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Why the Midwest School of Herbal Studies?
World Class Faculty
Founded and directed by Matthew Alfs, MH, RH (AHG), a clinical herbalist in practice for over two decades, a college instructor since 2002, and the author of MWSHS's Master-Herbalist program and accompanying textbooks, as well as of numerous articles in scholarly journals.
Seven or more hands-on workshops are offered each year in valuable skills such as holistic assessment, herb processing, and wild-plant identification (by means of outdoor walks), allowing for practical application of information acquired via the written text.
Comprehensive Distance-Education Program
We offer one of the most extensive distance-education programs in Western Herbalism (1200pp, incl. illustrations, plus audio CDs) in North America, plus separate modules in Asian Herbalism and Integrative Herbalism. Textbooks of 216pp + 421pp. are available as supplements.
Graduation In as Little As Two Years
While students may start their program on any day of the year that they prefer and take as long as they wish to complete it, we've had many students complete the program in two years by studying at 11 or more hours per week.
Opportunities for Student Interaction
With our seven hands-on workshops each year, our Facebook page, our message board, and our Student Newsletter, our many hundreds of students can avail themselves of various opportunities for student fellowship and mutual encouragement.
Supportive Email Advisors
Email support is part of each student package and we are happy to provide it. Our graduates have often commented on the quality of the email support that they have received from our advisors (coordinators), which makes us very happy.