Herbal Education Schools

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

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Academy of Oracle Arts

This gathering place is a response to the insistent calling so many of us have been hearing throughout our lives… a call out to the Oracular Consciousness that dwells within us all to arise within and take its place amongst the toolkit of human technologies.


Our herbalist program is a 3 year certification course, of three component parts.


Participants will be taken on an experiential journey into indigenous earth medicine, vibrational healing, and taught ancient ways using light, sound, shadow, elemental forces to make the ancient forms of alchemical healing medicines.


Learn the ways of the Mystery School initiations to prepare yourself to be an alchemist, medicine maker, herbalist, and energy healer.


School Type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 5107100157
Address: 2036 Nevada City Hwy #509
Nevada City, CA, 95945
United States

Ancestral Apothecary

Ancestral Apothecary school is dedicated to the study of herbal, folk and indigenous medicine.  We are committed to creating a multi-cultural learning community for the study of herbal medicine, which honors the diverse cultural healing traditions of the Bay Area.


School Type: On-site learning
Phone: (510) 541.2715
Address: 3798 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA, 94610
United States

Bastyr University

Ebony Caldwell is a Montclair State alumnus, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelors in biochemistry. She is currently a fourth-year naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University California and is discovering her passions in ethnobotany and herbal medicine as president of the botanical medicine club. This passion has led her on excursions to learn herbal medicine practices from other cultures, such as the people in Bali, the Harakmbut tribe in the Amazon Rainforest, and traditional Incan plant brews in the Scared Valley in Peru. Ebony is dedicated to help others discover and live the life of their dreams with the highest quality.


School Type: On-site learning
Phone: 6195764236
Address: 7001 Ballena Way unit 29
CARLSBAD, CA, 92009
United States

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.


School Type: On-site learning
Phone: 5109308050
Address: 1250 ADDISON ST STE G
Berkeley, CA, 94702
United States

California School of Herbal Studies

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.


School Type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 707-887-7457
cshs@cshs.com
Address: 9309 Highway 116
Forestville, CA, 95436
United States

East West School of Planetary Herbology

Same as currently listed. This is a renewal. : )


School Type: Distance learning
Phone: 831-336-5010
Address: P.O. Box 275
Ben Lomond, CA, 95005
United States

Gathering Thyme School of Western Herbalism

Gathering Thyme School of Western Herbalism provides students with a strong foundation in herbal medicine with comprehensive programs as well as short-term workshops in clinical & family herbalism, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy and nutrition to promote and enhance personal well-being


School Type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 415-524-8693
Address: 1332 4th Street
San Rafael, CA, 94901
United States

Green Wisdom

Herb school and apothecary shop, providing apprenticeship programs, single classes and programs.


School Type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 5625918700
Address: 702 Cedar Ave
Long Beach, CA, 90813
United States

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.


School Type: Distance learning
Phone: 8007360182
Address: 5514 Langford Ct
Concord, CA, 94521
United States

Living Awareness Institute

Kami McBride has taught herbal medicine for 30+ years. She is the author of The Herbal Kitchen and online courses that fuel the home herbalism movement to revitalize our relationship with the plant world and use herbal medicine for home wellness.

Visit https://KamiMcBride.com & https://MyHerbalKitchen.com


School Type: Distance learning
Phone: 17074461290
Address: P.O. Box 556
Graton, CA, 95444
United States

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.


School Type: On-site learning
Phone: 805-646-0693
Address: 1070 McAndrew Rd.
Ojai,, CA, 93023
United States

School of Traditional Healing Arts

The School of Traditional Healing Arts (SOTHA) 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 SOTHA 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.


School Type: Distance learning
Phone: 415-821-0997
Address: 1193 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
United States

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.


School Type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 4158701332
Address: 1758 Riebli Rd
Santa Rosa, CA, 95404
United States

The University of America

The university is an independent Baptist institution with its administrative headquarters in Willemstad, Curacao, Florida and California, United States. The university runs its programs through a hybrid of distance-learning and on campus for the science and arts programs requiring practicum.

The University of America is licensed to operate by the Ministry of Economic Development (License no: OFS 0649/2019) and gazetted in the official Curacao Commercial Register with no:150998 and is approved to award all academic degrees and titles by the Royal Charter granted to it by the Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Science, Culture & Sports, Curacao with Charter Zaaknr. 2018/45709.

Please contact for all Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine degrees. www.uoac. www.uoa.edu.cw. www.ua-edu.us


School Type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 9512393084
Address: 41707 Winchester Road
Temecula, CA, 92590
United States