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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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.
Web site: http://www.newedenschool.com
Glendale Heights, IL 60139 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.
Phone: (908) 835-0822
Web site: http://www.herbalstudies.org
Broadway, NJ 08808 USA
Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine
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.
Web site: http://www.sylvanbotanical.com/
Oakland, CA 94609 USA
Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine
Earn your Community Herbalist Certificate at the Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine, directed by award-winning herbalist, apothecary director, teacher, forager and author Holly Bellebuono. Welcoming and robust, this is a fantastic introduction to the beauty and function of herbs for medicine—especially useful for beginning and intermediate herbalists, wellness coaches, doctors and midwives in training, ecologists, women’s specialists, and alternative healers.
The school offers 3 options:
1) On-site Easy. Easy and fun 1-day, 2-day, and 1-week workshops and retreats on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Join Holly to create, explore, taste, sample and learn. Classes consist of her trademarked Soulful Apothecary—exploring herbal medicine in the form of food; women’s studies; wildcrafting and identifying plants; and herbal medicine based on body system such as digestive, cardiovascular, and immune.
2) Distance. A distance program where students can enroll year-round and complete the course from their own home. This option, The Heritage & Healing Herbal Studies Program, is a 12-18 month self-paced curriculum that includes a core study of Holly’s 4-Tier Formula with physiology, materia medica, pharmacy, and positive self-empowerment. It consists of 19 lessons based on men’s and women’s body systems and Hands-On Apothecary Assignments using a variety of plants and techniques. Successful completion of the 19 Lessons confers a Certificate of Herbal Studies & Formulary.
3) On-site Intensive. Our on-site 3-Week Intensive teaches The Heritage & Healing Herbal Studies Program in a group setting for a dynamic and engaging exploration of herbal medicine. Includes hands-on experience harvesting and processing a wide variety of remedies and methods; also herb walks, field trips, garden and arboreta explorations, kitchen processing and methods, pharmacology and physiology, heritage and folklore, and more. Successful completion of the 3-Week Intensive confers a Community Herbalist Certificate.
Web site: http://www.vineyardherbs.com
West Tisbury, MA 02575 USA
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
Our classroom is the outdoors- garden, field, forest, mountain and stream. All of our classes are held outside at both the garden/school center(near Asheville, NC)and at various ecosystems featuring the beauty and extreme botanical diversity of the Southern Appalachians. Our model of teaching involves experiential or hands-on learning. Learning about the plants in person, where they grow, engages the senses as we smell, touch, see, and often taste our green allies. Rather than simply talking about a wild plant as food, we spend time together gathering wild edibles and preparing vital, delicious meals. We learn sustainable wildcrafting through the many hours spent on field trips ethically gathering wild medicinals and preparing tinctures, teas, and oils. Students will complete our program with a full natural medicine chest created by their own hands from fresh bioregional or organically grown herbs. Reverence for the sacredness of all life is part of our guiding philosophy and inspiration.
Web site: http://chestnutherbs.com
Leicester, NC 28748 USA
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.
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.
Phone: (781) 631-4312
Web site: http://www.earthsongherbals.com
Marblehead, MA 01945 USA
Maryland University of Integrative Health
The Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program at Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) combines current scientific research with centuries of tradition to provide students with a solid knowledge of the philosophy, theory, and practice of herbal medicine for the support and maintenance of health and well-being. As individuals increasingly take responsibility for their own healthcare, there are questions from consumers, pharmacists, physicians, and complementary medicine practitioners about issues of use, quality, and cross-effects with mainstream pharmaceuticals and treatments.
The program is designed to serve a critical need for education, research, and information in the field of herbal medicine by training graduates to become practitioners of excellence as well as leaders in research and in the production and standards of commercial botanical remedies. Graduates will:
• Have the competence and experience to be successful, practicing clinical herbalists.
• Provide guidance to practitioners, policy makers, academic researchers, and industry leaders concerning the standards of efficacy, quality, and safety of herbal products.
• Contribute to national efforts to promote the professional practice of herbal medicine and increase awareness of the value of herbal medicine and its role in integrative medicine.
• Provide educational programs for the wider community in the practice of herbal medicine.
• Develop a body of knowledge that will inform and assist clinicians and consumers in their use of herbal products.
• Build a bridge between conventional and herbal medicine practitioners.
The program provides students with a solid familiarity of the foundation of herbal medicine, human biology, and varied healing traditions. Each student will build a knowledge base of over 100 herbs, their traditional usage, the clinical research validating their usage, their dosage as well as known pharmacological effects and contraindications, toxicity, and possible drug interactions. The program offers the country’s first Master of Science in Herbal Medicine, providing students with a comprehensive, in-depth education in understanding the rich history, science, and complexity of herbal medicine.
Founded by Simon Mills, co-author of two of the world’s leading textbooks on herbal medicine, president of the British Herbal Medicine Association, and secretary of the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP). Led by Director James Snow with highly experienced and prestigious core faculty, along with distinguished guest lecturers.
Over 1000 hours of hands-on clinical training and experience, as well as, extensive training in the preparation and formulation of herbal remedies.
Phone: (410) 888-9048
Fax: (410) 888-9004 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.tai.edu
Laurel, MD 20723 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.
Phone: 616-285-9999 or 888-285-9989 Toll Free
Fax: 616-956-7777 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.blueheronacademy.com
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 USA
The Bastyr University mission is to educate future leaders in natural health sciences that integrate mind, body, spirit and nature. Through natural health education, research and clinical services, Bastyr improves the health and well-being of the human community
Phone: (425) 602-3330
Fax: (425) 602-3090 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.bastyr.edu
Kenmore, WA 98133 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.
Phone: (800) 372-8255
Web site: http://www.snh.cc/
Springville, UT 84062 USA