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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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

Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine

The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine provides hands-on education in the heartland of American herbal medicine. We teach a "planetary" curriculum integrating Chinese, Ayurvedic and Western "deep physiology" medical philosophies, emphasizing use of local plants and clinical applications.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (828) 275-6221
Fax: (828) 350-0603 (FAX)
E-mail: cp@BlueRidgeSchool.org
Web site: http://www.BlueRidgeSchool.org
Address: PO Box 213  
Asheville, NC 28802 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

Florida School of Holistic Living

Florida School of Holistic Living

The Florida School of Holistic Living is a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization providing empowering philosophy-in-practice education that promotes holistic living since 1999. Our programming includes a comprehensive multi-level herbalism curriculum, supported by additional natural health and sustainable living workshops, continuing education, and professional training. In addition, we provide the Central Florida community a space to connect with our community, build vibrant health, and deepen our relationship with the earth, through our Bodhi Garden, Community Herbal Clinic, Moon Circles, and ongoing special events.

Philosophy-in-practice education offers students the opportunity to "get their hands dirty." We emphasize a holistic philosophy in all of our courses, a perspective which honors the whole person and their connection to their environment. We then seek to put that philosophy into practice through hands-on educational opportunities, taking our students into the field to connect with the subjects of which they are learning. By empowering our students with the knowledge and experience to live a more fulfilling, sustainable lifestyle, we hope to contribute to a more equitable, peaceful world for future generations.

Our herbalist curriculum includes:
Roots of Herbalism: Introductory Immersion
Family Herbalist Program: Comprehensive immersion including anatomy/physiology, pathology, herbal therapeutics, medicine making, Materia Medica, botany, plant chemistry, flower essences, aromatherapy, and more.
Community Herbalist Program: Eight month immersion featuring clinical practicum in our Community Herbal Clinic

Students enroll in courses by each level, with each course building upon the material of the previous.  Students who are transferring from other educational institutions or apprenticeships may apply to join our advanced levels if experience from other courses applies.  Our courses offer CEUs for Florida Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Dietitians, and Nutritionists.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 407-595-3731
E-mail: office@holisticlivingschool.org
Web site: http://www.HolisticLivingSchool.org
Address: 1109 E Concord St  
Orlando, FL 32803 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

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.'

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

Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine

Sowing the seeds of the herbal revolution 1 wildflower at a time. Start or continue on your path of herbal learning with us. Explore all aspects of North American Herbal Medicine from the personal, to the family, community and even clinical levels. Programs range from 125-500 hours of training in everything from outdoor plant walks, growing herbs, wild harvesting, preparation making, materia medica, body reading, clinical practice and so much more. Core Values:Learning and using bioregional Texas medicinal plants, Weedcrafting and Wildcrafting for the future, Deepening our connection to Plant Spirits, Making Herbalists and Herbal Medicine accessible to all parts of our community, Honoring oral tradition, Teaching our families and community responsible and safe use of herbal medicine. The Wildflower School has been offering community driven herbal education since 2005 in and around Austin Texas. Founded by Practicing Herbalist, Nicole Telkes, RH the school is not just as a journey into the green world, but a journey into the self. We provide intimate views of our own bodies, our connections to plants and other people, and working to be as self sufficient as possible in a world that changes quickly and has an uncertain future at times. We hope to provide students with a comfortable and nurturing learning environment, where students grow into budding herbalists while growing together as a strong and supportive herbal community.The goals of the programs are to:
provide a solid basis for learning how to study and practice as an herbalist
understand holistic approaches to using herbs in the human body based not only on pharmacology but vital response and humoral energetics (hot, cold, moist, dry)
identify local medicinal plants in the garden and field and any ecological concerns surrounding the plants
create unique and interesting preparations with medicinal plants (and other natural substances)
introduce the idea of working with clients and the human body in both a home and professional setting
learn to live with the seasons as a weedcrafter and gardener
learn how to access resources in your herbal community and add them into your practice as an herbalist

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 512-943-2511
E-mail: wildflowerherbschool@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.wildflowerherbschool.com
Address: PO BOX 4520  
Austin, TX 78765 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

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:
ONLINE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY FOR HERBALISTS Twice/year formally offered but available year round with most features. Taught by Tammi Sweet, MS, LMT.

LOTIONS & POTIONS: MAKING HERBAL CREAMS & SALVES. Taught by Kris Miller & Tammi Sweet of Heartstone. Sunday, March 16th, 2014, 1:30-5:30. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY. LMT CEU's available. Offered 2-3/year

WINTER CARE FOR COLDS & FLU. Sunday, January 19th, 2014. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY Taught by Tammi Sweet & Kris Miller of Heartstone. 607-589-4619
 

2014 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 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
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.

Please see our website for more information and dates. Enrollment is limited to 26 participants.

Please note: Our new website is under construction and will be up and running by April 2014.
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, http://www.tammisweet.com
Address: 301 Brink Road  
Van Etten, NY 14889 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

Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism

ASHH provides sound technical training in holistic healing with a focus on preventative lifestyle. Holistic healing aims to do no harm to the planet in realization that there is no separation between that which we do to ourselves and that which we do to the whole. Holistic health supports the well being of the entire person: mind, body, and spirit.

Students are educated and empowered to cultivate deep wellness within themselves and others using hands, heart, nature, and plants.In a society more familiar with corporate logos than backyard plants, it is imperative that we reclaim the innate wisdom of identifying, honoring, and utilizing the plant kingdom. The earth’s bounty is always reaching out to us, offering its aid to restore us to vitality.

Learning in nature and through nature at ASHH, on our thirty-acre campus, connects the student to the roots and essence of Herbalism. Through the study of medicinal plants and holistic living skills, we return the ancient art of healing to the individual and to the family, rebuilding conscientious communities and embracing our divine potential.

We must learn to love and care for the Earth as we would our own children. In doing so, we find this nurturance becomes our nourishment. This is why, at ASHH, we offer classes for children as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced adults.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (828) 350-1221
E-mail: info@HerbsHeal.com
Web site: http://www.HerbsHeal.com
Address: 2 Westwood Place  
Asheville, NC 28806 USA

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