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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Heartstone Herbal School provides a strong foundation for a life-long relationship with plants as medicine. We visit the places where plants live and learn to harvest and use them in respectful and sustainable ways. We visit the anatomy & physiology of the body to assist our use of the plants as medicine. The person, the plant and the planet are viewed and taught in this holistic manner. We value the interface of science and spirit as a rich and nourishing place. Our curriculum grows out of the place where they meet. Please visit our website for more information.

Co-Directors & Instructors: Tammi Sweet & Kris Miller

In the beauty of the NY Finger Lakes, come explore the green world and the gifts of plant medicine. Our 6-weekend residential program offers an informative & experience-based foundation for the life-long journey of becoming a practitioner of herbal medicine.  Discover traditional & time-tested ways to support your health & nourish your friends, family & community.
Course includes:
Diverse plants & their healing properties
Herbal preparations & remedies
Plant identification, wild edibles & wild crafting
Anatomy & physiology of body systems
Diverse medicine-making including infusions & decoctions, tinctures, creams, salves, syrups, powders & more!
Deepening your relationship with the plants.

New in 2015! 37 CEU's available for LMT's.
Please see our website for more information and dates. Enrollment is limited to 28 participants.

An 8-week series covering the anatomy & physiology of the body. Twice/year formally offered but available year round with most features. Taught by Tammi Sweet, MS, LMT. 24 CEU's available for LMT's


LOTIONS & POTIONS: MAKING HERBAL CREAMS & SALVES. Taught by Kris Miller & Tammi Sweet of Heartstone. Sunday, February 15, 2015 1:00-5:30. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY. LMT CEU's available. Offered 2-3/year

WINTER CARE FOR COLDS & FLU. Fall 2015. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY Taught by Tammi Sweet & Kris Miller.
Find us on Facebook at Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 607.589.4619
E-mail: info@heart-stone.com
Web site: http://www.heart-stone.com
Address: 301 Brink Road  
Van Etten, NY 14889 USA

Herbal Academy of New England

The Herbal Academy of New England is an educational resource offering online programs, local workshops in greater Boston, and ongoing herbal education through The Herbarium. The Academy is committed to researching and gathering information and tools to help support a lifestyle of self-awareness and whole body care. It is HANE’s desire to encourage individuals and society to make sustainable and meaningful changes so as to use earth's resources with greater wisdom and respect. The Herbal Academy is led by Marlene Adelmann along with a seasoned team of educated and experienced clinical herbalists and medical professionals who love to share their passion for plants and people.

Online Introductory Herbal Course: The intention for this self study program is to give students with little or no herbal experience a glimpse into the world of herbs, kindling your enthusiasm for a lifelong course of learning. While this intro-level class does not qualify students to practice clinical herbalism, by the end of our course we hope you will feel more comfortable AND excited about making your own teas, tinctures, and body care products. You’ll be mixing up new recipes in the kitchen, using spices and herbs you never knew had medicinal properties! You will walk away more inspired to pursue your herbal studies at the intermediate level and beyond! This is a 6 unit, online course.

Online Intermediate Herbal Course: This program is intended for students with some herbal training, whether that be workshops, the Introductory Herbal Course or self study. We’ll be reviewing some basic concepts in the first unit to set the foundation for the rest of the course. This program will include intermediate topics such as safety and side effects; discussions about theory and energetics; in-depth coverage of physiology; and guidance for herbal formulation. We will introduce many theories and works of some of today’s most revered herbalists. We’ll study many different ways herbalism has been practiced over the centuries and how in recent years we have begun to reclaim these traditions. This is a 10 unit, online course.

The Herbarium: HANE programs are designed for students to build their foundation and their friendships within the herbal community. In The Herbarium, you will mature in your knowledge! Inside these digital walls, you will find complete and constantly updated herbal monographs, photographs, thoughtful articles, and educational podcasts, videos, tutorials, and teaching charts. As part of The Herbarium community, you will have all of these resources right at your fingertips, enriching your life-long journey through herbalism. The Herbarium membership is open to anyone at $45/year.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 781-572-4454
E-mail: staff@herbalacademyofne.com
Web site: http://herbalacademyofne.com, http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com
Address: 24 South Road  
Bedford, MA 01730 USA

Herbalism Roots

Herbalism Roots in Denver, Colorado offers a cutting-edge 500-Hour Herbalism Certificate Program, which includes the study of medicinal herbs within a pathophysiological paradigm–connecting plants with the body systems they affect. In addition, the program uniquely includes classes on soil preparation, gardening, and field trips to the mountains, so that each student can personally connect and be empowered to grow, identify, and understand the life cycle of plants.

The herbalist program also includes classes on folk medicine, the traditional and ancient uses of herbal medicine from a variety of cultures. There will also be classes and practice with medicine making, wildcrafting, as well as herbal intakes/evaluations, therapeutic herbalism sessions, spiritual/plant healing sessions, working with an herbal apothecary, working at community gardens, and over 150 hours of clinical practice with herbalism clients.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 303-623-3121
Fax: 1-866-299-7386 (FAX)
E-mail: info@herbalismroots.com
Web site: http://www.herbalismroots.com
Address: 1221 Galapago St.  
Denver, CO 80204 USA

Institute of Aromatic and Herbal Studies

The philosophy of the Institute of Aromatic & Herbal Studies is to provide the highest quality education and hands-on exposure to "all things herbal and aromatic." We take a holistic approach to herbal medicine, studying the plants themselves, growing conditions, harvesting, preparation of herbal medicines and distillation for essential oils and hydrosols and the healthful uses of these herbs and aromatics. The knowledge of herbal medicine allows us to be proactive in our own health-care. Once we have the ability to heal ourselves, we can help others. The Institute of Aromatic and Herbal Studies emphasizes the use of local, native plants for the home preparation of teas, tinctures, capsules, which allows students control of their own health care.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (415) 564-6785
Fax: (415) 564-6799 (FAX)
E-mail: info@jeannerose.net
Web site: http://www.jeannerose.net
Address: 219 Carl Street  
San Francisco, CA 94117 USA

Institute of BioEnergetic Medicine (IBEM)

The Institute of BioEnergetic Medicine (IBEM) is a non-profit, legally
incorporated, educational institution in the State of Colorado. It
provides inexpensive professional training (resident and at-a-disdance
programs) for those individuals seeking a career in natural health care.
IBEM is accredited by The Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations (MWSFN), American Naturopathic Certificatio Board (ANCB), the Auricular Certification Institute, the Better Breathing Institute, and by BEMA International (the certification and accreditation organization for biofeedback and BioEnergetic therapy). Our graduates have been allowed to sit for the board of the American Medical Naturopathic Association in naturopathic medicine.

IBEM provides training in auricular therapy, biofeedback, nutritional counseling, herbal medicine (a comprehensive program in Western and Eastern herbalism including traditional and medical herbalism), bodywork, homeopathy, spondylotherapy, cranial sacral therapy, iridology, meridian balancing (Ryodoraku), Voll technology, ethics and principles in an unlicensed healthcare practice, Native American medicine and spirituality, and more!

IBEM offers two doctorate degrees in one program: Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM) and Bioenergetic Doctor (BD).
BioEnergetic medicine (BD).

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 214-505-6440
E-mail: NanSullivan@ibemcollege.org
Web site: http://www.ibemcollege.org
Address: 7400 E Arapahoe Rd, Suite 214  
Centennial, CO 80112 USA

International Integrative Educational Institute

The International Integrative Educational Institute (IIEI) is a school of natural healing, offering herbalist training, nutrition certification programs, and courses for the general public. The IIEI provides training in a diversity of herbal traditions, from Traditional Chinese, to Ayurvedic, to Western herbalism.
Led by one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America -- K.P. Khalsa, you will find a variety of in-person, and online courses, with offering for beginners to advanced students. Our classroom courses are offered across the country at a variety of locations, and are conducted by K.P. Khalsa and a highly trained, diverse faculty of instructors.
The IIE course offerings include:
• Year 1 Professional Herbalist Course
• Year 2 Professional Herbalist Course
• Nutritional Therapy Program
• Clinical Herbalist Program
• A variety of weekend workshops and retreats
• Mentorships with K.P.
Please see our website for further detail. Most of the courses offer Continuing Education credit or professional certification.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 541.242.3314
Fax: 541.242.3314 (FAX)
E-mail: integrative_education@msn.com
Web site: http://www.internationalintegrative.com
Address: 4626 Fox Hollow Road  
Eugene, OR 97405 USA

Live Oak School of Natural Healing

The Live Oak School of Natural Healing is run by a nurse, Dawn Gates, R.N. and was founded on the belief that there is wisdom in both ancient teachings and in modern science. The LOSNH provides students with an integrated education in the traditional practice of Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic and Native American herbal medicine. Our school offers live, correspondence, and online classes with opportunities for clinical practicums, live seminars, and apprenticeships. We have three programs that are developed for all levels of experience from the beginner to the advanced student including nurses, doctors, and pharmacists. The schools mission statement is “To provide a rounded herbal education in order for our students to be the natural health leaders in their communities” The school provides a full curriculum, including herbal history, botany, anatomy/physiology, Materia Medica, nutrition, formulary development, advanced diagnostics (facial, tongue, pulse), meanings of lab values, how to take a complete history/physical as well as practice development and growth.
The online school is via interactive classrooms with Skype video conferences, e-mail discussion groups, podcasts, with a one-on-one mentorship program aimed at getting the online student the most individualized attention possible.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 877.281.0447
E-mail: Dawnsenchantedgarden@yahoo.com
Web site: http://www.Liveoakschoolofnaturalhealing.com
Address: 29503 Central Blvd.  
Paisley, FL 32767 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@muih.edu
Web site: http://www.muih.edu/
Address: 7750 Montpelier Road  
Laurel, MD 20723 USA

Mederi Foundation and Mederi 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 25 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 Fundamentals of the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System (ETMS) - October 1st - October 4th, 2014 in Ashland OR.

Course Curriculum:

-Yance’s philosophical and clinical approach

-Fundamental objectives and core ‘branches’ of the ETMS – assessing disease processes from a wholistic perspective with emphasis on the three energetic harmonies and five energy networks

-Interviewing skills, case history acquisition, and physical examination techniques

-Differential analysis of symptoms and signs

-Case follow-up, formulating, prescribing, and dispensing

-Endocrinology, neurology, and cardiology – determining the causal chain of disease and the clinical management of related disorders

-Basic cancer biology, efficacy and limitations of conventional therapies

-Food as medicine

-Materia medica and principles of herbal prescribing – dosages and toxicology, dispensary techniques and systems

-Botanical and nutritional monographs

Level 2: Advanced Clinical Applications of the ETMS in Cancer Care (not offered in 2014)

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

Midwest School of Herbal Studies

Our mission is to provide the highest level of education in botanical studies, with an emphasis on integrative herbalism (modern Western phytotherapy, native-American, Unani, Ayurvedic, & TCM), and to do so at an affordable cost and in the most user-friendly format possible.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: toll-free (866) 781-2038
E-mail: MWSHS@aol.com
Web site: http://www.midwestherbalstudies.com
Address: P O Box 120096  
New Brighton, MN 55112 USA


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