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.

To search for an herb school, 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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Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine is located in the botanically rich Appalachian Mountains, just outside of Asheville, NC. Our passion for healing plants, herbal education, and medicinal gardening is at the heart of all our teachings. We offer several online opportunities to learn, including the Herbal Medicine Making Course and the Herbal Immersion Program. The ​Online Herbal Medicine​ ​Making Course​ ​will give you the know-how and confidence to create an​ ​abundant apothecary. The hands-on instructional videos​ ​and photographic tutorials are chock-full of personal experience and insider tips, along with a hearty dose of silliness.​ ​In the​ Online Herbal Immersion Program​, you’ll learn all about herb cultivation, medicine making, and therapeutic uses for each featured herb.​ ​In a nutshell, the course has two equal and integrated parts:​ ​How to grow medicinal plants and how to bring their medicine into your daily life.​ ​Both courses weave together video instruction, written lesson plans, and experiential learning. ​ Just as locally grown food is key to long-term sustainability, locally grown medicine is equally as important. That’s why our programs focus on growing your own herbs and all the ways you can enrich your life with edible and medicinal weeds. Our connection to plants as medicine nourishes this ancient spirit and wakes us up to the profound natural cycles of life. We’re honored to share that connection with you, and we hope it brings you as much joy as it brings us.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (828) 398-0285
E-mail: sara@chestnutherbs.com
Web site: http://chestnutherbs.com
Address: 73 Sanford Way  
Weaverville, NC 28787 USA

Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine

A rich and comprehensive program taking the serious student of herbal medicine from the holistic foundations of Western, First Nations, and Chinese healing traditions to the doorstep of becoming clinical herbalist, offering a diverse and engaging range of workshops, classes and courses for herbal enthusiasts of all levels: including herbal field and identification knowledge, gardening and wildcrafting, preparations, theoretical and hands-on, herbal knowledge for self and family, and full programs for community and clinical herbalism. Online courses soon, TBA

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 9778-544-5781, 978-544-1733
E-mail: chris@clearpathherbals.com, chris@clearpathherbals.com
Web site: http://www.clearpathherbals.com
Address: PO Box 992  
Wendell, MA 01379 USA

Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism

Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, located in beautiful Boulder, CO, on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, was founded as NAIMH by Paul Bergner in 2004. In 2012, Paul retired as the Director of the school, and it was reborn as CSCH under the leadership of Lisa Ganora, a former faculty member and author of the textbook Herbal Constituents. We continue to build on the comprehensive Vitalist curriculum developed by Paul over his long career, and he remains with CSCH as a visiting instructor and case reviewer in our Clinical Herbalism Program. At CSCH we currently offer certificates in Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism (370 hours), Advanced Herbalism (540 hours), Clinical Herbalism (385 hours), Nutrition (867 hours), Rocky Mountain Field Botany (68 hours), Flower Essences (56 hours), and Aromatherapy (100 hours) ... with more courses under development: Herbal Constituents Distance Learning and Workshops/Retreats at our new farm, Elderberry's, in Paonia, CO! Our basic curriculum covers Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Materia Medica, Formulation, Herbal Pharmacy, Vitalist Therapeutics, Integrated Nutrition, Flower Essences, Herbs of Commerce, and Field Botany. Our Clinical, Nutrition, and Flower Essence programs also teach interview & assessment skills, and students work with clients at the onsite Evergreen Center Clinic and Apothecary. CSCH is approved & regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational Schools Board.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 720.722.4372, 720.406.8609
E-mail: lnganora@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.ClinicalHerbalism.com
Address: 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1  
Boulder, Colorado 80301 USA

David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies

Good herbalists treat people, not diseases, and in our program we strive to teach the skills necessary so that each student can accomplish that goal. We focus on differential diagnosis skills, materia medica and therapeutics which are essential to individualize treatment and help patients to not only resolve symptoms, but create constitutional change needed for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (908) 835-0822
E-mail: office@dwherbal.com
Web site: http://www.herbalstudies.org
Address: P.O. Box 553  
Broadway, NJ 08808 USA

East West School of Herbology

The East West Courses are a unique combination of Western, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese herbology. Many of the graduates of our 36 Lesson Professional Herb Course program have obtained Registered Herbalist status in the American Herbalists Guild (AHG). This is important since the AHG is the only professional clinical herbalists organization in North America.
Herbal medicine in North America has grown from an off-beat interest promoted by a handful of non-mainstream adherents, to an 8 billion dollar a year mainstream business -- and it's still growing. Increasingly we see professional medical practitioners including medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, chiropractors, acupuncturists to non-professional lay persons exhibit a keen interest in herbal medicine prompted at the behest of their patients. The reason is clear: Herbs work. For this, there is no dispute even by those who would be normally critical of so-called 'alternative medicine.' As a result, there is an urgent need for qualified people in the growing professions of clinical herbology, herbal pharmacy, herbal research, herb cultivation and wildcrafting, herbal marketing and product development.
Throughout the last several decades Michael Tierra and the East West School of Herbology have been in the forefront of the herbal renaissance, promoting its widespread growth and acceptance throughout the Western world. To increase the standards, credibility and acceptance of clinical herbalism, in 1989 Michael founded the American Herbalists Guild.
There is no shortcut to mastery. Courses and schools that purport to offer 'master herbalist' (MH) or other misleading degrees, often based on a 'quickie' weekend or a single week-long workshop, have no guaranteed legal professional standing. Be that as it may, there is a growing number of professional herbalists throughout North America. Many of these are graduates of the East West Herb Course, which represents a comprehensive and thorough herbal training program. (See the "Student Profiles" on the bulletin board). Our graduates are confident and competent herbalists!
Remember; one can learn hundreds of herbs, but that knowledge is clinically worthless without its integration into a traditional system of diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, only the East West Herb Course systematically integrates the three main systems of herbal medicine based on the traditional practice of Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic (East Indian) herbal medicine.
We believe that herbal medicine is not simply another profession, but an inspired calling. It is to this inner calling, as well as the increasing numbers of students who feel drawn to the study of herbal medicine, that we dedicate our teachings. If you are one of those who feel such inner promptings, come journey with us down this heartfelt path of wonder and learning. A wise person once said that whatever energy is expended towards education is never lost. Enroll in one of our courses today and let it serve as your guide on your personal 'Way of Herbs.'

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (800) 717-5010
Fax: (831) 336-4548 (FAX)
E-mail: herbcourse@planetherbs.com
Web site: http://www.planetherbs.com
Address: P.O. Box 275  
Ben Lomond, CA 95005 USA

Franklin Institute of Wellness

The Franklin Institute of Wellness is one of the only research-focused natural health institutions available offering diplomas and certificates in the fields of aromatherapy and herbalism. As a fully authorized postsecondary institution, our students enjoy the benefits of studying at a formally recognized college, and educational credentials earned from FIW provide our graduates with the recognition and credibility necessary to achieve success both within and outside of the world of natural health. FIW provides both fully online study programs and hybrid study options to meet the needs of all of our students worldwide.

Academics Rooted in Research

The faculty at FIW includes both private practice professionals and clinical researchers, providing you not only a comprehensive holistic health education but also the valuable experience of observing the process of scientific research with opportunities for student researchers to qualify to assist with original studies conducted at the institute. As a research-focused institution, our educational programs are comprehensive and holistic, including both modern scientific research methods and the traditional approaches to the field of botanical medicine.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 615-261-3116
E-mail: info@franklininstituteofwellness.com
Web site: https://franklininstituteofwellness.com
Address: 504 Autumn Springs Ct  
Franklin, TN 37067 USA

Genesis School of Natural Health

Genesis School of Natural Health provides the public with competent, educated, and confident natural health professionals. To accomplish this mission we offer superior course materials in the form of up to date book selections, testing, teacher-led online study groups, and a 4-Phase Learning System. Diploma programs include Herbal Consultant, Master Herbalist, Natural Health Consultant, Holistic Health Professional and Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy. Herbalism is a cornerstone within all of our programs because we see it as a vital and efficient means for both feeding and correcting imbalances within the body. Our most popular program is the double-diploma Master Herbalist (MH) and Holistic Health Professional (HHP).

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 775-385-3242
E-mail: contact@genesisschoolofnaturalhealth.org
Web site: http://genesisschoolofnaturalhealth.org
Address: PO Box 1148  
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783 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 programs also cover 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.

In addition we offer our students substantial business and prosperity support. Offering them the tools to run a successful business or practice.

The school was founded in 1998 by internationally known herbalist Demetria Clark, author of Herbal Healing for Children, Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding, 475 Herbal and Aromatherapy Recipes and many others. She has also been featured in many media outlets.

Heart of Herbs Herbal School has educated over 65000 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 Clinical Aromatherapy

4) Certified Aromatherapy

5) Herbal Skin Care for Business Program

6) Phytotherapy Diploma (4500 hours)

7) 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”.) Heart of Herbs Herbal School has complete interactive multimedia classrooms and apprenticeship programs and fully supported distance learning and eLearning. We also are located on Pine Island Florida and offer limited instruction at our second site.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (866) 303-HERB
E-mail: enrollment@heartofherbs.com
Web site: http://www.heartofherbs.com
Address: PO Box 191  
Reidsville, NC 27323 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

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