Herbalist Schools

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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:


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.


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.


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.


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

Traditions School of Herbal Studies

Traditions School of Herbal Studies, located in beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida, combines the talents of two of the most experienced herb teachers availblle.  Renee Prince and Bob Linde create a community focused, hands on educational experience carefully blending science and energy, research and experience, Eastern and Western herbal medical arts.
​Clinical Chinese Herbal Medicine Track
Learn how becoming a clinical herbalist will allow you a variety of opportunities along with the knowledge base to expand your reach into the field of integrated Chinese & Western herbalism.
The Professional Herbalists Training Program in St. Petersburg, Florida, now in its 8th year, offers one of the few herbal training programs in the US with a supervised, hands-on intern clinic. This two year program is designed to prepare students to work as clinical herbalists.
Students access the on-site Chinese and western herbal pharmacy with more than 800 crude herbs, powders, tinctures and pre-made formulas. Herbalists will be able to reference our over 400 volume herbal library and periodicals.
The program starts in November and meets one weekend a month for lectures and in February begins the Wednesday night intern clinic. The program is designed and taught by doctors of Oriental Medicine, professional members of the American Herbalists Guild and highly trained herbalists.
Western Herbal Track
Renee Prince's classes focus on foundational family and community herbalism with an emphasis on bioregionalism.  These classes are great for the total novice or the people with more experience. Classes are a progression and require homework to advance. Beginning of clinical experience.  Classes are both in the classroom and in the field. Hands on medicine making and so much more to give a great, well rounded introduction to the world of herbal medicine.
Traditions School of Herbal Studies
​Western Herbalism from the Roots Up
This weekend intensive course provides students with the education abilities and hands on experience to advance them in the use of more than 25 herbs for practical self-care. Learn how to incorporate herbal medicine practices into a healing daily life. Learn about bioregionalism, a short history of western herbalism, and how to make your own herbal preparations including tisanes, tinctures, and medicinal herbal recipes. Leave the weekend with basic usable knowledge and a core curriculum that will allow you to explore your own healing and herbal expression. Resources, extra “home study”, and suggested curriculum book list provided.
The Foundation of Western Herbalism
The Foundations of Western Herbalism curriculum is designed to immerse both the beginner and intermediate herbalist into the basic knowledge needed to provide herbal care for themselves and their family. This program covers a full range of educational opportunities from working hands on with a strong western herbal materia medica to the theory behind holistic, bioregional, herbal living. It covers basic botany, wild crafting, cultivation, processing and storage, medicine making, human physiology, therapeutics and first aid. In addition to these fundamental principles the core curriculum will expand on herbal beauty products, essential oil, and plant spirit medicine and communication. Our overall goal is to educate the student on traditional herbal practices of thousands of years, that span many cultures and healing practices. In doing this we provide a grounded, well rounded western herbal program to evolve and take into the student’s home and community.
Advanced Western Herbal Practicum
For senior students we also supervised clinical practice as well as advanced level classes.
Open Classes for Everyone
Both Renee and Bob include ongoing stand alone classes that are great for every experience level.  Classes are frequently held on Tuesday nights. Frequently classes explore associated subjects like crystals, smudging, spiritualism and many unique subjects. Along with a vigorious teaching schedule, Bob and Renee provide herb walks, lectures and seminars around the Tampa Bay region as well as conferences and other schools throughout the US.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 727-460-9192, 727-551-0857
E-mail: Reneeprinceherbalist@gmail.com, acuherbals@att.net
Web site: http://www.traditionsherbschool.com/home.html, http://acuherbals.com/
Address: 222 2nd street North  
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 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

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 Guido Masé RH(AHG), 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.

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: 250 Main Street, Suite 302  
Montpelier, VT 05602 USA

Vintage Remedies School of Natural Health

Vintage Remedies (founded 2006) offers a variety of programs for both home use and professional certification.

These programs include: Natural Wellness (introductory level, 120 study hours), Family Herbalist (360 study hours), Holistic Wellness Professional (960 study hours) and the Clinical Master Herbalist (1,400 study hours.) In addition to a primary focus on herbalism (including formulations, materia medica, pharmacognosy, phytochemistry, etc.), all of our programs also include aromatherapy, environmental health, sustainability, nutrition, pathophysiology and modern epidemics (such as autism and asthma). We also offer a unique Fresh Starts educator program, which trains and certifies facilitators of the Fresh Starts wellness classes across North America.

Our courses are all completed at a distance and we enjoy serving students around the world. Everything we offer is completed in your own home, at your own pace, at a schedule you dictate. Our curriculum combines the traditional wisdom passed down through generations with modern scientific advancements to enable you to understand the time tested methods and how they are best utilized in light of new research in the areas of nutrition, plant chemistry and human health.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 615.807.0882
E-mail: Info@VintageRemedies.com
Web site: http://www.VintageRemedies.com
Address: PO Box 831  
Franklin, TN 37065 USA

Vitalist School of Herbology

The Vitalist School of Herbology is located in Ashland, Oregon within a vibrant community of organic growers, sustainable ranchers, environmental activists, progressive thinkers, artists, and holistic healers. Boasting a strong local economy and a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, Ashland is nestled in the nexus of the Klamath, Cascades, and Siskiyou bioregions, whose forests are considered to be one of the richest in biodiversity in the world. Against this fertile backdrop is the Vitalist School, where students can expect to learn in a supportive and personal learning environment where we make an effort to develop a relationship with each student. A chop-wood-carry-water attitude is the foundation to a rigorous and dynamic curriculum of western herbalism taught from the Vitalist tradition interwoven with principles of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.

The Vitalist School offers multi-leveled workshops and weekend courses for working adults, as well as an intensive 7-month certificate program for the serious beginner to intermediate student. This 320-hour program is divided into two semesters. The first semester is classroom-based and focuses on the principles and applications of herbal medicine with an in-depth study of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, materia medica, herbal apothecary, clinical nutrition, and the Vitalist perspective on wellness and the prevention of dis-ease. The second semester is field-based, where students will follow the bloom tide exploring plants in their natural habitats at various locales within the Klamath-Sisikiyou bioregion; the focus will be on plant identification, field botany, more materia medica, ecological stewardship, and the practice of ethical wild-crafting. Individual tutorials and personal research projects will augment the curriculum and provide an opportunity for the student to explore their own herbal interests and co-create their educational experience. After completing the certificate program, continued educational opportunities and mentorship are available for students showing exceptional ability and motivation. Primary instructor is Jon Carlson, C.H. with additional guest teachers. Check website for current classes and starting dates.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 541.890.6588
E-mail: info@vitalistherbology.com
Web site: http://www.vitalistherbology.com/
Address: 340 A Street #7  
Ashland, OR 97520 USA

Well of Indigenous Wisdom School (WOIW)

A highly reputable school within the city of Pittsburgh Well of Indigenous Wisdom School (WOIW) is a herbal medicine school that focuses on indigenous traditional systems of healing and herbalism. We have wonderful teachers who fulfill our goal in connecting people and plants.Our vision is to teach our students to empower their practice through the knowledge of plants, healing practices, and science-based herbal medicine.Our program is a 21 month course offering energetics, botany, indigenous concepts in healing, clinical guidance, medicine making strategies and more. We encourage apprenticeship and volunteerism with the school and it’s affiliations.

Upon completion students will receive a certificate and ceremony.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 412-515-5317
E-mail: manage@olasherbshop.com
Web site: http://www.olasherbshop.com
Address: 5824 Forbes Ave.   Suite 2G
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA

Wild Rose College of Natural Healing

Herbal medicine is the oldest continuously practiced form of healthcare on the planet. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that over 80% of the world's population still relies upon local medicinal plants as a primary form of health care. Even though herbal medicine is not yet part of the health care system in Canada, modern medicine draws from it such that 30% of pharmaceuticals are derived from medicinal plants.
While the practice of herbal medicine has largely been ignored by medical science, there is an increasing awareness among the public of both the efficacy of herbal remedies and the need to look at disease and health in a radically different way. Herbal medicine embraces the concept of wholism, an idea that suggests that each unit of living matter or reality is made up of unified wholes that are greater than the simple sum of the parts. This view of the body is especially important in the treatment of illness for it recognizes the myriad number of factors that can influence the health of the body, including diet, lifestyle, attitudes, spirituality, genetics and the environment.
Clinical herbal medicine is the use of medicinal plants, nutritional science, and time-honoured health practices in a clinical environment, assisting the client to overcome illness and regain health. A Clinical Herbalist uses several methods to assess the health status of a client, including case history, physical examination, and interpretation of lab results, as well as several other highly specialized techniques such as pulse and tongue diagnosis, and iridology. The Clinical Herbalist Diploma program at Wild Rose College provides for all of the training and skills the successful candidate will need to establish a practice in wholistic healing.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (888) 953-7673
Fax: (403) 283-0799 (FAX)
E-mail: coordinators@wrc.net
Web site: http://www.wildrosecollege.com
Address: 400-1228 Kensington Road NW  
Calgary, AB T2N 4P9 Canada

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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