Michigan Herbal Studies Center - Ann Arbor
Local herbs offer the highest quality and potency for all body systems
Local herbs offer the highest quality and potency for all body systems


Yes- there are still spaces left in the program for those wishing to register. 

NOTICE:   SCHOOL OFFICE LOCATION:  7920 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor MI  48103  just west of Baker Road.  We have grown into association with a state licensed Natural Medicine and Master Herbalist school which features this informative website, with additional information about our staff, new classes and more:  

Our Ann Arbor, Michigan based center for herbal studies offers options for various levels of continuing education and study - directly with living, practicing herbalists, naturopaths, and experienced teachers  with a clear background of experience and passion for  plants, herb craft, personal health, clinical work, client health care, medicine making, nature attunement, Apothecary creation, ethnobotany/field ID, harvesting and more. 

Mary Light, ND MH has taught in the field of herbal studies for more than 18 years, in schools, government agencies, colleges, universities, and through her own healing clinics and now through Gaia Center since 2003. 

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 Note:  For those interested in an expanded program of herbal and natural medicine teachings, within a diploma format, visit

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New Developments for advance study:  Our teachers have opened a naturopathic school in Ann Arbor.  Certification or a diploma will be available at Naturopathic School of Ann Arbor - in Naturopathy, with a strong focus of herbal medicine - as one enrolls in and completes our choice of Naturopathy programs, which are strong in the area of herbal medicine and practice.   A successful herbal practice in direct client care benefits greatly from the completion of a natural medicine program which also offers training in the human body systems, intake and assessment skills, bodywork therapies, adjunct natural therapeutics such as essential oils, compresses, poultices, and fomentations; dietary healing, energy medicine and more.  


Greetings,   Medicinal Herb Learning Experience here:  We have a couple openings for work exchange students who do apprentice style work one afternoon a week. We exchange this for classes or placement in our seasonal foundational program.  Currently meeting Tuesdays 1230-430. Reliability and consequently, proximity to the school , and desire to Learn By Doing combined w/ the incentive to exchange for classes, makes for good qualifications to apply.  There is a $250.00 fee to enter.  You can reach us through contact info at our websites.  



Gaia Center for Herbal Studies is situated in a peaceful , beautiful setting amid 800 private acres , where  a myriad of wild medicinal herbs grow, and where students and staff maintain cultivated herb sanctuaries for dozens of additional therapeutic plants.  

We utilize and meet within the school building of
Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts, for select lectures and class exercises.  The wild lands we hike on are minutes from the school.

Note:  Participants should prepare for somewhat rustic conditions when visiting, working, and learning at any garden and wild land sites- in terms of weather and amenities.  You will be in "the great outdoors" now and then during class experiences,  so do prepare accordingly.

We welcome people who wish to study for a range of reasons:

1)   Professional development.  Personal enrichment.

2)  those who wish to empower themselves with the wisdom of sustainable health care and nourishment.  Herbal knowledge is of great value to all of us at this time in our cultural history!  

3) Gain herbal medicine training as an adjunct to other certifications and professional focuses, such as doula, midwife, health coach, nutrition counselor, bodyworker, and more. 
We offer you Living Teachers who have solid experience and a long term, well rounded track record of practice of the work taught, with training in all important areas of herbal practice, including human anatomy and physiology, pathology, naturopathy,  iridology and natural healing, including health of special populations such as elders, childbearing, athletes, family and children.

A growing resource library of books, catalogs, monographs, archives, magazines, and educational papers. Library materials are available for check out much the same as a district library

A full Herbal Pharmacy and Dispensary on the premises

Living botanical sanctuaries for herb cultivation labs and learning experiences

Diversity in the study of herbal medicine and herb craft, addressing current, historical, and traditional aspects of herbal study and practice

Experiential and hands- on approach, allowing interaction of student and herbal processes.

We welcome calls or e mail inquiries at any time,  if you are interested in pursuing the study of medicinal herbs and natural therapeutics in  the Great Lakes area - Tel: 734-426-7794, and  e mail : 
Gaia Center is situated amid 800 private acres of verdant land - a mix of meadows, wetlands, woodlands, farmland, pine stands, ponds and brooks. The land is alive with songbirds and hawks, frogs, toads, and butterflies,  herons, cranes, deer, coyote, various furry critters, and many dozens of native medicinal and wild edible  plants and trees. There are several botanical sanctuaries (gardens and cultivated areas) including a 33 foot Medicine Wheel herb garden  nestled behind a stand of pines , overlooking a meadow to the south.  This private, quiet setting deeply supports the learning process on the mental, emotional, physical and subtle energy level.  

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”    Goethe   

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