Heartland School of Herbal Studies

About the School


Sprouting from a desire to connect people to the land, to plants, to energy, to healing,.....



...comes the

Heartland School of Herbal Studies


Grace Macneil, RN

Grace is the founder and main instructor of Heartland School of Herbal Studies. Grace has been studying, practicing and sharing herbal medicine for over 20 years. She offers multi-faceted approaches to working with the plants, combining intuitive, earth-based wisdom with clinical, evidence-based knowledge. Grace completed 400hr certification in traditional herbalism at the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in 2000 with Himani Ellis. She has since completed numerous trainings, classes and apprenticeships with many experienced herbalists throughout the United States and Central America. Grace is also a Registered Nurse with over 7 years experience serving in various holistic clinical settings, an Abdominal Therapy Practitioner, and owner of Monarch Apothecary in which she offers locally grown and sustainably wild harvested plant medicines and body care products created at her farm. She is passionate about offering opportunities to deepen plant/human relationships in the spirit of co-creating diverse, authentic and evolutionary healing. To learn more, visit the Monarch Apothecary website.

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Michelle Becker, RN

Michelle is the co-founder and an instructor of Heartland School of Herbal Studies. Michelle's journey with plants began at a young age when she would run away to the railroad-bed prairie behind her childhood home and sit for hours, observing, writing, and finding comfort in the beings around her. Her deep connection to and understanding of plants is rooted in these experiences. Michelle completed the Roots of Herbalism/ Foundations of Health herbal intensive through the California School of Herbal Studies in 2011, a 500hr certification program. She has continued focused self-study. In addition, Michelle is a registered nurse with four years of experience in family practice and oncology. She is currently enrolled in the Nutrition Consultant program at Bauman College. She offers wellness consultations that integrate nutrition, lifestyle and herbs, and she provides personal chef services.  Her practice is rooted in ancient wisdom, earthly connections, and current scientific research. To learn more, visit the Foremother Medicine website.


Guest Instructors

Heartland School of Herbal Studies invites guest instructors for various topics. Whether they are Bloomington locals or regional practitioners, each instructor offers great knowledge and refreshing styles, contributing to the dynamic nature of our courses.