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
`Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine
Sowing the seeds of the herbal revolution 1 wildflower at a time. Start or continue on your path of herbal learning with us. Explore all aspects of North American Herbal Medicine from the personal, to the family, community and even clinical levels. Programs range from 125-500 hours of training in everything from outdoor plant walks, growing herbs, wild harvesting, preparation making, materia medica, body reading, clinical practice and so much more. Core Values:Learning and using bioregional Texas 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 community, Honoring oral tradition, Teaching our families and community responsible and safe use of herbal medicine. The Wildflower School has been offering community driven herbal education since 2005 in and around Austin Texas. Founded by Practicing Herbalist, Nicole Telkes, RH the school is not just as a journey into the green world, but a journey into the self. 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 hope to provide students with a comfortable and nurturing learning environment, where students grow into budding herbalists while growing together as a strong and supportive herbal community.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
Adiantum School of Plant Medicine
The Adiantum School is a small herb school run and taught by Natalie Hammerquist in Seattle, WA. She offers two introductory nine month programs (100 hours and 150 hours) that cover local plant ID, basic herb gardening, harvest, medicine making, Chinese medicine theory, acute remedies and more. Natalie also offers evenings classes and plant walks in the community, and occasional weekend intensives. Natalie's approach integrates Chinese and western herbal theories and herbs.
American College of Healthcare Sciences
DEAC Accredited Online Holistic Education
ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism
The ArborVitae school is rooted in the wisdom of the natural world and the many traditions that have honed the craft of botanical medicine. We appreciate a holistic approach to healing and to general wellbeing that seeks balance in all aspects of the individual, including food, lifestyle, and spirit. We offer a full, professional program and diverse curriculum to future practitioners. The school provides training by qualified teachers, and is a community resource and space to gather and share for the public in New York City, state, and the Northeast region. ArborVitae offers a one year, standalone program for students to gain foundational knowledge of herbal medicine. There is also a three year course of study for people who wish to pursue clinical herbal knowledge and practice.
Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine
The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine is one of the most welcoming and popular programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced herbalists and for any health care practitioner or professional who wants to include plant medicine in his or her practice. Directed by award-winning herbalist, international speaker, and author Holly Bellebuono, this program introduces students to the beauty and function of herbs for medicine with a focus on herbal formulary by body system. Successful completion confers a certificate and credential, and the in-depth formulary-and-pharmacology-based curriculum has been especially useful for former students who have included, among many others, herbalists, wellness coaches, naturopathic students, botanists, pharmacists, midwives, ecologists, women’s specialists, social service directors, and alternative healers.
We offer 3 programs:
1) THE 2-WEEK HERBAL IMMERSION. Every Spring we host a delightful and engaging 2-week training and certification intensive for intermediate and advanced learners. The 2019 Immersion will take place May 24 – June 7 at The Rowe Center in Western Massachusetts. This fantastic learning opportunity teaches the herbal curriculum in a dynamic small-group setting for an engaging exploration of all herbal medicine has to offer. We meet in a casual and supportive environment to study plant ID, harvesting, processing, apothecary, case studies, jurisprudence, and more--with an emphasis on herbal formulary. With its in-depth focus on how herbs work in the body (the curriculum is organized by body system), the 2-Week Immersion also includes hands-on experience processing a variety of folk remedies (the Apothecary Weekend is included in the 2 weeks). Students also participate in multiple herb walks, field trips, and garden explorations around the beautiful Berkshire mountains, as well as kitchen processing, pharmacology and physiology based on the body's primary systems (respiratory, reproductive, digestive, etc.). Our studies include the heritage and folklore of healing, the philosophy of healers from around the world, and more. If you want to deepen your understanding of herbs and how they work in the body--and to learn how to apply herbal formulary in family and community settings-- this is the course for you. Every year this is a very well-received program that strengthens students' abilities and builds community.
Pre-requisite: intermediate experience/education in either plants (gardening, farming, botany, etc.) OR healthcare (nursing, midwifery, herbalism, etc.)
Certificate Earned: Community Herbalist Certificate
Lodging and meals: Accommodations are provided separately by The Rowe Center, which offers a wide range of beds and rooms and prepares delicious meals with locally sourced ingredients.
Note: This is an intermediate program, not an advanced clinical program. We do not cover diagnosis, cancer, or diabetes. It is, however, a comprehensive introduction to the complex how and why of herbal healing and pharmacology.
Register here: https://www.hollybellebuono.com/herb-school
2) THE APOTHECARY WEEKEND. This is a fun, hands-on workshop designed for beginners and also for health care professionals who already understand healing and medicine but are new to plants. In this delightful workshop, we identify a wide range of edible and medicinal plants, harvest them, process them, and create a variety of traditional healing remedies, including teas, syrups, honeys, salves, vinegars, and more. This is automatically included in the 2-Week Herbal Immersion, and it can also be taken as a stand-alone workshop. Dates: May 24-27. Location: The Rowe Center, western Mass. Tuition: $450-$550.
Register here: https://www.hollybellebuono.com/4-day-apothecary-weekend
3) THE ESSENTIAL HERBAL DISTANCE/ON-LINE PROGRAM. Enroll any time and complete the course from your own home. This option is a 7- month self-paced curriculum for beginners with an emphasis on Holly’s 4-Tier Philosophy of Formulary. It consists of nearly 20 lessons based on men’s and women’s body systems as well as Hands-On Apothecary Assignments using a variety of plants and techniques. You'll get full curriculum materials including several of Holly's popular books The Essential Herbal for Natural Health, An Herbalist’s Guide to Formulary, a Student Workbook, helpful and colorful webinar videos, digital materials, former lectures, a complete Audio CD set for easy listening and studying, and Holly's popular Self-Empowerment Guide. Successful completion of the distance program confers a Certificate of Completion in Herbal Studies. Distance Tuition: $895, enroll at any time.
Register here: https://www.hollybellebuono.com
Betonica Herbal Apprenticeship
The Betonica Medical Herbalist Training programme is a four year course combining traditional knowledge and modern science.The main aim of the course is to create an alternative learning experience in herbal medicine, combining community, sustainability and organic principles.This four year course (on completion of the final clinical exam), will allow you to practice as a medical herbalist with full insurance and the ability to join a professional association* in the UK (if you so wish).
Black Mountain School of Natural Healing
Black Mountain School of Natural Healing is located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina and provides comprehensive onsite and online learning. We offer different levels of certification courses in energy healing and in integrative herbalism, including subtle/energetic herbalism, clinical holistic herbalism and flower essence practitioner training. We also host a variety of ongoing classes, workshops and retreats that promote healing, holistic well being, connection to nature, self awareness and awakening.
Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
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BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies
The BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies offers herbal education in the North Georgia Mountains. We also offer live and recorded webinars on a wide variety of topics.
Our seminars include in-depth training programs, field studies, hands-on wild crafting, medicine making workshops, and mentoring for student practitioners. In addition, we frequently sponsor seminars taught by other herbal practitioners. After more than 25 years, our stellar reputation is based on the consistently well-organized, interactive and stimulating learning experiences we provide our students.
Located in a small town in the beautiful mountains of northeast Georgia (100 miles northeast of midtown Atlanta, and 90 miles southwest of Asheville, NC), we are surrounded by the vast wildness of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Most of our seminars highlight the use of the native and naturalized plants found in the Southern Appalachians Mountains, an area referred to as the apothecary of North America.
Once a year we offer a comprehensive training through our Foundations of Herbalism Program that meets one weekend a month from March to December.
Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG), founder and primary instructor, is the author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006) and is a clinical herbalist in practice for more than 25 years. Other regular instructors include Lorna Mauney-Brodek (medicine making).
California College of Ayurveda
The CCA is proud to be the first Ayurvedic College in the west to provide its own teaching herb garden, home to approximately 80 different species of plant medicines from around the world.
While working in the garden under the guidance of the Herbal Director, students study plant identification and cultivation techniques, gaining a deep understanding of the plants they are using in practice. During monthly classes, and while working in the College Herbal Dispensary, students receive an in depth level of training in herbal medicine making and administration. Beyond cultivation and medicine making techniques, classes also cover topics such as flower essences, herbal first aid kits, body care products and the use of plant medicine in art as a form of subtle body healing. Guest teachers and local herb identification walks further enhance the education in this program.
This 9 month program runs from April - December each year. Due to the hands on nature of this program, enrollment is limited to 12 students per course and requires in person study.
Cedar Mountain Herb School, LLC
With training programs in the Seattle area and Northern 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. We also mentor advanced students who have completed at least a full year apprenticeship at CMHS and are building their own herb businesses.
Students of many experiential levels attend CMHS: from MDs, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists, massage practitioners and other health professionals, to students who wish to start an herb business, to those who want to practice on a friends-and-family level by providing healthy, nourishing herbs and remedies. All of our students share a common desire for valuable, practical herbal knowledge.
Motivated students participate in the Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, One-Day Workshops, and Herbal Intensives. CMHS director Suzanne Tabert seamlessly bridges herbalism with Western medicine and science. Training at CMHS allows herbalists to speak the evolving language of modern medicine, and helps medical doctors better equip themselves to answer their patients’ herbal questions.
The wild plant training programs at CMHS are field based, designed to expand students’ working knowledge of local medicinal plants, nutrition, and plants’ effects on the body systems. The programs cover identification, materia medica, sustainable harvesting methods, plant constituents, medicine making, basic anatomy and physiology, formulations, and so much more. Gain a deeper understanding of the wild medicinal and edible plants of the Pacific Northwest, and acquire valuable experience in making and using herbal medicines for home or business.
You'll learn more about wild plants, the microbiome of your body and macrobiome of the world around you, how plants work in our bodies on a cellular/tissue/organ/system/total body level, and about yourself than you ever thought possible. A common thread that is said by the students is that lives are changed. Sometimes very surprising decisions are made, paths take turns, and new directions are found. At Cedar Mountain Herb School, we put the WILD in wildcrafting! And best yet, you'll be with people from your tribe, and things get real! How cool is that?!?!
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 taking the serious student of herbal medicine from the holistic foundations of Western, First Nations, and Chinese healing traditions to the doorstep of becoming clinical herbalist, offering a diverse and engaging range of workshops, classes and courses for herbal enthusiasts of 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. Online courses soon, TBA
College of Unani Tibb and Alternative medicine (CUTAM)
College of Unani Tibb and Alternative medicine (CUTAM) is based in Manchester, UK and provides training and courses in UK, Europe and internationally.
We run a number of diploma and short courses both in-house and online. Our mission to train and develop individuals to the highest level of skill and professionalism in Unani Tibb and Alternative Medicine.
Our courses include, Unani Tibb Medicine, Iridology, Cupping (Hijama) and Eastern Nutrition and Diet.
Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism
Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, located in Lafayette, CO, on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, was founded as NAIMH by Paul Bergner in 2004. In 2012, Paul retired as the Director of the school, and it was reborn as CSCH under the leadership of Lisa Ganora, a former faculty member and author of the textbook and distance learning course, Herbal Constituents. We continue to build on the comprehensive Vitalist curriculum developed by Paul over his long career, and he remains with CSCH as a case reviewer in our Clinical Herbalism Program. At CSCH we currently offer certificates in Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism (370 hours), Advanced Herbalism (540 hours), Clinical Herbalism (385+ hours), Nutrition (1000 hours), Rocky Mountain Field Botany (68 hours), Flower Essences (56 hours), and Aromatherapy (100 hours) ... with public workshops and events at our beautiful farm, Elderberry's, in Paonia, CO. Our basic curriculum covers Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Materia Medica, Formulation, Herbal Pharmacy, Vitalist Therapeutics, Integrated Nutrition, Flower Essences, Herbs of Commerce, and Field Botany. Our Clinical, Nutrition, and Flower Essence programs also teach interview & assessment skills, and students work with clients at the onsite Evergreen Center Clinic and Apothecary. CSCH is approved & regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational Schools Board.
CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism
We - Katja Swift & Ryn Midura - founded the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism in 2010. Between us, we have over 30 years of experience as herbalists. We teach almost all of our courses together, so you get the benefits of our different perspectives and experiences - two heads are better than one!
We offer courses and programs for students at all levels of herbal training, from beginners topics up to clinical practice and business skills.
All our online courses are centered on video presentations, and include printable PDFs, quizzes, quick guides, and recommended resources for further study.
Students enrolled in any course are also invited to our weekly live Q&A web conference sessions, where you can get direct feedback from Ryn & Katja!
We offer free course material so you can get to know us before committing to a program, and you can also hear us teach and learn more about our style by listening to our podcast - just search for The Holistic Herbalism Podcast wherever you get your pods, or visit our website to find all episodes.
David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies
Clinical Herbalist Certification Program
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.
East West School of 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.'
ECLECTIC SCHOOL OF HERBAL MEDICINE
Eclectic /iˈklektik/: Adjective; Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
Not so long ago there was a group of doctors in America that practiced Eclectic Medicine. They were physicians who employed whatever was found to be beneficial to their patients. Eclectic Medicine was formed in opposition to the toxic remedies used by standard doctors in the 19th and early 20th century. Eclectics didn't care who discovered the remedy. They used botanical, homeopathic, mineral and occasionally chemical medicines to bring balance to the body.
The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine was founded in 2010, by Thomas Easley.
Our Functional Herbalism programs offer unique training in western herbalism, functional medicine and clinical nutrition while staying true to our eclectic roots. By melding together modern science and western herbalism we have created excellent educational paths for aspiring herbal practitioners.
The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine offers an 11-month, full-time Integrative Herbal Intensive Program focused on educating the next generation of clinical herbal practitioners. The intensive program is hosted on our 497-acre Botanical Sanctuary and offered as livestream learning from a distance.
ESHM also offers a three-tiered clinical practitioner certification program for self-paced, online learning.
Florida School of Holistic Living
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Foundations in Herbal Medicine by Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Foundations in Herbal Medicine by Tieraona Low Dog, MD
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.
Genesis School of Natural Health
The mission of Genesis School of Natural Health is to provide the public with competent, educated, and confident natural health professionals. Our diploma programs include Master Herbalist, Natural Health Consultant, Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy, and Holistic Health Professional. The Clinical Master Herbalist program will be online by January 2019.
Our curriculum is challenging to effectively prepare you for the needs of your future clients. They will depend you for your knowledge and your career is dependent on your being able to successfully help them! Natural health professionals are facing generational diseases complicated with the abundance of chemicals in food and water, medical interventions, drugs, nutritional deficiencies, and food sensitivities. Preparing you is our duty and one we take seriously. Together we have a common mission!
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.
Level 3 - Clinical with some business courses on starting your own business.
Hawthorn Institute offers integrative education in the fields of herbalism, yoga, farming, and Ayurveda.
Our vision is to provide immersive educational programs which inspire personal transformation through deep connections with the natural world. Our programs offer training in an array of skills that enhance one’s ability to live vibrantly, connected to self and place.
Our work has evolved into 4 distinct programs:
The Foundations Program is a 425-hour certificate program focused on bioregional and clinical herbalism. We offer an exploration into the inner workings of the human body and the elemental relationships that link plants, place, and personal health.
The Foundations program is a comprehensive training that brings together the practices of Place-Based Herbalism, Lifestyle & Embodiment, Yoga & Ayurveda, Food & Farming, along with Diet & Nutrition.
120hr Herbal Field Studies
This 120-hour field-based immersion program is designed for anyone that has a strong interest in bioregional medicine making, botany, and being in nature. We will be looking at plants through the lenses of ecological wildcrafter, medicine maker, plant botanist, and forager. We will also spend time learning about the human & cultural history of the bioregions we travel and the ways we can respectively explore these places that so many have called home.
Yoga Teacher Training
This 200-hour program is designed for experienced students of yoga who would like to become yoga teachers as well as those seeking more depth in their practice. We offer an integrated herbal and Ayurvedic approach to yoga with a focus on personalized practice and well-being.
Classes are held at our beautiful school surrounded by our medicinal plant garden. Nourishing the body and soul through deep nature connection complements the holistic approach in our yoga practice.
Food & Farming Program
Hawthorn Farm offers a 120-hour program focused on helping provide students with the skills necessary to run a small organic farm, homestead, or garden. Located on our 3-acre vegetable and medicinal herb farm, this course centers around hands-on experience in the garden alongside knowledgeable farmers, designed to cultivate an empowered and healthy life.
Heart of Herbs Herbal School
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 offered individual support and care. We at Heart of Herbs Herbal School want to honor that and embrace that, and use that to insure 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 we 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, 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, I want to support 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 own practice or businesses (and this number is growing) upon completing the course and most of the rest already owned a business that herbals work well with or have a complimentary practice. At Heart of Herbs Herbal School we take business and career development seriously.
Our programs include:
Certified Herbalist- https://www.heartofherbs.com/heart-of-herbs-certified-herbalist-certific...
Master Clinical Herbalist- https://www.heartofherbs.com/heart-of-herbs-master-herbalist-certificati...
Phytotherapy Diploma- https://www.heartofherbs.com/heart-of-herbs-phytotherapy-diploma.htm
In addition we offer Flower Essence Certification, and NAHA Approved Aromatherapy Certification Programs.
Director Demetria Clark
I believe that herbalism is part of my soul. It is something that resonates and makes sense to me in 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 really 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.
Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials
Heartstone Herbal School provides a strong foundation for a life-long relationship with plants as medicine. We visit the places where plants live and learn to harvest and use them in respectful and sustainable ways. We visit the anatomy & physiology of the body to assist our use of the plants as medicine. The person, the plant and the planet are viewed and taught in this holistic manner. We value the interface of science and spirit as a rich and nourishing place. Our curriculum grows out of the place where they meet. Please visit our website for more information.
Co-Directors & Instructors: Tammi Sweet & Kris
2016 HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
In the beauty of the NY Finger Lakes, come explore the green world and the gifts of plant medicine. Our 6-weekend residential program offers an informative & experience-based foundation for the life-long journey of becoming a practitioner of herbal medicine. Discover traditional & time-tested ways to support your health & nourish your friends, family & community.
Diverse plants & their healing properties<
Herbal preparations & remedies<
Plant identification, wild edibles & wild crafting<
Anatomy & physiology of body systems
Diverse medicine-making including infusions & decoctions, tinctures, creams, salves, syrups, powders & more!
Deepening your relationship with the plants.
New in 2015! 37 CEU's available for LMT's
Please see our website for more information and dates. Enrollment is limited to 28 participants.
ONLINE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY FOR HERBALISTS<
An 8-week series covering the anatomy & physiology of the body. Twice/year formally offered but available year round with most features. Taught by Tammi Sweet, MS, LMT. 24 CEU's available for LMT's
LOTIONS & POTIONS: MAKING HERBAL CREAMS & SALVES. Taught by Kris Miller & Tammi Sweet of Heartstone. Sunday, March 13, 2016 1:00-5:30. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY. LMT CEU's available. Offered 2-3/yearWINTER CARE FOR COLDS & FLU. Fall 2015. Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY Taught by Tammi Sweet & Kris
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Founded by Marlene Adelmann, the Herbal Academy is a global leader in herbalism education reaching 50,000 students with their online herbalist training programs. The Herbal Academy celebrates the community-centered spirit of herbalism by collaborating with a wide diversity of seasoned clinical herbalists, folk herbalists, and medical professionals to create an herbal school that presents many herbal traditions and points of view.
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 Entrepreneur Herbal Course: The Entrepreneur Herbal Course – though not a light course – is a breakaway program from the Advanced Herbal Course, designed specifically for students who want to jump into launching an herbal products business… now! This program is designed specifically to prepare students to run a small herbal products business in this unique and sometimes challenging field of herbalism. We can be educators and leaders in our communities, but first we need to understand the intricacies of working in the herbal market! This is a 6 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.
The Herbarium: 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 is offers classes for all levels of interest in herbalism. 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-person or by live webcast. Most classes are held in Northern Arizona. Other class locations periodically offered.
We offer small class sizes and personal attention to develop your personal path in herbalism. We believe in a holistic approach to health and classes offer information from various medicine traditions.
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.
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 ICHWC (holistic wellness coach board certification). Students can take these classes in person or online, and all classes are eligible for financial aid and/or veteran's benefits. Thanks to the low tuition costs of Hill College, the 6 required classes that 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 come at an affordable price of around $2500 total. There is no other program that exists that offers this extensive training that is financial aid eligible for this affordable price. 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 Instructor817-760-5892
HomeGrown Herbalist School of Botanical Medicine
Founded by practicing veterinarian, clinical herbalist and traditional naturopath Dr. Patrick Jones, the HomeGrown Herbalist School of Botanical Medicine emphasizes the use of plant medicines for real-world problems.
Because of Dr. Jones' scope of practice as a veterinarian he routinely uses herbal medicines on many conditions not usually addressed by herbalists. Rattlesnake bites, gunshot wounds, gangrene, sepsis and all manner of other conditions make up his daily practice. Dr. Jones also has an active practice for human clients as a naturopath. Experience from these combined case loads is strongly reflected in the curriculum.
The entire program can be completed online though we also offer regular live lectures, plant walks and workshops throughout the Western United States for any students that wish to attend. Video recordings of such events are provided for our long-distance learners. We also have teaching and working herb gardens with over 100 species of medicinal plants. We currently have students on five continents so, local access is not a requirement for completing the course.
Your enrollment will grant you lifetime access to all current and future material in the school.
If you have questions about the program give Doc Jones a call at 208-410-2381. More information is also available at HomeGrownHerbalist.net
Huckleberry Mountain Botanicals School of Herbalism
We offer holistic herbal training utilizing traditional western herbalism. We have both traditional classroom instruction as well as hands-on projects and wildcrafting field trips. At the present time we are only offering a Certified Herbalist Program but are in the process of designing the Intermediate Herbalist and Master Herbalist Programs.
Subjects included in our Herbalist Program: Cultivating wellness (learn to grow your own medicinal garden using permaculture principles), Botany for the Herbalist, Materia Medica, Herbal Actions, Wildcrafting, Herbal Preparations, & Body Systems from a Holistic Perspective.
Our goal is for each student to gain enough knowledge to feel comfortable incorporating herbs into their everyday lives. We also hope to inspire them to continue their herbal education journey in order to become an active and meaningful contributor in the world of herbalism.
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.
Jing Well Essential Oil Academy
Jing Well Essential Oil Academy features essential oils and Chinese medicine. You can learn to use essential oils to treat directly at acupuncture points and to create formulas from a Chinese medical perspective. No prior Chinese medicine training is required to take any of the courses as basics for use are included in each course.
Maryland University of Integrative Health
same as last year
Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism
The Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism offers online live and pre-recorded training with Master Herbalist Matthew Wood and a growing list of other renown herbalists and teachers.
Including Herb Walks, Materia Medica, Astrological Herbalism, Tongue and Pulse Evaluation and much more - classes for beginner to advanced students. Plus lots of FREEBIES!
Reasonably priced. Payment plans and certificates of completion available.
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 + audio CDs. 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.
Milagro School of Herbal Medicine
Now in our 7th year, a bioregionally-based school complete with hands-on, intensive outdoor field work, medicine making, therapeutics with staff and guest instructors, and clinical experience. We take a multicultural and multiethnic approach to community wellness while maintaining a strong connection to the land of the Southwest U.S. Our students begin making herbal medicines from field collections in the first month while applying skills in a hands-on clinical environment. Begin with the Foundations in Herbal Medicine Course and advance to the Second Level with apprenticeships in our Herb Store in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Contact us with any questions.
Tomas Enos, PhD, Director, Ethnobotanist and Herbalist
Misty Meadows Herbal Center
Welcome to Misty Meadows Herb Farm and Education Center. You will find us nestled on 66 acres of protected pasture 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 workshops to an 8-month comprehensive hands-on herbal apprenticeship program we call The Spirited Herbalist - A Plant-Guided Journey To Your Self. Intermediate and Advanced Programs feature gifted herbal teachers from across the US and UK.
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.
Native Roots School of Ancestral Folk & Indigenous Medicine
Native Roots offers herbalism and healing classes for adults and youth. We offer a 4 month program May-September and several summer immersion classes with a compilation of 9 main teachers and several visiting teachers. All teachers share their own ancestral healing modalities which span from Lakota, Navajo, Taos Pueblo, Jewish, Celtic, New Mexican and more. Classes include camping trips (all ages and physical abilities), apprenticeships with teachers, and in class experiential learning. Classes include medicine making: salve, flower essences, tinctures, teas, plant energetics, permaculture, food as medicine, ceremony and more.
Natural Nurse Herbal Certification
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/
radio shows and podcasts,http://www.naturalnurse.com/category/radio-shows/
and online and onground classes and workshops. http://www.naturalnurse.com/events/
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.
For more information:www.naturalnurse.comwww.facebook.com/NaturalNurse
or call 800-829-0918
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
We are a distance learning institute that offers many education programs, including the following Accredited Herbal Studies:
Certified Herbalist (CH)
Master Herbalist (MH)
Medical Herbalist (M.H.)
Certified Aromatherapist (C.A.)
Certified Herbal Consultant (C.H.C)
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.
Ohlone Herbal Center
Established in 1995, the Ohlone Herbal Center is a leading educational and clinical center for sustainable systems of Western herbal-based healing. Based in Berkeley, California, we offer the most comprehensive, integrated education in Western herbal medicine and practice, and are one of very few schools nationwide with clinical internships in Western herbalism.
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.
Welcome to Reidman College – International College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
As a college that lead the field of the Integrative and the Natural medicine in Israel for over 30 years Reidman College is the embodiment of the vision of Sally Reidman, who immigrated to Israel from the United States in 1983 as a therapist.
In 1987 she founded a small school for holistic massage, which over the years grew to be the largest college in Israel for Complementary and Integrative medicine. Having accumulated 30+ years of experience and reputation, today Reidman is Israel's leading college in the field of integrative and natural medicine with graduates working in every sector of Israel society; including hospitals and the National Health funds.
Reidman College offers an in-depth Herbal Medicine program designed for those who wish to specialize in Herbology at the highest level.
Our program includes most of the rich Traditional knowledge of Western herbal medicine, along with the latest scientific knowledge available.
In the program, there is a strong emphasis on the active ingredients in medicinal herbs and their medicinal effects on humans both in the body and in the psyche. Our teachers are practicing clinical herbalists thus bringing their rich clinical experience to the classroom.
The program is recognized by the Israel Herbalists Association (Eilam)
Reidman College students benefit from a wide range of training programs available for therapists combining Traditional natural medicine with research-based Western medicine. The programs are taught at a high academic level and are recognized both by universities and colleges abroad and by professional associations of the complementary medicine professions both in Israel and in Europe. The college offers both multi-year and shorter enrichment programs and courses offering a broad and in-depth professional education for therapists and the general public.
Reidman College consists of 5 campuses spanning the length and breadth of the country and is comprised of 5 vocational schools:
A School for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the School of Natural Medicine, the School for Somatic Therapy, School for Holistic Psychotherapy, School for Holistic Coaching, and a Holistic program for Therapists wanting to work with children.
Each one of the Schools offer a wide range of multi-year programs along with shorter programs and individual courses for therapists and the general public.
We welcome your inquiries.
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 other herbalists and teachers. To stay in the loop about new upcoming classes, please subscribe to our email newsletter at gingerwebb.com.
Sacred Plant Traditions
Sacred Plant Traditions is an educational center offering classes for all levels of students - from the absolute beginner to the accomplished practitioner looking to deepen their understanding and relationships with plant medicines. Our classes range from how to create a home apothecary all the way to our celebrated Three Year Clinical Training.
Our mission is threefold:
To honor and protect the plants and sacred gifts bestowed to us for our health, nourishment, delight and spirit. Our teachings in harvest methods as well as use of herbs in the clinic reflect this. We also have a gorgeous backyard Botanical Sanctuary that is part of our dedication to working with United Plant Savers.
Empower individuals to be as self sufficient as possible in tending their own healthcare, while strengthening the bonds of reciprocity to create resilient and regenerative communities.
Train compassionate, competent clinical herbalists with a broad array of skills needed to serve their communities.
We encourage and welcome all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religious belief, cultural background, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, age or socioeconomic status.
Society of Wellness Nutritional Systems
We educate on Functional Herbal Therapy taking a system based approach. Our program is delivered in 24 online modules which teach the practitioner about specific herbs as well as how to pair them together in protocols for their patients facing today's modern health challenges.
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) is an accredited, non-profit, Title 4 naturopathic medical school. Through advanced education, innovative research and hands-on clinical training, SCNM's Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program blends science with natural healing.
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
A Conscious College Community committed to providing high quality, affordable education for those entering the healing arts field or for those continuing their education. Our Western Herbalism career oriented curriculum was created to provide students with opportunities to experience every aspect of plant medicine, from seed to sale. This program enhances students'' connection with the earth and plants from a spiritual and energetic point of view as well as from the phytochemical science-focused perspective. Our mission has always been to inspire individuals to discover their gifts and graces and support them as they share their talents with the world in a loving and profitable way.
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
We offer four self-paced courses in:
-Essential Oil Distillation (copper still discounts available)
-Wildcrafting & Botany
The Boston School of Herbal Studies
The Boston School of Herbal Studies offers comprehensive Herbal Apprenticeships and Advanced Training with a focus on face, tongue, pulse, nails and sclera diagnosis as well as Herbal Clinics and weekend intensives with nationally and internationally known speakers. We also offer two levels of Aromatherapy Certification, Lyme Practitioner Training, Advanced Supervision/Mentoring Groups, and herbal classes throughout the year. Building community and ensuring the future of herbs and herbalism is at the foundation of all teachings.
The Hermit’s Grove Master Herbalist Program
Beyerl’s work as herbal author and educator. Conceived in the 1980s in Minneapolis under a different name, over the years it evolved into our Master Herbalist Program with our 45,000 square foot private botanical garden, with more than a third of our 4,000 book research library directly relevant to the MHP. The MHP 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. The MHP is a non-profit educational program. Beyerl and all 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 MHP 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, my 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 under $3,000 at $30.00 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, the current edition of The Hermit’s Lantern and a complete catalog. If you live outside North America, please send $6.50 in U.S. funds.
Nestled in the hills of Western Massachusetts, Thyme Herbal is a sanctuary for healing and education. Herbalist, Brittany Wood Nickerson weaves her unique training in Western Herbalism, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, cooking, nutrition and plant spirit healing into curriculums that are engaging, diverse, detailed and empowering. Thyme Herbal offers a three year Apprenticeship program and workshops on topics related to herbal medicine, cooking, nutrition and homesteading. Hands on, skill oriented learning and personal empowerment are emphasized. Thyme Herbal offers an educational path for those interested in learning about herbal medicine for personal development and home use as well as for those working to support career goals in the healing arts. Brittany's Introductory Apprenticeship and most popular class, The Art of Home Herbalism is also offered online - blending video and audio lessons with at-home activities and reading assignments.
Brittany teaches History and Use of Herbs in the Kitchen at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the author of Recipes from the Herbalists Kitchen, The Herbal Homestead Journal, Cooking for Winter Health Wellness, Sacred & Mysterious, and the Everyday Living Series (posters and zines for the home).
THE ART OF HOME HERBALISM
An introduction to the practice of using medicinal herbs and whole foods to heal yourself and others.
This apprenticeship is designed to introduce you to the world of Western herbalism and give you the tools to be an effective and empowered home herbalist. You will meet the plants in their environment and learn the art of herbal medicine as it relates to your own health and the earth.
Topics Include: Medicine Making, Plant Identification, Harvesting, Drying, Storing, Body System Therapeutics (For the Nervous, Digestive, Lymphatic, Immune Systems and Skin), Nutrient-dense Foods and Food Preparation, Seasonal Eating, and Fermentation.
THE ART OF HOME HERBALISM ONLINE
A unique opportunity to study herbal medicine remotely, in community with others!
Topics Include: Medicine Making, Harvesting, Wildcrafting, Drying, Storing, Body System Therapeutics (For the Nervous, Digestive, Lymphatic, Immune Systems and Skin), Nutrient-dense Foods and Food Preparation, Herbal First Aid, Seasonal Cooking and Self-care, Seasonal and Elemental Energetics.
The Class Includes: 8 Instructional Videos, Over 20 Recorded Audio Lessons, Handouts and Recipes, At-Home Activities, Reading Assignments from Assigned Texts, Class Message/Discussion Board, Monthly Discussion Groups.
Venture deeper into the world of medicinal plants, the body and healing.
This course is open to those who have taken the Art of Home Herbalism or have completed a comparable course of study with another herbalist. The class will expand on, broaden and deepen existing skills and knowledge as well as introduce new concepts aimed at community applications of herbal medicine. Emphasis will be placed on applying skills outside of class and sharing these experiences as a platform for group learning.
Topics Include: Therapeutics of the Respiratory, Immune, Urinary, Cardiovascular and Female & Male Reproductive Systems, Introduction to Ayurveda as a form of Diagnosis and Treatment, Advanced Medicine Making, Independent Materia Medica Development, Building Personal Relationships to Plants, Herbal Formulary and Therapeutic Applications of Plant Medicine.
HERBALISM IN PRACTICE
Clinical applications of herbal medicine – exploring the art of intake, diagnosis and treatment.
For the advanced and committed student, this course is designed to help take your knowledge to the next level, create practical experience and deepen your understanding of how to implement herbal medicine. Through lecture, group discussion and in-class client intakes we will explore how to make meaning from presented information/observations and the many different ways to create effective and sustainable treatment protocols.
Topics Include: Continued study of Ayurveda as a form of Assessment and Healing, Holistic Mind/Body Approaches to Assessing Imbalances and Healing, Progression of Disease and Processes of Healing, Herbal Support for Chronic Conditions, Intake Development, Reading the Tongue, Determining the Most Effective Healing Protocol, Making Appropriate Referrals, Herbal Formulary, Food as Medicine, Materia Medica Development.
Twin Star Connecticut's School of Herbal and Energetic Studies
Twin Star offers community classes and workshops on herbal medicine, holistic health, and natural healing. We are located in the beautiful hills of Western Connecticut where Lupo Passero, Herbalist, Educator and Flower Essence Practitioner shares her teachings both nationally and throughout the surrounding area. Twin Star Herbal Education offers a myriad of classes ranging from half day workshops to 14 month long herbal intensives. Lupo and friends cover a variety of topics including herbal medicine, flower essence therapy, energy healing, yoga and holistic health, astrology, Ayurveda and more.
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
VCIH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing healthcare resources grounded in Nature. Our work brings clinical herbalism to community practice through the weaving of science, spirit and grassroots activism. We provide one of the nation’s most extensive clinical training opportunities in herbal medicine, rooted in deep connection with the plants and place.
White Pine Institute
We offer a three year training program in Chinese herbal medicine.
Wild Women Herb School
Wild Women Herb School offers in-person apprenticeship programs in the Pierce County, WA area. We aim to bringing back ancestral plant knowledge to our community through wildcrafting apprenticeships that provide hands-on herbal education and training for ethically harvesting healing plants throughout the Pacific Northwest. It is our hope to create and strengthen a community of healers with a deep love of plant medicine here in our local area.
We offer seasonal apprenticeships that last 10 weeks and we deep-dive into learning about an in-season plants each week. Come join us and meet other plant loving folks while learning about local medicinal plants. Our herbal immersion program will help strengthen your relationship with nature, deepen your connection to plants and help forge new friendships and lifelong memories.
Wildwood Institute, LLC
Wildwood Institute offers a comprehensive one to four year Herbal Apprenticeship program, high-quality, intelligently formulated herbal products, holistic health consultations, herb walks, classes and local speaking events. The school is owned and operated by Kathleen Raven Wildwood, a practicing herbalist with over 25 years of experience.The collegiate level apprenticeship offered at Wildwood Institute is the only three to four year program in the Midwest that includes experiential learning exploring the wisdom and magic of plants. Come and learn about the ancient traditions and modern science of herbs in a classroom community dedicated to educating and empowering people to heal themselves, their families and the earth.
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.
Wisdom of the Plants Seminary
Wisdom of the Plants Seminary is a community herb school. Our focus is to equip members of the community with skills to incorporate more plants into their daily lives. We employ both proactive herbal strategies as well as emergent protocols.
Our core program covers botany, anatomy, physiology and wild crafting. Throughout this course you will develop your own working materia medica. We host regular plant walks and field trips. An added bonus is medicine making classes in a fully equipped apothecary with well over 300 herbs. Here you will learn the basics of herbal preparations.
We also offer more advanced classes in herbal energetics, advanced medicine making, diagnostic skills and many more.
From time to time we bring in visiting herbalists as guests speakers.
Our school administrators are Tony Moore, El Ha Gahn, and Tiffany Robbins. Tony Moore is a practicing herbalist of more than thirty years. He is the proprietor of Nutrition & Herbs Center in Philadelphia, PA. El Ha Gahn travels the world practicing herbalism with many cultures. He is adept at living off the land and martial arts. Tiffany Robbins is a clinical herbalist, forager, natural perfumer, and fiber artist. She teaches at various herb conferences. Get in touch with us, we have a lot to offer!