We have many platforms through which you can learn herbal medicine. We look forward to working with you to find your best fit.
We understand how busy life can be. That’s why we offer a program with a more relaxed pace than our full time intensive to accommodate everyone. All of the information in our full time program is distilled and spread out over 2 years. This comprehensive program is invaluable to the aspiring or already practicing herbalist.
Our full time intensive is one of the most dynamic and multifaceted herbal programs in the country. You will learn the inner workings of all the organ systems and how to approach their pathologies from the standpoint of functional herbalism. This means using nutrition, stress management, Traditional Western Herbalism, energetics, and functional labwork to assess and create comprehensive wellness plans for your clients. You’ll cultivate relationships with plants to build your materia medica and learn how to create balanced formulas for your clients. Whether you choose to join us on the mountain for 11 months or stream from the comfort of your own home, you will emerge from this program fully equipped to be a compassionate and effective functional herbalist.
Part of the ethos of herbal medicine is that it should be accessible to everyone. At The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, we embody this by hosting a free clinic that is open to the community. Clients are interviewed by the students and each case is carefully overseen by a staff of experienced herbalists to craft safe and effective wellness programs tailored to each person. By choosing our free clinic, you get to be a part of creating highly skilled herbalists!
Thomas Easley, RH(AHG), founder and director of ESHM and co-author of The Modern Herbal Dispensatory, is a Traditional Western Herbalist. While he loves bioregional herbalism, he use herbs from all over the world, including Ayuveda and TCM. However, he applies them in the Western tradition. You won’t hear Thomas talk much about Chi or Prana, or even Doshas. He respects other cultures’ systems of medicine, but chooses to focus on the deep and rich tradition of Western Herbalism. Keeping with that approach you will hear him talk about humoral imbalances and constitution, Eclectic and Physiomedical approaches to disease, modern Naturopathic therapies, functional blood work ranges and even the occasional reference to Sheldon’s Somatotypes. Thomas also emphasizes using foods as medicine and uses intensive diets, stress reduction techniques, nutritional supplements, and exercise to help his clients achieve their health goals. In addition to herbs, diet, supplements, and lifestyle approaches, Thomas also uses drop dose botanicals and occasionally homeopathic remedies or flower essences. Thomas believes that herbal medicine has the potential to change the world. Unfortunately, much of what is taught about herbs and supplements is driven by marketing and not based in tradition or science. His approach draws on his extensive clinical experience which spans 15 years of full time practice and over 15,000 clients.