Online Class

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 56 minute 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.

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 She’s happy to answer them. If she gets enough on a similar topic, she’ll add an FAQ.

CURRICULUM (click each link to watch the videos)

1. Introduction  [6:50]

2. Tobacco         [9:40]

3. Sage               [15:42]

4. Cedar             [8:38]

5. Sweetgrass    [4:50]

6. Copal             [4:02]

7. Purification and Protection  [5:25]

8. Certification

9. Quiz

Certificate of completion:

How do counselors get a certificate of completion?

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

There is no charge for this course, however, a basic indigenous teaching is that there should always be an exchange. That’s what makes the world go round.  If you would like to make a donation for the course, you can use either paypal or venmo payable to This is optional.

meet molly larkin

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

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