About Our Program

Thank you for visiting David Winston’s Center For Herbal Studies’ (DW-CHS) website. David Winston, RH (AHG), an internationally respected herbalist, is the dean and primary instructor for this program. He teaches throughout the US, Canada, and the UK and has been teaching the two year DW-CHS program for almost 40 years.

Our philosophy: Good herbalists treat people, not diseases, and in our program we strive to teach the skills necessary so that each student can accomplish that goal. We focus on differential diagnosis skills, materia medica and therapeutics which are essential to individualize treatment and help patients to not only resolve symptoms, but create constitutional change needed for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

The program runs from September through August for two consecutive years. The class is held in Washington, NJ* and online via live webcast.

*Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, if we can have the on-site class safely we will.  If not, all students will go on-line until things improve (once a vaccine is widely available).  When we can return to the classroom safely, we will.  No one really knows at this point and we will keep students updated.

For more information about the course please refer to the Herbalist’s Training Program tab. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us.

I am British and so I cannot become qualified as a herbalist with this course but it has given me so much that I cannot get from any UK course.

This is particularly in respect to materia medica: we have learned, in great detail, almost 300 herbs and David gives exactly what I wanted – both the energetics of the plants and the scientific research. There is a huge amount of information on how best to prepare each herb, herb-drug interactions, sourcing of raw materials, and even ecological information such as which herbs are endangered and how to grow each plant. We have learned about herbs used in Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic and Native American traditions.

It is easy to tell that this course has been running successfully for many years – the syllabus is clear and comprehensive and it works well as a distance course – even for those of us who watch in the midnight hours! It will take me many more years to begin to absorb the knowledge from these two years.

Elizabeth Lines | Class of 2014