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 5, 2017 to August 2, 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 Gift Making Series: Infused Oils
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: November 28, 2017

Tuesday November 28th 6pm
Infused oils and vinegars are a fabulous gift for anyone in your life who loves to cook or eat.
They can be made to include medicinal qualities, or just for taste and fun.

In this class you’ll learn about the properties of many herbs that are great to use when making infused oils as well as leave with an infusion of your own.

Taught By Botanical Herbalist Laura Cascardi.

Cost: $20
Class size is limited to 14, you must pre-register to hold your spot:
https://goldenpoppyherbs.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentTy...

For more information, visit: http://www.GoldenPoppyHerbs.com/Classes
Herbal Gift Making Series: Bath Salts & Bombs
Offered by: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
When: November 30, 2017

Thursday November 30th 6-7:30pm

The perfect gift for men and women alike, bath salts and bath bombs are some of our favorite gifts to give. A reminder for our loved ones to take some relaxing time to themselves.

Learn the in’s and out’s of bath bomb and bath salt blending!

You’ll leave with understanding the process of creating bath bombs and salts, one of each that we all will make together and with recipes and variations!

Taught by staff herbalist Genevieve Gaskill.

Cost: $30

Class size is limited to 14, you must pre-register to hold your spot:
https://goldenpoppyherbs.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentTy...

For more information, visit: http://www.GoldenPoppyHerbs.com/Classes
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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