The Magus Herbal Program was created to address a desire in the Twin Cities for a comprehensive education in herbal medicine. Liz Johnson began teaching in the year 2000 when a group of former clients came to her asking for weekly classes. Based extensively in Western Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Aurvadyic Medicine, Liz established what is now known as The Magus Herbal Program.
The current program involves three years worth of classes (including a summer breaks), and a final case study. Non-invasive diagnosis techniques are taught, studied, and practiced throughout the program and the herbs associated with each diagnosis are extensively covered. Students will be exposed to a multitude of herbs in every class and learn everything from their historical uses and lore, to their modern use in herbal medicine, including the phytochemistry and prescription drug reactions. If this sound overwhelming, don’t worry. There are many resources The Magus Herbal Program (MHP) has to address your personal learning styles.
Most recently, an online learning center has been added to the MHP. This digital content provides a space for additional learning through the use of case studies, articles, interactive modules, and student run forums. Students are encouraged to record lectures as well.
Students will learn extensive human anatomy and physiology, non-invasive diagnostic methods, herbal medicine traditions, and of course everything could possibly want to know about herbs. Anatomy, Physiology, and tissue states (i.e. the condition a tissue or organ is in) are taught alongside the herbal content to ensure you, as the student and future herbalist, will have a well rounded education in how specific herbs address different tissues and aliments. Each herb’s history, lore, and chemistry, are covered in a number of contexts. Combining both the understanding of the body and the herbs, classes specifically in the creation of herbal remedies are a core part of the Magus Herbal Program. As part of these classes, students will be able to practice making the preparations and remedies, have access of a growing library of recipes, and bring home a remedy they create in class.
All these components are taught over the course of three years, each year adding to the content that was taught in the previous year. In the third year, students will be expected to create a case study in which they accurately diagnosis a client, create a formula for treatment, and document the results. A final fourth year of an internship is possible should a student complete all the tests and show a willingness and desire to make themselves a professional herbalist.
Students will have access to digital learning content to reinforce what is learned in class. Class notes, glossaries, interactive diagrams, knowledge checks, discussion forums, additional resources, and links to articles are all available through the online portal. Knowledge checks for each class are available for students looking to test themselves. However, they are not mandatory. Each year had an optional final assessment should the student wish to test themselves.
he Magus Herbal Program becomes the central hub to gain and share information on all things herbal medicine.
While there is no state or federal approved licensure for herbal medicine practitioners, there are several organizations across the country that recognize the study of herbs and their uses. The largest of these is the American Herbalist Guild. They and several other organizations like the National Association of Nurses for Aromatherapy, have programs that recognize herbal schools and other holistic education programs. The Magus Herbal Program is currently looking at our programming and course work to see if these various organizations requirements align with our content. This is a long and difficult process.
“An accredited herbal school does not necessarily guarantee a better herbal education than a non-accredited school, nor do its graduate necessarily have professional advantages.”
-American Herbalist Guild Guide to Getting an Herbal Education
Herbal programs can cost upward of $4,000 per semester depending on the university. Even online programs can reach as much as $9,000 for a single year of classes. The Magus Herbal Program offers the same tools of traditional programs with the small class feel and benefits. Our online resources add the advantage of always having class notes, diagrams, glossaries, material medica, recipes, and so much at your finger tips. All of this content for a single year of the MHP costs less than a grand.
The standard cost is $20 to $30 per class. However, students who sign up for the whole program receive a $240.00 per year discount. Students are able to make payments throughout the year as well. Contact Markus or Liz for more information or with questions regarding tuition and registration.
Herbalism is both an ancient and a modern healing art exploring the inner secrets of herbs and how they work with the body to enhance health.
Markus Ironwood is the manager of the Magus Arcane Academy. With a master’s degree in education and over 15 years of occult, witchcraft, botany, and herbalism experience, he will forever continue to study and explore the esoteric and scientific. Markus is most interested in the intersection between social justice, ecology, and the experience of embodiment. As the Academy Manager, he coordinates and schedules classes, creates programming and training manuals, and manages the online components of the Academy, including content for the Magus Herbal Program. When not running the Academy, teaching his own classes on astrology and mythology, planning events, and generally raising hell at Magus Books and Herbs, he likes camping along the north shore, watching RuPaul’s drag race, and hitting the gym several times a week.