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Long Term classes

Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health
(8 month intensive) March 25 - November 13, 2014
2015 (8 month intensive) March 17 - November 12, 2015
• We are accepting applications for the Roots 2015 Waitlist


Intermediate-Community Herbalist Training
9 month course~ Mondays (9:30 to 3:30) - March 23 to November 16th, 2015


Body Systems & Herbal Wellness
(9 month weekend course) March 28 - November 15, 2015

Handcrafted Herbalism (9 month weekend course) March 21 - November 8, 2015

2014 One Day and Shorterm Classes

Grow Your Own Medicine series(Eight Fridays) May 2 - June 27
Cleansing and Rebuilding Our Bodies: a Chinese PerspectiveMay 6, 13 & 20
Pomo Canyon Herb Walk May 31
Beyond Bitters: Digestion from Ancient Medicine to Current Science Sept. 6 & 7
Fall Herbal Pharmacy Intensive(Eight Thursday Mornings) Sept. 11 - Oct. 30
The Skill and Practice of Making Herbal Formulas September 20
Mental Health and the Communtiy Herbalist September 21
Fall Herbal Essentials(Five Monday afternoons) Sept. 22 - October 20
Aromatic Medicine: Weekend Intensive on Essential Oils October 4 & 5
Womens Health Intensive October 18-19, November 8-9FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
Wild Mushroom Walk November 15FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
Medicinal Mushrooms November 22
Herbal Holiday Gift Making December 6

2015 One Day and Shorterm Classes

Herbal Medicine MakingMay 2 & 3
Spring Herbal Essentials(Five Monday afternoons) May 11 - June 15
Seaweed as Food and Medicine June 5 and 6
Natural Dyeing with Plants and Mushrooms June 27
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century - 1 day Hands-on class June 28
Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar Thursday, July 2

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Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health

• 8 month herbal intensive (530 hrs class time) $6595.00
• We are accepting applications for Roots 2015 waitlist.
• 2015 dates - March 17 - November 12, 2015
This class is approved for continuing education credits
under the Board of Registered Nursing, through EduCare, Provider No. 7359.

  curriculum to apply for admission  
  class schedule tuition information  
  gardening apprenticeship housing  

core staff includes: Karen Aguiar, Trinity Ava, Bryan Bowen, Jen Bredesen, David Hoffmann, Terri Jensen, Gail Julian, and Autumn Summers

guest teachers from recent years include: Cynthia Belew, Tim Blakley, Susan Blanc, Rebecca Burgess, Candis Cantin, Diana DeLuca, Jim Hall, Kathleen Harrison, Kami McBride, Larkin Morgan, Christa Sinadinos, Mitcho Thompson, Tamara Wilder, Merrilee Wisewoman, Matthew Wood, 7Song, and others

This eight-month intensive follows the seasons from early spring through late autumn. The curriculum is designed to immerse the beginning or intermediate student in the world of herbalism. The special strengths of this program are rooted in its thoroughness and breadth of scope. It covers every aspect of working with herbs themselves (plant identification, wildcrafting and cultivation, drying, and medicine making), while providing a foundation of knowledge for using them as medicines (human physiology, materia medica, therapeutics and first aid).

In addition to covering this core material, the course expands to include many diverse ways of working with plants (plant illustration, cosmetics, crafts, and plant-spirit communication) as well as other approaches to healing that can complement herbalism (nutrition, aromatherapy, and standard practice medicine). Our ultimate goal is to provide a well-rounded understanding of Western herbalism designed to bring herbs back into the home and community where they have traditionally been used.

Although much of our focus is academic, students will also learn the art of herbalism directly from the plants. This knowledge is imparted to us through the heart and senses, as well as through words and ideas. To help students experience this, the course includes two five-day field camping trips to wilderness areas as well as time in the medicinal plant garden at CSHS. Students are encouraged to cultivate a grounded perception of themselves and the plants through guided meditations. Students study hard, but just as importantly they have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the plant world in wild and cultivated natural spaces.

the curriculum
The two semesters span the yearly cycle of the garden from new growth through root harvesting and seed saving. We begin in March as spring wildflowers and the school gardens come to life. This is the perfect time for hands-on interaction with plants and much time is spent on plant identification, wildcrafting, growing plant medicine, medicine making and herbal crafts. In the classroom, students begin their studies with body systems and herbal therapeutics, along with human physiology and materia medica. The focus is on understanding the vitality of the human body, what creates health imbalances, and how to maintain wellness in each body system. The first semester ends with “The Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar”; a day when students display and share their medicines with the staff, friends, and members of the local community.

The second semester starts in July with students continuing to refine their skills in the garden, natural plant communities and the herbal lab. More intense focus is spent on herbal therapeutics. We will move beyond the concept of “this herb for this disease” and teach students to support and treat each individual. We teach a model of herbalism that empowers students to employ plants creatively, in contrast to memorizing standardized procedures and formulas.

  Core Curriculum
Estimated Hours
  Therapeutic Herbalism...........................................
75 Hours
  Materia Medica......................................................
90 Hours
  Medicine making & lab...........................................
45 Hours
  Anatomy, physiology & body systems.....................
25 Hours
  Herbal Actions /Formulations.................................
40 Hours
  Western Herbs for Tonification & Acute Conditions...
45 Hours
  Plant Identification & Herb Walks...........................
45 Hours
  Growing Plant Medicine - Gardening, harvesting, etc.
35 Hours
  Nutrition...............................................................
15 Hours
  Aromatherapy.......................................................
15 Hours
  Ethnobotany.........................................................
10 Hours
  Natural cosmetics and crafts..................................
10 Hours
  Western Constitutional Herbalism..........................
15 Hours
  Green politics, history and mythology......................
5 Hours
  Plant Chemistry......................................................
10 Hours
  Misc.......................................................................
15 Hours
     

class schedule for Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health
Classes are taught in two college-style semesters with a 2 week break between semesters.

Important dates for 2014

  • March 25 - Class begins
  • April 21 - 25 Spring Camping Trip
  • July 3 - Medicine Show and End of First Semester
  • July 4 - July 21 - Semester Break
  • July 22 - 2nd semester begins
  • August 4 - 8 Summer Camping Trip
  • November 13 Graduation

  • Important dates for 2015 (Subject to change)

  • March 17 - Class begins
  • April 13 - 17 Spring Camping Trip
  • July 2 - Medicine Show and End of First Semester
  • July 3 - July 20 - Semester Break
  • July 21 - 2nd semester begins
  • August 3 - 7 Summer Camping Trip
  • November 12 Graduation

  • Classes meet Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Includes an hour lunch break. Students spend additional time outside class studying, making medicines, wildcrafting, gardening, etc. this includes camping offsite.

    gardening apprenticeship
    Each year CSHS accepts a small number of students into the garden apprenticeship program. These students work closely with the staff to caretake the school gardens and buildings. Garden apprentices work from 4pm - 6pm on Wednesdays after school. And Friday mornings from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This program provides an excellent opportunity to emphasize the growing and community involved aspects of herbalism. Apprentices will be selected prior to the beginning of the school year and are entitled to a $500 tuition deduction. Total tuition $6095. An application will automatically be sent to all students accepted into our eight-month program.

    to apply for admission
    Applications for 2015 are being accepted between April 15, 2014 and August 31, 2014. Students will be notified by September 28, 2014 if they have been accepted into the program. We highly recommend that you apply to this program early. The Roots program generally fills up at least 6 months in advance and we take a waiting list after that.
    To help us understand your goals, interests, and experience, please answer the following questions and send to CSHS at PO Box 39, Forestville, CA 95436. This may be printed or neatly handwritten. If you have questions, please write, call, or e-mail us, and be sure to include your address and phone number. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Please answer the following questions as thoroughly as possible:

    Required - A current photo. Your name, mailing address, home and work phone numbers, e-mail address, current occupation, date of birth, emergency contact and a permanent address and phone number for our records. Date and sign your name at the end of your application.

    1.Please list all education, work experience, self-study, hobbies and passions relating to the healing arts and sciences, botany and herbalism. Include any degrees or licenses held.
    2. How did you become interested in herbalism?
    3. Is there a particular goal you are working towards that will be complemented by your herbal studies?
    4. How did you hear of The California School of Herbal Studies?

    Once you have sent in your application we highly recommend that you schedule a tour and interview at our campus.

    To secure your place, please include a $250 deposit.
    We cannot reserve you a place in the program if you do not send a deposit along with your application. The $250 deposit is nonrefundable/nontransferable upon your acceptance into the program, and will either be applied to your tuition or refunded to you if you are not accepted.

    acceptance standards

    Applicants are considered for acceptance based on life experience. We do not not have a educational background requirement. We are looking for committed, motivated, and hardworking students. Students must be at least 18 years old. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to set up an appointment to visit CSHS. Our program fills up 6 months in advance.

    tuition information
    Tuition is due by February 2, 2015. If cleared in advance with us, it is possible to make arrangements to finance up to 50% of your tuition. In this case, 50% is due one month before the first day of instruction and a time payment schedule is arranged for the balance. Students must complete financial agreements in order to receive certificates. We recommend that you budget an additional $750 for books and materials.

    refund policy
    1. The $250 deposit is non-refundable/ non-transferable upon acceptance into the program.
    2. A full refund of tuition (less the $250.00 deposit) will be paid to the student if she/he
    withdraws (in writing) before the first day of class.
    3. If a student cancels after the classes have begun, a calculation of all allowable charges shall
    be made using the date that we received written notification of termination.
    4. If a student withdraws from Roots of Herbalism & Foundations of Health, a refund calculation will be performed which will comply with the following: (based on 100 days of class)
    < 10% of course completed = 75% refund
    > 10 % < 25% of course completed = 50% refund
    > 25% < 50% of course completed = 25% refund
    > 50% of course completed = 0% refund


    housing
    CSHS does not provide nor secure housing for our students. However, we do send out a list of possible rentals in the area about 4-6 weeks before classes begin. It is strongly recommended that students check with other rental sources as well and allow themselves time to find a home. More information on housing will be sent along with acceptance packages.

    graduation requirements

    1. Satisfactory completion of all assignments, including materia medica reports, medicine
    making, first aid kits, botany press book and more.
    2. Maintain at least an 85% attendance record within each semester.
    3. Attend and participate in both camping trips and medicine show.
    4. Pay tuition in full.

    placement
    At CSHS we emphasize the skilled use of herbalism in the home and community, and this is the perspective from which we teach. We do not seek or guarantee placement of our graduates. However, throughout the year CSHS receives notices of apprenticeship and employment opportunities, which are posted at the school. Many of our students go on to find employment in the herbal world in a variety of areas including: herbal medicine making, education, and managing herbal businesses. Our students who are health care providers have successfully incorporated herbalism into their practices. Many of our graduates have gone on to form their own herbal businesses.

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    Intermediate - Community Herbalist Training 2015

    • 9 month course - Mondays (9:30 to 3:30) - March 23 to November 16, 2015
    (No class on May 26th, July 6th, 13th , and September 7th)
    • Tuition : $2495-$2295, $250 deposit due by November 1, 2014

    teachers: Bryan Bowen, Jen Bredesen, Karen Aguiar, Trinity Ava, and guest teachers

    The goal of this intermediate course is to give the student the skills necessary to better support self, family, friends and community with herbal medicine. This is the next step on the path to become a community or clinical herbalist. You will gain an understanding of how to apply herbs for self-care and build confidence in recommending herbs for friends and community.

    In this course you will:
    • Learn to write, analyze and present case studies
    • Discuss, evaluate and present research on materia medica (both scientific and traditional)
    • Learn to assess physiological health states and constitutions
    • Differentiate, formulate and apply herbs for body systems and constitutions
    • Learn to make, formulate and recommend herbal recommendations
    • Create and evaluate herbal medicines with intermediate level pharmacy classes
    • This class will include clinical observation, client interviewing, two camping field trips and regional herb walks.

    PREREQUISITES: Roots of Herbalism, or both Handcrafted and Body Sytems courses, or equivalent study elsewhere. Interviews will be required for selection into this course. All interviews will be completed by October 31. Deposits can be made now and will be refunded if student is not accepted into the course.
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    Handcrafted Herbalism 2015

    Identifying, growing, harvesting, and making herbal medicine from the medicinal plants growing in Sonoma County.

    • 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, one weekend a month for 9 months (90 hours class time)
    • 2015 Dates - March 21- 22, April 18-19, May 16-17, June 6-7, July 18-19, August 15-16,
    September 12-13, October 10-11 and November 7-8.
    • Tuition : $1495-$1295

    teachers: Bryan Bowen, Karen Aguiar, Terri Jensen, Autumn Summers, Jen Bredesen and guest teachers

    This beginning course teaches the skills necessary to become confident in basic herbal practices. Our time together will be split between the classroom, garden, and lab learning how make and use a wide variety of herbs and herbal preparations. Learn how to identify and gather medicinal plants during garden walks and the off-site seaweed harvest and coast excursion. At the end of the course, students will have the beginnings of an herbal medicine chest as well as the knowledge to expand it on their own. The curriculum will focus on the following areas:

    medicine-making
    Correct methods for drying and storing herbs as well as 'hands on' classes in preparing tinctures, oils, glycerites, infusions, salves, and more.

    materia-medica
    A study of the medicinal uses of plants we have seen in the wild and in the garden. We will discuss the ways specific herbs affect the body and the role of herbs in preventing and treating illness. Each month students will be given herbs to take home and experience directly.

    plant identification & medicinal plant growing
    Learn the basic skills of how to use the local plant identification books and develop sensory awareness in order to identify plants independently. Basic cultivation skills for medicinal plants will be discussed and demonstrated. Emphasis will be placed on herbs that are easily grown in the greater Bay Area.

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    Body Systems & Herbal Wellness 2015

    An introductory course on the function of the human body including the actions of herbs specific to each body system, preventive care, and basic herbal therapeutics.

    • 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday - one weekend a month for 9 months (90 hours class time)
    • 2015 Dates - March 28-29, April 25-26, May 30-31, June 20-21, July 25-26
    August 22-23, September 19-20, October 17-18 and November 14-15.
    • Tuition : $1495-$1295
    This class is approved for continuing education credits
    under the Board of Registered Nursing, through EduCare, Provider No. 7359.

    teachers: Bryan Bowen, Jen Bredesen, Kara Sigler, and guest teachers

    An introductory course on herbal support for the human body. This class will cover how to nourish each body system with preventative care, and medicinal plants. Each month we will study a different organ system, followed by a discussion of primary herbs and relevant therapeutic approaches for that system. At the end of nine months you will have a basic understanding of the possibilities offered by herbal medicine for maintaining health of the various body systems. The curriculum consists of two main fields of study:

    materia-medica
    A beginning study of the properties and actions of specific herbs and how they are used to maintain and restore health. Each month students will be given samples of herbs to take home to experience directly.

    therapeutics
    We will cover basic treatment approaches for specific conditions. After learning how the body works and how individual herbs affect the body, we will bring the knowledge together to view how herbs can be used to re-establish balance in conditions such as colds and flu, indigestion and chronic stress. Approaches to preventing disease by maintaining health will be discussed.

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    2014 One Day and Shorterm Classes


    Grow Your Own Medicine Series

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Eight Fridays 11:00am - 3:30pm. May 2 - June 27 (no class on May 23)
    tuition: $475-$425 sliding scale

    Take your medicine into your own hands and learn to grow it! Herb suppliers all over the country are overwhelmed with demand. Learn to grow and harvest your own medicines. Herb and kitchen gardens have been our medicine chests since ancient times. In this 8 class series you will learn to grow herbs from seeds and cuttings, grow your own soil, create your own soil and cutting mixes, compost making, seed germination skills, tricks of the trade in growing herbs, common germination and growing problems, fertilization, compost teas, growing in small places and more. Each participant will take home seedlings and plants for their gardens. The series will be a mixture of hands on class work, working in a 30 year-old herb garden with over 400 species and touring local herb farms and gardens such as the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm and Napa Valley Botanicals.

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    Cleansing and Rebuilding Our Bodies: a Chinese Perspective

    with Shad Reinstein
    Three Tuesday Evenings 6:00pm - 9:00pm. May 6, May 13 & May 20
    tuition: $150 - $130 sliding scale

    How do our bodies get out of balance and develop toxins? How can we cleanse the body of toxins? How can we best rebuild our body afterwards? Many of our common ailments develop from an imbalance between the liver and the spleen (the digestive system in Western medicine). This imbalance stems from what we eat, poisons we are exposed to, and our entire lifestyle. This course will focus on the function and relationship between these two organs and study how and why we so often get out of balance. In Chinese medicine rebuilding is just as important as cleansing. Once a cleansing has happened we must rebuild and establish harmony in our body. Instruction will cover using both herbs and nutrition to solve these problems and give methods for establishing balance in our body.

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    Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century ~ 2 day class
    Formulations & Hands-on

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $215 - $195 sliding scale
    Includes materials fee
    Nourish yourself all year long by joining us for a two day herbal skin care weekend!

    Day 1: Skin Food Formulation Fundamentals: Advancing Our Herbal Skin Care Technology.
    Join us to learn how to feed your skin and body with some of the most acclaimed herbs, fatty oils, hydrosols and essential oils used in skin care today. We will demystify current skin care trends, learn about beneficial skin antioxidants, and address occasional acne & other common skin challenges. Learn how to formulate recipes incorporating “super foods” into facial serums, masks, and toners to nourish and protect your skin. This class is the foundation for Making Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century, where we will create many amazing skin care products.

    Day 2: Making Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century:
    Luxuriate and nourish your skin and body. We will spend the day creating custom designed skin care products for the whole family. Learn advanced formulation strategies for natural preservation systems for creams, lotions, toners, masks and more. We will explore topical care for common skin issues such as lice, eczema, psoriasis, acne, scars and helping to improve overall health and vitality through our skin our largest organ. These classes are geared towards all levels of students, including those moving towards the clinical setting, or already in practice. All participants will leave with abundant samples and formulation strategies for creating incredible skin care products at home for clients, friends and family.

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    Plants Of Pomo Canyon ~ Herb walk

    with Autumn Summers
    Saturday, May 31, 10:00am - 3:00pm
    $30 - $25 sliding scale

    Discover the edible and medicinal plants on one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Sonoma County. On our walk we will journey through redwood, Douglas fir and bay forests to coastal grasslands and creeks and learn about mugwort, trillium, stinging nettle, and much more. Meet at 9:45 at Shell Beach for the car caravan to Pomo Canyon. Map will be sent along with confirmation.

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    Summer Solstice Herbal Beer Making

    with Jen Bredesen
    Saturday, June 21, 10am-4pm
    $85 - $70 sliding scale
    Includes materials fee
    Brewing Beer is an ancient craft that combines cooking skills, art, and science into a potentially healthy beverage. With the addition of herbs, this hearty brew can become a unique fermented drink, a seasonal tonic or even a personalized remedy. In this class we will brew a Summer Solstice partial-mash herbal beer. We will learn the concepts of beer-making, as well as successful techniques & strategies for incorporating tasty and medicinal herbs into the brew. A fabulous way to spend the Summer Solstice!

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    Beyond Bitters: Digestion from Ancient Medicine to Current Science

    with Candis Cantin
    Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $215 - $195 sliding scale

    In this information packed weekend we will discuss how digestion is not limited to the health of our mouths and stomachs but to our whole body. Ancient healing systems addressed digestion in a much broader way and now science is moving in leaps and bounds to a greater understanding of how the digestive tract and endocrine system, friendly bacteria, blood circulation, and sleep needs all engender good digestion. We will look at formulas for various ailments, review case studies, and study the long term effects that antibiotics and steroids have on the system. Time will be spent discussing how many of our chronic illnesses begin with a compromised digestive system. We will discuss at length herbs that are not commonly thought of to treat digestive conditions and how science supports their use. This will be a very experiential course.

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    Advanced Herbal Pharmacy Intensive Fall Session

    with Karen Aguiar, Jamie Grime, Jen Bredesen, Robin Lander and Susan Parker.
    eight Thursday mornings from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Sept. 11 - Oct. 30, 2014
    tuition: $525 - $475 sliding scale
    Includes $50 materials fee

    Prerequisite - Completion of CSHS Roots of Herbalism or Handcrfted Class or an eqivalent class and experience making herbal medicine for at least 6 months.

    This course takes place in two parts: Spring and Fall. Each session will utilize different herbs from the garden to bring into the pharmacy. We encourage students to take both sessions


    This Intermediate/Advanced level course has been created for those who have basic herbal medicine making skills and wish to go deeper in the management of a home pharmacy and the creation of potent herbal medicines. Using the abundant CSHS Garden this course will have a great deal of hands-on experience in harvesting and making of all medicines.

    This course will be intimate, highly educational, hands-on, and a wonderful opportunity to learn from teachers in a small size class setting of 12 students. We are looking for students who are passionate and committed to the goal of understanding the how’s and why’s of maintaining an effective herbal pharmacy.


    The course will cover:

    • Tincture making, percolation, effective saturation, usefulness of additional solvents
    • Salve making: including the incorporation of tinctures, glycerites, and powders
    • Medicinal salve survey: various salve recipes for a wide variety of conditions
    • Medicinal Honey: created for specific conditions
    • Pharmacy maintenance: record keeping, understanding GMPs, containers, labeling
    • Discussion of important medicines for any pharmacy using the CSHS pharmacy as an example
    • Science in the lab: organoleptics and microscopic ID
    • Formulation: we will explore herbal combinations, and discuss herbs as activators and carriers in formulas
    • Compliance issues: solving the taste dilemma. Herbal preparations in different forms
    • Development of recipe book for the CSHS pharmacy. This section involves exploring existing recipes and development of new recipes for specific aliments, making sample batches.

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    The Skill and Practice of Making Herbal Formulas
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    with 7song
    Saturday, September 20, 10am - 4 pm
    $85 - $75 sliding scale

    Formulation, the art and skill of combining different plants in a preparation, is one of the fundamental skills of practicing herbal medicine (along with clinical assessment and knowledge of individual plants). In this class we will discuss some of the important considerations in preparing individual herbal medicines as well as combining multiple preparations taking into consideration the patient’s physiological and constitutional health. Another aspect of this class will be an in-depth look at patient compliance, making the medicines easier for the patient to prepare and take. This class is open to all levels of people interested in herbal medicine.
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    Mental Health and the Community Herbalist
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    with 7song
    Sunday, September 21, 10am - 4 pm
    $85 - $75 sliding scale

    This class will focus on some the common mental health issues seen by herbalists. These include; anxiety, depression, insomnia, brain fog, fatigue and other symptoms associated with emotional and mental health. These symptoms are part of a broad continuum that can emerge from multiple causes. In this class we will discuss clinical assessment and treatment strategies. These include specific plants, formulas and lifestyle alternatives. This class is open for all levels of herbalists.
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    Fall Herbal Essentials

    with Trinity Ava and Bryan Bowen and guest teachers
    five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. September 22, 29 & October 6, 13 & 20, 2014
    tuition: $325 - $275 sliding scale

    This class, a continuation of Spring Essentials, will take a deeper look into the herbalism from an approach of Fall and Winter seasons. From the perspective of the Western constitutional model of health-care and aromatic medicine, we will discuss the physiological function, and patterns of imbalance, of the respiratory and immune systems. We will dig fall herbs, make seasonal appropriate medicines and study basic herbal actions, therapeutic strategies and what must be included in your essential herbal medicine chest for fall and winter. This course is appropriate for those who have already taken the Spring Essentials courses, and for those new to herbalism.

    • Empower yourself with the knowledge seasonal western herbalism.
    • Herbal teas and tinctures for cold and flu season and delicious nourishing tonics for prevention and protection.
    • Learn to identify, harvest and make medicine with fall medicinal plants.
    • Hands on demonstration and introduction to basic medicine making and cooking with medicinal herbs that boost immunity.

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    Aromatic Intensive: Medicinal uses of Essential Oils
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    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, October 4 & 5, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $200-$175 sliding scale

    The world of essential oils and “aromatherapy” are often a misunderstood aspect of herbalism. In this two day intensive the herbalist and essential oil enthusiast will be guided to better understand and utilize the world of aromatic medicine. Together we will create a dynamic relationship that clearly integrates the uses of essential oils within Traditional Herbal Medicine. Essential oils have acquired their physiological activity through millions of years of natural selection. They are active against pathogenic microorganisms, have anti-inflammatory activity, are skin regenerating and wound healing and provide lymph support and much more. Learn how to turn these scientific breakthroughs into practical applications. Highlights of the seminar include:

    • Defining an expanded use of essential oils for the practicing herbalist to draw upon that is synergistically scientific & intuitive
    • How to utilize the essential oils based on their functional groups (chemistry): Aldehydes, Esters, Ketones, Monoterpene Alcohols, Phenols etc.
    • Clinical applications of essential oils
    • Materia Medica of 11 primary essential oils

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    Womens Health Intensive - Herbs for All Stages of Women's Life
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    Denise Cooluris, ND
    October 18-19, November 8-9, 10am - 4 pm
    tuition: $330 - $300 sliding scale

    In this intermediate/advanced level intensive we will explore all aspects of a woman’s health and body systems. We will address the specific physiology of menarche, menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, and menopause and discuss how to support the body during each phase. Lecture time will be spent discussing herbal remedies, foods, and lifestyle practices useful to achieve and sustain health and treat conditions such as PMS, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, fibroids, ovarian cysts, infertility, birthing difficulties, and life transitions. Course will include treatment plans, case studies, power point lecture, homework, herbal tastings, and formulation.
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    Wild Mushroom Walk

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    with Autumn Summers
    Saturday, November 15, 10am - 3pm
    $45 - $30 sliding scale

    Come forage and learn how to accurately identify the delicious edible and medicinal mushrooms that flourish on the Sonoma Coast and the greater Bay Area. Depending on weather conditions these may include Chanterelles, Boletes, Turkey Tails and more... Walk will meet at Salt Point State Park north of Fort Ross. Map will be sent along with confirmation.

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    The Magic and Science of Medicinal Mushrooms

    with Karen Aguiar & Terri Jensen
    Saturday, November 22, 10am - 4pm
    $85 - $70 sliding scale

    All over the globe, mushrooms have been revered for their extraordinary abilities to heal. We will look at some interesting mushroom samples and discuss how to make fungi allies into medicines. This course focuses on understanding the uses of medicinal mushrooms and distinguishing between different species -- such as reishi, chaga, turkey tails, maitake, and beyond -- for the apothecary or home use. This class will cover the theory and practice of using mushrooms in medicine and in the kitchen, and how to prepare mushrooms for the most potent, effective medicine.

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    Wild Mushroom Walk

    with Autumn Summers
    Saturday, December 13, 10am - 3pm
    $45 - $30 sliding scale

    On our excursion into the woods you learn how to accurately identify and ethically gather the delicious edible and medicinal mushrooms that flourish on the Sonoma Coast and the greater Bay Area. Depending on weather conditions these may include Chanterelles, Boletes, Turkey Tails and more... Walk will meet at Salt Point State Park north of Fort Ross. Map will be sent along with confirmation.

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    Herbal Holiday Gift Making

    with Trinity Ava & Autumn Summers
    Saturday, December 6, 10am - 3pm
    $80 - $65 sliding scale

    Handmade holiday gifts are a valued treasure! Create holiday magic with unique and inspiring hand crafted herbally inspired gifts. Learn how to create decadent and cost effective gifts for the entire family that will have them begging you to make more year after year! You will learn how to make: luscious lip balm, healing salve, skin nourishing cream, anti-oxidant packed facial serum, bath salts, herbal honey's and more. Recipes, samples and packaging examples will be provided to each student.
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    2015 One Day and Shorterm Classes


    2015 Herbal Medicine Making

    with Karen Aguiar and Terri Jensen
    Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $200 - $175 sliding scale

    Why buy herbal products when it’s so simple and empowering to make your own? This hands-on class includes instruction on harvesting, drying, preserving and preparing medicinal plants. Learn how to make medicinal teas, infused oils, salves, tinctures, vinegars, glycerites and more. We’ll also discuss the principles of ethical harvesting. Includes samples of tinctures and medicines made in class.

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    2015 Spring Herbal Essentials


    with Trinity Ava and Bryan Bowen and guest teachers
    five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. May 11 & 18, June 1, 8 & 15, 2015
    tuition: $325 - $275 sliding scale

    Come join us in the vibrant springtime garden at CSHS! What is growing in the garden will guide each class as we focus on the medicinal plants that are ready to harvest and utilize this season. Our exploration will span from the medicinal to the magical, and the cultural to the culinary. Each session is a blend of lecture and hands-on time in the garden and lab. We will also discuss growing medicinal plants by cuttings and seed. This class is designed for the beginning student, though all levels are welcome.


    • Empower yourself with the knowledge to make herbal teas, flower essences, tinctures and medicinal oils.
    • Learn to identify, harvest and use spring medicinal plants
    • Hands on demonstration and introduction to basic medicine making.
    • Recipes, samples and lots of tastings!

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    2015 Natural Dyeing with Plants and Mushrooms


    with Karen Aguiar and Terri Jensen
    Saturday, June 27, 10am - 4 pm
    $90 - $70 sliding scale

    Many plants, lichens, and mushrooms will yield amazingly beautiful colors for fiber. Join us for a fun and full day of natural dyeing. We will discuss how to extract different pigments and the use of mordants, then we will roll up our sleeves, fire up the dye baths, and see what colors we can get. We will make and go home with a sample book of all the colors from the day.

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    Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century ~ One Day Hands-on class

    with Trinity Ava
    Sunday, June 28, 10am-4pm
    $85 - $70 sliding scale
    Includes materials fee
    Luxuriate and nourish your skin and body in Emerald Valley! Join us for a day of creating your own custom designed skin care products. We will create a home spa experience making luxurious and nourishing skin care products for the whole family. Learn advanced formulation strategies for natural preservation systems for creams, lotions, toners, masks and more to treat common skin issues from eczema, psoriasis, acne, scars and helping to slow the signs of aging. This class is geared towards all levels of students, including those moving towards the clinical setting, or already in practice. All participants will leave with abundant samples and formulation strategies for creating incredible skin care products at home for clients, friends and family.

    2015 Herbal Skin Care for 21st Century
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    Seaweed as Food and Medicine

    with Autumn Summers
    Friday, June 5, 6:30-9pm (class) & Saturday, June 6, 8:00am - 10:00am (field trip)
    $80 - $65 sliding scale

    From ancient times to the present, seaweeds have been used by coastal people all over the world to nourish themselves and their gardens, as well as to treat disease. The Sonoma coast is incredibly rich in seaweeds that can be used as foods and medicines. Learn how to identify, use and collect, in an ethical way, this abundant resource. Evening class will be at CSHS. Maps will be given out for morning field trip location during the evening class. Field trip location is 40 minutes from CSHS campus.

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    Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar

    Brought to you by the students of CSHS
    Thursday, July 2, 4pm -7pm
    tuition: FREE!

    This gala event presents the culmination of a semesters worth of medicine making and herbal endeavors by our full-time students. Come and taste herbal teas, tinctures, elixirs and foods. Meet the staff and students and learn about what we do here. Parking is limited. Please register early!
    To Register email CSHS@cshs.com


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