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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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 professional membership 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

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

Vitalist School of Herbology

The Vitalist School of Herbology is located in Ashland, Oregon within a vibrant community of organic growers, sustainable ranchers, environmental activists, progressive thinkers, artists, and holistic healers. Boasting a strong local economy and a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, Ashland is nestled in the nexus of the Klamath, Cascades, and Siskiyou bioregions, whose forests are considered to be one of the richest in biodiversity in the world. Against this fertile backdrop is the Vitalist School, where students can expect to learn in a supportive and personal learning environment where we make an effort to develop a relationship with each student. A chop-wood-carry-water attitude is the foundation to a rigorous and dynamic curriculum of western herbalism taught from the Vitalist tradition interwoven with principles of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.

The Vitalist School offers multi-leveled workshops and weekend courses for working adults, as well as an intensive 7-month certificate program for the serious beginner to intermediate student. This 320-hour program is divided into two semesters. The first semester is classroom-based and focuses on the principles and applications of herbal medicine with an in-depth study of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, materia medica, herbal apothecary, clinical nutrition, and the Vitalist perspective on wellness and the prevention of dis-ease. The second semester is field-based, where students will follow the bloom tide exploring plants in their natural habitats at various locales within the Klamath-Sisikiyou bioregion; the focus will be on plant identification, field botany, more materia medica, ecological stewardship, and the practice of ethical wild-crafting. Individual tutorials and personal research projects will augment the curriculum and provide an opportunity for the student to explore their own herbal interests and co-create their educational experience. After completing the certificate program, continued educational opportunities and mentorship are available for students showing exceptional ability and motivation. Primary instructor is Jon Carlson, C.H. with additional guest teachers. Check website for current classes and starting dates.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 541.890.6588
E-mail: info@vitalistherbology.com
Web site: http://www.vitalistherbology.com/
Address: 340 A Street #7  
Ashland, OR 97520 USA

ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism

Founded in 2013, the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism is a new school for herbal studies in New York City. ArborVitae is rooted in the holistic practice of herbal medicine and exists to provide the highest quality education and training based on traditional wisdom and ecological awareness in a modern, integrative setting for the clinical, community and family herbalist. In addition to training herbalists, the school aims to be a progressive community resource for increasing public access to comprehensive herbal knowledge and care. The core of the school curriculum is a three year clinical certificate program and will include a clinic to benefit both herbal students and the community. The 1st year program can also stand alone as a home herbalist certificate. In addition, we offer regular community classes and will be developing additional certification programs. ArborVitae has reached a shared space agreement with the Tristate College of Acupuncture at 80 Eighth Avenue (and 14th Street) in Manhattan. Our three year program as well as many community classes will be held in Tristate’s classrooms, with additional community classes held throughout the city and field trips throughout the region.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 646-308-1507
E-mail: info@arborvitaeny.com
Web site: http://arborvitaeny.com/
Address: 228 Park Ave South, Suite 94998  
New York, NY 10003 USA

Natural Healing College

Natural Healing College, Stockton, CA is an online school offering
both a Master Herbalist diploma program and an Ayurvedic Practitioner
Program. A hignspeed internet connection and a computer (pc, mac or
laptop) are required. Both programs are geared towards graduates
having the academic knowledge and practical strategies to open a
wellness consultation business. Every class is based on well-known
published industry respected books which are included in tuition fees
for US students. The classes are both textbook and research driven.
NHC classes bear no relationship to old-fashioned correspondence home
study classes. There are online prerecorded video lectures for most
chapters, spoken word audio glossaries and lessons that are online,
computer based, and textbook interactive, learning experiences.
Lessons and exams are auto graded to provide reviews and grades
immediately upon completion. A staff of teachers with accredited
degrees and real world experience who answer questions and personally
comment on student work twice a week makes Natural Healing College
able to simulate classes as if it were a brick and morter school where
students study and progress at their own pace. Unique among online
schools NHC works with its graduates to help them obtain local
internships and mentors if the graduate desires.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (209) 390-8076
Fax: (209) 390-8078 (FAX)
E-mail: registrar@naturalhealingcollege.com
Web site: http://www.naturalhealingcollege.com/
Address:  
Stockton, CA 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

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

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.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 510.540.8010
E-mail: ohlonecenter@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.ohlonecenter.org
Address: 1250 Addison Street, Suite 113  
Berkeley, CA 94702 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.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (410) 888-9048
Fax: (410) 888-9004 (FAX)
E-mail: admissions@tai.edu
Web site: http://www.tai.edu
Address: 7750 Montpelier Road  
Laurel, MD 20723 USA

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