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Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism Partnership

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Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism Partnership

Earn Your BA or MA Degree at Goddard College


Goddard College and the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) are pleased to present this partnership for mutual learning. Combining study in Vermont and in student’s home communities, this joint learning opportunity enables VCIH students who seek a fully accredited college degree to apply learning (and transfer credits at the undergraduate level) to your personalized program of study in Godddard's BA or MA in Health Arts & Sciences program. 

This is a unique and exciting partnership: VCIH is a one-of-a kind, independent herbalist training program that can be applied toward the completion of a Bachelor's or Master's degree at Goddard College, a regionally accredited institution.

The Health Arts & Sciences (HAS) program is a low-residency program. You will spend eight days each semester on campus at Goddard in Plainfield, Vermont and otherwise study from home in partnership with your academic advisor.

The HAS vision, founded on the principle that personal and community health are two dimensions of the same whole, helps you develop your wisdom and skills to cultivate well-being within a matrix of personal, social and ecological health.  HAS promotes healing, germane to a whole person, as only possible within the context of establishing a healthy social and natural environment that includes one’s family, culture and the ecological region where one lives. 

The HAS vision and philosophy are based on three themes:

  • NATURE: the interrelated study of ecological and biological health and the protection of the synergistic relationship between human health and so-called natural systems;
  • CULTURE: the study of the broader socio-cultural dimension of health and healing, mindful of diverse values and practices in a range of cultures;
  • HEALING: the study of diverse healing practices, philosophies, and theories, enabling an integration of multiple perspectives and practices.

About the Vermont Center for Integrated Herbalism

Located in Montpelier, Vermont, VCIH works to bring clinical herbalism to community practice through the weaving of science, spirit and grassroots activism, providing one of the nation’s most extensive clinical training opportunities, grounded in deep connection with the plants and place. Founded and co-directed by Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, and Guido Mase’, VCIH offers beginning herbal students a comprehensive 3-year training program that prepares them for work in the organization’s sliding-scale community clinics, which provided over 800 hours of service in 2010. The first year of the program offers a combination of hands-on apprenticeship and didactic time in the classroom, providing both direct experience with the plants and foundational knowledge in holistic physiology, energetic systems, and materia medica. This year can be taken by itself as the Family Herbalist course. Those interested in developing applied skills can then continue through the more intensive second and third years, focusing on understanding system dysfunctions, developing critical thinking and research strategies, and grounding in the skills an herbal health educator. The third year includes 240 hours of applied theory and practica, while also highlighting teaching and business development. VCIH’s training emphasizes the educational nature of the practice of herbalism and the development of practitioners-as-educators, who serve as partners to clients in realizing their health-related goals. Like a writing clinic, which hopes to give students tools to become better writers independent of their tutors, the herbal clinic is a place of learning where individually tailored information encourages client self-awareness, responsibility and empowerment.

How The Partnership Works

VCIH students gain access to the rich, diverse learning community offered by Goddard, acquiring a college degree, thereby expanding your scholarship and future career opportunities. Goddard students will gain intensive technical training in Western herbalism when you take part in the VCIH programs.

At the undergraduate level: After attending and successfully completing VCIH’s one- or three-year program, VCIH students who go on to enroll in the BA in Health Arts & Sciences undergraduate program can transfer completed VCIH course work, inclusive of transfer credits, directly into your undergraduate transcript, thereby shortening the time of study needed to earn your BA degree.

At the undergraduate and graduate level: Students currently enrolled in the undergraduate or graduate Health Arts & Sciences program may, as determined to be academically appropriate by the Health Arts & Sciences faculty advisor, embed VCIH offerings as part of your work in a Goddard semester study plan. Goddard faculty will require that additional reflection, research, and scholarship be completed during the Goddard semester appropriate to the undergraduate or graduate degree plan. 

Upon graduation, students can work as herbal health educators, consultants to the growing nutrition and supplement industries, product-makers, health and wellness writers, or in numerous other fields, or you may pursue additional study.

To learn more about the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, contact or visit or call 802-224-7100.

To learn more about the Health Arts & Sciences Program at Goddard College, contact or call 800-906-8312.