wildflowerherbschool PACIFIC NORTHWEST HERB SCHOOLING Bioregionalism to me is about cultivating a sense of connection to the natural world. One way we humans may actually survive on the planet a little longer is to recognize our interrelationships to nature and the planet, and herbalism is a great way to do that. While our school continues to grow a strong herbal community in Austin and Central TX, we are excited to extend our branches into the Pacific NW next year. Are you interested? Director  @herbcrafter  is collaborating wiith some truly amazing herbalists to bring you onsite herbal studies coupled with additional online
  • OUR CLASSROOM Over the 17 years we have had classes
    2 weeks ago by wildflowerherbschool ((((OUR CLASSROOM)))) Over the 17 years we have had classes at the Wildflower School, we have continuously evolved our curriculum and classroom. We find ways to make the most of technology while staying committed to certain elements of connection to nature that can only be done in an outdoor setting. We use online lecture, homework, in person classes and field work to keep our students engaged and meet them where they are at. Home and Family classes are about to begin and we still have a few spots! We cant wait to work with our Fall plant allies. Sign up
    4 days ago by wildflowerherbschool GARDEN APOTHECARY INTERNSHIP KICKS OF SUNDAY New students in the garden! Reposted from  @herban_austin  . From Nicole....Reflecting on this past weekend when  @wildflowerherbschool  autumn classes started at the stunning  @herbalgramabc  . This homestead is surrounded by themed medicinal gardens and is the largest nonprofit educational organization on herbal medicine in the world. . It’s always inspiring to see students hungry for herbal knowledge, eager to strengthen their connection to the green world -improving the health & wellness of their communities and their own beings. . I’m really looking forward this weekend, where students in the Garden Apprenticeship Program will join
  • SEASONAL CLEANSING Gentle cleansing protocols help us to move with
    6 days ago by wildflowerherbschool SEASONAL CLEANSING Gentle cleansing protocols help us to move with grace from one season to the next. Some of the ways we can shift into the next season without getting sick this Fall may include: ~body scrubs like the one we shared above. When you scrub do not use soap afterwards. Rinse off the salt and pat the skin dry, allowing the therapeutic oil to slowly soak in. ~warm oatmilk infused with spiced herbs like turmeric, black pepper and ginger ~nasal rinses followed by nasal oil ~lymph brushing in the AM ~herbal baths Cleansing does not have to be heroic
  • GOLDENROD Solidago sp heralds the end of summer in many
    2 weeks ago by wildflowerherbschool GOLDENROD Solidago sp heralds the end of summer in many areas of North America. The familiar golden blooms can get 5 feet tall and can be the dominant plant in open fields after the sunflowers begin to fade. Our bees feast on their pollen getting ready for their second flow. In traditional herbalism, the plant is known as a strong astringent with particular affinity to the urinary tract and mucous membranes. You'll find it in teas and tinctures that address allergies and urinary tract infections. I like to think of it as a plant that balances the waters of the

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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