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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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/
Professional Membership
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.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 250.483.2119
Fax: 250.984.0901 (FAX)
E-mail: info@pacificrimcollege.ca
Web site: http://www.pacificrimcollege.com/
Address: 229-560 Johnson Street  
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.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 707.895.3007
E-mail: mpatpalm@earthlink.net
Web site: http://www.herbalenergetics.com
Address: PO Box 214  
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.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 727.551.0857
E-mail: info@acuherbals.com
Web site: http://www.acuherbals.com
Address: 901 Central Avenue  
St. Petersburg, FL 33705 USA

Rosemary Garden Herbalism and Aromatherapy Education Center (Taiwan)

Rosemary Garden Herbalism and Aromatherapy Education Center is the first Herbal School in Asia. We are a private institution providing rigorous curriculum conducted through online educational courses and on-site training that lead to certification. We teach mainly in Chinese but some lectures or workshops in English.
We have variety of programs for people of all kinds of skill levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. We also have online store, education herb farm to support learning process. Our school uses a western herbal perspective as wells as 「TCM」five elements theory、clinical aromatherapy、hydrosols to improve natural health aggressively. Our program are flexible for people with busy schedules and give participants a comprehensive practice and prospective.
So, if you’re looking for a truly holistic, experience-based Herbal Medicine education, then check us out on our website, send us an email, or give us a call.
We offer following courses in a range of fields
- Herbal Medicine & Aromatherapy(including Chinese Medicine、Hydrosol)
- Allied Health&Nutrition
- Biomedicine & Biomedical Sciences
- Complementary & Alternative Medicine
- Cosmetics & Derm Aesthetics
- Health Communication, Informatics & Technology
- Herbaceutics & Phytoceutics
- Nutraceutics & Pharmaceutics
-Herbs Gardening (essential oil and hydrosol alembic distillation )
-Herbal medicine and Feng shui (based on I Ching )

School type: Distance learning , On-site Learning
Phone: +886 (2)28314313
Web site:www.therosemarygarden.com
Add:P.O.BOX 207 Shihlin Jiantan , Taipei , Taiwan 11199
Email:garden.rosemary@gmail.com

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 886-2-28314313
Fax: na (FAX)
E-mail: garden.rosemary@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.therosemarygarden.com, http://www.facebook.com/rosemarygarden99
Address: P.O.BOX 207 Shihlin Jiantan  
Taipei, na 11199 Taiwan

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.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 480-994-9244, 1888-504-9106
Fax: 480-994-3228 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.swiha.edu
Address: 1100 E. Apache Blvd  
Tempe, AZ 85281 USA

The Hermit’s Grove Master Herbalist Program

Master Herbalist Program
Our Master Herbalist Program [MHP] represents the culmination of more than 40 years of Paul Beyerl’s work as herbal author and educator.
Conceived in the 1980s in Minneapolis under a different name, over the years it evolved into our Master Herbalist Program with our 45,000 square foot private botanical garden, with more than a third of our 4,000 book research library directly relevant to the MHP.  The MHP is in-depth with no two students moving at the same pace. As a consequence, it is ideal for the correspondent student but does require self-motivation.
The MHP is a non-profit educational program. Beyerl and all volunteers donate 100% of our labor and time as our gift to the serious student who is committed to a quality herbal education.
There are 100 Units, a pay-as-you-go program, so that the student can afford books, herbs, equipment and time. The MHP covers herbal horticulture, and typical coursework. We also cover anatomy and physiology in ten courses; more than 100 infectious diseases and other conditions, history, ethics and more. To date more than 50% of those who complete the program are RNs.
Although challenging due to its depth, my goal is to bring the most education for the least student expense. The program itself, not counting books, herbs and equipment the student will need, is under $3,000 at $30.00 per unit with some reduced options available.
Information and application: $5.00 which includes the most current description of the program (in detail), an application form, the current edition of The Hermit’s Lantern and a complete catalog. If you live outside North America, please send $6.50 in U.S. funds.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (425) 828-4124
Fax: (425) 803-2025 (FAX)
E-mail: paul@thehermitsgrove.org
Web site: http://www.thehermitsgrove.org
Address: P O Box 0691  
Kirkland, WA 98033 USA

The Mederi Foundation

Since 2005, the Mederi Foundation has provided clinical training in the ETMS through week-long intensives. The training program educates practitioners about all facets of the ETMS so that they can create personalized patient protocols, and increase their expertise in diagnostics and therapeutics.

Participants have come from throughout the world, and include medical doctors, oncologists, naturopaths,acupuncturists and other health care providers.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: Marigny Goodyear, 541-488-0514
Fax: 541-488-0417 (FAX)
E-mail: info@mederifoundation.org
Web site: http://mederifoundation.org/?page_id=511
Address: 127 Clear Creek Drive  
Ashland, OR 97520 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 Laura Litchfield, 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, as well as a 9 month introductory course—the Herbal Roots Apprenticeship 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: 252 Main Street  
Montpelier, VT 05602 USA

VITAL WAYS School of Holistic Clinical Herbalism

Vital Ways is a 1 to 3 year School that offers in-person Holistic Clinical Herbalist Certificate Training in Portland Oregon.

Our school empowers students with the knowledge and skills to work with the wisdom of nature to facilitate deep healing in themselves and others through the use of Traditional and Modern herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, mind-body medicine and holistic lifestyle. We view each person as a dynamic, interconnected whole person comprised of body, mind and spirit, and have seen that it is only by addressing the entire person, that deep and lasting changes in health can occur.

Our program teaches a complete method of practice, that educates students in every facet of herbalism from herbal usage, identification and medicine making, all the way to how to conduct a consultation, do tongue and pulse evaluation and how to incorporate nutrition in clinical practice.

Our programs feature passionate, experienced faculty from the Pacific Northwest and around the country.

We have 4 programs for people of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced practitioners, a Free Clinic, a Public Apothecary and an Education Center.

At Vital Ways we think that healthcare is an essential human right and our 3rd year Clinic Practicum students offer consultations in our Free Vitality Clinic.

Our school uses a modern educational perspective to keep costs down, and improve education so that our programs are affordable, flexible enough for people with busy schedules and gives students a complete method of practice.

So, if you’re looking for a truly holistic, experience based Herbal Medicine education, then check us out on our website, send us an email, give us a call or stop in for a tour if you’re in the area.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 5039147908
E-mail: info@portlandherbalschool.com
Web site: http://portlandherbalschool.com, http://vitalways.com
Address: 2714 NE Alberta Street  
Portland, Oregon 97211 USA

Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies

Founded in 2008 by Jasmyn Clift, Clinical Herbalist, the Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies weaves knowledge of traditional herbalism together with potent medicine-making to treat modern pathologies. Our diverse teaching staff have all been active in their respective fields for at least 13 years.
Our popular annual Intermediate Program offers those with some prior herbal training 140 classroom hours plus guided self-study. In this course we emphasize hands-on herbal medicine making, Materia Medica of over 100 plants, anatomy and physiology as applicable to herbal medicine, and ethnobotany.
We also offer a Case Study Program, drawing from the 25+ years of clinical observations of our teachers. Using harm-reduction and client-centered techniques we guide our students to approach herbal medicine with compassion and skill.
We teach ethical harvesting and plant identification of medicinals on wildcrafting excursions throughout British Columbia. We are blessed to live on beautiful diverse unceded Native land, full of powerful herbal allies.
We are planning a full-time 2 year course for those seeking a career in herbalism.
Or for those looking for more intensive classes we offer various weekend to week-long programs. Please check our website for current offerings.
We are based on beautiful Saltspring Island in British Columbia. No, it doesn't snow all year in this part of Canada; in fact, olives and grapes are grown here.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 250-653-4663
E-mail: studyherbs@wildseedschool.com
Web site: http://www.wildseedschool.com
Address: PO BOX 60   Fulford Harbor Post Office, Tsawout Territory
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K2P2 Canada

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