Herbal Diploma 2017

The Education Centre at Cottage Hill Herbs has been at the forefront of hands on education for more than 40 years. We pride ourselves on the many students who have established successful businesses and product ranges after completing our study programs. This year, for the last time ever at Cottage Hill Herbs, we are proud to offer our Herbal Dimploma 2017.


A Little About Herbal Medicine

Herb Robert

Herbal medicine is the oldest medicine on the planet and still the preferred medicine of the greater population worldwide. More than 80% of the world’s population uses Herbals as mainstream medicine, according to the World Health Organisation.

Most of us do not have the slightest idea of how to achieve and maintain good health today. Our fast pace lifestyles, with polluted environments, alcohol abuse, drug dependencies, fast foods and high tech stress, make us susceptible to all sorts of illnesses, with many of them life threatening. The 3rd leading cause of death in the Western world today is the admission to a hospital!! What does this say for our healthcare system.

We have simply lost the ability to take an active part in our own healing of ill health and in understanding the simplicity of achieving optimum health, through the cleansing, rebuilding and maintenance of our bodies, using pure, natural, cost effective herbs processed in the traditional ways.

Cottage Hill Herbs ’Diploma of Herbal Studies’ is a unique way to study the uses and application of a wide range of herbs. Students work with the plants, grown organically, working from the ground up – learning practical methods of growing and use of herbs traditionally and clinically. We develop an intimate understanding of the plants when working with nature first hand. The aromas, scents and growth patterns speak to us and we each grow in an awareness of the other.

Resources at the Herb Farm include many hundreds of herb plant varieties; an extensive library is available for student use, a herbal dispensary for clinical study and excellent resources focusing on real herbal medicine.

As a practising and teaching herbalist for more than 40 years my philosophy has always been that “The old ways will become the way of the future”, reflecting the cycle of life. This approach is reflected in my teaching style, of hands on grass roots practical herbalism, working with earth’s amazing healing plants from the ground up.

The Diploma of Herbal Studies is a year long part time study programme conducted from the Herb Farm, with small groups of students working together in harmony with the plants using organic methods of production. Dozens of plants, herbal extracts, teas, capsule making, tinctures, ointments, oil blends, flower essences and skin care products are produced over the year by each student, giving first hand knowledge of the best methods of production most suited to each individual herb and how best to extract the ‘principle’ and most potent forces from each plant.

This knowledge leads to opportunities for not only producing own individual herbal products and medications, but to the growing business and employment potential now available in this sought after field.

Cottage Hill Herb Farm was first established in 1976 and is situated on the banks of beautiful Akatarawa River and operates on organic perma-culture principles. We take pride in being the leading education centre in New Zealand in hands on education with 40 years of experience, teaching herbal medicine and natural skin care.


  • No prior herbal knowledge is required for this course, although the commitment to complete assignments given throughout the year is essential. This involves approximately 3 hours per week in addition to class attendance.
  • Graduation is not subject to examination, but is assessed on adequate completion and understanding of all assignments given over the year’s course.
  • Becoming herbally educated is one of the most important and cost effective steps you can take toward wise and effective healing of body, mind and spirit
  • Class numbers are strictly limited to 10 students only.
  • The class year consists of monthly attendance of one full weekend per month, held at the Herb Farm. Assignments and further weekly study is conducted during students own time, but is a requirement of attendance. On time regular attendance is also required, as is prepayment of student fees.
  • All materials, herb plants, seeds, bottles etc are supplied. All ointments, crèmes, tinctures, capsules etc – produced by students are supplied at no additional cost to students and become the property of each student. Personal paperwork and books are not supplied, but notes where required are provided, other than those taken during class.
  • Total hours involved are approximately 200, plus assignments.


Modules Covered


  • Introduction to Herbal Medicine and Herbal Terminology.
  • Body Systems, Disease, Nutrition Therapy.
  • Herbal Therapeutics, Herbal First Aid.
  • Herbal Medicine and Animal Treatments. Including production of animal care products.
  • Herb Identification, Collection and Cataloging of 50 Herb Specimens.
  • Horticultural Methods, Propagation, Harvesting, Drying and Seed Collection.
  • Understanding the Elements of Health.
  • Holistic Nutrition, Diet, and Detoxification.
  • Identifying Symptoms.
  • Phytonutrients and Nutraceuticals.
  • Planting “Your Green Pharmacy”.
  • Essential Oils and their Therapeutic Use and Application
  • Production of Ointments, Salves, Tinctures, Oil Blends, Capsules, Formulas and Herbal Teas.
  • Formulations, Poultices, Compresses, and Powders.
  • Natural Skin Care Creation.
  • Running a Chemical Free Home and Formulation of Cleaning Products.
  • Flower Essences.
  • Herbal Crafts, Seasonings and Culinary Blends
  • Business and Marketing Opportunities




All products produced over this year are yours to take home with no further cost to students.

Students are required to complete given assignments in their own time between each class.

The school year consists of one year part-time study conducted on one full weekend per month.

Book early to secure your spot.

Fee: $3790 per year (Inclusive as per enrollment conditions).


Please note – both courses are now full, however if you are interested in taking part please go ahead and apply to join the waiting list.



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Saturday April 29th & Sunday April 30th

Saturday May 20th & Sunday May 21st

Saturday June 17th & Sunday June 18th

Saturday July 22nd & Sunday July 23rd

Saturday August 19th & Sunday August 20th

Saturday September 16th & Sunday September 17th

Saturday October 14th & Sunday October 15th

Saturday November 18th & Sunday November 19th

Saturday December 9th & Sunday December 10th


10:30am – 5:00pm



Saturday March 25th & Sunday March 26th

Saturday April 22nd & Sunday April 23rd

Saturday May 13th & Sunday May 14th

Saturday June 3rd & Sunday June 4th

Saturday July 8th & Sunday July 9th

Saturday August 5th & Sunday August 6th

Saturday September 2nd & Sunday September 3rd

Saturday September 30th & Sunday October 1st

Saturday October 28th & Sunday October 29th

Saturday November 25th & Sunday November 26th


10:30am – 5:00pm

Enrolments close as soon as course is filled. Enrollments forms must be completed and deposit paid for enrollment to be accepted.

Please click here to download an enrollment form.

Venue: This course is held at the Cottage Hill Herb Farm located at 2 Bridge Road, Birchville, Upper Hutt.

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