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Our intention is to promote excellence in herbal practice. We provide students with beginning level herbal studies, intermediate and advanced classes in practitioner's skills. Visiting lecturers may include Matthew Wood, Anne McIntyre, David Dalton, Mindy Green and more. Check the website for the latest offerings.
Our weekends are spent absorbing knowledge of the plants on many levels. Margi’s focus is on a practitioner’s viewpoint. Lectures will be kept to a minimum. The joy of reading and accumulating wonderful herb books is encouraged. Introducing the identification, preparation, and wonder of herbs and their gifts is the emphasis. You will learn how to formulate teas, oils, salves, extracts and skin care products. We will introduce you to, and dance with, the expansive powers of flower essences, pure essential oils and the magic the green world has to offer.
Herbal Hours (INT) In-depth adventurous study enjoying one herb as our focal point. We expose ourselves to the pure essential oil, extract, infusion or decoction, infused oil, case studies using the plant, scientific research, doctrine of signatures, magical uses. This is an opportunity to learn practical formulations understanding the energetics of one herb. We will also learn to read the body for signs indicating the specific organ systems to strengthen.
ClinicCircle and Clinical Intensives (INT/ADV) Mentorship Program AHG
Become comfortable in clinical practice. 1-5 days of active office life with clients, formulation, preparation and helpful discussion to follow. Live the life of a practicing herbalist for five days, or come for one or two. Continuing education credits with the American Herbalists Guild are available on request. This is an opportunity to build your foundational skills, learn more on the use of herbs, supplements, flower essences, essential oils and the magical interaction of people with them.
Reading The Body (ALL)
Read the face, nails, tongue and body to understand indications of lines, blemishes, marks and colors. Understanding the cues of the organ/body correspondences is a precious gift (and a curse). Indications of hot, cold, damp dry and wind conditions can easily be read once you train your eyes to see. Margi shares the knowledge learned from her teachers and clients over the past three decades.
Phone: (781) 631-4312
Web site: http://www.earthsongherbals.com
Marblehead, MA 01945 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 professional membership 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.'
Phone: (800) 717-5010
Fax: (831) 336-4548 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.planetherbs.com
Ben Lomond, CA 95005 USA
Northwest School for Botanical Studies
The Northwest School for Botanical Studies (NWSBS) offers two extensive programs including the 300 hour Professional Herbalist Training (PHT) Program and the Clinical Herbalist Training (CHT) Program; as well as classes for beginning and intermediate herbal studies. The PHT Program incorporates the following classes into the curriculum: herbal materia medica, physiology, herbal therapeutics, constitutional medicine, diagnostic skills, herbal pharmacy, kitchen pharmacy, field botany, gardening, aromatherapy, and clinical and business practicum. The emphasis of the materia medica is on the clinical uses of western plants, as well as the uses of some traditional Chinese herbs. Students will learn to identify plants in field and in the garden; although they are encouraged to cultivate their own gardens before they harvest plants in the wild. The kitchen pharmacy class trains students to incorporate the use of herbs into the diet, to maintain radiant health and vitality. The herbal pharmacy class includes many hours of “hands on” medicine making techniques and formulation; and provides instruction on many of the skills necessary to maintain an herbal pharmacy.
The Clinical Herbalist Training Program covers many case studies, treatment strategies, formulation, diagnostic techniques, pathophysiology, intake forms; techniques for creating a successful practice, and basic tools for practitioners to maintain their own health and vitality. Both the PHT and CHT programs emphasize a holistic and constitutional approach to foster client wellness. The Northwest School for Botanical Studies strives to provide the highest quality education possible to students who have a serious interest in pursuing herbal studies.
Web site: http://www.herbaleducation.net
Arcata, CA 95518 USA
Chicago College of Healing Arts
We believe learning happens in a lively environment where students are engaged with each other and a rich body of work. In particular, we believe that students need hands-on experiences to ground their intellectual understandings. Because of this our courses have elements that appeal to all the senses, and all levels of being. Students taste, smell, observe, grow and experience herbs. In the summer months, students spend time on our Indiana United Plant Savers Sanctuary tending, harvesting and medicine making with herbs. Weekly lectures and clinical practicums prepare the student for a clinical practice in herbalism. Our program is one - three years of training depending on your goals with herbalism.
Web site: http://www.thechicagocollegeofhealingarts.com
Chicago, IL 60660 USA
Natural Nurse® Herbal Certification Course
Ellen Kamhi, PHD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC
I have been learning and teaching the medicinal use of herbs since 1964, as well as providing information to thousands of individuals on how to use herbs for themselves, their patients and their families. I am a medical school professor, and taught medicinal pharmacognocy at the masters level for many years. I am also a hands on indiginous herbalist with a strong belief in interspecies communication with plants and other living and earth based personalities, as well as a wildcrafter. As I travel around the world giving lectures and workshops, I get many requests for more in depth classes, and the opportunity to apprentice with me.
This correspondence course will afford you that opportunity.
The course is conducted via individual webinar training. I will send you a link to a powerpoint, and then we will mutually choose a time (about an hour) to review the slides. As I discuss each topic, we will go into many aspects that are mentioned on each slide in a much more comprehensive way, giving you in depth data on how to collect, purchase and use each individual herb for yourself and your family.
Before we complete each lecture, I will email you a specific assignment that must be completed before our meeting. Depending on the level of the topic, it will be basic or more advanced. For example, I might ask you to go to your local health food store, and read the ‘other ingredients’ and ‘standardization claims’ on a few different herbal products. We will then discuss the significance of your findings. For a more advanced course, I may ask you to identify 2 alkaloid and 2 glycoside substances found in a particular herb, and what medicinal value they have, along with possible adverse effects that they may provoke. Don’t worry, if you are a beginner, we will have covered all the initial classes you would need in order to know how to access that kind of information. Since I am both a traditional wildcrafting herbalist, AND a Professor of Botanical Pharmacognocy, I can take you as far as you want to go. Therefore, this course is appropriate for both the beginner and the professional, who would like to go more deeply into understanding the world of sentient as well as chemical interactions between plants and humans.
You can take this course as an individual, or share it with up to 5 others, since I will send a link to up to five individuals of your choosing if you choose the group rate.
Each class is $ 50 for an individual, or $ 100 for a group.
After completing 5 classes, you will receive a certification. Each additional 5 classes completed, will yield an additional certificate. I have over 50 topics available for 10 levels of certifications. The certification will indicate the number of hours of study, and the level of the course work that you have completed.
I look forward to sharing my decades of knowledge with you, and to learning from you as well, because as a teacher, I am also a perpetual student.
Web site: http://www.naturalnurse.com/education
, NY 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
Web site: http://www.twinstarherbal.com
New Milford, Connecticut 06776 USA
Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences
The Blue Heron Academy is dedicated to uplifting and positively promoting the image of natural and alternative healthcare and to providing motivated students the opportunity to vastly improve their career and their life. Herbal Medicine, Clinical Nutrition and Diet & Weight Management are the foundation courses which are all included, and must be taken, within the comprehensive curriculum of the Holistic Health Practitioner Program. Holistic health emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual, and lifestyle values. This all-inclusive program is ideal for health professionals who wish to incorporate holistic health principles into their practices and for all individuals who wish to incorporate these principles into their lives. The Blue Heron Academy also provides training in medical massage and manual therapy, personal training and sports science, paramedical skincare, and in allied medical fields.
Phone: 616-285-9999 or 888-285-9989 Toll Free
Fax: 616-956-7777 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.blueheronacademy.com
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 USA
Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine
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.
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.
Web site: http://www.sylvanbotanical.com/
Oakland, CA 94609 USA
Ohlone Center of Herbal Studies
The Ohlone Herbal Center is a leading clinical and educational center for sustainable systems of Western herbal-based healing. Our innovative programs feature multiple levels of learning based on individual student needs. We offer evening classes for working adults, and an intensive two-year program that takes students through apprenticeship, therapeutic and clinical experiences. The last year of the program features clinical work with clients to give students invaluable hands-on understandings in the field. Graduates have all the tools and knowledge they need to practice clinical herbalism, taking care of their communities by working at non-profit clinics, developing private practices, working with medical professionals, and teaching the next generation of practitioners. Ohlone specializes in enabling graduates to understand how to develop successful careers in herbal healing practices. Our support for students continues after they graduate through practitioner groups that provide a collaborative learning experience throughout their careers.
Web site: http://www.ohlonecenter.org
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
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.
Web site: http://www.herbalenergetics.com
Philo, CA 95466-0214 USA