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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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

Botanical Medicine Institute

Founded by Dr. Les Moore, ND, MSOM, RH (AHG), LAc., the Botanical Medicine Institute (BMI) offers uniquely structured one-year and two-year certificate programs of class work and apprenticeships and a diploma program that allow students to begin their studies at any point in the yearly class cycle.

Each series of classes consist of six modules: Botanical Medicine/Single Herbs; Herb Pairs/Drug Interactions; Plant Identification/Herb Walk; Herbal Therapeutics; Herbal Medicine Making; and Herbal Formulas and Modifications. Each series contains different material.

Each of the modules are broken into three non-sequential chapters. These chapters are taught one per class series session (Fall, Winter, Spring). To get all of the information for a specific module, a student must attend the class for that module in Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Because the chapters are non-sequential, students may elect to start the certificate program studies at any of the three sessions offered. The certificate will be completed when they have taken all three chapters for each of the six modules.

Students interested in more in-depth studies or a career related to herbal medicine, will be interested in our Diploma of Botanical Medicine program. The Diploma Program, which includes an apprenticeship in our clinical setting, is available to students that have completed two years of the Certificate Program, or advanced students from other programs.

The certificate program draws mainly from Western botanical medicine, but also examines the expanding pharmacopeia of global herbal medicine traditions, including tracks concentrating on Asian herbal medicine studies such as Ayurveda and Chinese herbal medicine.

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will receive a certificate and may elect to continue their studies with an apprenticeship with Dr. Moore and BMI herbalists. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, each student receives and Advanced Botanical Medicine certificate. Upon completion of the Diploma Program, students will receive a Diploma of Botanical Medicine. Students may also elect to take single classes as opposed to the entire year program.

The Botanical Medicine Institute is located at the Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic in the historic village of Clifton Springs, New York, which has been a center of healing and health care traditions for more than 160 years. The Botanical Medicine Institute is proud to continue and expand upon these rich traditions.

Dr. Les Moore is a multiple generation herbalist from the Southern Appalachian tradition. He serves as the director of integrative medicine at Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic in Clifton Springs, NY. He received a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and is the author of Classical Formulas in the Western Herbal Tradition. He has been the Director of the Botanical Medicine Institute for over a decade and has trained many fantastic herbalists.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (315) 462-0190
E-mail: classicalformulas@hotmail.com
Web site: http://www.classicalformulas.com, http://www.thespringsofclifton.com
Address: 2 Coulter Road  
Clifton Springs, NY 14432 USA

BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies

For over 20 years the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies has specialized in teaching students how to use the rich cornucopia of Southern Appalachian medicinal herbs. Our name, BotanoLogos is an ancient Greek word that means, “Someone who speaks for the plants.” All of our programs emphasize the sustainable use of herbs and the importance of good stewardship.

Innovative daylong and weekend programs include seminars, field studies, hands-on harvesting and medicine making workshops. During the growing season we offer field botany hiking seminars for those interested in learning to identify and use regional flora. We also offer comprehensive training in the foundations of herbal practice in our Herbal Studies Certification Program (offered both on weekends and weekdays). In addition, we have begun to collaborate with One World Healing Community Seminar Webinars to offer live and recorded webinars.

Our reputation for creating a lively, well organized and stimulating learning environment has drawn students from all over the country to our corner of Georgia. We are located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest. Most of our classes are held at the Foxfire Center (home of the famous Foxfire books) on Black Rock Mountain in Mountain City, Georgia. (100 miles northeast of midtown Atlanta, and 90 miles southeast of Asheville, NC)

Patricia Kyritsi Howell is the founder and primary instructor. She has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild since 1995. Patricia is the author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006). Hailed by professional botanists and herbalists as an essential reference, this book is a concise guide to the historical and current uses of forty-five medicinal native Appalachian herbs. It also provides harvesting guidelines, detailed medicine making instructions and original recipes. Lorna Mauney-Brodek teaches the medicine making workshops and leads many of the field botany seminars.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 706-746-5485
Fax: 706-746-5485 (FAX)
E-mail: info@wildhealingherbs.com
Web site: http://www.wildhealingherbs.com
Address: PO Box W  
Mountain City, GA 30562-0917 USA

California School of Herbal Studies

Founded in 1978 by Rosemary Gladstar, CSHS is one of North America's oldest centers for herbal education. Now under the ledership of owners Rebecca Maxfield and Jason Miller and program coordinator Autumn Summers. CSHS continues in the spirit in which it was formed by offering a multi-perspective approach to Earth-centered botanical studies.
Our goal at the California School of Herbal Studies is to empower individuals with the skills, confidence and experience needed by the community herbalist. Western Herbalism forms the base of the training, and Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine are introduced by guest teachers. Materia Medica focuses on North American and European herbs.
Successful graduates of our intensive program leave here with the knowledge they need to enter and contribute to the rapidly blossoming field of herbalism, and receive certificates of completion that are highly regarded by the herbal community.
Visitors to the school are welcome, but please call first so we can be sure someone will be available to greet you!

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (707) 887-7457
Fax: (707) 887-1539 (FAX)
E-mail: cshs@cshs.com
Web site: http://www.cshs.com
Address: PO Box 39  
Forestville, CA 95436 USA

Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

Our classroom is the outdoors- garden, field, forest, mountain and stream. All of our classes are held outside at both the garden/school center(near Asheville, NC)and at various ecosystems featuring the beauty and extreme botanical diversity of the Southern Appalachians. Our model of teaching involves experiential or hands-on learning. Learning about the plants in person, where they grow, engages the senses as we smell, touch, see, and often taste our green allies. Rather than simply talking about a wild plant as food, we spend time together gathering wild edibles and preparing vital, delicious meals. We learn sustainable wildcrafting through the many hours spent on field trips ethically gathering wild medicinals and preparing tinctures, teas, and oils. Students will complete our program with a full natural medicine chest created by their own hands from fresh bioregional or organically grown herbs. Reverence for the sacredness of all life is part of our guiding philosophy and inspiration.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 828.683.5233
E-mail: Juliet@chestnutherbs.com
Web site: http://chestnutherbs.com
Address: 56 Sluder Branch Road  
Leicester, NC 28748 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.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 773.596.5012
E-mail: chicagocollegeofhealingarts@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.thechicagocollegeofhealingarts.com
Address: 1622 West Devon  
Chicago, IL 60660 USA

Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism

Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 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 author of Herbal Constituents. We continue to build on 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 (510 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.

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School type: On-site learning
Phone: 720.722.4372, 720.406.8609
E-mail: lnganora@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.ClinicalHerbalism.com
Address: 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1  
Boulder, Colorado 80301 USA

CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine

We practice and teach holistic Western herbalism in the vitalist tradition, integrating herbs, nutrition, movement, and stress management strategies to support the innate human capacity for healing and growth.

Our 9-month Apprenticeship Program is a complete course in practical herbalism for beginning and intermediate students, including: history and philosophy of Western herbalism; basic [patho]physiology and therapeutics for all major systems of the body, with relevant materia medica; primal nutrition, food intolerances, medicine-making (tea, tincture, infused oil, salve, etc); basic formulation; plant identification and wildcrafting skills; and foundational energetics (constitutions, tissue states, and herbal actions).

For those interested in pursuing herbalism as a profession, we offer an additional two years of advanced training. The Advanced Studies Program focuses on advanced pathology (cancer, insulin resistance & diabetes, chronic fatigue, lyme disease, and other chronic diseases), herb safety and herb-drug interactions, detoxification protocols, advanced materia medica and formulation, and clinical skills. After completing the series and sitting an 8-hour exam, students may move on to clinical rotations, seeing clients in the school's community clinic. Student clinicians submit case reports for biweekly round table review and discussion with faculty.

All our programs include readings, projects, and discussion forum for enrolled students. We also offer community herbalism classes, herb walks, and special seminars, and for those on the go or who don’t live in the Boston area, we offer recorded classes on a variety of topics.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 617.750.5274
E-mail: info@commonwealthherbs.com
Web site: http://commonwealthherbs.com
Address:  
Boston, MA USA

David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies

Good herbalists treat people, not diseases, and in our program we strive to teach the skills necessary so that each student can accomplish that goal. We focus on differential diagnosis skills, materia medica and therapeutics which are essential to individualize treatment and help patients to not only resolve symptoms, but create constitutional change needed for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (908) 835-0822
E-mail: office@dwherbal.com
Web site: http://www.herbalstudies.org
Address: P.O. Box 553  
Broadway, NJ 08808 USA

EarthSong Herbals

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.

Apprenticeship (BEGINNING)

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.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (781) 631-4312
E-mail: margi@earthsongherbals.com
Web site: http://www.earthsongherbals.com
Address: 10 Central Street  
Marblehead, MA 01945 USA

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