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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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

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.
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 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

The Philo School of Herbal Energetics

At the Philo School of Herbal Energetics, we teach herbal medicine. From seed to harvest to producing tinctures, salves, hydrosols, and other products, students experience every stage of the herbal medicine process. Get out of the classroom and into the dirt! If you want to gain real-world understanding of effective and natural herbal medicines, join us for Herbal Energetics classes and internships. Grow it, know it!
Located on 16 acres of enchanted land in southern Mendocino County, with large medicinal gardens and overseen by redwood forests, here you can experience learning to grow herbs as well as use them. We are two and one half hours north of San Francisco and one half an hour east of the Pacific Ocean. It is an ideal climate for many many herbs - we have over three hundred diverse medicinal plants here.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 707-895-3007
E-mail: mpatpalm@herbalenergetics.com
Web site: http://www.herbalenergetics.com
Address: 2400 Highway 128  
Philo, CA 95466 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


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