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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Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine

Mission Statement:
Sylvan Institute’s mission is to advance into the future those professions that include clinical botanical medicine as a modality. We at Sylvan Institute aim to deliver high-quality education that integrates the practical applications of medicinal plants from around the world by offering students web-based and hands on course work. Our vision is to educate health care professionals including Chinese medical practitioners, naturopathic doctors, medical doctors, Western herbalists, pharmacists, nurses, and anyone else who aims to use plants to alleviate suffering by providing both depth and breadth of information. We’re excited to have an opportunity to access practitioners we’ve long respected and to offer them a means of delivering detailed perspectives and protocols to a larger audience than they might otherwise have the opportunity to deliver as well as finally coaxing some of our favorite herbalists into the spotlight. Thus, this website is a website of herbalists and for herbalists, a venue for us to share information and resources. Included in all of the above, the Institute aims to bring awareness to issues of stewardship of medicinal plants, as well as the cultures from which they come, and educate our readers and listeners about issues of sustainability, conservation, and cultivation.
History:
Since 1995, Benjamin Zappin and Thomas Avery Garran have led students to the mountains and deserts of California teaching them various aspects of plant ecology, preparation, and clinical usage of native medicinal plants. They jointly operated an herbal pharmacy, and collaborated on the second volume of Thomas’ first book, Western Herbs According to Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Practitioners Guide.
Independently, Benjamin and Thomas both got their original training in the United States, both in Western and Chinese herbal medicine.
It is our sincerest desire that the formation of Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine will draw from this shared history and deliver education that will benefit patients and professionals alike. We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve humanity by finding ways to bring botanical medicine forward, and thus, we dedicate our efforts in this joint venture to the plants themselves.

School type: Distance learning
E-mail: info@sylvanbotanical.com
Web site: http://www.sylvanbotanical.com/
Address: c/o Five Flavors Herbs 344 40th St.  
Oakland, CA 94609 USA

The Commons

The Commons, located close to downtown Brooklyn, now offers lectures, workshops, and classes in herbal medicine as part of its broader mission of community empowerment. Current offerings include a nine session Introduction to Healing with Herbs, as well as a longer nine-month course in Clinical Herbalism designed for those students with some background in herbal studies and who have a more serious interest. Curriculum includes clinical uses of herbs, materia medica, Traditional Chinese Medicine, field botany, and medicine making. Courses are coordinated by Richard Mandelbaum RH(AHG). The Commons currently also offers classes and workshops in other healing modalities, such as tai chi.
The Commons Brooklyn: Healing ourselves, our communities and our planet.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 347.689.3908
E-mail: melissa@thecommonsbrooklyn.org
Web site: http://www.thecommonsbrooklyn.org/
Address: 388 Atlantic Avenue  
Brooklyn, NY 11217 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

The Philo School of Herbal Energetics

At the Philo School of Herbal Energetics, we teach herbal medicine. From seed to harvest to producing tinctures, salves, hydrosols, and other products, students experience every stage of the herbal medicine process. Get out of the classroom and into the dirt! If you want to gain real-world understanding of effective and natural herbal medicines, join us for Herbal Energetics classes and internships. Grow it, know it!
Located on 16 acres of enchanted land with large medicinal gardens and overseen by redwood forests, here you can experience learning to grow herbs as well as use them. We are two and one half hours north of San Francisco and one half an hour east of the Pacific Ocean. It is an ideal climate for many many herbs - we have over three hundred diverse medicinal plants here.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 707-895-3007
E-mail: mpatpalm@herbalenergetics.com
Web site: http://www.herbalenergetics.com
Address: 2400 Highway 128  
Philo, CA 95466 USA

The School of Modern Herbal Medicine

We provide coursework designed to help people sell commercial herb products in a professional and credible way. Our curriculum includes courses in health assessment, herbalism, aromatherapy and nutrition. We have both correspondence courses and certified instructors who can teach our courses on location.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (888) 707-4372
Fax: (435) 627-2367 (FAX)
E-mail: treelite@treelite.com
Web site: http://www.treelite.com
Address: P.O. Box 911239  
St. George, UT 84791 USA

The School of Natural Healing

Founded in 1953 by the legendary Dr. John R. Christopher, and currently directed by David Christopher M.H., A.H.G., The School of Natural Healing’s Master Herbalist Program provides quality distant learning. Students can enjoy classes taught by world renowned experts via DVDs, CDs, books and study guides. The School provides a well rounded curriculum, including botany, anatomy, nutrition, formulary, pharmacognosy, and herbal chemistry with an emphasis on practicum. The Master Herbalist program prepares students to serve effectively in their communities. Help us in our goal to have an herbalist in every home and a Master Herbalist in every community.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (800) 372-8255
E-mail: studentadvisor@snh.cc
Web site: http://www.snh.cc/
Address: PO Box 412  
Springville, UT 84062 USA

Thyme Herbal

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. 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, an online course offered through 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.

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.

Distance Programs – learning through audio recordings, videos, reading and written assignments. Monthly group webinar to ask questions, clarify concepts and build your remote herbal community!

The Art of Home Herbalism Online(See class description above)

Herbal Approaches to Women’s Health Online(through the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (413) 549 - 1415
E-mail: brittany@thymeherbal.com
Web site: http://www.ThymeHerbal.com
Address: 1069 North Pleasant St.  
Amherst, MA 01002 USA

Tree of Dreams Sanctuary

Tree of Dreams Sanctuary is a multi-faceted community resource and educational center dedicated to community and individual healing, education, personal growth and the preservation of medicinal plants. Located in the beautiful hills of Shutesbury, MA, our budding homestead includes medicinal plant gardens, a plethora of native and wild medicinals, hiking trails, meditation gardens, and community learning spaces. We host monthly workshops and medicine making intensives, on-site and distance learning courses and apprenticeship programs. Our classes and workshops are engaging, empowering and contain an incredible depth of information. Our Awaken to the Path Apprenticeship Program combines herbal medicine with Shamanic healing and a Reiki I and II attunement with a focus on awakening the healer within. This program meets one weekend a month May through February. There are on-site accommodations available for those traveling to attend this program. The on-site student clinic offers individuals an opportunity to practice their clinical skills in the advanced apprenticeship program. Our courses are taught from a Shamanic and Wisdom Way perspective which focuses on cultivating a deep relationship with the plants, their spirits and our personal allies through experiential exercises and hands-on learning with the plants. This is partnered with a strong focus on therapeutic herbalism and a deep understanding of the body, its structures and functions and how plants support our health and healing. In addition to our herbal offerings, we also offer workshops and courses focused on Shamanic healing, Reiki and personal growth and healing.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (413) 253-7408
E-mail: Kristen@windyroots.com
Web site: http://www.windyroots.com
Address: 38 Baker Rd  
Shutesbury, MA 01072 USA

Twin Star Herbal Education

At Twin Star Herbal Education we draw upon traditional, holistic modalities that empower individuals to live a healthy and peaceful modern life. Located in the beautiful countryside of Western Connecticut, Community Herbalist and Flower Essence Practitioner Lupo Passero, shares her love of the natural world. Twin Star offers a unique opportunity to study natural health through a variety of ancient healing arts including herbal and energetic therapies. We honor and recognize the significant connection between well-being and our direct relationship with nature. Our programs provides the opportunity to continually deepen that bond by spending time outdoors in Natures classroom discovering the numerous healing benefits of the plants that grow around us. We believe by strengthening our knowledge of herbal wisdom we reclaim our health and continue to evolve the healing exchange between our communities, our planet and ourselves.

Twin Star offers a myriad of classes ranging from half-day workshops to 14 month long herbal intensives covering a variety of topics including herbal medicine, flower essence therapy, chakra healing and energetic yoga. In addition, Twin Star classes incorporates numerous lessons on the safe and effective uses of vitamins and natural supplements. Some of our favorite classes include:

~Herbs, Essences & Wild Weeds - A 6 week Introductory to Herbal Medicine
~Level 1 Foundations of Energetic Herbalism – 175 hour/8 month Weekend Intensive
~Level 2 Herbal Practices and Protocols – 125 Hour/6 Month Weekend Intensive
~Level 3 Seed to Market Herb Justice Program - 125 Herbal Advanced Training Program
~The Art of Flower Essence Therapy – An 8 week Introduction to Flower Essences

School type: On-site learning
E-mail: twinstarherbinfo@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.twinstarherbal.com
Address: 265 Litchfield Rd  
New Milford, CT 06776 USA

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