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About Heart of Herbs Herbal School
The school was formally founded in 1998, by Demetria Clark. By 2000 the school was offering on-site and distance learning programs and the Heart of Herbs Website was launched. Since this time period Heart of Herbs has served on average 1250-1350 herbal and aromatherapy students a year world wide. As of 2013 Heart of Herbs Herbal School has served over 20,000 herbal students.
One of the core reasons for our success has been the belief and support of each student. Our herbal students are all so individual. We at Heart of Herbs want to honor that and embrace that. We have had homeschooling teens to grandmothers (even Demetria's) in our classes. At Heart of Herbs we not only encourage individuality and diversity we embrace it! We want to support our students in their lives and support them on their path.
We believe in supporting students in their work and their lives. That is why we have no set start or finish dates. Life happens and above all else is life! Heart of Herbs will offer you an educational experience like no other.
About Demetria Clark
I am Demetria Clark. I started learning about Herbal Healing at a very young age from friends and mentors I had in my youth and in childhood. I first studied under a teacher at age thirteen and I have been involved ever since. Over the years I have formally studied and apprenticed with Rosemary Gladstar (in beginner and advanced trainings), apprenticed with Jane Smolnik, studied the Wise Woman Way with Susun Weed, and attended workshops given by scores of well-known herbalist from all over the world. I have been fortunate enough to "sit at the feet" of David Hoffmann, Christopher Hobbs, Susun Weed, David Winston and scores of other amazing teachers. I received my Aromatherapy education from the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy and Jeanne Rose. In addition I have studied herbalism in the US, Canada, Switzerland, Eygpt, Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey, France, Germany, Ireland, the Uk, Mexico, Caribbean, Central American countries and in many other locals worldwide. I have an advanced level education in Phytotherapy from the UK, Aromatherapy and Ayurveda.
I believe that herbalism is part of my soul. It is something that resonates and makes sense to me in my very core. I believe that herbalism is something to share with anyone who wants to learn. I also believe in evidence based health care and I really feel that responsible herbalism can lead the way to vitality and health.
The school was formally founded in 1998. I have been teaching herbal and aromatherapy classes since 1996. Teaching herbs either in workshop format or an apprenticeship model has been great for me and it has allowed me to model my herbal and aromatherapy correspondence classes after the apprenticeship programs.
Our correspondence programs are popular throughout the world, in the medical field, and with midwives, lay herbalists and aromatherapists. Over 50% of our students open their own practice or business upon completing the course and most of the rest already owned a business that herbals work well with or have a complimentary practice.
I am also a Graduate of SUNY Empire State College with a BA in Human Services. I have taken many graduate level college courses in Forestry, Botany, Horticulture, and Nutrition. Additionally I have done graduate work at Midwives College of Utah and Open University in the UK, I was on faculty at the Midwives College of Utah and adjunct faculty at NH Community Technical College, I have taught herbal and aromatherapy classes at conferences, and apprenticeships.
I was also a Midwife, Doula and trainer and I am the Director of Birth Arts International the premier doula training organization.
I am also a lifelong s tudent of Motherhood. I am the proud Mother of two beautiful boys. They are my inspiration and my reason for such focus. With the loving support of my husband I have been able to pursue my educational goals and work with all of our wonderful students.
What has been said about Demetria Clark
"A teacher like no other, I was able to learn in freedom and embrace herbalism in my own community!" 2003 Graduate
" I can't believe how much support and care was invested in me as a student. She was always available. Thanks" Emily 2007
You supported me education from the beginning, you never offered anything but positive support. Thank you. I trained at two other schools and none of them taught me what you did. Thanks for your program, patience and time" Laura 2010
" She is funny, challenging and open to listening to her students ideas and wants us to grow and change. I loved knowing I was good enough just the way I was, and if I needed something she was available and open to me."
"Demetria Clark is an internationally known herbalist and aromatherapist. She is known for her hands on, humanistic approach to herbalism and aromatherapy. She works with the Wise Woman Tradition and a practical hands on approach that has allowed her to teach and travel the world. She pioneered online herbal education, having taught over 1000 students via distance learning as of 2006. She teaches in the US and Canada, at herbal and international midwifery conferences. From Wikipedia 2007
Demetria Clark is so funny, amiable, nice and easy to communicate with. I had so much fun in my course, sharing what I learned with my friends and family. I have been living my new herbal life!
Anna P- 2012
About Andrew Clark
Andrew Clark is a Senior Systems Administrator who is wonderful enough to support our technical needs. He makes sure phone calls are routed to Demetria all over the world. He administers to our databases, backups, email systems, website and our online classrooms. He has worked with Heart of Herbs from the start. Thanks to him we are always up to date and and on the cutting edge. Not only is he an amazing guy, he is my husband and my best friend, on this journey with me since 1990.
Jacob Clark is a college student and my son. He is in charge of all of our multimedia projects, since 2012. He is a Computer Science major.
Taro, is my son and does some of the audio editing and musical requirements for our videos and podcasts. Taro is a budding musician.