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 attended six national conferences on herbalism and heard many brilliant and inspiring speakers before selecting the Center for Herbal Studies with David Winston. I couldnʻt have chosen a better program. This program is for anyone interested in diving deep into the study of plants and their uses for health (mostly human uses and some animal uses). Initially I was not happy to find that 90 percent of the plants covered in the program are foreign to where I live in the Pacific. Fortunately, it has been my experience that studying those 250+ foreign plants prepared me to experience and investigate the plants that are growing in my local area through a more sophisticated lens.  Iʻve been able to expand my herbal formulary considerably.  The course stands on scientific evidence and some indigenous wisdom in a way that Iʻve developed broader skills in evaluating published material / statements about herbal medicines. In addition to studying plants the program also provides training in medicine making, TCM and botany. Every part of the training is useful in real life.

Kaimalani Boyd | Class of 2020