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.
To search for an herb school, please use the search box below. It allows you to search by US state, Canadian province, or by country. Please use the two letter postal code abbreviations for states or provinces, type the first letter and wait for the drop down menu. Then select and hit apply.
Northwest School for Botanical Studies
The Northwest School for Botanical Studies (NWSBS) offers two extensive programs including the 300 hour Professional Herbalist Training (PHT) Program and the Clinical Herbalist Training (CHT) Program; as well as classes for beginning and intermediate herbal studies. The PHT Program incorporates the following classes into the curriculum: herbal materia medica, physiology, herbal therapeutics, constitutional medicine, diagnostic skills, herbal pharmacy, kitchen pharmacy, field botany, gardening, aromatherapy, and clinical and business practicum. The emphasis of the materia medica is on the clinical uses of western plants, as well as the uses of some traditional Chinese herbs. Students will learn to identify plants in field and in the garden; although they are encouraged to cultivate their own gardens before they harvest plants in the wild. The kitchen pharmacy class trains students to incorporate the use of herbs into the diet, to maintain radiant health and vitality. The herbal pharmacy class includes many hours of “hands on” medicine making techniques and formulation; and provides instruction on many of the skills necessary to maintain an herbal pharmacy.
The Clinical Herbalist Training Program covers many case studies, treatment strategies, formulation, diagnostic techniques, pathophysiology, intake forms; techniques for creating a successful practice, and basic tools for practitioners to maintain their own health and vitality. Both the PHT and CHT programs emphasize a holistic and constitutional approach to foster client wellness. The Northwest School for Botanical Studies strives to provide the highest quality education possible to students who have a serious interest in pursuing herbal studies.
Web site: http://www.herbaleducation.net
Arcata, CA 95518 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.
Web site: http://www.ohlonecenter.org
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
Ojai School of Herbal Studies
The Ojai School of Herbal Studies offers courses in the foundations of medicinal herbal studies. The 288 hour course provides:
A vigorous foundation course in herbal medicine, and in-depth education in how to use herbs safely and effectively, including terminology, anatomy and physiology.
Access to Earth Island Herbs’ beautiful medicinal herb garden, nestled in Ojai’s East End at the foot of the Topa Topa mountains.
Tools for determining what herbs best support specific issues in various body systems.
Detailed knowledge of herbal materia medica of 75+ herbs.
Preparation methods for making tinctures, salves, lotions, etc.
Cultivation – requirements, pruning, harvesting, compost/green manure, irrigation, and pest management.
Diet, exercise, stress management and lifestyle support.
Thorough grounding in the cultural and historical context of herbs for health.
Empowerment in personal and community health.
Web site: http://www.earthislandherbs.com
Ojai, CA 93024 USA
Pacific Rim College
Pacific Rim College is a government (PCTIA) accredited academic institution of complementary and integrative medicine located on Vancouver Island in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The college was founded to provide world-class education, modern research opportunities and premier clinical services in a variety of medical modalities. The mission of Pacific Rim College is to provide education, services and research opportunities in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, amalgamating indigenous and diverse systems of healing with contemporary scientific beliefs and technology. Pacific Rim College is committed to being an academic leader in Complementary and Integrative Medicine with programs in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine, Holistic Nutrition, Integrative Health, and Doula Training.
The School of Western Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy) at Pacific Rim College (PRC) offers recognized diploma and certificate programs and courses in areas including Materia Medica, Herbal Energetics, Therapeutics, Dispensary Management, and Biomedicine. The Diploma of Phytotherapy is one of the most comprehensive program of Western Herbal Medicine in North America. The curricula for all diploma programs meets or exceeds the standards of various governing bodies around the world.
The Diploma of Phytotherapy
The Diploma of Phytotherapy is a 3-year (6-semester) program that explores the medicinal uses of North American and European herbs. Students study both traditional knowledge of herbal medicine – that which is passed down through various world traditions over the ages – and modern day, scientific-based knowledge. The program is comprised of both theoretical and practical courses – including over 500 hours of clinical practice, implementing advantages of hands-on study of plants.
Community Herbalist Certificate
The Community Herbalist Certificate Program is a unique 4-month program that introduces students to the incredible world of plants and their medicinal uses according to various cultures. This program explores the history of plant-based therapies and how to identify and cultivate herbs, use plant-based foods to maintain health, and make and apply herbal remedies to restore health.
Dual Diplomas of Acupuncture and Phytotherapy
A 5-year study option that combines our 3-year Diploma of Acupuncture program with our 3-year Diploma of Phytotherapy program.
Dual Diplomas of Phytotherapy and Holistic Nutrition
A 5-year study option that combines our 3-year Diploma of Phytotherapy program with our 3-year Diploma of Holistic Nutrition program.
Post-Grad Study Options
Upon completion of the Diploma of Phytotherapy you are eligible to apply for a M.Sc. program in Herbal Medicine offered at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in the UK that accepts students directly from PRC. Any student interested in this option should contact UCLan directly for more information. You can view more about the program at http://www.uclan.ac.uk/courses/msc_pgdip_pgcert_herbal_medicine.php.
There are many workshops offered at Pacific Rim College for continuing education credits. All workshops can be found on our website at http://www.pacificrimcollege.com/workshops/
Graduates of the Diploma of Phytotherapy are eligible for membership into the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of BC (CHA of BC), the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), the Ontario Herbalist Association (OHA), and the Modern and Traditional Herbalists Guild of BC.
Fax: 250.984.0901 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.pacificrimcollege.com/
Victoria, BC V8W 3C6 Canada
Philo School of Herbal Energetics
Apprenticeships with Mary Pat Palmer, MA, RH(AHG) and Matthew Wood MSc, RH(AHG). Additional classes.
We were founded as the Boston School of Herbal Energetics in 2000 and moved to 16 acres of enchanted land in Philo (northern California). Here we expanded the garden to include over 200 species of medicinal plants. We strive to bring the magic and healing power of medicinal plants, the redwoods, and the land to our students through apprenticeships and classes. The Heart of Herbology Land/Plant Apprenticeship is for beginning/intermediate students offering a broad based program wherein students learn hands on about growing, identifying and preserving medicine as well as from materia medica, research methods and basic clinical practices. Third weekend/month, March - September (seed to harvest). We also offer The Wisdom of Herbology: Organ Systems and Tissue States (based on the handouts and teachings of Matthew Wood, MSc, RH) for advanced students, third weekend/month October - March. Matt will help in teaching his invaluable knowledge of our bodies and their relationship to healing herbs, as well as diagnostics and clinical practice. We also offer day long and wkend classes with other brilliant guest teachers. We welcome your visits, but please call first. Graduates receive certificates for both apprenticeships and classes. Some work/trade available
Graduates receive certificates for both apprenticeships and classes and become part of our Philo family. Some labor barter is available.
Web site: http://www.herbalenergetics.com
Philo, CA 95466-0214 USA
Professional Herbalists Training Program
This 2 year herbal program is designed with the clinical herbalist in mind. Classes are held one weekend a month with a focus on Chinese medicine diagnostics, herbs and formulations. The program is unique in its ongoing intern clinic. After completing the 3 foundation classes, students start observing in the Wednesday night clinics that also include case discussions. After about 6-12 months students begin seeing clients while supervised by senior staff. This course can be completed in two years or students can attend classes as time allows. Classes include Theory, Diagnosis, Materia Medica of herbs and formulas and integrates western and other cultural herbs into the Chinese system. Other areas taught include, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Auricular therapy, Moxibustion, Cupping, Dietary, Vitamin/mineral therapy and medicine making. Areas of emphasis are diagnostics, ethics and business management. Primary instructor is Bob Linde, AP, RH. Classes start annually. Check website for current classes and starting dates. Classes are pay as you go. Contact us for an information packet today.
Web site: http://www.acuherbals.com
St. Petersburg, FL 33705 USA
Sky House Herb School
The Sky House Herb School is a donation-based herb school offering one and two year online herbal apprenticeship programs. Our courses include optional in-person medicine making classes and herb walks for local students in the Maryland/DC/Va area. For those joining from afar, all classes are streaming live and allow for interactive sharing via chatboxes and video cameras. Each class is recorded and students can listen to classes anytime throughout the course. The first year program provides an introduction to herbalism, human physiology, materia medica, medicine making, and basic clinical skills. In the first year students will be assigned plant "dietas" where they will work with one plant for a 2-3 week period and will journal their experiences. By the end of the first year students will have personally worked with 15 plants and will have experience making tinctures, teas, decoctions, salves, and infused oils.
In the second year program students will use their first year knowledge of people and plants and apply it to case studies and live clients. Clinical skills including tongue and pulse diagnosis will be taught as well as custom formulation preparation. The apprenticeship style of learning is best suited for those who are self-motivated and enjoy reading, writing, reflecting, and can devote a few hours each week to studying the plants.
Classes start each May and September.
Year One Cost: $1700 early bird, $1800 - $2300 donation range
Year Two Cost: $1600 - $1900 donation range
Web site: http://www.skyhouseyoga.com/herbal-apprenticeship-program.html
Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA
Sky House Yoga
Sky House Yoga and the Sky House Wellness Collective was born during the Autumn eclipse season of 2011 after several months of intense work and planning, and after several years of dreaming and visioning by its founders: Ashley Litecky, Abby Burgess, and Adam Elenbaas.
At the heart of the Sky House vision lies the ancient spiritual marriage between yoga, astrology, and plant medicine. In addition to these core offerings it's our mission to provide the best in local holistic practitioner services and cutting edge wellness workshops.
Perhaps most important to the Sky House mission is our financial philosophy. Sky House is a donation based yoga studio and wellness collective. This means that we offer all of our services at donation-based price ranges, ensuring that nobody is ever turned down or priced out for a lack of funding. Since opening our doors to the community Sky House has been thriving under this trust and faith based business model.
Twice a year Sky House holds annual fundraisers and raises money to ensure that our donations prices can be maintained year round. Those who have more give more, which enables those who have less to pay only what they can afford. The Sky House vision of wealth is based in peace of heart, peace of mind, the peace of community, and a sincere sense of gratitude for the gift of life.
Web site: http://www.skyhouseyoga.com/the-sky-house-story.html
Silver Springs, MD 20910 USA
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
A Conscious College Community committed to providing high quality, affordable education for those entering the healing arts field or for those continuing their education. Our Western Herbalism career oriented curriculum was created to provide students with opportunities to experience every aspect of plant medicine, from seed to sale. This program enhances students'' connection with the earth and plants from a spiritual and energetic point of view as well as from the phytochemical science-focused perspective. Our mission has always been to inspire individuals to discover their gifts and graces and support them as they share their talents with the world in a loving and profitable way.
Phone: 480-994-9244, 1888-504-9106
Fax: 480-994-3228 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.swiha.edu
Tempe, AZ 85281 USA
Suki Roth’s HERB HAVEN
Wise woman apprenticeship program, and individual hands on outdoor learning focusing on identification, application, growing and preparation of medicinal plants offered all year and seasonally. Individual series programs running during the winter for systems studies.
Phone: 336 376 0727
Web site: http://www.herbhaven.com
Graham, NC 27253 USA