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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Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) is located in the small, historic capital city of Montpelier, nestled in the Green Mountains. We are embraced by an incredible diversity of plant ecosystems, including woodlands home to cohoshes and ginseng, bogs full of pitcher plants and lady’s slipper, and high meadows dense with yarrow and lobelia. Drawing on our equally diverse human community, VCIH grew out of the Sage Mountain Free Herbal Clinic, a collaborative learning and practice experiment founded in 2001. Now directed by Betzy Bancroft RH(AHG), Larken Bunce MS and Laura Litchfield, VCIH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing our community with healthcare resources grounded in Nature. We offer free and sliding-scale herbal consultations through our well-established community clinic, while providing comprehensive herbalist training programs that draw on the clinic as a rich educational resource.
VCIH offers a comprehensive 3-year Clinical Herbalist program that offers over 1200 hours of training, preparing students for work as professional herbalists. The curriculum weaves field experience with the plants and didactic classroom instruction. Emphasis is placed equally on understanding both energetic and physiologic impacts on health and illness, as well as on developing practitioner skills. Students spend a total of 18 months in the community clinic, 12 of which involve direct work with clients under supervision. Students also develop teaching skills by participating in our ongoing Community Education program. We welcome students with prior training or self-study to apply for advanced placement into the second or third year of the program. We also offer the first year as a stand-alone course—the Family Herbalist program, as well as a 9 month introductory course—the Herbal Roots Apprenticeship program.
Our curriculum and educational philosophies draw from our mission as an organization. We hope to further the empowerment and education of individuals in the use of traditional medicines in their own healthcare; to assert the necessity of the herbalist in an effective healthcare model; and to encourage a culture of ecological awareness, respect and deep relationship with Nature as the foundation for all healing.
Web site: http://www.vtherbcenter.org
Montpelier, VT 05602 USA
VITAL WAYS School of Holistic Clinical Herbalism
Vital Ways is a 1 to 3 year School that offers in-person Holistic Clinical Herbalist Certificate Training in Portland Oregon.
Our school empowers students with the knowledge and skills to work with the wisdom of nature to facilitate deep healing in themselves and others through the use of Traditional and Modern herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, mind-body medicine and holistic lifestyle. We view each person as a dynamic, interconnected whole person comprised of body, mind and spirit, and have seen that it is only by addressing the entire person, that deep and lasting changes in health can occur.
Our program teaches a complete method of practice, that educates students in every facet of herbalism from herbal usage, identification and medicine making, all the way to how to conduct a consultation, do tongue and pulse evaluation and how to incorporate nutrition in clinical practice.
Our programs feature passionate, experienced faculty from the Pacific Northwest and around the country.
We have 4 programs for people of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced practitioners, a Free Clinic, a Public Apothecary and an Education Center.
At Vital Ways we think that healthcare is an essential human right and our 3rd year Clinic Practicum students offer consultations in our Free Vitality Clinic.
Our school uses a modern educational perspective to keep costs down, and improve education so that our programs are affordable, flexible enough for people with busy schedules and gives students a complete method of practice.
So, if you’re looking for a truly holistic, experience based Herbal Medicine education, then check us out on our website, send us an email, give us a call or stop in for a tour if you’re in the area.
Web site: http://portlandherbalschool.com, http://vitalways.com
Portland, Oregon 97211 USA
Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine
Sowing the seeds of the herbal revolution 1 wildflower at a time. Start or continue on your path of herbal learning with us. Explore all aspects of North American Herbal Medicine from the personal, to the family, community and even clinical levels. Programs range from 125-500 hours of training in everything from outdoor plant walks, growing herbs, wild harvesting, preparation making, materia medica, body reading, clinical practice and so much more. Core Values:Learning and using bioregional Texas medicinal plants, Weedcrafting and Wildcrafting for the future, Deepening our connection to Plant Spirits, Making Herbalists and Herbal Medicine accessible to all parts of our community, Honoring oral tradition, Teaching our families and community responsible and safe use of herbal medicine. The Wildflower School has been offering community driven herbal education since 2005 in and around Austin Texas. Founded by Practicing Herbalist, Nicole Telkes, RH the school is not just as a journey into the green world, but a journey into the self. We provide intimate views of our own bodies, our connections to plants and other people, and working to be as self sufficient as possible in a world that changes quickly and has an uncertain future at times. We hope to provide students with a comfortable and nurturing learning environment, where students grow into budding herbalists while growing together as a strong and supportive herbal community.The goals of the programs are to:
provide a solid basis for learning how to study and practice as an herbalist
understand holistic approaches to using herbs in the human body based not only on pharmacology but vital response and humoral energetics (hot, cold, moist, dry)
identify local medicinal plants in the garden and field and any ecological concerns surrounding the plants
create unique and interesting preparations with medicinal plants (and other natural substances)
introduce the idea of working with clients and the human body in both a home and professional setting
learn to live with the seasons as a weedcrafter and gardener
learn how to access resources in your herbal community and add them into your practice as an herbalist
Web site: http://www.wildflowerherbschool.com
Cedar Creek, TX 78612 USA
Dedicated to educating and empowering people to heal themselves, their families and the earth, Wildwood Institute is run by Kathleen Raven Wildwood, a practicing herbalist for over 20 years. Offering Health Consulting Services; Hand-Made Products including High-Quality Locally-Grown Herbal Teas, Tinctures, and Ointments for common health problems (grown without pesticides); and Classes, including a comprehensive 3-year apprenticeship program.
The three year collegiate level apprenticeship offers hands on learning that explores the wisdom and magic of plants with a local connection and a fundamental understanding of the gifts nature offers its students.
Web site: http://www.wildwoodinstitute.com
Verona, WI 53593 USA