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.

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BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies

The BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies offers herb seminars, in-depth training programs, field studies, hands-on wild crafting, medicine making workshops, and mentoring for student practitioners. In addition we frequently sponsor seminars taught by other herbal practitioners. After more than 22 years, our stellar reputation derives from the consistently well-organized, interactive and stimulating learning experiences we provide our students.

Located in a small town in the beautiful mountains of northeast Georgia (100 miles northeast of midtown Atlanta, and 90 miles southwest of Asheville, NC), we are surrounded by the vast wildness of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Most of our seminars highlight the use of the native and naturalized plants that contribute to the Southern Appalachians Mountains as the apothecary of North America.

Once a year we offer a comprehensive training in the foundations of herbalism in our Herbal Studies Certification Program that meets one weekend a month from March to December.

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG), founder and primary instructor, is the author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006) and is a clinical herbalist in practice for more than 22 years. Other instructors include Lorna Mauney-Brodek (medicine making) and Carrie Radcliffe (botany).

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

Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine is located in the botanically rich Appalachian Mountains, just outside of Asheville, NC. Our passion for healing plants, herbal education, and medicinal gardening is at the heart of all our teachings. We offer several online opportunities to learn, including the Herbal Medicine Making Course and the Herbal Immersion Program. The ​Online Herbal Medicine​ ​Making Course​ ​will give you the know-how and confidence to create an​ ​abundant apothecary. The hands-on instructional videos​ ​and photographic tutorials are chock-full of personal experience and insider tips, along with a hearty dose of silliness.​ ​In the​ Online Herbal Immersion Program​, you’ll learn all about herb cultivation, medicine making, and therapeutic uses for each featured herb.​ ​In a nutshell, the course has two equal and integrated parts:​ ​How to grow medicinal plants and how to bring their medicine into your daily life.​ ​Both courses weave together video instruction, written lesson plans, and experiential learning. ​ Just as locally grown food is key to long-term sustainability, locally grown medicine is equally as important. That’s why our programs focus on growing your own herbs and all the ways you can enrich your life with edible and medicinal weeds. Our connection to plants as medicine nourishes this ancient spirit and wakes us up to the profound natural cycles of life. We’re honored to share that connection with you, and we hope it brings you as much joy as it brings us.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (828) 398-0285
E-mail: sara@chestnutherbs.com
Web site: http://chestnutherbs.com
Address: 73 Sanford Way  
Weaverville, NC 28787 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 the textbook Herbal Constituents. We continue to build on the comprehensive Vitalist curriculum developed by Paul over his long career, and he remains with CSCH as a visiting instructor and case reviewer in our Clinical Herbalism Program. At CSCH we currently offer certificates in Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism (360 hours), Advanced Herbalism (510 hours), Clinical Herbalism (385 hours), Nutrition (867 hours), Rocky Mountain Field Botany (68 hours), Flower Essences (56 hours), and 4- and 5-day Clinical Skills Intensives ... with more programs under development for 2017! Our basic courses cover Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Herbal and Essential Oils 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 Center 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

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

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 Registered Herbalist 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

ECLECTIC SCHOOL OF HERBAL MEDICINE

What kind of herbal school are you looking for? If you answered one with a clinical focus, our programs might be exactly what you are looking for. Our founder and head instructor has been seeing clients for well over a decade, having a practice in Alabama, Florida, and now North Carolina. Thomas Easley’s experiences, and passion for teaching others how to approach clients in a clinical setting, are the main driving forces behind our mission here at Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. We want to give you the herbal skills in clinical nutrition, functional medicine, and traditional western herbalism to leave the program feeling confident in pursuing your practice as an herbalist. Eclectic /iˈklektik/: Adjective; deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. Not so long ago there was a group of doctors in America that practiced Eclectic Medicine. They were physicians who employed whatever was found to be beneficial to their patients. Eclectic Medicine was formed in opposition to the toxic remedies used by standard doctors in the 19th and early 20th century. Eclectics didn’t care who discovered the remedy, if it worked they used it. Be it botanical, homeopathic, mineral or occasionally chemical medicines to bring balance to the body. Our school teaches students to use what works, no matter what tradition it comes from. With a strong grounding in both modern science and Traditional Western Herbalism, Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine offers both online and in-person educational opportunities.


If you are interested in becoming a strong grounded clinical herbal practitioner give us a call today.


Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine Online
Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine is offering online classes presented as individual modules. While these education opportunities are available as individual classes, we will still offer three certification courses. All classes will be taught live and available at that time for attendance. They will also be recorded and available for later purchase. Over the course of the next 2 to 3 years, all required course material for certification will be presented, recorded and accessible for purchase through our online classroom. There are also live-hands on classes scheduled for each tier. Not all are required. With each module you will gain access to readings, recordings and a forum to ask questions and access additional information.


Onsite Full-Time Program
The intensive is an eleven month live-in program, although commuting is welcome. Our lodging options are shared dorms, private rooms or cabins. Although our accommodations contain modern amenities such as a bathhouse and laundry facilities, you’ll still feel like you’re living in the wilderness. Our herbal studies program is hosted at Wellspring Mountain, a 497-acre camp tucked away into a mountainside of the Blue Ridge in a small town called Lowgap, North Carolina. Over 90% of the land is set aside for plant preservation and land conservancy.

Distance Learning Opportunity
This is our full-time program live-streamed in real time, for those who are not able to join us for the full eleven month onsite program. In this program you will have access to live-chat and full access to the live online classroom and forums. Our live-streamers have the flexibility to come to as many classes as they would like.
For more information about our school, facilities, and curriculum please visit us online

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (336) 352-3323
E-mail: Classes@EclecticSchoolofHerbalMedicine.com
Web site: http://www.EclecticSchoolofHerbalMedicine.com
Address: 671 Ramey Orchard Road  
Lowgap, NC 27024 USA

Florida Holistic School of Health

"Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also love of humanity." - Hippocrates

The Florida Holistic School of Health is dedicated to preserving many of the lost arts and ancient healing modalities that have kept families healthy for centuries. Our courses are formulated by Master Herbalist Donna McGee. Donna graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Elementary Education and worked for Central Wyoming & Wyoming Adult Disabilities for four years as an Educator/ Workshop Trainer for special needs adults. She was first introduced to Herbal Medicine by my Grandmother and has fond memories of making soap with my Father; being a student of Yoga for many years the green of the earth started to call her. In 1982, she moved to Florida, and took her first herbalist course from Clayton College by mail and fell in love with the art of herbal medicine. Her children were raised on Herbal Medicine and her daughter uses some of the remedies she was taught as a child. After much reading of Gladstar, Donna enrolled in her online courses. Gladstar's style of teaching a breath of fresh air, but Donna still wanted a more clinical study so she could teach others how to make their own herbal medicines. In 1989, Donna enrolled in The School of Botanical Medicine in Orlando FL. After finishing that three-year comprehensive herbal studies program she went on to finish two graduate level clinical courses there as well. Donna continues to study intensively with other respected herbalist so she can share her knowledge of the body and its amazing ability to heal itself in her Herbalism Classes.

At The Florida Holistic School of Health We Offer:

6 Week Beginning Herbalism Course by Master Herbalist Donna McGee

In this beginner course we cover the history, folklore, myths, and science behind herbal medicine and how to add plant substances to your life for preventing and treating illnesses. In this six week course you'll learn:

-How to tell the difference between high and low quality herbs.
-Tincture creation
-Teas and Herbs for Aiding the Digestive System
-Immune system Herbal nourishers
-Aromatherapy 101: distillation, basic essential oil quality and types as well as uses for essential oils
-Lymphatic system tonics, toners and care

And much more! This is the perfect class to begin your journey to becoming a Master Herbalist, or a simple class to take for remedies to treat your family and improve general health.


6 Week Intermediate Herbalism Course by Master Herbalist Donna McGee

You can take your herbalism training to the next level with our Intermediate Herbalism courses. In this intensive six week training course you'll learn:

-Herbal Pill Creation
-Advanced Healing and Compounded Herbal Body Care Formulations: Mouthwash, Eyewash, Toothpaste and more
-How to Create healing Salves, Ointments, Lotions, and Butters
-More indepth information and healing with essential oils
-Healing our various body's systems internally with herbs
-Creating immune system boosters
-Create healing herbal syrups, cough drops and lozenges for cold and flu season
-And much more!

This is the second course that's required before you can finish your studies in our advanced 15 week Master Herbalism class.

15 Week Advanced Herbalism Course by Master Herbalist Donna McGee

Now that you have completed the 1st and 2nd course we invite you to continue your studies by taking it to the next level. Creating, Compounding and understanding the anatomy and physiology of the body. How best to care and create wellness in the body by once again adding herbal medicine and natural plant substances to treat and prevent illness. In this advanced course you'll learn:

- How to create your own client intake forms
- How to create your own product labels in compliance with local laws, rules, and regulations
- How to find the best insurance for selling your own products or setting up your own herbalism practice
- Practical advice and tips for creating your own product line
- How to create compounded, therapeutic, medicinal: bath bombs, bath soaks, soaps, lotions, ointments, salves, electuaries, tinctures, sprays, syrups, and much more
- More information about essential oils and how to combine these in your therapeutic treatments
- How to create your own shampoos, conditioners and healing medicinal hair and skin care products
- Advanced compounded tincture creation as well as how to percolate tinctures for swift overnight tincture creation
- Information about herbal, natural, and plant-based supplements like maca powder or coq10 and how to incorporate these into your treatments
- Creating herbal and natural plant based supplements
- How to recycle your expensive herbs, oils and products to create additional healing treatments
- Various ways to treat the common herbalism client complaints: digestion issues, inflammation, pain, internal cleansing, sleep, lack of energy and chronic conditions


At the end of the course you must:

-Complete all assigned classwork and homework
-Create your own product line
-Create your own intake forms with an attached biography and information about your practice
-Complete 20 clinical hours
-Treat at least 9 clients with your intake form (Donna will be available to help as needed)
-Choose 30 "herbal allies" and complete a comprehensive guide with detailed information (Scientific and all known names, all uses for the herb, etc.) on each herb
-Submit a Master Herbalism thesis on any topic related to Herbalism. This can be a case study, business plan, or detailed essay on any herbalism topic.


This course is 15 weeks and you will be required to have 20 clinical hours by the end of the 15 week period. In the end you will be a Certified Master Herbalist and able to see clients, start your own medicinal product line, or start your own practice!


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We offer a wealth of information beyond our advanced herbalism courses. We invite you to explore them on our website's calendar at http://greenlotusstudios.com/

All of courses are available on-site or as distance learning courses.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (904) 465-0985
E-mail: greenlotusstudios@aol.com
Web site: http://www.greenlotusstudios.com
Address: 4642-2 Rosselle St  
Jacksonville, FL 32204 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. We also host an annual Herbal Conference in Florida (www.floridaherbalconference.org).

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: Nine 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, Nutritionists, Nurses, and Midwives.

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

Genesis School of Natural Health

Genesis School of Natural Health provides the public with competent, educated, and confident natural health professionals. To accomplish this mission we offer superior course materials in the form of up to date book selections, testing, teacher-led online study groups, and a 4-Phase Learning System. Diploma programs include Herbal Consultant, Master Herbalist, Natural Health Consultant, Holistic Health Professional and Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy. Herbalism is a cornerstone within all of our programs because we see it as a vital and efficient means for both feeding and correcting imbalances within the body. Our most popular program is the double-diploma Master Herbalist (MH) and Holistic Health Professional (HHP).

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 775-385-3242
E-mail: contact@genesisschoolofnaturalhealth.org
Web site: http://genesisschoolofnaturalhealth.org
Address: PO Box 1148  
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783 USA

Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine

Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  Offers beginning and adanced programs, offering clinical mentorship program for American Herbalists Guild Registered Herbalist.  Herbal apothecary program.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 540-937-4283
E-mail: green.comfort@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.greencomfortherbschool.com
Address: P.O. Box 376  
Washington, VA 22747 USA

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