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.
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
A Conscious College Community committed to providing high quality, affordable education for those entering the healing arts field or for those continuing their education. Our Western Herbalism career oriented curriculum was created to provide students with opportunities to experience every aspect of plant medicine, from seed to sale. This program enhances students'' connection with the earth and plants from a spiritual and energetic point of view as well as from the phytochemical science-focused perspective. Our mission has always been to inspire individuals to discover their gifts and graces and support them as they share their talents with the world in a loving and profitable way.
Phone: 480-994-9244, 1888-504-9106
Fax: 480-994-3228 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.swiha.edu
Tempe, AZ 85281 USA
Suki Roth’s HERB HAVEN
Wise woman apprenticeship program, and individual hands on outdoor learning focusing on identification, application, growing and preparation of medicinal plants offered all year and seasonally. Individual series programs running during the winter for systems studies.
Phone: 336 376 0727
Web site: http://www.herbhaven.com
Graham, NC 27253 USA
The Hermit’s Grove Master Herbalist Program
Master Herbalist Program
Our Master Herbalist Program [MHP] represents the culmination of more than 40 years of Paul Beyerl’s work as herbal author and educator.
Conceived in the 1980s in Minneapolis under a different name, over the years it evolved into our Master Herbalist Program with our 45,000 square foot private botanical garden, with more than a third of our 4,000 book research library directly relevant to the MHP. The MHP is in-depth with no two students moving at the same pace. As a consequence, it is ideal for the correspondent student but does require self-motivation.
The MHP is a non-profit educational program. Beyerl and all volunteers donate 100% of our labor and time as our gift to the serious student who is committed to a quality herbal education.
There are 100 Units, a pay-as-you-go program, so that the student can afford books, herbs, equipment and time. The MHP covers herbal horticulture, and typical coursework. We also cover anatomy and physiology in ten courses; more than 100 infectious diseases and other conditions, history, ethics and more. To date more than 50% of those who complete the program are RNs.
Although challenging due to its depth, my goal is to bring the most education for the least student expense. The program itself, not counting books, herbs and equipment the student will need, is under $3,000 at $30.00 per unit with some reduced options available.
Information and application: $5.00 which includes the most current description of the program (in detail), an application form, the current edition of The Hermit’s Lantern and a complete catalog. If you live outside North America, please send $6.50 in U.S. funds.
Phone: (425) 828-4124
Fax: (425) 803-2025 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.thehermitsgrove.org
Kirkland, WA 98033 USA
The Human Path, (Herbal Medics University)
The Human Path, (aka Herbal Medics University), offers interactive online, on-site and experiential programs to learn many facets of practical herbalism in five major areas:
- Clinical herbalism: Study and practice (including hundreds of clinical hours in our student clinics locally and internationally) of the clinical practice of herbalism and integrative medicine at the community level.
- Advanced medicine making: The art and science of the apothecary, both as a standalone business (or recreation) or a part of an herbal clinic.
- Remote and post-disaster herbalism: From wilderness first responder to community emergency response, integrating safety, planning, security and trauma response with herbal medicine.
- Women’s and children’s health and doula certification: Understanding women’s health at every age, as well as basic pediatric herbalism and integrative medicine, along with an optional doula certification that exceeds the hours and requirements of DONA.
- Sustainable gardening and wildcrafting: Understanding regenerative, sustainable agriculture, environmental studies and wildcrafting of herbal medicine both as a backyard connection to the planet, as well as a business.
All five of these areas contribute to the concept of herbal medics team work both in the USA and abroad to help bring better health to underserved communities. Students often volunteer on herbal medics (a non-profit organization) missions where they can work in herbal clinics, water purification projects, off-grid power and building and more, while also gaining an immense amount of experience and practical knowledge.
More information can be found at http://thehumanpath.org, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 210-807-0645. More specific information about the curriculum can be found in PDF format here: http://thehumanpath.org/files/thp-curriculum-sheet.pdf
Web site: http://thehumanpath.org
San Antonio, TX 78255 USA
The Mederi Foundation
Since 2005, the Mederi Foundation has provided clinical training in the ETMS through week-long intensives. The training program educates practitioners about all facets of the ETMS so that they can create personalized patient protocols, and increase their expertise in diagnostics and therapeutics.
Participants have come from throughout the world, and include medical doctors, oncologists, naturopaths,acupuncturists and other health care providers.
Phone: Marigny Goodyear, 541-488-0514
Fax: 541-488-0417 (FAX)
Web site: http://mederifoundation.org/?page_id=511
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
The Philo School of Herbal Energetics
At the Philo School of Herbal Energetics, we teach herbal medicine. From seed to harvest to producing tinctures, salves, hydrosols, and other products, students experience every stage of the herbal medicine process. Get out of the classroom and into the dirt! If you want to gain real-world understanding of effective and natural herbal medicines, join us for Herbal Energetics classes and internships. Grow it, know it!
Located on 16 acres of enchanted land in southern Mendocino County, with large medicinal gardens and overseen by redwood forests, here you can experience learning to grow herbs as well as use them. We are two and one half hours north of San Francisco and one half an hour east of the Pacific Ocean. It is an ideal climate for many many herbs - we have over three hundred diverse medicinal plants here.
Web site: http://www.herbalenergetics.com
Philo, CA 95466 USA
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.
THE ART OF HOME HERBALISM
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.
THE ART OF HOME HERBALISM ONLINE
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.
HERBALISM IN PRACTICE
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.
Phone: (413) 489 - 3326
Web site: http://www.ThymeHerbal.com
Conway, MA 01341 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 Laura Litchfield, 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, as well as a 9 month introductory course—the Herbal Roots Apprenticeship 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.
Web site: http://www.vtherbcenter.org
Montpelier, VT 05602 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
Web site: http://www.wildflowerherbschool.com
Austin, TX 78765 USA
Dedicated to educating and empowering people to heal themselves, their families and the earth, Wildwood Institute is run by Kathleen Raven Wildwood, a practicing herbalist for over 20 years. Offering Health Consulting Services; Hand-Made Products including High-Quality Locally-Grown Herbal Teas, Tinctures, and Ointments for common health problems (grown without pesticides); and Classes, including a comprehensive 3-year apprenticeship program.
The three year collegiate level apprenticeship offers hands on learning that explores the wisdom and magic of plants with a local connection and a fundamental understanding of the gifts nature offers its students.
Web site: http://www.wildwoodinstitute.com
Verona, WI 53593 USA