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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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
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a blended/online learning Master of Applied Natural Products Degree program - most semesters combine a 5-day hands-on, on-campus intensive experience complemented by the convenience of online course work. The students are exposed to the knowledge, wisdom and experience of amazing speakers and practitioners in the area of Herbal Medicine, Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmacology, Dietary Supplements, Functional Medicine, Natural Products Informatics, Epidemiology and others. The program offers academic training to candidates with a previously earned baccalaureate degree (preferably in healthcare-related field) who have completed prerequisite requirements (see our web site for details).
Web site: http://www.mcphs.edu/manp
Boston, MA 02115 USA
Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine
Earn your Community Herbalist Certificate at the Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine, directed by award-winning herbalist, apothecary director, teacher, forager and author Holly Bellebuono. Welcoming and robust, this is a fantastic introduction to the beauty and function of herbs for medicine—especially useful for beginning and intermediate herbalists, wellness coaches, doctors and midwives in training, ecologists, women’s specialists, and alternative healers.
The school offers 3 options:
1) On-site Easy. Easy and fun 1-day, 2-day, and 1-week workshops and retreats on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Join Holly to create, explore, taste, sample and learn. Classes consist of her trademarked Soulful Apothecary—exploring herbal medicine in the form of food; women’s studies; wildcrafting and identifying plants; and herbal medicine based on body system such as digestive, cardiovascular, and immune.
2) Distance. A distance program where students can enroll year-round and complete the course from their own home. This option, The Heritage & Healing Herbal Studies Program, is a 12-18 month self-paced curriculum that includes a core study of Holly’s 4-Tier Formula with physiology, materia medica, pharmacy, and positive self-empowerment. It consists of 19 lessons based on men’s and women’s body systems and Hands-On Apothecary Assignments using a variety of plants and techniques. Successful completion of the 19 Lessons confers a Certificate of Herbal Studies & Formulary.
3) On-site Intensive. Our on-site 3-Week Intensive teaches The Heritage & Healing Herbal Studies Program in a group setting for a dynamic and engaging exploration of herbal medicine. Includes hands-on experience harvesting and processing a wide variety of remedies and methods; also herb walks, field trips, garden and arboreta explorations, kitchen processing and methods, pharmacology and physiology, heritage and folklore, and more. Successful completion of the 3-Week Intensive confers a Community Herbalist Certificate.
Web site: http://www.vineyardherbs.com
West Tisbury, MA 02575 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.
Phone: (828) 350-1221
Web site: http://www.HerbsHeal.com
Asheville, NC 28806 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
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.
Phone: (828) 275-6221
Fax: (828) 350-0603 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.BlueRidgeSchool.org
Asheville, NC 28802 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
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.
Phone: (413) 253-7408
Web site: http://www.windyroots.com
Shutesbury, MA 01072 USA
Maryland University of Integrative Health
The Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program at Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) combines current scientific research with centuries of tradition to provide students with a solid knowledge of the philosophy, theory, and practice of herbal medicine for the support and maintenance of health and well-being. As individuals increasingly take responsibility for their own healthcare, there are questions from consumers, pharmacists, physicians, and complementary medicine practitioners about issues of use, quality, and cross-effects with mainstream pharmaceuticals and treatments.
The program is designed to serve a critical need for education, research, and information in the field of herbal medicine by training graduates to become practitioners of excellence as well as leaders in research and in the production and standards of commercial botanical remedies. Graduates will:
• Have the competence and experience to be successful, practicing clinical herbalists.
• Provide guidance to practitioners, policy makers, academic researchers, and industry leaders concerning the standards of efficacy, quality, and safety of herbal products.
• Contribute to national efforts to promote the professional practice of herbal medicine and increase awareness of the value of herbal medicine and its role in integrative medicine.
• Provide educational programs for the wider community in the practice of herbal medicine.
• Develop a body of knowledge that will inform and assist clinicians and consumers in their use of herbal products.
• Build a bridge between conventional and herbal medicine practitioners.
The program provides students with a solid familiarity of the foundation of herbal medicine, human biology, and varied healing traditions. Each student will build a knowledge base of over 100 herbs, their traditional usage, the clinical research validating their usage, their dosage as well as known pharmacological effects and contraindications, toxicity, and possible drug interactions. The program offers the country’s first Master of Science in Herbal Medicine, providing students with a comprehensive, in-depth education in understanding the rich history, science, and complexity of herbal medicine.
Founded by Simon Mills, co-author of two of the world’s leading textbooks on herbal medicine, president of the British Herbal Medicine Association, and secretary of the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP). Led by Director James Snow with highly experienced and prestigious core faculty, along with distinguished guest lecturers.
Over 1000 hours of hands-on clinical training and experience, as well as, extensive training in the preparation and formulation of herbal remedies.
Phone: (410) 888-9048
Fax: (410) 888-9004 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.tai.edu
Laurel, MD 20723 USA
Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism
CSCH, 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 the author of Herbal Constituents. We continue to use the comprehensive Vitalist curriculum developed by Paul over his long career, and he returns regularly as guest faculty. At CSCH we offer certificates in Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism (330 hours), Advanced Herbalism (504 hours), Clinical Herbalism (310 hours), Nutrition (867 hours), and Flower Essences (56 hours). Our basic courses cover Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Materia Medica, Formulation, Herbal Pharmacy, Vitalist Therapeutics, Integrated Nutrition, and Field Botany. Our Clinical, Nutrition, and Flower Essence programs also teach interview & assessment skills, and students work with clients at the onsite Evergreen Clinic and Apothecary. CSCH is approved & regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational Schools Board.
Phone: 720.722.4372 or Office / Clinic: 720.406.8609
Web site: http://www.ClinicalHerbalism.com
Boulder, CO USA