Frequently Asked Questions

What is Our School’s Philosophy?

Read more about Albuquerque Herbalism’s philosophy and approach to herbal education on our About Us page.

Where are indoor classes held?

Most indoor classes are offered at The Source, located at 1111 Carlisle SE. Some classes, including many of our free programs, are offered through partnering organizations and take place at other locations. Please check class descriptions to verify the location of your class.

Are refunds given?

Yes. Requests for refunds must be made at least two weeks prior to the class’s start date. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Students making this request in a timely manner will be refunded 90% of their tuition cost.
  • Refunds from Albuquerque Herbalism are processed through Paypal only.
  • If you enrolled in a Series with a payment plan, payments are non-refundable.

  • Thank you for your understanding and acceptance of this policy.

Will I be able to participate in field classes if I have mobility concerns?

Our field classes are designed to be as inclusive as possible. Our plant walks are slow-paced and we cover only short distances as we take our time to discuss the many plants and landscape features we encounter along the way. Most field trips do not involve any significant elevation gain and require only mild exertion. Some field trips involve walking on sandy soils, uneven terrain, or exposure to sun and heat.

If you have questions, please contact us to inquire as we are happy to discuss any possible accommodations.

Does this program offer herbal certification or CEUs?

We provide certificates for our semester course upon request. Please note that there is currently no official certification or licensing for herbalists offered in any state. (See the American Herbalists Guild Legal and Regulatory page for more information.) Continuing education credits (CEUs) are offered through the University of New Mexico for our Ecological Herbalism Series.


My organization or group wants to have an herb class. Does Albuquerque Herbalism do that?

Yes! We offer private programs that can be customized to your needs & interests. Contact us using the form at the bottom of the page to inquire.


My question isn’t listed here!

No problem! Drop us a line by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.


I’m interested in one or more of Albuquerque Herbalism’s classic classes.

Sure! Use the same form below to let us know what sounds good to you:

  • Herbal Cocktails
  • Botanical Dreaming
  • Sweet Remedies
  • Flower Essences
  • Kitchen Herbs
  • Herbal First Aid
  • Botanical Drawing
  • Autoimmunity & Inflammation
  • Herbs for Cold & Flu Season
  • Anything else you’d like to see?


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