The Earth Spirit Medicine, Herbal, Aromatherapy, and Flower Essences Program

Live Courses are no longer available. Stay tuned for an update. We may put together a fully online version of this program. Possibly in 2024, if people show enough interest.

Learn about plant medicine and bring this skill into your life. The herbology and aromatherapy courses provide a knowledge base of plant properties and techniques for using herbs and essential oils. There is a strong emphasis on regional plants, in the herbology modality. The Flower Essences stream emphasizes personal growth, interviewing, deep personal transformations, and working with clients. Connect with the higher intelligence of both plants and clients, by integrating intuitive skills.

This program will take a hybrid form of in-class and online delivery.  Flower Essences Introductory and Advanced as well as, Diploma Courses will be delivered partly or fully online, depending on circumstances. Wildcrafting, medicine making and aromatic distillation will continue as outdoor activities, if at all possible. Students will be notified ahead if the weekend will be online or in class.

Practical Potions Introductory and Advanced are offered online only.

Email Catherine to arrange an interview with Laurie and Robert.


( Although, the video says you can start in January, this 3-year term, starts September 2020. The General Studies Program is now integrated into Earth Spirit Medicine’s Diploma Program.)

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Certificate Vs. Diploma

Students can take the CertificateC or DiplomaD version of the Earth Spirit Medicine Program. The Diploma Program is advised, however, as it provides more tools for self-development and working with others. Students taking the Diploma or Certificate Programs will be required to take the courses with a C in front of them. Those enrolled in the diploma stream will see a D beside the courses that apply just to them. (This will be more apparent on the schedule, itself.)


*Introductory and Advanced Aromatherapy, (Practical Potions), in years two and three of the Earth Spirit Medicine Program are available only as online, e-courses.

All Courses with *** behind them indicate they can be taken individually without being enrolled in the whole program if space allows.

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Program Overview

Year 1

Instructors: Robert Rogers & Laurie Szott Rogers

Earth Spirit Start Date: September 11, 2020
Diploma General Studies:
Year 1 – Sept 11, 2020-Aug. 15, 2021.

Year 1:
168 hours Certificate
231 hours Diploma

Wholistic Physiology & Nutrition (C)

Starts- Sept 12, 2020  28 hours wholistic physiology, 14 hours, nutrition.
Instructors: Robert Rogers and Laurie Szott-Rogers

Get to know your body in a wholistic way. Wholistic Physiology is a fresh new approach to body function more aligned with today’s understanding of chaos, string, and fractal theories.

The Wholistic Nutrition aspect of the course will focus on overall healthy eating. Food, after all, is our best medicine. Green smoothies, dehydrated food, bean power and fermentation will be explored.

Herbology ***  (C)

Start Date: Sept. 13, 2020, 84 hours in year one. (Herbology is continued in year two).
Instructor: Robert Rogers

The bulk of year one classes will focus on herbology. Become familiar with the plants in this region. Use what’s local to maintain or promote health. Body systems, such as the heart, kidneys, and liver will be discussed. Topics include herbal properties, constituents, and energetics. Herb walks and plant identification will be included. Robert has written a unique series of books on the body systems and regional plants, developed for this course. Students will be required to purchase these books, to deepen their studies. Students will create “condition cards” on all of the plants studied.

Sacred Circle (D)

Date: September 1 1, 2020, 3.5 hours
Instructor: Laurie Szott-Rogers

Learn how to create a safe and facilitative environment for group and client work. Participate in an egalitarian circle, where power is shared and everyone has an opportunity to voice their feelings. Practice skills of focused listening and non-judgement.

Journaling (D)

Date: Sept. 11, 2020, 3.5 hours
Instructor: Laurie Szott-Rogers

Write to deepen your personal conversation. Articulate and keep a record of your feelings and changes with this time-honoured practice. Write to share your journey with classmates.

Narrative Medicine and Journeying One (D)

Dates: Dec. 4, 2020, 9-5 p.m; 7 hours
Instructor: Laurie Szott- Rogers

Learn to Journey to discover your plant or animal totem. Develop a personal relationship with your plant helper. Understand your own healing story and its impact.

The Language of Emotions (D)

Date: Jan. 8, 2021, 9-5; 7 hours
Instructors: Laurie Szott-Rogers

Track and identify emotions in your body. We will delve into theory on emotions from psychological, Buddhist and alternative perspectives. Influences of shadow and projection are also illuminated. Understand how your body and mind connect to create your reality.

Breathwork, Mindfulness and the Art of Communication  *** (D)

Start Date: Feb- 12, 13 & 14 – 21 hours
Instructor: Catherine Potter

If we change our communication can we change our life? What about the world? This course will give you tools to: Create a safe space for healthy communication. Develop the observer and let go of the judger. Clarify and communicate your needs and allow others to express theirs. Create healthy boundaries.

Archetypal Wisdom, Goddess (D)

Start Date: April, 9, 2021; 7 hours
Instructors: Laurie Szott-Rogers

Why does a smart woman choose the wrong man? Explore feminine patterns through myths and goddess studies. Help develop your understanding of personal and relational patterns.

Dreamtime Discovery (D)

Starts- May 7, 2021; 7 hours 
Instructor: Laurie Szott-Rogers

Learn tips for remembering and honouring dreams. Explore your personal and archetypal dream symbols. Participate in a dream circle.

Wild Crafting, Plant Walks &  Medicine Making *** (C)

Starts: July 9-11, 2021, 21 Hours

Instructor: Robert Rogers

Learn to identify, harvest and wildcraft plant material. Wear clothing appropriate for walking in nature. Make tinctures, salves and other plant medicines.

The Magic of Regional Mushrooms and Medicine Making (C)

August 13-15, 2021; 21 hours 
Instructor: Robert Rogers

Learn about some local mushrooms, how to locate them, and their gastronomical and medicinal uses. Wear clothing appropriate for mushroom hunting. Continue with with medicine making.

Year 2

Year 2- Physical Class Space- The Roots Building Conference Room, 8135- 102 street, Edmonton. Other classes will be held on Zoom, Online, or Outdoors.

Instructors: Robert Rogers & Laurie Szott-Rogers

Year 2:
Certificate – 280 hours
Diploma – 294 Hours
Both include 49 hours of projects or work experience

Herbology ***  (C)

Pre-requisite- year one of herbology and completion of first-year condition cards.

Start Date: Sept 10, 56 hours- Roots Building, The Roots Building Conference Room, 8135- 102 street, Edmonton
Instructor: Robert Rogers

Besides year 2 classtime, herbology will also require.
Work experience: 70 hours
Thesis: 25 pages – in lieu of 49 classroom hours

Robert mainly uses regional herbs and delves into how these herbs relate to body systems. This is a continuation from introductory herbal, (i.e which herbs to use for the skin, brain etc). His 15 books on the body systems will continue to be emphasized. Students will also learn about herbal combinations and herb and drug interactions. There will be some time spent on clinical practice, and each scholar will gain experience through case studies; as well as theory, on working with clients including children and seniors.

Nov. 12., 2021- Laurie

Dreams Advanced- (D) 

Use your dreams to understand your behavioural patterns and motivation. Oct 8, 2021- Laurie; 7 hours

Goddess Presentations by Students -(D)

Nov. 12., 2021; 7 hours- Laurie


The Practical Potions, Aromatherapy Apprentice Ship Adventure** * The On-line, Introduction to Aromatherapy (C)

Dates: Jan. & Feb. 2022; 77 hours.  (Study at your own home. Once students purchase this course they can create their own timetable). Students will need to block off, at least 77 hours of time in their own schedule to do complete this information and project-rich course.
Instructor: Robert Rogers and Laurie Szott-Rogers

Learn about the properties and uses of more than 90 essential oils and over 45 carrier oils.  Home study students, take this e-course, any time you wish, in the comfort of your home.  A true olfactory adventure. 

Earth Spirit Students- Practical Potions, Schedule. Includes a trip to a farm to distill oils on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. The rest of the online course is scheduled to start January 2022.

Subtle Elixirs for Deep Yearnings- Flower Essences, Introductory*** (C)

7o hours- About 1/2 of flower essences will be delivered online/& Zoom.
Start Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022.
Instructor: Robert Rogers and Laurie Szott-Rogers

Investment, $1,395.00

Most of us suffer from the pain caused when our deepest longings remain unheard. Our bodies as well as our emotions may repeatedly manifest illness until the true message of our distress or yearning is understood and addressed. Dr. Bach an English physician from the 1920s developed flower therapy to help his patients with recurring health issues. He felt the root cause of their suffering was not listening to their deeper “dis-ease”, and not living their true purpose. Dr. Bach revealed flower essences shed light on the emotional and soul issues, not addressed in conventional settings. He developed and used these vibrational elixirs to open stuck patterns and unheard emotional and spiritual centers.

What You Will Learn:

A new way to view and address client issues.
The properties and use of English, Healing Herb essences and Californian Flower Essence Societies, flower remedies.
Interview skills to get to the bottom of what is causing discomfort and “dis-ease” in yourself and clients.
How your yearnings and pain are messages indicating which flowers may benefit you.
How flower essences fill in gaps other healing practices do not address.

Develop Skills-
Assignments focus on personal growth and will include, experiencing the flower essences, interviewing class partners, writing up your insights and transformations, working with clients, and sharing your journey and insights through a class presentation.

Course Details
For the first time ever, this course will be available to you wherever you live if you have Zoom. Flower Essences is taught partly online, on Zoom, and in the classroom. All classroom events will be Zoomed to out-of-town participants. Recordings of lectures will be placed on an online platform for you to review.

Here are what some former students say about flower essences

“Flower essences are the closest I have ever come to being able to wield true magick. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to go through a whole life without the gifts and insights of this deeply powerful kind of spirit medicine. I have been illuminated by my experiences and believe that by sharing this gift I can only encourage light in the most elegant, graceful way possible.”  Jenn L

“I believe emotions, thoughts, feelings, are the foundation of our dis-ease, which can manifest as illness. Flower Essences can bring awareness to the roots of those states so we can work through them and grow. By changing our perceptions of our past experiences we have the potential to bring about sometimes profound changes and growth.”    Christine R.

“By taking the purest, highest vibration of a positive quality, anything lesser must surface and be released. In this way, the deepest healing takes place through an alchemical process of transformation. The lead in our lives, our thoughts, our hearts, ourselves is transfigured into gold-our true essence.” Connie S.

Schedule March – May, 2022
March 3 & 4 (Thurs &Fri.) L Online/Zoom
March 11-13 (Fri.-Sun) R&L  Zoom/Online
April 1 (Fri.) L Online/Zoom
April 8 (Fri.) R In Class Roots Building- depending on covid (and on Zoom)
May 13-15 (Fri-Sun) L&R In Class Roots Building-depending on covid (Online & Zoom)

Plant Walks & Identification– (C)

June 10 & 11, 2022 (14 hours)

April 8 & 9, 2022

Student Thesis, & Projects- (C)

49 Hours; Student Completes on own time.

*Note- Becoming a herbalist is a lifetime commitment. You will receive some training at this college, but to certify with organizations like the American Herbalist Guild, about 600 extra hours, will be required, separate from this Earth Spirit Medicine Program.

Year 3

Instructors: Robert Rogers & Laurie Szott-Rogers

Year 3:
Certificate – 259 Hours
Diploma – 273 Hours
Both include 49 hours of projects or work experience

Iridology Introductory-*** (C)

14 hours
Dates: Sept. 10 &11, 2022, 9-5 p.m.

Instructor: Robert Rogers

The history, iris anatomy, constitutional and subtypes, pupil tonus and iacuna will be studied.

Flower Essences – Advanced *** (C)

7o Hours-A little of flower essences will be delivered online.
Start Date:  Fri Sept, 9, 2022
Instructor: Robert Rogers and Laurie Szott-Rogers

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Introductory Flower Essences -MacEwan or Northern Star

This course will address core questions each person faces when living a soulful life. The life lessons of planetary and dream archetypes will be studied. Students will spend some classroom hours, working with a partner to explore their own patterns, at off-site locations. Students will also have the opportunity to practice this methodology of imagination on clients.

This course will draw on the works of Patricia Kaminski, and Richard Katz of the Flower Essence Society. Flower essences from Alberta, featuring Robert & Laurie’s work will also be emphasized. Case Studies will be required.

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Practical Potions, The Advanced Aromatherapy, On-Line, Apprentice Ship Adventure*** (C)

77 Hours
Start Date: Jan-March 2023- All on-line. Home Study. Students must create their own schedule.
Instructor: Robert Rogers and Laurie Szott-Rogers

Prerequisite: Practical Potions, Introductory, E-Course-Apprentice Ship Adventure!
Work Experience: 35 hours and either the Product Development of 8 Aromatic Products or a thesis.

This course will delve deeper into both the practical and esoteric aspects of aromatherapy, such as hydrosols and kitchen cosmetic making. Learn more about exotic essential oils and oils of the prairies. Unleash your inner alchemist as we study aromatic blending and hair, skin and body care. The fascinating worlds of Psycho-aromatherapy and product development will be explored. Surround yourself with cosmetics and creams you make yourself!

Read more about Practical Potions.

Narrative Medicine and Journeying Advanced (D)

Date: April 7-  7 hours
Instructor: Laurie Szott- Rogers

Work more deeply with your plant or animal totem. Develop a personal relationship with your plant helper. Use your healing story to help family and community.

Iridology Advanced***  (C)

Dates: April 8 & 9, 2023; 14 hours
Instructor: Robert Rogers

Prerequisite: Introductory Iridology

This course will include colour pigments, American and European approaches to iridology and case-studies. Also, includes Rayid Iridology.

Speak Your Purpose– (D) 

May 12, 2023-7 hours

Develop Your Elevator Pitch to articulate your new skills and purpose.

Plant and Mushroom Walks- (C)

14 hours
Date: May 13 & June 9  2023
Instructor: Robert Rogers

Seasons of the Soul- (C)

May 14, 2023, 7 hours- Robert

Student Thesis, & Projects-(C) 

49 Hours; Student Completes on own time-

To gain certification all projects, assignments and payments must be completed.

Council of Beings, Wrap Up (C)

June 10, 2023- 7 hours

Graduation, for Students  – Sun. June 11, 2023, 10-1 p.m.
Instructor: Robert Rogers and Laurie Szott-Roger