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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: Jan 22 is the start date for 2020 Programs!

Jan 21 join us for our first online class of the year-click on the picture




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 Jan 22, 2020


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 1, 2020


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.

  • DREAM WITH US IN 2020 Herbalism to rejuvenate you and
    2 weeks ago by wildflowerherbschool DREAM WITH US IN 2020 Herbalism to rejuvenate you and the world. I began studying herbalism in the late 90s, disgruntled with a system that seemed to say that if we weren't all sitting behind a desk producing "stuff" or managing the production of "stuff" we weren't "successful". I found the green path and never looked back. I have worked for over two decades now to help folks reconnect with nature and herbs and will be doing it for the rest of my life. The school came naturally from my background in community activism. I wanted to share herbalism with
  • PLANTING SEEDS Many times the new year can bring a
    1 week ago by wildflowerherbschool PLANTING SEEDS Many times the new year can bring a rush of emotions and ideas of how you want things to change in your life and what you want to get more focused on. Whether it's herbalism, being healthy, or a new job, change takes dedication and laying the groundwork to make everything possible. If you want things to come to fruition in your life then I think learning to create a garden, not just figuratively, but actually digging in the dirt, can really help explain important life lessons. Gardens teach us about building fertility, how to feed new growth,
  • WINTER MOONSCAPE at the botanical sanctuary We call our place
    1 week ago by wildflowerherbschool WINTER MOONSCAPE at the botanical sanctuary We call our place big moon for good reason We are slowly moving back into the gardens, the tinctures, the teas and this year's new rhythm. This years first full moon is also an eclipse. My thoughts are to always wait until after the eclipse to make any important decisions. Things can look differently the next day. No matter where you are tomorrow, step outside into the darkness and breathe in the full moon energy. Sometimes the clouds may hide her, but don't worry, shes there. Full moons are a good time for divination
  • FINDING YOUR INNER ARTIST We are just one week away
    5 days ago by wildflowerherbschool FINDING YOUR INNER ARTIST We are just one week away from winter programs beginning and we are so excited to see what sort of artists are birthed this season. Every class we ask our beginners to draw the plants we are discussing in class. Sometimes people are worried about this, and others are excited. The most delightful part is finding out that we all have the potential to create such beauty with our herbal studies, whether its with drawing, songs, medicine making or growing gardens. Look at these gorgeous illustrations from our students Erica  @elynnc78  who will be turning them
  • RAFFLE TIME!!!! Want to know about herbalism? Thinking of joining
    3 days ago by wildflowerherbschool RAFFLE TIME!!!! Want to know about herbalism? Thinking of joining us this year? We have the first of our online offerings next Tuesday Jan 21 The Viriditas Arcana: Introduction to the path of the Herbalist. 7pm CST Its actually the first lecture in our beginner series and we are opening it up for people to sign up! Want to win a spot? We are giving away 3 seats!!! To enter the raffle: our page three friends that you think may be interested! out your info in the mailing list link in our link in the bio!!!  #raffle   #herblover   #herbalist   #wildflowerschoolofbotanicalmedicine 

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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