Herbal Events Calendar

Welcome to the AHG Calendar of Herbal Events.  If you have an event that you think would be of interest to our members and those who visit this website, send a description and contact information to specialprojects@americanherbalistsguild.com

Foundations in Western Herbalism 300 Hour Course
Offered by: Herbal Wisdom Institute
When: September 4, 2017 to August 8, 2018

The Foundations in Western Herbalism course offers 300 hours of classroom and field study instruction along with experiential projects designed to develop and strengthen your unique herbalism gifts and talents.

Course Topics

  • Herbal Medicine Introduction
  • Plant Identification and Botany
  • Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology
  • Pharmacology & Formulary
  • Medicinal application by Body System
  • Plant Spirit Medicine
  • Herbs of the Desert
  • Wildcrafting / Foraging
  • Gardening, Harvesting & Preparations
  • Medicine Making
  • Herbal Medicine Systems around the world
  • Business Development for Herbal Advancement
  • Community education
  • Working knowledge of approximately 150 herbs
  • Field Study and Internship experiences
  • Clinical Internship program (optional add-on)


The herbalist certification course is designed to give you a strong foundation of the historical and contemporary use of herbs, laws and regulations governing herbal medicine, business development for the herbalist, and effective preparation and formulation of herbal medicine to be used in clinical practice.

Phone: (928) 227-2760
Phytomedica: Theory and Practice of Herbal Medicine
Offered by: Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM)
When: October 12, 2017 to June 29, 2018

The new Phytomedica program is an integrated approach to the use of nutrition, herbal medication, and preventative medicine in clinical practice, drawing upon several traditions and aspects of medicine, including Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, Western herbal medicine, and clinical nutrition. The program is divided into fourteen primary modules, each of which details a specific area of clinical work such as gastroenterology, immunology, anti-aging, and cancer. Each module provides a detailed anatomical and physiological review of each body system, traditional medical perspectives on each system, and a review of medical and holistic treatment protocols for specific health issues. Based on 20+ years of clinical experience, the Phytomedica program provides a solid foundation for anyone wishing to establish or enhance their clinical practice. The Phytomedica program is a prerequisite to the full Mentorship program offered at the DSBM.

Instructor: Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH(AHG), CAP(NAMA)

Dates: Thursdays, 11am-3pm Pacific; Oct 12 - Dec 21 2017, and March 1 - June 29 2018

About the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine: https://dogwoodbotanical.com/FAQ

Inside Ayurveda: Clinical Education for the Western Practitioner
Offered by: Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM)
When: October 13, 2017 to June 29, 2018

Inside Ayurveda is a comprehensive and highly detailed online study program that is an advanced introduction to the theory and practice of Ayurveda. Designed for those that have a deep passion for learning and want to avoid the common faddisms that permeate the popular conception of Ayurveda, this program is specifically designed for the Western learner, incorporating modern and alternative concepts on health and nutrition, while remaining true to the authentic source. The program includes a detailed introduction to the history of India to provide context, and an insightful review of the philosophical underpinnings of Ayurveda. Following this is an in-depth analysis of Ayurveda’s various components including the humoral theory, lifestyle therapy, knowledge of substance, food and diet, pathology and diagnosis, treatment, and materia medica. The course also includes a 612 page course manual with extensive appendices, indexes and a glossary, as well as on-demand access to video and audio classes, a recorded weekly Q&A webinar, detailed assessment tools, and membership in our online discussion group for two years.

The Inside Ayurveda program is a prerequisite to the full Mentorship program offered at the DSBM. Students that successfully complete Inside Ayurveda are eligible to continue their studies in the Ayurveda Overseas Study Program, where they will be introduced and learn practical techniques for health and healing by two of the oldest surviving lineages of Ayurveda, in Nepal and Kerala.

Instructor: Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH(AHG), CAP(NAMA)

Dates: Live Q&A webinar runs on Fridays, 11am-12:30pm Pacific, Oct 13 - Dec 15 2017, March 1 - June 29 2018

About the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine: https://dogwoodbotanical.com/FAQ

For more information, visit: http://dogwoodbotanical.com/ayurveda
Food As Medicine Online Learning Program
Offered by: Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM)
When: October 13, 2017 to June 29, 2018

The Food As Medicine online learning program is based upon and expanded from the best-selling book Food As Medicine, providing for a highly detailed and comprehensive approach to the subject of nutrition. Based on 25 years of consciously using food as a therapeutic and preventative tool, Todd Caldecott provides a perspective of time-tested truths and traditional knowledge from all over the world, supported by and augmented by the latest medical research. Not beholden to any dietary dogma, nor relying upon a “one-size-fits-all” or “paint-by-number” approach, Food As Medicine provides the knowledge and tools you need to be an effective clinician. This sixteen part Food As Medicine program begins with a review of digestive health, human metabolism and macronutrients, followed by a detailed review of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and phytochemicals. The course then continues with an introduction to Ayurveda, followed by a detailed review of diet and dietary practices, methods of food preparation, herbs and spices, fasting and detoxification, and dietary therapies.

Registration in the Food As Medicine online learning program provides you with detailed lecture notes for each class, as well as on-demand access to video and audio classes, a recorded weekly Q&A webinar, detailed assessment tools, and membership in our online discussion group for two years. In addition to these resources, we have a library of instructional videos that will show you how to utilize the many of the food preparation techniques discussed in this course. The Food As Medicine program is a prerequisite to the full Mentorship program offered at the DSBM.

Instructor: Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH(AHG), CAP(NAMA)

Dates: Live Q&A webinar runs on Fridays, 11am-12:30pm Pacific, Oct 13 - Dec 15 2017, March 1 - June 29 2018

About the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine: https://dogwoodbotanical.com/FAQ

For more information, visit: http://dogwoodbotanical.com/foodasmedicine
Herbal Medicine/Wild Food Certificate Program
Offered by: Moonwise Herbs
When: April 21, 2018 to November 18, 2018

The focus of this program will be on incorporating the plants that grow around us in daily life for food and medicine. In addition, participants will be invited to shift and change their own health paradigm. Be prepared to be delighted and stretched at the same time! This is a full experience, participants should be prepared to experience the plants on all levels.

Phone: (920) 452-4372
SW Herb Fest - Full Day Herbal Conference
Offered by: Herbal Wisdom Institute
When: May 19, 2018

The SW Herb Fest is an herbal event dedicated to bringing traditional herbalism and botanical medicine together in Northern Arizona. Immerse yourself in a full day of learning herbs from experienced herbalists and physicians from all over the country as they come together to present the SW Herb Fest.

SW Herb Fest will be held on Saturday May 19, 2018 at the Highlands Center for Natural History. The day will begin at 8:00am and finish at 5:30pm. Your day will offer a variety of class choices so that you can choose the ones that most interest you. Sit in a classroom to learn about botanical medicine for certain health conditions, join us in the outdoor amphitheater for traditional herbalism classes, or take a guided plant walk on one of the many trails.

Who Should Attend?

Are you a lover of the healing power of nature? Then this event is for you. The class offerings of the SW Herb Fest are open to herbalists, alternative health practitioners, Naturopathic physicians, and the general public with a desire to learn more about the medicinal power of plants. During the SW Herb Fest you will have the chance to choose from a variety of classes and activities throughout the day to deepen your knowledge of plant medicine and foster a love of nature.

What Can You Expect?

During this one day herbal conference we will commune in nature, discover traditional healing techniques, participate in medicine ceremony, experience plant walks, and learn botanical medicine options from physicians who specialize in botanical medicine. Visit the vendor market throughout the day to find unique products and gift items. Most importantly, we will spend time connecting to our herbal traditions in a peaceful setting in the tall pines of Prescott, Arizona.

For more information, visit: http://www.swherbfest.com
Plant Immersion, Incubation & Inspiration - 2018 Midwest Women's Herbal Conference Pre-Conference Workshop
Offered by: Isla Burgess
When: May 29, 2018 to May 31, 2018

Join us for this incredible opportunity to spend time with Isla Burgess who will be visiting from New Zealand. Isla has recently completed her book, The Biophilic Garden: Connecting People, Plants, and Inscape. This workshop is inspired by her book as well as her decades long investigation into her own relationship with the natural world, and her gift of facilitating others through a portal to a deeper connection as a participant in that world.

Plant and Planet focused. Projects and processes allow for an exploration of the deeper aspects of what it is to be human. Through collaborative participation, insights into individual plants and what each is about in their own lives will be realised. Participants, whether experienced or new to this work, will deepen their understanding of the best way to respectfully gather and prepare herbs for food and medicine. Gardeners, artists, herbal medicine practitioners, and students, will each experience something unique, something inspirational and life-changing.

Event takes place in Almond, WI.

For more information, visit: http://www.midwestwomensherbal.com/
All Things Endocrine (From Top to Bottom) - 2018 Midwest Women's Herbal Conference Pre-Conference Workshop
Offered by: Dr. Jody Noe
When: May 29, 2018 to May 31, 2018

The Endocrine system is the Total Response system of our interactions with the outer and inner worlds or our Beings. This intensive will discuss in depth the function, dysfunctions, diseases and treatments of this intricate system using herbal medicine strategies. The Endocrine Triad: Pituitary, Thyroid and Adrenals will be discussed in the intricate feedback loops of regulation as well as the reproductive Triad: Maiden, Mother, Crone; the female as well as the male reproductive lifecycle. The class will start at the hippocampus/hypothalamus in the brain and work our way down the body to the reproductive organs—Top to Bottom.

Event takes place in Almond, WI.

For more information, visit: http://www.midwestwomensherbal.com/
Certified Holistic Doula Program - 2018 Midwest Women's Herbal Conference Pre-Conference Workshop
Offered by: Whapio
When: May 29, 2018 to May 31, 2018

A valuable program for the beginning Doula or as an Advanced Doula Course for the practicing Doula, it is comprehensive and practical, holistic and intuitive. We offer a wealth of knowledge and a ‘next-step’ perspective on the transformation inherent in birth. Participants will take workshops for 3 days and also attend Whapio’s workshops during the main conference or listen to the recordings.

For more information, visit: http://www.midwestwomensherbal.com/
2018 Midwest Women's Herbal Conference
When: June 1, 2018 to June 3, 2018

Join us for a gathering of the feminine; a wide spectrum of Internationally acclaimed herbalists and earth-based speakers, plant walks, topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, movement, herbal wisdom the wise woman ways and much more!

Learn from world-changing thinkers and movers in the world of women's wisdom and herbalism.

The 2018 Conference marks our seventh year as we gather together again at Camp Helen Brachman, in Almond, WI (two hours from Milwaukee near Waupaca) with around 400 women, teens, and children.

Along with the herbal education and personal growth workshops women enjoy dance and body movement opportunities, singing, and nature walks. The village will commune together around nourishing, mostly organic meals, swimming in and enjoying the view of beautiful Pickerel Lake (in the heart of the camp), and soaking in the evening campfire.

Whether tent camping or residing in the rustic cabins, women enjoy the natural beauty around the camp, with enough space to join a group or take a quiet walk alone. 

Beginning with a welcoming opening ceremony, bringing together the group's intentions, each personal journey continues while held in the trusting and mysterious arms of nature.

Event takes place in Almond, WI.

For more information, visit: http://www.midwestwomensherbal.com/
Internship Program
Offered by: Eclectic Institute, Inc.
When: July 8, 2018 to August 17, 2018

This summer, we are launching our first-ever internship for beginning herbalists. It will be a hands-on, cost-free educational opportunity to gain a foundation in herbalism. We will welcome 5 interns to live in our guesthouse for 6 weeks. Interns will help on the farm 4 days per week with the cultivation, maintenance and harvest of medicinal herbs. In the evenings, they can expect classes on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine and holistic health, taught by experienced teachers, herbalists, and activists (our program will be taught through a social-justice lens). We will supply essential medicine making supplies to encourage interns to develop their skills over their 6-week stay. Weekends will be mostly free to explore the area, with a few plant-focused field trips!

Located in Sandy, Oregon, Eclectic Institute is in a prime spot for summer adventures. We have Mt. Hood National Forest as our backyard, the scenic Columbia River Gorge just 15 miles to the north, and rapidly-growing Portland, Oregon just an hour drive west. There is no shortage of beautiful wilderness, world-class hiking, and epic fun to be had around here!

Eclectic Institute is tucked just outside of the Bull Run wilderness area, about 30 miles east of Portland.

Phone: (503) 668-4120
For more information, visit: http://www.eclecticherb.com/internship
Ayurveda Overseas Study Program
Offered by: Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM)
When: September 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019

The classical texts of Ayurveda contain a vast body of knowledge based on a perennial philosophy that provides for deep insights into the nature of health and healing. Rather than simply being a stale body of knowledge, Ayurveda is based on empirical observations and practices that have been maintained and supported by an authentic living tradition for thousands of years.  With a recent emphasis upon the Western academic model, however, this type of traditional knowledge is at risk of being lost in India, and is only maintained by a precious few traditions. The focus of the Ayurveda Overseas Study Program is to introduce students to two authentic and distinctly unique lineages of traditional Ayurveda, found today in modern-day Nepal and southern India.

In its entirety, the Ayurveda Overseas Study Program consists of 10 weeks of overseas training, consisting of two five week programs that can be taken together or individually. The first five week program takes place in Kathmandu, Nepal, where students will be introduced to the 800 year old Bajracharya lineage. Here students will learn clinical techniques in Ayurveda from several different physicians, including Vaidya MB Bajracharya, a hereditary physician of Ayurveda with 42 years clinical experience. Students will also have the opportunity to prepare and purify remedies such as sulfur and guggulu, as well as learn to make classical remedies such as Chyavanprash and Kaishora guggulu, and even how to prepare bhasma. After a week’s break, the program reconvenes in Kerala to introduce students to the Keraliya school of Ayurveda, to study with highly esteemed physicians including Vaidya KV Unnikrishnan, who was a direct disciple of the late Shree Poomully Neelakandan Namboodiripad. During this program, students will gain a unique insight into the Keraliya school of Ayurveda, learning valuable clinic techniques including some of the practices of pancha karma, the treatment of cancer, and the preparation of classical remedies.

Instructors: Todd Caldecott, Vaidya MB Bajracharya (Nepal), Vaidya KV Unnikrishnan (Kerala)

Dates: September - November, 2019

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