Ontario Herbalists Association

Promoting safe & natural healing with plants since 1982

Herbal Education

Core Programs

The Ontario Herbalists Association maintains educational standards which must be met as a requirement for professional membership.

The following schools may offer programs that meet these qualifications, and graduates are eligible to apply for professional membership.


Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology
Hamilton, Ontario

Program is no longer available; however previous graduates may still be eligible for professional membership.


Dominion Herbal College
Burnaby, British Columbia

Clinical Herbal Therapy Diploma Program
Three-year, in-class program
Dominion Herbal College also offers a Chartered Herbalist Diploma Program, 1 Year Distance Learning

Flora Medicina
Offers introductory level classes and practicums, plus a three-year, 1000+ hours training course for practitioners (in French).

Pacific Rim College
Offers a three year Diploma of Phytotherapy that explores the medicinal uses of North American and European herbs. Students will study both traditional knowledge of herbal medicine- that which is passed downed through various traditions over the ages and modern day, scientific-based knowledge.

Wild Rose College of Natural Healing
Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Diploma Program

Combination of on-line and in-person learning:

  • Practical Herbalist (1 Year Distance Learning)
  • Master Herbalist (1 Year Distance Learning)
  • Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship (350 Hours In-Person Clinical Intensives)

Wild Rose College of Natural Healing began in Calgary, Alberta, Canada by Terry Willard, Ph.D. in 1975. Wild Rose College offers a 3 year program, which is a combination of on-line studies and in-person supervised Clinical Intensives with Herbal Mentors across Canada. (In-Person intensives with the Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program may be taken concurrently with the Practical Herbalist or the Master Herbalist Diploma Program. Contact College Coordinator for details.) Wild Rose College emphasizes the wholism of the individual – focusing on the integration of the body, mind and spirit– & utilizes an up-to-date, interactive, on-line platform, including a private student Facebook Group with live webinars bi-weekly.

WRC also offers stand-alone courses such as Natural Pregnancy & Childbirth, Wisdom of the Cosmic Garden, & Fermenting for Life, as well as a Wholistic Therapist Diploma Program.


Health Schools Australia
Queensland, Australia
Advanced Diploma in Western Herbal Medicine
300 seminar + clinic hours, correspondence, NHAA approved course
Health Schools Australia also offers many other Diploma Programs and General Interest courses.

International College of Herbal Medicine
Gisborne, New Zealand
Program is no longer available; however previous graduates may still be eligible for professional membership.

United Kingdom
For programmes accredited by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), UK please go to: www.nimh.org.uk

United States of America

For programs listed on the American Herbalists Guild website, please go to: www.americanherbalistsguild.com and look for their Directory of Herbal Education

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Living Earth School of Herbalism: 43.873063, -79.542042
Institute of Traditional Medicine: 43.647867, -79.400216
National Institute: 43.683333, -79.766667
Spirit of the Earth: The Living Centre: 42.854229, -81.350584
Elderberry Academy: 44.304800, -78.319900
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Living Earth School of Herbalism
Living Earth School of Herbalism
905-303-8723 ext. 1
Program Director: Michael Vertolli BSc, RH
email: herbalprogram@livingearthschool.ca
blog: michaelvertolli.blogspot.ca
Living Earth offers distance learning and in-class workshops in Western Herbalism.
Traditional Herbalist Diploma Program
1,500 hours, mostly online plus intensive practical and clinical workshops.
Also offered are online distance learning general interest courses such as the Holistic Herbal Studies Certificate Program, field workshops and intensive workshops.


10971 Jane Street, Maple, ON, Canada
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Institute of Traditional Medicine
Clinical Herbalism Diploma
This diploma program includes over 2000 hours of study and 400 hours of clinical internship. Students receive instruction from a wide array of both local and international herbalists, traditional medicine practitioners, healers, and teachers who specialize in various areas such as biomedicine, counselling, nutrition, earth-based education, and more. This flexible program offers a structure of mainly correspondence courses, with on-site clinical internship that is held once a month at ITM, and optional in-class study for many courses.

ITM also offers professional education programs in Integrative Health Studies, Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, and Therapeutic Western Herbalism, as well as a wide array of Professional Development trainings.

553 Queen Street West, 2nd floor, Toronto, ON, Canada
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National Institute
Diploma in Ayurveda
A 1500 Hour diploma in Ayurveda includes lectures, seminars and supervised clinic.


Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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Spirit of the Earth: The Living Centre
Contact: Walter Shantree Kacera
519-652-0230 or 519-652-9109
Herbalist Educator and Practitioner Diploma Programs
The Living Centre Eco-Spiritual Education & Retreat Sanctuary- Est. 1983
Offers certification courses both as correspondence and apprenticeships in Practical, Therapeutic & Shamanic Herbalism and other courses in the Natural Healing Arts.
Some additional science hours are arranged through a local college, to meet OHA professional membership requirements.

London, ON, Canada
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Elderberry Academy
Instructor:  Marianne Beacon, RH
190 Charlotte St. Peterborough, ON, K9J 2T8

Clinical Herbalist Training Program
The Clinical Herbalist Diploma program has been created by Diane Kent to train those individuals who are seriously interested in becoming herbalists. As she is retiring from teaching, Marianne Beacon is offering her program in Peterborough, Ontario, with her permission. It is a full-time course, which can be completed over two years with hard work and dedication. It requires a minimum of 1700 hours, which translates to about 20 hrs per week, plus assignments and the in-person clinical weekends.  Classes are small to optimize the learning environment.  Please email for an information package and application.  Registration for September 2019 is almost full.  Applications will also be accepted for the 2020 school year.

Peterborough Ontario, Canada


The following is a list of courses and apprenticeships offered by OHA Professional Members. Additional workshops may be listed on the Herbal Events page:

Elderberry Academy
Clinical Herbalist Training Program
Instructor: Marianne Beacon, RH

Kathleen Leeson RH
Ottawa, ON
Wisdom of Plants Herbal Apprenticeship Program

Little Nettle Herb Farm
Port Burwell, Ontario
Contact: Christine Dennis RH
519-874-4532 e-mail: christinedennis@start.ca
Herbal identification, plant studies, wildcrafting, gardening medicine making & therapeutics workshops and apprenticeships

Monika Ghent RH,
Traditional Western Herbalist
Dreaming Willow Natural Therapies
Toronto, Ontario
416-537-8842 e-mail: info@dreamingwillow.ca
Courses in field identification, herbal remedy making, plant spirit journeying & natural skincare

Susan Elliotson RH
Caledon, Ontario
e-mail: elliotson@sympatico.ca
Workshops, and interest courses

John Redden RH
Viriditas Herbal Products
2775 Dundas St West, Suite 101
Toronto, ON, M6P 1Y6
Tinctures & Salves
Consultations & Apprenticeships
Courses & Field Guides
Ph: 416-767-3428
Fax: 416-767-1215
Herbal Medicine for Our Changing Times.pdf
Medical Herbalism Course Flyer for 2011 (a .pdf file)


Athabasca University, Canada
Wild Flower correspondence course with 10-day field study component
www.athabascau.ca under Biology 321