The Sacred Art of Smudging

Learn how to work with the four sacred medicines: tobacco, sage, cedar and sweetgrass [and more]

“In some Native languages the term for plants translates to ‘those who take care of us.’”

Robin Wall Kimmerer

About this course

One of the first ways to communicate with and show respect for the natural world is the proper use of herbs: in how we pick them and how we use them.

This course will cover the four primary herbs North American indigenous people use for smudging:

  • tobacco, sage, cedar and sweetgrass;
  • what you will need for smudging,
  • how to smudge,
  • how to obtain herbs for smudging.

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Your instructor

Molly Larkin has walked the Red Road [Native American indigenous spiritual path] for close to 40 years. She’s a Sun Dancer, pipe carrier, purification lodge leader, and vision fast leader.

She was an apprentice to Muskogee-Creek elder and healer Marcellus Bear Heart Williams, with whom she co-authored his book, The Wind Is My Mother, The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman.

She was also a student of Lakota elder Grandfather Wallace Black Elk. Both Grandfather Wallace and Bear Heart trained and authorized her to teach these ways.

She teaches Spiritual Healing for England’s The Healing Trust and has also authored two related books:

Meditations on the Natural World; A Guided Journal To Help You Find the Technique That’s Right for You

The Fountain of Youth Is Just A Breath Away; Breathing Exercises for Relaxation, Health and Vitality

Why this course?

This course came about when Molly was asked to create a curriculum to teach therapists how to smudge their Native American clients.

Who is this course designed for? Beginners


Direct any questions about the course material to [email protected]. She’s happy to answer them. If she gets enough on a similar topic, she’ll add an FAQ.


“In some Native languages the term for plants translates to ‘those who take care of us.’” -Robin Wall Kimmerer

Certificate of completion:

How do counselors get a certificate of completion?

  • Download and complete the quiz,
  • Send your answers to [email protected], including the name you would like on your certificate.
  • Make a $20 payment to [email protected] via PayPal or Venmo for a certificate which will be emailed to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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