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. Read More
A Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda
Joyful Belly is the premier Ayurveda school for food and digestion. We have the most extensive clinical training of Ayurveda programs in the West, and are known for our down-to-earth, practical teaching style. We explain Ayurveda's natural methods simply and thoroughly - demystifying them for practical use in a modern clinic, or at home. We offer the public thousands of free recipes and food related content, diet tools, food & health related articles & free monthly webinars.
Our professional training courses include:
* Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Medicine: 2 year Ayurveda Health Counselor Certification
* Ayurvedic Herbalist Certification: Herbal Strategies, Formulas, & Pharmacology (1 year)
* Master Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition: 1 year Digestive Health Coach Certification
In addition to teaching, we are a research institution and publish over 75 novel research studies in food and digestion a year. Our teachers are trained in active learning techniques for medical learning - so you have a dynamic and engaging learning experience.
Our online multimedia learning tools offer an experiential education that is more effective than traditional classroom settings, where the teacher may be more than 50 feet away from the students.
The Joyful Belly school emphasizes professional integrative medicine to appeal to a broad range of individuals, ensuring that your future clinical practice will have broad appeal in your local community. Expect your practice to be well-received in both small towns and big metropolitan areas alike.
A Life of Peace Wellness Education Institute
Earn certification as a Naturopathic Herbalist. This certification can be used for personal, family, and community service. It can also be used in professional health services as a herbalist, nutritional consultant, and herbal manufacturer. The format and the philosophy of the Naturopathic Herbalist Certification is designed to promote self-directed learning in earning certification as a Naturopathic Herbalist. Each lesson will include a Reading Assignment, Writing Assignment and Kinesthetic Learning Assignment. This self paced course is a global survey of healing paradigms and includes 13 training lessons in the following course curriculum:
Herbs, Enzymes and Hormones
Edible Wild Plants
Basic Herbal and Medical Terminology
Herbal Medicine Preparations
Herbal Products Guidelines
Drug and Herbal Interactions
Cross Cultural Herbology
Indigenous Herbs/Spiritual Healing
Ancient Medicine Today
About the Founder:
Dr. Akua Gray with twenty plus years of herbalist training and experience has designed a premiere intensely innovative herbology program for all future herbalists. Whether you are an experienced student of herbology or a neophyte, this course offers a complete understanding of health and wellness herbology from an indigenous perspective. As a correspondence course students can register for this class anytime and each year current students are invited to attend online training sessions with Dr. Akua for the course lessons.
American College of Healthcare Sciences
ACHS programs are among the few accredited programs in integrative health and wellness available in the U.S. We offer programs perfect for anyone at any step of their education and career journey. Earn a Certificate in Aromatherapy and add this powerful healing modality to your arsenal of wellness tools. Help support your clients with a Diploma in Holistic Health or Herbal Studies. Earn a Certificate in Holistic Nutrition and learn the most up-to-date research in the art of nutritional healing. Complete our Master’s Degree in Herbal Medicine, and become a trusted authority in educating clients and consumers about a mind-body-spirit approach to health and wellness.
ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism
We are ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism, offering a full, three year professional program for those wishing to pursue clinical herbal knowledge to the NYC community since 2012. We are currently located in Brooklyn with plans to relocate to the New Paltz area of the Hudson Valley this upcoming summer 2022!
Our free Community Herb Clinic, staffed by our 3rd year clinical students under supervision of faculty, provides services both on-site and remote, with mutual sharing of herbal knowledge and traditions. We also offer community classes throughout the year to support our mission of being a progressive community resource for increasing public access to comprehensive herbal knowledge and care.
That said, we are so honored to relocate and expand our sense of community. We're hoping to spread the word far and wide, so please feel free to pass along news of the new Herb School in town!
Artemisia Academy was formed from the dream that the healers journey could help other practitioners find their path and become HEALED healers, with healthy boundaries, clear expectations, and a strong emphasis that helping others should not come at our own bodies expense. We hope to create not only another generation of incredible herbalists, but also successful entrepreneurs, that create passionately fulfilling & purposeful lives that inspire others to find their path and purpose as well.
Just as the Greek Goddess Artemis stood up for the healing plants, lands, and people in need, we hope to create a culture of personal responsibility & duty to protect the lands we live on and be of service to our community. We believe many businesses today have harmed both the people and the planet do to a lack of these values. We hope that by teaching herbalists to not only care for themselves and their family, but also the land that we are a part of, that they will in turn create holistic businesses that serve our community for generations to come.
Artemisia Academy hopes to instill the following values through our students in all we do:
Honor Thyself and Put Self care first: That healing others should not come at your own body's expense. That through self knowledge and rigorous honesty, we can get to the core of our needs and heal generational wounds and traumas. That as healers, we have to be leader's in this healing by being a living example that we should value our own healing above those we care for, not out of selfishness, but out of necessity to be role models for those we help.
Integrity- That by living, working, and teaching with openness, honesty and having moral principles, we can create a better world. As practitioners, it is of utmost importance to know the distinction between right and wrong, and demonstrating this in all we do. Broken healers hurt people, Healed Healers Heal People. That it is not only okay to have boundaries, but necessary, that by showing our own needs have value, others may recognize that they have needs too.
Authenticity- That living in our truth, being honest, and being prepared to show Vulnerability. Healing often comes from seeing others who have walked the path before you. Being true to who YOU are gives others the chance to do the same. That it is okay to be where you are at. We all take time to learn and it sometimes takes YEARS to heal. Life is truly more about the journey than the destination. Showing up as your perfectly flawed human self means you humbly accept where you are on the journey, and that you still have room to grow.
Community- That our work as healers is the gift AND privilege of being of service to those around us. That in our giving and helping others, we in turn are being given our purpose and fulfilling our true calling.
Environmental Stewardship- That our job as herbalists is not only to help others, but to be the history keepers and storytellers of the land, the voice of the plants, and to pass on the wisdom of those that have come before us. It is our responsibility as herbalists to develop a two way relationship with our natural environment and the land we live. This relationship is built on both giving and taking, through conservation and sustainable practices, and also teaching these principles of the use and protection of our wild lands for generations to come.
At the Artemisia Academy, we strive to make herbal & holistic health education Accessible, Applicable and Relevant in everything we do. That means we teach people where they are at (not where we want them to be), and we teach skills, herbs, and recipes that can be used in everyday life for our student base. Most of our students live in cities, not on a farm or in the rainforest, so we try to keep our approach as down to earth as possible.
We also strive to be Knowledgeable, Qualified, and Thorough. We teach from our own experiences, and are not afraid to say, “I don't know,” when something is outside of our own knowledge base. We ask our students to fill in the gaps, or be a resource for our own learning, and to let each class be a cooperative learning experience. We encourage students to look up answers online during class, and to research answers for themselves and report back to us if something is outside of the scope of the class material that day.
We make sure to be Compassionate, and encourage Openness & Authenticity through our teaching style, to let everyone feel like they can share and be vulnerable too. We believe that there is no such thing as a stupid question, and make sure that everyone feels comfortable to learn, share, and ask questions.
Ayurvedic Living School
Now more than ever, we need big hearted healers, empaths, yoginis, parents and change-makers to connect deeply to the healing powers of nature, reclaim their own body wisdom, and listen to their own inner guidance. The Ayurvedic Living School offers self-empowering ayurveda training programs which support you in reclaiming your health, transforming your life, and launching your natural health and ayurveda career.
* Ayurveda Herbalists
* Ayurveda Health and Life Coaches
* Ayurveda Practitioners
* Ayurveda Massage & Panchakarma Therapists
* Offer downloadable courses on Ayurveda Aromatherapy, Ayurveda Herbal Product Making, Ayurveda Body Reading Skills & More
Together we are raising the consciousness of the planet and supporting you to reclaim your birthright as the self, family and community healer and leader you were born to be.
Becoming Medicine offers wildcrafting and plant medicine classes while holding the following question at its heart – What if caring for the earth and ourselves were the same thing?
Classes center practices such as wild gathering of food, medicine and incense, herbal medicine-making and gardening and are held on native Tongva land in the backyard garden at Golden Folk Wellness in Highland Park, Los Angeles.
Cultivating community care and working towards equity are core priorities in our shared space. Together let's realize our healing capacities + cultivate belonging in reciprocity with the humxn and more-than-humxn-world.
Visit becomingmedicine.org or send a note to Rose to say hello!
Berkeley Herbal Center
The Berkeley Herbal Center encourages and renews a living knowledge of the healing powers of plants through the study and practice of traditional Western herbalism. The Center is committed to educating healers into successful careers as practicing herbalists and herbal educators.
Established in 1995, the Berkeley Herbal Center is a leading educational and clinical center for sustainable systems of Western herbal-based healing. Based in Berkeley, California, the Center offers the most comprehensive, integrated education in Western herbal medicine and practice, and is one of very few schools nationwide with clinical internships in Western herbalism.
Western herbalism provides critical healing solutions to economic, physical, mental, and spiritual challenges in a changing healthcare environment. Based on time-honored traditions practiced worldwide today, Western botanicals offer a highly effective, affordable healing modality that is in balance with our natural resources. Throughout history, plants have been central to all forms of medicines; worldwide, 20,000 documented species are used for medicinal purposes. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 75 percent of the world population depends on botanicals for their basic healthcare needs. In addition to providing primary healing for a wide range of health challenges, herbs can increase the effectiveness of modern drugs, decrease their side effects, and sometimes replace them.
Our knowledge of plants and plant medicines is based on a deep relationship to the land, place and home. This understanding is handed down through many generations using natural wisdom and scientific study. While allopathic drugs burden our natural resources and create waste contributing to global pollution, the use of local plants deeply benefits the body and the earth.
Blackbird's Daughter Botanicals
Blackbird's Daughter Botanicals’ offers Sacred Gaian Herbalism apprenticeships, classes, family-friendly workshops, and wisdom circles based on the premise that "herbalism is your birthright - claim it!”
The Sacred Gaian Herbalism Apprenticeship program consists of 12-seasonal semesters. Whether you join us for the Roots of Sacred Gaian Herbalism (our foundational course), or the full 3-year program, be prepared for this apprenticeship to CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Our goal is to help you fall ecstatically in love with the Green World and recognize your birthright as a natural healer. If you’re ready to immerse yourself into a richer understanding of how interconnected life on this planet is, and discover your part in the pattern, READ ON!
Welcome to folks of all learning styles, experience levels, and walks of life, and offering unlimited Social Justice Scholarships for BIPOC & Trans/2-Spirit students, as well as sliding scale tuition, these hands-on courses will teach you far more than just how to use plants as medicine - this is herbalism for body, mind, and spirit; ancestors and descendants; family, community, and planet. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful healing space, community apothecary, and United Plant Savers botanical sanctuary in the woods!
Please note, these are NOT YOUR TYPICAL classroom-style learning experiences... Instead, our primary classrooms are your kitchen, our school-run community apothecary, woods, fields, our ever-expanding gardens and trails, and your community (wherever you're located)! You'll grow incredibly close to your fellow Herbkin (our inclusive term for all who are drawn together through our mutual love of the plants), as we stretch our minds and hearts to understand the green world around us in ways you never thought possible. If you’re looking for herbal education that blends scientific and sacred, practical and profound, with a hearty dose of social justice and environmental stewardship, this is the program for you. Each apprenticeship year ends with a final ceremony, and students who complete all graduation requirements receive a Certificate of Completion. Prepare to sing, taste, laugh, dance, plant, pray, blend, brew, and get dirty!
About the Apprenticeship:
Of use to beginners and experienced herbalists alike, the complete three year Sacred Gaian Herbalism Apprenticeship course is divided into 12 seasonal semesters, so busy people don’t have to commit to the full program at once. Should you wish to become an AHG registered herbalist, after completing this program you will have more than enough experience and hours to seek AHG mentorship and follow that path.
In addition to class time, all apprentices (whether in person or distance learners) are required to participate in 8 practicum hours a month, gaining and sharing our diverse skills. Your time may be spent working in the apothecary, tending the Botanical Sanctuary & gardens, helping behind the scenes at our school, assisting (and learning from) herbal elders in our community, creating herbal products to raise funds for our scholarship program or to donate to your local mutual aid organizations or Herbalists Without Borders, teaching free workshops/plant walks, or volunteering at community herbalism events.
Class time is divided equally between Group Learning and Collaborative Learning. During Fall and Winter terms we meet virtually twice a month from 6-9pm EST as a large group. Twice a month, students also meet in small groups (either in person here in the apothecary, at your homes, or virtually) from 6-9 to work on at-home explorations (aka homework - researching, kitchen witching, making projects, participating in book group, etc), with your teacher available by phone, video, or in-person to answer any questions and support you through your projects.
For Spring and Summer terms, you may attend in one of two ways: in-person, or virtually with one 4-day in-person intensive per season (intensive cost is not included in that Semester’s tuition).
In-Person Spring and Summer Cohorts meet twice a month at Blackbird's Daughter for practicum hours from 10-3, followed by class from 3-6EST. On alternate weeks, students meet in small groups (either in person here in the apothecary, at your home, or virtually) from 3-6 to work on at-home explorations.
Virtual Spring and Summer cohorts meet once a week for 9 weeks, as well as in-person for the 4 day Immersion Intensives.
For students who require lodging, we offer free on-site camping, as well as rental guest quarters in our adjacent Bower (a single room overlooking the Mushroom Trail), Nest (a two room suite with small private deck above the barn, overlooking the pond and woods), and one RV hookup site. There are also many local bed & breakfasts.
In addition to learning how to support yourself and your loved ones holistically (body/mind/spirit/community/earth/ancestors), and become familiar with herbal allies, their families, actions, & energetics, body systems, botany, environmental stewardship, plant communication, sustainable wildcrafting, and organic gardening/farming/permaculture practices, this program is designed to introduce students to a variety of Nature-based healing traditions, holistic self care strategies, herbal remedies, and Earth-based spiritual, healing, and wellness practices from around the world and across time (including Yorùbá, Ayurveda, Shamanism, Wise Woman, Folk, and Kitchen Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Curanderx, and multiple Native American traditions) WITHOUT appropriation or spiritual bypassing. Please note that you will not become an “expert” in any of these, nor are they all available for you to use carte-blanche. Rather, this is an opportunity to reconnect with nature, to learn and unlearn and explore the ways your own ancestors were encouraged and discouraged from doing so, to sit with discomfort and joy, to discover more questions than answers, and to build your own authentic relationship with plants and herbal healing. Together, we will explore how (and how not) to incorporate these diverse modalities into our own understanding of Herbalism - safely, respectfully, and wisely. You will learn which plants you are called to work with, what gifts you have to offer, and how you can confidently and competently use what you learn to make the world a healthier, greener, more just place.
By the end of just the first year, you'll have cooked up nutritive foods, made a whole medicine chest of Syrups, Teas, Tinctures, Oils, Salves and Steams, a First Aid kit, a group Flower Essences collection, a group materia medica, and your own herbal oracle deck. In the second year, we focus more on ancestors, mental/spiritual/emotional wellbeing, and connecting with forests, oceans, and mushrooms. We dive deeper into the rhythms, traditions, and connections of Sacred Gaian Herbalism, re-member how our (often ancient) ancestors honored nature and worked with herbs, and further our studies of body systems, native and naturalized/invasive plants, and custom remedy blending. In our third year, we learn more about reproductive and sexual health for all bodies (cis, trans, young, old, and in between), learn about wellness throughout the life cycle, hone our formulating skills, and work on using our knowledge to support others. We research the traditions that call to us most deeply, studying with a variety of teachers (both in the group and independently). You will also be working to prepare to use your newfound skills and knowledge to give back to the community as a Sacred Gaian Herbalist, wherever your journey takes you.
Family Learning: Parents are invited to involve their children in appropriate learning opportunities whenever practical*, to encourage the next generation of herbalists and environmental stewards. (*Practically, this translates to young babes-in-arms, and kids who are able to play and read outdoors fairly independently or have interest in learning and helping alongside the grownups. Toddlers and wiggly/short attention-spanned younglings make for distracting though much-beloved visitors, so please bring a back-up adult or older kid to support your family's time here. We have places to build fairy houses, trails to explore, and are close to many free-to-visit natural areas).
Farm Interns: For students with prior farming experience, we have room for up to 2 farm interns at a time over the Spring and Summer, with shifts lasting 2 weeks (after the first two weeks, depending on our needs and your abilities, the opportunity to come back again or stay on longer next season may be available). Applicants must be comfortable camping, experienced with living rustically and independently, have their own transportation and cooking apparatus, and be physically, mentally, and emotionally hearty enough to enjoy a variety of New England weather conditions, entertain themselves, and the opportunity to spend far more time with plants than with people.
Social Justice Scholarship Opportunity for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Trans/2S folk: Apprentices who this applies to receive 50% off each semester, as well as the sliding-scale tuition. This scholarship seeks in a small but meaningful way to replace systemic injustice with the skills necessary to heal and nourish all community members. Simply check the box on your application that says you qualify - that's it!
Sliding Scale: Each semester, simply review the sliding scale, calculate your tuition based on your household's current income, and adjust your tuition accordingly.
Please note we offer this program at a low cost with the goal of making this wisdom available to everyone who seeks it. In return, participants must agree to share what they make and learn, while naming and supporting the traditions, regions, Peoples, and teachers they come from, to ensure the knowledge of wellness spreads. We rely on the honor system, a desire to break free of capitalist/racist/sexist constraints, and a robust desire to see more Sacred Gaian Herbalists in the world, no matter your income or background. Come join us; the world needs you!
Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
Located in the rolling hills outside of Asheville, NC, the Blue Ridge School offers an immersive experience combining outdoor work with plant identification and ethical harvesting with lectures on subjects such as Chinese medicine, materia medica, and clinical skills.
Holistic herbalism is about finding the root cause of disease - "It is more important to know what person has a disease than what disease a person has."
Buckeye Birth and Botanicals, LLC
Buckeye Birth & Botanicals is a small, community-based clinic that offers comprehensive classes, courses, and apprenticeships for all levels of herbal knowledge and skills. We provide affirming and inclusive education focused on informed decision-making and self-empowerment.
C.A. & J. Farm
An Off-Grid Capable Solar, Medicinal Herb & Egg Farm
Located in Beautiful Mathews County, Virginia!
Sharing Natural Health & Healing Music!
Facebook- Jean Howard
YouTube- CA & J Farm Podcast- Hey Farm-ily!
“Life Close to Nature” Herbalist Course
A Foundations Plus Course
Annually April through October
One Saturday a month 10am-4pm
Dates will be announced in November for the next year
$700.00 due by March 15th
Only 10 Students accepted each year for this very intensive class!
More details on the website, the Herbal Course page.
Questions? Please Ask!
California College of Ayurveda
At the California College of Ayurveda, you have access to the highest quality education, healthcare and research in the field.
CCA offers the most extensive herbal training in the country. Our program is one of the few in the United States where residents and interns have the opportunity to make each and every medicine they prescribe to their patients and participate in a special herbal apprenticeship program taking herbs from seed to medicine.
California School of Herbal Studies
Located two miles west of Forestville, in beautiful Sonoma County, the California School of Herbal Studies is one of North America’s oldest centers for herbal education. Founded in 1978 by Rosemary Gladstar, and led today by School Director Rebecca Maxfield along with a skilled and dedicated staff of teachers, CSHS continues in the spirit in which it was created. Our mission is to help create sustainable communities by providing Earth centered, community based herbal education. CSHS works to empower individuals with the skills, experience and confidence needed by the community herbalist. Our school teaches from the tradition of western herbalism, with a materia medica primarily made up of North American and European herbs. Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspectives and herbs are used to complement the Western tradition.
Our full-time, Roots of Herbalism intensive offers students a broad-based foundation in herbal medicine. For those who can't make a fulltime commitment we also offer a broad range of weekend series courses and one-day workshops. Successful graduates of our intensive program go on to the second year Community Herbalist Program and leave here with the knowledge they need to enter and contribute to the field of herbalism. Upon graduation students receive certificates of completion that are highly regarded by the herbal community.
CSHS is located on a lovely, rustic 80 acre sanctuary known as Emerald Valley. Our campus includes a classroom with an adjacent kitchen, a one-half acre garden with over 400 herb species, a medicine making building and forested hiking trails. Forestville is an hour and a half drive north of San Francisco. Visitors to the school are welcome, but please call first so we can be sure someone will be available to greet you! We look forward to meeting you and sharing friendship and herbal experiences.
Cedar Mountain Herb School
Connect… Learn… Transform…
Transform your life in powerful, positive ways by connecting with the earth, others, and most importantly–yourself. Cedar Mountain Herb School teaches you how to tap in to the healing nature of plants and your own natural ability to heal and thrive. Join a community of like-minded wildlings. Find and become the person you were born to be!
With training programs in Seattle, Washington and Sandpoint Idaho, Cedar Mountain Herb School inspires and guides students to better health through medicinal plants and health education on many levels – including diet and stress management. CMHS’s hands-on, integrated botanical programs center on wild medicinal plants and their applications.
Cedar Mountain Herb School is one of the longest-running herbal schools in the Pacific Northwest. Serving herbal students for over 30 years, we provide the highest quality in herbal medicine education, all-natural living, herbal healing and more. Whether you are learning about herbalism for personal use or building your own herb business, we offer you the full range of enthusiasm and education!
Explore our herbal workshops both online and in-person, apprenticeship programs, herb labs, and herbal forum to take your herbal knowledge and skills to the next level!
Out in the world, where we sometimes feel excluded or looked at as that “weird herb person,” it can be hard to find our place. I’ve created a school and safe place where everyone is welcome! That means you! What I am told by so many of my students is that their lives changed for the better during their time in the programs, and they’ve finally found the community they’ve been searching for. Sometimes very surprising decisions are made, paths take turns, and new directions are found. We meet everyone where they are and practice boundaries with integrity and kindness.
Suzanne Tabert, bioregional herbalist, is director of herbal education and herbal mentor at the Cedar Mountain Herb School. An herbal medicine instructor for over 30 years, Suzanne teaches with great passion and excitement, bringing her wealth of herbal knowledge to students in an engaging and vibrant manner. She is the primary instructor at CMHS and an adjunct faculty member and practicum supervisor for students at Bastyr University.
Taking students to wild places and giving them tools to engage and connect with flora, fauna, and the exquisite beauty of nature is the icing on the cake of life, and one way that Suzanne is making a difference in the world, one person, one group at a time.
"Get out into nature’s classroom, get your hands dirty, meet the plants where they live, and start a relationship that will last a lifetime. You’ll learn more about wild plants, their work in the body, and yourself than you ever thought possible. We go where they grow!" Suzanne Tabert
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine is located in the botanically rich Appalachian Mountains, just outside of Asheville, NC. Our passion for healing plants, herbal education, and medicinal gardening is at the heart of all our teachings. We offer several online opportunities to learn, including the Herbal Medicine Making Course (150 hours), the Foraging Course (375 hours), and the Herbal Immersion Program (1,000 hours).
The Online Herbal Medicine Making Course will give you the know-how and confidence to create an abundant apothecary. The hands-on instructional videos and photographic tutorials are chock-full of personal experience and insider tips, along with a hearty dose of silliness.
In the Foraging Course, you’ll learn all the botanical skills and harvesting ethics necessary to safely and confidently forage wild foods and herbs.
Identify, harvest, and prepare wild food + medicine from 21 of the most abundant and nourishing “weeds” on earth
Learn Botany & Plant ID skills that set you up for a lifetime of foraging new plants
Includes 51 videos, 40 lessons, and a 600-page printable manual
In the Online Herbal Immersion Program, you’ll learn all about herb cultivation, medicine making, and therapeutic uses for each featured herb. In a nutshell, the course has two equal and integrated parts: How to grow medicinal plants and how to bring their medicine into your daily life. All three courses weave together video instruction, written lesson plans, and experiential learning.
Just as locally grown food is key to long-term sustainability, locally grown medicine is equally as important. That’s why our programs focus on growing your own herbs and all the ways you can enrich your life with edible and medicinal weeds. Our connection to plants as medicine nourishes this ancient spirit and wakes us up to the profound natural cycles of life. We’re honored to share that connection with you, and we hope it brings you as much joy as it brings us.
Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine
A rich and comprehensive program guiding students from the holistic foundations of Western, Chinese, and First Nations healing traditions to the doorstep of becoming clinical/community herbalists, offering a diverse and engaging range of workshops, classes and courses for herbal enthusiasts at all levels: including herbal field and identification knowledge, gardening and wildcrafting, preparations, theoretical and hands-on, herbal knowledge for self and family, and full programs for community and clinical herbalism. On-site and distance learning opportunities available (via Zoom), and online courses very soon, TBA.
College of Naturopathic Medicine
CNM, the College of Naturopathic Medicine, is offering On line and In class training in Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy to the highest possible proficiency. Graduates receive a qualification as a Herbalist and Naturopath at the end of their training. The training takes 3 – 5 years. In class teaching takes place at the London or Dublin campus. Our In house On line learning platform is specifically designed for on line learning.
All lectures have been filmed and come together with high quality detailed handouts which are available 24/7. Tutors are always at hand to answer questions. Regular assessments and zoom sessions make sure the material is well understood.
CNM’s herbal training is divided into 3 parts:
Biomedicine: Understand how the body functions, disease processes, understanding symptoms, diseases, infectious diseases,
differential diagnostic, red flag symptoms, basic laboratory, drug – nutrient – herb interactions, when to refer. It's all about producing a safe practitioner.
Naturopathy: Study Naturopathic principles and the laws of cure, detoxification, Chinese medicine energetic principles, basics of
Naturopathic Nutrition, Iridology, Bach Flower Remedies, First Aid Homeopathy, Tissue Salts, Body work, Acupressure.
Herbal Medicine 1: Herbal history and philosophy, herbal actions and their therapeutic applications, safety considerations, legal implications, plant anatomy and physiology, horticulture of plants, plant energetics (Chines and Ayurveda), case taking observations, practitioner development, ethics and research.
Part 2: Herbal Medicine 2: Biochemistry and pharmacology, herb -drug interactions, botany and plant identification, preparation of internal and external medicines, clinical examination skills, special pathologies, taking cases.
Part 3: Herbal Medicine 3: herbs for female and male reproduction system, fertility, first aid and acute treatments, skin conditions, babies and children, the elderly, diabetes, cardio vascular diseases, diseases of the musculoskeletal symptoms, mental problems, upper and lover respiratory tract, gastrointestinal problems, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s. How to take and assess a case is a vital part of the training.
If you are looking for a professional training in Herbology train with the reward wining No 1 training provider for natural medicine, the College of Naturopathic Medicine CNM
Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism
The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism offers certificate programs in Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism, Advanced Herbalism, Clinical Herbalism, Nutrition, and Flower Essences. We teach Western herbalism and integrated nutrition in the Vitalist tradition.
CommonWealth Holistic Herbalism
We offer training for your whole herbal journey - from beginners to professional mentorship, business & clinical practice management, marketing skills, and GMP.
Our programs are taught by self-paced video that you can watch forever - all courses have lifetime access, and all future updates are added to your account free, automatically. There are live Q&A sessions twice weekly with Katja & Ryn, your instructors, so that you can ask questions live and in person (recordings are archived and you can watch them all!). You can also submit questions in writing, which are answered daily.
Every course includes downloadable .mp3 files for every video so that you can review on the go, anywhere! There are also printable quick guides, recipes, and worksheets. All of our courses are closed-captioned or have captioning in process. Mentorships are available if you want more intensive support, live by web conference in small affinity groups. We try to provide materials that suit all learning styles - and if you need anything more, just ask!
Whether you’re making your first herbal medicines (with our close-up, step-by-step videos helping you through the process!) or seeing your first client in our online free clinic, or stepping into a professional role with your clinical practice: we’re here with you every step of the way!
We offer certificates, and will help you prepare to apply to be recognized as a Registered Herbalist.
We offer free resources so that you can get to know us before you invest in our courses:
Check out our extensive blog and over 180 episodes of our Holistic Herbalism Podcast at commonwealthherbs.com, and sign up for free courses at online.commonwealthherbs.com – with access to our live Q&A sessions so you can meet us in person!
We offer reparations discounts to all Black and Indigenous students – just ask!
Daoist Traditions College
Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts offers accredited educational programs in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Study Chinese herbs, essential oils, herbal medicine making, and Chinese food therapy with experienced faculty. Our 4-year master's program includes the ancient traditions and contemporary practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Our 24-month Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine program offers postgraduate herbal medicine training for acupuncture practitioners and current acupuncture students in a convenient, hybrid format. Federal financial aid is available.
Dominion Herbal College
Dominion Herbal College (DHC) is North America’s oldest school of Herbal Medicine. Founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1926, it has been the inspiration of many great American and International Herbalists. Dr. John Christopher, Dr. Bernard Jensen, Jethro Kloss and Dr. Earl Mindell are only a few of the renowned graduates who got their start in Herbal Medicine with DHC. DHC provides the best source of herbal studies from the basic to clinical levels, educating students to become competent in the field of Herbal Medicine. DHC is accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) of British Columbia, Canada.<br />
The Chartered Herbalist Diploma Program is the original introductory level program of Herbal Medicine with thousands of students and graduates around the world. It provides a basic understanding of the human body and use of herbal therapeutics. The program includes Anatomy & Physiology and Materia Medica incorporating approximately 200 western herbs and encompassing botanical description, distribution, cultivation, harvest, constituents, properties, formulae & dosages and contraindications. This 1-year program utilizes a distance learning delivery method in which the program is completed by traditional, self-directed home study.<br />
In 1989, in order to meet the growing demand for advanced herbal studies, the Clinical Herbal Therapy Diploma Program was developed to enable individuals with a strong sense of vocation to practice as a Clinical Herbal Therapist. Also introduced at this time was the Clinical Herbal Therapy Diploma Program Specially Structured for Health Care Professionals at the Physician Level. This vocational program in the art and science of Herbal Therapeutics provides a comprehensive system of training on how the body functions in health and illness, how herbs can affect the functioning of the body, how to assess an individual’s relative state of health and how to choose the correct herbs to treat different ailments. This 4-year program utilizes a combined delivery method of distance and onsite learning in which the course work is completed by traditional, self-directed home study together with onsite attendance at a 5-day seminar at the end of each academic year, completion of 510 supervised clinic hours at Dominion Herbal College Approved Clinics during Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 and a Final Practical Clinical Exam at the end of Year 4. Dominion Herbal College approved student training clinics are currently located in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada.
Dwelling School for Earth Medicine
As an earth medicine school, dwelling offers a unique integration of herbal medicine, stone medicine, and embodied medicine. Each course incorporates intuitive cultivation, health justice, ethics and safety, medicine-making, and wild connection among other topics essential to work with earth medicine.
Three courses build from foundations to clinical practice and short workshops and intensives complement this in-depth curriculum. You may drop in for one immersion or go so deep with three years of study, gaining skills and gathering wisdom to enhance your personal and professional practices for vitality and well being.
invitation: Earth Medicine Fundamentals
engages the foundations of intentional and intuitive relationship with earth medicine, prioritizing conversations around health justice and cultivating authentic wisdom so that you feel comfortable bringing what you know into your healing work to support real transformation for yourself and the world.
awakening: Integrative Earth Medicine Practice
centers around the cultivation and application of practical skills and resources for working with earth medicine in depth in personal, community, and professional contexts. You bring your own modalities (anything at all, from tarot to bodywork to poetry) and, with the support of plants, stones, and embodied medicine, grow skill, clarity, and confidence in your healing practice.
presence: Resilient Relationship & Clinical Skills
supports devoted practitioners of earth medicine. This course emphasizes deep relationship with your earth medicine connections, round table sessions with fellow students, and tools for strengthening a practice built to support others in navigating their own healing.
Visit us at dwellingschool.org or send us a note to see what’s new!
Earthwalk School of Herbal Traditions
Earthwalk teachers are passing down the wisdom of local and global herbal traditions to individuals, families, and aspiring practitioners.
We offer classes, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities that explore a broad array of natural healing modalities to improve body, mind, and spirit.
Earthwalk School Director, Melanie Scofield
Core Faculty: Jillian Hyllantree Twisla, Steve Byers, Pat Harpell, Melanie Rose Scofield
East West School of Planetary Herbology
The East West Courses are a unique combination of Western, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese herbology. Many of the graduates of our 36 Lesson Professional Herb Course program have obtained Registered Herbalist status in the American Herbalists Guild (AHG). This is important since the AHG is the only professional clinical herbalists organization in North America.
Herbal medicine in North America has grown from an off-beat interest promoted by a handful of non-mainstream adherents, to an 8 billion dollar a year mainstream business -- and it's still growing. Increasingly we see professional medical practitioners including medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, chiropractors, acupuncturists to non-professional lay persons exhibit a keen interest in herbal medicine prompted at the behest of their patients. The reason is clear: Herbs work. For this, there is no dispute even by those who would be normally critical of so-called 'alternative medicine.' As a result, there is an urgent need for qualified people in the growing professions of clinical herbology, herbal pharmacy, herbal research, herb cultivation and wildcrafting, herbal marketing and product development.
Throughout the last several decades Michael Tierra and the East West School of Herbology have been in the forefront of the herbal renaissance, promoting its widespread growth and acceptance throughout the Western world. To increase the standards, credibility and acceptance of clinical herbalism, in 1989 Michael founded the American Herbalists Guild.
There is no shortcut to mastery. Courses and schools that purport to offer 'master herbalist' (MH) or other misleading degrees, often based on a 'quickie' weekend or a single week-long workshop, have no guaranteed legal professional standing. Be that as it may, there is a growing number of professional herbalists throughout North America. Many of these are graduates of the East West Herb Course, which represents a comprehensive and thorough herbal training program. (See the "Student Profiles" on the bulletin board). Our graduates are confident and competent herbalists!
Remember; one can learn hundreds of herbs, but that knowledge is clinically worthless without its integration into a traditional system of diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, only the East West Herb Course systematically integrates the three main systems of herbal medicine based on the traditional practice of Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic (East Indian) herbal medicine.
We believe that herbal medicine is not simply another profession, but an inspired calling. It is to this inner calling, as well as the increasing numbers of students who feel drawn to the study of herbal medicine, that we dedicate our teachings. If you are one of those who feel such inner promptings, come journey with us down this heartfelt path of wonder and learning. A wise person once said that whatever energy is expended towards education is never lost. Enroll in one of our courses today and let it serve as your guide on your personal 'Way of Herbs.'
Elderberry's Herbal Education and Retreat Center
Elderberry's Herbal Education and Retreat Center is located in the quiet Rocky Mountain town of Paonia, Colorado (60 miles southwest of Carbondale and not too far from Crested Butte and Aspen, as the Crow flies). We're in the beautiful North Fork Valley, a traditional center for organic farms, orchards and vineyards. At Elderberry's we offer a variety of hands-on classes and workshops that blend herbal and dietary wisdom from the Vitalist Western Herbal, Nature Cure, and Wise Woman traditions. New for 2021, we also offer live-in Apprenticeships of one month or longer. We have extensive herb gardens, wildlands nearby, a creek for dipping, and a shady camping meadow in addition to a tiny house, two BnBs, and rooms in our restored 1908 farmhouse with commercial kitchen and herb lab. Elderberry's was established in 2016 by Lisa Ganora, founder of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism (CSCH) and author of Herbal Constituents: Foundations of Phytochemistry. Elderberry's does not grant certificates; for a comprehensive program in Clinical Herbalism, see CSCH in Lafayette, Colorado.
Florida School of Holistic Living
Our programming includes a comprehensive curriculum of plant-centered workshops, continuing education, and professional training. In addition to our classes, we provide the Central Florida community a space to connect with our community, build vibrant health, and deepen our relationship with the earth through our Community Garden, the Florida Herbal Conference, and ongoing special events.
Philosophy-in-practice education offers students the opportunity to “get their hands dirty.” We emphasize a holistic philosophy in all of our courses, a perspective which honors the whole person and their connection to their environment. We then seek to put that philosophy into practice through hands-on educational opportunities, taking our students into the field to connect with the subjects of which they are learning. By empowering our students with the knowledge and experience to live a more fulfilling, resilient lifestyle, we hope to contribute to a more equitable, peaceful world for future generations.
Forrest Green Farm
Whole Living: A Comprehensive Course on Herbalism & Gardening
Wellness Simplified! This is a hands-on course in herbalism, gardening, seasonal eating, and food as medicine at a working farm.
On this journey, you will learn by growing, harvesting, nourishing and healing with the herbs and vegetables as you learn to make them part of your everyday life.
Over a period of 14 classes, we will lay the groundwork for healthy living by exploring and learning how to live in rhythm with the natural world. Mother Nature has so much to offer us and we must learn to be still, observe, connect, build awareness and relationships to explore all the bounty that is available. We then move forward in developing our knowledge base to work with herbs safely and instill confidence to use them to nourish and heal yourself, your family and your friends.
This is a hands-on course in both gardening and herbal medicine skills. You will work on deepening your knowledge and connection with the plants over a growing season. Through the use of this knowledge, you will learn how to make quality medicine from the plants. The herbs in combination with whole foods will provide you with a foundation for healthier living and fulfillment of a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
This is a hands-on class!
You will take home something from every class. You will take home 70 projects! This is a learning opportunity as well as a chance to produce and immediately start using your new skills to enhance your lifestyle with the projects that you make in class.
Foundations in Herbal Medicine
Tieraona Low Dog, MD, developed the original Foundations in Herbal Medicine program in 1992 as a two-year training program that included a sliding scale, student-run clinic in Albuquerque, NM—one of the first of its kind in the United States. In 2013, the program was completely updated and relaunched using an online teaching platform with extensive video and written materials.
The Foundations program is designed for clinicians and highly motivated non-clinicians who are interested in learning the traditions of Western herbal medicine wrapped firmly in herbal pharmacology, physiology, biology, botany, biochemistry, and integrative medicine. The program is based on a systems approach (e.g., nervous, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular), with each module building upon previously learned material. Students work through case studies that are followed by a treatment approach presented by Dr. Low Dog. Evidence based discussions of nutrition, lifestyle, macronutrients, and micronutrients are woven throughout the program, offering a truly integrative approach.
This 500-hour course is structured and self-guided, with most students completing the program in 24 months. Clinicians will come away with confidence about incorporating herbal and natural medicine into their practice, and non-clinicians will be able to serve their community as holistic health educators and providers of herbal care. Program participants can choose to achieve one or two certification levels:
Your Instructor: Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Among many other achievements in the field, Dr. Low Dog served as the President of the American Herbalists Guild, received the Herbal Insight Award from the American Herbal Products Association, and was awarded the Fredi Kronenberg, PhD award by the American Botanical Council for her lifelong commitment to women’s health. She is a founding member of the Academy of Women’s Health, founding member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine, and was the Director of two Fellowships in Integrative Medicine, where she oversaw the training of more than 1000 health professionals. She has chaired numerous panels on dietary supplements and botanicals at the United States Pharmacopeia over the past twenty years. Dr. Low Dog’s knowledge and expertise, combined with a warm, accessible teaching style, makes her uniquely qualified to instruct students of herbal medicine.
Certificate of Completion
To earn the certificate of completion in Foundations in Herbal Medicine, students must complete all on-line course work including all on-line case studies, attend one summer Foundations intensive for hands-on training in field identification and medicine making, and successfully submit and receiving a passing grade on one of the following: a comprehensive case study that includes patient/client history, detailed treatment plan with rationale for recommendations and follow up (this is required if earning a Certificate in Clinical Herbalism) OR a 20-page pre-approved thesis of a topic related to medical herbalism. (Note: for overseas students, please inquire about alternatives to the in-person training intensive).
Clinical Herbalism Certificate
For Foundation graduates who, in addition to the above, attend and actively participate in a minimum of 20 hours of supervised case studies under the mentorship of Dr. Low Dog will receive an additional certification in Clinical Herbalism. This 20-hour requirement can be met by attending a three-day summer intensive offered annually at Medicine Lodge Ranch.
Graduates of the program will also attain the ability to register with the American Herbalists Guild, earning an RH (AHG) credential as well as access to the Guild’s support and benefits. To become registered:
• Practitioners must complete the program and attend the Foundations in Herbal Medicine three-day case study intensive.
• Non-practitioners must complete the program and demonstrate they’ve done 80 case studies, 40 of which can be met doing the on-line program and the other 40 can be earned by doing two three-day case study intensives.
Cost: $3000 for lifetime access to all online training materials, access to the closed community chatroom on Facebook, and quarterly webinars.
Additional Costs: $500 for on-site, in-person Foundations I intensive for learning field ID and herbal medicine making at Medicine Lodge Ranch in Pecos, NM (excluding travel). All course materials, lunches, and snacks are included in this fee. There will also be some expense associated with making herbal preparations at home, as well as any textbooks the student chooses to purchase.
If pursuing the Clinical Herbalism certification, an additional $750 for on-site, 3 day in-person case study immersion at Medicine Lodge Ranch in Pecos, NM (excluding travel). All course materials, lunches, and snacks are included in this fee.
Green Path Herb School
Imagine you are walking through the forest near your home. As you look around you, you start noticing the plants growing nearby. Imagine knowing each of these plants; understanding how to use them, when to harvest them and which parts to use. Envision being able to make these plants into medicines such as salves, oils, pills, syrups, and tinctures. How would it feel to help others use these herbal medicines for healing purposes? These are the skills of an herbalist. Are you ready to follow the path less traveled? Are you interested in deepening your connection with plants and the earth? It is time to get excited about plants and awaken your passion for natural healing! Green Path Herb School empowers students to use medicinal plants for themselves, their families, and as professional herbalists. We offer several herb programs designed for the beginning student to the advanced practitioner.
Join us on a journey of exploration of medicinal herbs and natural remedies! Students foster a lifelong relationship with herbs as we explore the healing power of plants and the study of herbal medicine. Our offerings include community herb classes, herbal workshops, wildcrafting trips, online herb certificate classes and programs, a school for training professional herbalists, herb books, and lots of free herbal information! Our main online courses include our Herbalist Certificate Program, Cycle Tracking and Natural Birth Control webinar, and an online self-paced program (coming soon).
Herbalist Certificate Program: now offered both On-line and In-person!
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! Learn more! https://www.greenpathherbschool.com/herbalist-certificate-program
Cycle Tracking and Natural Birth Control: An Online Workshop for Herbalists, Herb Students and Health Professionals
Learn how to avoid pregnancy naturally or achieve it! Practitioners can use this method to assess hormonal balance and aid in fertility management. Fertility Awareness can be an amazing tool to work with health issues such as flooding, dysmenorrhea, problem pregnancies, miscarriages, mid-cycle bleeding, amenorrhea, menopause, cyclic migraines, and acne. Herbal protocols will be addressed, and Elaine’s will go over her simple “Menstrual Map” tool used to address health-related issues such as painful or excessive menstruation, hormone balancing, phytoestrogens, reproductive tonics, infertility, progesterone support, and PMS. Learn more https://www.greenpathherbschool.com/cycle-tracking
Green Wisdom Herbal Studies has programs ranging from single classes online to a 2 year in person apprenticeship, and everything in between. Our focus is Western traditional herbalism, with a strong emphasis on understanding body systems, basic herbal chemistry, western energetics, and medicine-making techniques based on an understanding of the unique chemistry of each plant and the solvents they prefer.
Julie James is the primary educator, and has been practicing as an herbalist and teaching plant medicines to adults and children for over 30 years.
Level 1 is a beginners/intermediate program for learning about herbs and establishing a foundation in herbalism
Level 2 is an advanced program that teaches the basics of clinic, with hands on diagnostic skills, tissue states and tastes with constitutional knowledge.
Hawthorn & Honey School of Herbal Medicine
Deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest, Hawthorn & Honey offers seasonal apprenticeships and monthly workshops in Tacoma, WA. Come on a journey through our local forests, beaches, and mountains as we learn the art of herbalism in nature – as it’s intended – awakening our senses and connecting with the plants.
In this year-long apprenticeship, we’ll break the foundations of herbalism down piece by piece, through guided seasonal explorations where you’ll meet the plants in person, in-depth study on how the body works, and hands-on practice where you’ll synthesize everything you’ve learned in the kitchen.
Our students learn the history and medicinal uses of each plant and how to create a daily plant practice using meal preparation, meditation, journaling, and dream work. Each day our apprentices create new remedies, adding to their home apothecary, while also building a personal relationship with the plants through intuitive plant communication and personal ancestry research.
Through the many years that I’ve taught this seasonal apprenticeship, I’ve found that it’s not just about learning the art of herbalism. It’s the connection with nature, the relationship with the plants. They’re here to help you – whether it’s to heal your heart, rediscover yourself, or find your true path. The plants offer a grounding force apart from what people can offer us. This is what it’s really about…taking the time to build relationships with plants that will change your life.
Come join us on this life changing adventure, create new friendships with your fellow apprentices, and find the connection you’ve been looking for.
Heart of Herbs Herbal School
Founded in 1998, we have been serving students as a school for almost 20 years. It was a dream come true, and 20 years in the making. I always say that I didn’t choose herbalism, but that herbalism chose me, you may feel the same way. We have always been at the forefront of herbal education, serving over 25,000 students worldwide.
One of the core reasons for our success has been the belief and support of each student. Our herbal students are all so individual, and each is given personal support and care. We at Heart of Herbs Herbal School want to honor that and embrace that and use that to ensure student success. We have had homeschooling teens to grandmothers (even Demetria’s) in our classes; we are the school for you. At Heart of Herbs, we not only encourage individuality and diversity, but we also embrace it! We want to support our students in their lives and support them on their path.
Students choose Heart of Herbs Herbal School for many reasons like:
Fully supported online education, you will find audio, video links, and other traditional learning materials.
24-7 online classroom access.
Work when you have time.
A dynamic classroom with updated resources and bonuses.
At your own pace, education that supports your life.
We get you, and we know you have a busy life and family and understand that you may need extra time or guidance.
Most importantly, direct access to your primary instructor (Demetria Clark).
Energetic student support group to encourage herbal connections.
We know you, as a student, have an active life. We want to support you, and I want to help you on your journey.
Our distance learning programs are popular throughout the world, in the medical field, with midwives, lay herbalists, and aromatherapists. Over 50% of our students open their practice or businesses (and this number is growing) upon completing the course. Most of the rest already owned a company that herbals work well with or have a complimentary practice. At Heart of Herbs Herbal School, we take business and career development seriously.
We offer the following programs and so much more.
Phytotherapy Diploma -https://www.heartofherbs.com/heart-of-herbs-phytotherapy-diploma.htm
Clinical Herbalist Education- https://www.heartofherbs.com/heart-of-herbs-master-herbalist-certification-program.htm
We also have other intensive herbal programs and the following Aromatherapy Certification Programs, NAHA Approved.
Aromatherapy Certification- https://www.heartofherbs.com/heart-of-herbs-aromatherapy-certification.htm
Clinical Aromatherapy Certification- https://www.heartofherbs.com/heart-of-herbs-master-clinical-aromatherapy-certification-program.htm
Our students receive unsurpassed support and mentorship. We also assist students with business and career planning.
We believe in helping you achieve your educational and professional goals.
Director Demetria Clark
I believe that herbalism is part of my soul, and it is something that resonates and makes sense to me at my very core. I believe that herbalism is something to share with anyone who wants to learn. I also believe in evidence-based health care, and I feel that responsible herbalism can lead the way to vitality and health.
When I founded the school in 1998, I wanted to make a program that would work for you. I have been teaching herbal and aromatherapy classes since 1996, starting on Army bases, community colleges, and mother’s groups. This foundation allowed me to craft a program that works for all types of lives and students.
Does my name sound familiar to you? I am also the author of the best-selling books:
Herbal Healing for Children
475 Herbal and Aromatherapy Recipes
Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Healing (Live Healthy Now)
Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding.
Founded by Marlene Adelmann, the Herbal Academy is a global leader in herbalism education reaching 100,000 students with their online herbalist training programs. The Herbal Academy's mission is to empower people with the art and science of herbalism through accessible, affordable herbal education that represents many points of view and honors our intrinsic connection to nature.
Whether you are looking into herbalism as a hobby or personal endeavor or preparing for a career in clinical herbalism, the Herbal Academy has designed herbalist programs and study paths to suit your goals and your educational needs. View all herbalist training programs and path packages here: https://theherbalacademy.com/courses-classes/
Online INTRODUCTORY HERBAL COURSE:
The intention for this self study program is to give students with little or no herbal experience a glimpse into the world of herbs, kindling your enthusiasm for a lifelong course of learning. While this intro-level class does not qualify students to practice clinical herbalism, by the end of our course we hope you will feel more comfortable AND excited about making your own teas, tinctures, and body care products. You’ll be mixing up new recipes in the kitchen, using spices and herbs you never knew had medicinal properties! You will walk away more inspired to pursue your herbal studies at the intermediate level and beyond! This is a 6 unit, online course.
Online INTERMEDIATE HERBAL COURSE:
This program is intended for students with some herbal training, whether that be workshops, the Introductory Herbal Course or self study. We’ll be reviewing some basic concepts in the first unit to set the foundation for the rest of the course. This program will include intermediate topics such as safety and side effects; discussions about theory and energetics; in-depth coverage of physiology; and guidance for herbal formulation. We will introduce many theories and works of some of today’s most revered herbalists. We’ll study many different ways herbalism has been practiced over the centuries and how in recent years we have begun to reclaim these traditions. This is a 10 unit, online course.
Online BUSINESS HERBAL COURSE:
The Business Herbal Course –
We know just how puzzling it can be to determine how to start an herbal business without a clear, detailed guide to help you along the way. And that’s exactly why we’ve designed the Business Herbal Course—to guide herbalists as they navigate the unique and sometimes challenging regulations, requirements, and considerations that come along with starting an herbal business. Whether you aspire to launch an herbal products business, open a clinical practice or herb store, start a wellness blog, teach herbalism in your community, grow herbs to sell in bulk, or pursue another type of plant-based path, your opportunities as an herbal entrepreneur will unfold with guidance and a surefooted business plan! This is a 7 unit, online course.
Online ADVANCED HERBAL COURSE:
Take your herbal studies to a professional level. The Advanced Herbal Course has been designed to prepare students working toward a career as professional herbal practitioners. This program will also benefit healthcare practitioners, students looking to grow in their holistic health careers, for family health care, developing herbal products businesses, herbalism education, and with additional hands-on training, clinical herbalism. The Advanced Herbal Course has been designed with the type of academic rigor that will help develop the budding professional herbalist’s knowledge base and encourage the critical thinking skills necessary for clinical herbalism. This is a 14 unit, online course.
**Enroll in the Herbal Academy's programs individually or bundle your courses into Herbalist Path Packages, designed to represent the common training paths an herbalist may wish take their education: Family Herbalism, Clinical Herbalism, Professional Herbalism, and Entrepreneur Herbalism. These are discounted bundles, and can be found at: https://theherbalacademy.com/courses-classes/
THE HERBARIUM MEMBERSHIP: Inside the digital walls of The Herbarium membership website, you will find complete and constantly updated herbal monographs, photographs, thoughtful articles, and educational podcasts, videos, tutorials, and teaching charts. As part of The Herbarium community, you will have all of these resources right at your fingertips, enriching your life-long journey through herbalism. The Herbarium membership is open to anyone at $45/year.
Herbal Wisdom Institute
Herbal Wisdom Institute offers classes for all levels of interest in herbalism and alternative modalities. Classes focus on clinical herbalism and an eclectic vitalist approach. Classes include plant walks, medicine making, herbal medicine basics, and herbalist certification.
Herbalist certification is offered in our Foundations in Western Herbalism online, instructor led course over 6 months and is focused in clinical application of herbal medicine. This herbalist certification course provides 200 hours of education and is designed to give you a strong foundation in the historical and contemporary use of Western herbs, laws and regulations governing herbal medicine, and effective preparation and formulation of herbal medicine to be used in clinical practice. The course reflects our holistic approach to health and healing that incorporates food, lifestyle and spirit. The program includes in-depth study of body systems from a functional perspective, with a strong emphasis in using herbs and nutrition together.
In person and distance Learning classes are available depending on the course.
Our 500-Hour Herbalism Certificate program is a solid foundational program that prepares you to work with family, friends, and communities as a Professional Herbalist. Through the study of medicinal herbs within a pathophysiological paradigm – connecting plants with the body systems they affect – it prepares you to safely and effectively assist people with herbal recommendations to facilitate wellness.
Embark on a life-changing journey where your path takes you on a thrilling adventure to earth’s magic. Connect with plants, learn to craft herbal remedies and make plant medicine. Take the tools you learn and heal yourself, your family and your community.
Hill College (Holistic Wellness Pathway within the Associate of Science Biology Major)
The Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway offers a unique blend of affordable courses that can lead to an associate of science degree (if desired) as well as provide the education and training required to sit for/apply to 3 national holistic boards: NANP (holistic nutrition board certification), AHG (Registered Herbalist designation), and/or NBHWC (holistic wellness coach board certification). Students can take these classes 100% online. The 6 required classes include the education and clinical training required by the above 3 national boards, as well as hands-on clinical hours, business and marketing training, and myriad aspects of herbal medicine including constitutional assessment and herbal protocol creation, plant ID and wildcrafting, herbal medicine making, and organic permaculture herb gardening at an affordable price. There is no other program that exists that offers this extensive training at this level of affordability. We can't wait to see you in class!
Dr. Lori Valentine Rose (PhD), Certified Nutrition Professional (CNP), Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, Registered Herbalist (AHG)Hill College Life Sciences Instructor 817-760-5892"
Huckleberry Mountain Botanicals School of Herbalism
Huckleberry Mountain Botanicals offers classes for all levels and interests - herb a month, herbal preparations, the basics course & their flagship program - The Fundamentals of Holistic Herbalism.
This program is for the more dedicated herbal student who is interested in going into community herbalism or clinical practice. It covers all relevant topics to give you a great foundation in holistic health & herbal applications, western energetics, growing herbs using permaculture, harvesting, wildcrafting, and making herbal preparations.
Beginning in 2022 they are adding two additional programs: Family Herbalist & Clinical Herbalist Program both will be done via Zoom which will be recorded for those who can't attend during the live hours. Enrollment is open now. They are limiting their Clinical Program in order to emphasize discussion and personal interaction with other students and the instructors.
Family Herbalist will begin April 2022, and will be a series of 7 monthly Zoom classes based around creating a healthy home, kitchen medicine, digestive health, natural beauty, wildcrafting/growing, and first aid for the family.
The Clinical Herbalist Program beginning March, 2022, is for the herbal student who dreams about helping others achieve health naturally. It is intended for the intermediate/advanced herbal student who is familiar with basic anatomy and physiology, herbal preparations, western energetics, basic nutrition, and at least 30 herbs and their uses. This program runs for 18 months. The first 12 months students and instructors meet via Zoom one weekend a month for lecture and discussion. Additionally, there is assigned reading, research, presentations, and case study work to prepare you for clinical practice. The last 6 months is composed of one-on-one mentoring and monthly round tables with case study discussions. Accepting applications - class size is limited.
On Site Classes: Hands-on workshops, herb walks, & other live events are held throughout the year on their 40 acre homestead and in surrounding locations in North Idaho.
Institute of Chinese Herbology
Chinese herbs and acupuncture comprise two pillars of Chinese medicine and naturally compliment each other. However, the practice of Chinese herbology is a healing system complete in itself, and achieving proficiency in its use does not require the years of extensive training in it to become a licensed acupuncturist. Furthermore, Chinese herbology can also be used effectively with Western medical practices, both conventional and alternative.
The Institute of Chinese Herbology was founded in 1986 with its proprietary herbalist education program for anyone who wants to gain a thorough understanding of Chinese herbs for promoting health. Also for practitioners in allied health fields: massage therapists, bodyworkers, chiropractors, Western herbalists, nurses, doctors, and others, who would like to broaden their practice and expertise with a complimentary health care system. People who wish to gain a working knowledge of Chinese herbs to enter advanced careers in related fields such as herb research, preparation, or sales; including people who want to enter the health field as practitioners of Chinese herbology, or people who have special health interests or health problems and wish to have the knowledge of healing.
Upon completing each class, students are awarded state CEU's and NCCAOM PDA's.
International Holistic Life Sciences Institute
At International Holistic Life Sciences Institute, our vision is Massive Health. Anyone who wants to study medicine, regardless of age, can have a channel to learn anytime, anywhere, and with very low tuition to enter this field. We also popularize the knowledge of fitness, health care, and self-healing for free and provide the public with lifelong learning and benefit skills in herbal treatment strategy and oriental medicine using herbal remedies.
International Integrative Educational Institute
We are an herb school, offering herbalist training, nutrition certification programs, and courses for the general public.
Irish College of Traditional & Integrative Medicine
The Irish College of Traditional and Integrative Medicine (ICTIM) offers a post graduate diploma in traditional and integrative medicine. In this diploma, we seek to integrate the best of traditional knowledge, herbal medicine, biomedicine, and current scientific knowledge in our teaching so that graduates may be confident in their comprehensive understanding of patient care.
ICTIM also offers a unique online course on Irish Indigenous Medicine, which covers Irish healing practices from legend to the present day.
Mederi Academy® is an online training program* that teaches healthcare practitioners how to incorporate the Mederi Care® model (also known as Eclectic Triphasic Medical System or ETMS) into their practice. The goal of the program is to provide clinicians with the skills they need to enhance patient vitality and significantly improve the quality of life and longevity for people facing cancer and other serious health challenges.
Midwest School of Herbal Studies
The Midwest School of Herbal Studies was founded by registered clinical herbalist Matthew Alfs, MH, RH (AHG) in 2003. We offer a Master-Herbalist Diploma Program consisting of a Western Herbalism module, an Asian (TCM + Ayurveda) Herbalism module, and an Integrative Herbalism module. Study materials consist of 2 textbooks + 1,000+ pages of workbook text. We also require a thesis of 24 pages or more and 60 hours of in-person workshops consisting of wild-plant walks, holistic-assessment skills, and medicine making, which can be done onsite in our home state of MN or through other approved providers in other states.
Milk & Honey Herbs
Milk & Honey Herbs is a small, diversified, family-owned farm and business in the rolling hills of Western Massachusetts.
We offer monthly online classes through our Patreon community and offer a 6-week online course each winter, Spice Rack Medicine, focusing on the rich subject of kitchen herbalism. Jade's work as an herbalist revolves around self and community empowerment, accessibility, community resilience, and the intersection of food and medicine.
Misty Meadows Herbal Center
Welcome to Misty Meadows Herbal Center. Our school is licensed by the NH Dept. of Education Division of Career Schools. You will find us nestled on 66 acres of protected field and woodlands on scenic Wednesday Hill Road in the town of Lee, New Hampshire. Since 1989 our herb shop and gardens have grown and evolved to become one of the finest facilities and resources for bulk herbs, herbal products and education. Our gardens are maintained using organic and permaculture practices.
Wendy Snow Fogg is the founder and Senior Herbalist at Misty Meadows. Her deep personal relationship with this land and the beings who live here has fostered a sense of "coming home to heal" for many hundreds of students, teachers and visitors. She and husband Clyde have lovingly stewarded the farm since 1982, even before Wendy began to hear the songs of the plants and the whisperings of the trees and other nature spirits of this very sacred and magical land.
Our Herbal programs welcome students from far and wide to pursue herbal studies ranging from introductory personal enrichment workshops to comprehensive, licensed certification programs
- Level I: Foundations in Basic Herbalism;
- Level II Herbal Studies:
Expanded Skills of the Herbalist: Preparing for Clinical Practice
- Level III Advanced Herbal Program: Clinic.
Our childrens program introduces littles, tweens and teens to the beauty, magic and deliciousness of nature!
Gardens filled with richly aromatic herbs and colorful perennials will lead you around the farm. Miles of groomed walking trails through a purely magical forest rich with medicinal plants are sure to inspire you. You’re encouraged to let your nose and eyes be your guides.
Our forest labyrinth is a place of peaceful solace where you can walk gently into the places of your soul, sit a while, then return with a quieter mind and deeper understanding of your journey.
Over the years many dozens of herbal, aromatherapy and flower essence students, as well as Reiki masters, witches, and seekers of angels and fairies, have studied, played and found their personal path here, gracing this place with loving energy, great food and lots of belly laughs.
It is with great joy and humble gratitude that we continue this work on this sacred land known as Misty Meadows.
Natural Skincare Chick/ Yonisteam Chick
The Natural Skincare Institute
We help women who are exhausted with unnatural, unhealthy products to take their power back by creating 100% natural products using ingredients right in their very own kitchens. We help women to open successful health and wellness business
Do you want to open a Natural Skincare Business
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Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education
The Naturopathic Institute offers natural health programs and sustainability seminars. The learning opportunities of natural health awareness are taught in a collaborative, community driven approach. We offer classes taught by well-respected and world-renowned instructors. Classes are scheduled with the working adult in mind, with weekend classes. Seminars and additional classes are also held over the weekend. All are welcome to attend. Diploma programs start approximately every six months. Programs include: Four year naturopathy program culminating with a final diploma as a Certified Naturopath. Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner is a one-year program preparing students to be Licensed Massage Therapists. A seven month Holistic Doula program rounds out the curriculum.
New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal Studies
A Natural Health and Herbal Studies School that offers the following Herbal Programs:
Certified Herbalist (CH) Certificate Program
Master Herbalist (MH) Diploma Program
Medicinal Herbalist (M.H.) Advanced Professional Diploma
Certified Aromatherapist Certificate (C.A.) Program
Certified Herbal Consultant Certificate (C.H.C) Program
North Star Herbal Studies
Two year program for training in western herbalism. Program is an extensive teaching of all vital aspects of herbalism including: history, botany, field identification of plants, aromatherapy, healing theory, etiology, organ patterns, assessment, formulation, running a dispensary, material medica and much more. Course covers over 175 important western herbs. Class also covers basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and other historical systems. Students often experience dynamic personal growth as they grow into embodying healers. Program emphasizes the vitalist approach. It also teaches to embrace tradition, understand modern research and synthesize everything into one's practice.
Northern Appalachia School of Vitalist Herbalism & Ecology
Northern Appalachia School offers in-person and distance programming in bioregional herbalism, ethnobotany, ecology, and earth skills.
There is a spark inside all of us; a vitality that inspires us to make the world better for having been in it. We can make the choice to tend to that spark and kindle a flame; to contribute to the beauty and goodness of the world, or we can let it go out. Our mission at the Northern Appalachia School is to tend that fire inside others and help transform and return our local ecosystems and its inhabitants to a state of vitality.
The health of the land and the health of its people are intimately intertwined; you cannot have one without the other. The premise of nature-deficit disorder indicates with diminishing time spent in nature, our physical and mental health is declining. How strange a time we live in, to think of nature as something other than ourselves. It is not merely connection to nature we have lost; it is connection to our true selves.
What we strive to do is to help others reintegrate into rhythms of nature; to learn to listen again to the land and to our own bodies. To connect to plants on a deep level, and re-awaken the ancestral knowledge within us so that we can live as stewards of the land instead of contributing to its destruction.
We have seen first hand the healing that can be accomplished through working with plants-some of which has been accomplished through consuming them, and much of which has not. The rise of interest in herbal medicine has illuminated a place of weakness-we are still approaching plants as a resource to be taken from the land; a commodity. We must step away from consumerist herbalism and return to our roots by developing relationships with our bioregional plants and the land from which they come.
The land is our teacher, our ancestor, and our home. It is calling us back.
Ojai School of Herbal Studies
The Ojai School of Herbal Studies (OSHS) provides a 22-month comprehensive program in herbal medicine that includes an in-depth education on how to use herbs safely and effectively, an extensive materia medica, study of anatomy and physiology, clinical skills and ongoing time spent in the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden—as well as the making of actual herbal remedies and products.
Purple Moon Herbs and Studies
Educating Veterinarians and Pet-Lovers on Western Herbal Medicine. We are veterinarians trained in Western Herbal Medicine and other holistic modalities training veterinarians and people in allied professions on-site on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and in Delaware.
Reidman College for Complementary & Integrative Medicine has been a leader in the field of training Complementary Medicine therapists in Israel for over 35 years.
Among our leading study programs are: Naturopathy, Natural Nutrition, Clinical Herbalist, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The Clinical Herbalist program provides extensive professional training. It focuses on studies of traditional Western herbal medicine with an integrative holistic approach, along with knowledge of the latest scientific research of special treatment capabilities of herbs.
Our programs and courses are unique and offer expert frontal and practical instruction including the high quality of filming classes (demo and live examples); providing the students with maximum learning benefits.
This unique educational program also combines experiential learning with herbs such as: pharmaceutical workshops (the students learn how to make different preparations from the different parts of the plants) and guided study tours to wee the herbs growing in their natural environment, Practical learning through our extensive supervised student clinics
ensure graduating with lots of experience and self-confidence to successful career development.
We provide diplomas in:
Unique program that combines herbs and foods to give an in depth herbal training to those interested in pursuing a career in herbalism or looking to add herbal and food therapy to their repertoire.
Deepening your connection to Earth to better understand the plants.
We will dive deep into food preparation and differences in cultivation methods both past and present. The importance of soil and the ecosystem to our overall health and wellness. You will learn basic cooking and preparation along with how to avoid AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products).
You will learn basic medical terminology and communicating with the allopathic/conventional medical practitioner. Basic Human Science to include Anatomy & Physiology and Holistic Nutrition.
Dive deeper into plant identification, ethical harvesting vs. cultivation, and develop a materia medica.
Past and Present Herbal Philosophy will be taught in Eastern, Western, Ayurvedic, and Folk. We will explore the similarities and overlaps between each philosophy and begin the discussion of energetics to heighten your plant knowledge
As your Journey continues you will learn therapeutic protocols using herbs and foods. Develop an understanding of Plant energetics and pathways with medicinal herbs and foods. Develop Food protocols and infuse medicinal herbs into your culinary creations. Develop Herbal protocols and advance medicine making skills.
Dive deeper into protocols, pathology, and biochemistry. Your relationship with plants will deepen as we discuss the science behind the evolution of plants and Earth. Our relationship with land will be explored in depth.
As we continue to build the materia medica you will also develop techniques to use with clients to build successful protocols including, but not limited to, lab review, and effective communication with the conventional practitioner.
This course also includes fermentation, traditional foods, food energetics, gardening, importance of soil, business development and marketing.
Customization of courses available. Start anytime.
Abundant Blessings and Walk in Peace.
Sacred Garden School
Sacred Garden School offers in-person and online classes. Our 3-year training program prepares students to see clients as professional consulting herbalists.
Foundational Herbology (Year 1)- this 9-month course offers a broad introduction to all aspects of herbalism- from medicine-making to botany to learning the elements and their correlation to the seasons and organs. For beginners or even experienced herbalists who want to connect more deeply with the plants and weave threads of wisdom into a holistic understanding of Nature.
Clinical Herbology (Year 2)- this year is a bit more rigorous. We explore the body systems, pathophysiology and our materia medica more deeply. We get into the art of intake, herb/drug interactions, phytochemistry and begin to practice our assessment skills. This program is only available to people who have completed Foundational Herbology or an equivalent program.
Practical Herbology (Year 3)- this is the year that we integrate everything that we have learned through real life practice. We primarily spend our time seeing clients- both as a group and individually. We refine our assessment skills, the art of formulating, and build towards the requirements for professional membership with the AHG.
In addition to the clinical training program, we also offer shorter workshops & retreats. Check out our website for more info!
Sacred Journey School of Herbalism
An herbalist is someone who lives at the edge between the world of people and the world of the plants. We are stewards of the medicinal plants, of the natural world, and of the Earth herself. Herbalists connect people with plants so that they may partner with them on a healing journey. Herbalists also train others who wish to learn this sacred craft. It is our sacred joy and honor to do the work we do. The path of the herbalist is, ultimately, a sacred journey.
Sacred Journey School of Herbalism reflects Ginger Webb’s deep love for the plants and for humanity; her study with the late great herbalist Michael Moore; her years of experience making plant-based medicines; her explorations of east Indian philosophies including Ayurveda, Kundalini Yoga, and the chakra system; her geeky passion for botany, wild plants, and plant families; her reverence for the wisdom of the ancients; and her belief that we all have access to the healing wisdom of the plant world simply by virtue of the fact that we are alive and share consciousness with all life.
In addition to the programs and classes taught by Ginger Webb, we offer classes throughout the year taught by guest teachers. To stay in the loop about new upcoming classes, please subscribe to our email newsletter at gingerwebb.com. We now offer several live virtual learning options as well.
Sacred Plant Traditions
A Center for Herbal Studies
Sewanee School of Herbal Medicine by Cline Apothecary
Cline Apothecary seeks to connect community with botanical medicine by providing education and carefully crafted natural products. Over the decades, we have served our communities, families, friends and clients using herbal-based healing and education. Cultivating herbs with care and intent allows us to offer products designed to optimize vitality while maintaining purity and integrity. We believe we are the bridge that empowers our community to reclaim their health & our collective environment. Sewanee School of Herbal Medicine was established in 2020 in Sewanee, Tennessee to help with our mission. We offer online distance, in-person and apprentice programs. We offer classes and serve the deaf and hearing impaired community as well. Contact us for more information.
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
Are You Called to Become an Herbalist?
Our graduates are serving as herbal remedy producers, guides for plant exploration hikes, teachers of herbal agriculture, chefs, herbal consultants to private clients and more. You will learn to write herbal research literature, speak publicly about the benefits of herbs, create herbal products for retail, and provide one-on-one wellness coaching. We offer two options, an introductory certificate in herbal remedies for those interested in personal exploration and a Diploma program where you can tailor your education to the vision of your future business. Our Western Herbalism classes are all offered on our main SWIHA campus in Tempe, Arizona.
How Our Herbalism Program Ensures Your Success!
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) is an award-winning, nationally accredited college focused on supporting our conscious community as they become pioneers of modern, holistic wellness modalities. We offer lifetime entrepreneurial support to students and graduates and build business development courses in to our diploma and degree programs tailored uniquely to holistic entrepreneurship. www.swiha.edu
Our Western Herbalism program is one of the most comprehensive in the United States, focused on native flora and sustainable wild crafting practices. SWIHA is a member of the American Herbalists Guild, an association of herbal practitioners which uplifts clinical herbalism as a viable profession rooted in ethics, competency, diversity, and freedom of practice.
WE OFFER TWO PROGRAMS:
CERTIFICATE of EXCELLENCE:
Holistic Herbal Remedies 100 Hours
If you’re interested in personal development or simply curious about plant medicine, this certificate offers an introductory herbalism training and a well-rounded overview of the essentials of herbalism. You will be introduced to the awe-inspiring world of plants and, most importantly, learn an appreciation for this kingdom and a sense of stewardship for our earth companions. This program gives you entry into the path of the herbalist, providing an ability to proceed in an educated manner to learn, use, and work with plant medicines.
Western Herbalism - 745 Hours
If you want to participate in hands-on herbalism work, including field work in diverse Southwest ecosystems which will allow you to become familiar with local plant life and encourage sustainable wild crafting practices, our diploma program may be a fit for you. You will have practical, guided intermediate application and experience in seven arenas: herb cultivation, research writing, and teaching herbalism in the community, retail work, supervised clinic and botanical pharmacy. The herbalism core is further enhanced with science courses including Pathology, Homeopathy and Biosciences, making the connection between body and earth complete. Completing this program allows you to serve as a professional herbalist and create a productive, enriching, sustainable, successful work life!
SWIHA is a nationally-accredited college approved by the United States Department of Education. Students enrolled in programs of 600 hours or more may qualify for Federal Student Aid in the form of Pell grants and student loans. Title IV Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.
Meet JoAnn Sanchez: Herbalist, Educator, Friend of Earth & Western Herbalism Program Director.
JoAnn Sanchez is trained in social work, forestry, natural resource development, botany and describes herself as a “primarily self-taught Herbalist” with experience spanning four decades.
“A natural attraction and affinity to plants began in childhood,” says JoAnn, program director of the Western Herbalism program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, “as it is with many Herbalists.”
Fate directed JoAnn to an herbal Shoppe in the late-1970’s. There she met a third generation New England herbalist who modeled her craft through mentoring for many months. The next leg of her journey took her to the Arizona desert, where she learned from an Italian-American who knew the herbal ways from European family traditions.
She tells us: “I was influenced by many American herbalists such as Mark Blumenthal, Chris Hobbs, Cascade Anderson-Geller, Donald Yance, Roy Upton, Michael Tierra, Michael Moore, Daniel Gagnon, Paul Bergner and others.” In workshops and conventions during the first chapters of her career when she worked in the natural products industry as retailer, broker, and educator, she credits their work for having personal and direct influence on her understanding of herbal heritage.
Her first decade of introduction in the retail and clinical beginnings further encouraged her private study, where she found inspiration in the work of Dr. Bill Mitchell, Dr. John Christopher, Stephen Buhner, Judith Bergner, Matthew Wood, Sharol Tilgner, and Rosemary Gladstar. She has served as an educator, gardener, wildcrafter, apothecary host and clinician ever since.
“My work renders itself from Nature and Her environments,” explains JoAnn.
Through practical learning and diligent study, her long standing curiosity has led her to have experience in the field learning botany, observing the morphology and life cycles of plants, of which she remarks: “I have learned of Earth’s wondrous kin-dom.”
“This has been the motivation to proceed in my exploration and continue following the herbalist path as my vocation and calling,” JoAnn emphasizes, “It is an ardent admiration of trees, flowers, grasses, meadow, forest, and seashore; the earthly gardens that provides the substance that lends me to attune, harvest, research, process, produce, dispense, and administer the remedies of Nature’s offerings.”
“This is my work, this is my life: to journey close and near to these Green Folk all my days. The gift of being an Herbal educator is the outcome of my affinity and earnest attempt to be a mindful caretaker of the Earth places where the medicine plants are.”
What will I be learning as a Western Herbalism student?
30-hours of introductory courses create your foundation in herbal studies, familiarize you with the working language of the herbalist, and support discussion of contemporary issues in the field. You will begin cultivating plants, making medicine and identifying local plants.
You will also receive education in Chinese herbals, Ayurveda, plants native to America, endangered plants, earth stewardship, plant chemistry, botanical plant families, herb gardening, studies of medicinal plants and the applications of these for all human body systems. A thorough series of herbal pharmacy and medicine-making lessons are included midway in the course.
Your field study will emphasize desert botanicals identification, native uses, plant spirit medicine, flower study, and ethical harvesting.
What will my profitable opportunities be as an Herbalist?
Our Herbalism graduates do a myriad of things – community education, working alongside naturopathic doctors, publishing literature about Herbalism, opening brick-and-mortar retail spaces, one-on-one wellness coaching, and more.
Within your program, you will learn to write research papers, participate in an externship, and learn to formulate herbal products, giving you the opportunity to experience all aspects of being an Herbalist and to decide which unique path will bring you the most joy.
Terra Sylva School of Botanical Medicine
Terra Sylva’s Community Herbalism Program provides training in Western herbal medicine from a holistic and Vitalist perspective. The course begins with a firm footing in the foundational elements of Western herbalism: the flavors of herbs, influences and actions of plants on the body—what we can notice directly with our senses. We employ a traditional Vitalist approach to healing. Vitalism respects the intrinsic wisdom of the human body and seeks to recognize and support the healing force that exists within us all, using herbs, food, and lifestyle changes as fundamental therapies. These time-honored skills and methods are deepened by in-depth lessons in modern botany, plant chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, and the study of disease.
At the same time, our program emphasizes immersion in nature and experiential learning. Whether outdoors on plant walks or in the classroom, we are always with the plants, studying them botanically and experiencing them sensually, learning their temperaments and their actions on our bodies. We’ll read the signs that are found on a person’s tongue, and practice clinical skills on actual patients. Throughout the year we will share the craft of medicine making in hands-on classes. We’ll cover many techniques for making plant medicine, from the intuitive art of the elixir to quick and effective tincture percolations.
We are surrounded by the famously diverse ecosystems of the Southern Appalachian mountains. The majority of herbs commonly used in the western herbal pharmacopoeia grow wild in these mountains, and many more are found growing in our gardens. These virtues make this location an unparalleled place to learn botany and plant medicine: the botany skills and plant connections that you learn here can be applied wherever you call home.
Environmentally-conscious herbalism is imperative in any setting. We teach ethical wildcrafting and emphasize the use of weedy and garden-grown plants. In this era of ecological catastrophe, we highlight the responsibility of herbalists to have conscientious relationships with their medicine.
Far beyond merely indulging a person’s curiosity about using plants as medicine, our six-month intensive training program is designed to impart the skills and knowledge that a graduate would need to begin serving their community as a holistic health educator and a provider of plant-based holistic health care. Community herbalism is a powerful, indeed crucial element in the creation of a grassroots alternative to the unsustainable, ill-informed, and unjust conventional health care system. Our school exists for those who want to be a part of that grassroots alternative.
Attending to community wellness implies recognizing the impact of structural oppression on the health of individuals and communities. The effects of racism, misogyny, poverty, transphobia and homophobia are important aspects of health and dis-ease. The Terra Sylva School makes clear the links between societal and individual ills. We incorporate anti-oppressive practice and education into our school’s curriculum. We acknowledge the enormous debt that North American herbalism owes to Native people without fetishizing or appropriating Native culture. We adhere to feminist values but avoid gender essentialism, and use trans-inclusive language. We believe firmly in teacher accountability. We value the experience of our students, are receptive to feedback, and will do our best to share knowledge effectively and maintain a safe space for all in the classroom.
The Bitter Herb Academy
The Bitter Herb Academy offers four unique online courses in Wildcrafting native plants and mushrooms, herbal remedies, herbalism, and essential oil distillation. We partner with Iberian Coppers to offer distillation students copper stills at a discounted price.
The Community Medicine Cabinet
The Community Medicine Cabinet was founded in 2014 and its shelves hold both a clinic and classroom. Our work connects people to each other and nature. By supporting humans and other animals to cultivate relationships with plants and ourselves, we make room for the collective to embrace interdependence and practice reciprocity.
The educational program at the Cabinet prioritizes accessibility, empowerment, and direct experience with the plants- our best teachers. We practice and teach herbal medicine for humans and animal companions alike. Our students are challenged to trust themselves and their intuition while being supported to build practical knowledge and experience with the plants and the body in scientific, magical, and creative ways.
We are located in Santa Rosa, CA just north of the Bay Area in Sonoma County-- the unceded lands of the Southern Pomo, Wappo and Coast Miwok peoples.
The Hermit’s Grove Master Herbalist Program
Conceived in the 1980s in Minneapolis under a different name, The Hermit’s Grove Master Herbalist Program was developed and founded by Paul Beyerl whose work as an herbal author and educator is well known and respected. The Master Herbalist Program is in-depth with no two students moving at the same pace. As a consequence, it is ideal for the correspondent student but does require self-motivation.
We are a non-profit educational program. Our student advisors, teachers, and volunteers donate 100% of our labor and time as our gift to the serious student who is committed to a quality herbal education. There are 100 Units, a pay-as-you-go program, so that the student can afford books, herbs, equipment and time.
The program covers herbal horticulture, and typical coursework. We also cover anatomy and physiology in ten courses; more than 100 infectious diseases and other conditions, history, ethics and more. To date more than 50% of those who complete the program are RNs.
Although challenging due to its depth, our goal is to bring the most education for the least student expense. The program itself, not counting books, herbs and equipment the student will need, is $3,500 at $35.00 per unit with some reduced options available. Information and application: $5.00 which includes the most current description of the program (in detail), an application form and a complete catalog. If you live outside North America, please send $6.50 in U.S. funds.
We have a wonderful 11-acre site in the Mississippi River Valley area of southeastern Minnesota which houses our Retreat Center as well as our educational and administrative offices. We are now able to provide more for our students using streaming and online options. Being centrally located will allow us to be more available to all students. There are students in Canada, on the East and West Coasts of the U.S., students in Portugal, Tunisia, and elsewhere abroad. The new library space has all of the 4500 books housed in the same building. It is bright, comfortable, and ideal for research and study.
The Human Path / Herbal Medics Academy
The Natural Nurse
Natural Nurse® Herbal Certification Course
Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, RH (AHG), AHN-BC
I have been learning and teaching the medicinal use of herbs since 1964, as well as providing information to thousands of individuals on how to use herbs for themselves, their patients and their families through the many books I have written, http://www.naturalnurse.com/products/books/
I get many requests for more in depth classes, and the opportunity to apprentice with me.
I teach in conventional educational settings, such as mainstream medical schools and universities, as well as with master traditional healers from a variety of cultures. It has been my honor to have studied with indigenous and master herbalists, such as JAMBA of the MAROONS in Jamaica, Michael Moore and Mimi Kemp in Bisbee Arizona, SONIA in Santa Cruz Mexico, Dr. Bernard Jensen, and a vast array of advanced herbalists.
I love to share my knowledge and experience with you, to empower you to be in charge of your health naturally.
Your Health is In Your Hands!
My Favorite Activity!- Teaching natural medicine to professionals and anyone who loves to learn.
Select courses are
CE Certified for Nurses, Midwives, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Dietitians.
You choose the topic, Herbs, Homeopathics, Energy Medicine and More!
The course is conducted via individual webinar training. Although students can also opt to join in any of the onground classes, such as journeying to Jamaica to live for a week with indigenous healers, www.ecotoursforcures.com , visiting China Town, or spending the day wildcrafting edible and medicinal plants and preparing your OWN herbal remedies to take home. http://www.naturalnurse.com/services/herb-walks-and-medicine-making/
At the time we mutually agree on, I will send you a link to a powerpoint, and then we will review the slides. As I discuss each topic, we will go into many aspects that are mentioned on each slide in a much more comprehensive way, giving you in depth data on how to collect, purchase and use each individual herb for yourself and your family. Before we complete each lecture, I will email you a specific assignment that must be completed before our next meeting. Depending on the level of the topic, it will be basic or more advanced. For example, I might ask you to go to your local health food store, and read the ‘other ingredients’ and ‘standardization claims’ on a few different herbal products. We will then discuss the significance of your findings.
For a more advanced course, I may ask you to identify 2 alkaloid and 2 glycoside substances found in a particular herb, and what medicinal value they have, along with possible adverse effects that they may provoke.
Don’t worry, if you are a beginner, we will have covered all the initial classes you would need in order to know how to access that kind of information. Since I am both a traditional wildcrafting herbalist, AND a Professor of Botanical Pharmacognocy, I can take you as far as you want to go. Therefore, this course is appropriate for both the beginner and the professional, who would like to go more deeply into understanding the world of sentient communication as well as chemical interactions between plants and humans.
Topics offered include, but are not limited to:
• Herbal Medicine
• Essential Oil Therapy
• Darkfield Microscopy
• Regulatory Compliance for those offering products in the Natural Marketplace-
( vital if you wish to avoid becoming pen pals with the FDA and FTC!)
Each class is $ 65 for one class, or $ 300 for a 5 class course.
After completing 5 classes, you will receive a certification. The certification will indicate the number of hours of study, and the level of the course work that you have completed.
Select courses offer: CE Broker Certified Credits for Nurses, Midwives, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists and Dietitians!
I look forward to sharing my decades of knowledge with you, and to learn from you as well, because as a teacher, I am also a perpetual student.
The School of Herbal Medicine
THE STUDIOS AT FLORIDA SCHOOL OF HOLISTIC HEALTH
All classes & courses are available by private appointments
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We offer over 250 classes, Instructions & 100 Certified Courses in Herbalism
Aromatherapy, Nutritional Herbalism
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Traditions School of Herbal Studies
Traditions School of Herbal Studies, based in Tampa Bay, FL, offers two-year Clinical Western and Chinese Herbalism programs. These programs consist of monthly weekend intensives, weekly Student Clinic experience, and independent study. We offer hands-on experience in Medicine Making, Botany, Plant Identification, Barefoot Doctoring, and more. We also hold weekly community classes that focus on Anatomy for the Herbalist, Medicine Making, Ayurvedic Herbs, and more. All of our classes are offered both in person and online.
Our school and clinic are located in beautiful St. Petersburg, FL, where we have a half-acre medicinal teaching garden. Traditions was founded by Dr. Bob Linde, AP, RH (AHG), who has over twenty years experience as a Western and Chinese Herbalist, and as an acupuncturist.
Trinity School of Natural Health
Trinity School of Natural Health is the premier resource for holistic health education. Our diverse program offerings provide comprehensive knowledge and skills to help turn your passion for healthy living into a fulfilling career. Our courses, including the Certified Master Herbalist, are delivered through an interactive online classroom. Your learning process is guided by instructors with practical expertise to help you Transform the World one client at a time.
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
VCIH offers intensive learning opportunities for students at every stage of herbal education. Our programs are rooted in a commitment to ecological and social justice and repair and emphasize a culture of relationship and responsibility as foundational to collective and individual health. There are four years of training available, serving students just beginning their herbal journey, as well as those with considerable experience. We offer an 8-month Herbal Roots Apprenticeship (210 hours), a 1-year Family Herbalist program (308 hours) and a 3-year Clinical Herbalist program (1356 hours).
*In 2021, we expect to offer some (possibly all) of our programs in hybrid formats, allowing folks to attend without relocating for the first time. We are developing these changes in response to COVID-19 and plans are evolving as of May 2020. Updates will be made to our website as they become available.*
Herbal Roots: This program emphasizes hands-on, embodied learning and is ideal for those who are new to herbs, but keen to make them part of their daily lives. This course provides a thorough introduction to using herbs for self-care, splitting students’ time between garden, lab and classroom. Additional topics include an introduction to our relational and justice-focused orientation to herbalism, the history of herbal medicine, fundamental energetic concepts, and basic physiology of body systems.
Family Herbalist/ Clinical Year 1: This year is a combination of hands-on skill development, and didactic time in the classroom, providing more complex medicine-making skills, introductory coverage of phytochemistry and pharmacology, student-led skill sharing, holistic physiology, in-depth coverage of materia medica, and therapeutic approaches to common system dysfunctions.
Clinical Year 2 — This year focuses on understanding more complex system dysfunctions (both energetically and physiologically), as well as the social and ecological determinants of health, intermediate coverage of phytochemistry and pharmacology, developing critical thinking and clinical strategies, and grounding in the logistical and relational skills of a practitioner.
Clinical Year 3 — This year brings the learning from the first two years to the clinical relationship. In addition to continued study of complex health conditions and materia medica, students see clients under supervision in the community clinics, while also developing a business plan for their future work as herbalists, and practice sharing their knowledge through community teaching.
Verse is an online herbalist certification program that guides you into becoming a Community Herbalist (year 1), Apprentice Herbalist (year 2), and a Clinical Herbalist (year 3). Each of these herbalist certifications is a stepping stone to becoming a practitioner of herbal medicine.
The process of becoming a herbalist encompasses connecting with your local bioregional healing plants, learning traditional diagnostic tools (e.g. pulse & tongue diagnosis), preparation of herbs into medicine, phytopharmacology, folklore, formulations, practitioner ethics, administering herbal medicine with precision, and self-care practices.
When you enter into the Verse Herbalist Certification program you will explore the diverse branches of herbal medicine and lifestyle practices that bring mind, body, and spirit into homeostasis. As you deepen your studies from Community Herbalist to Apprentice, then Clinical Herbalist, your depth of study builds upon itself, supporting the journey of graduating with the confidence to forge your own professional herbalist career.
Vital Ways School for Holistic Clinical Herbalism
Vital Ways is a 1 to 4 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, to advanced clinical practice, evaluation, tongue and pulse, lab analysis 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 and 4th 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.
Wild Rose College of Natural Healing
The Wild Rose College of Natural Healing began as a brick & mortar herbal college in Calgary, Alberta, Canada by Terry Willard, Ph.D. in 1975.
Today all Wild Rose College Diploma programs (from Practical Herbalist to Master Herbalist), are available on-line, from anywhere in the world, with in-person apprenticeship placements available to Clinical Herbal Apprenticeship students.
The emphasis of Wild Rose College is on wholism – the integration of the body, mind and spirit, and each course reflects this approach within an up-to-date, interactive, on-line platform. Each lesson is broken down into user-friendly & digestible PDFs, videos and quizzes and can be accessed from any electronic device.
Wild Rose College of Natural Healing is proud to offer some of the most support for personalized education in the industry, including monthly live webinars and bi-monthly herbal intensives in our Wild Rose Village, with school administrators available 5 days a week for course support.
Programs and access to On-line Community here: www.wildrosecollege.com
Wild Women Herb School
The Wild Women Herb School aims to strengthen your hands-on plant knowledge through wildcrafting apprenticeships and workshops. With a strong focus on seasonal magic and ancestral plant wisdom, each class is deeply-rooted in plant magic, medicine making and traditional practices in folklore and mythology.
We offer both in-depth apprenticeships as well as monthly workshops in Puyallup, WA and aim to provide hands-on herbal education and training for ethically harvesting and incorporating our native and invasive plant species.
We also offer local plant walks and private sessions as well as a Patreon option for distance learning where you can find dozens of detailed plant monographs, foraging videos and all the basics you need to know to get you started with ethical wildcrafting. https://www.patreon.com/wildwomenherbs
We hope you can come join us either in-person or online and wish you the greenest blessings on your plant path.
Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine
Sowing the seeds of the herbal revolution one wildflower at a time since 2003. We have a goal of putting a herbalist into every home. You can start or continue on your path of herbal learning with us, and we thrive on making sure you receive training that is tailored to your unique goals. Explore all aspects of North American Herbal Medicine from the personal, family, community and even clinical levels. Programs range from 95-625 hours of training in everything from outdoor plant walks, growing herbs, wild harvesting, preparation making, materia medica, body reading, clinical practice garden apothecary internships.
Core Values: Learning about and using Bioregional 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 communities, honoring oral traditions, and teaching our families and community responsible and safe use of herbal medicine.
We started educating in person, in and around Austin Texas. We are now growing into new parts of the country like Portland, but Texas remains our hometown. Founded by Practicing Herbalist, Nicole Telkes, RH(AHG), the school is not just as a journey into your green world, but a journey into yourself. 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 strive to provide students with a comfortable and nurturing learning environment, where students grow into lifelong herbalists, while also growing together as a strong and supportive herbal community. The founder wrote the book the Medicinal Plants of Texas in 2013 and it serves as a textbook for our intermediate outdoor studies. The school also sponsors and organizes Moonflower Herb Fest to celebrate herbalism in our community and bring folks together.
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
2020 marks a pivotal year for us, as we launch our new and improved online and hybrid learning environements. You can check out our teaching style by taking the free online course that introduces you to herbalism on our new platform learn.wildflowerherbschool.com
Wildwood Institute, LLC
At Wildwood Institute, we have been bringing the plants to the people
and the people to the Earth since 1996.@ Come study with us in our beautiful rural Wisconsin
woodland, garden, and prairie! We teach from the Four
Directions of Information: Herbal Traditions, Science, Personal Experience, and Intuition; with
Nature at the center.
Wildwood Institute offers the only comprehensive, collegiate level Clinical Herbalist program
in the Upper Midwest. Located outside of Madison, WI, we offer 1, 2, 3, and 4-year Herbal
Apprenticeships. Classes meet one weekend per month. Some students take just the first year,
learning how to use herbal medicine for themselves and their loved ones. Others continue for a
deeper education, and exceptional students complete the entire program for a clinical
certification. Kathleen Raven Wildwood has been studying and practicing in the Western,
Scientific, and Shamanic herbal traditions for over 20 years.
Wintergreen Botanicals Education Center
Wintergreen Botanicals Education Center
Wintergreen Botanicals offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced herbalist study programs in the Allenstown, NH classroom and online. The primary instructor is clinical herbalist Maria Noel Groves, RH (AHG), author of Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care. Maria combines Western herbalism with holistic anatomy, physiology, and pathology, whole foods nutrition, and lifestyle approaches. Wintergreen Botanicals' down-to-earth approach combines the latest botanical research and evidence-based medicine with traditional and experiential knowledge of the plants. We primarily cover herbs that can be grown or wildcrafted in a temperate/northern climate and/or are commonly available in commerce. A strong foundation in hands-on remedy making is included in all program options. The introductory/intermediate Home Herbalist Series and Beyond the Home Herbalist Series are available on-site and online. The advanced Herbalist Intensive Training Program is only available on-site at this time. Students receive certificates upon completion of each program.