Herbalist Schools

This listing is for herb school members of the American Herbalists Guild. The information listed is provided by the herb school and is not reviewed, evaluated or endorsed in any way by the AHG.

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Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences

The Blue Heron Academy is dedicated to uplifting and positively promoting the image of natural and alternative healthcare and to providing motivated students the opportunity to vastly improve their career and their life. Herbal Medicine, Clinical Nutrition and Diet & Weight Management are the foundation courses which are all included, and must be taken, within the comprehensive curriculum of the Holistic Health Practitioner Program. Holistic health emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual, and lifestyle values.  This all-inclusive program is ideal for health professionals who wish to incorporate holistic health principles into their practices and for all individuals who wish to incorporate these principles into their lives.  The Blue Heron Academy also provides training in medical massage and manual therapy, personal training and sports science, paramedical skincare, and in allied medical fields.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 616-285-9999, 888-285-9989 Toll Free
Fax: 616-956-7777 (FAX)
E-mail: info@blueheronacademy.com
Web site: http://www.blueheronacademy.com
Address: 2040 Raybrook SE, Suite 104  
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 USA

Ayurvedic Institute

Since 1984, The Ayurvedic Institute has taught and promoted the traditional knowledge of Ayurveda. The Educational Department offers the Ayurvedic Studies Program, advanced study in Albuquerque and India, Jyotish courses, an Ayurvedic correspondence course by Dr. Robert E. Svoboda as well as various weekend and intensive seminars. Our Herb Department carries Ayurvedic and Western herbs and many Ayurvedic products and the Panchakarma Department provides traditional Ayurvedic procedures for purification and rejuvenation. The Ayurvedic Press is a division of the Institute and publishes books and textbooks on Ayurveda.

Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Physician, director of the Institute and its principal instructor, received his Master of Ayurvedic Science (M.A.Sc.) in 1980 from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in Pune, India. He brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was a Professor of Clinical Medicine for ten years at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine. Dr. Lad's academic and practical training includes the study of allopathic medicine and surgery. Dr. Lad is the author of several books and respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda.

The Ayurvedic Institute, recognized as a leading Ayurvedic school and Ayurveda health spa outside of India, was established in 1984 to teach the traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India and to provide these ancient therapies. Ayurvedic healing includes herbs, nutrition, panchakarma cleansing, acupressure massage, Yoga, Sanskrit, and Jyotish (Vedic astrology).

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 505.291.9698
Fax: 505.294.7572 (FAX)
E-mail: registrar@ayurveda.com
Web site: http://www.ayurveda.com
Address: PO Box 23445  
Albuquerque, NM 87192-1445 USA

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) is located in the small, historic capital city of Montpelier, nestled in the Green Mountains. We are embraced by an incredible diversity of plant ecosystems, including woodlands home to cohoshes and ginseng, bogs full of pitcher plants and lady’s slipper, and high meadows dense with yarrow and lobelia. Drawing on our equally diverse human community, VCIH grew out of the Sage Mountain Free Herbal Clinic, a collaborative learning and practice experiment founded in 2001. Now directed by Betzy Bancroft RH(AHG), Larken Bunce MS and Guido Masé RH(AHG), VCIH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing our community with healthcare resources grounded in Nature. We offer free and sliding-scale herbal consultations through our well-established community clinic, while providing comprehensive herbalist training programs that draw on the clinic as a rich educational resource.

VCIH offers a comprehensive 3-year Clinical Herbalist program that offers over 1200 hours of training, preparing students for work as professional herbalists. The curriculum weaves field experience with the plants and didactic classroom instruction. Emphasis is placed equally on understanding both energetic and physiologic impacts on health and illness, as well as on developing practitioner skills. Students spend a total of 18 months in the community clinic, 12 of which involve direct work with clients under supervision. Students also develop teaching skills by participating in our ongoing Community Education program. We welcome students with prior training or self-study to apply for advanced placement into the second or third year of the program. We also offer the first year as a stand-alone course—the Family Herbalist program.

Our curriculum and educational philosophies draw from our mission as an organization. We hope to further the empowerment and education of individuals in the use of traditional medicines in their own healthcare; to assert the necessity of the herbalist in an effective healthcare model; and to encourage a culture of ecological awareness, respect and deep relationship with Nature as the foundation for all healing.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 802.224.7100
E-mail: info@vtherbcenter.org
Web site: http://www.vtherbcenter.org
Address: 250 Main Street, Suite 302  
Montpelier, VT 05602 USA

Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine

Earn your Community Herbalist Certificate at the Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine, directed by award-winning herbalist, apothecary director, teacher, forager and author Holly Bellebuono. Welcoming and robust, this is a fantastic introduction to the beauty and function of herbs for medicine—especially useful for beginning and intermediate herbalists, wellness coaches, doctors and midwives in training, ecologists, women’s specialists, and alternative healers.

The school offers 3 options:
1) On-site Easy. Easy and fun 1-day, 2-day, and 1-week workshops and retreats on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Join Holly to create, explore, taste, sample and learn. Classes consist of her trademarked Soulful Apothecary—exploring herbal medicine in the form of food; women’s studies; wildcrafting and identifying plants; and herbal medicine based on body system such as digestive, cardiovascular, and immune.
2) Distance. A distance program where students can enroll year-round and complete the course from their own home. This option, The Heritage & Healing Herbal Studies Program, is a 12-18 month self-paced curriculum that includes a core study of Holly’s 4-Tier Formula with physiology, materia medica, pharmacy, and positive self-empowerment. It consists of 19 lessons based on men’s and women’s body systems and Hands-On Apothecary Assignments using a variety of plants and techniques. Successful completion of the 19 Lessons confers a Certificate of Herbal Studies & Formulary.
3) On-site Intensive. Our on-site 3-Week Intensive teaches The Heritage & Healing Herbal Studies Program in a group setting for a dynamic and engaging exploration of herbal medicine. Includes hands-on experience harvesting and processing a wide variety of remedies and methods; also herb walks, field trips, garden and arboreta explorations, kitchen processing and methods, pharmacology and physiology, heritage and folklore, and more. Successful completion of the 3-Week Intensive confers a Community Herbalist Certificate.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 508.687-9600
E-mail: holly@vineyardherbs.com
Web site: http://www.vineyardherbs.com/herbal-school.html
Address: P.O. Box 913  
West Tisbury, MA 02575 USA

ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism

Founded in 2013, the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism is a new school for herbal studies in New York City. ArborVitae is rooted in the holistic practice of herbal medicine and exists to provide the highest quality education and training based on traditional wisdom and ecological awareness in a modern, integrative setting for the clinical, community and family herbalist. In addition to training herbalists, the school aims to be a progressive community resource for increasing public access to comprehensive herbal knowledge and care. The core of the school curriculum is a three year clinical certificate program and will include a clinic to benefit both herbal students and the community. The 1st year program can also stand alone as a home herbalist certificate. In addition, we offer regular community classes and will be developing additional certification programs. ArborVitae has reached a shared space agreement with the Tristate College of Acupuncture at 80 Eighth Avenue (and 14th Street) in Manhattan. Our three year program as well as many community classes will be held in Tristate’s classrooms, with additional community classes held throughout the city and field trips throughout the region.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 646-308-1507
E-mail: info@arborvitaeny.com
Web site: http://arborvitaeny.com/
Address: 228 Park Ave South, Suite 94998  
New York, NY 10003 USA

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

Vitalist School of Herbology

The Vitalist School of Herbology is located in Ashland, Oregon within a vibrant community of organic growers, sustainable ranchers, environmental activists, progressive thinkers, artists, and holistic healers. Boasting a strong local economy and a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, Ashland is nestled in the nexus of the Klamath, Cascades, and Siskiyou bioregions, whose forests are considered to be one of the richest in biodiversity in the world. Against this fertile backdrop is the Vitalist School, where students can expect to learn in a supportive and personal learning environment where we make an effort to develop a relationship with each student. A chop-wood-carry-water attitude is the foundation to a rigorous and dynamic curriculum of western herbalism taught from the Vitalist tradition interwoven with principles of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.

The Vitalist School offers multi-leveled workshops and weekend courses for working adults, as well as an intensive 7-month certificate program for the serious beginner to intermediate student. This 320-hour program is divided into two semesters. The first semester is classroom-based and focuses on the principles and applications of herbal medicine with an in-depth study of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, materia medica, herbal apothecary, clinical nutrition, and the Vitalist perspective on wellness and the prevention of dis-ease. The second semester is field-based, where students will follow the bloom tide exploring plants in their natural habitats at various locales within the Klamath-Sisikiyou bioregion; the focus will be on plant identification, field botany, more materia medica, ecological stewardship, and the practice of ethical wild-crafting. Individual tutorials and personal research projects will augment the curriculum and provide an opportunity for the student to explore their own herbal interests and co-create their educational experience. After completing the certificate program, continued educational opportunities and mentorship are available for students showing exceptional ability and motivation. Primary instructor is Jon Carlson, C.H. with additional guest teachers. Check website for current classes and starting dates.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 541.890.6588
E-mail: info@vitalistherbology.com
Web site: http://www.vitalistherbology.com/
Address: 340 A Street #7  
Ashland, OR 97520 USA

Natural Healing College

Natural Healing College, Stockton, CA is an online school offering
both a Master Herbalist diploma program and an Ayurvedic Practitioner
Program. A hignspeed internet connection and a computer (pc, mac or
laptop) are required. Both programs are geared towards graduates
having the academic knowledge and practical strategies to open a
wellness consultation business. Every class is based on well-known
published industry respected books which are included in tuition fees
for US students. The classes are both textbook and research driven.
NHC classes bear no relationship to old-fashioned correspondence home
study classes. There are online prerecorded video lectures for most
chapters, spoken word audio glossaries and lessons that are online,
computer based, and textbook interactive, learning experiences.
Lessons and exams are auto graded to provide reviews and grades
immediately upon completion. A staff of teachers with accredited
degrees and real world experience who answer questions and personally
comment on student work twice a week makes Natural Healing College
able to simulate classes as if it were a brick and morter school where
students study and progress at their own pace. Unique among online
schools NHC works with its graduates to help them obtain local
internships and mentors if the graduate desires.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (209) 390-8076
Fax: (209) 390-8078 (FAX)
E-mail: registrar@naturalhealingcollege.com
Web site: http://www.naturalhealingcollege.com/
Address:  
Stockton, CA USA

Ohlone Center of Herbal Studies

The Ohlone Herbal Center is a leading clinical and educational center for sustainable systems of Western herbal-based healing. Our innovative programs feature multiple levels of learning based on individual student needs. We offer evening classes for working adults, and an intensive two-year program that takes students through apprenticeship, therapeutic and clinical experiences. The last year of the program features clinical work with clients to give students invaluable hands-on understandings in the field. Graduates have all the tools and knowledge they need to practice clinical herbalism, taking care of their communities by working at non-profit clinics, developing private practices, working with medical professionals, and teaching the next generation of practitioners. Ohlone specializes in enabling graduates to understand how to develop successful careers in herbal healing practices. Our support for students continues after they graduate through practitioner groups that provide a collaborative learning experience throughout their careers.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 510.540.8010
E-mail: ohlonecenter@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.ohlonecenter.org
Address: 1250 Addison Street, Suite 113  
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA

Institute of Aromatic and Herbal Studies

The philosophy of the Institute of Aromatic & Herbal Studies is to provide the highest quality education and hands-on exposure to "all things herbal and aromatic." We take a holistic approach to herbal medicine, studying the plants themselves, growing conditions, harvesting, preparation of herbal medicines and distillation for essential oils and hydrosols and the healthful uses of these herbs and aromatics. The knowledge of herbal medicine allows us to be proactive in our own health-care. Once we have the ability to heal ourselves, we can help others. The Institute of Aromatic and Herbal Studies emphasizes the use of local, native plants for the home preparation of teas, tinctures, capsules, which allows students control of their own health care.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (415) 564-6785
Fax: (415) 564-6799 (FAX)
E-mail: info@jeannerose.net
Web site: http://www.jeannerose.net
Address: 219 Carl Street  
San Francisco, CA 94117 USA

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