Herbal Schools - onsite
Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism
ASHH provides sound technical training in holistic healing with a focus on preventative lifestyle. Holistic healing aims to do no harm to the planet in realization that there is no separation between that which we do to ourselves and that which we do to the whole. Holistic health supports the well being of the entire person: mind, body, and spirit. Students are educated and empowered to cultivate deep wellness within themselves and others using hands, heart, nature, and plants.In a society more familiar with corporate logos than backyard plants, it is imperative that we reclaim the innate wisdom of identifying, honoring, and utilizing the plant kingdom. The earth’s bounty is always reaching out to us, offering its aid to restore us to vitality. Learning in nature and through nature at ASHH, on our thirty-acre campus, connects the student to the roots and essence of Herbalism. Through the study of medicinal plants and holistic living skills, we return the ancient art of healing to the individual and to the family, rebuilding conscientious communities and embracing our divine potential. We must learn to love and care for the Earth as we would our own children. In doing so, we find this nurturance becomes our nourishment. This is why, at ASHH, we offer classes for children as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced adults.
2 Westwood Place
|Phone: (828) 350-1221
ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism
Founded in 2013, the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism is a new school for herbal studies in New York City. ArborVitae is rooted in the holistic practice of herbal medicine and exists to provide the highest quality education and training based on traditional wisdom and ecological awareness in a modern, integrative setting for the clinical, community and family herbalist. In addition to training herbalists, the school aims to be a progressive community resource for increasing public access to comprehensive herbal knowledge and care. The core of the school curriculum is a three year clinical certificate program and will include a clinic to benefit both herbal students and the community. The 1st year program can also stand alone as a home herbalist certificate. In addition, we offer regular community classes and will be developing additional certification programs. ArborVitae has reached a shared space agreement with the Tristate College of Acupuncture at 80 Eighth Avenue (and 14th Street) in Manhattan. Our three year program as well as many community classes will be held in Tristate’s classrooms, with additional community classes held throughout the city and field trips throughout the region.
228 Park Ave South, Suite 94998
Since 1984, The Ayurvedic Institute has taught and promoted the traditional knowledge of Ayurveda. The Educational Department offers the Ayurvedic Studies Program, advanced study in Albuquerque and India, Jyotish courses, an Ayurvedic correspondence course by Dr. Robert E. Svoboda as well as various weekend and intensive seminars. Our Herb Department carries Ayurvedic and Western herbs and many Ayurvedic products and the Panchakarma Department provides traditional Ayurvedic procedures for purification and rejuvenation. The Ayurvedic Press is a division of the Institute and publishes books and textbooks on Ayurveda. Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Physician, director of the Institute and its principal instructor, received his Master of Ayurvedic Science (M.A.Sc.) in 1980 from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in Pune, India. He brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was a Professor of Clinical Medicine for ten years at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine. Dr. Lad's academic and practical training includes the study of allopathic medicine and surgery. Dr. Lad is the author of several books and respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic Institute, recognized as a leading Ayurvedic school and Ayurveda health spa outside of India, was established in 1984 to teach the traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India and to provide these ancient therapies. Ayurvedic healing includes herbs, nutrition, panchakarma cleansing, acupressure massage, Yoga, Sanskrit, and Jyotish (Vedic astrology).
PO Box 23445
The Bastyr University mission is to educate future leaders in natural health sciences that integrate mind, body, spirit and nature. Through natural health education, research and clinical services, Bastyr improves the health and well-being of the human community
14500 Juanita Drive NE
|Phone: (425) 602-3330
Fax: (425) 602-3090
Blazing Star Herbal School
Blazing Star Herbal School is dedicated to teaching traditional herbal medicine in a way that supports a more sustainable future for all members of the green world and shows respect for the integrity of nature. We offer a unique perspective on herbalism, weaving social and political aspects of health and healing through the study of medicinal herbs and food practices. We inspire students to find their own healing path by creating a personal relationship with the plant world. The school also serves as a local and national resource for education and networking. OnSite Programs include: * 10 month Beginner/Intermediate apprenticeship. Meets weekly. * 10 Month Advanced Therapeutic Herbalism * Materia Medica Intensives * Guest workshops Distance Learning Programs include: * Family Health Distance Learning Intensive * Do-it-Yourself Herbalism Series....practical, thrifty and fun! Course 1: Optimum Winters Health Course 2: Spring Tonics and Wild Foods Course 3: Summers Remedies and First Aid Course 4: Creative, Tasty and Nourishing, Medicine Making for the beginner student
PO Box 154
Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences
The Blue Heron Academy is dedicated to uplifting and positively promoting the image of natural and alternative healthcare and to providing motivated students the opportunity to vastly improve their career and their life. Herbal Medicine, Clinical Nutrition and Diet & Weight Management are the foundation courses which are all included, and must be taken, within the comprehensive curriculum of the Holistic Health Practitioner Program. Holistic health emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual, and lifestyle values. This all-inclusive program is ideal for health professionals who wish to incorporate holistic health principles into their practices and for all individuals who wish to incorporate these principles into their lives. The Blue Heron Academy also provides training in medical massage and manual therapy, personal training and sports science, paramedical skincare, and in allied medical fields.
2040 Raybrook SE, Suite 104
|Phone: 616-285-9999 or 888-285-9989 Toll Free
Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine provides hands-on education in the heartland of American herbal medicine. We teach a "planetary" curriculum integrating Chinese, Ayurvedic and Western "deep physiology" medical philosophies, emphasizing use of local plants and clinical applications.
PO Box 213
|Phone: (828) 275-6221
Fax: (828) 350-0603
Botanical Medicine Institute
Founded by Dr. Les Moore, ND, MSOM, RH (AHG), LAc., the Botanical Medicine Institute (BMI) offers uniquely structured one-year and two-year certificate programs of class work and apprenticeships and a diploma program that allow students to begin their studies at any point in the yearly class cycle. Each series of classes consist of six modules: Botanical Medicine/Single Herbs; Herb Pairs/Drug Interactions; Plant Identification/Herb Walk; Herbal Therapeutics; Herbal Medicine Making; and Herbal Formulas and Modifications. Each series contains different material. Each of the modules are broken into three non-sequential chapters. These chapters are taught one per class series session (Fall, Winter, Spring). To get all of the information for a specific module, a student must attend the class for that module in Fall, Winter, and Spring. Because the chapters are non-sequential, students may elect to start the certificate program studies at any of the three sessions offered. The certificate will be completed when they have taken all three chapters for each of the six modules. Students interested in more in-depth studies or a career related to herbal medicine, will be interested in our Diploma of Botanical Medicine program. The Diploma Program, which includes an apprenticeship in our clinical setting, is available to students that have completed two years of the Certificate Program, or advanced students from other programs. The certificate program draws mainly from Western botanical medicine, but also examines the expanding pharmacopeia of global herbal medicine traditions, including tracks concentrating on Asian herbal medicine studies such as Ayurveda and Chinese herbal medicine. Upon completion of the certificate program, students will receive a certificate and may elect to continue their studies with an apprenticeship with Dr. Moore and BMI herbalists. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, each student receives and Advanced Botanical Medicine certificate. Upon completion of the Diploma Program, students will receive a Diploma of Botanical Medicine. Students may also elect to take single classes as opposed to the entire year program. The Botanical Medicine Institute is located at the Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic in the historic village of Clifton Springs, New York, which has been a center of healing and health care traditions for more than 160 years. The Botanical Medicine Institute is proud to continue and expand upon these rich traditions. Dr. Les Moore is a multiple generation herbalist from the Southern Appalachian tradition. He serves as the director of integrative medicine at Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic in Clifton Springs, NY. He received a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and is the author of Classical Formulas in the Western Herbal Tradition. He has been the Director of the Botanical Medicine Institute for over a decade and has trained many fantastic herbalists.
Botanical Medicine Institute Classical Formulas Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic 2 Coulter Road
|Phone: (315) 462-0190
Website: www.classicalformulas.com, www.thespringsofclifton.com, www.cliftonspringshospit
BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies
For over 20 years the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies has specialized in teaching students how to use the rich cornucopia of Southern Appalachian medicinal herbs. Our name, BotanoLogos is an ancient Greek word that means, “Someone who speaks for the plants.” All of our programs emphasize the sustainable use of herbs and the importance of good stewardship. Innovative daylong and weekend programs include seminars, field studies, hands-on harvesting and medicine making workshops. During the growing season we offer field botany hiking seminars for those interested in learning to identify and use regional flora. We also offer comprehensive training in the foundations of herbal practice in our Herbal Studies Certification Program (offered both on weekends and weekdays). In addition, we have begun to collaborate with One World Healing Community Seminar Webinars to offer live and recorded webinars. Our reputation for creating a lively, well organized and stimulating learning environment has drawn students from all over the country to our corner of Georgia. We are located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest. Most of our classes are held at the Foxfire Center (home of the famous Foxfire books) on Black Rock Mountain in Mountain City, Georgia. (100 miles northeast of midtown Atlanta, and 90 miles southeast of Asheville, NC) Patricia Kyritsi Howell is the founder and primary instructor. She has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild since 1995. Patricia is the author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006). Hailed by professional botanists and herbalists as an essential reference, this book is a concise guide to the historical and current uses of forty-five medicinal native Appalachian herbs. It also provides harvesting guidelines, detailed medicine making instructions and original recipes. Lorna Mauney-Brodek teaches the medicine making workshops and leads many of the field botany seminars.
PO Box W
California School of Herbal Studies
Founded in 1978 by Rosemary Gladstar, CSHS is one of North America's oldest centers for herbal education. Now under the ledership of owners Rebecca Maxfield and Jason Miller and program coordinator Autumn Summers. CSHS continues in the spirit in which it was formed by offering a multi-perspective approach to Earth-centered botanical studies. Our goal at the California School of Herbal Studies is to empower individuals with the skills, confidence and experience needed by the community herbalist. Western Herbalism forms the base of the training, and Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine are introduced by guest teachers. Materia Medica focuses on North American and European herbs. Successful graduates of our intensive program leave here with the knowledge they need to enter and contribute to the rapidly blossoming field of herbalism, and receive certificates of completion that are highly regarded by the herbal community. Visitors to the school are welcome, but please call first so we can be sure someone will be available to greet you!
PO Box 39
|Phone: (707) 887-7457
Fax: (707) 887-1539
Campus Broshim is the complementary medicine department at the School for Accreditation and Continuing Education Sports Programs at the Tel-Aviv University. We offer various study programs: Chinese Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Ayurveda, Shiatsu, Tuina etc. and advanced studies for graduates of these programs. Our programs are recognized by the complementary medicine professional bodies and guilds in Israel. We also have professional contacts with leading complementary medicine schools abroad like the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in the US. The school is involved in clinical researches of complementary medicine subjects in cooperation with hospitals in Israel. We have two Herbal study programs: 1. A post-graduate program for students with a medical or Para-Medical background, who wish to study for a Clinical Herbalist. (Students who do not have these pre-requisites, study courses in western medicine in addition to the herbs). 2. Herbal studies within the Naturopathic Medicine study Program. The Herbalist program started three years ago and is lead by the following teachers: Mina Faran, PhD – President of the Israeli Herbalist Association Tzvia Shapira, PhD – Member of the Israeli Herbalist Association Mrs. Dvira (Mirkin) Shkedi, MSc, Clinical herbalist Yossi Shevach, PhD, Naturopath -- Expert in functional nutrition Orna Yaffe, ND -- Naturopath
Tel Aviv University, PO Box 39040, Ramat Aviv
Cedar Mountain Herb School
Welcome to the Cedar Mountain Herb School! Based in Washington State's beautiful Skagit Valley, just an hour and a half north of Seattle, CMHS is one of the longest-running herbal education schools in the Pacific Northwest. For over 20 years, our mission has been to inspire and guide people to better health using medicinal plants. CMHS provides hands-on integrated botanical programs focusing on wild medicinal plants and their applications for healing and nourishment. Students with a wide range of experiential levels attend CMHS: from naturopaths, MDs, acupuncturists, and nurses to those who wish to keep their families healthy with nourishing herbs and remedies. Our students share a desire for valuable, practical herbal knowledge. Motivated students participate in the Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, One-day workshops, and Herbal Intensives. Our instructors teach from years of experience in their field of study. The 2013 season includes farmsteading, gut health and probiotics, the 5 Chinese Elements, and more. Suzanne Jordan, Herbalist, is Founding Director of Herbal Education, and Herbalist Mentor. She teaches with great passion and excitement, bringing her wealth of herbal knowledge to her students in a light-hearted and vibrant manner. Gary Bachman, Naturopathic Physician, is Director of Medical Herbal Education and Clinical Herbalist Mentor at CMHS. Gary brings his medical background skills to mentor the Apprenticeship Intensive students. Get out into nature's classroom, get your hands dirty, meet the plants where they live, and start a relationship that will last a lifetime. You'll learn more about wild plants, their applications and yourself than you ever thought possible. We're talking wildcrafting plants, baby! “Step over to the Wild Side, where the plants have always been ‘Green’.” Cedar Mountain Herb School is a member of the American Herbalists Guild, the American Herb Association, and practicum supervisor for herbal science students at Bastyr University.
16074 State Route 9
Centre for Natural Healing
The Mederi Foundation and Mederi Centre For Natural Healing offer both a Level One and Level Two professional clinical training program in the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System, founded by Donald Yance, CN, RH (AHG). Up to 20 healthcare practitioners are admitted for Mederi's clinical training programs each year to those who are committed to providing comprehensive care in the field of integrative (collaborative) medicine, specifically with an interest in The Eclectic Triphasic Medical System (ETMS). Training in the ETMS emphasizes advanced clinical applications of botanical, nutritional, and biological medicine principles within a multifaceted framework in order to successfully execute health-building interventions for enhancing patient vitality and lifespan. ETMS allows healthcare professionals to personalize, monitor and continually modify patient care, and is taught exclusively through the nonprofit Mederi Foundation and the Mederi Centre for Natural Healing in Ashland, Oregon. Who Should Attend? Oncologists, Oncology Professionals, Medical Doctors, Naturopathic Doctors, Acupuncturists, Oriental Medicine Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Registered Clinical Herbalists, Certified Nutritionists and Medical School Faculty. A minimum of 4 years managing patient care in the clinical setting is required for our Level One program. SPRING & FALL 2011: Level One Program: Fundamentals of the ETMS: May 16th - May 20th, 2011 & Level Two Program: Advanced Clinical Applications of the ETMS in Cancer Care: September 12th – September 17th, 2011
127 Clear Creek Drive
|Phone: (541) 488-0514
Fax: (541) 488-0417
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
Our classroom is the outdoors- garden, field, forest, mountain and stream. All of our classes are held outside at both the garden/school center(near Asheville, NC)and at various ecosystems featuring the beauty and extreme botanical diversity of the Southern Appalachians. Our model of teaching involves experiential or hands-on learning. Learning about the plants in person, where they grow, engages the senses as we smell, touch, see, and often taste our green allies. Rather than simply talking about a wild plant as food, we spend time together gathering wild edibles and preparing vital, delicious meals. We learn sustainable wildcrafting through the many hours spent on field trips ethically gathering wild medicinals and preparing tinctures, teas, and oils. Students will complete our program with a full natural medicine chest created by their own hands from fresh bioregional or organically grown herbs. Reverence for the sacredness of all life is part of our guiding philosophy and inspiration.
56 Sluder Branch Road
Chicago College of Healing Arts
We believe learning happens in a lively environment where students are engaged with each other and a rich body of work. In particular, we believe that students need hands-on experiences to ground their intellectual understandings. Because of this our courses have elements that appeal to all the senses, and all levels of being. Students taste, smell, observe, grow and experience herbs. In the summer months, students spend time on our Indiana United Plant Savers Sanctuary tending, harvesting and medicine making with herbs. Weekly lectures and clinical practicums prepare the student for a clinical practice in herbalism. Our program is one - three years of training depending on your goals with herbalism.
1622 West Devon
Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism
CSCH, located in beautiful Boulder, 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 the author of Herbal Constituents. We continue to use the comprehensive Vitalist curriculum developed by Paul over his long career, and he returns regularly as guest faculty. At CSCH we offer certificates in Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism (330 hours), Advanced Herbalism (504 hours), Clinical Herbalism (310 hours), Nutrition (867 hours), and Flower Essences (56 hours). Our basic courses cover Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Materia Medica, Formulation, Herbal Pharmacy, Vitalist Therapeutics, Integrated Nutrition, and Field Botany. Our Clinical, Nutrition, and Flower Essence programs also teach interview & assessment skills, and students work with clients at the onsite Evergreen Clinic and Apothecary. CSCH is approved & regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational Schools Board.
|Phone: 720.722.4372 or Office / Clinic: 720.406.8609
CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine
We practice and teach holistic Western herbalism in the vitalist tradition, integrating herbs, nutrition, movement, and stress management strategies to support the innate human capacity for healing and growth. Our 9-month Apprenticeship Program is a complete course in practical herbalism for beginning and intermediate students, including: history and philosophy of Western herbalism; basic [patho]physiology and therapeutics for all major systems of the body, with relevant materia medica; primal nutrition, food intolerances, medicine-making (tea, tincture, infused oil, salve, etc); basic formulation; plant identification and wildcrafting skills; and foundational energetics (constitutions, tissue states, and herbal actions). For those interested in pursuing herbalism as a profession, we offer an additional two years of advanced training. The Advanced Studies Program focuses on advanced pathology (cancer, insulin resistance & diabetes, chronic fatigue, lyme disease, and other chronic diseases), herb safety and herb-drug interactions, detoxification protocols, advanced materia medica and formulation, and clinical skills. After completing the series and sitting an 8-hour exam, students may move on to clinical rotations, seeing clients in the school's community clinic. Student clinicians submit case reports for biweekly round table review and discussion with faculty. All our programs include readings, projects, and discussion forum for enrolled students. We also offer community herbalism classes, herb walks, and special seminars, and for those on the go or who don’t live in the Boston area, we offer recorded classes on a variety of topics.
25 Saint Mary's Court Brookline
David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies
Good herbalists treat people, not diseases, and in our program we strive to teach the skills necessary so that each student can accomplish that goal. We focus on differential diagnosis skills, materia medica and therapeutics which are essential to individualize treatment and help patients to not only resolve symptoms, but create constitutional change needed for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.
P.O. Box 553
|Phone: (908) 835-0822
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. 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. 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.
#271-5489 Byrne Road
BC V5J 3J1
|Phone: 888.342.1926 OR 604.433.1926
Our intention is to promote excellence in herbal practice. We provide students with beginning level herbal studies, intermediate and advanced classes in practitioner's skills. Visiting lecturers may include Matthew Wood, Anne McIntyre, David Dalton, Mindy Green and more. Check the website for the latest offerings. Apprenticeship (BEGINNING) Our weekends are spent absorbing knowledge of the plants on many levels. Margi’s focus is on a practitioner’s viewpoint. Lectures will be kept to a minimum. The joy of reading and accumulating wonderful herb books is encouraged. Introducing the identification, preparation, and wonder of herbs and their gifts is the emphasis. You will learn how to formulate teas, oils, salves, extracts and skin care products. We will introduce you to, and dance with, the expansive powers of flower essences, pure essential oils and the magic the green world has to offer. Herbal Hours (INT) In-depth adventurous study enjoying one herb as our focal point. We expose ourselves to the pure essential oil, extract, infusion or decoction, infused oil, case studies using the plant, scientific research, doctrine of signatures, magical uses. This is an opportunity to learn practical formulations understanding the energetics of one herb. We will also learn to read the body for signs indicating the specific organ systems to strengthen. ClinicCircle and Clinical Intensives (INT/ADV) Mentorship Program AHG Become comfortable in clinical practice. 1-5 days of active office life with clients, formulation, preparation and helpful discussion to follow. Live the life of a practicing herbalist for five days, or come for one or two. Continuing education credits with the American Herbalists Guild are available on request. This is an opportunity to build your foundational skills, learn more on the use of herbs, supplements, flower essences, essential oils and the magical interaction of people with them. Reading The Body (ALL) Read the face, nails, tongue and body to understand indications of lines, blemishes, marks and colors. Understanding the cues of the organ/body correspondences is a precious gift (and a curse). Indications of hot, cold, damp dry and wind conditions can easily be read once you train your eyes to see. Margi shares the knowledge learned from her teachers and clients over the past three decades.
10 Central Street
|Phone: (781) 631-4312
Florida School of Holistic Living
The Florida School of Holistic Living is a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization with the mission of cultivating sustainable community by empowering individuals through philosophy-in-practice education that promotes holistic living. Our programming includes a comprehensive curriculum of natural health and sustainable living workshops, continuing education, and professional training. In addition, we provide the Central Florida community a space to connect with our community, build vibrant health, and deepen our relationship with the earth, through our Bodhi Garden, Community Herbal Clinic, Moon Circles, and ongoing special events. Philosophy-in-practice education offers students the opportunity to "get their hands dirty." We emphasize a holistic philosophy in all of our courses, a perspective which honors the whole person and their connection to their environment. We then see k to put that philosophy into practice through hands-on educational opportunities, taking our students into the field to connect with the subjects of which they are learning. By empowering our students with the knowledge and experience to live a more fulfilling, sustainable lifestyle, we hope to contribute to a more equitable, peaceful world for future generations.
1109 E Concord St
Heartstone Herbal School
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. Upcoming Workshops Lotions & Potions: Making Herbal Creams & Salves, Sunday, December 18th 1:30-5:30. Tammi Sweet & Kris Miller of Heartstone Herbal School will offer at the Finger Lakes School of Massage, Ithaca, NY. 607-589-4619 2012 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 program offers an informative & experience-based foundation for the life-long journey of becoming a practitioner of herbal medicine. Course includes: Deepening our relationship with the plants. Please see our website for more information and dates. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. Advanced Herbal Medicine Series Stay tuned for new 2012 series! Dates and guest instructors still be finalized for 4 weekends in June, July, September & October. Please visit our website in December for details.
301 Brink Road
Institute of BioEnergetic Medicine (IBEM
The Institute of BioEnergetic Medicine (IBEM) is a non-profit, legally incorporated, educational institution in the State of Colorado. It provides inexpensive professional training (resident and at-a-disdance programs) for those individuals seeking a career in natural health care. IBEM is accredited by the American Naturopathic Certification Board (ANCB), and our graduates have been allowed to sit for the board of the American Medical Naturopathic Association in naturopathic medicine as well, the Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations (MWSFN), the Auricular Certification Institute, the Better Breathing Institute, and by BEMA International (certification and accreditation organization for biofeedback and BioEnergetic therapy). IBEM provides training in auricular therapy, biofeedback, nutritional counseling, herbal medicine (a comprehensive program in Western and Eastern herbalism including traditional and medical herbalism), bodywork, homeopathy, spondylotherapy, cranial sacral therapy, iridology, meridian balancing (Ryodoraku), Voll technology, ethics and principles in an unlicensed healthcare practice and more, including Native American medicine and spirituality! Additionally IBEM offers two degrees in one program: traditional naturopathy (ND) and BioEnergetic medicine (BD).
7400 E Arapahoe Rd, suite 214
International Integrative Educational Institute
The International Integrative Educational Institute houses the Herbalist College and the Ayurveda College. IIEI offers a wide variety of courses and classes in the natural health field. Topics cover herbalism, massage, yoga, diet & lifestyle, and energy work. Most of the courses offer Continuing Education credit or professional certification. IIEI, with Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa as course director, has a highly trained, diverse faculty of qualified instructors. The International Integrative Educational Institute offers an online store selling herbal products, body care products, books, videos and other health aids. Karta Purkh is a mentor with the American Herbalists Guild.
4626 Fox Hollow Road
Website: coming soon
Live Oak School of Natural Healing
The Live Oak School of Natural Healing is run by a nurse, Dawn Gates, R.N. and was founded on the belief that there is wisdom in both ancient teachings and in modern science. The LOSNH provides students with an integrated education in the traditional practice of Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic and Native American herbal medicine. Our school offers live, correspondence, and online classes with opportunities for clinical practicums, live seminars, and apprenticeships. We have three programs that are developed for all levels of experience from the beginner to the advanced student including nurses, doctors, and pharmacists. The schools mission statement is “To provide a rounded herbal education in order for our students to be the natural health leaders in their communities” The school provides a full curriculum, including herbal history, botany, anatomy/physiology, Materia Medica, nutrition, formulary development, advanced diagnostics (facial, tongue, pulse), meanings of lab values, how to take a complete history/physical as well as practice development and growth. The online school is via interactive classrooms with Skype video conferences, e-mail discussion groups, podcasts, with a one-on-one mentorship program aimed at getting the online student the most individualized attention possible.
29503 Central Blvd.
Living Earth School of Herbalism
Living Earth School of Herbalism offers online distance learning and in-class workshops in Western herbalism and related subjects for those who wish to pursue a career as a professional herbalist or who want to learn about herbs and herbal medicine for their own general interest or as an adjunct to their existing healing practice. The director of the school is Michael Vertolli. The curriculum is based on his over twenty-six years of experience teaching and practising herbal medicine. Our Philosophy Living Earth courses and programs offer a blend of European and Native American traditional wisdom and modern scientific knowledge without compromising the spirit of holism. Our philosophy is based on a holistic and organismic paradigm, recognizing the importance of all levels of human functioning and experience (biochemical, physiological, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, etc.). The focus is on helping people to achieve a greater level of health and well-being, not solely the elimination of symptoms at the physiological level. This philosophy is the cornerstone of all courses and programs offered by Living Earth. Our System The backbone of the curriculum of Living Earth’s Traditional Herbalist program and one of the most important features that differentiates this program from other Western clinical herbalist programs is the Four Elements Herbal Therapy system. This is a system of herbal therapeutics and formulating developed by our director, Michael Vertolli, during the twenty-six years that he has practiced and conducted empirical research in herbalism. This unique system eliminates the many years of trial and error that students inevitably experience when they graduate from programs that do not provide a concise system of herbal therapeutics and formulating. Courses and Programs • Traditional Herbalist Diploma Program: 1,500 hours, part online, part in-class. Clinical training and field training cannot effectively be taught online and are offered as intensive workshops in southern Ontario. • Holistic Herbal Studies Certificate Program: 335 hours, mostly online plus field workshops. • Professional Intensive Workshops: Open to professional herbalists from any background and naturopaths. • Online General Interest Courses: Open to anyone interested in herbs and herbal healing. • Field Workshops: Herb identification and material medica. • Spirit of Herbs Workshops: Open to anyone interested in the energetic and intuitive elements of herbalism.
10971 Jane Street
ON L6A 1S1
|Phone: 905.303.8723, Ext. 1
Maryland University of Integrative Health
The Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program at Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) combines current scientific research with centuries of tradition to provide students with a solid knowledge of the philosophy, theory, and practice of herbal medicine for the support and maintenance of health and well-being. As individuals increasingly take responsibility for their own healthcare, there are questions from consumers, pharmacists, physicians, and complementary medicine practitioners about issues of use, quality, and cross-effects with mainstream pharmaceuticals and treatments.
The program is designed to serve a critical need for education, research, and information in the field of herbal medicine by training graduates to become practitioners of excellence as well as leaders in research and in the production and standards of commercial botanical remedies. Graduates will:
• Have the competence and experience to be successful, practicing clinical herbalists.
• Provide guidance to practitioners, policy makers, academic researchers, and industry leaders concerning the standards of efficacy, quality, and safety of herbal products.
• Contribute to national efforts to promote the professional practice of herbal medicine and increase awareness of the value of herbal medicine and its role in integrative medicine.
• Provide educational programs for the wider community in the practice of herbal medicine.
• Develop a body of knowledge that will inform and assist clinicians and consumers in their use of herbal products.
• Build a bridge between conventional and herbal medicine practitioners.
The program provides students with a solid familiarity of the foundation of herbal medicine, human biology, and varied healing traditions. Each student will build a knowledge base of over 100 herbs, their traditional usage, the clinical research validating their usage, their dosage as well as known pharmacological effects and contraindications, toxicity, and possible drug interactions. The program offers the country’s first Master of Science in Herbal Medicine, providing students with a comprehensive, in-depth education in understanding the rich history, science, and complexity of herbal medicine.
Founded by Simon Mills, co-author of two of the world’s leading textbooks on herbal medicine, president of the British Herbal Medicine Association, and secretary of the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP). Led by Director James Snow with highly experienced and prestigious core faculty, along with distinguished guest lecturers.
Over 1000 hours of hands-on clinical training and experience, as well as, extensive training in the preparation and formulation of herbal remedies.
7750 Montpelier Road
|Phone: (410) 888-9048
Fax: (410) 888-9004
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a blended/online learning Master of Applied Natural Products Degree program - most semesters combine a 5-day hands-on, on-campus intensive experience complemented by the convenience of online course work. The students are exposed to the knowledge, wisdom and experience of amazing speakers and practitioners in the area of Herbal Medicine, Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmacology, Dietary Supplements, Functional Medicine, Natural Products Informatics, Epidemiology and others. The program offers academic training to candidates with a previously earned baccalaureate degree (preferably in healthcare-related field) who have completed prerequisite requirements (see our web site for details).
179 Longwood Avenue
Northwest School for Botanical Studies
The Northwest School for Botanical Studies (NWSBS) offers two extensive programs including the 300 hour Professional Herbalist Training (PHT) Program and the Clinical Herbalist Training (CHT) Program; as well as classes for beginning and intermediate herbal studies. The PHT Program incorporates the following classes into the curriculum: herbal materia medica, physiology, herbal therapeutics, constitutional medicine, diagnostic skills, herbal pharmacy, kitchen pharmacy, field botany, gardening, aromatherapy, and clinical and business practicum. The emphasis of the materia medica is on the clinical uses of western plants, as well as the uses of some traditional Chinese herbs. Students will learn to identify plants in field and in the garden; although they are encouraged to cultivate their own gardens before they harvest plants in the wild. The kitchen pharmacy class trains students to incorporate the use of herbs into the diet, to maintain radiant health and vitality. The herbal pharmacy class includes many hours of “hands on” medicine making techniques and formulation; and provides instruction on many of the skills necessary to maintain an herbal pharmacy. The Clinical Herbalist Training Program covers many case studies, treatment strategies, formulation, diagnostic techniques, pathophysiology, intake forms; techniques for creating a successful practice, and basic tools for practitioners to maintain their own health and vitality. Both the PHT and CHT programs emphasize a holistic and constitutional approach to foster client wellness. The Northwest School for Botanical Studies strives to provide the highest quality education possible to students who have a serious interest in pursuing herbal studies.
PO Box 4543
Ohlone Center of Herbal Studies
The Ohlone Herbal Center is a leading clinical and educational center for sustainable systems of Western herbal-based healing. Our innovative programs feature multiple levels of learning based on individual student needs. We offer evening classes for working adults, and an intensive two-year program that takes students through apprenticeship, therapeutic and clinical experiences. The last year of the program features clinical work with clients to give students invaluable hands-on understandings in the field. Graduates have all the tools and knowledge they need to practice clinical herbalism, taking care of their communities by working at non-profit clinics, developing private practices, working with medical professionals, and teaching the next generation of practitioners. Ohlone specializes in enabling graduates to understand how to develop successful careers in herbal healing practices. Our support for students continues after they graduate through practitioner groups that provide a collaborative learning experience throughout their careers.
1250 Addison Street, Suite 113
Pacific Rim College
Pacific Rim College is a government (PCTIA) accredited academic institution of complementary and integrative medicine located on Vancouver Island in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. The college was founded to provide world-class education, modern research opportunities and premiere clinical services in a variety of medical modalities. The mission of Pacific Rim College is to provide education, services and research opportunities in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, amalgamating indigenous and diverse systems of healing with contemporary scientific beliefs and technology. Pacific Rim College is committed to being an academic leader in Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Offering world-class education in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Phytotherapy, Integrative Health and Hellerwork.
229-560 Johnson Street
BC V8W 3C6
Philo School of Herbal Energetics
Apprenticeships with Mary Pat Palmer, MA, RH(AHG) and Matthew Wood MSc, RH(AHG). Additional classes. We were founded as the Boston School of Herbal Energetics in 2000 and moved to 16 acres of enchanted land in Philo (northern California). Here we expanded the garden to include over 200 species of medicinal plants. We strive to bring the magic and healing power of medicinal plants, the redwoods, and the land to our students through apprenticeships and classes. The Heart of Herbology Land/Plant Apprenticeship is for beginning/intermediate students offering a broad based program wherein students learn hands on about growing, identifying and preserving medicine as well as from materia medica, research methods and basic clinical practices. Third weekend/month, March - September (seed to harvest). We also offer The Wisdom of Herbology: Organ Systems and Tissue States (based on the handouts and teachings of Matthew Wood, MSc, RH) for advanced students, third weekend/month October - March. Matt will help in teaching his invaluable knowledge of our bodies and their relationship to healing herbs, as well as diagnostics and clinical practice. We also offer day long and wkend classes with other brilliant guest teachers. We welcome your visits, but please call first. Graduates receive certificates for both apprenticeships and classes. Some work/trade available Graduates receive certificates for both apprenticeships and classes and become part of our Philo family. Some labor barter is available.
PO Box 214
Professional Herbalists Training Program
This 2 year herbal program is designed with the clinical herbalist in mind. Classes are held one weekend a month with a focus on Chinese medicine diagnostics, herbs and formulations. The program is unique in its ongoing intern clinic. After completing the 3 foundation classes, students start observing in the Wednesday night clinics that also include case discussions. After about 6-12 months students begin seeing clients while supervised by senior staff. This course can be completed in two years or students can attend classes as time allows. Classes include Theory, Diagnosis, Materia Medica of herbs and formulas and integrates western and other cultural herbs into the Chinese system. Other areas taught include, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Auricular therapy, Moxibustion, Cupping, Dietary, Vitamin/mineral therapy and medicine making. Areas of emphasis are diagnostics, ethics and business management. Primary instructor is Bob Linde, AP, RH. Classes start annually. Check website for current classes and starting dates. Classes are pay as you go. Contact us for an information packet today.
901 Central Avenue
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) is a nationally accredited (ACCET) private college and community-healing center for Holistic Healthcare careers and continuing education. We are dedicated to providing professional, affordable education (on-campus and online) for those interested in entering the healing arts profession, for those interested in continuing their education, as well as to those seeking personal and spiritual growth. SWIHA is committed to providing on-going entrepreneurial support for holistic healthcare practitioners in private practice and to those establishing or growing a business. Your success is our mission! Whether you seek to earn a degree, diploma, specialty certificate or take courses towards continuing education or personal development, you will receive more than an education at SWIHA; you’ll receive a transformative experience. We graduate ‘fully conscious’ health professionals in Massage Therapy, Yoga Teacher Training, Natural Aesthetics, Holistic Nutrition, Western Herbalism, Bodywork, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy and so much more. Our mission is to help individuals discover their gifts and graces, and support them as they share their talents with the world in a loving and profitable way. SWIHA embraces individual, community and global healing, and teaches how to 'Touch Lives, Heal Bodies & Free Souls.'
1100 East Apache Blvd
|Phone: (480) 994-9244
Fax: (480) 994-3228
The Commons, located close to downtown Brooklyn, now offers lectures, workshops, and classes in herbal medicine as part of its broader mission of community empowerment. Current offerings include a nine session Introduction to Healing with Herbs, as well as a longer nine-month course in Clinical Herbalism designed for those students with some background in herbal studies and who have a more serious interest. Curriculum includes clinical uses of herbs, materia medica, Traditional Chinese Medicine, field botany, and medicine making. Courses are coordinated by Richard Mandelbaum RH(AHG). The Commons currently also offers classes and workshops in other healing modalities, such as tai chi.The Commons Brooklyn: Healing ourselves, our communities and our planet.
388 Atlantic Avenue
Tree of Dreams Sanctuary
Tree of Dreams Sanctuary is a multi-faceted community resource and educational center dedicated to community and individual healing, education, personal growth and the preservation of medicinal plants. Located in the beautiful hills of Shutesbury, MA, our budding homestead includes medicinal plant gardens, a plethora of native and wild medicinals, hiking trails, meditation gardens, and community learning spaces. We host monthly workshops and medicine making intensives, on-site and distance learning courses and apprenticeship programs. Our classes and workshops are engaging, empowering and contain an incredible depth of information. Our Awaken to the Path Apprenticeship Program combines herbal medicine with Shamanic healing and a Reiki I and II attunement with a focus on awakening the healer within. This program meets one weekend a month May through February. There are on-site accommodations available for those traveling to attend this program. The on-site student clinic offers individuals an opportunity to practice their clinical skills in the advanced apprenticeship program. Our courses are taught from a Shamanic and Wisdom Way perspective which focuses on cultivating a deep relationship with the plants, their spirits and our personal allies through experiential exercises and hands-on learning with the plants. This is partnered with a strong focus on therapeutic herbalism and a deep understanding of the body, its structures and functions and how plants support our health and healing. In addition to our herbal offerings, we also offer workshops and courses focused on Shamanic healing, Reiki and personal growth and healing.
38 Baker Rd
|Phone: (413) 253-7408
Twin Star Herbal Education
At Twin Star Herbal Education we draw upon traditional, holistic modalities that empower individuals to live a healthy and peaceful modern life. Located in the beautiful countryside of Western Connecticut, Community Herbalist and Flower Essence Practitioner Lupo Passero, shares her love of the natural world. Twin Star offers a unique opportunity to study natural health through a variety of ancient healing arts including herbal and energetic therapies. We honor and recognize the significant connection between well-being and our direct relationship with nature. Our programs provides the opportunity to continually deepen that bond by spending time outdoors in Natures classroom discovering the numerous healing benefits of the plants that grow around us. We believe by strengthening our knowledge of herbal wisdom we reclaim our health and continue to evolve the healing exchange between our communities, our planet and ourselves. Twin Star offers a myriad of classes ranging from half-day workshops to 14 month long herbal intensives covering a variety of topics including herbal medicine, flower essence therapy, chakra healing and energetic yoga. In addition, Twin Star classes incorporates numerous lessons on the safe and effective uses of vitamins and natural supplements. Some of our favorite classes include: ~Herbs, Essences & Wild Weeds - A 6 week Introductory to Herbal Medicine ~Foundations of Energetic Herbalism – 150 hour/8 month Weekend Intensive ~Herbal Practices and Protocols – 75 Hour/6 Month Weekend Intensive ~The Art of Flower Essence Therapy – A 6 week Introduction to Flower Essences
265 Litchfield Rd
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) is located in the small, historic capital city of Montpelier, nestled in the Green Mountains. We are embraced by an incredible diversity of plant ecosystems, including woodlands home to cohoshes and ginseng, bogs full of pitcher plants and lady’s slipper, and high meadows dense with yarrow and lobelia. Drawing on our equally diverse human community, VCIH grew out of the Sage Mountain Free Herbal Clinic, a collaborative learning and practice experiment founded in 2001. Now directed by Betzy Bancroft RH(AHG), Larken Bunce MS and Guido Masé RH(AHG), VCIH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing our community with healthcare resources grounded in Nature. We offer free and sliding-scale herbal consultations through our well-established community clinic, while providing comprehensive herbalist training programs that draw on the clinic as a rich educational resource. VCIH offers a comprehensive 3-year Clinical Herbalist program that offers over 1200 hours of training, preparing students for work as professional herbalists. The curriculum weaves field experience with the plants and didactic classroom instruction. Emphasis is placed equally on understanding both energetic and physiologic impacts on health and illness, as well as on developing practitioner skills. Students spend a total of 18 months in the community clinic, 12 of which involve direct work with clients under supervision. Students also develop teaching skills by participating in our ongoing Community Education program. We welcome students with prior training or self-study to apply for advanced placement into the second or third year of the program. We also offer the first year as a stand-alone course—the Family Herbalist program. Our curriculum and educational philosophies draw from our mission as an organization. We hope to further the empowerment and education of individuals in the use of traditional medicines in their own healthcare; to assert the necessity of the herbalist in an effective healthcare model; and to encourage a culture of ecological awareness, respect and deep relationship with Nature as the foundation for all healing.
250 Main Street, Suite 302
Vitalist School of Herbology
The Vitalist School of Herbology is located in Ashland, Oregon within a vibrant community of organic growers, sustainable ranchers, environmental activists, progressive thinkers, artists, and holistic healers. Boasting a strong local economy and a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, Ashland is nestled in the nexus of the Klamath, Cascades, and Siskiyou bioregions, whose forests are considered to be one of the richest in biodiversity in the world. Against this fertile backdrop is the Vitalist School, where students can expect to learn in a supportive and personal learning environment where we make an effort to develop a relationship with each student. A chop-wood-carry-water attitude is the foundation to a rigorous and dynamic curriculum of western herbalism taught from the Vitalist tradition interwoven with principles of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. The Vitalist School offers multi-leveled workshops and weekend courses for working adults, as well as an intensive 7-month certificate program for the serious beginner to intermediate student. This 320-hour program is divided into two semesters. The first semester is classroom-based and focuses on the principles and applications of herbal medicine with an in-depth study of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, materia medica, herbal apothecary, clinical nutrition, and the Vitalist perspective on wellness and the prevention of dis-ease. The second semester is field-based, where students will follow the bloom tide exploring plants in their natural habitats at various locales within the Klamath-Sisikiyou bioregion; the focus will be on plant identification, field botany, more materia medica, ecological stewardship, and the practice of ethical wild-crafting. Individual tutorials and personal research projects will augment the curriculum and provide an opportunity for the student to explore their own herbal interests and co-create their educational experience. After completing the certificate program, continued educational opportunities and mentorship are available for students showing exceptional ability and motivation. Primary instructor is Jon Carlson, C.H. with additional guest teachers. Check website for current classes and starting dates.
340 A Street #7
Wild Rose College of Natural Healing
Herbal medicine is the oldest continuously practiced form of healthcare on the planet. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that over 80% of the world's population still relies upon local medicinal plants as a primary form of health care. Even though herbal medicine is not yet part of the health care system in Canada, modern medicine draws from it such that 30% of pharmaceuticals are derived from medicinal plants. While the practice of herbal medicine has largely been ignored by medical science, there is an increasing awareness among the public of both the efficacy of herbal remedies and the need to look at disease and health in a radically different way. Herbal medicine embraces the concept of wholism, an idea that suggests that each unit of living matter or reality is made up of unified wholes that are greater than the simple sum of the parts. This view of the body is especially important in the treatment of illness for it recognizes the myriad number of factors that can influence the health of the body, including diet, lifestyle, attitudes, spirituality, genetics and the environment. Clinical herbal medicine is the use of medicinal plants, nutritional science, and time-honoured health practices in a clinical environment, assisting the client to overcome illness and regain health. A Clinical Herbalist uses several methods to assess the health status of a client, including case history, physical examination, and interpretation of lab results, as well as several other highly specialized techniques such as pulse and tongue diagnosis, and iridology. The Clinical Herbalist Diploma program at Wild Rose College provides for all of the training and skills the successful candidate will need to establish a practice in wholistic healing.
400-1228 Kensington Road NW
AB T2N 4P9
|Phone: (888) 953-7673
Fax: (403) 283-0799
Run by Kathleen Raven Wildwood, practicing herbalist for over 20 years; Health Consulting Services; Hand-Made Products include High-Quality Locally-Grown Herbal Teas, Tinctures, and Ointments for Common Health Problems (grown without pesticides); Classes, including a Comprehensive 3-year apprenticeship program.
951 Burr Oak Lane