Herbalist Schools

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Midwest School of Herbal Studies

Our mission is to provide the highest level of education in botanical studies, with an emphasis on integrative herbalism (modern Western phytotherapy, native-American, Unani, Ayurvedic, & TCM), and to do so at an affordable cost and in the most user-friendly format possible.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: toll-free (866) 781-2038
E-mail: MWSHS@aol.com
Web site: http://www.midwestherbalstudies.com
Address: P O Box 120096  
New Brighton, MN 55112 USA

Thyme Herbal

Thyme Herbal offers a variety of Apprenticeship programs and workshops on topics related to herbal medicine, cooking, nutrition and homesteading. Herbalist, Brittany Wood Nickerson weaves her unique training in Western Herbalism, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, cooking, nutrition and plant spirit healing into curriculums that are engaging, diverse, detailed and empowering. Thyme Herbal offers an educational path for those interested in learning about herbal medicine for personal development and home use as well as for those working to support career goals in the healing arts. Brittany also teaches Herbal Approaches to Women’s Health, an online course offered through the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Program Offerings:

THE ART OF HOME HERBALISM

An introduction to the practice of using medicinal herbs and whole foods to heal yourself and others.

This apprenticeship is designed to introduce you to the world of Western herbalism and give you the tools to be an effective and empowered home herbalist. You will meet the plants in their environment and learn the art of herbal medicine as it relates to your own health and the earth.

Topics Include: Medicine Making, Plant Identification, Harvesting, Drying, Storing, Body System Therapeutics (For the Nervous, Digestive, Lymphatic, Immune Systems and Skin), Nutrient-dense Foods and Food Preparation, Seasonal Eating, and Fermentation.

ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP

Venture deeper into the world of medicinal plants, the body and healing.

This course is open to those who have taken the Art of Home Herbalism or have completed a comparable course of study with another herbalist. The class will expand on, broaden and deepen existing skills and knowledge as well as introduce new concepts aimed at community applications of herbal medicine. Emphasis will be placed on applying skills outside of class and sharing these experiences as a platform for group learning.
Topics Include: Therapeutics of the Respiratory, Immune, Urinary, Cardiovascular and Female & Male Reproductive Systems, Introduction to Ayurveda as a form of Diagnosis and Treatment, Advanced Medicine Making, Independent Materia Medica Development, Building Personal Relationships to Plants, Herbal Formulary and Therapeutic Applications of Plant Medicine.

HERBALISM IN PRACTICE

Clinical applications of herbal medicine – exploring the art of intake, diagnosis and treatment.

For the advanced and committed student, this course is designed to help take your knowledge to the next level, create practical experience and deepen your understanding of how to implement herbal medicine. Through lecture, group discussion and in-class client intakes we will explore how to make meaning from presented information/observations and the many different ways to create effective and sustainable treatment protocols.

Topics Include: Continued study of Ayurveda as a form of Assessment and Healing, Holistic Mind/Body Approaches to Assessing Imbalances and Healing, Progression of Disease and Processes of Healing, Herbal Support for Chronic Conditions, Intake Development, Reading the Tongue, Determining the Most Effective Healing Protocol, Making Appropriate Referrals, Herbal Formulary, Food as Medicine, Materia Medica Development.

Distance Programs – learning through audio recordings, videos, reading and written assignments. Monthly group webinar to ask questions, clarify concepts and build your remote herbal community!

The Art of Home Herbalism Online(See class description above)

Herbal Approaches to Women’s Health Online(through the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (413) 549 - 1415
E-mail: brittany@thymeherbal.com
Web site: http://www.ThymeHerbal.com
Address: 1069 North Pleasant St.  
Amherst, MA 01002 USA

CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine

We practice and teach holistic Western herbalism in the vitalist tradition, integrating herbs, nutrition, movement, and stress management strategies to support the innate human capacity for healing and growth.

Our 9-month Apprenticeship Program is a complete course in practical herbalism for beginning and intermediate students, including: history and philosophy of Western herbalism; basic [patho]physiology and therapeutics for all major systems of the body, with relevant materia medica; primal nutrition, food intolerances, medicine-making (tea, tincture, infused oil, salve, etc); basic formulation; plant identification and wildcrafting skills; and foundational energetics (constitutions, tissue states, and herbal actions).

For those interested in pursuing herbalism as a profession, we offer an additional two years of advanced training. The Advanced Studies Program focuses on advanced pathology (cancer, insulin resistance & diabetes, chronic fatigue, lyme disease, and other chronic diseases), herb safety and herb-drug interactions, detoxification protocols, advanced materia medica and formulation, and clinical skills. After completing the series and sitting an 8-hour exam, students may move on to clinical rotations, seeing clients in the school's community clinic. Student clinicians submit case reports for biweekly round table review and discussion with faculty.

All our programs include readings, projects, and discussion forum for enrolled students. We also offer community herbalism classes, herb walks, and special seminars, and for those on the go or who don’t live in the Boston area, we offer recorded classes on a variety of topics.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 617.750.5274
E-mail: info@commonwealthherbs.com
Web site: http://commonwealthherbs.com
Address:  
Boston, MA USA

Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

Our classroom is the outdoors- garden, field, forest, mountain and stream. All of our classes are held outside at both the garden/school center(near Asheville, NC)and at various ecosystems featuring the beauty and extreme botanical diversity of the Southern Appalachians. Our model of teaching involves experiential or hands-on learning. Learning about the plants in person, where they grow, engages the senses as we smell, touch, see, and often taste our green allies. Rather than simply talking about a wild plant as food, we spend time together gathering wild edibles and preparing vital, delicious meals. We learn sustainable wildcrafting through the many hours spent on field trips ethically gathering wild medicinals and preparing tinctures, teas, and oils. Students will complete our program with a full natural medicine chest created by their own hands from fresh bioregional or organically grown herbs. Reverence for the sacredness of all life is part of our guiding philosophy and inspiration.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 828.683.5233
E-mail: Juliet@chestnutherbs.com
Web site: http://chestnutherbs.com
Address: 56 Sluder Branch Road  
Leicester, NC 28748 USA

Northwest Institute of Ayurveda

The Northwest Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) was founded in 2006 in order to serve the growing interest in Ayurveda and sustainability medicine. Our mission is to provide evolutionary education for personal, professional and planetary transformation. Since 2006, our programs and services have expanded to include Clinical Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Herbalist, Ayurvedic Massage and Aromatherapy training, as well as Ayurvedic Health Consultations and Panchakarma Retreats. Our goal is to enhance individual, societal and ecological health. We emphasize the sustainability model inherent within the Vedic sciences such as Ayurveda, Yoga, Vastu Vidya (Vedic “feng shui”) and Jyotisha (Vedic astrology). Ayurveda is truly wholistic. It addresses the human desire for heallh on all levels—body, mind, spirit, family, community, and environment. It is one of the fastest growing fields of complementary medicine today. Become a part of this planetary healing revolution!

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (707) 601-9025
E-mail: info@ayurvedicliving.com
Web site: http://www.ayurvedicliving.com/
Address: 1433 11th Street, Suite G  
Arcata, CA 95521 USA

California School of Herbal Studies

Founded in 1978 by Rosemary Gladstar, CSHS is one of North America's oldest centers for herbal education. Now under the ledership of owners Rebecca Maxfield and Jason Miller and program coordinator Autumn Summers. CSHS continues in the spirit in which it was formed by offering a multi-perspective approach to Earth-centered botanical studies.
Our goal at the California School of Herbal Studies is to empower individuals with the skills, confidence and experience needed by the community herbalist. Western Herbalism forms the base of the training, and Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine are introduced by guest teachers. Materia Medica focuses on North American and European herbs.
Successful graduates of our intensive program leave here with the knowledge they need to enter and contribute to the rapidly blossoming field of herbalism, and receive certificates of completion that are highly regarded by the herbal community.
Visitors to the school are welcome, but please call first so we can be sure someone will be available to greet you!

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (707) 887-7457
Fax: (707) 887-1539 (FAX)
E-mail: cshs@cshs.com
Web site: http://www.cshs.com
Address: PO Box 39  
Forestville, CA 95436 USA

Meadowsweet School of Herbal Medicine

We take great care and pride in providing quality content via digital distance learning options in traditional herbal medicine. Our programs provide a holistic approach to wellness based on the Wise Woman Tradition.

We believe that herbal medicine is the people’s medicine, and that practically everything we need to tend to our own wellness grows right in our backyards. We also understand that not everyone can afford the high costs of formal education, and not everyone needs this option to learn how to use herbs for wellness. Geography and time are also barriers for many who wish to learn more and deepen their understanding and practice of herbal medicine.

In an age where our health care systems are increasingly complex, expensive, and difficult to access, we are pleased to offer these programs that share the knowledge and keep the tradition alive.

School type: Distance learning
E-mail: righteousmamaherbs@gmail.com
Web site: http://righteousmamaherbs.com/
Address:  
Ithaca, NY USA

Foundations of Herbalism

Foundations of Herbalism serves as an educational model for integrating the principles of herbal medicine into daily life. The course offers the essential foundation needed in order to become a well-rounded herbalist for either professional or personal purposes.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 541.929.5307
E-mail: bethbaugh@peak.org
Web site: http://www.foundationsofherbalism.com
Address: 35170 Lillian Drive  
Philomath, OR 97370 USA

EverGreen Herb Garden and School of Integrative Herbology

Integrating Western Herbology and Ayurveda with Candis Cantin

8 Hours of Audio CDs/ Over 600 Page Course Pack/ 10 Herb Samples/ Pocket Guide to Ayurvedic Healing by Candis.

Learn how to integrate Western herbology with the constitutional and lifestyle model of Ayurveda. Sample course topics show how to: Evaluate the constitutional dispositions of people and their imbalances using the Ayurvedic principles; Treat acute and chronic conditions for different constitutions; How to nourish, build and cleanse the seven tissues; Create herbal formulas using the six tastes of plants and foods; Make herbal medicine using Western herbs; Learn ways to achieve greater vitality using Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic tonic herbs; Use food as our medicine; Discover methods for living a more peaceful and balanced life.

The Home Study Correspondence Course includes all material in the Integrative Herbology Beginning Program (Part 1) and the Intermediate Integrative Herbology Study Program (Part 2) taught at our school.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 530.626.9288
E-mail: evrgreen@innercite.com
Web site: http://www.evergreenherbgarden.org
Address: P.O. Box 1445  
Placerville, CA 95667 USA

BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies

For over 20 years the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies has specialized in teaching students how to use the rich cornucopia of Southern Appalachian medicinal herbs. Our name, BotanoLogos is an ancient Greek word that means, “Someone who speaks for the plants.” All of our programs emphasize the sustainable use of herbs and the importance of good stewardship.

Innovative daylong and weekend programs include seminars, field studies, hands-on harvesting and medicine making workshops. During the growing season we offer field botany hiking seminars for those interested in learning to identify and use regional flora. We also offer comprehensive training in the foundations of herbal practice in our Herbal Studies Certification Program (offered both on weekends and weekdays). In addition, we have begun to collaborate with One World Healing Community Seminar Webinars to offer live and recorded webinars.

Our reputation for creating a lively, well organized and stimulating learning environment has drawn students from all over the country to our corner of Georgia. We are located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest. Most of our classes are held at the Foxfire Center (home of the famous Foxfire books) on Black Rock Mountain in Mountain City, Georgia. (100 miles northeast of midtown Atlanta, and 90 miles southeast of Asheville, NC)

Patricia Kyritsi Howell is the founder and primary instructor. She has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild since 1995. Patricia is the author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006). Hailed by professional botanists and herbalists as an essential reference, this book is a concise guide to the historical and current uses of forty-five medicinal native Appalachian herbs. It also provides harvesting guidelines, detailed medicine making instructions and original recipes. Lorna Mauney-Brodek teaches the medicine making workshops and leads many of the field botany seminars.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 706-746-5485
Fax: 706-746-5485 (FAX)
E-mail: info@wildhealingherbs.com
Web site: http://www.wildhealingherbs.com
Address: PO Box W  
Mountain City, GA 30562-0917 USA

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