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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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

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

Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine

Earn your Community Herbalist Certificate at the Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine, directed by award-winning herbalist, apothecary director, teacher, forager and author Holly Bellebuono. Welcoming and robust, this is a fantastic introduction to the beauty and function of herbs for medicine—especially useful for beginning and intermediate herbalists, wellness coaches, doctors and midwives in training, ecologists, women’s specialists, and alternative healers.

The school offers 3 options:
1) On-site Easy. Easy and fun 1-day, 2-day, and 1-week workshops and retreats on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Join Holly to create, explore, taste, sample and learn. Classes consist of her trademarked Soulful Apothecary—exploring herbal medicine in the form of food; women’s studies; wildcrafting and identifying plants; and herbal medicine based on body system such as digestive, cardiovascular, and immune.
2) Distance. A distance program where students can enroll year-round and complete the course from their own home. This option, The Heritage & Healing Herbal Studies Program, is a 12-18 month self-paced curriculum that includes a core study of Holly’s 4-Tier Formula with physiology, materia medica, pharmacy, and positive self-empowerment. It consists of 19 lessons based on men’s and women’s body systems and Hands-On Apothecary Assignments using a variety of plants and techniques. Successful completion of the 19 Lessons confers a Certificate of Herbal Studies & Formulary.
3) On-site Intensive. Our on-site 3-Week Intensive teaches The Heritage & Healing Herbal Studies Program in a group setting for a dynamic and engaging exploration of herbal medicine. Includes hands-on experience harvesting and processing a wide variety of remedies and methods; also herb walks, field trips, garden and arboreta explorations, kitchen processing and methods, pharmacology and physiology, heritage and folklore, and more. Successful completion of the 3-Week Intensive confers a Community Herbalist Certificate.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 508.687-9600
E-mail: holly@vineyardherbs.com
Web site: http://www.vineyardherbs.com/herbal-school.html
Address: P.O. Box 913  
West Tisbury, MA 02575 USA

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) is a nationally accredited (ACCET) private college and community-healing center for Holistic Healthcare careers and continuing education. We are dedicated to providing professional, affordable education (on-campus and online) for those interested in entering the healing arts profession, for those interested in continuing their education, as well as to those seeking personal and spiritual growth. SWIHA is committed to providing on-going entrepreneurial support for holistic healthcare practitioners in private practice and to those establishing or growing a business.

Your success is our mission! Whether you seek to earn a degree, diploma, specialty certificate or take courses towards continuing education or personal development, you will receive more than an education at SWIHA; you’ll receive a transformative experience. We graduate ‘fully conscious’ health professionals in Massage Therapy, Yoga Teacher Training, Natural Aesthetics, Holistic Nutrition, Western Herbalism, Bodywork, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy and so much more. Our mission is to help individuals discover their gifts and graces, and support them as they share their talents with the world in a loving and profitable way.

SWIHA embraces individual, community and global healing, and teaches how to 'Touch Lives, Heal Bodies & Free Souls.'

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (480) 994-9244
Fax: (480) 994-3228 (FAX)
E-mail: info@swiha.edu
Web site: http://www.swiha.edu
Address: 1100 East Apache Blvd  
Tempe, AZ 85281 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

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

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) is located in the small, historic capital city of Montpelier, nestled in the Green Mountains. We are embraced by an incredible diversity of plant ecosystems, including woodlands home to cohoshes and ginseng, bogs full of pitcher plants and lady’s slipper, and high meadows dense with yarrow and lobelia. Drawing on our equally diverse human community, VCIH grew out of the Sage Mountain Free Herbal Clinic, a collaborative learning and practice experiment founded in 2001. Now directed by Betzy Bancroft RH(AHG), Larken Bunce MS and Guido Masé RH(AHG), VCIH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing our community with healthcare resources grounded in Nature. We offer free and sliding-scale herbal consultations through our well-established community clinic, while providing comprehensive herbalist training programs that draw on the clinic as a rich educational resource.

VCIH offers a comprehensive 3-year Clinical Herbalist program that offers over 1200 hours of training, preparing students for work as professional herbalists. The curriculum weaves field experience with the plants and didactic classroom instruction. Emphasis is placed equally on understanding both energetic and physiologic impacts on health and illness, as well as on developing practitioner skills. Students spend a total of 18 months in the community clinic, 12 of which involve direct work with clients under supervision. Students also develop teaching skills by participating in our ongoing Community Education program. We welcome students with prior training or self-study to apply for advanced placement into the second or third year of the program. We also offer the first year as a stand-alone course—the Family Herbalist program.

Our curriculum and educational philosophies draw from our mission as an organization. We hope to further the empowerment and education of individuals in the use of traditional medicines in their own healthcare; to assert the necessity of the herbalist in an effective healthcare model; and to encourage a culture of ecological awareness, respect and deep relationship with Nature as the foundation for all healing.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 802.224.7100
E-mail: info@vtherbcenter.org
Web site: http://www.vtherbcenter.org
Address: 250 Main Street, Suite 302  
Montpelier, VT 05602 USA

Twin Star Herbal Education

At Twin Star Herbal Education we draw upon traditional, holistic modalities that empower individuals to live a healthy and peaceful modern life. Located in the beautiful countryside of Western Connecticut, Community Herbalist and Flower Essence Practitioner Lupo Passero, shares her love of the natural world. Twin Star offers a unique opportunity to study natural health through a variety of ancient healing arts including herbal and energetic therapies. We honor and recognize the significant connection between well-being and our direct relationship with nature. Our programs provides the opportunity to continually deepen that bond by spending time outdoors in Natures classroom discovering the numerous healing benefits of the plants that grow around us. We believe by strengthening our knowledge of herbal wisdom we reclaim our health and continue to evolve the healing exchange between our communities, our planet and ourselves.

Twin Star offers a myriad of classes ranging from half-day workshops to 14 month long herbal intensives covering a variety of topics including herbal medicine, flower essence therapy, chakra healing and energetic yoga. In addition, Twin Star classes incorporates numerous lessons on the safe and effective uses of vitamins and natural supplements. Some of our favorite classes include:

~Herbs, Essences & Wild Weeds - A 6 week Introductory to Herbal Medicine
~Level 1 Foundations of Energetic Herbalism – 175 hour/8 month Weekend Intensive
~Level 2 Herbal Practices and Protocols – 125 Hour/6 Month Weekend Intensive
~Level 3 Seed to Market Herb Justice Program - 125 Herbal Advanced Training Program
~The Art of Flower Essence Therapy – An 8 week Introduction to Flower Essences

School type: Distance learning
E-mail: twinstarherbinfo@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.twinstarherbal.com
Address:  
New Milford, Connecticut 06776 USA

Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine

Mission Statement:
Sylvan Institute’s mission is to advance into the future those professions that include clinical botanical medicine as a modality. We at Sylvan Institute aim to deliver high-quality education that integrates the practical applications of medicinal plants from around the world by offering students web-based and hands on course work. Our vision is to educate health care professionals including Chinese medical practitioners, naturopathic doctors, medical doctors, Western herbalists, pharmacists, nurses, and anyone else who aims to use plants to alleviate suffering by providing both depth and breadth of information. We’re excited to have an opportunity to access practitioners we’ve long respected and to offer them a means of delivering detailed perspectives and protocols to a larger audience than they might otherwise have the opportunity to deliver as well as finally coaxing some of our favorite herbalists into the spotlight. Thus, this website is a website of herbalists and for herbalists, a venue for us to share information and resources. Included in all of the above, the Institute aims to bring awareness to issues of stewardship of medicinal plants, as well as the cultures from which they come, and educate our readers and listeners about issues of sustainability, conservation, and cultivation.
History:
Since 1995, Benjamin Zappin and Thomas Avery Garran have led students to the mountains and deserts of California teaching them various aspects of plant ecology, preparation, and clinical usage of native medicinal plants. They jointly operated an herbal pharmacy, and collaborated on the second volume of Thomas’ first book, Western Herbs According to Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Practitioners Guide.
Independently, Benjamin and Thomas both got their original training in the United States, both in Western and Chinese herbal medicine.
It is our sincerest desire that the formation of Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine will draw from this shared history and deliver education that will benefit patients and professionals alike. We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve humanity by finding ways to bring botanical medicine forward, and thus, we dedicate our efforts in this joint venture to the plants themselves.

School type: Distance learning
E-mail: info@sylvanbotanical.com
Web site: http://www.sylvanbotanical.com/
Address: c/o Five Flavors Herbs 344 40th St.  
Oakland, CA 94609 USA

Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism

ASHH provides sound technical training in holistic healing with a focus on preventative lifestyle. Holistic healing aims to do no harm to the planet in realization that there is no separation between that which we do to ourselves and that which we do to the whole. Holistic health supports the well being of the entire person: mind, body, and spirit.

Students are educated and empowered to cultivate deep wellness within themselves and others using hands, heart, nature, and plants.In a society more familiar with corporate logos than backyard plants, it is imperative that we reclaim the innate wisdom of identifying, honoring, and utilizing the plant kingdom. The earth’s bounty is always reaching out to us, offering its aid to restore us to vitality.

Learning in nature and through nature at ASHH, on our thirty-acre campus, connects the student to the roots and essence of Herbalism. Through the study of medicinal plants and holistic living skills, we return the ancient art of healing to the individual and to the family, rebuilding conscientious communities and embracing our divine potential.

We must learn to love and care for the Earth as we would our own children. In doing so, we find this nurturance becomes our nourishment. This is why, at ASHH, we offer classes for children as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced adults.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (828) 350-1221
E-mail: info@HerbsHeal.com
Web site: http://www.HerbsHeal.com
Address: 2 Westwood Place  
Asheville, NC 28806 USA

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