Directory of Herbal Education
Disclaimer: The schools listed below are only offered as reference to potential students wishing to further their knowledge in the art of herbal medicine. However, the schools included in this list DO NOT signify that the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) endorses the content and/or quality of any trainings or programs offered by any of the institutions listed, nor should it be considered to reflect the views or opinions of any representative of the AHG.
Furthermore, taking any training or program with any Herbal Institution listed here or otherwise, does not guarantee acceptance as a Registered Herbalist in the AHG — all applications for Registered Herbalist membership need to meet the minimum requirement as set by the AHG, be reviewed and pre-approved by the membership examining panel, and be approved by the board of directors.
The AHG accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in this list, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of registering and taking any training with any of the institution listed. All individuals are advised and encouraged to perform their own thorough research to determine if a particular training or program offered by any listed school meets her/his expectations, and that it is something worth registering for.
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Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine
The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine is one of the most welcoming and popular programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced herbalists and for any health care practitioner or professional who wants to include plant medicine in his or her practice. Directed by award-winning herbalist, apothecary director, teacher, national speaker, and author Holly Bellebuono, this program introduces students to the beauty and function of herbs for medicine with a focus on herbal formulary by body system. Successful completion confers a certificate and credential, and the rigorous formulary-and-pharmacology-based curriculum has been especially useful for herbalists, wellness coaches, naturopathic students, botanists, pharmacists, midwives, ecologists, women’s specialists, and alternative healers.
We offer 3 programs:
1) THE 2-WEEK HERBAL INTENSIVE on Martha's Vineyard. Every Summer we host a delightful and engaging 2-week training and certification intensive for intermediate and advanced learners. The 2017 Intensive will take place June 22 - July 6 (Early Bird Registration ends March 21 2017). This fantastic learning opportunity on the beautiful island of Martha's Vineyard teaches the herbal curriculum in a dynamic small-group setting for an engaging exploration of all herbal medicine has to offer. We meet in a casual and supportive environment to study plant ID, harvesting, processing, apothecary, case studies, jurisprudence, and more--with an emphasis on herbal formulary. With its in-depth focus on how herbs work in the body (the curriculum is organized by body system), the 2-Week Intensive also includes hands-on experience processing a variety of folk remedies (the 4-Day Apothecary Weekend). Students also participate in multiple herb walks, field trips, and garden explorations around the beautiful island of Martha's Vineyard, as well as kitchen processing, pharmacology and physiology based on the body's primary systems (respiratory, reproductive, digestive, etc.). Our studies include the heritage and folklore of healing, the philosophy of healers from around the world, and more. If you want to deepen your understanding of herbs and how they work in the body--and to learn how to apply herbal formulary in family and community settings-- this is the course for you. Every year this is a very well-received program that strengthens students' abilities and builds community.
Pre-requisite: intermediate experience/education in either plants (gardening, farming, botany, etc.) OR healthcare (nursing, midwifery, herbalism, etc.)
Certificate Earned: Community Herbalist Certificate
Tuition: Early Bird: $2,295 (until March 21). Normal Tuition: $2,495 (until June 1)
Housing: Beds are available at our Herbal HQ, a fantastic and comfortable house where we hold most of our classes and workshops. The house is in walking distance to West Tisbury post office, grocery store, bank, pharmacy and pizza place and we offer both small beds ($700/2weeks) and king beds ($980/2weeks), which is some of the most affordable summer housing on the island. Past students have loved living in the Herbal HQ as it creates a unique and friendly environment and makes classes and coursework very convenient.
Note: This is an intermediate program, not an advanced clinical program. We do not cover diagnosis, cancer, or diabetes. It is, however, a comprehensive introduction to the complex how and why of herbal healing and pharmacology.
Register here: www.HollyBellebuono.com
2) THE 4-DAY APOTHECARY WEEKEND. This is a fun, hands-on workshop designed for beginners and also for health care professionals who already understand healing and medicine but are new to plants. In this delightful workshop, we identify a wide range of edible and medicinal plants, harvest them, process them, and create a variety of traditional healing remedies, including teas, syrups, honeys, salves, vinegars, and more. This is automatically included in the 2-Week Herbal Intensive, and it can also be taken as as a stand-alone workshop. Dates: June 22 - 25 2017. $595.
3) THE DISTANCE/ON-LINE PROGRAM. Enroll any time and complete the course from your own home. This option is a 7- month self-paced curriculum for beginners with an emphasis on Holly’s 4-Tier Philosophy of Formulary. It consists of 19 lessons (divided into 3 sets) based on men’s and women’s body systems as well as Hands-On Apothecary Assignments using a variety of plants and techniques. You'll get full curriculum materials including Holly's books The Essential Herbal for Natural Health, The Authentic Herbal Healer, a Student Workbook, helpful and colorful webinar videos, digital materials, former lectures, a complete Audio CD set for easy listening and studying, and Holly's popular Self-Empowerment Guide. Successful completion of the distance program confers a Certificate of Herbal Studies & Formulary. Distance Tuition: $895, enroll at any time. www.HollyBellebuono.com
WHERE IS MARTHA'S VINEYARD? We are located on a truly gorgeous, windswept, sea-embraced island off the coast of Cape Cod; we are blessed with lots of farms and local farmers who are very involved in the community, as well as five small towns and fishing villages, art, culture, history, woodland trails, beautiful beaches, and a safe and friendly family environment. People here are interested in world culture and devoted to local living; it's a place where herbal medicine fits into the fabric of self-sufficiency and Earth appreciation nicely, and we're only a hop-skip-and-jump from Boston and it's history and walking tours.
ABOUT HOLLY BELLEBUONO: an herbalist of 22 years, Holly has dedicated her career to full-time herbal medicine, teaching at conferences and events internationally. She is the author of numerous books about herbal medicine, women's health, and self-empowerment. Her book Women Healers of the World, now in its second printing, was named The Thomas de Baggio Book of the Year by The International Herb Association and also received the Gold Award for Women's Books by the Nautilus Book Award. Holly's newest book, The Healing Kitchen, shares many of her original recipes for health and healing for families and communities, and is featured in numerous articles in Taproot Magazine. Holly has also been published in Parabola, Juno (Britain), United Plant Savers Journal, and more. Her upcoming book An Herbalist's Guide to Formulary will be published by Llewellyn in November 2017. A national speaker, Holly engages audiences with colorful and dynamic presentations about women healers, myth and symbolism, natural health, and positive empowerment. Called both "a walking encyclopedia" and "a spiritual mentor", Holly directs her school with a compassion and enthusiasm for learning that engages students in reflection, research, and a sense of purpose.
Web site: http://www.hollybellebuono.com
West Tisbury, MA 02575 USA
Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine provides hands-on education in the heartland of American herbal medicine. We teach a "planetary" curriculum integrating Chinese, Ayurvedic and Western "deep physiology" medical philosophies, emphasizing use of local plants and clinical applications.
Phone: (828) 275-6221
Web site: http://www.BlueRidgeSchool.org
Asheville, NC 28806 USA
BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies
The BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies offers herb seminars, in-depth training programs, field studies, hands-on wild crafting, medicine making workshops, and mentoring for student practitioners. In addition we frequently sponsor seminars taught by other herbal practitioners. After more than 22 years, our stellar reputation derives from the consistently well-organized, interactive and stimulating learning experiences we provide our students.
Located in a small town in the beautiful mountains of northeast Georgia (100 miles northeast of midtown Atlanta, and 90 miles southwest of Asheville, NC), we are surrounded by the vast wildness of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Most of our seminars highlight the use of the native and naturalized plants that contribute to the Southern Appalachians Mountains as the apothecary of North America.
Once a year we offer a comprehensive training in the foundations of herbalism in our Herbal Studies Certification Program that meets one weekend a month from March to December.
Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG), founder and primary instructor, is the author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006) and is a clinical herbalist in practice for more than 22 years. Other instructors include Lorna Mauney-Brodek (medicine making) and Carrie Radcliffe (botany).
Web site: http://www.wildhealingherbs.com
Mountain City, GA 30562-0917 USA
Cedar Mountain Herb School
Based in Bothell, WA, an easy drive from Seattle across Lake Washington, CMHS has been serving herbal students for 30 years. This makes it one of the longest-running herbal schools in the Pacific Northwest. Cedar Mountain Herb School inspires and guides students to better health through medicinal plants and health education on many levels – including diet and stress management. CMHS’s hands-on, integrated botanical programs center on wild medicinal plants and their applications. We also mentor advanced students who have completed at least a full year apprenticeship at CMHS, and are building their herb businesses.
Students of many experiential levels attend CMHS: from MDs, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists, massage practitioners and other health professionals, to students who wish to start an herb business, to those who want to practice on a friends-and-family level by providing healthy, nourishing herbs and remedies. All of our students share a common desire for valuable, practical herbal knowledge.
Motivated students participate in the wildcrafting apprenticeship programs, 1 day workshops, and herbal intensives. CMHS director Suzanne Tabert seamlessly bridges herbalism with Western medicine and science. Training at CMHS allows herbalists to speak the evolving language of modern medicine, and helps medical doctors better equip themselves to answer their patients’ herbal questions.
Get out into nature’s classroom, get your hands dirty, meet the plants where they live, and start a relationship that will last a lifetime. You’ll learn more about wild plants, their work in the body, and yourself than you ever thought possible. We go where they grow!
Suzanne Tabert, bioregional herbalist, is director of herbal education and herbalist mentor at the Cedar Mountain Herb School. An herbal medicine instructor for 30 years, Suzanne teaches with great passion and excitement, bringing her wealth of herbal knowledge to students in an engaging and vibrant manner. She is the primary instructor at CMHS, and an adjunct faculty member and practicum supervisor for students at Bastyr University.
Web site: http://www.cedarmountainherbs.com
Bothell, WA 98012 USA
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine is located in the botanically rich Appalachian Mountains, just outside of Asheville, NC. Our passion for healing plants, herbal education, and medicinal gardening is at the heart of all our teachings. We offer several online opportunities to learn, including the Herbal Medicine Making Course and the Herbal Immersion Program. The Online Herbal Medicine Making Course will give you the know-how and confidence to create an abundant apothecary. The hands-on instructional videos and photographic tutorials are chock-full of personal experience and insider tips, along with a hearty dose of silliness. In the Online Herbal Immersion Program, you’ll learn all about herb cultivation, medicine making, and therapeutic uses for each featured herb. In a nutshell, the course has two equal and integrated parts: How to grow medicinal plants and how to bring their medicine into your daily life. Both courses weave together video instruction, written lesson plans, and experiential learning. Just as locally grown food is key to long-term sustainability, locally grown medicine is equally as important. That’s why our programs focus on growing your own herbs and all the ways you can enrich your life with edible and medicinal weeds. Our connection to plants as medicine nourishes this ancient spirit and wakes us up to the profound natural cycles of life. We’re honored to share that connection with you, and we hope it brings you as much joy as it brings us.
Phone: (828) 398-0285
Web site: http://chestnutherbs.com
Weaverville, NC 28787 USA
Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine
A rich and comprehensive program taking the serious student of herbal medicine from the holistic foundations of Western, First Nations, and Chinese healing traditions to the doorstep of becoming clinical herbalist, offering a diverse and engaging range of workshops, classes and courses for herbal enthusiasts of all levels: including herbal field and identification knowledge, gardening and wildcrafting, preparations, theoretical and hands-on, herbal knowledge for self and family, and full programs for community and clinical herbalism. Online courses soon, TBA
Phone: 9778-544-5781, 978-544-1733
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Web site: http://www.clearpathherbals.com
Wendell, MA 01379 USA
Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism
Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, located in beautiful Boulder, CO, on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, was founded as NAIMH by Paul Bergner in 2004. In 2012, Paul retired as the Director of the school, and it was reborn as CSCH under the leadership of Lisa Ganora, a former faculty member and author of the textbook Herbal Constituents. We continue to build on the comprehensive Vitalist curriculum developed by Paul over his long career, and he remains with CSCH as a visiting instructor and case reviewer in our Clinical Herbalism Program. At CSCH we currently offer certificates in Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism (370 hours), Advanced Herbalism (540 hours), Clinical Herbalism (385 hours), Nutrition (867 hours), Rocky Mountain Field Botany (68 hours), Flower Essences (56 hours), and Aromatherapy (100 hours) ... with more courses under development: Herbal Constituents Distance Learning and Workshops/Retreats at our new farm, Elderberry's, in Paonia, CO! Our basic curriculum covers Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Materia Medica, Formulation, Herbal Pharmacy, Vitalist Therapeutics, Integrated Nutrition, Flower Essences, Herbs of Commerce, and Field Botany. Our Clinical, Nutrition, and Flower Essence programs also teach interview & assessment skills, and students work with clients at the onsite Evergreen Center Clinic and Apothecary. CSCH is approved & regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational Schools Board.
Phone: 720.722.4372, 720.406.8609
Web site: http://www.ClinicalHerbalism.com
Boulder, Colorado 80301 USA
CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism
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.
For those on the go or who don’t live in the Boston area, we offer webinar series and recorded classes on a variety of topics. Students can participate live during the webinar sessions, or access the video and supplementary materials at their convenience.
All our programs (both on-site and online) include readings, projects, and a discussion forum for enrolled students. We also offer community herbalism classes, herb walks, and special seminars.
Web site: http://www.commonwealthherbs.com
Brookline, MA 02446 US
David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies
Good herbalists treat people, not diseases, and in our program we strive to teach the skills necessary so that each student can accomplish that goal. We focus on differential diagnosis skills, materia medica and therapeutics which are essential to individualize treatment and help patients to not only resolve symptoms, but create constitutional change needed for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.
Phone: (908) 835-0822
Web site: http://www.herbalstudies.org
Broadway, NJ 08808 USA
Dominion Herbal College
Dominion Herbal College (DHC) is North America’s oldest school of Herbal Medicine. Founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1926, it has been the inspiration of many great American and International Herbalists. Dr. John Christopher, Dr. Bernard Jensen, Jethro Kloss and Dr. Earl Mindell are only a few of the renowned graduates who got their start in Herbal Medicine with DHC. DHC provides the best source of herbal studies from the basic to clinical levels, educating students to become competent in the field of Herbal Medicine. DHC is accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) of British Columbia, Canada.
The Chartered Herbalist Diploma Program is the original introductory level program of Herbal Medicine with thousands of students and graduates around the world. It provides a basic understanding of the human body and use of herbal therapeutics. The program includes Anatomy & Physiology and Materia Medica incorporating approximately 200 western herbs and encompassing botanical description, distribution, cultivation, harvest, constituents, properties, formulae & dosages and contraindications. This 1-year program utilizes a distance learning delivery method in which the program is completed by traditional, self-directed home study.
In 1989, in order to meet the growing demand for advanced herbal studies, the Clinical Herbal Therapy Diploma Program was developed to enable individuals with a strong sense of vocation to practice as a Clinical Herbal Therapist. Also introduced at this time was the Clinical Herbal Therapy Diploma Program Specially Structured for Health Care Professionals at the Physician Level. This vocational program in the art and science of Herbal Therapeutics provides a comprehensive system of training on how the body functions in health and illness, how herbs can affect the functioning of the body, how to assess an individual’s relative state of health and how to choose the correct herbs to treat different ailments. This 4-year program utilizes a combined delivery method of distance and onsite learning in which the course work is completed by traditional, self-directed home study together with onsite attendance at a 5-day seminar at the end of each academic year, completion of 510 supervised clinic hours at Dominion Herbal College Approved Clinics during Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 and a Final Practical Clinical Exam at the end of Year 4. Dominion Herbal College approved student training clinics are currently located in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada.
Phone: 888.342.1926, 604.433.1926
Fax: 604.433.1925 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.dominionherbalcollege.com/
Burnaby, BC V5J 3J1 Canada