Forrest Green Farm

Whole Living Class: A Comprehensive Course on Herbalism & Gardening

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2025 Whole Living Class Enrollment Now Open! 

We are only offering Thursday sessions of Whole Living for the 2025 summer season. This means that the class will fill up fast, don't procrastinate getting registered to hold your spot. Class dates are listed below. Pay in full in one transaction and receive a $200 dollar discount at checkout with code "Wellness200".

Unleash your passion for the natural world with this immersive course on herbalism, gardening, seasonal eating, and the healing properties of food. Take class on a working herb farm in Louisa, Virginia and enhance your knowledge and skills in a hands-on environment.

Embark on a transformative journey as you cultivate, gather, nurture, and harness the power of herbs and vegetables in your daily life. Explore the wonders of nature and harmonize with its rhythms to lay the groundwork for vibrant living. Learn to embrace stillness, observe, form connections, and unlock the endless potential of our natural world. With newfound knowledge and confidence, you'll discover how to safely and effectively utilize herbs for nourishment and healing for yourself, loved ones, and community.

This course offers a hands-on experience in both gardening and herbal medicine, deepening your understanding and relationship with plants throughout a growing season. Apply this knowledge to create top-quality herbal remedies, combined with whole foods for a stronger, more self-sufficient lifestyle. Upon completion, you'll receive a certificate of completion and you will have built your own apothecary of 70+ herbal remedies to start your journey to wellness.

     Wellness Simplified! ✨

    Modern Sustainable Living 

    Whole Living Class focus is primarily based on herbs that can be grown in Central Virginia.You learn to identify and connect with the culinary and medicinal herbs that are grown at Forrest Green Farm and you make medicine from them. During Whole Living, we build relationships with our herbal allies and begin to see how they help us maintain daily wellness. This gives you a connection with the plants and the medicine you make from them. 

    Krista & Rob have been farming and gardening at Forrest Green Farm for 30+ years. They use their practical experience from their own success and failures to help mentor you, in a realistic way, on how to incorporate Whole Living principles into your own life.

    Join us for our 16th year of Whole Living class at the farm for a growing season of observing and learning the beauty, harvest, food/nutrition and medicine from the plants that we grow. 

    This is a Hands-on Class!

    You will take home projects from every class. You will take home 70+ projects throughout the course! This is a learning opportunity and a chance to produce and immediately start using your new skills to enhance your lifestyle with the projects you make in class. 

    Body Systems

    Discover effective strategies to address prevalent health issues that may arise in each of the 12 body systems. Explore the potential benefits of incorporating nutrition, herbs, and lifestyle modifications to promote optimal well-being and restore balance.

    All 12 Systems Covered in Class: skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, integumentary, and immune.

    Build Your Own Apothecary

    Build Your Own Apothecary

    70+ projects to build your medicine chest
    Spend an Entire Growing Season at the Farm

    Spend an Entire Growing Season at the Farm

    See the ins and outs of a real working herb and animal farm April - October
    Mentorship & Guidance

    Mentorship & Guidance

    In-person hands-on learning


    Make friends with like-minded individuals


    From past Whole Living Class Participants
    Connie Swaine Class of 2024

    I have been taking the Whole Living class at the farm (2024). What a life-changing class! We have learned about healthier living and have made many herbal remedies. Krista and Skye are so knowledgeable and helpful. I have so much respect for the work they put into the farm and the class. Do you know why they do this? To help us! Come visit them to see what they have done. They have such healthy plants to buy as well as great food products in their store. I couldn't find the organic castor oil I needed anywhere local...not at Whole Foods, Earth Fare etc. I found it here.

    Do you have any health issues? They can help you find plants that will give you the nourishment you need to heal. I always leave feeling better than I did before I got there. The farm is beautiful and rejuvenating.

    Please visit and help support this precious family farm. We are so fortunate to have them here!

    Denise BeynonClass of 2022

    This is a life changing class! If you’re into living healthy this is a must! And you go home with projects to start your own apothecary ❤️

    Tim WalkerClass of 2023

    I’ve been using the first edition of the book since January 2023. I am a member of the Whole Living Class at Forrest Green Farm. This book is enormously helpful and is one of the three “go to” books I use for reference material as I create my own formulas to support my family. Krista and Sky are great teachers, and this book demonstrates their commitment to the herbal way of life. I have learned more than I expected… and the class still runs through October. If you live in central Virginia and want to explore, learn and get hands-on with herbs and gardening, get the book… and enroll in the class. Simple as that.

    Jennifer MasonClass of 2015

    I have always struggled with plants, except for herbs since they seem to like my neglect.  When I saw the Whole Living class description, I thought maybe I’d learn what to do with herbs and maybe get some pointers on other things.  Boy was I unprepared for the amount of amazing things I learned!  It was a spectacular experience that has changed the way I interact with my land and food in general.  I now feel very confident not only in my yard, but in my kitchen.  I can’t thank Krista enough for everything she’s taught me!

    Jean HowardClass of 2016

    After trying to get some herbal education on-line, it just wasn't working.  I just didn't get it.  I heard about Forrest Green Farm's Whole Living Classes and knew immediately it was what I needed.  I had to travel 3 hours each way to attend class, but it was worth the journey.  I only missed one!  Special Place, Special Classes, Special People! The Herbs speak to you there, and I learned so much about Natural Living also.

    Patricia HigginsClass of 2013

    I have taken both Whole Living 1 and 2 as well as the Herbarium Class, the Mushroom Log Class, and have had several other reasons to visit wonderful Forrest Green Farm.  As a health care professional (NP-C), this experience has been eye-opening and life changing, for others in my family as well as for me.  As an instructor of community health nursing, many of my students have even visited the farm with me to learn about the activities and offerings there.

    With Krista's considerable wisdom and guidance, I now have my own medicinal and culinary herb garden to enjoy and to produce many of the good medicines and other crafts discovered through her classes. 

    Jeff DionClass of 2016

    It's very easy to get wrapped up in the fast paced life around us, and not pay any attention to our health.  I came to Forrest Green and the Whole Living class after visiting several doctors about severe health issues.  The doctors had no diagnosis but were happy prescribe plenty of meds.  Knowing there must be another way, I took the Whole Living class to diagnose and treat myself, through natural remedies.  I gained twice as much knowledge and know-how than I expected and walked away with lifelong resources and friends.  One year after starting the class I have found more day to day energy, less symptoms, and more inner peace than I have had for several years - and am on track to be fully healed!

    Course Topics

    Learn 125+ Herbs!

    78 hours of in class learning throughout a growing season on a working farm (13 classes).

    Wildcrafting: ethics & safety of wild plants.

    Harvesting Medicinals: learn the right parts to harvest, when to harvest, and drying times and methods.

    Medicine Chest: herbs for first aid, colds & flu and everyday ailments.

    Medicine Making: teas, tinctures, glycerites, elixirs, syrups, oxymels, oils, vinegars, infused honey, flower essences, salves, liniments, poultices, shrubs, herbal candy/gummies, smudging and aromatherapy.

    Herbal Body Care and recipes.

    Herbs and Food as Medicine: delightful culinary dishes, everyday food as medicine, seasonings and seasonal eating to support the body systems includes a full recipe cookbook for the seasons.

    Body Systems: overview with common aliments and support to gain back wellness. 

    Foundational Herbalism: Individualized Constitutions, Plant Energetics, Tissue States, Herb Tastings, Diagnosis and Formulations.  

    Cordials, Meads, Water Kefir and Kombucha/Fermented Drinks

    Navigating the Food Systems: learn about cooking with herbs and healthy foods as well as the preparations for obtaining optimal nutrition from your food.

    Fermented Foods: kefir, yogurt, sodas, kombucha, and vegetables.

    Preserving Herbs & Vegetables: dehydrating, pickling and fermenting.

    Gardening From Seed: ordering, starting, storing, transplanting, saving seeds and greenhouse growing.

    Soil: amending & creating biologically active soil.

    Fertilization: organic materials, natural amendments and understanding soil samples.

    Preparing Beds: layering/ no till, when to rototill, raised beds and containers.

    Companion Planting: the science and enhancement of growing complementary plants.

    Crop Rotation, Cover Crops & Natural Mulches

    Herb Growing: planting & tending.

    Vegetable Growing: planting, tending, protecting, harvesting and preserving.

    Insects: beneficial insects & pest control.

    General Garden Care for Success


    2025 Class Dates

    Thursdays, 9am-3pm

    April 17

    May 8 & 29

    June 12 & 26

    July 10 & 24

    August 14 & 28

    September 11 & 25

    October 16 & 23

    Whole Living Class Cost


    $2,400, which includes 70 take-home projects, a copy of our book Wellness Simplified! Herbalism From The Ground Up, a copy of our cookbook Wellness Simplified! The Everyday Seasonal Cookbook, a gardening textbook, samplings of seasonal whole food recipes, and all other project-making materials (except for alcohol for tincture making). Space is limited! 

    Payment Plan Options

    Option 1: Pay in full in one transaction and receive at $200 dollar discount at checkout with code "Wellness200".

    Option 2: We have four payment plan options. The total for cost for class is $2400.

    8 Months: WL payment plan $300 every month for 8 months recurs on original purchase card on the same day of the month as when the initial order was made.

    6 Months: WL payment plan: $400 every month for 6 months recurs on original purchase card on the same day of the month as when the initial order was made.

    3 Months: WL payment plan: $800 every month for 3 months recurs on original purchase card on the same day of the month as when the initial order was made.

    2 Months: WL payment plan: $1200 for 2 months recurs on original purchase card on the same day of the month as when the initial order was made.

    How the payment plans work
    Payment plans are automatically renewed on the same day as the original order, using the card that was initially used. You have the option to cancel your payment plan, but in doing so, you will not receive a refund for any payments made and you will not be registered for the Whole Living Class. Once all required payments for your selected plan have been made, your subscription will be canceled. Please ensure that the class is fully paid for before the start of the first class on April 17, 2025.

    You MUST be paid in full by the start of class!

    To be considered registered for class you must fill out the registration form and pay in full or make your first payment.

    A 3% processing fee is included for all payments made with a credit card.

    *Whole Living Class is non-refundable and non-transferable.