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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Philo School of Herbal Energetics

Apprenticeships with Mary Pat Palmer, MA, RH(AHG) and Matthew Wood MSc, RH(AHG). Additional classes.

We were founded as the Boston School of Herbal Energetics in 2000 and moved to 16 acres of enchanted land in Philo (northern California). Here we expanded the garden to include over 200 species of medicinal plants. We strive to bring the magic and healing power of medicinal plants, the redwoods, and the land to our students through apprenticeships and classes. The Heart of Herbology Land/Plant Apprenticeship is for beginning/intermediate students offering a broad based program wherein students learn hands on about growing, identifying and preserving medicine as well as from materia medica, research methods and basic clinical practices. Third weekend/month, March - September (seed to harvest). We also offer The Wisdom of Herbology: Organ Systems and Tissue States (based on the handouts and teachings of Matthew Wood, MSc, RH) for advanced students, third weekend/month October - March. Matt will help in teaching his invaluable knowledge of our bodies and their relationship to healing herbs, as well as diagnostics and clinical practice. We also offer day long and wkend classes with other brilliant guest teachers. We welcome your visits, but please call first. Graduates receive certificates for both apprenticeships and classes. Some work/trade available

Graduates receive certificates for both apprenticeships and classes and become part of our Philo family. Some labor barter is available.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 707.895.3007
E-mail: mpatpalm@earthlink.net
Web site: http://www.herbalenergetics.com
Address: PO Box 214  
Philo, CA 95466-0214 USA

Wildwood Institute

Run by Kathleen Raven Wildwood, practicing herbalist for over 20 years; Health Consulting Services; Hand-Made Products include High-Quality Locally-Grown Herbal Teas, Tinctures, and Ointments for Common Health Problems (grown without pesticides); Classes, including a Comprehensive 3-year apprenticeship program.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 608.663, 9608
E-mail: kathleen@wildwoodherbs.com
Web site: http://www.wildwoodinstitute.com/
Address: 951 Burr Oak Lane  
Madison, WI 53713 USA

Heart of Herbs Herbal School

Heart of Herbs Herbal School nurtures students in learning and experiencing traditional herbal education with a modern edge. Combining up-to-date herbal education with traditional practices prepares the Heart of Herbs student to work in their community, based on the needs of their community, as educated practitioners who know and understand herbalism and/or aromatherapy. Students have the option to learn on-site or through our popular distance learning and eLearning programs. Students are trained in their field to: To work as practitioners who listen and work with the needs of their clients. Putting the needs of the client first in the health plan. To excel in herbalism or aromatherapy allowing students to formulate and combine remedies to the exact needs of a client. Provide clients with accurate evidence based information and education, to assist clients, consumers and clinicians to use herbalism or aromatherapy appropriately and safely. Students are trained in communication skills, business aptitude, practitioner ethics, appropriate care and protocols. Students will learn about over 100 herbs and 50 essential oils (depending on program). Develop materia medicas, learn about safe and ethical use of herbs and essential oils. The program also covers the following to varying degrees depending on program: Pharmacological and physiological effects; Formulation and combining remedies for specific and general needs; Research based education; Anatomy and physiology; Wildcrafting and plant identification. The school was founded in 1998 by internationally known herbalist Demetria Clark, author of Herbal Healing for Children. Heart of Herbs Herbal School has educated over 6500 students, through apprenticeship and distance education, internationally. The school offers the following programs: 1) Master Herbalist (2500 hr.), 2) Certified Herbalist (650 hr.), 3)Master Aromatherapy, 4) Certified Aromatherapy, 5) Herbal Skin Care for Business Program, and 6) other Advanced Practitioner Programs, like the GreenSpirit WiseCraft Herbal Program. Each program is updated twice a year. We also offer extensive support solutions for students allowing continual access to Demetria, so we can support each person's individual educational needs, offering an individualized approach to learning. Our motto for students is "Life Happens, we support your education in your life." (Note: We also have an international office in Basel, Switzerland.) Heart of Herbs Herbal School has complete interactive multimedia classrooms and apprenticeship programs and fully supported distance learning and eLearning.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (866) 303-HERB
E-mail: enrollment@heartofherbs.com
Web site: http://www.heartofherbs.com
Address: 501 Lindsey Street  
Reidsville, NC 27320 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

Northwest School for Botanical Studies

The Northwest School for Botanical Studies (NWSBS) offers two extensive programs including the 300 hour Professional Herbalist Training (PHT) Program and the Clinical Herbalist Training (CHT) Program; as well as classes for beginning and intermediate herbal studies. The PHT Program incorporates the following classes into the curriculum: herbal materia medica, physiology, herbal therapeutics, constitutional medicine, diagnostic skills, herbal pharmacy, kitchen pharmacy, field botany, gardening, aromatherapy, and clinical and business practicum. The emphasis of the materia medica is on the clinical uses of western plants, as well as the uses of some traditional Chinese herbs. Students will learn to identify plants in field and in the garden; although they are encouraged to cultivate their own gardens before they harvest plants in the wild. The kitchen pharmacy class trains students to incorporate the use of herbs into the diet, to maintain radiant health and vitality. The herbal pharmacy class includes many hours of “hands on” medicine making techniques and formulation; and provides instruction on many of the skills necessary to maintain an herbal pharmacy.

The Clinical Herbalist Training Program covers many case studies, treatment strategies, formulation, diagnostic techniques, pathophysiology, intake forms; techniques for creating a successful practice, and basic tools for practitioners to maintain their own health and vitality. Both the PHT and CHT programs emphasize a holistic and constitutional approach to foster client wellness. The Northwest School for Botanical Studies strives to provide the highest quality education possible to students who have a serious interest in pursuing herbal studies.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 707.826.7762
E-mail: herbaleducation@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.herbaleducation.net
Address: PO Box 4543  
Arcata, CA 95518 USA

The School of Modern Herbal Medicine

We provide coursework designed to help people sell commercial herb products in a professional and credible way. Our curriculum includes courses in health assessment, herbalism, aromatherapy and nutrition. We have both correspondence courses and certified instructors who can teach our courses on location.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (888) 707-4372
Fax: (435) 627-2367 (FAX)
E-mail: treelite@treelite.com
Web site: http://www.treelite.com
Address: P.O. Box 911239  
St. George, UT 84791 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).

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 800.225.5506
E-mail: manp@mcphs.edu
Web site: http://www.mcphs.edu/manp
Address: 179 Longwood Avenue  
Boston, MA 02115 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

Mederi Foundation and Centre for Natural Healing

The Mederi Foundation and Mederi Centre For Natural Healing offer both a Level One and Level Two professional clinical training program in the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System, founded by Donald Yance, CN, RH (AHG).

Up to 20 healthcare practitioners are admitted for Mederi's clinical training programs each year to those who are committed to providing comprehensive care in the field of integrative (collaborative) medicine, specifically with an interest in The Eclectic Triphasic Medical System (ETMS). Training in the ETMS emphasizes advanced clinical applications of botanical, nutritional, and biological medicine principles within a multifaceted framework in order to successfully execute health-building interventions for enhancing patient vitality and lifespan. ETMS allows healthcare professionals to personalize, monitor and continually modify patient care, and is taught exclusively through the nonprofit Mederi Foundation and the Mederi Centre for Natural Healing in Ashland, Oregon. Who Should Attend? Oncologists, Oncology Professionals, Medical Doctors, Naturopathic Doctors, Acupuncturists, Oriental Medicine Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Registered Clinical Herbalists, Certified Nutritionists and Medical School Faculty. A minimum of 4 years managing patient care in the clinical setting is required for our Level One program.

Level 1: Fundamentals of the ETMS and Level 2: Advanced Clinical Applications of the ETMS in Cancer Care

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (541) 488-0514
Fax: (541) 488-0417 (FAX)
E-mail: info@mederifoundation.org
Web site: http://www.mederifoundation.org
Address: 127 Clear Creek Drive  
Ashland, OR 97520 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

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