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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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

Genesis School of Natural Health

Genesis School of Natural Health provides the public with competent, educated, and confident natural health professionals. To accomplish this mission we offer superior course materials in the form of up to date book selections, testing, teacher-led online study groups, and a 4-Phase Learning System. Diploma programs include Herbal Consultant, Master Herbalist, Natural Health Consultant, Holistic Health Professional and Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 775-385-3242
E-mail: contact@genesisschoolofnaturalhealth.org
Web site: http://genesisschoolofnaturalhealth.org
Address: PO Box 1148  
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783 USA

Heart of Herbs Herbal School

Heart of Herbs Herbal School nurtures students in learning and experiencing traditional herbal education with a modern edge. Combining up-to-date herbal education with traditional practices prepares the Heart of Herbs student to work in their community, based on the needs of their community, as educated practitioners who know and understand herbalism and/or aromatherapy. Students have the option to learn on-site or through our popular distance learning and eLearning programs. Students are trained in their field to: To work as practitioners who listen and work with the needs of their clients. Putting the needs of the client first in the health plan. To excel in herbalism or aromatherapy allowing students to formulate and combine remedies to the exact needs of a client. Provide clients with accurate evidence based information and education, to assist clients, consumers and clinicians to use herbalism or aromatherapy appropriately and safely. Students are trained in communication skills, business aptitude, practitioner ethics, appropriate care and protocols. Students will learn about over 100 herbs and 50 essential oils (depending on program). Develop materia medicas, learn about safe and ethical use of herbs and essential oils. The program also covers the following to varying degrees depending on program: Pharmacological and physiological effects; Formulation and combining remedies for specific and general needs; Research based education; Anatomy and physiology; Wildcrafting and plant identification. The school was founded in 1998 by internationally known herbalist Demetria Clark, author of Herbal Healing for Children. Heart of Herbs Herbal School has educated over 6500 students, through apprenticeship and distance education, internationally. The school offers the following programs: 1) Master Herbalist (2500 hr.), 2) Certified Herbalist (650 hr.), 3)Master Aromatherapy, 4) Certified Aromatherapy, 5) Herbal Skin Care for Business Program, and 6) other Advanced Practitioner Programs, like the GreenSpirit WiseCraft Herbal Program. Each program is updated twice a year. We also offer extensive support solutions for students allowing continual access to Demetria, so we can support each person's individual educational needs, offering an individualized approach to learning. Our motto for students is "Life Happens, we support your education in your life." (Note: We also have an international office in Basel, Switzerland.) Heart of Herbs Herbal School has complete interactive multimedia classrooms and apprenticeship programs and fully supported distance learning and eLearning.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (866) 303-HERB
E-mail: enrollment@heartofherbs.com
Web site: http://www.heartofherbs.com
Address: 501 Lindsey Street  
Reidsville, NC 27320 USA

HEARTSTONE HERBAL SCHOOL

Heartstone Herbal School provides a strong foundation for a life-long relationship with plants as medicine. We visit the places where plants live and learn to harvest and use them in respectful and sustainable ways. We visit the anatomy & physiology of the body to assist our use of the plants as medicine. The person, the plant and the planet are viewed and taught in this holistic manner. We value the interface of science and spirit as a rich and nourishing place. Our curriculum grows out of the place where they meet. Please visit our website for more information.

Co-Directors & Instructors: Tammi Sweet & Kris Miller

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:
ONLINE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY FOR HERBALISTS Twice/year formally offered but available year round with most features. Taught by Tammi Sweet, MS, LMT.

LOTIONS & POTIONS: MAKING HERBAL CREAMS & SALVES. Taught by Kris Miller & Tammi Sweet of Heartstone. Sunday, March 16th, 2014, 1:30-5:30. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY. LMT CEU's available. Offered 2-3/year

WINTER CARE FOR COLDS & FLU. Sunday, January 19th, 2014. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY Taught by Tammi Sweet & Kris Miller of Heartstone. 607-589-4619
 

2014 HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
In the beauty of the NY Finger Lakes, come explore the green world and the gifts of plant medicine. Our 6-weekend program offers an informative & experience-based foundation for the life-long journey of becoming a practitioner of herbal medicine.  Discover traditional & time-tested ways to support your health & nourish your friends, family & community.
Course includes:
Diverse plants & their healing properties
Herbal preparations & remedies
Wild edibles & wild crafting
Anatomy & physiology of body systems
Diverse medicine-making including infusions & decoctions, tinctures, creams, salves, syrups, powders & more!
Deepening your relationship with the plants.

Please see our website for more information and dates. Enrollment is limited to 26 participants.

Please note: Our new website is under construction and will be up and running by April 2014.
Find us on Facebook at Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 607.589.4619
E-mail: info@heart-stone.com
Web site: http://www.heart-stone.com, http://www.tammisweet.com
Address: 301 Brink Road  
Van Etten, NY 14889 USA

Herbalism Roots

Herbalism Roots in Denver, Colorado offers a cutting-edge 500-Hour Herbalism Certificate Program, which includes the study of medicinal herbs within a pathophysiological paradigm–connecting plants with the body systems they affect. In addition, the program uniquely includes classes on soil preparation, gardening, and field trips to the mountains, so that each student can personally connect and be empowered to grow, identify, and understand the life cycle of plants.

The herbalist program also includes classes on folk medicine, the traditional and ancient uses of herbal medicine from a variety of cultures. There will also be classes and practice with medicine making, wildcrafting, as well as herbal intakes/evaluations, therapeutic herbalism sessions, spiritual/plant healing sessions, working with an herbal apothecary, working at community gardens, and over 150 hours of clinical practice with herbalism clients.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 303-623-3121
Fax: 1-866-299-7386 (FAX)
E-mail: info@herbalismroots.com
Web site: http://www.herbalismroots.com
Address: 1221 Galapago St.  
Denver, CO 80204 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

Institute of Traditional Medicine

The Institute of Traditional Medicine is dedicated to preserving and protecting the world’s traditional medical systems and promoting health, spiritual inquiry and sustainable practices throughout the lifecycles, through groundbreaking educational programs and training.

ITM has inspired a unique educational vision in the heart of North America’s most multi-cultural city. We are committed to the integration of the world’s traditional medicines and wisdom traditions with conventional and modern healthcare approaches.

Our professional educational programs span the medical arts and sciences, spirituality, ecology, sustainability, end of life care, mediation and social justice, and are open to all. We foster a community of learning that inspires the growth and expansion of not only the individual intellect, mind and heart, but those of the community. We are dedicated to cultivating a community of learning which encourages the promotion of supportive, open and transparent communication amongst our students, faculty, administration and alumni. Since our inception, we have developed programs which motivate our community to apply their intellect, resources and learning for the betterment of the world – Compassion & Wisdom in Action.

We endeavour to offer the highest level of training possible in traditional and integrative medicine and interdisciplinary studies. This vision is fuelled by our long-term initiatives; to establish community-based health care options both within North America as well as abroad, which integrate traditional medical practices with conventional approaches to healthcare.

We envision societies in which Integrative and Sustainable Medicine is accessible and available to all. Integrative Medicine embraces all available therapeutic options, whether they are traditional or conventional techniques and modalities, and acknowledges the importance of the practitioner/doctor and patient relationship. The focus of Integrative Medicine is the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, and it accomplishes these goals by providing affordable, less-invasive and effective healthcare options. It is a system of medicine which addresses a human’s natural healing potential, and integrates the ‘whole person’, including the psycho-social-spiritual and physical dimensions, into all treatment sessions.

Sustainable Medicine is the crux in which all other areas of sustainable development evolves. It is our belief that medicine must benefit not the human alone, but all beings, and nature itself. Medicine must include a systemic approach to health.

ITM offers a selection of leading-edge certification and diploma programs within the fields of Health & Spirituality. Our transformative education is rooted in traditional knowledge from the world’s oldest medical systems, as well as in current and conventional approaches that foster a new vision of healthcare.

All programs at ITM recognize that spiritual reflection and practice contribute to one’s overall academic, professional, social and personal growth and success.

Our innovative training programs exemplify ITM’s originality, scope and reputation.

Our graduates are prepared to pursue a wide range of professions, including high-demand fields such as community health care, health advocacy and education. Students develop a solid grounding in the theoretical as well as experiential aspects of their fields and become successful professionals and socially engaged members of their communities.

We are dedicated to making these training programs and community based health care options available to everyone – both within Canada and internationally.

By considering the study of traditional and integrative medicine at ITM, students are choosing to join a growing number of practitioners who understand that health is rooted in a balance of mind, body and spirit, and in our relationships and connection to others and to the environments in which we live.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 416-537-0928
E-mail: thm@itmworld.org, info@itmworld.org
Web site: http://www.itmworld.org
Address: 553 Queen St. W. 2nd Fl.  
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2B6 Canada

International Integrative Educational Institute

The International Integrative Educational Institute (IIEI) is a school of natural healing, offering herbalist training, nutrition certification programs, and courses for the general public. The IIEI provides training in a diversity of herbal traditions, from Traditional Chinese, to Ayurvedic, to Western herbalism.
Led by one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America -- K.P. Khalsa, you will find a variety of in-person, and online courses, with offering for beginners to advanced students. Our classroom courses are offered across the country at a variety of locations, and are conducted by K.P. Khalsa and a highly trained, diverse faculty of instructors.
The IIE course offerings include:
• Year 1 Professional Herbalist Course
• Year 2 Professional Herbalist Course
• Nutritional Therapy Program
• Clinical Herbalist Program
• A variety of weekend workshops and retreats
• Mentorships with K.P.
Please see our website for further detail. Most of the courses offer Continuing Education credit or professional certification.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 541.242.3314
Fax: 541.242.3314 (FAX)
E-mail: integrative_education@msn.com
Web site: http://www.internationalintegrative.com
Address: 4626 Fox Hollow Road  
Eugene, OR 97405 USA

Live Oak School of Natural Healing

The Live Oak School of Natural Healing is run by a nurse, Dawn Gates, R.N. and was founded on the belief that there is wisdom in both ancient teachings and in modern science. The LOSNH provides students with an integrated education in the traditional practice of Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic and Native American herbal medicine. Our school offers live, correspondence, and online classes with opportunities for clinical practicums, live seminars, and apprenticeships. We have three programs that are developed for all levels of experience from the beginner to the advanced student including nurses, doctors, and pharmacists. The schools mission statement is “To provide a rounded herbal education in order for our students to be the natural health leaders in their communities” The school provides a full curriculum, including herbal history, botany, anatomy/physiology, Materia Medica, nutrition, formulary development, advanced diagnostics (facial, tongue, pulse), meanings of lab values, how to take a complete history/physical as well as practice development and growth.
The online school is via interactive classrooms with Skype video conferences, e-mail discussion groups, podcasts, with a one-on-one mentorship program aimed at getting the online student the most individualized attention possible.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 877.281.0447
E-mail: Dawnsenchantedgarden@yahoo.com
Web site: http://www.Liveoakschoolofnaturalhealing.com
Address: 29503 Central Blvd.  
Paisley, FL 32767 USA

Living Earth School of Herbalism

Living Earth School of Herbalism offers online distance learning and in-class workshops in Western herbalism and related subjects for those who wish to pursue a career as a professional herbalist or who want to learn about herbs and herbal medicine for their own general interest or as an adjunct to their existing healing practice. The director of the school is Michael Vertolli. The curriculum is based on his over twenty-six years of experience teaching and practising herbal medicine.

Our Philosophy
Living Earth courses and programs offer a blend of European and Native American traditional wisdom and modern scientific knowledge without compromising the spirit of holism. Our philosophy is based on a holistic and organismic paradigm, recognizing the importance of all levels of human functioning and experience (biochemical, physiological, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, etc.). The focus is on helping people to achieve a greater level of health and well-being, not solely the elimination of symptoms at the physiological level. This philosophy is the cornerstone of all courses and programs offered by Living Earth.

Our System
The backbone of the curriculum of Living Earth’s Traditional Herbalist program and one of the most important features that differentiates this program from other Western clinical herbalist programs is the Four Elements Herbal Therapy system. This is a system of herbal therapeutics and formulating developed by our director, Michael Vertolli, during the twenty-six years that he has practiced and conducted empirical research in herbalism. This unique system eliminates the many years of trial and error that students inevitably experience when they graduate from programs that do not provide a concise system of herbal therapeutics and formulating.

Courses and Programs
• Traditional Herbalist Diploma Program: 1,500 hours, part online, part in-class. Clinical training and field training cannot effectively be taught online and are offered as intensive workshops in southern Ontario.
• Holistic Herbal Studies Certificate Program: 335 hours, mostly online plus field workshops.
• Professional Intensive Workshops: Open to professional herbalists from any background and naturopaths.
• Online General Interest Courses: Open to anyone interested in herbs and herbal healing.
• Field Workshops: Herb identification and material medica.
• Spirit of Herbs Workshops: Open to anyone interested in the energetic and intuitive elements of herbalism.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 905.303.8723 Ext. 1
E-mail: herbalprogram@livingearthschool.ca
Web site: http://www.livingearthschool.ca
Address: 10971 Jane Street  
Maple, ON L6A 1S1 CANADA

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