Five Element Academy bridges the gap between East and West, educating practitioners and individuals alike in an Energetic, Holistic, and Integrative Model of healing. Our current health care system of education, put in place by government and corporations, does not necessarily have our best interests at heart and is steeped in the heroic and mechanistic model. On the other hand, Chinese Medicine is a system of knowledge that has been in place for thousands of years. It is an elegant system that identifies illness and disease as disorders of relationships.

As a student of Five Element Herbalism, you will grow in the knowledge that healing takes place in the context of relationships. Knowledge is power. Empowered people will make empowered choices. Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in the choices that affect health and well-being. The principles of Five Element Theory, also known as the Five Phases of Transformation, can be used for diagnostic purposes and for creating strategies and recommendations. They describe the transformation of yin and yang during any cycle phase. If there is disruption, then disharmony can manifest in ways that correspond to that phase.

The classes offered through Five Element Academy will help you gain a holistic understanding of health and wellness supported by herbal, nutritional, and lifestyle recommendations for mind, body, and spirit. Through accessible lessons, you will begin to identify patterns that take place at the micro and macro level. Recognizing these patterns can help us heal in connection to the natural world. Classes will benefit health care practitioners at any level and individuals who want to optimize their health and longevity. Each course is complete on its own, or you may take all of the required courses for *Certification in Five Element Theory.


*Five Element Certification program is being rolled out in 2022. Students who have taken earlier versions of classes at Wise Woman University will be grandmothered in.


"My goal in taking your class was to learn how the liver might affect hot flashes, but your gift of knowledge has far surpassed that and thank you."

- Helen R. L.


“A couple of days ago I got dehydrated and am referring to the flavor energetics to rebalance my body. This is super helpful and so needed!”

- J. MacLeod

Herbal Apprentice with Nettles
Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine Class

"I wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying the classes and how much healing I am experiencing in my own life and body right now because of the information you have shared. I truly appreciate the gift of this class."

- Kristina W.

Thea Summer Deer

Hi, I am Thea Summer Deer,

I am an herbal practitioner in the Energetic model aligned with the Wise Woman and European Herbal Traditions and draw from the wisdom of Chinese Medicine and Five Element Theory. A graduate of BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, I also earned a doctorate in Philosophy and Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies from Venus Rising University. I am a clinical herbalist who has been teaching online for over twelve years and at various herbal medicine conferences and schools.

As a nutritionist, midwife, childbirth educator, herbalist, owner of MindBody and Evolutionary Press, and Executive Director of Resources for World Health, my involvement in Alternative Medicine spans 45 years. My articles have appeared in numerous magazines, books, and publications, and I am the author of Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth.

I love empowering people to seek the answers within by reclaiming an inner navigation system that leads us to exactly what we need at any given moment. I especially enjoy teaching professionals and individuals online to expand their knowledge of Herbal Medicine and Five Element Theory. Teaching Five Element is my passion. Please join me in visioning the day when our hospitals and global health care systems will incorporate this knowledge for the sake of future generations.

Please visit my website: Thea Summer Deer