Directory of Herbal Education

Disclaimer: The schools listed below are only offered as reference to potential students wishing to further their knowledge in the art of herbal medicine. However, the schools included in this list DO NOT signify that the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) endorses the content and/or quality of any trainings or programs offered by any of the institutions listed, nor should it be considered to reflect the views or opinions of any representative of the AHG.

Furthermore, taking any training or program with any Herbal Institution listed here or otherwise, does not guarantee acceptance as a Registered Herbalist in the AHG — all applications for Registered Herbalist membership need to meet the minimum requirement as set by the AHG, be reviewed and pre-approved by the membership examining panel, and be approved by the board of directors.

The AHG accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in this list, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of registering and taking any training with any of the institution listed. All individuals are advised and encouraged to perform their own thorough research to determine if a particular training or program offered by any listed school meets her/his expectations, and that it is something worth registering for.

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NATUROPATHIC SCHOOL OF THE HEALING ARTS/ GAIA CENTER for Herbal studies

Offering two distinct Diploma Programs, a Seasonal Foundational 125 hour herbal medicine series, and a variety of individual classes, with classroom facilities offering Herbal Apothecary & Dispensary, Full Natural Medicine Clinic, and a full working, teaching Herb Lab and private session rooms, and a setting which features established medicine gardens based on 800 private acres. On site, hands-on, experiential personal, professional and clinical training incorporating holistic methodologies is the approach we cherish and continue to develop.

Our state licensed school incorporates Two year Clinical Herbalist Training within a Traditional Naturopath program , as well as offering a 669 hour professional Massage Therapy training program which incorporates herbal education.

NSHA focus is Applied Home and Clinical Naturopathic and Nutritive Herbalism training for naturopaths, bodyworkers, herbalists and adjunct health care practitioners. Additionally, NSHA offers seasonal foundational program through Gaia Center (sister school) at gaiaherbalstudies.net, for the past 13 years. Fall and Winter Extension continuing education classes in herbal medicine , natural medicine and bodywork are offered year round.

Visit http://www.naturopathicschoolofannarbor.net/ for more information and insight into the biographical background of Mary Light, ND MH LMT, director, and Core Staff of Herbalists and Traditional Naturopaths.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 734-769-7794
E-mail: nshaassociates@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.naturopathicschoolofannarbor.net/, http://gaiaherbalstudies.net/
Address: 7920 JACKSON ROAD Suite A  
ANN ARBOR, MI 48103 USA

New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal Studies

We are a distance learning institute that offers many education programs, including the following Accredited Herbal Studies:

Certified Herbalist (CH)
Master Herbalist (MH)
Medical Herbalist (M.H.)
Certified Aromatherapist (C.A.)
Certified Herbal Consultant (C.H.C)

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 12192306102, 12192306102
E-mail: info@newedenschool.com, info@newedenschool.com
Web site: http://www.newedenschool.com, http://www.newedenschoolofnaturalhealth.org
Address: 1657 Commerce Dr. Suite 9B  
South Bend, Indiana 46628 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

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

Ohlone Herbal Center

Established in 1995, the Ohlone Herbal Center is a leading educational and clinical center for sustainable systems of Western herbal­-based healing. Based in Berkeley, California, we offer the most comprehensive, integrated education in Western herbal medicine and practice, and are one of very few schools nationwide with clinical internships in Western herbalism.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 510-540-8010
E-mail: ohlonecenter@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.ohlonecenter.org
Address: 1250 Addison St.   Suite 113
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA

Ojai School of Herbal Studies

The Ojai School of Herbal Studies offers courses in the foundations of medicinal herbal studies. The 288 hour course provides:

A vigorous foundation course in herbal medicine, and in-depth education in how to use herbs safely and effectively, including terminology, anatomy and physiology.
Access to Earth Island Herbs’ beautiful medicinal herb garden, nestled in Ojai’s East End at the foot of the Topa Topa mountains.
Tools for determining what herbs best support specific issues in various body systems.
Detailed knowledge of herbal materia medica of 75+ herbs.
Preparation methods for making tinctures, salves, lotions, etc.
Cultivation – requirements, pruning, harvesting, compost/green manure, irrigation, and pest management.
Diet, exercise, stress management and lifestyle support.
Thorough grounding in the cultural and historical context of herbs for health.
Empowerment in personal and community health.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 805-646-0693
E-mail: info@earthislandherbs.com
Web site: http://www.earthislandherbs.com
Address: PO Box 1389  
Ojai, CA 93024 USA

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

Professional Herbalists Training Program

This 2 year herbal program is designed with the clinical herbalist in mind. Classes are held one weekend a month with a focus on Chinese medicine diagnostics, herbs and formulations. The program is unique in its ongoing intern clinic. After completing the 3 foundation classes, students start observing in the Wednesday night clinics that also include case discussions. After about 6-12 months students begin seeing clients while supervised by senior staff. This course can be completed in two years or students can attend classes as time allows. Classes include Theory, Diagnosis, Materia Medica of herbs and formulas and integrates western and other cultural herbs into the Chinese system. Other areas taught include, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Auricular therapy, Moxibustion, Cupping, Dietary, Vitamin/mineral therapy and medicine making. Areas of emphasis are diagnostics, ethics and business management. Primary instructor is Bob Linde, AP, RH. Classes start annually. Check website for current classes and starting dates. Classes are pay as you go. Contact us for an information packet today.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 727.551.0857
E-mail: info@acuherbals.com
Web site: http://www.acuherbals.com
Address: 901 Central Avenue  
St. Petersburg, FL 33705 USA

Sky House Herb School

The Sky House Herb School is a donation-based herb school offering one and two year online herbal apprenticeship programs. Our courses include optional in-person medicine making classes and herb walks for local students in the Maryland/DC/Va area. For those joining from afar, all classes are streaming live and allow for interactive sharing via chatboxes and video cameras. Each class is recorded and students can listen to classes anytime throughout the course. The first year program provides an introduction to herbalism, human physiology, materia medica, medicine making, and basic clinical skills. In the first year students will be assigned plant "dietas" where they will work with one plant for a 2-3 week period and will journal their experiences. By the end of the first year students will have personally worked with 15 plants and will have experience making tinctures, teas, decoctions, salves, and infused oils.

In the second year program students will use their first year knowledge of people and plants and apply it to case studies and live clients. Clinical skills including tongue and pulse diagnosis will be taught as well as custom formulation preparation. The apprenticeship style of learning is best suited for those who are self-motivated and enjoy reading, writing, reflecting, and can devote a few hours each week to studying the plants.

Classes start each May and September.

Year One Cost: $1700 early bird, $1800 - $2300 donation range
Year Two Cost: $1600 - $1900 donation range

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 240-398-3526
E-mail: skyhouseyoga@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.skyhouseyoga.com/herbal-apprenticeship-program.html
Address: 911 Silver Spring Ave   Ste 201
Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA

Sky House Yoga

Sky House Yoga and the Sky House Wellness Collective was born during the Autumn eclipse season of 2011 after several months of intense work and planning, and after several years of dreaming and visioning by its founders: Ashley Litecky, Abby Burgess, and Adam Elenbaas.

At the heart of the Sky House vision lies the ancient spiritual marriage between yoga, astrology, and plant medicine. In addition to these core offerings it's our mission to provide the best in local holistic practitioner services and cutting edge wellness workshops.

Perhaps most important to the Sky House mission is our financial philosophy. Sky House is a donation based yoga studio and wellness collective. This means that we offer all of our services at donation-based price ranges, ensuring that nobody is ever turned down or priced out for a lack of funding. Since opening our doors to the community Sky House has been thriving under this trust and faith based business model.


Twice a year Sky House holds annual fundraisers and raises money to ensure that our donations prices can be maintained year round. Those who have more give more, which enables those who have less to pay only what they can afford. The Sky House vision of wealth is based in peace of heart, peace of mind, the peace of community, and a sincere sense of gratitude for the gift of life.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 240-398-3526
E-mail: skyhouseyoga@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.skyhouseyoga.com/the-sky-house-story.html
Address: 911 SILVER SPRING AVE   SUITE 201
Silver Springs, MD 20910 USA

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