Herbal Events Calendar

Welcome to the AHG Calendar of Herbal Events.  If you have an event that you think would be of interest to our members and those who visit this website, send a description and contact information to specialprojects@americanherbalistsguild.com

Rosemary Gladstar's Science and Art of Herbalism Course
Offered by: Twin Star Connecticut's School of Herbal and Energetic Studies
When: December 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019

This 10 Lesson course includes Rosemary’s core curriculum, a specially designed binder, correction of all homework, and a certificate upon successful completion of the course. The Lessons are designed to provide practical, hands-on experience with each assignment designed to enrich your personal experience with the plant world.

Phone: (860) 350-0077
Restorative Medicine Herbal Certification Program
Offered by: The Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM), a non-profit professional association with over 15 years experience providing science- based integrative medical education.
When: January 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020

When: Start the on- demand learning as early as January 1, 2019. Registration closes March 1, 2019. Program is completed in May 2020.

Description: Are you a practicing clinician who is inspired to learn the foundations about how to use herbs to improve treatment outcomes, but don’t know where to start? Finally, there’s a botanical medicine program designed for busy physicians like you. The Restorative Medicine Herbal Certification program fills an existing gap in botanical medicine education for practitioners whose medical education did not include herbs. The program builds on your existing clinical experience; expands your proficiency in natural treatments; and offers flexibility to fit into your busy schedule  via a combination of in-person events, online webinars and on demand recordings.

Key Faculty: Includes Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Christopher Hobbs, PhD, Chanchal Cabrera, Kevin Spelman, PhD and many other herb experts. They will focus on clinical applications of key herbs, herb safety, interactions and contraindications. The program was

Earn up to 60 CME Credits! Special discount for this charter program, and payment plans are available.

For more information, visit: https://restorativemedicine.org/herbal/
Herbalist Certificate Program
Offered by: Green Path Herb School
When: January 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019

A comprehensive program catering to those interested in becoming professional herbalists, this curriculum is designed to provide a total immersion into natural healing and medicinal plants. Students will take away from this course the skill set and confidence needed to practice herbalism. Discover a new and exciting direction in your life: explore the ancient art and modern science of herbal healing!

Herbalist Certificate Program:

  • 450+ class hours over a span of 6 months. Classes start January 28, 2019 and runs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week from 9am-4pm, with several wildcrafting field trips. The program ends the third week of July. This program is in house only.

Curriculum:

  • Herbal Therapeutics, Materia Medica, Wildcrafting/Field Trips, Medicine Making, Botany, Nutrition, Western Constitutional Herbal Medicine, Herbal Actions and Energetics, Plant Constituents & Contraindications, Student Research Projects, Herbal Perspectives on Health Issues, Aromatherapy, Gardening, Permaculture, Wild Foods, Plant Spirit Medicine, History of Western Herbalism, Ayurveda, Physical Assessment, Flower Essences, Clinical Skills, Botanical Drawing, Herbal Body Care, Chinese Herbs and Medicine.
  • Upon completion, each student will receive a certificate. Completion entails completing all assignments and missing no more than 8 class days throughout the program.
Phone: (406) 274-2009
Herbal Foundations Certificate Program
Offered by: Green Path Herb School
When: January 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019

It is time to get excited about plants and awaken your passion for natural healing! This year long, one weekend a month program is for the beginning to intermediate student who wants more in depth knowledge about medicinal plants.

Make a deeper connection to the earth. Discover the healing properties of medicinal plants – a special and unique part of our world. Come on a journey with us and experience an intimate connection with healing herbs including many that grow in our area. Students will foster a life long relationship with herbs as we explore the healing power of plants and the study of herbal medicine. The Herbal Foundations Certificate Program is valuable, both for herb enthusiasts and professionals* wanting to add to their healing repertoire.


The Herbal Foundations Program

  • Herbs for Body Systems: Respiratory System, Cardiovascular System, Nervous System, Reproductive System, Kidneys and Bladder, Liver and Digestive System, Skin, Muscular Skeletal System, Lymphatic System, Immune System
  • Medicine Making: Medicine making tools, Herb drying and processing, Capsule making, Tinctures, Cough syrups, Salves, Herbal oils, Teas, Decoctions, Poultices, Liniments, Hydrotherapy
  • Field Trips: Wildcrafting plants of the Rocky Mountains, Medicinal Gardens, Wildcrafting Ethics
  • Actions & Energetics: Herbal properties and effects
  • Materia Medica: Learn the healing properties of specific plants, many from our own region.
  • Students will complete Herbal Foundations with a full natural medicine chest created with their own hands, as well as a certificate upon completion of the course. Completion entails completing all assignments and missing no more than 3 classes throughout the program.
Phone: (406) 274-2009
A New Course of Quarterly Sessions in 2019!
Offered by: Dennis Klocek
When: January 31, 2019 to October 19, 2019

A New Course of Quarterly Sessions in 2019!
Thursday evenings to Saturday afternoons:
Jan 31-Feb 2      May 2-4      July 18-20        Oct 17-19

Course fee: $250 for each quarterly session.

This new quarterly offering by Dennis Klocek will address these areas of plant management based on insights gained from alchemical methods, as they appear in the course of a grower's year. Designed for serious gardeners as well as the commercial grower, the goal of these offerings is to provide abundant practical insights into the production of the highest quality plants for food and medicine.

To grow exceptional plants requires the blending of three disciplines:

  • Morphology: the study of plant forms based on the scientific works of Goethe.
  • Plant Nutrition:  the study of soil types, climate influences, plant evolution and physiology.
  • Phenology: the study of the cycles in nature linked to the sun and moon.

Each session will involve plant study, alchemical methodologies, and planetary rhythm influences that when integrated improve dramatically the quality of cultivated plants.

For more information, visit: http://steinercollege.edu/farm19/
The Language of Tropical Flowers & Medicinal Plants Retreat in Costa Rica
Offered by: Twin Star Connecticut's School of Herbal and Energetic Studies
When: February 19, 2019

Cacao, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Ginger, Turmeric, Hibiscus, Neem and Passionflower! A handful of herbs that we as herbalists and plant healers work with nearly everyday but may not have had the opportunity to get to know intimately in our own climate, but grow feverishly in Costa Rica.

Join us in the abundant Talamanca region of Costa Rica for this in depth immersion into The Language of Flowers & Medicinal Plants.  While we will be working directly with the beautiful tropical flowers and plants that surround us, participants will learn skills that are applicable across the globe. Most of our time will be spent outside working directly with the abundant flowers and plants that surround us in coastal Talamanca as well as participating in local cultural activities, hikes, plant walks, cooking classes, and more!

Additional Activities:

Visit to local farmer market, jungle hike with local naturalist, visit to local indigenous BriBri traditional chocolate and medicinal plant tour, Afro-Costa Rican medicinal plant walk, Bushmedicine of the Caribe Sur class. There will be plenty of time to hang out on the Caribbean Sea, just one block from our outdoor classroom!

This annual tour is based out of Wild Ginger Community Herbal Center (fomrally Centro Ashé). Wild Ginger Community Herbal Center is located on the south Caribbean side of Costa Rica in a region called Talamanca. 

Students will receive 50 certificate hours in Tropical Herbalism from Twin Star Herbal Education.

Phone: (860) 350-0077
Foundations of Herbalism Level 1 Herbal Certificate Training
Offered by: Twin Star Connecticut's School of Herbal and Energetic Studies
When: March 4, 2019 to October 31, 2019

Our most popular herbal training! This program will meet twice a month throughout the growing season, March through October. Each session focuses on local healing plants and remedies meant to correlate with the seven sacred healing centers (chakras) and the corresponding system of the body. We honor and recognize the significant connection between well-being and our direct relationship with nature. This program 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 all around us. By strengthening our knowledge and understanding of herbal wisdom we reclaim our health back into our own hands and continue to evolve the healing exchange between our communities, our planet and ourselves.

Phone: (860) 350-0077
For more information, visit: http://www.twinstartribe.com/#/foundations/
Beyond French Aromatherapy - A New Generation
Offered by: New York Institute of Aromatic Studies
When: March 25, 2019 to March 29, 2019

Confused about the validity and safety of internal use of essential oils?
Interested in more in-depth clinical aromatherapy education?
Advance your skills and knowledge of the medicinal benefits and applications of essential oils and hydrosols with the Aromatic Medicine Certificate Course.

Core Topics
Aromatic Medicine - A New Generation
Explorations into a new generation of aromatherapy. Reframing French Aromatherapy Health and 21st Century Wellness, Introduction to Western Energetics, Essential Oils and the 6 Tissue States, Essential Oil Therapeutics including mechanisms of action (e.g. Antispasmodic activity and calcium channels)

The Essential Oils
Cultivating our relationship with essential oils.

Essential oils: Anise (Pimpinella anisum), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Black pepper (Piper nigrum), Carrot Seed (Daucus carota), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), Clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), Eucalyptus globulus, Fennel, Sweet (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce), Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Inula (Inula graveolens), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Lemon (Citrus limon), Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana), Melissa (Melissa officinalis), Green Myrtle (Myrtus communis), Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquinervia), Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Winter Savory (Satureja montana), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Phytochemistry
Ecological Pharmacology, The Role of Chemistry in Aromatic Medicine, Overview of Aromatic Phytochemistry, Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Monoterpene Alcohols, Sesquiterpene Alcohols and Diterpene Alcohols, Aldehydes, Esters, Ketones, Phenols, Phenylpropanoids, Ethers, Oxides, Furanocoumarins / Sesquiterpene Lactones

Routes of Administration, Dosage and Safety
Overview of Methods of Application, Pharmacology and Aromatherapy, Cutaneous Route (dermal application), Dermal and General Safety, Oral Route (internal), Suppositories and Pessaries, Inhalation and Diffusion, Safety and Aromatic Medicine, includes: Methods of Application chart

Aromatic Medicine Making
Exploring Methods of Application for Aromatic Medicine, How to make Essential Oil Capsules, About Aromatic/Herbal Pastilles, How to make Aromatic/Herbal Pastilles, How to make Suppositories, How to make a Pessaries (Vaginal suppositories), How to make Cough Syrup, How to make Cough Drops

Distillation and Hydrosol Explorations
We will be heading over to my house to harvest and distill on a sunny day during the class. Let's pray for sun and warmth! Explorations of the role of hydrosols in aromatic medicine will be covered.

Synthesis and Formulation
The Formulation Framework, The Consultation, Selection Criteria and Formulation, Methods of Delivery/Application, The Practice of Aromatic Medicine

Applied Aromatic Medicine
Aromatic Medicine and Infectious Disease, Aromatic Medicine and the Skin, Aromatic Medicine and the Respiratory System, Aromatic Medicine and the Digestive System, Aromatic Medicine and the Reproductive System, Aromatic Medicine and the Urinary System, Aromatic Medicine and the Nervous System

Who is this course for?

  • Individuals interested in deepening their knowledge of aromatic medicine.
  • Aromatherapy practitioners seeking to expand their knowledge and application of essential oils.
  • Herbalists interested in integrating aromatic medicine into their practice.
  • Individuals working with multi-level marketing and other companies who recommend the use of essential oils internally or have products on the market such as herbal supplements.
For more information, visit: http://www.aromaticstudies.com
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine, Tempe, Arizona
When: March 29, 2019 to March 31, 2019

• Obesity Epidemic: Hormonal and Metabolic Disruption
• Naturopathic Strategies for Mold Exposure
• Comparing Immune Modulating Botanicals with Drugs
• Migraines: Pathophysiology and Differential Treatment
• Acute Opiate Withdrawal: An Herbal Protocol
• Panel: Botanicals and Cancer Immunotherapy
• Pre-conference Intensive: Neurological and Cognitive Decline: Traditional Solutions and Modern Science with Jason Miller, DACM, LAc
Plus herb walks and medicine making demonstrations in the herb garden. Early bird registration by February 20.  CE credits for health professionals.

Phone: (541) 482-3016
For more information, visit: https://www.botanicalmedicine.org/
2019 Midsouth Women's Herbal Conference
When: April 12, 2019 to April 14, 2019

The Midsouth Women’s Herbal Conference is a weekend dedicated to celebrating women and the wonders of plants, herbs and Mother Nature. It is a time to retreat, connect and learn together. The event will be held at Camp Skyline in Mentone, AL on Lookout Mountain.

With over 30 workshops and special activities like yoga, drum circles, Red Tent gatherings, ceremonies and an herbal tea party, there's no shortage of things to enjoy. Camp Skyline also offers a relaxing space to rest, enjoy time in nature, journal and connect with friends.

Over 200 women gathered for the first conference in 2018! We hope you'll join us in 2019 for year two!

Spiritual Path- A Medicine Women Herbal Apprenticeship
Offered by: Twin Star Connecticut's School of Herbal and Energetic Studies
When: April 13, 2019 to December 8, 2019

Throughout this Medicine Woman's Way Herbal & Spiritual Healing Course will explore all aspects of female health, including birth and death, by walking through each stage of the holy trinity, the maiden, mother and crone.  Each month will include the following: ceremony, song, ritual, herbs & essences, recipes & self-care, journeys and meditations, all meant to foster personal growth and/or build upon additional healing and herbal practices. Through this immersion into the goddess tradition and the divine feminine, Sisters will gain a deeper understanding of traditional medicine ways and will re-awaken their own inner wise woman. Steep yourself in the ancient wisdom of herbal and plant spirit medicine, embrace the healing gifts of the Woman’s Medicine Way and empower yourself through self love, healing and reconnection to the oldest healing tradition known on Earth.

Class Schedule
This 125 Hour Medicine Woman's Way Herbal & Spiritual Healing Course (75 classroom/50 Home Study) will usually meet the second Saturday of each month from 10-6 of April-December. Classes will be held at Twin Star Herbal Education, and we will be outdoors as much as possible in natures classroom.  Dates: April 7, May 12, June 9, July 7, August 11, September 15, Oct 13, Nov 10 and Dec 8th.

Program Details
125 Certificate Hours from Twin Star Herbal Education
If you are interested in joining us for this one of a kind experience please send us an email for an application and interview. This class is open to women only. Men, please feel free to join is in our Foundations of Herbalism of Science & Art of Herbalism classes.

Phone: (860) 350-0077
Midwest Women's Herbal 3-Day Immersions
When: May 28, 2019 to May 30, 2019

Almond, WI

In 2019 Midwest Women's Herbal is offering Two (2) 3-Day Immersions before the main conference.  Join us at Camp Helen Brachmann for 3 days of deep learning; full descriptions of the immersions can be found at midwestwomensherbal.com!


Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference Death Doula Immersion & Certification Program: with Rebekah Dawn, B.A. Psychology & Kari Kercher, BSN

Abundantly Well: A Journey into the Complementary Integrated Medicine Revolution with the Seven Medicines: with Susun Weed

For more information, visit: http://midwestwomensherbal.com
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, Black Mountain, NC
When: May 31, 2019 to June 3, 2019

Over forty presentations including:
• Slow the Decline: New Developments in Brain Boosting Herbs
•  Receptor Networks and Botanicals Affecting Them
•  The Anti-Aging Power of Sleep
•  Herbal Medicine and Eye Health (Demonstration of External Remedies)
•  Naturopathic Therapies for Stroke Recovery
•  Latest Research on Botanicals for Psychiatric Conditions
• Pre-conference Intensive: The Impact of Stress on Accelerated Aging: Botanical Remediation with Lise Alschuler, ND

Plus medicine making classes and forest herb walks. Early bird registration by March 5.  CE credits for health professionals.

Phone: (541) 482-3016
For more information, visit: https://www.botanicalmedicine.org/
8th Annual Midwest Women's Herbal Conference: Nourishing Ourselves and Our Communities
When: May 31, 2019 to June 2, 2019

Keynote Speakers: Venice Williams & Mimi Hernandez

Almond, WI

Join us for a gathering of the feminine, with a wide spectrum of acclaimed herbalists and earth-based speakers. Explore plant walks and topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, movement, herbal wisdom, wise woman ways and much more!  Go to midwestwomensherbal.com for a list of workshops offered in 2019

For more information, visit: http://midwestwomensherbal.com
Midwest Women's Herbal Pre-Conference Workshops
When: May 31, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019 from 9am - Noon

Almond, WI

Join us before the main conference or as a stand alone!  5 incredible instructors to choose from, sharing their knowledge in a 3 hour workshops.
Nurturing Herbal Spiritualism - Re/Creating Herbal Rituals & Traditions: with Venice Williams

Berry Medicine Hands On: with Mimi Hernandez

The Clinical Herbalist: Putting together your knowledge and skills to become a clinician: with Bevin Clare

Herb/Drug Interactions: How Real Are They?: with Susun Weed

Native Drum Making: with Jacquelyn Weber

Pediatric Herbalism for Parents and Professionals: with Mary Lou Singleton

For more information, visit: http://midwestwomensherbal.com
2019 Vancouver Island Herb Gathering
When: June 7, 2019 to June 9, 2019

We are pleased and excited to announce the 4th biennial Vancouver Island Herb gathering. Bigger, better and even more fun than before!  We have added Friday afternoon classes, included Friday dinner in the meal plan and will be offering more Monday intensives as well.

Our theme is Herbal medicine in the Community. We will have many classes centered around deepening our connections with plants and people. A diverse array of teachers will be joining the conversation, including growers, practitioners, school representatives, social activists, herbal thought leaders and more…

Past participants have said the Vancouver Island Herb Gathering is the most valuable herbal conference and information they have ever found. You don’t want to miss it.

For more information, visit: https://herbgathering.org/
BEYOND THE VEIL: RECLAIMING THE WISE & WILD WOMAN, JUNE 20-26, 2019, SCOTLAND
Offered by: Sacred Warrior
When: June 20, 2019 to June 26, 2019

As women we encompass many parts that have long been kept hidden. But, the world is changing and it’s time to meet ourselves for all that we are. This retreat will support and inspire you to reclaim facets of yourself that have too long been veiled.

THESE RETREATS AT THE ECOYOGA CENTRE INCLUDE:

Daily movement & meditation practices • European herbalism in folklore, magic, healing & ritual

Creative writing, journaling and storytelling • Hikes & Excursions

Earth Ally & Meditation Work • Work with the elements: earth, water, fire, air, ether • Plant Medicine and wildcrafting

Time for reflection and sharing • Delicious Organic Meals • Outdoor Bathing, Sauna & Hot Tub

Immersion in nature

MAGIC, MEDICINE & MYTH: JUNE 29- JULY 4, 2019, SCOTLAND
Offered by: Sacred Warrior
When: June 29, 2019 to July 4, 2019

This retreat is a grounding in what’s real: an opportunity to reconnect to that wild part of you that knows. There’s a word they use in Scotland, ‘ken’, which means something between knowledge and understanding, it speaks to your wider intuitive self, your instinctual self and your deepest self. Come feel the kenning and know that once felt, it never leaves. Magic, medicine and myth, it’s right here.

THESE RETREATS AT THE ECOYOGA CENTRE INCLUDE:

Daily movement & meditation practices • European herbalism in folklore, magic, healing & ritual

Creative writing, journaling and storytelling • Hikes & Excursions

Earth Ally & Meditation Work• Work with the elements: earth, water, fire, air, ether • Plant Medicine and wildcrafting

Time for reflection and sharing • Delicious Organic Meals • Outdoor Bathing, Sauna & Hot Tub

Immersion in nature

RECLAIM, RELEASE & REWILD: A HEALING ADVENTURE IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, JULY 11-16, 2019
Offered by: Sacred Warrior
When: July 11, 2019 to July 16, 2019

This experience will provide space and support for your re-enchantment: plunging into your own history and ecology in relationship with the land. Our practices and excursions will renew the sense of wonder and presence that is your birthright and open channels of creativity to strengthen your sense of who you are.

Through hiking, foraging, wildcrafting and exploration of the rugged terrain, you’ll re-kindle relationship with the land. Through Sacred Warrior movement practice, you’ll reveal innate wisdom and strength. With elemental herbalism, you’ll experience the interdependence between the individual and environment. Through storytelling, you’ll explore your personal story and how your narrative influences each and every experience. Join us on this healing adventure to reclaim, release and rewild.

About Alladale:

Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a 23,000-acre gem in the Scottish Highlands. They work hard keep their part of Scotland truly wild, by replanting lush forest and reintroducing original Highland plant & animal species. Alladale’s rugged terrain, dramatic glens, colorful hills, glistening rivers, and herds of majestic red deer will take your breath away.

You’ll stay at their luxury Victorian lodge. A portion of the accommodation revenue is transferred to their partner, The European Nature Trust. So by staying, you will contribute directly to a variety of conservation and restoration efforts throughout Europe.

For more information, visit: https://sacredwarrior.co/register/alladale/
Ayurveda Overseas Study Program
Offered by: Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM)
When: September 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019

The classical texts of Ayurveda contain a vast body of knowledge based on a perennial philosophy that provides for deep insights into the nature of health and healing. Rather than simply being a stale body of knowledge, Ayurveda is based on empirical observations and practices that have been maintained and supported by an authentic living tradition for thousands of years.  With a recent emphasis upon the Western academic model, however, this type of traditional knowledge is at risk of being lost in India, and is only maintained by a precious few traditions. The focus of the Ayurveda Overseas Study Program is to introduce students to two authentic and distinctly unique lineages of traditional Ayurveda, found today in modern-day Nepal and southern India.

In its entirety, the Ayurveda Overseas Study Program consists of 10 weeks of overseas training, consisting of two five week programs that can be taken together or individually. The first five week program takes place in Kathmandu, Nepal, where students will be introduced to the 800 year old Bajracharya lineage. Here students will learn clinical techniques in Ayurveda from several different physicians, including Vaidya MB Bajracharya, a hereditary physician of Ayurveda with 42 years clinical experience. Students will also have the opportunity to prepare and purify remedies such as sulfur and guggulu, as well as learn to make classical remedies such as Chyavanprash and Kaishora guggulu, and even how to prepare bhasma. After a week’s break, the program reconvenes in Kerala to introduce students to the Keraliya school of Ayurveda, to study with highly esteemed physicians including Vaidya KV Unnikrishnan, who was a direct disciple of the late Shree Poomully Neelakandan Namboodiripad. During this program, students will gain a unique insight into the Keraliya school of Ayurveda, learning valuable clinic techniques including some of the practices of pancha karma, the treatment of cancer, and the preparation of classical remedies.

Instructors: Todd Caldecott, Vaidya MB Bajracharya (Nepal), Vaidya KV Unnikrishnan (Kerala)

Dates: September - November, 2019