Herbalist Certification Apprentice Program

Welcome to the NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health. Since 1992, Natural Choices Botanica (NCB) has stood at the forefront of Holistic Health throughout Middle Tennessee area teaching countless students the art and science of herbalism. Natural Choices Botanica began as a humble herb catalog business growing into a successful retail store within 3 years of its conception. By 1999 the founder was forced to revisit the drawing board after a tornado ripped through the city leaving the store in shambles. Although the store was in shreds the vision was still intact. Natural Choices Botanica regrouped and began anew, teaching classes, workshops and intensives at various Colleges & Universities. The founder’s living room and backyard became a classroom for retreats and holistic studies while the kitchen became the storefront.

Trained by her great grandmother as a little girl in the art of herbal healing, formulations and tea blending the founder would go on to package and market “Legacy Tea Blends” & opening the first African American School of Herbalism in the South that teaches students various modalities and methods that is inclusive of marginalized communities and cultures . Angelique works as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Master Herbalist, Consultant, Author & Educator in private practice taking her passion of the healing arts to the next level.

The NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health wants to train those who are interested in the sacred art of herbalism, so that you can understand & work in harmony with the ever-present energy of the plant kingdom for the benefit of your families and communities.

Our Community Herbalist Certification/ Apprentice Program is an intimate look into the world of herbalism from a mind, body, spirit, perspective. This is a self-study, self-paced course with monthly live chats, group & individual assignments, a weekend live course retreat in the spring and much more. The program is 15-24 months/650 hours. Our program is designed to provide common sense alternative solutions to modern day health challenges the old fashion way. Classes are taught by a variety of qualified herbalist, educators, foodies from all around the world. We also offer the only courses related to the historical contributions of African Americans & other people of color in the field of herbal healing and nutrition.


If you are interested in having classes in your area, please contact our office with your request. For more information email: programdirectorNCBschool@gmail.com or call 615.499.6849.

Note:  You don’t have to wait, you can register for any start date.  Please submit (2) letters of reference to this email along with your admissions and/or scholarship application (s).
Once they are received, your package will be reviewed by our elder board & a reply issued within 10-14 business days.
Class Location – Anywhere you are
Class Type: Online or live in your city for 5 or more students in or around the area
Tuition Cost: $4800.00
Scholarship Students Award Available: $250 -$1000 (you pay remaining tuition)

Refund Policy (Effective 12/29/20):

We always have a significant waiting list for this program: if you decide 30 days into the program that you want to drop out, a person on the waiting list can take your place. For this reason, we offer a  (7) day window from the date you are enrolled to withdraw from the program. 

  • The $85 deposit is non-refundable. 
  • After the drop date, students are committed to the course and no refunds will be issued. Automated recurring debits will continue to be collected even if the student is unable to attend the classes.


We extend an elder’s discount of 10% to anyone over the age of 60, veterans, active service members & spouses all with proper identification. This discount will also change the monthly installment rate. We support Native American tribal members, local farmers with discounts and scholarships when possible – contact us for more information.


If you choose our payment plan option or you have received a scholarship, the remainder of your tuition may be paid by: Cash, Visa, Debit or Master Card over the phone, automatic debit,  PayPal or Cash App ($ofasobande). If you prefer to pay in installments, you can sign up for an automated recurring debit via PayPal. (This will require you to have or create a PayPal account, but you will then be able to use any credit card or bank account to pay.) The monthly debit will incur a convenience fee.