Herbal Education


Core Programs

The Ontario Herbalists Association maintains educational standards which must be met as a requirement for professional membership. The following schools offer programs that meet these qualifications, and graduates are eligible for professional membership.

We encourage schools to apply for pre-approval of programs that appear to meet our educational requirements. Please complete and return the application forms, or contact us at info@herbalists.on.ca for additional information. Here is the OHA’s guidance document for further information.

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Diane Kent\'s School of Clinical Herbalism: 43.649150, -79.528191
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
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Diane Kent's School of Clinical Herbalism
Diane Kent's School of Clincal Herbalism
www.dianeherbalist.ca, email: info@dianeherbalist.ca, 647-296-4372

Clinical Herbalist Diploma Program

PLEASE NOTE: Program is no longer available, although graduates continue to be approved for professional membership in the OHA.

4891 Dundas Street West, Suite 3, Toronto, Ontario M9A 1B2, Canada
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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.

http://www.livingearthschool.ca/traditionalherbalistprogram.html

10971 Jane Street, Maple, ON, Canada
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Institute of Traditional Medicine
416-537-0928
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
905-463-2006
info@nationalinstitute.ca
Diploma in Ayurveda
A 1500 Hour diploma in Ayurveda includes lectures, seminars and supervised clinic.

http://www.nationalinstitute.ca/program/ayurveda-diploma/

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

ONTARIO

Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology
Hamilton, Ontario
Program is no longer available; however previous graduates may still be eligible for professional membership.


CANADA

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
Quebec
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
Calgary, Alberta
Clinical Herbalist Diploma Program
Three-year, in-class program; some courses are available as correspondence or on-line.
Wild Rose also offers a Master Herbalist Diploma Program, in-class, correspondence or on-Line, full-time or part-time, a Practical Herbalist Diploma Program, and a Wholistic Therapist Diploma Program


INTERNATIONAL

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


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

Diane Kent MNIMH, RH
Toronto, Ontario
647-296-4372 e-mail: info@dianeherbalist.ca
Workshops, and introductory courses in Herbal Medicine

Kathleen Leeson RH
Ottawa, ON
613-237-1473Wisdom 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
redden@viriditasherbalproducts.com
Herbal Medicine for Our Changing Times.pdf
Medical Herbalism Course Flyer for 2011 (a .pdf file)


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