Ecological Herbalism Ethics, Sustainability & Law

Environment - Education - Conservation

Why and how to protect and conserve medicinal plants. An essential class for all herbalists.

Ecological Herbalism: Elevate your practice, conserve plants, legal insights included.

Join Susan Leopold, PhD, and Matthew Wood, MS, as they engage in discussions on what herbalists should know about wild plants and the communities they inhabit.
Discover the heart of herbalism with experts Susan Leopold, PhD, and Matthew Wood, MS. Tailored for a deep understanding, classes cover vital topics: conservation of medicinal plants, supply chain complexities, evaluating at-risk plants, and legal aspects of plant trade. Delve into the creation and support of plant sanctuaries.

Recognizing Earth's unsustainable resource use, especially by affluent nations, these classes draw inspiration from the United Plant Savers organization. Explore ecological problems and solutions facing modern herbalists. Emphasizing individual responsibility, navigate governing laws while fostering a harmonious relationship with plants. Education is key.

Susan Leopold, PhD, and Matthew Wood, MS, discuss herbalists' roles in understanding wild plants, their communities, and the stresses imposed. For individual herbalists, learn about planting, identifying, and supporting sanctuaries, sustainable use of wild herbs, and evolving guidelines and laws. Elevate your herbal practice with knowledge, a deeper understanding of our responsibility to the environment, and a holistic approach to ecological herbalism.


Support Materials

2.5 hours on Herbalism & Plant Conservation

Support Materials

downloadable UpS handout & copy of presentation


two 2 hour classes


Certificate included
(see more below)

Pay Once = One Year Access

1 year to view and review content, ask questions and discuss

This is for you if you are looking for...

resources to learn how to evaluate at-risk plants,
information on the legal aspects of plant trade.
perspective on the balance between the business and the practice of herbalism.

Upon completion, you will...

have a better understanding of the complexities of supply chains.
be equipped to establish and support plant sanctuaries, contributing to the preservation of biodiversity and sustainable herbal practices.
understand and navigate local and international laws governing herbalism, ensuring a responsible and legal approach to the trade of medicinal plants.


Matthew Wood, MS

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist for over forty years. He is an internationally known
teacher and author with more than ten books to his credit, including The Book of Herbal Wisdom, 
The Earthwise Herbals, Holistic Medicine and the Extracellular Matrix, and A Shamanic Herbal 
(July 2024). Matthew has an MSc in herbal medicine from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine 
(accredited, U. of Wales). He lives in the Midwest. 

Susan Leopold, PhD

Susan Leopold, PhD, is a distinguished ethnobotanist and biodiversity advocate with two decades of experience in Peru and Costa Rica. Currently leading United Plant Savers and the Sacred Seeds Project, she's also active in Botanical Dimensions and the American Botanical Council. 

Certificate Included

  • How to Get a Certificate

    • Complete course materials
    • Pass the test with a grade of 70% or better
    • Save or print your certificate!

    Available with subscription and individual course purchases.

  • Accreditation hours

    This course is a total of 6 accredited hours
    • 5 hours Botany and Plant Science
    • 1 hour Practice Management and Ethics

    *Please check with your accrediting agency whether they will accept accredited hours or certificates from the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism
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