Herbal Study Programs

  1. American College of Healthcare Sciences is an accredited member of the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), and is one of the only accredited holistic health colleges offering fully online graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, career-training certificates, and continuing education courses in alternative medicine fields, including herbal medicine, natural products manufacturing, herbal retail management, and wellness coaching. Master Herbalist, Certificate in Natural Products Manufacturing, Certificate in Herbal Retail Management, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), and Certified Wellness Coach.http://www.achs.edu/
  2. Anima Lifeways & Herbal School are the core school offerings, online programs that make it possible to learn vital concepts and skills from home. http://animacenter.org/
  3. Appalachian Center for Natural Health, directed by Phyllis D. Light in Alabama, emphasizes traditional Southern/Appalachian Folk Medicine, the elements, Southern Blood Types, and herbs found east of the Mississippi. www.phyllisdlight.com
  4. Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies — Portland, Oregon. Fundamentals of herbalism, botany and ecology with practical experience. Advocating stewardship to the land, intimate relationship to the plants, and health to the community. www.arctosschool.org/
  5. Bastyr University – located in Seattle and San Diego. Offers a range of degree and certificate programs including naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, nutrition, permaculture, herbal sciences, midwifery, psychology, human biology and exercise science. www.StudyHerbs.Bastyr.edu
  6. Blazing Star Herbal School – Ashfield, MA. Offers apprenticeships, classes, distance learning, herbal lifestyle coaching through weaving social and political aspects of health healing through the study of medicinal herbs and food practices. www.blazingstarherbalschool.typepad.com
  7. Blessed Maine Herb Farm School of Herbal Medicine – Cross the threshold into the Way of the Wild Heart, engage the spirit and wisdom of the healing herbs with Gail Faith Edwards as your guide. www.blessedmaineherbs.com
  8. Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine integrates Eastern and Western traditions, focusing on local plants in order to treat the whole person. Students learn botany, wild crafting, physiology, Chinese medicine, and clinical skills. www.BlueRidgeSchool.org
  9. Bridghids Well Herbs  for programs and events http://www.brighidswellherbs.com/p/classes.html
  10. Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine – British Columbia. Western Canada’s only accredited college offering a 4-year program culminating in Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine designation. Small class sizes and hands on learning set us apart. www.binm.org info@binm.org
  11. California School of Herbal Studies. Located in Sonoma County. The school has  a 400 Species Medicinal Herbs Garden. Offering Long and Short term Classes Year Round. Connecting People and Plants through Herbal Medicine since 1978. www.cshs.com
  12. Cedar Mountain Herb School – Get into nature’s classroom, get dirty, meet the plants where they live, start a lifetime relationship. CMHS is member of AHG, AHA, practicum supervisor at Bastyr. See ad this issue! www.cedarmountainherbs.com/school.htm
  13. Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine near Asheville NC. Bioregional, hands-on courses focusing on medicinal herbs, botany, plant identification and wild foods in the beauty and botanical splendor of the southern Appalachians. www.chestnutherbs.com
  14. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism offers Introductory, Advanced, and Clinical training in Medical Herbalism and Clinical Nutrition in the Vitalist Tradition. Also offering a Bach Flower Essences Certificate with clinical training. www.clinicalherbalism.com
  15. Columbines School of Botanical Studies – Howie Brounstein. Unique programs ranging from entry-level community herbalism to three-years: botany, ecology, wildcrafting, clinical herbalism. Nearly three decades of outside classes for a truly ‘hands on’ experience. www.botanicalstudies.net howieb@botanicalstudies.net
  16. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine – Boston, MA. Apprenticeship, advanced, and clinical training in traditional vitalist Western herbalism. Local herb walks & community classes. Recorded classes for distance learning. commonwealthherbs.com
  17. Dandelion Herbal Center with Jane Bothwell – Located in the magnificent redwoods of Humboldt County, Northern California. Classes and travel adventures for beginners interested in basic herbal crafting techniques to advanced clinical studies. www.dandelionherb.com
  18. David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. On-line/On-site Two-Year Clinical Herbalist Training Program Begins Sept., 2014 – Aug., 2016. www.herbalstudies.net
  19. Dominion Herbal College is North America’s Oldest School of Herbal Medicine offering basic to clinical level programs. Dr. John Christopher, Dr. Bernard Jensen, Jethro Kloss and Dr. Earl Mindell are renowned graduates. Visit us: www.dominionherbalcollege.com
  20. Earth Song Herbals – Massachusetts. Offers six-month beginning herbal studies to advanced classes in diagnosis and two to five-day intensives in participatory clinical practice. www.earthsongherbals.com
  21. East West School of Planetary Herbology – Michael & Lesley Tierra. Distance Learning Course combining Western, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Email for free sample lesson. www.planetherbs.com herbcourse@planetherbs.com
  22. Earth Angel Herbals – Brattleboro, Vermont. An introductory Plant Medicine and Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship. A similar apprenticeship for teens is also offered. www.earthangelherbals.com
  23. Farmacy Herbs – Providence/ West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Level1 Herbal Education and Training Program – Mary Blue. Level2 Herbal Weekend Intensives – Dr. Noe, Deb Soule, Guido Mase, Dr. McGonigle, Kay Parent, Dori Midnight, Leah Wolfe. www.farmacyherbs.com
  24. Florida School of Holistic Living – Orlando, Florida. A non-profit 501c3 offering hands-on herbal education as well as distance learning programs, community herbal clinic, educational garden and botanical sanctuary, and herbal seed library. www.HolisticLivingSchool.org
  25. Forager’s Path School of Botanical Studies – Flagstaff, Arizona. Small classes and field study in Southwest Herbs & Edibles, Ayurveda and Essential Oils. Emphasis on development of Community Herbalists and Bio-Regional Herbalism. www.theforagerspath.com mmasek@theforagerspath.com
  26. Foundations of Herbalism. A long distance learning program developed by Christopher Hobbs that offers the essential foundation needed to become a well-rounded herbalist. Includes herbal therapies for over 300 health conditions. www.foundationsofherbalism.com bethbaugh@peak.org
  27. The Gaia School of Healing located in Vermont & Boston, MA. Founded in 2001, offering 9-month apprenticeships in sacred plant medicine, ancestral knowledge, traditional plant medicine and ethnobotany, journeying with plants, and sacred circle. www.thegreenwoman.com
  28. Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine. Located in the Mountains of Virginia, Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG) 20 years teaching, Foundations, Apothecary, Nutrition, Clinical and Wild Food. Come for phytochemistry stay for bonbons and cordials. www.greencomfortherbschool.com
  29. Green Medicine Herb School in-depth, year-round classes with author Kathi Keville, herbalist & forager with 40 years’ experience. Plus, guest teachers. Herb medicine, gardening, wild crafting, plant ID & aromatherapy in California’s Sierras. www.ahaherb.com
  30. Heart of Herbs Herbal School Has trained over 25,000 herbalists and aroma therapists world-wide.  Offers a range of educational levels for each program to allow students to come into the program and expand on their skill set and our programs are and have been taught in apprenticeship models, distance and eLearning, university and colleges all over the world.http://www.heartofherbs.com/
  31. Heartstone Herbal School @ Heartstone center for Earth Essentials – Van Etten, NY. 6-Weekend Apprenticeship Program: May-October. Continuing Education in Herbal Medicine – 2-4 weekends/year. Online Anatomy & Physiology. 607-589-4619 Facebook-Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials. www.heart-stone.com
  32. Herbal Coaching Community. A new way to study herbalism, in a learning community where the better you play, the less you pay. Become a certified Herbal Coach or learn for the love of it! www.herbalcoachingcommunity.com
  33. Herbal Healer Academy offers home study in Herbology, Massage, Reflexology, Anatomy, Nutrition and Chemistry and more all towards a Naturopathic Certificate. www.herbalhealer.com/corresp.html
  34. Herbal Medicine for Women – Aviva Romm – herbalist, midwife, MD. Deeply powerful 400-hour herb course. Reclaim women’s wisdom – sacred, spiritual, and practical in women’s health. Be part of a thriving women’s herbal learning community.  www.AvivaRomm.Com/study-with-aviva/herbal-medicine-for-women
  35. Herb Mentor and Learning Herbs, is an online community of folks interested in edible and medicinal plants, herbal home remedies, and natural health, featuring beginning and advanced herbal courses, videos, podcasts, resources, articles, weekly quizzes, multimedia reference materials, and an interactive community forum. www.HerbMentor.com or www.LearningHerbs.com.
  36. Human Path is a Texas school offering courses in herbalism, wilderness and urban survival, primitive skills, off-grid engineering and homesteading, tactics and reconnaissance and much more. www.thehumanpath.com
  37. Jim McDonald, Michigan herbalist, offers a Four Season Herbal Intensive that applies western energetic herbalism to organ systems and bioregional flora; as well as many day classes and divers presentations. www.herbcraft.org
  38. Jeanne Rose prepares you to treat conditions, and promotes vibrant good health and beauty. Acquire broad knowledge and experience and learn to use herbs. Our students have thriving business. www.jeannerose.net/herbal.html
  39. Kathleen Maier – Classes for beginners as well as the Three Year Herbal Training Program on energetic western herbalism. Third year students run the free clinic which has been open for over 15 years. www.SacredPlantTraditions.com
  40. Live Oak School of Natural Healing – Dawn Gates, nurse. Herbalism taught in the vitalist tradition. Live and online. Herbalist & Master Herbalist Certifications. www.LiveOakSchoolOfNaturalHealing.com
  41. Living Earth School of Herbalism – Online distance-learning courses and in-class workshops in traditional Western herbalism for general interest or Traditional Herbalist clinical diploma program. www.livingearthschool.ca
  42. National College of Natural Medicine – in Portland, Oregon. NCNM is the established leader in natural medicine education and research. Discover the healing power of nature through Western and Eastern botanical medicine! www.ncnm.edu
  43. Naturally Simple is operated in Iowa City, IA by herbalist Stephany Hoffelt. She has apprentice program that starts the 1st of November every year as well as teaching occasional workshops: www.naturallysimpleliving.org
  44. Northeast School of Botanical Medicine – Ithaca, NY. A comprehensive, hands-on herbal education focused on clinical skills, plant identification and wild crafting, physiology, field trips, medicine-making and community herbalism. Three programs offered. www.7Song.com
  45. Northwest School for Botanical Studies, Professional & Clinical Herbalist Training includes 400 hours of instruction with Christa Sinadinos. Curriculum includes materia medica, physiology, pathophysiology, herbal therapeutics, constitutional medicine, medicine making, formulation, and more. www.herbaleducation.net;
  46. Ohlone Center of Herbal Studies  Classes are small, interactive, experiential – from medicine making, to clinical practice, to herbal explorations in nature from one-day workshops to our formal Clinical Herbalist training program. This certificate program consists of 2-3 years of dedicated study, and culminates in the clinical internship, where students work directly with clients while being overseen by master herbalist Pam Fischer and other senior faculty. www.ohlonecenter.com
  47. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – is one of the nation’s leading accredited institutions training professionals in the areas of Oriental medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy and Chinese herbal medicine. Campuses in San Diego, New York, and Chicago, and an esteemed faculty of professors from around the globe.  The Master’s program is unique in that graduates are able to formulate not only acupuncture treatment plans, but herbal and supplemental treatment plans as well. Pacific College also offers a separate Certificate in Chinese Herbology at our New York Campus, which provides the Licensed Acupuncturist the fundamental principles of Oriental Herbology to integrate into the scope of their acupuncture practice. www.PacificCollege.edu
  48. Pacific Rim College, located in Victoria, BC, Canada. Offers both a 3 year Diploma program in Herbal Medicine and a 4 month Certificate program in Community Herbalism. www.pacificrimcollege.ca/school_of_western_herbal_medicine.html
  49. PCC Herbalism Professional Series Online – An interactive online course. Students receive a Professional Herbalist Award of Proficiency upon completion and will have obtained substantial academic knowledge toward applying for professional membership in the American Herbalists Guild.  PCC Nutritional Therapy Online – Approved by the National Association of Nutritional Professionals. Successful completion of the program meets requirement to become a professional member of the NANP, and allows sitting for the board exam in holistic nutrition. For those with an interest in combining science (biochemistry and nutrition) and natural, drug-free medicine. ww.pcc.edu/climb/health/
  50. Prairie Star Center for Herbal Studies, Four Winds Natural Healing Center – Omaha, Nebraska. This amazing herbal program/school was founded by Nicholas Schnell. 402.933.6444 www.fourwindsnhc.com
  51. Restoration Herbs – Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH (AHG), Medical Herbalist – NW Pennsylvania farming valley. Classes for all ages, focus on local flora and in particular herbs for the mouth.  www.RestorationHerbs.com
  52. Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute – Study clinical Chinese herbology. Also: diet; environmental toxicology; electromagnetic health issues; music, sound, and health. Download free interactive software; take our aptitude test. www.rmhiherbal.org
  53. Rosalee de la Foret’s Mentorship Program. Rosalee mentors enthusiastic herbalists who are inspired to dramatically accelerate their herbal journey by receiving one-on-one guidance. Topics include building your own practice, case studies, and learning advanced herbalism. www.methowvalleyherbs.com/p/your-herbal-mentor.html
  54. Sacred Earth Medicine Herbal Apprenticeship Tucson, Arizona. Darcey Blue – Clinical/ Shamanic Herbalist. Connect with plant medicines, wild-crafting, medicine making, botany, shamanic herbalism, seasonal lore, ceremony, nature awareness & skills. www.shamanaflora.wordpress.com/sacred-earth-medicine-apprenticeship
  55. Sacred Journey School of Herbal Wisdom, Austin, Tx -Ginger Webb. Herbalist Mentoring combine science & traditional wisdom with hands-on experience and intuitive understanding of herbal medicine and wild plants. Spring/ Fall programs, on-line courses soon. www.SacredJourneySchool.com
  56. School of Forest Medicine – Portland, OR. Psycho-spiritual Plant Medicine, Wild crafting and Medicine Making with a spiritual focus, nine-month Immersion Course, weekend Plant Teacher Immersions, and more. www.forestmedicine.net
  57. School of Natural Healing founded by Dr. John R. Christopher in 1953 it is the oldest herbal school in the US. Have trained the world’s top herbalists and naturopathic healers.  Start with the Family Herbalist program and advance at your own pace 22 course levels available by correspondence or the Utah classroom.  http://snh.cc/jamaffiliates/jrox.php?id=1275
  58. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine offers 2 online courses. Videos of Michael Moore teaching Materia Medica, Constitutional Evaluation, and Herbal Therapeutics can be downloaded and/or viewed online. www.swsbm.com/school
  59. School of Modern Herbal Medicine founded by Steven Horne, RH(AHG). Correspondence courses, webinars and live classes.  Monthly member program with four webinars on natural healing techniques, marketing and business development and emotional healing/trauma recovery work come try the  one-month free trial. www.ModernHerbalMedicine.com
  60. 2013 Sonoran Herbal Apprenticeship,120-hour field based Program with Sonoran herbalist, John Slattery. Learn plant identification, ethical wild harvesting, medicine making, wild food preparations, clinical applications, and vitalist energetics. www.desertortoisebotanicals.com www.sonoranherbalist.com
  61. Susun Weed online, by correspondence, in the forests and fields, at workshops, or as an apprentice. Learn herbal medicine and spirit healing the Wise Woman Way. Woodstock, NY www.susunweed.com
  62. Tai Sophia Institute. Herbal graduate degree programs feature nature-based science and accredited clinical curriculum preparing graduates to turn passion for medicinal plants into thriving careers in the growing fields of healthcare and research. www.tai.edu
  63. Tree of Dreams Sanctuary – An herbal and healing arts educational center focused on Wise Woman and Shamanic herbalism, Shamanic healing, Reiki and energy healing. Workshops, classes and apprenticeship programs. On-site and distance learning. www.windyroots.com
  64. University of Bridgeport offers naturopathic medicine and acupuncture degrees, among others. The on-campus clinic, state-of-the-art anatomy lab, herbarium, and dual degree offerings provide hands-on learning. www.bridgeport.edu
  65. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Weave science, spirit and grassroots activism. Practice herbal medicine in our community clinic. Pioneering 1300+ hour clinical program since 2007. www.vtherbcenter.org
  66. Vitalist School of Herbology – Ashland Oregon Director: Jon Carlson, C.H. Integrating traditional values with modern research. Providing transformative education in botanically diverse bioregions since 2003. www.vitalistherbology.com