Guide to Herbalism Education: West Coast
California School of Herbal Studies
Founded by Rosemary Gladstar almost 30 years ago, the school offers an eight-month intensive program focusing on understanding the balance and vitality of the human body. During two college-style semesters, students learn and develop ways to create inner wellness through creative practices such as wild crafting, medicine-making, and plant handling. Assorted series courses and one-day workshops are also available. For more information, visit cshs.com.
Dandelion Herbal Education Center
Jane Bothwell's herbal center offers a large variety of courses, including six- and 10-month programs. Beginners and seasoned herbalists are able to refine and expand their knowledge of herbal healing, cooking, and gardening in the redwood forests of Kneeland, California. For more information, visit dandelionherb.com.
EverGreen Herb Garden and School of Integrative Herbology
The High Sierras and a garden boasting more than 250 types of plants provide students with a majestic setting for these four- to eight-month courses. Candis Canton Packard's teachings combine Western, Ayurveda, and Chinese herbal traditions to create a balanced focus on understanding the body to keep healthy. A stay-at-home correspondence course is also available. For more information, visit evergreenherbgarden.org.