Botany for Herbalists

Master Herbalist and Author, Matthew Wood  teaches this online botany program affectionately called the Mugwort’s School of Botany (for Non-Muggles). This course provides herbalists with fundamental botanical knowledge to transform the way we relate to plants.

“A background in botany is crucial to a well-trained herbalist. I can always tell the difference between a student with botanical training and one without.”

Matthew Wood

Herbalist and Author of "The Earthwise Herbal", "The Book of Herbal Wisdom" and 7 more books

Imagine yourself standing by a trickling creek in dappled shade… 

You are amid what could be powerful medicinal plants. And – Wow- what is that? Is it California Ginseng? Yes, it must be.  And you imagine all the wonderful herbal honey you can supply to your friends and clients for their damp lung congestion this winter.  It’s great to be an herbalist!  Then the inevitable question arises: How do I know for sure?  Maybe it’s cow parsnip or even worse, poison hemlock – Yikes!  Maybe it is endangered?  And all the visions of herbal honey are now forgotten. You walk home wishing you had tools to know the plants around you on a deeper level. Well this is the course you have been waiting for…

This Program Covers:

  • How plants are named and grouped
  • How to see a flower: plant parts and functions; plant sex 101
  • The evolutionary history of plants and why it’s important for herbalists to know.
  • Intelligent medicine – The fascinating new field of plant intelligence – Indigenous wisdom meets modern science 
  • Plant ecology and ecological medicine – How plants relate with each other and their communities; how this influences their medicine. 
  • Major medicinal plant families – how to identify them and their shared medicinal properties
  • Botanical identification and ethical harvest
  • How to read the landscape
  • Join the free “Botany for Herbalists” Facebook Group


Class details:

21 Curriculum hours of video

A detailed syllabus, reading assignments, online resources, fun labs

Online access to teachers 

Online discussion forum

CERTIFICATES  – Botany for Herbalists Certificate granted upon successful completion of the course

PLUS 3 hours of free, bonus material! 

3 new classes in 2020


 Two Payment Options: 
$27 Monthly or $297 for 1-year Rental

Free Intro Video:

Which type of non-muggle botanist/herbalist are you? Check out this hilariously delightful free intro video with Matt and Jolie.  

Your Teachers:

Go Wild Institute - Matthew Wood

Workshop Facilitator:

Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems.  He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).

  • Matthew is known throughout the world as an excellent teacher of herbal medicine. He is also the author of eight acclaimed books on herbal medicine, published by North Atlantic Books, in Berkeley, CA including:
  • The Book of Herbal Wisdom (1998)
  • The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism (2004)
  • The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants (2008)
  • The Earthwise Repertory, The Definitive Practitioner’s Guide (2016)  

For more information on Matthew Wood see his website 

Botany For Herbalists

“Just wow! I knew I wanted to take this course when I first viewed the intro class a couple of years ago. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be learning this from Jolie and Matthew, and am so happy the institute has decided to keep this class going. Jolie demonstrates such a passion in sharing her knowledge and I feel her spirit through her teachings. I just completed class 3 and am looking forward to the rest of the course. I honestly think I will never see a flower or a plant the same way prior to this course. I look forward to viewing my herb gardens and forest area through a new lens.”

With gratitude. Angela

Angela Batson

Botany for Herbalists! Student

The Botany course you have always dreamt of

“I enjoyed every single second of it. This course contains several perfect combinations: Jolie and Matthew, their teaching styles, both educational and entertaining, precise keys to understand taxonomy and tons of practical experience and cases. This course achieves something that most of the people believe it’s impossible: it proves that not only Nature but also Botany is alive! This course gave me “new eyes” to look at our beloved plants, I highly recommend it”  

 Annalisa Nardi

I think it is a perfect title

The class was clear, useful, empowering and extremely helpful. Thank you SO much. Well worth the time. 

Stacey Quade

Loved this Course!

I loved taking and herbal/botanical course from this fun and lighthearted perspective because this is exactly the way I see myself when I make my herbal concoctions. I was able to very easily follow along and had tons of fun watching! I hope more classes come along that are taught in this fashion. 

Fotini Taylor


The Elder class was AMAZING! Jolie’s insights and personal story was phenomenal!

Ann from Minnesota – Botany for Herbalist Student. 

Awesome Class!

I truly loved this class. Jolie and Matthew are great together and made this so fun! I feel this class is so important for herbalists, something I’ve been missing! Thank You so much from the bottom of my heart, truly a wonderful class!!

Leanne Beaulieu

Wonderful overview

A wonderful overview presented through thier perfect unique “intellectual levity”, these 3 Super Professionals, Matthew, Jolie, and Tara hit it out of the park! Thank You!

Jo Ana

Botany for Herbalists

Muggliscious! Thank you for your fun living educational resources and inspiration!

Dave Stantander