Directory of Herbal Education

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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Mockingbird Meadows Herbal Health Farm

At Mockingbird Meadows, our working herb farm has focused on connecting students to their own inner wisdom, to their surrounding community and to the earth since 2004.
We believe in a botanical-based education that embraces folkloric tradition with a contemporary knowledge of body systems, phytochemical compounds and current research.  Above all, we believe in empowering the individual to take control of health decisions.
We provide the following levels of herbal and holistic education:

Community Health Workshops
General interest education and guest lecturers.

Botanical Home Health Intro Course
Weekend course providing a broad, but detailed overview of herbalism, hands on experience and general techniques for those interested in herbal home health care. Geared for beginners.

BOTANICAL HEALTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Our apprentice programs are intended to develop thoughtful and well-informed herbal consumers, growers, makers and practitioners.  Completion of the three tracks will provide an intimate knowledge of over 160 materia medica and coursework in differential assessment, basic sciences, practice management and ethics, writing for the plant sciences and presentation & speaking skills. We will assist the student in gaining clinical experience. Students do not need to commit to all three years.

Year One: Foundations in Botanical Health
Year Two: Advanced Botanical Health
Year Three: Applied Botanical Health (Mentorship)

 

Director and Core Faculty: Dawn Combs

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 614-354-5162
E-mail: dcombs@mockingbirdmeadows.com
Web site: http://www.mockingbirdmeadows.com
Address: 16671 Burns Road  
Marysville, OH 43040 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

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

Suki Roth’s HERB HAVEN

Wise woman apprenticeship program, and individual hands on outdoor learning focusing on identification, application, growing and preparation of medicinal plants offered all year and seasonally. Individual series programs running during the winter for systems studies.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 336 376 0727
E-mail: suki@herbhaven.com
Web site: http://www.herbhaven.com
Address: 7922 Mcbane Mill Rd  
Graham, NC 27253 USA

The Hermit’s Grove Master Herbalist Program

Master Herbalist Program
Our Master Herbalist Program [MHP] represents the culmination of more than 40 years of Paul Beyerl’s work as herbal author and educator.
Conceived in the 1980s in Minneapolis under a different name, over the years it evolved into our Master Herbalist Program with our 45,000 square foot private botanical garden, with more than a third of our 4,000 book research library directly relevant to the MHP.  The MHP is in-depth with no two students moving at the same pace. As a consequence, it is ideal for the correspondent student but does require self-motivation.
The MHP is a non-profit educational program. Beyerl and all volunteers donate 100% of our labor and time as our gift to the serious student who is committed to a quality herbal education.
There are 100 Units, a pay-as-you-go program, so that the student can afford books, herbs, equipment and time. The MHP covers herbal horticulture, and typical coursework. We also cover anatomy and physiology in ten courses; more than 100 infectious diseases and other conditions, history, ethics and more. To date more than 50% of those who complete the program are RNs.
Although challenging due to its depth, my goal is to bring the most education for the least student expense. The program itself, not counting books, herbs and equipment the student will need, is under $3,000 at $30.00 per unit with some reduced options available.
Information and application: $5.00 which includes the most current description of the program (in detail), an application form, the current edition of The Hermit’s Lantern and a complete catalog. If you live outside North America, please send $6.50 in U.S. funds.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (425) 828-4124
Fax: (425) 803-2025 (FAX)
E-mail: paul@thehermitsgrove.org
Web site: http://www.thehermitsgrove.org
Address: P O Box 0691  
Kirkland, WA 98033 USA

The Human Path, (Herbal Medics University)

The Human Path, (aka Herbal Medics University), offers interactive online, on-site and experiential programs to learn many facets of practical herbalism in five major areas:

-          Clinical herbalism:  Study and practice (including hundreds of clinical hours in our student clinics locally and internationally) of the clinical practice of herbalism and integrative medicine at the community level.

-          Advanced medicine making:  The art and science of the apothecary, both as a standalone business (or recreation) or a part of an herbal clinic.

-          Remote and post-disaster herbalism: From wilderness first responder to community emergency response, integrating safety, planning, security and trauma response with herbal medicine.

-          Women’s and children’s health and doula certification:  Understanding women’s health at every age, as well as basic pediatric herbalism and integrative medicine, along with an optional doula certification that exceeds the hours and requirements of DONA.

-          Sustainable gardening and wildcrafting:  Understanding regenerative, sustainable agriculture, environmental studies and wildcrafting of herbal medicine both as a backyard connection to the planet, as well as a business.

All five of these areas contribute to the concept of herbal medics team work both in the USA and abroad to help bring better health to underserved communities.  Students often volunteer on herbal medics (a non-profit organization) missions where they can work in herbal clinics, water purification projects, off-grid power and building and more, while also gaining an immense amount of experience and practical knowledge.

More information can be found at http://thehumanpath.org, or by emailing info@thehumanpath.com, or calling 210-807-0645.  More specific information about the curriculum can be found in PDF format here:  http://thehumanpath.org/files/thp-curriculum-sheet.pdf

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 210-807-0645
E-mail: info@thehumanpath.com
Web site: http://thehumanpath.org
Address: 25810 Mahogony Trail  
San Antonio, TX 78255 USA

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