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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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

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

Botanical Medicine Institute

Founded by Dr. Les Moore, ND, MSOM, RH (AHG), LAc., the Botanical Medicine Institute (BMI) offers uniquely structured one-year and two-year certificate programs of class work and apprenticeships and a diploma program that allow students to begin their studies at any point in the yearly class cycle.

Each series of classes consist of six modules: Botanical Medicine/Single Herbs; Herb Pairs/Drug Interactions; Plant Identification/Herb Walk; Herbal Therapeutics; Herbal Medicine Making; and Herbal Formulas and Modifications. Each series contains different material.

Each of the modules are broken into three non-sequential chapters. These chapters are taught one per class series session (Fall, Winter, Spring). To get all of the information for a specific module, a student must attend the class for that module in Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Because the chapters are non-sequential, students may elect to start the certificate program studies at any of the three sessions offered. The certificate will be completed when they have taken all three chapters for each of the six modules.

Students interested in more in-depth studies or a career related to herbal medicine, will be interested in our Diploma of Botanical Medicine program. The Diploma Program, which includes an apprenticeship in our clinical setting, is available to students that have completed two years of the Certificate Program, or advanced students from other programs.

The certificate program draws mainly from Western botanical medicine, but also examines the expanding pharmacopeia of global herbal medicine traditions, including tracks concentrating on Asian herbal medicine studies such as Ayurveda and Chinese herbal medicine.

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will receive a certificate and may elect to continue their studies with an apprenticeship with Dr. Moore and BMI herbalists. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, each student receives and Advanced Botanical Medicine certificate. Upon completion of the Diploma Program, students will receive a Diploma of Botanical Medicine. Students may also elect to take single classes as opposed to the entire year program.

The Botanical Medicine Institute is located at the Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic in the historic village of Clifton Springs, New York, which has been a center of healing and health care traditions for more than 160 years. The Botanical Medicine Institute is proud to continue and expand upon these rich traditions.

Dr. Les Moore is a multiple generation herbalist from the Southern Appalachian tradition. He serves as the director of integrative medicine at Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic in Clifton Springs, NY. He received a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and is the author of Classical Formulas in the Western Herbal Tradition. He has been the Director of the Botanical Medicine Institute for over a decade and has trained many fantastic herbalists.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (315) 462-0190
E-mail: classicalformulas@hotmail.com
Web site: http://www.classicalformulas.com, http://www.thespringsofclifton.com
Address: 2 Coulter Road  
Clifton Springs, NY 14432 USA

East West School of Herbology

The East West Courses are a unique combination of Western, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese herbology. Many of the graduates of our 36 Lesson Professional Herb Course program have obtained professional membership status in the American Herbalists Guild (AHG). This is important since the AHG is the only professional clinical herbalists organization in North America.
Herbal medicine in North America has grown from an off-beat interest promoted by a handful of non-mainstream adherents, to an 8 billion dollar a year mainstream business -- and it's still growing. Increasingly we see professional medical practitioners including medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, chiropractors, acupuncturists to non-professional lay persons exhibit a keen interest in herbal medicine prompted at the behest of their patients. The reason is clear: Herbs work. For this, there is no dispute even by those who would be normally critical of so-called 'alternative medicine.' As a result, there is an urgent need for qualified people in the growing professions of clinical herbology, herbal pharmacy, herbal research, herb cultivation and wildcrafting, herbal marketing and product development.
Throughout the last several decades Michael Tierra and the East West School of Herbology have been in the forefront of the herbal renaissance, promoting its widespread growth and acceptance throughout the Western world. To increase the standards, credibility and acceptance of clinical herbalism, in 1989 Michael founded the American Herbalists Guild.
There is no shortcut to mastery. Courses and schools that purport to offer 'master herbalist' (MH) or other misleading degrees, often based on a 'quickie' weekend or a single week-long workshop, have no guaranteed legal professional standing. Be that as it may, there is a growing number of professional herbalists throughout North America. Many of these are graduates of the East West Herb Course, which represents a comprehensive and thorough herbal training program. (See the "Student Profiles" on the bulletin board). Our graduates are confident and competent herbalists!
Remember; one can learn hundreds of herbs, but that knowledge is clinically worthless without its integration into a traditional system of diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, only the East West Herb Course systematically integrates the three main systems of herbal medicine based on the traditional practice of Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic (East Indian) herbal medicine.
We believe that herbal medicine is not simply another profession, but an inspired calling. It is to this inner calling, as well as the increasing numbers of students who feel drawn to the study of herbal medicine, that we dedicate our teachings. If you are one of those who feel such inner promptings, come journey with us down this heartfelt path of wonder and learning. A wise person once said that whatever energy is expended towards education is never lost. Enroll in one of our courses today and let it serve as your guide on your personal 'Way of Herbs.'

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (800) 717-5010
Fax: (831) 336-4548 (FAX)
E-mail: herbcourse@planetherbs.com
Web site: http://www.planetherbs.com
Address: P.O. Box 275  
Ben Lomond, CA 95005 USA

David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies

Good herbalists treat people, not diseases, and in our program we strive to teach the skills necessary so that each student can accomplish that goal. We focus on differential diagnosis skills, materia medica and therapeutics which are essential to individualize treatment and help patients to not only resolve symptoms, but create constitutional change needed for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (908) 835-0822
E-mail: office@dwherbal.com
Web site: http://www.herbalstudies.org
Address: P.O. Box 553  
Broadway, NJ 08808 USA

New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal Studies

New Eden offers two programs in herbal studies. The Certified Herbalist track educates the student in how to wisely and effectively recommend herbal preparations and products to consumers and clients. The foundational courses add to this program. This track requires 5 to 8 months to complete via distance learning. The Medical Herbalist (MH) track offers an in-depth and complete herbalist curriculum. Students are taught from a science and clinical prospective how to effectively operate as a medical herbalist. This track requires 18 to 24 months to complete via distance learning.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 630.403.8149
E-mail: info@newedenschool.com
Web site: http://www.newedenschool.com
Address: P.O. Box 5393  
Glendale Heights, IL 60139 USA

Northwest Institute of Ayurveda

The Northwest Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) was founded in 2006 in order to serve the growing interest in Ayurveda and sustainability medicine. Our mission is to provide evolutionary education for personal, professional and planetary transformation. Since 2006, our programs and services have expanded to include Clinical Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Herbalist, Ayurvedic Massage and Aromatherapy training, as well as Ayurvedic Health Consultations and Panchakarma Retreats. Our goal is to enhance individual, societal and ecological health. We emphasize the sustainability model inherent within the Vedic sciences such as Ayurveda, Yoga, Vastu Vidya (Vedic “feng shui”) and Jyotisha (Vedic astrology). Ayurveda is truly wholistic. It addresses the human desire for heallh on all levels—body, mind, spirit, family, community, and environment. It is one of the fastest growing fields of complementary medicine today. Become a part of this planetary healing revolution!

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (707) 601-9025
E-mail: info@ayurvedicliving.com
Web site: http://www.ayurvedicliving.com
Address: 1433 11th Street, Suite G  
Arcata, CA 95521 USA

Natural Nurse® Herbal Certification Course

Ellen Kamhi, PHD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC
www.naturalnurse.com

I have been learning and teaching the medicinal use of herbs since 1964, as well as providing information to thousands of individuals on how to use herbs for themselves, their patients and their families. I am a medical school professor, and taught medicinal pharmacognocy at the masters level for many years. I am also a hands on indiginous herbalist with a strong belief in interspecies communication with plants and other living and earth based personalities, as well as a wildcrafter. As I travel around the world giving lectures and workshops, I get many requests for more in depth classes, and the opportunity to apprentice with me.
This correspondence course will afford you that opportunity.
The course is conducted via individual webinar training. I will send you a link to a powerpoint, and then we will mutually choose a time (about an hour) to review the slides. As I discuss each topic, we will go into many aspects that are mentioned on each slide in a much more comprehensive way, giving you in depth data on how to collect, purchase and use each individual herb for yourself and your family.
Before we complete each lecture, I will email you a specific assignment that must be completed before our meeting. Depending on the level of the topic, it will be basic or more advanced. For example, I might ask you to go to your local health food store, and read the ‘other ingredients’ and ‘standardization claims’ on a few different herbal products. We will then discuss the significance of your findings. For a more advanced course, I may ask you to identify 2 alkaloid and 2 glycoside substances found in a particular herb, and what medicinal value they have, along with possible adverse effects that they may provoke. Don’t worry, if you are a beginner, we will have covered all the initial classes you would need in order to know how to access that kind of information. Since I am both a traditional wildcrafting herbalist, AND a Professor of Botanical Pharmacognocy, I can take you as far as you want to go. Therefore, this course is appropriate for both the beginner and the professional, who would like to go more deeply into understanding the world of sentient as well as chemical interactions between plants and humans.
You can take this course as an individual, or share it with up to 5 others, since I will send a link to up to five individuals of your choosing if you choose the group rate.
Each class is $ 50 for an individual, or $ 100 for a group.
After completing 5 classes, you will receive a certification. Each additional 5 classes completed, will yield an additional certificate. I have over 50 topics available for 10 levels of certifications. The certification will indicate the number of hours of study, and the level of the course work that you have completed.

I look forward to sharing my decades of knowledge with you, and to learning from you as well, because as a teacher, I am also a perpetual student.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 800.829.0918
E-mail: naturalalt@juno.com
Web site: http://www.naturalnurse.com/education
Address:  
Oyster Bay, NY USA

Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences

The Blue Heron Academy is dedicated to uplifting and positively promoting the image of natural and alternative healthcare and to providing motivated students the opportunity to vastly improve their career and their life. Herbal Medicine, Clinical Nutrition and Diet & Weight Management are the foundation courses which are all included, and must be taken, within the comprehensive curriculum of the Holistic Health Practitioner Program. Holistic health emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual, and lifestyle values.  This all-inclusive program is ideal for health professionals who wish to incorporate holistic health principles into their practices and for all individuals who wish to incorporate these principles into their lives.  The Blue Heron Academy also provides training in medical massage and manual therapy, personal training and sports science, paramedical skincare, and in allied medical fields.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 616-285-9999, 888-285-9989 Toll Free
Fax: 616-956-7777 (FAX)
E-mail: info@blueheronacademy.com
Web site: http://www.blueheronacademy.com
Address: 2040 Raybrook SE, Suite 104  
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 USA

HEARTSTONE HERBAL SCHOOL

Heartstone Herbal School provides a strong foundation for a life-long relationship with plants as medicine. We visit the places where plants live and learn to harvest and use them in respectful and sustainable ways. We visit the anatomy & physiology of the body to assist our use of the plants as medicine. The person, the plant and the planet are viewed and taught in this holistic manner. We value the interface of science and spirit as a rich and nourishing place. Our curriculum grows out of the place where they meet. Please visit our website for more information.

Co-Directors & Instructors: Tammi Sweet & Kris Miller

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:
ONLINE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY FOR HERBALISTS Twice/year formally offered but available year round with most features. Taught by Tammi Sweet, MS, LMT.

LOTIONS & POTIONS: MAKING HERBAL CREAMS & SALVES. Taught by Kris Miller & Tammi Sweet of Heartstone. Sunday, March 16th, 2014, 1:30-5:30. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY. LMT CEU's available. Offered 2-3/year

WINTER CARE FOR COLDS & FLU. Sunday, January 19th, 2014. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY Taught by Tammi Sweet & Kris Miller of Heartstone. 607-589-4619
 

2014 HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
In the beauty of the NY Finger Lakes, come explore the green world and the gifts of plant medicine. Our 6-weekend program offers an informative & experience-based foundation for the life-long journey of becoming a practitioner of herbal medicine.  Discover traditional & time-tested ways to support your health & nourish your friends, family & community.
Course includes:
Diverse plants & their healing properties
Herbal preparations & remedies
Wild edibles & wild crafting
Anatomy & physiology of body systems
Diverse medicine-making including infusions & decoctions, tinctures, creams, salves, syrups, powders & more!
Deepening your relationship with the plants.

Please see our website for more information and dates. Enrollment is limited to 26 participants.

Please note: Our new website is under construction and will be up and running by April 2014.
Find us on Facebook at Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 607.589.4619
E-mail: info@heart-stone.com
Web site: http://www.heart-stone.com, http://www.tammisweet.com
Address: 301 Brink Road  
Van Etten, NY 14889 USA

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