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.

To search for an herb school, please use the search box below.  To search for a Registered Herbalist, 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.

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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

Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine

Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  Offers beginning and adanced programs, offering clinical mentorship program for American Herbalists Guild professional membership.  Herbal apothecary program.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 540-937-4283
E-mail: green.comfort@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.greencomfortherbschool.com
Address: P.O. Box 376  
Washington, VA 22747 USA

Greenwood Herbals

This apprenticeship is a 7 month program that meets April through October. This a beginner's hands-on-program. The focus will be on native plant identification and use, and to learn out to work with plants in our daily lives. Students will spend time in the garden, field and forest, classroom and kitchen. At the completion of this Level 1 program the student will be able to provide herbal support for themselves or their family's needs in preparing herbal medicines. The student will be fully prepared to continue with advanced studies.

The Advanced Clinical Program is a 5 month hand-on-program that will focus on clinical applications of alternative healing practices. Students will spend time in the class with actual clients, learning different diagnostic skills. They will work closely with other students in the program, independently and in small groups. Prerequisite: A level one pre-approved herbal program.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 207-793-3553
E-mail: herbalist@greenwoodherbals.com
Web site: http://www.greenwoodherbals.com
Address: 561 Parsonsfield Rd.  
Limerick, Maine 04048 USA

Hawthorn Institute

Hawthorn Institute is a school for herbal medicine and Ayurveda, located in Williams, Oregon. We provide educational programs that advance a holistic paradigm of health and wellness, based upon principles of living in harmony with nature. Our programs uniquely interweave concepts of western herbal medicine, Ayurveda, physiology, botany, ecology, plant sciences, nutrition, and lifestyle skills.

From philosophy to practicum, our training programs combine techniques such as classroom education, personal development, clinical skills, and experiential learning in order to allow our students to gain a versatile and solid understanding of the guiding principles and practice of herbal medicine.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 541-200-5540
E-mail: info@hawthorn-institute.com
Web site: http://www.hawthorn-institute.com
Address: 300 Pennington Creek  
Williams, OR 97544 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

2016 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 residential 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
Plant identification, 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.

New in 2015! 37 CEU's available for LMT's.
Please see our website for more information and dates. Enrollment is limited to 28 participants.

ONLINE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY FOR HERBALISTS
An 8-week series covering the anatomy & physiology of the body. Twice/year formally offered but available year round with most features. Taught by Tammi Sweet, MS, LMT. 24 CEU's available for LMT's

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

LOTIONS & POTIONS: MAKING HERBAL CREAMS & SALVES. Taught by Kris Miller & Tammi Sweet of Heartstone. Sunday, March 13, 2016 1:00-5:30. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY. LMT CEU's available. Offered 2-3/year

WINTER CARE FOR COLDS & FLU. Fall 2015. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY Taught by Tammi Sweet & Kris Miller.
 
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
Address: 301 Brink Road  
Van Etten, NY 14889 USA

Herb Culture University

HERB CULTURE UNIVERSITY WAS FORMALLY AWAKENED VITALITY.

Herb Culture University's Professional Herbalist Certification Program is a self-paced virtual learning experience designed to bring out the healer in you. It’s best suited for those who are attracted to plants as a healing modality and have the discipline and rigor to study and practice at their own pace over a six month period. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to do the following.

- Define your vision as a healer to create a healing philosophy and approach aligned with your business model

- Understand the nature of the etheric body in relation to the anatomical and cellular structures of the physical body

- Describe how herbs affect the body for prevention and healing

- Understand the use of and create eight forms of herbal medicine (infusions, tinctures, capsules, extracts, decoctions, salves, tonics, and enemas)

- Understand the ethical aspects of an herbal practice, process for a client consultation, and full disclosure

- Create a health history form aligned with your business model

- Know which agencies regulate or provide guidance and support for the various aspects of an herbal business

To participate in this class, you will need the following.

- Computer with internet access to watch the videos and access the online learning management system

- Supplies

- Practice clients

- Time to do the theoretical work and practice

Strong critical thinking, communication, listening, organization, research, practical application, business savvy, and observation skills

Upon completion of this program, you will receive a Professional Herbalist Certificate of Completion. You will be able to make and sell herbal formulas, meet with clients, build case histories, recommend holistic wellness solutions, and share your expertise about natural healing.

There is currently no license needed for herbalists to practice in the United States at this time. While you can perform these activities without a certification, you won’t have the credibility or formal studies needed to do so. Upon completion, you'll want to consider applying for membership with the American Herbalist Guild and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

This program does not result in a Master Herbalist certification. Per Herb Culture University's criteria, a Master Herbalist is one who has been in the natural healing field for five years or more and has proven success with their recommendations to clients. In addition, a Master Herbalist should be teaching others in the community in either formal or informal settings.

The tuition for the certification program is as follows.
PAID IN FULL - $1,797 covers the fee for the 12 month program
PAYMENT PLAN - $197 enrollment fee + $147 per month for 12 months

The cost includes all virtual learning modules, one on one coaching, and self-study material. The cost of supplies is not included in the tuition. Over the duration of the program, the supply cost will range from $100-$200 in addition to the tuition. Class participants will be expected to purchase their own supplies.

Visit http://www.herbcultureuniversity.com/ for additional details about the program along with the enrollment portal.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (614) 470-HEAL (4325), 16144961143
E-mail: sherrice@herbcultureuniversity.com
Web site: http://www.herbcultureuniversity.com/
Address: 1084 McCoy Drive  
PATASKALA, OH 43062 USA

Herbal Academy

Founded by Marlene Adelmann, the Herbal Academy is an educational resource offering affordable online herbalist training programs, local workshops in greater Boston, and ongoing herbal education through The Herbarium membership website. The Academy celebrates the community-centered spirit of herbalism by collaborating with a wide diversity of seasoned clinical herbalists, folk herbalists, and medical professionals to create an herbal school that presents many herbal traditions and points of view.

Whether you are looking into herbalism as a hobby or personal endeavor or preparing for a career in clinical herbalism, the Academy has designed herbalist programs and study paths to suit your goals and your educational needs! View all herbalist training programs and path packages here: https://theherbalacademy.com/courses-classes/

Online Introductory Herbal Course: The intention for this self study program is to give students with little or no herbal experience a glimpse into the world of herbs, kindling your enthusiasm for a lifelong course of learning. While this intro-level class does not qualify students to practice clinical herbalism, by the end of our course we hope you will feel more comfortable AND excited about making your own teas, tinctures, and body care products. You’ll be mixing up new recipes in the kitchen, using spices and herbs you never knew had medicinal properties! You will walk away more inspired to pursue your herbal studies at the intermediate level and beyond! This is a 6 unit, online course.
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/online-introductory-herbal-course/

Online Intermediate Herbal Course: This program is intended for students with some herbal training, whether that be workshops, the Introductory Herbal Course or self study. We’ll be reviewing some basic concepts in the first unit to set the foundation for the rest of the course. This program will include intermediate topics such as safety and side effects; discussions about theory and energetics; in-depth coverage of physiology; and guidance for herbal formulation. We will introduce many theories and works of some of today’s most revered herbalists. We’ll study many different ways herbalism has been practiced over the centuries and how in recent years we have begun to reclaim these traditions. This is a 10 unit, online course.
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/online-intermediate-herbal-course/

Online Entrepreneur Herbal Course: The Entrepreneur Herbal Course – though not a light course – is a breakaway program from the Advanced Herbal Course, designed specifically for students who want to jump into launching an herbal products business… now!  This program is designed specifically to prepare students to run a small herbal products business in this unique and sometimes challenging field of herbalism. We can be educators and leaders in our communities, but first we need to understand the intricacies of working in the herbal market! This is a 6 unit, online course.
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/entrepreneur-herbal-course/

Online Advanced Herbal Course: Take your herbal studies to a professional level. The Advanced Herbal Course has been designed to prepare students working toward a career as professional herbal practitioners. This program will also benefit healthcare practitioners, students looking to grow in their holistic health careers, for family health care, developing herbal products businesses, herbalism education, and with additional hands-on training, clinical herbalism. The Advanced Herbal Course has been designed with the type of academic rigor that will help develop the budding professional herbalist’s knowledge base and encourage the critical thinking skills necessary for clinical herbalism. This is a 14 unit, online course.
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/advanced-herbal-course/

The Herbarium: HANE programs are designed for students to build their foundation and their friendships within the herbal community. In The Herbarium, you will mature in your knowledge! Inside these digital walls, you will find complete and constantly updated herbal monographs, photographs, thoughtful articles, and educational podcasts, videos, tutorials, and teaching charts. As part of The Herbarium community, you will have all of these resources right at your fingertips, enriching your life-long journey through herbalism. The Herbarium membership is open to anyone at $45/year.
http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com/

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 781-572-4454
E-mail: staff@herbalacademyofne.com
Web site: http://theherbalacademy.com, http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com
Address: 24 South Road  
Bedford, MA 01730 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 BioEnergetic Medicine (IBEM)

The Institute of BioEnergetic Medicine (IBEM) is a non-profit, legally
incorporated, educational institution in the State of Colorado. It
provides inexpensive professional training (resident and at-a-disdance
programs) for those individuals seeking a career in natural health care.
IBEM is accredited by The Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations (MWSFN), American Naturopathic Certificatio Board (ANCB), the Auricular Certification Institute, the Better Breathing Institute, and by BEMA International (the certification and accreditation organization for biofeedback and BioEnergetic therapy). Our graduates have been allowed to sit for the board of the American Medical Naturopathic Association in naturopathic medicine.

IBEM provides training in auricular therapy, biofeedback, nutritional counseling, herbal medicine (a comprehensive program in Western and Eastern herbalism including traditional and medical herbalism), bodywork, homeopathy, spondylotherapy, cranial sacral therapy, iridology, meridian balancing (Ryodoraku), Voll technology, ethics and principles in an unlicensed healthcare practice, Native American medicine and spirituality, and more!

IBEM offers two doctorate degrees in one program: Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM) and Bioenergetic Doctor (BD).
BioEnergetic medicine (BD).

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 214-505-6440
E-mail: NanSullivan@ibemcollege.org
Web site: http://www.ibemcollege.org
Address: 7400 E Arapahoe Rd, Suite 214  
Centennial, CO 80112 USA

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