Ayurvedic, Chinese & Western Herbal Medicines for Practitioners & Aspiring Professionals
A Year-Long Certification in Plant Medicine & Spiritual Methodology for Rejuvenation, Longevity & Awakening
with Master Clinical Herbalist, Researcher & Educator of Natural Medicine David Crow, LAc
Program Starts Tuesday, January 30, 2024
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How can I learn more about this program?
The Illuminated Herbalism Certification Program is a year-long program starting January 30, 2024.
To learn more about the year-long program, please visit PlantMedicineCertificationProgram.com.
You can also review this PDF brochure that contains detailed information about the Illuminated Herbalism Certification Program, including curriculum, faculty profiles, program benefits, and more.
How do I apply?
If you’re already enrolled in David's introductory and pre-requisite 7-module course Illuminated Flower Medicine (which starts September 26, 2023), please apply here.
If you are not already enrolled in Illuminated Flower Medicine, please apply here.
You’ll be notified of your application status within one week of applying.
A $250 refundable deposit is due at the same time as your application. As we have a limited number of spaces available, your deposit will hold a spot for you.
This deposit is 100% refundable within five business days for any reason and will be returned should your application be declined.
What is the last day to apply/enroll?
The final day to submit an application and payment is January 23, 2024. Since there is limited space in the program, approvals will be subject to availability.
What is the schedule, and what are the main program details?
All live sessions will be held online through Zoom. There will be no in-person engagement.
The certification starts on January 30, 2024 and ends on March 11, 2025.
Weekly teachings are uploaded on Wednesdays and intermittent live integration sessions are on Tuesdays at 1:00pm Pacific.
Class Session Recordings:
Recorded classes will be released on the Program Homepage for viewing on Wednesdays or at your convenience prior to the next class.. Experience a unique opportunity to learn from renowned plant medicine expert David Crow — who has recorded 51 teachings that you can view online, from the comfort of your own home. Each recorded class of approximately 90 minutes each guides you to immerse yourself in deep, comprehensive, practical, and spiritual teachings and experiential practices to build your skills and catalyze profound transformation.
Integration Session Recordings With K.P. Khalsa:
Recorded Integration Sessions will be released on the Program Homepage for viewing on Wednesdays or at your convenience prior to the next class. As part of the core curriculum, recorded Integration Sessions presented by K.P. Khalsa give you the opportunity for deep listening and further immersion in the teachings.
Guest Faculty Workshop Session Recordings:
Recorded Guest Faculty Workshop Sessions will be released intermittently on the Program Homepage for viewing at your convenience. Throughout the year, you’ll be invited to view several online workshops on Illuminated Herbalism -related topics presented by guest faculty. These offerings will supplement your year-long experience as you choose what most interests you. You must view at least three workshops throughout the year to receive your certification, but you are welcome to view all of them.
90-Minute Live Integration Sessions with David Crow:
Two Select Tuesdays per month, at 1:00pm Pacific. Live Integration Sessions led by David give you the opportunity for listening deeply, immersing yourself further in the teachings, and working closely with David as he shares his sacred expertise.
90-Minute Live Integration Sessions With K.P. Khalsa or Special Guests:
One Select Tuesday per month, at 1:00pm Pacific. Throughout the year, you’ll be invited to attend monthly Integration Sessions with either K.P. Khalsa or a special guest faculty to deepen the recorded presentations.
Self-Organized Study Groups:
Connect with your peers and form small “study groups,” in which you can share what you’re learning and experiencing throughout the program. We’ll help you connect with peers in your time zone and provide supportive guidelines to help you facilitate your groups. Exact Study Group meeting days/times will vary and be determined by students themselves.
What if I can’t attend sessions live?
Not to worry! We have designed this program to work even for those with busy schedules, as well as for those that live in different time zones.
While we hope you’ll attend as many live sessions as possible, you’ll be able to stream recordings of each weekly class, integration, and elective session. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can watch them anytime and anywhere at your convenience.
If you are unable to join sessions live, we request that you access the replay within the same week of the teaching to stay up on the material. All recordings can be accessed on the Program Homepage. Recordings become available within 48 hours after each class and written transcripts within one week. You have ongoing access to these materials.
If I participate, how many hours per month should I plan on dedicating to this program?
This will vary, depending on whether you choose to attend all offerings or the minimum requirement, but on average, you can expect to spend approximately 15-24 hours per month on this program.
What is the cost, and do you offer payment plans?
- You can submit just the $250 deposit now, plus one payment of $4,750 ($5,000 total).
- You can submit just the $250 deposit now, plus four payments of $580 ($5,470 total). NOTE: The total payment plan price for the four payment plan includes an additional finance charge.
- For those already enrolled in Illuminated Flower Medicine, click here for more details.
The investment for all others is $5,349 USD if paid in full. Payment plan options:
- You can submit just the $250 deposit now, plus one payment of $5,099 ($5,349 total).
- You can submit just the $250 deposit now, plus four payments of $623 ($5,857 total). NOTE: The total payment plan price for the four payment plan includes an additional finance charge.
- Access to Illuminated Flower Medicine (7-module introductory course) is included.
- For those new to this work, click here for more program details.
If you register with a payment plan, your first payment will be due upon registration, and subsequent payments will be automatically processed every 30 days until complete.
Save $500 on the above prices when you enroll before December 1, 2023!
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A $250 refundable deposit is due at the same time as your application. As we have a limited number of spaces available, your deposit holds a spot for you.
This deposit is 100% refundable within five business days for any reason, and 100% will be returned should your application be declined.
Are scholarships available?
A limited number of partial scholarships are available. For more information and to apply for a partial scholarship, click here. (Do not fill out a regular program application or submit a deposit if you wish to be considered for a partial scholarship.)
If you are awarded and enroll with a scholarship, your purchase will be non-refundable.
What is the refund policy?
Your deposit is fully refundable within five business days of purchase for any reason. If you are not accepted into the program, you will receive a full refund.
A refund for the program, minus the deposit, is available for any reason on or before Midnight Pacific on February 14, 2024. Refunds will not be available after this date or with scholarships.
To request a refund, please click on this refund request form and submit your request. Qualifying refunds will be processed within five business days and an email confirming the refund will be sent. However, we’d love to have a chance to address and resolve your concerns first. If there’s something we can assist you with, please email us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help! (No refund requests accepted after the above date or with scholarships.)
Who are the Instructors?
DAVID CROW, PRIMARY FACULTY
Master Clinical Herbalist, Researcher & Educator of Natural Medicine
David Crow has been a clinician, consultant, researcher, and educator in the field of natural medicine for over 40 years. A world-renowned speaker, author, and thought leader, David emphasizes reimagining healthcare and empowering individuals to become their own self-care experts.
David has taught extensively for more than 25 years throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He’s been a top faculty member at The Shift Network since 2015, where over 10,000 students have taken his online courses. He pioneered and hosted The Shift Network’s annual Plant Medicine Summit, which has been attended by over 300,000 people from more than 120 countries.
David was one of the first Westerners to train and be licensed in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and one of the few to study Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine in traditional internships in Nepal and India. He was also one of the first medical pioneers to use essential oils and aromatherapy in clinical practice, and to integrate these diverse modalities into comprehensive treatments.
He’s traveled extensively for ethnobotanical research and to study traditional medical systems, including sojourns in Central and South America, Europe, North Africa, Taiwan, Burma, Nepal, and India. He’s worked with many communities around the world to establish a network of projects supporting sustainable
K.P. KHALSA, INTEGRATION FACILITATOR
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, World-Renowned Herbalist & Teacher
K.P. Khalsa is one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America. He holds a doctorate in Ayurveda, and is nationally credentialed in the U.S. to teach herbalism, yoga, and Ayurvedic massage.
K.P. is a professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, a founding faculty of the Ayurvedic sciences program at Bastyr University, president emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, and director emeritus of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. He’s also a faculty member in the botanical medicine department at the National College of Natural Medicine, where he trains naturopathic medical students and teaches Ayurveda.
He’s written or edited 30 books, including major works on Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and physiology. His most recent book, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs, co-authored with Michael Tierra, brings Ayurveda to life in an understandable and practical way.
- Dr. Rosita Arvigo: Naprapathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer & author
- Adriana Ayales: Author, educator & rainforest herbalist from Costa Rica
- Dr. John Douillard, DC: Globally recognized leader in natural health, Ayurveda & sports medicine
- Dr. Marc Halpern: Ayurvedic doctor, founder of California College of Ayurveda & co-founder of AyBo
- Dr. Marisa Jackson-Kinman, AyD, PKS, AYT: Doctor of Ayurveda & senior faculty at the California College of Ayurveda
- Daisy Lee: Founder & principal teacher of Radiant Lotus Qigong
- Nashalla Nyinda, TMD, MA Acu: Educator & founder of the Sowa Birthing Method™
- Puma “Fredy” Quispe Singona: Andean medicine man
- Karen Wang Diggs: Author, chef, certified nutritionist & Chief Fermentation Officer of ChouAmi
Will there be individualized guidance?
This is a group training. However, during the classes and Integration Sessions, there will be opportunities for Q and A that might allow for direct faculty interaction.
What is the certification focus?
Illuminated Herbalism: Distilled from 40 years of intensive study, meditation and clinical experience, this one-year program certifies you as a practitioner of David Crow’s system of integrating the outer alchemy of plant medicine with the inner alchemy of transmuting consciousness for rejuvenation, longevity and illumination.
Who will benefit from this certification?
- For someone new to the study of herbal medicine, you will receive a comprehensive and integrative foundation of botanical medicine and spiritual practices that will guide you toward a life of right livelihood, herbal education in care of the self, family, and friends. This is a path of deep personal empowerment, discovery, and spiritual illumination.
- For the experienced healing practitioner or herbalist, you will enrich and expand your botanical knowledge and take your particular area of expertise to the next level, achieving a depth of understanding of plants and their medical and spiritual applications.
Who is the year-long for? David Crow answers that question in this short video.
Will this program certify me to practice as an herbalist?
While there are no institutions in the United States that can certify you to legally practice herbal medicine, nor is there a licensing board, this program does certify you as a practitioner of David Crow’s system of Illuminated Herbalism.
What can I do with this certification?
There are many creative ways to leverage a rich working knowledge of Herbal Medicine as Spiritual Practice. Some possibilities are as follows:
- Heal yourself of chronic health challenges
- Assist your friends and family with methods that you know are effective through your own personal experience
- Use herbal medicine to gain deeper and intimate knowledge and experience of the inner energetic/mystical/elemental aspects of our being
- For clinicians and practitioners of herbology, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga, etc...you can utilize both the herbal and the energetic inner dimensions to enhance your therapeutic practices
- It will enhance your practices of qigong, meditation, somatic movement, etc
- It will support you removing not only health challenges but will also change the energetic patterns of the body and mind that can support personal growth, evolution and remove karmic obstacles
- Support your community with health / educational “clinics”
- Greatly improve your own health and the health of your family, friends, and community
- Create and market your own herbal products
- Work in natural health retail / or apothecary
- Plant, nursery, or farm work
- Become an entrepreneur: ie: Farm to Table, Food as Medicine
- Work for like-minded companies such as The Shift Network, Mind Valley, etc
- Teach classes through adult learning, parks n rec offerings, community schools, and community share programs
- Work for an herbal/aromatherapy products company
- Write articles and blogs about your field of expertise
- Create media: podcasts, instructional videos, etc.
Will I be able to access the medicinal plants featured in this program?
We will be studying plants from the Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Western Herbal Traditions. David will provide his trusted resources for these herbs and preparations.
You will not need access to all plants we study. Instead, you will be invited to build a home pharmacy with the herbal medicines that are best suited for you and your needs.
In some cases accessibility to herbs from the US is a problem outside the country; however, there are also many herbs that are easier to get outside of the US, so it works both ways. In general we will be studying and using herbs that are widely available everywhere, and we will be sharing sources in different countries as well.
You may also ask your fellow students for recommended resources in our program community group as we have a worldwide student population.
There are no requirements to work with live plants, but if you have them available you will learn the basics about preparing and using them. You will be able to use the plants in your garden and region, as long as you know the botanical identification and they are discussed in the classes.
May my enrollment be shared with a friend or family member?
No. We understand that it can be helpful to share with friends and family the meaningful insights, reflections, and revelations you experience during the program.
While we encourage you to share with others what you learn in the program, we ask that you do not share any of the program materials or anything from the Homepage or private Facebook Community Group.
Each person interested in participating in this program needs to have their own separate application and registration (even spouses).
We maintain this policy out of respect for our Faculty and to honor the contractual agreement with them. This program has been designed to replicate an in-person training as much as possible; therefore, each enrollment is designated for that participant.
Here is our full Spousal Sharing Policy:
The Shift Network is happy to offer our 2-for-1 special to spouses or partners living under the same roof for most of our foundational courses with the purchase of one full-price registration. (Spousal participation is offered at the sole discretion of the Shift Network and is subject to availability. Certain exclusions may apply. The Company reserves the right to change or cancel this policy at any time.)
However, we are unable to extend this offer to participants in any of our advanced-level or application contingent programs, such as Certification Programs, Immersion Programs, Coaching or Teacher Trainings, and any courses or programs involving 1:1 faculty coaching and mentoring sessions.
We appreciate your inquiry about this and your commitment to being in integrity. Thank you for not sharing any program materials!
How many people will be in this program?
In an effort to create an intimate learning environment and ensure that each person receives an abundance of rich learning and support, we are limiting the number of students in this program. There is no exact limit, and it is hard to say what the final number of students will be, particularly while the application period is still open. We carefully review all applications we receive to ensure there is a mutual fit. That being said, our previous certification programs typically have 200 enrolled students on average, to help give a sense of what to expect.
Is there an online community for this program?
Yes. Our exclusive online community (currently a Facebook group) is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about your program materials and interact with your fellow students to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
How will I receive my certification?
A: After the program completes, students who have successfully completed all certification requirements will be emailed their certificate (60 day review period).
What are the technical requirements for this program?
As this is an online professional training, intermediate technical skills are required to participate fully in this program. Students are required to have a computer or other device and will be asked to use Zoom and complete online quizzes through our Student Portal. Students will need to feel comfortable with basic navigation on our website and opening/playing media and other files (logging in, finding class sessions and materials, playing recordings, opening PDF files, etc.). Important program information will regularly be sent via email, as well.
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