Some state-by-state listings of herb schools can be found here:
To inform yourself about what a good herbal education should include, have a look at the American Herbalists’ Guild guide to getting an herbal education:
Also, have a look at “general alternative medicine schools” here on Blooming in Space. Many of these schools also have good herbalism programs.
Some selected herb schools and teachers are below.
Southwest School of Botanical Medicine
Correspondence course from the grandfather of the American herbal renaissance himself (check out the other resources available on his website, too)
Herbal Medicine for Women
Distance learning school specializing in women’s herbal medicine
based in Vermont; the preeminent Rosemary Gladstar offers correspondence courses on herbalism
Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute
according to Paul Bergner, of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, best correspondence course for traditional chinese herbalism
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies
Based on Salt Spring Island, B.C. this school offers a radical/anarchist analysis for its herbal studies program. The founder (and one of the primary teachers) of the school, Jasmyn Clift, treats low-income and homeless people who have serious diseases in a sliding scale/free herbal clinic in Vancouver. The school teaches the standard herbal course — anatomy & physiology, materia medica, medicine making, etc. — but also teaches flower essences. The school’s courses begin at an intermediary level and also offered are an advanced case-study course, wildcrafting trips, specially tailored courses (ranging from one day to two weeks), and a 650 hour intensive. Highly recommended. Also have some partial work-trade and apprentice positions available.
In North Alabama, Phyllis Light teaches western herbalism along with Southern and Appalachian folk herbalism. She places a strong emphasis on using local plants, and on using the plants that are at hand. She’s also the advising herbalist for the Common Ground Health Clinic in New Orleans.
Wild River School of Herbal Medicine
on the Klamath River in N. California
A month of intensive weekend classes giving students a strong foundation “in western clinical decentralized accessible radical herbal medicine!” The schedule for the 2011 course: May 20-30 – CPR/Wilderness First Aid; June 4+5 – Intro basic botany, medicine making; 11-12 neuro/muscular/skeletal systems; digestive/renal systems; 18+19 – cardiovascular/respiratory systems; immune system; 25+26 – reproductive system; endocrine system Cost: $100/weekend, $500 for the whole course (5 weekends). With free camping and shared meals. [Students generally camp onsite at Laurel’s land for the whole month.] (530) 921-3017 email@example.com Taught by Laurel Luddite, the author of the essay “This is anarcho-herbalism” and student of Michael Moore. Highly recommended.
Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine
in Northern California. Has a strong emphasis on energetic herbal/plant meditation as well as standard western herbalism and Native American herbalism, and students also participate in an anti-oppression training.
Pacific School of Herbal Medicine
in the Bay Area of California. One of the only herb schools with an explicitly radical political analysis, and all classes are sliding scale. Now on long-term hiatus, but still a useful website.
San Francisco Botanical Medicine Clinic
in San Francisco. Taught in the tradition of the Pacific School, with a focus on western constitutional and clinical herbalism, ethics, and access. The clinic itself turns no one away from treatment for lack of funds. Sporadic classes that aren’t listed on the website, but email them to be added to the announcement list; distance learners sometimes videoconference to attend classes. Highly recommended.
Philo School of Herbal Energetics
in the town of Philo, Northern California; learn herbal energetics with the renowned Matthew Wood; internships available.
Sierra Institute of Herbal Studies
between Modesto, CA and Yosemite National Park
California School of Herbal Studies
north of the Bay Area. David Hoffman, author of a number of canonical herbal texts, is one of the teachers here.
California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism
near Berkeley, Chuck Garcia (a third-generation curandero) teaches traditional hispanic curanderismo
North American Institute of Medical Herbalism
in Boulder, they teach a standard herbal curriculum and also classes with an emphasis on clinical and nutritional training; the school also offers some distance learning
Paul Bergner, who founded the school, publishes the Medical Herbalism Journal:
BotanoLogos School for Herbal Studies
in NE Georgia, specializes in teaching southern Appalachian herbs
herbal intensive program in SE Michigan; strong Matthew Wood influence
Maria Noel Groves teaches herbalism classes around New Hampshire
David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies
A two-year program that teaches western, Chinese, and Cherokee herbalism; he offers a distance learning program simultaneously, with attendance by an internet video feed. Among other things, David Winston is the author of “the” book on adaptogenic herbs.
Northeast School of Botanical Medicine
in Ithaca; some work/study positions available. 7Song, the primary teacher, has a particular expertise and emphasis in herbal first aid and wilderness first aid.
The Wise Woman herself, offers correspondence courses
and classes near Woodstock, NY
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
in western NC, with an emphasis on Appalachian herbs, with lots of wildcrafting fieldtrips
some work/study positions available
Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism
in western NC
Blue Ridge School of Holistic Herbalism
in western NC, with an emphasis on using Chinese and Ayurvedic diagnosis systems with western (and local Appalachian) herbs; the school also offers an advanced clinical herbalism program
some work/study positions available
in central North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Suki has an herbal gardening apprenticeship in addition to classes
in central North Carolina, near Hillsborough
Will has a specialty in ethical wildcrafting; he offers a free apprenticeship program in addtion to seasonal 12-week class series
Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine
Based in Portland, this school has classroom and field components with an emphasis on gaining knowledge from plants through direct experience and sensory experience, as well as physiology and western herbalism.
Columbines School of Botanical Studies
Run by Howie Brounstein, this school is based out of Eugene. It consists of two levels of intensive herbal apprenticeship programs, one of which is introductory-level and the other of which is intermediate (and includes a focus on ecology and ecosystems). The classes are divided into classroom, field, and clinical series, each of which has separate registration. Apart from the apprenticeship programs, the school also offers two extended field trips to the Sonoran desert of the SW U.S./NW Mexico and to Southern California.
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
in Montpelier; a 1-3 year program, with the optional last 2 years being all clinical; they run a free herbal community clinic
A community herbalist who offers some classes