Herbalist Schools

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Northwest School for Botanical Studies

The Northwest School for Botanical Studies (NWSBS) offers two extensive programs including the 300 hour Professional Herbalist Training (PHT) Program and the Clinical Herbalist Training (CHT) Program; as well as classes for beginning and intermediate herbal studies. The PHT Program incorporates the following classes into the curriculum: herbal materia medica, physiology, herbal therapeutics, constitutional medicine, diagnostic skills, herbal pharmacy, kitchen pharmacy, field botany, gardening, aromatherapy, and clinical and business practicum. The emphasis of the materia medica is on the clinical uses of western plants, as well as the uses of some traditional Chinese herbs. Students will learn to identify plants in field and in the garden; although they are encouraged to cultivate their own gardens before they harvest plants in the wild. The kitchen pharmacy class trains students to incorporate the use of herbs into the diet, to maintain radiant health and vitality. The herbal pharmacy class includes many hours of “hands on” medicine making techniques and formulation; and provides instruction on many of the skills necessary to maintain an herbal pharmacy.

The Clinical Herbalist Training Program covers many case studies, treatment strategies, formulation, diagnostic techniques, pathophysiology, intake forms; techniques for creating a successful practice, and basic tools for practitioners to maintain their own health and vitality. Both the PHT and CHT programs emphasize a holistic and constitutional approach to foster client wellness. The Northwest School for Botanical Studies strives to provide the highest quality education possible to students who have a serious interest in pursuing herbal studies.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 707.826.7762
E-mail: herbaleducation@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.herbaleducation.net
Address: PO Box 4543  
Arcata, CA 95518 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

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

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

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

Mederi Foundation and Centre for Natural Healing

The Mederi Foundation and Mederi Centre For Natural Healing offer both a Level One and Level Two professional clinical training program in the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System, founded by Donald Yance, CN, RH (AHG).

Up to 20 healthcare practitioners are admitted for Mederi's clinical training programs each year to those who are committed to providing comprehensive care in the field of integrative (collaborative) medicine, specifically with an interest in The Eclectic Triphasic Medical System (ETMS). Training in the ETMS emphasizes advanced clinical applications of botanical, nutritional, and biological medicine principles within a multifaceted framework in order to successfully execute health-building interventions for enhancing patient vitality and lifespan. ETMS allows healthcare professionals to personalize, monitor and continually modify patient care, and is taught exclusively through the nonprofit Mederi Foundation and the Mederi Centre for Natural Healing in Ashland, Oregon. Who Should Attend? Oncologists, Oncology Professionals, Medical Doctors, Naturopathic Doctors, Acupuncturists, Oriental Medicine Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Registered Clinical Herbalists, Certified Nutritionists and Medical School Faculty. A minimum of 4 years managing patient care in the clinical setting is required for our Level One program.

Level 1: Fundamentals of the ETMS and Level 2: Advanced Clinical Applications of the ETMS in Cancer Care

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

American College of Healthcare Sciences

ACHS has delivered quality education and personal attention to students since 1978. Today, we offer convenient degree programs online with both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Complementary Alternative Medicine. ACHS also offers a wide variety of professional career programs including the Master Herbalist, Master Aromatherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Wellness Coach and Holistic Nutrition Consultant credentials. As a student in one of our DETC accredited online programs, you will receive the same quality education and level of support you should expect from a prestigious private college. By pursuing an education in holistic health at American College, you will be prepared to successfully enter the rapidly growing field of complementary alternative medicine. ACHS's professional programs provide the administrative, scientific, clinical, and ethical training required to become a successful holistic health professional

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 503.244.0726, 800.487.8839
Fax: 503.244.0727 (FAX)
E-mail: achs@achs.edu
Web site: http://www.achs.edu
Address: 5940 SW Hood Ave.  
Portland, OR 97239 USA

EarthSong Herbals

Our intention is to promote excellence in herbal practice. We provide students with beginning level herbal studies, intermediate and advanced classes in practitioner's skills. Visiting lecturers may include Matthew Wood, Anne McIntyre, David Dalton, Mindy Green and more. Check the website for the latest offerings.

Apprenticeship (BEGINNING)

Our weekends are spent absorbing knowledge of the plants on many levels. Margi’s focus is on a practitioner’s viewpoint. Lectures will be kept to a minimum. The joy of reading and accumulating wonderful herb books is encouraged. Introducing the identification, preparation, and wonder of herbs and their gifts is the emphasis. You will learn how to formulate teas, oils, salves, extracts and skin care products. We will introduce you to, and dance with, the expansive powers of flower essences, pure essential oils and the magic the green world has to offer.

Herbal Hours (INT) In-depth adventurous study enjoying one herb as our focal point. We expose ourselves to the pure essential oil, extract, infusion or decoction, infused oil, case studies using the plant, scientific research, doctrine of signatures, magical uses. This is an opportunity to learn practical formulations understanding the energetics of one herb. We will also learn to read the body for signs indicating the specific organ systems to strengthen.

ClinicCircle and Clinical Intensives (INT/ADV) Mentorship Program AHG
Become comfortable in clinical practice. 1-5 days of active office life with clients, formulation, preparation and helpful discussion to follow. Live the life of a practicing herbalist for five days, or come for one or two. Continuing education credits with the American Herbalists Guild are available on request. This is an opportunity to build your foundational skills, learn more on the use of herbs, supplements, flower essences, essential oils and the magical interaction of people with them.

Reading The Body (ALL)
Read the face, nails, tongue and body to understand indications of lines, blemishes, marks and colors. Understanding the cues of the organ/body correspondences is a precious gift (and a curse). Indications of hot, cold, damp dry and wind conditions can easily be read once you train your eyes to see. Margi shares the knowledge learned from her teachers and clients over the past three decades.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (781) 631-4312
E-mail: margi@earthsongherbals.com
Web site: http://www.earthsongherbals.com
Address: 10 Central Street  
Marblehead, MA 01945 USA

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

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

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