Directory of Herbal Education

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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Thyme Herbal

Nestled in the hills of Western Massachusetts, Thyme Herbal is a sanctuary for healing and education. Thyme Herbal offers a variety of Apprenticeship programs and workshops on topics related to herbal medicine, cooking, nutrition and homesteading. Herbalist, Brittany Wood Nickerson weaves her unique training in Western Herbalism, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, cooking, nutrition and plant spirit healing into curriculums that are engaging, diverse, detailed and empowering. Hands on, skill oriented learning and personal empowerment are emphasized. Thyme Herbal offers an educational path for those interested in learning about herbal medicine for personal development and home use as well as for those working to support career goals in the healing arts. Brittany also teaches Herbal Approaches to Women’s Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Program Offerings:

THE ART OF HOME HERBALISM

An introduction to the practice of using medicinal herbs and whole foods to heal yourself and others.

This apprenticeship is designed to introduce you to the world of Western herbalism and give you the tools to be an effective and empowered home herbalist. You will meet the plants in their environment and learn the art of herbal medicine as it relates to your own health and the earth.

Topics Include: Medicine Making, Plant Identification, Harvesting, Drying, Storing, Body System Therapeutics (For the Nervous, Digestive, Lymphatic, Immune Systems and Skin), Nutrient-dense Foods and Food Preparation, Seasonal Eating, and Fermentation.

THE ART OF HOME HERBALISM ONLINE

A unique opportunity to study herbal medicine remotely, in community with others!

Topics Include: Medicine Making, Harvesting, Wildcrafting, Drying, Storing, Body System Therapeutics (For the Nervous, Digestive, Lymphatic, Immune Systems and Skin), Nutrient-dense Foods and Food Preparation, Herbal First Aid, Seasonal Cooking and Self-care, Seasonal and Elemental Energetics.

The Class Includes: 8 Instructional Videos, Over 20 Recorded Audio Lessons, Handouts and Recipes, At-Home Activities, Reading Assignments from Assigned Texts, Class Message/Discussion Board, Monthly Discussion Groups.

ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP

Venture deeper into the world of medicinal plants, the body and healing.

This course is open to those who have taken the Art of Home Herbalism or have completed a comparable course of study with another herbalist. The class will expand on, broaden and deepen existing skills and knowledge as well as introduce new concepts aimed at community applications of herbal medicine. Emphasis will be placed on applying skills outside of class and sharing these experiences as a platform for group learning.

Topics Include: Therapeutics of the Respiratory, Immune, Urinary, Cardiovascular and Female & Male Reproductive Systems, Introduction to Ayurveda as a form of Diagnosis and Treatment, Advanced Medicine Making, Independent Materia Medica Development, Building Personal Relationships to Plants, Herbal Formulary and Therapeutic Applications of Plant Medicine.

HERBALISM IN PRACTICE

Clinical applications of herbal medicine – exploring the art of intake, diagnosis and treatment.

For the advanced and committed student, this course is designed to help take your knowledge to the next level, create practical experience and deepen your understanding of how to implement herbal medicine. Through lecture, group discussion and in-class client intakes we will explore how to make meaning from presented information/observations and the many different ways to create effective and sustainable treatment protocols.

Topics Include: Continued study of Ayurveda as a form of Assessment and Healing, Holistic Mind/Body Approaches to Assessing Imbalances and Healing, Progression of Disease and Processes of Healing, Herbal Support for Chronic Conditions, Intake Development, Reading the Tongue, Determining the Most Effective Healing Protocol, Making Appropriate Referrals, Herbal Formulary, Food as Medicine, Materia Medica Development.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (413) 489 - 3326
E-mail: brittany@thymeherbal.com
Web site: http://www.ThymeHerbal.com
Address: 264 S Shirkshire Rd.  
Conway, MA 01341 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

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

Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine

Sowing the seeds of the herbal revolution 1 wildflower at a time. Start or continue on your path of herbal learning with us. Explore all aspects of North American Herbal Medicine from the personal, to the family, community and even clinical levels. Programs range from 125-500 hours of training in everything from outdoor plant walks, growing herbs, wild harvesting, preparation making, materia medica, body reading, clinical practice and so much more. Core Values:Learning and using bioregional Texas medicinal plants, Weedcrafting and Wildcrafting for the future, Deepening our connection to Plant Spirits, Making Herbalists and Herbal Medicine accessible to all parts of our community, Honoring oral tradition, Teaching our families and community responsible and safe use of herbal medicine. The Wildflower School has been offering community driven herbal education since 2005 in and around Austin Texas. Founded by Practicing Herbalist, Nicole Telkes, RH the school is not just as a journey into the green world, but a journey into the self. We provide intimate views of our own bodies, our connections to plants and other people, and working to be as self sufficient as possible in a world that changes quickly and has an uncertain future at times. We hope to provide students with a comfortable and nurturing learning environment, where students grow into budding herbalists while growing together as a strong and supportive herbal community.The goals of the programs are to:
provide a solid basis for learning how to study and practice as an herbalist
understand holistic approaches to using herbs in the human body based not only on pharmacology but vital response and humoral energetics (hot, cold, moist, dry)
identify local medicinal plants in the garden and field and any ecological concerns surrounding the plants
create unique and interesting preparations with medicinal plants (and other natural substances)
introduce the idea of working with clients and the human body in both a home and professional setting
learn to live with the seasons as a weedcrafter and gardener
learn how to access resources in your herbal community and add them into your practice as an herbalist

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 512-943-2511
E-mail: wildflowerherbschool@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.wildflowerherbschool.com
Address: PO BOX 4520  
Austin, TX 78765 USA

Wildwood Institute

Dedicated to educating and empowering people to heal themselves, their families and the earth, Wildwood Institute is run by Kathleen Raven Wildwood, a practicing herbalist for over 20 years. Offering Health Consulting Services; Hand-Made Products including High-Quality Locally-Grown Herbal Teas, Tinctures, and Ointments for common health problems (grown without pesticides); and Classes, including a comprehensive 3-year apprenticeship program.

The three year collegiate level apprenticeship offers hands on learning that explores the wisdom and magic of plants with a local connection and a fundamental understanding of the gifts nature offers its students.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 608-841-1337
E-mail: Kathleen@wildwoodinstitute.com
Web site: http://www.wildwoodinstitute.com
Address: 3311 Mound View Road  
Verona, WI 53593 USA

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