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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OM Wellness Institute

OM Wellness Institute is a virtual project-based 500 hour Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) accredited program. The HHP program explores aromatherapy, ayurveda, herbology, diet, nutrition, homeopathy, and healthy lifestyles. OM Wellness Institute provides a unique and powerful training program that welcomes all those students who want a well-rounded holistic education. Applications now being accepted.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 248-920-6595
Web site: http://www.omwellnessinstitute.net
Address: 115 South Washington Street  
Oxford, MI 48371 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

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

Southwest School of Botanical Medicine

Advanced Distance Learning programs: 1) Clinical and Constitutional Herbalism; 2) Materia Medica. Instructor: Michael Moore
Each program has 12 lessons, 12 hours of video lectures a lesson (DVD), printed manuals, lesson materials and email, mp3 or telephone mentoring. Teaching professional herbalists since 1979

School type: Distance learning
E-mail: southwestschool@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.swsbm.com
Address: PO Box 4565  
Bisbee, AZ 85603 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

The Commons

The Commons, located close to downtown Brooklyn, now offers lectures, workshops, and classes in herbal medicine as part of its broader mission of community empowerment. Current offerings include a nine session Introduction to Healing with Herbs, as well as a longer nine-month course in Clinical Herbalism designed for those students with some background in herbal studies and who have a more serious interest. Curriculum includes clinical uses of herbs, materia medica, Traditional Chinese Medicine, field botany, and medicine making. Courses are coordinated by Richard Mandelbaum RH(AHG). The Commons currently also offers classes and workshops in other healing modalities, such as tai chi.
The Commons Brooklyn: Healing ourselves, our communities and our planet.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 347.689.3908
E-mail: melissa@thecommonsbrooklyn.org
Web site: http://www.thecommonsbrooklyn.org/
Address: 388 Atlantic Avenue  
Brooklyn, NY 11217 USA

The School of Modern Herbal Medicine

We provide coursework designed to help people sell commercial herb products in a professional and credible way. Our curriculum includes courses in health assessment, herbalism, aromatherapy and nutrition. We have both correspondence courses and certified instructors who can teach our courses on location.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (888) 707-4372
Fax: (435) 627-2367 (FAX)
E-mail: treelite@treelite.com
Web site: http://www.treelite.com
Address: P.O. Box 911239  
St. George, UT 84791 USA

The School of Natural Healing

Founded in 1953 by the legendary Dr. John R. Christopher, and currently directed by David Christopher M.H., A.H.G., The School of Natural Healing’s Master Herbalist Program provides quality distant learning. Students can enjoy classes taught by world renowned experts via DVDs, CDs, books and study guides. The School provides a well rounded curriculum, including botany, anatomy, nutrition, formulary, pharmacognosy, and herbal chemistry with an emphasis on practicum. The Master Herbalist program prepares students to serve effectively in their communities. Help us in our goal to have an herbalist in every home and a Master Herbalist in every community.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (800) 372-8255
E-mail: studentadvisor@snh.cc
Web site: http://www.snh.cc/
Address: PO Box 412  
Springville, UT 84062 USA

Thyme Herbal

Thyme Herbal offers a variety of Apprenticeship programs and workshops on topics related to herbal medicine, cooking, nutrition and homesteading. Herbalist, Brittany Wood Nickerson weaves her unique training in Western Herbalism, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, cooking, nutrition and plant spirit healing into curriculums that are engaging, diverse, detailed and empowering. Thyme Herbal offers an educational path for those interested in learning about herbal medicine for personal development and home use as well as for those working to support career goals in the healing arts. Brittany also teaches Herbal Approaches to Women’s Health, an online course offered through the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Program Offerings:

THE ART OF HOME HERBALISM

An introduction to the practice of using medicinal herbs and whole foods to heal yourself and others.

This apprenticeship is designed to introduce you to the world of Western herbalism and give you the tools to be an effective and empowered home herbalist. You will meet the plants in their environment and learn the art of herbal medicine as it relates to your own health and the earth.

Topics Include: Medicine Making, Plant Identification, Harvesting, Drying, Storing, Body System Therapeutics (For the Nervous, Digestive, Lymphatic, Immune Systems and Skin), Nutrient-dense Foods and Food Preparation, Seasonal Eating, and Fermentation.

ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP

Venture deeper into the world of medicinal plants, the body and healing.

This course is open to those who have taken the Art of Home Herbalism or have completed a comparable course of study with another herbalist. The class will expand on, broaden and deepen existing skills and knowledge as well as introduce new concepts aimed at community applications of herbal medicine. Emphasis will be placed on applying skills outside of class and sharing these experiences as a platform for group learning.
Topics Include: Therapeutics of the Respiratory, Immune, Urinary, Cardiovascular and Female & Male Reproductive Systems, Introduction to Ayurveda as a form of Diagnosis and Treatment, Advanced Medicine Making, Independent Materia Medica Development, Building Personal Relationships to Plants, Herbal Formulary and Therapeutic Applications of Plant Medicine.

HERBALISM IN PRACTICE

Clinical applications of herbal medicine – exploring the art of intake, diagnosis and treatment.

For the advanced and committed student, this course is designed to help take your knowledge to the next level, create practical experience and deepen your understanding of how to implement herbal medicine. Through lecture, group discussion and in-class client intakes we will explore how to make meaning from presented information/observations and the many different ways to create effective and sustainable treatment protocols.

Topics Include: Continued study of Ayurveda as a form of Assessment and Healing, Holistic Mind/Body Approaches to Assessing Imbalances and Healing, Progression of Disease and Processes of Healing, Herbal Support for Chronic Conditions, Intake Development, Reading the Tongue, Determining the Most Effective Healing Protocol, Making Appropriate Referrals, Herbal Formulary, Food as Medicine, Materia Medica Development.

Distance Programs – learning through audio recordings, videos, reading and written assignments. Monthly group webinar to ask questions, clarify concepts and build your remote herbal community!

The Art of Home Herbalism Online(See class description above)

Herbal Approaches to Women’s Health Online(through the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (413) 549 - 1415
E-mail: brittany@thymeherbal.com
Web site: http://www.ThymeHerbal.com
Address: 1069 North Pleasant St.  
Amherst, MA 01002 USA

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