Welcome to The Association of Master Herbalists

The Association of Master Herbalists was founded in 1995. The Association has from the beginning, had a strong affinity to the North American eclectic school, notably Dr John R Christopher who was the founder of the School of Natural Healing in 1953. The school in the USA continues to this day to run it’s traditional Master Herbalist training based on the work of Dr Christopher.

Master Herbalists are registered members of the AMH (Association of Master Herbalists) who have qualified after a suitably recognised professional training which is to a degree or equivalent level with over 2,500 hours of classroom based study with an additional 500 hours of clinical patient training. All members are fully insured and work to a strict code of conduct and ethics. The AMH-registered practitioner attends yearly CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses to update and enhance their practice skills.

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AMH 2019 Conference and AGM

You are invited to our conference and AGM, which this year will take place at the Town Hall & Corn Exchange in Hungerford Berkshire on 7th September 2019.

Our guest speaker will be Nathaniel Hughes, herbalist and author of Weeds in the Heart.

Conference Details

Nathanial is very excited about this event and its many opportunities to teach, develop new friendships and network with the AMH.

Nathaniel’s Offering for our Conference:

When we gather in September I hope to rekindle and celebrate your own relationship with plant and clinical intuition. Drawing on a wide range of experiences, exercises and stories we will look at how we can systematically and robustly nurture these aspects of ourselves as herbalists, and how to avoid the numerous pitfalls. I believe that these skills, as expressed today, are echoes of the skills of hundreds of generations of healers from the past, and that as we walk this path we both honour this heritage and are supported by thousands of years of implicit wisdom.”

The lecture will be a very interactive talk with samples and testers of plants.

He will be bringing his books and they will be on sale.

For booking and enquiries, please contact Alicia Sawaya by email at (aliciasawaya.uk@gmail.com), Telephone: 01932-344604.


Hungerford is a small, and very beautiful, historic market town. Nestled in the centre of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and towards the west edge of West Berkshire, it’s surrounded by green space and rolling fields.

Within the town, known internationally for its antique shops, we’ve a wide selection of independent retailers and boutiques, cafes, pubs, hotels and restaurants.

There are many things to do in the area. Canal boats are docked on the Kennet canal that winds through the town. Grain farms surround the town which is minutes away from the ancient woods of Savernake Forest. Situated near the border of Wiltshire it is only a 15 minute drive to the famous market town Marlborough and from there another 10 minutes to the village of Avebury and the standing stones.

Getting there

Hungerford railway station is across the street to the town hall and about an hour’s journey from London central and links to the West Country, Oxford and Reading. Excellent road connections from all areas and easy parking.

There are a variety of accommodations in the town which would only be a few minutes walking distance to the venue.

Venue Address

The Town Hall and Corn Exchange

High Street
RG17 0NF

For more details see website: http://www.hungerfordtownandmanor.co.uk


Balens 7th CPD Conference
‘Resilience in Healthcare – coping with clients with chronic or life limiting conditions’

Date: Monday 20th May 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham

The Focus of our CPD Event this year is around Resilience in Healthcare. Helping your clients who may be suffering from life limiting conditions, and also looking after you as a therapist. We have some truly inspirational speakers, including our key note speakers presenting in the morning:

Dr Catherine Zoleman – Medical Director at Penny Brohn UK (formerly Bristol Cancer Help Centre), talking on Realistic Hope – Finding a resilient response in the face of chronic or life-limiting illness

Dr David Peters – Professor Emeritus, Westminster Centre for Resilience, University of Westminster – Discussing Resilience and the Healthcare Juggling Act

This year we also have in the afternoon session:

Julie Stone – (Author, Ethicist, Yoga Teacher and Performance Artist) – Dark Humour for Dark Times – the role of humour in difficult situations

Robert Verkerk PhD – Founder & Executive Director, Alliance for Natural Health International – The ‘Ecological Terrain’ : a model for assessing whole system health

David Balen and Robert Verkerk giving an update on progress with the Health App, for a big data research project.


Bookings: To secure your place please e-mail events@balens.co.uk confirming:

AGM Guest Speaker

Nathaniel Hughes


Nathaniel is a Medical Herbalist and Naturopathic Healer

A brief biography

Nathaniel has been guiding people deeper into their herbal intuition for fifteen years, and more recently running a seven year long apprenticeship weaving these skills into a professional training program. Through a background in chemistry and pharmacology he very quickly saw the profound limits of reductive approaches to understanding plants and soon after graduating at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine started to dive deeply into the possibility that we can put the direct learnings from the plants at the absolute centre of our practice.

He has now published two books about his work ‘Intuitive Herbalism’ and ‘Weeds in the Heart’ and runs a thriving school developing robust skills rooted in experience, intuition, phenomenology and, most importantly, empathy. A major part of all these courses is a training in conscious bodywork, emerging from an understanding that the integration of deeply somatised trauma is a core part of any healing process.

For more information please click here

Weeds in the Heart Book Series

The first book in the series titles the Intuitive Herblism is now in its second (enlarged and improved) edition!

Herbalist Nathaniel Hughes and artist Fiona Owen have worked together for five years. This book is the first in the series ‘Weeds in the Heart’ in which Nathaniel opens a doorway into the world of plant healing accompanied by rich illuminations from Fiona Owen.

His second Book “Weeds in the Heart” was released in 2016.

The approach outlined in the books is the distillation of over ten years teaching experience leading people into more intuitive relationships with plants.

We explore what it means to let go of any preconceptions of a plant and meet it in our truth and our vulnerability. Within this meeting between our honest-selves and the plant is a unique relationship, apparently subtle at first, but growing quickly as we nurture it with our awareness and care.

We explore how our dream worlds, accessed both in sleep and consciously through journeying, can quickly deepen this relationship and how, in the chapter ‘Hall of Mirrors’, there is medicine in moving though our own layers of projection.

This is many lifetimes work, but we hope that our first book helps opens some doors into both plant wisdom and healing for you.

To read more and to buy the two wonderfully illustrated books in the series please go to:

Weeds in the Heart Book


You don’t have to be a NIMH member to attend this conference.
Booking is done through the NIMH online system will need to contact the NIMH office to be set up as a guest to access the booking. Please email:

Professor Kerry Bone in London 1st June

New Herbal Insights into Allergy and Inflammation

This event is being hosted jointly between Balance Healthcare Limited and the ANP (Association of Naturopathic Practitioners).

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019

Time: Registration will be from 9:00am onwards. The seminar will be starting at 10:30am and will conclude at around 4:30pm.

Venue: Goldsmiths, University of London, 8 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW

Cost: Early bird offer is £65 but use the MediHerb code (M3D1H3RB2019) and it will reduce to just £45. Prices after 24th May will be £85 reducing to £65 by using the MediHerb code.
Click here to book

UK Herbalists – Association of Master Herbalists

The members of the Association of Master Herbalists, (AMH), practice a form of Natural Healing which includes Herbal Medicine and a blend of Naturopathic techniques such as detoxification, nutrition, hydrotherapy, fasting and other ways to assist the patient back to health.


There are sections on the site about the history of the Association of Master Herbalists, about its forefathers and preceptors – Dr Christopher and Dr Schulze, and about how this natural healing process has evolved and is practiced in the UK today.

Diagnosis & Treatment

You can find out about the different diagnostic tools and methods used by a Master Herbalist to facilitate the healing of their patients.


You can access information about the current members of the Association’s Council.

Get in touch

You can Contact Us whenever you want to.

Find a Herbalist

This website has been created to allow you to find qualified herbalists , and to help you get a good understanding of herbal medicine and its unique contribution to healing and good health in general.

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Past AGM Speakers

Christopher Hobbs Lectures 2015

Christopher Hobbs gave this 2 part lecture in Manchester at our 2015 AGM.

Click to view the Morning Lecture (coming soon)

Click to view the Afternoon Lecture (coming soon)