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.
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.
Mockingbird Meadows Herbal Health Farm
At Mockingbird Meadows, our working herb farm has focused on connecting students to their own inner wisdom, to their surrounding community and to the earth since 2004.
We believe in a botanical-based education that embraces folkloric tradition with a contemporary knowledge of body systems, phytochemical compounds and current research. Above all, we believe in empowering the individual to take control of health decisions.
We provide the following levels of herbal and holistic education:
Community Health Workshops
General interest education and guest lecturers.
Botanical Home Health Intro Course
Weekend course providing a broad, but detailed overview of herbalism, hands on experience and general techniques for those interested in herbal home health care. Geared for beginners.
BOTANICAL HEALTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Our apprentice programs are intended to develop thoughtful and well-informed herbal consumers, growers, makers and practitioners. Completion of the three tracks will provide an intimate knowledge of over 160 materia medica and coursework in differential assessment, basic sciences, practice management and ethics, writing for the plant sciences and presentation & speaking skills. We will assist the student in gaining clinical experience. Students do not need to commit to all three years.
Year One: Foundations in Botanical Health
Year Two: Advanced Botanical Health
Year Three: Applied Botanical Health (Mentorship)
Director and Core Faculty: Dawn Combs
Web site: http://www.mockingbirdmeadows.com
Marysville, OH 43040 USA
Natural Nurse® Herbal Certification Course
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 through the many books I have written, http://www.naturalnurse.com/products/books/
radio shows and podcasts,
and online and onground classes and workshops. http://www.naturalnurse.com/events/
I get many requests for more in depth classes, and the opportunity to apprentice with me.
I teach in conventional educational settings, such as mainstream medical schools and universities, as well as with master traditional healers from a variety of cultures. It has been my honor to have studied with indigenous and master herbalists, such as JAMBA of the MAROONS in Jamaica, Michael Moore and Mimi Kemp in Bisbee Arizona, SONIA in Santa Cruz Mexico, Dr. Bernard Jensen, and a vast array of advanced herbalists.
I love to share my knowledge and experience with you, to empower you to be in charge of your health naturally.
Your Health is In Your Hands!
My Favorite Activity!- Teaching natural medicine to professionals and anyone who loves to learn.
Select courses are
CE Certified for Nurses, Midwives, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Dietitians.
You choose the topic, Herbs, Homeopathics, Energy Medicine and More!
The course is conducted via individual webinar training. Although students can also opt to join in any of the onground classes, such as journeying to Jamaica to live for a week with indigenous healers, www.ecotoursforcures.com , visiting China Town, or spending the day wildcrafting edible and medicinal plants and preparing your OWN herbal remedies to take home. http://www.naturalnurse.com/services/herb-walks-and-medicine-making/
At the time we mutually agree on, I will send you a link to a powerpoint, and then we will 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 next 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 communication as well as chemical interactions between plants and humans.
Topics offered include, but are not limited to:
• Herbal Medicine
• Essential Oil Therapy
• Darkfield Microscopy
• Regulatory Compliance for those offering products in the Natural Marketplace-
( vital if you wish to avoid becoming pen pals with the FDA and FTC!)
Each class is $ 65 for one class, or $ 300 for a 5 class course.
After completing 5 classes, you will receive a certification. The certification will indicate the number of hours of study, and the level of the course work that you have completed.
Select courses offer: CE Broker Certified Credits for Nurses, Midwives, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists and Dietitians!
I look forward to sharing my decades of knowledge with you, and to learn from you as well, because as a teacher, I am also a perpetual student.
or call 800-829-0918
Web site: http://www.naturalnurse.com
Deerfield Beach, FL USA
NATUROPATHIC SCHOOL OF THE HEALING ARTS/ GAIA CENTER for Herbal studies
WE offer two distinct programs and a variety of individual classes, within a setting which features medicine gardens based on 800 private acres, an Apothecary & Dispensary, Herb Doctor Clinic, and a working herb lab. Our state licensed school offering a master herbalist level diploma program, which is combined with a traditional naturopath diploma/curriculum. Our specialty is Naturopathic and Nutritive Herbalism training combined with advanced Clinical Herbalist program training, for the professional development of the Clinical Herbalist, Traditional Naturopath, or adjunct health care practitoner. Additionally, NSHA offers seasonal foundational program through Gaia Center (sister school) at gaiaherbalstudies.net, for the past 12 years. Fall and Winter Extension continuing education classes in herbal medicine are offered year round. Visit http://www.naturopathicschoolofannarbor.net/ for more information and insight into the biographical background of Mary Light, ND MH LMT, director.
Web site: http://www.naturopathicschoolofannarbor.net/, http://gaiaherbalstudies.net/
ANN ARBOR, MI 48103 USA
New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal Studies
We are a distance learning institute that offers many education programs, including the following Accredited Herbal Studies:
Certified Herbalist (CH)
Master Herbalist (MH)
Medical Herbalist (M.H.)
Certified Aromatherapist (C.A.)
Certified Herbal Consultant (C.H.C)
Phone: 12192306102, 12192306102
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.newedenschool.com, http://www.newedenschoolofnaturalhealth.org
South Bend, Indiana 46628 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
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
Ojai School of Herbal Studies
The Ojai School of Herbal Studies offers courses in the foundations of medicinal herbal studies. The 288 hour course provides:
A vigorous foundation course in herbal medicine, and in-depth education in how to use herbs safely and effectively, including terminology, anatomy and physiology.
Access to Earth Island Herbs’ beautiful medicinal herb garden, nestled in Ojai’s East End at the foot of the Topa Topa mountains.
Tools for determining what herbs best support specific issues in various body systems.
Detailed knowledge of herbal materia medica of 75+ herbs.
Preparation methods for making tinctures, salves, lotions, etc.
Cultivation – requirements, pruning, harvesting, compost/green manure, irrigation, and pest management.
Diet, exercise, stress management and lifestyle support.
Thorough grounding in the cultural and historical context of herbs for health.
Empowerment in personal and community health.
Web site: http://www.earthislandherbs.com
Ojai, CA 93024 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
Professional Herbalists Training Program
This 2 year herbal program is designed with the clinical herbalist in mind. Classes are held one weekend a month with a focus on Chinese medicine diagnostics, herbs and formulations. The program is unique in its ongoing intern clinic. After completing the 3 foundation classes, students start observing in the Wednesday night clinics that also include case discussions. After about 6-12 months students begin seeing clients while supervised by senior staff. This course can be completed in two years or students can attend classes as time allows. Classes include Theory, Diagnosis, Materia Medica of herbs and formulas and integrates western and other cultural herbs into the Chinese system. Other areas taught include, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Auricular therapy, Moxibustion, Cupping, Dietary, Vitamin/mineral therapy and medicine making. Areas of emphasis are diagnostics, ethics and business management. Primary instructor is Bob Linde, AP, RH. Classes start annually. Check website for current classes and starting dates. Classes are pay as you go. Contact us for an information packet today.
Web site: http://www.acuherbals.com
St. Petersburg, FL 33705 USA
Sky House Herb School
The Sky House Herb School is a donation-based herb school offering one and two year online herbal apprenticeship programs. Our courses include optional in-person medicine making classes and herb walks for local students in the Maryland/DC/Va area. For those joining from afar, all classes are streaming live and allow for interactive sharing via chatboxes and video cameras. Each class is recorded and students can listen to classes anytime throughout the course. The first year program provides an introduction to herbalism, human physiology, materia medica, medicine making, and basic clinical skills. In the first year students will be assigned plant "dietas" where they will work with one plant for a 2-3 week period and will journal their experiences. By the end of the first year students will have personally worked with 15 plants and will have experience making tinctures, teas, decoctions, salves, and infused oils.
In the second year program students will use their first year knowledge of people and plants and apply it to case studies and live clients. Clinical skills including tongue and pulse diagnosis will be taught as well as custom formulation preparation. The apprenticeship style of learning is best suited for those who are self-motivated and enjoy reading, writing, reflecting, and can devote a few hours each week to studying the plants.
Classes start each May and September.
Year One Cost: $1700 early bird, $1800 - $2300 donation range
Year Two Cost: $1600 - $1900 donation range
Web site: http://www.skyhouseyoga.com/herbal-apprenticeship-program.html
Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA