The following list is of AHG Registered Herbalists who have indicated their willingness to provide herbal mentorship. Students are encouraged to contact potential mentors directly. Please refer to the AHG Mentorship Handbook for tips on how to initiate a mentorship.
I have a background in botanical studies, plant conservation, community activism and herbal first aid clinics and have spent the last 20 years traveling around wild and weedy corners of North America studying and using bioregional native and naturalized medicinal plants. I am the Director and founder of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in Austin, which offers onsite and online education in holistic herbalism. I am also a founder of the Traditions Not Trademark Free Fire Cider campaign, working to protect our traditional remedies for future generations. I began my practice in the streets, as Direct Action Herbal and First Aid Support at large protests like the WTO. I then began training others in supporting street actions and went on to create and/or assist in several backwoods and indigenous-led clinics around the country. Studying and/or working with practitioners like Michael Moore, Margi Flint , Maria Elena Martinez ,Greta de la Montagne, Will Morris, Karyn Sanders, and Filiberto Delgado, led me into seeing clients in a more intimate, one on one scenario using assessment skills like body reading. I spent many years cultivating my knowledge and combining it with massage and bodywork skills. After teaching community herbalism for over a decade, I launched a clinical program at my school in 2012. I am now providing a mentorship to carefully screened herbalists around the country who want to take their herbalism and do something practical and apply it in a real world setting clinically. I am able to work onsite with folks in both Austin and Portland or online webinars/phone. I practice from a holistic western perspective peppered with the influences of the dozens of herbalists from the U.S., Mexico, and Europe that have made my practice what it is today. I have training and a pretty solid grasp of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Physiomedicalism, Eclecticism, Greek Medicine and other traditional healing systems. I specialize in using bioregional medicines and creating a garden-grown/weedy apothecaries, as well as work a lot with chronic skin issues, mental and spiritual health, woundcare and pain, gut imbalances, constitutional balance, creating clinics, emergency herbal first aid support, ethics, being a compassionate human, and cultural competency.
Hourly rate for mentorship 50/hr for AHG members 75/other or apply to join a group onsite at a reduced rate in Portland and Austin...
Michele Collins, RH(AHG), MPH
Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH has been practicing as a clinical herbalist since 2004, using traditional Chinese medicine in combination with Chinese, western, and Ayurvedic herbs, Chinese nutritional therapy, and medical qi gong. She uses qi gong to offer her clients the opportunity to deepen their ability to monitor and regulate their own health. She has a general practice, with a focus on women's health, psychological/mental health issues, digestive issues, allergies and asthma, the use of tonic herbs and formulas to address chronic depletion caused by illness or emotional trauma, as well as the seasonal applications of herbs, food, and qi gong. She maintains a raw herb and concentrated extract pharmacy and prepares customized formulations for all her clients (which include people and a few cats and dogs). Michele is a graduate and certified herbalist (EWCH) from Michael and Leslie Tierra's professional herbalist program, the East West School of Herbology. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Behavior from the UNC School of Public Health and worked as an evaluation consultant before becoming an herbalist. She has been a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) since 2007. In 2011, she lived in Chengdu, China for six months studying advanced Chinese herbal medicine in a hospital setting that integrated western medicine with traditional Chinese herbal medicine. She is a board member of the North Carolina Herb Association and teaches at their annual conference, Wild Herb Weekend. Michele co-authors a blog with her husband about a wide variety of topics including herbs, Chinese and other traditional healing systems, and qi gong. She also co-hosted an internet radio show with her husband called Holistic Healing with Herbs and Chinese Medicine. She has published in different publications such as the Journal of the American Herbalist Guild and has taught and spoken about herbal medicine for conferences and events targeting both the lay public, as well as medical professionals such as the Wake Forest Natural Triad Integrative Medicine Seminar Series and Sunrise Yoga Studio's Yoga teacher training. Distance and in person, $75/hour Clinical Specialties: Medical qi gong and integrating it with herbal medicine, seasonal application of herbs, qi gong/meditation and nutrition, Differential diagnosis and assessment, Nutritional medicine (Chinese nutritional counseling/therapy), Counseling skills for the herbalist, Building an appropriate referral network, Dispensing and formulating and medicine making; herbal pharmacy/cGMP issues, Office management, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Dosha assessment in Ayurvedic medicine
Leslie Williams, RH(AHG), M.Ed., Certified bicycle mechanic
I’ve been in herbal practice since 1985 – off the grid, at large music festivals and at marches, at walk-in free clinics and with clients I’ve worked with for 30 years. I work especially with elderly folks, people with chronic and auto-immune conditions, addictions, Lyme and spirit. I work in a mix of herbal traditions -Thomsonian, vitalist, rural southern USA, basic Ayurveda, TCM assessment, rural Cuban/old Florida. I work holistically and am committed to learning and using what is local. I have studied with many great herbalists you have never heard of including family, Sai, Paul Olko and Crazy Owl. I teach clinical skills to herbalists through Allegheny Herbal with the esteemed herbalist Leslie Alexander RH, as well as teaching as adjunct faculty at Arborvitae School of Traditional Herbalism in NYC and my work as an Ordinary Community Herbalist. I maintain a practice seeing clients including dogs and horses. I grow, wild-craft, barter and sometimes buy herbs for my apothecary. I co-founded an international natural body care company. I have managed large herbal (western and TCM) stores and food cooperatives and have worked as a corporate herbalist responsible for labeling, formulating products and training staff worldwide. Work with LGBTQ folk has always been part of my practice.
Clinical Specialties: Holistic physical assessments, ethics, differential diagnosis and assessment, nutrition, counseling skills, red flags for urgent referral, legal issues, formulating and medicine making, dosage and dispensing, herb/drug/nutrient interactions, business management, lab tests, spirit and rural southern traditional skills.
Other mentoring – in-depth advising and review of AHG application for professional membership. Research skills and scientific validation and exploration, editing. I work with sliding scale and will barter for practice speaking Spanish.
I live in Georgia and work and teach online as well as in person.
I garden, cook, bicycle, play banjo, practice zazen.
Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG)
My introduction to herbal medicine began years ago when I discovered my grandmother enjoyed making dandelion wine. It has been a long meandering journey since that time. My educational background has been completed from the School of Phytotherapy (UK), Dominion Herbal College (Canada), Wild Rose College of Natural Healing (Canada) and Iridology training (NIRA). I completed my formal training in 2000 and have been in private practice since that time in Vancouver and Port Moody, BC. Some of my own mentors through my journey in herbal medicine have been the late Christopher Hedley (UK), Chanchal Cabrera (Canada), and Rowan Hamilton (UK).
Since 2012, I am a clinic supervisor at the Dominion Herbal College student clinic -where I am also an instructor in their 4 year Clinical Herbal Therapy Program. I am adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic Institute where I have been teaching herbal medicine making and material medica since 2008. A natural health product formulator and contractor, for many years I ran a busy wellness center in downtown Vancouver with 15 practitioners; thus have had much experience with marketing and business management. For many years I was the dispensary manager at a busy local herb shop, Gaia Garden Herbal Dispensary in Vancouver, where I oversaw the compounding and formulations of products, quality control and good manufacturing policies. In the summer I teach herbal medicine classes at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens and UBC Farms - do check out their class listings.
I am the third term president of the Canadian Herbalist's Association of BC (CHA of BC) and the president of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA). I have also had experience in scope of practice, ethics and legal issues in Canada. I am familiar with quality control and GMP practices pertaining to formulations.
From 2000-20015, I appeared monthly on Global Televisions Morning News offering herbal medicine information to the public. This news segment was syndicated across Canada. I have written textbooks for the Canadian College of Natural Nutrition (2011) and in 2016 I published my first book: The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016) a medicine making book with recipes, color photographs, and monographs of 49 medicinal plants.
I have been trained in western herbal medicine and the bio medical area of herbalism. My area of specialty include women's health, (fertility, cervical dysplasia, menopause), skin disorders and digestive dis-ease. My prior university training was in Psychology, thus I also have a strong interest in the mind body connection and emotional component to dis-ease. I have created numerous program curriculums for Langara College including a Holistic Approach to ADHD and am currently teaching in the Strategic Resiliency Program for First Responders: A holistic and herbal medicine approach to trauma (PTSD). I teach at various herbal medicine conferences around the west coast each year. Personally, I find relaxation in yoga and running. I love photography, travelling to distant lands and learning from local elders.
My goal as a mentor is to assist you in gaining confidence in your practice. I can tailor our time to what skills you need most. I offer in person and distance mentorship options. Mentoring can be done via phone or skype on a twice per month schedule (with some email follow up). My rate is $ 70 per hour - available in 5 or 10 sessions. Sorry no trades. Mentoring can be combined with in-person student clinic training.
Frequently during the year, I hold a 1 week-in-person student training clinic allowing for students or new practitioners the opportunity to gain skills in a clinic environment, learning among one's peers. Apprenticing is a valuable experiential form of education providing a bridge for students to complete their formal education and prepare for clinical practice. Many students seek the guidance of a mentor in a clinic environment to become confident, skilled practitioners while completing their student clinic training hours to apply for professional membership in with the AHG or CHA of BC.
During this training time you have the ability to observe an experienced practitioner or senior students take case histories and clients, and develop your own skills with case history taking, record keeping and follow up consultations, create health protocols including nutritional and lifestyle advice, herbal medicine, essential oils and topical application of herbs. This is an opportunity to hone ones formulation skills, fine tune ones counselling techniques and gain compounding experience. Patients vary depending upon the week and can occur in person or via phone.
Please contact me directly regarding details including pre requisites for mentorship and an application form.