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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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

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

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts

A Conscious College Community committed to providing high quality, affordable education for those entering the healing arts field or for those continuing their education. Our Western Herbalism career oriented curriculum was created to provide students with opportunities to experience every aspect of plant medicine, from seed to sale. This program enhances students'' connection with the earth and plants from a spiritual and energetic point of view as well as from the phytochemical science-focused perspective. Our mission has always been to inspire individuals to discover their gifts and graces and support them as they share their talents with the world in a loving and profitable way.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 480-994-9244, 1888-504-9106
Fax: 480-994-3228 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.swiha.edu
Address: 1100 E. Apache Blvd  
Tempe, AZ 85281 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 Mederi Foundation

Since 2005, the Mederi Foundation has provided clinical training in the ETMS through week-long intensives. The training program educates practitioners about all facets of the ETMS so that they can create personalized patient protocols, and increase their expertise in diagnostics and therapeutics.

Participants have come from throughout the world, and include medical doctors, oncologists, naturopaths,acupuncturists and other health care providers.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: Marigny Goodyear, 541-488-0514
Fax: 541-488-0417 (FAX)
E-mail: info@mederifoundation.org
Web site: http://mederifoundation.org/?page_id=511
Address: 127 Clear Creek Drive  
Ashland, OR 97520 USA

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