Sliding scale: We offer a sliding scale on the tuition for most of our classes. A sliding scale enables us to offer the classes to those who are unable to afford the full cost of the class. If you are able to pay the high end of the sliding scale please do, so that we can continue to offer a discount to those who truly need to pay at the lower end of the scale. The top end of the sliding scale reflects the true cost of the class. Thank you for your cooperation and participation.

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Long Term Intensive Classes

Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health 2019
2019 Roots of Herbailsm course (8 month intensive). March 19 - November 14, 2019.
Class is Full.

Intermediate-Community Herbalist Training 2019
 2019 Dates - 9 month course -
March 4 to November 18, 2019
Mondays (9:30 to 4:00) and Tuesday evenings 6-8:30

Handcrafted Herbalism 2019
FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
(9 month weekend course) March 9 - November 3, 2019


Body Systems & Herbal Wellness 2019
FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
(9 month weekend course) March 30 - November 17, 2019

One Day and Shorterm Classes

Intermediate Herbal Medicine Making Intensive March 23 & 24
FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
Growing Medicinal Plants for Beginners Saturday, April 6
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Delectable Wild Spring Edibles Thursday evening, April 11
Treating Chronic Illness with Herbal Medicine Thursday evening, April 25
Spring Herbal Essentials(five Monday afternoons) May 6 - June 10
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2
Seaweed for Food and Medicine Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8
Natural Perfumery with Essential Oils Sunday, June 9
Herbal Soap Making Saturday, June 22
Intermediate Growing Medicinal Plants Sunday, June 23
Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar Thursday, June 27
Herbal Kids Summer Camp Session 1 Monday - Thursday, Session 1 - July 1 - 4
FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list

Herbal Kids Summer Camp Session 2 Monday - Friday, Session 2 - July 8 - 12
FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list

Herbal Kids Summer Camp Session 3Monday - Friday, Session 3-July 29 - August 2
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Herbal Medicine Making for Beginners Saturday, Sept. 14 & Sunday, Sept. 15
Fall Herbal Essentials(five Monday afternoons) September 16 - October 14
Wild Fall Foods Thursday evening, September 19
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century - Fall Saturday, Sept. 28 & Sunday, Sept. 29 Traditional Herbal Allies for Women Saturday, Oct. 12 & Sunday, Oct 13
Harvesting Medicinal Roots Saturday, November 2
Build Your Herbal Dopp Kit: Essential products for your bathroom cabinet and travel bag Saturday, November 9
The Magic and Science of Medicinal Mushrooms Sunday, November 10
Herbal Fair and Market with the 2019 Intermediate Community Herbalist Students Tuesday, November 19
Herbal Holiday Gift Making Saturday, December 7
Wild Edible Mushroom ID & Foray Friday Evening, Dec. 13 & Sat., Dec. 14

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Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health 2019

• 8 month herbal intensive (550 hrs class time) $6895.00
• March 19 - November 14, 2019
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: Autumn Summers, Bryan Bowen, Courtney Fischer, David Hoffmann, Jen Bredesen, Karen Aguiar, Kate August, and Trinity Ava Wool.

Guest Teachers From Recent Years Include: Cynthia Belew, Jane Bell, Tim Blakley,
Susan Blanc, Jim Hall, Kathleen Harrison, Sage LePena, Kami McBride, Larkin Morgan,
Shad Reinstein, Kara Sigler, Christa Sinadinos, Tamara Wilder, 7Song, and more

This 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 (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...........................................
125 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.......................................................................
20 Hours
     

Class schedule for Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health

Classes meet every week Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm.
Two camping trips in April and August which are Monday – Friday

Important dates for 2019

  • March 19 - Class begins
  • June 27 - Medicine Show and End of First Semester
  • June 28- July 15 - Semester Break
  • July 16 - 2nd semester begins
  • November 14 - Graduation

  • There are many extra activities that extend outside of theses hours:
    • weekly lunch time classes in the garden • student-led herb walks
    • before-school harvesting opportunities both off-site and at the CSHS garden
    • after-school guided activities, such as herbal movies, potlucks, and student-led classes

    Students should also expect to spend an additional 10-15 hours each week on their own projects, reading assignments, and homework.

    Gardening Apprenticeship
    Each year CSHS accepts a small number of students into the garden apprenticeship program. These are students who are in the Roots of Herbalism program who apply for, and commit to, an additional 6-8 hours a week. These students work closely with the staff to care take the school gardens. Garden apprentices work from 4pm - 6pm on Wednesdays after school, and Friday mornings from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

    This program provides an excellent and intimate opportunity to emphasize the growing and community involved aspects of herbalism while working closely with our garden staff. Being a garden apprentice is both hard work and very rewarding.

    Applications for the Garden Apprentice program will be automatically sent to all students accepted into the Roots of Herbalism Intensive. To apply for this program you will need to submit two letters of recommendation and have a separate interview with the gardening staff.


    To Apply For Admission for Roots of Herbalism


    Send your application via email attachment to CSHS@CSHS.COM attn: Rebecca

    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:

    1. On page one of your application please provide:

  • A one paragraph introduction to you
  • Current photo
  • Name
  • Email address
  • Cell and home phone numbers
  • Mailing address
  • Current occupation
  • Date of birth
  • Emergency contact name and number
  • Permanent address and phone number

  • Please answer #2-7 on a different sheet(s) of paper than the above:
    2. 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.
    3. How did you become interested in herbalism?
    4. Is there a particular goal you are working towards that will be complemented by your herbal studies?
    5. Have you visited us or taken any classes here in the past?
    6. How did you hear of The California School of Herbal Studies?
    7. Date and sign your name at the end of your application.
    8. Submit your deposit of $295.00 with a check or via the website. Your application is not complete without the deposit. This deposit will be non-refundable upon acceptance into the program and will either be applied to your tuition or refunded to you if you are not accepted.
    9. If you have not done so already, please schedule a tour and interview at our campus. As well, if possible, you can sit-in on a class for the day. If it is impossible to visit us we can schedule a Skype or phone interview, however it is highly recommended that you visit in person if possible.



    Acceptance Standards

    We do not have an educational background requirement. We are looking for committed, motivated, and hardworking students who are eager to learn. Students must be at least 18 years old.

    Tuition Information
    Tuition is due by February 1, 2019. If cleared in advance with us, it is possible to make arrangements to finance up to 50% of your tuition. In this case, $3500.00 is due on February 1, 2019 and a time payment schedule is arranged for the balance.

    Refund Policy
    1. The $295.00 deposit is non-refundable upon acceptance into the program.
    2. A full refund of tuition (less the $295.00 deposit) will be paid to the student if she/he withdraws (in writing) before February 1, 2019 at 5pm Pacific Time.
    3. If a student cancels after February 1, 2019, 5pm Pacific Time, but before February 14, 2019, 5pm Pacific Time, an additional $1000.00 fee will be retained. Cancellations after 5pm, February 14, 2019 will follow the dates below to determine appropriate refund. These refunds will be calculated using percentages of the post-deposit tuition, $6600.00.
    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 103 days of class)
    <10% of course completed (on or before April 8) = 50% refund
    > 10 % < 25% of course completed (on or before May 7) = 25% refund
    >25% < 50% of course completed (on or before July 23) = 10% refund
    > 50% of course completed (after 5pm July 23) = 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 assignment and many 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 create their own herbal businesses.

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    Intermediate - Community Herbalist Training 2019

    • 9 month course -March 4 to November 18, 2019
    Mondays (9:30 to 4:00) and Tuesday evenings 6-8:30
    (No class on May 28, July 3 and 10, and September 3)
    • Two five-day camping trips (dates to be announced)
    • Two clinic shadow days (Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 8am-1pm)
    • Four student taught public lectures Monday evenings (dates to be announced)
    • Approximately 300 lecture hours

    Tuition : $4295 total
    $295 deposit due by September 15, 2018. Non-refundable upon acceptance into program. Balance due by February 1, 2019; limited number of payment plans available

    Teachers: Bryan Bowen, Jen Bredesen, Karen Aguiar
    Guest teachers Lily Mazzarella, Christa Sinadinos, DeAnna Batdorf, 7song and more.

    To Apply: Applications due by September 15, 2018. Call or email to request. Interviews are required for this course. Interviews will be completed no later than October 30, 2018

    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. There is a large self study component to this course and students should expect to spend one day outside of class per week on their studies.

    In this course you will:
    • Learn to write, analyze and present case studies
    • Learn to assess physiological health states and constitutions
    • Differentiate, formulate and apply herbs for body systems and constitutions
    • Discuss, evaluate and present research on materia medica (both scientific and traditional)
    • Create and evaluate herbal medicines with intermediate level pharmacy classes
    • Teach a public class
    • Learn to make herbal remedies and identify herbs in the field on two camping field trips (required for certificate).
    • The clinical component of this course includes observation at Forestville Wellness Center and client interviews done outside of school.

    PREREQUISITES: Roots of Herbalism, or both Handcrafted and Body Systems courses, or equivalent study elsewhere. Interviews will be required for selection into this course. Deposits will be refunded if applicant is not offered a space in the course.
    Note: Handcrafted Herbalism, Body Systems and students outside of CSHS there is a prerequisite of Intermediate Medicine Making Intensive held before school starts.

    Recommended Books (required books will be assigned upon acceptance):
    • Medical Herbalism—Hoffmann
    • Pathophysiology for the Health Professions, (4th edition)—Gould and Dyer
    • Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy—Bone and Mills
    • Herbs and Natural Supplements—Braun and Cohen
    • Consultation in Phytotherapy—Conway
    • A Clinical Guide to Blending Herbs—Kerry Bone


    Quotes from Students:
    “I love this program overall and am learning so much. The program has made me feel more comfortable in my knowledge and ready to begin clinical work in the community”
    “Feel like I am getting a full week’s program all in one day”
    “I am really grateful to be here. The course and people who make it are like family and a second home.”
    “Love it. It’s been amazing. Staff is great. Program is organized. Thorough curriculum.”
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    Handcrafted Herbalism 2019

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    Learn how to grow, harvest, use and make herbal medicine through this seasonally based herbal medicine course.

    • 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, one weekend a month for 9 months (90 hours class time)
    • 2019 Dates - March 9-10, April 6-7, May 4-5, June 8-9, July 13-14, August 10-11,
    September 7-8, October 5-6 and November 2-3
    • Tuition : $1695-$1495 sliding scale

    Teachers: Bryan Bowen, Terri Jensen, Jen Bredesen, Colleen Bingham Solis, Trinity Ava,
    Autumn Summers 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 gather and use medicinal plants during garden walks and the off-site seaweed harvest and coast excursion. Classroom time will focus on seasonal appropriate remedies for most common ailments. 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.

    Seasonal Herbalism
    Learn about common ailments for each season and herbal solutions to support healthy transitions. Examples include colds and flus, allergies, sprains, strains and first aid skills.

    Materia-medica
    A study of the medicinal uses of plants found locally 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 empowering act of medicinal plant cultivation developing hands on skills including propagation, soil building and seed saving. Emphasis will be placed on herbs that are easily grown in the greater Bay Area.

    Sliding Scale Policy
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    Body Systems & Herbal Wellness 2019

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    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)
    • 2019 Dates - March 30-31, April 27-28, May 18-19, June 15-16, July 27-28,
    August 24-25, September 21-22, October 19-20 and November 16-17
    • Tuition : $1695-$1495 sliding scale
    This class is approved for continuing education credits
    under the Board of Registered Nursing, through EduCare, Provider No. 7359.

    Teachers: Bryan Bowen, Jen Bredesen, Courtney Fischer, Kate August, Trinity Ava, Cynthia Belew, Amy Charnay 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 homework assignments and 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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    One Day and Shorterm Classes

    Intermediate Herbal Medicine Making Intensive

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    with Karen Aguiar
    Saturday & Sunday - March 23 & 24, 10am -4pm
    2 day course, $210 - $190 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    This two day intensive is geared towards those who have herbal medicine making experience and want not only a refresher but also to cover in-depth many of the less common methods of making herbal medicines. Taught by Karen Aguiar, a professional medicine maker with decades of experience, this thorough course promises to be both educational and very fun! Percolation, a method of tincturing quickly, will be a primary part of this course. We will review tinctures, glycerites, salves, poultices and more. We will be sure you understand ratios and the reason we use them in our products. We will discuss harvesting, garbling, and how to extract particular constituents. If time allows we will also discuss historical medicine making texts such as Remington’s. This is a recommended course for students entering the Intermediate Community Herbalist Program from courses and schools other than our Roots of Herbalism program. This course will be limited to 12 students. Please register early!

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    Growing Medicinal Herbs for Beginners

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    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Saturday, April 6, 10am-4pm
    $90 - $80 sliding scale

    Come learn how to grow medicinal plants from seed, cuttings, and divisions in the spring garden. This class is designed for the beginning gardener. We will talk about how to be successful propagating medicinal herbs in the Bay Area. We will use the 350 species of plants in the CSHS garden as our teachers, seeing where they thrive and what we can do to grow them successfully. You will go home with cuttings and seeds to grow in your own garden.

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    Delectable Wild Spring Edibles

    Autumn Summers
    Thursday, April 11, 6pm - 9pm
    $55 - $45 sliding scale

    Come learn about the abundant and nutritious wild spring foods of Sonoma County. We will begin in the garden getting to know and harvest the spring greens. The kitchen is our next stop to cook and taste the local bounty of nettles, chickweed, miner's lettuce, mallow leaves, milk thistle, wild three-cornered leek and so much more. Learn how to to make nourishing nettle wild greens pesto, cook milk thistle leaves, pickle radish pods and more yummy treats.
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    Treating Chronic Illness with Herbal Medicine-Useful Plants and Formulas for the Practicing Herbalist

    with 7song
    Thursday evening, April 25, 6-9pm
    $55 - $45 sliding scale

    The goal of this class is to help practicing herbalists and advanced herbal students gain practical skills working with people with chronic health care issues, We will cover a number of medicinal plants, therapeutic categories and ways to prepare individual formulas. This includes using various preparations such as teas, tinctures and external applications as well as considerations such as dosage and patient compliance.

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    Spring Herbal Essentials

    with Colleen Bingham Solis and Kate August
    Five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. May 6, 13, 20 and June 3 and 10
    tuition: $350 - $315 sliding scale

    Come join us in the vibrant springtime garden. Spring Essentials is a beginning course in the healing power of herbal medicine. Each session is a blend of lecture time in the beautiful garden, harvesting of plants, plant ID, and hands on medicine making in the lab. Our focus is on self-care with herbs, diet and lifestyle to support the body in the spring season for daily well-being. We will discuss and create herbal remedies to support healthy digestion and allergy prevention. We will connect with the power of herbs as food and medicine to promote greater vitality all year long. You will leave this 5 week course enriched with samples and hands on knowledge to better practice basic medicine making with herbs. This class is designed for the beginning student, though all levels are welcome.


    • Some of the plants discussed: Artichoke, Calendula, Comfrey, Mint, Nettle, Plantain, Rosemary, and more!
    • Learn to identify, harvest and use medicinal plants.
    • Hands on demonstration and introduction to basic medicine making - including making infused oils.
    • Demonstration of hydrosol and essential oil distillation.
    • Culinary uses of herbs for daily well-being.
    • Recipes, samples and lots of tastings!

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    Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $230 - $210 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    Join us for a weekend creating your own custom designed herbal 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 of creams, lotions, toners, masks and more. We will address common skin issues from dandruff, eczema, acne, scars, and 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.

    Each day we will divide our time between lecture and hands on creation of our herbal products.

    21st Century Herbal Skin Care is intended to offer an exploration of time tested herbal wisdom merged with modern knowledge of essential oils, hydrosols, infused oils, and globally renowned oils such as Tamanu and Neem oil. We will demystify some current skin care trends; learn about beneficial herbal skin food, and the benefits of feeding the skin. We will discuss simple and effective topical protocols for occasional acne, dandruff, lice, and scar tissue with essential oils and infused oils.

    We will spend part of our time together creating delicious and skin nourishing herbal treats. We will make and apply a variety of skin food during class including; clay facial masks with hydrosol, cooling herbal body paste, soothing facial serums, decadent facial and body creams, enlightening hair oils and more. This has become our most popular course, don’t wait to register!

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    Seaweed for Food and Medicine

    with Autumn Summers
    Friday, June 7, 6:30-9pm (class) & Saturday, June 8, 7:30am - 9:30am (field trip)
    $85 - $70 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 food and medicine. Learn how to identify, use and sustainably harvest this abundant and safe resource. We have received questions about radiation concerns and local seaweeds. West coast seaweeds have tested clear of radiation from Fukushima. We feel confident about the saftey this local resource and will share information in the class reagrding this concern. 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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    Natural Perfumery with Essential Oils

    with Robin Lander
    Sunday, June 9, 10am - 4 pm
    $100 - $90 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    Creating your own fragrances with pure, natural essential oils is a sensual art that combines intuition, imagination, and a passion for aroma. In this experiential class we will discuss basic blending guidelines for top notes, middle notes, and base notes, dilution ratios, how to use accessory notes, odor intensity, and more. Everyone will have an opportunity to create a blend with over 22 different essential oils and absolutes and make a solid perfume to take home.
    For those who have taken this class before, we will be introducing several new essential oils and absolutes that you can use to expand upon your previous experience. This course had a large waitlist last last year, don’t hesitate!

    Robin Lander is a clinical herbalist, aromatherapist, and wellness educator dedicated to sharing the healing message of plant medicine with the world. With 14 years in the natural products industry, she combines experience and intuition to create therapeutic products that address mind, body and spirit. She is the brand manager, formulator, and sourcing specialist for Simplers Botanicals.

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    Herbal Soap Making

    with Colleen Bingham Solis
    Saturday, June 22, 10am - 4 pm
    $110 - $95 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    This beginners course will focus on Cold Process soap making, using sodium hydroxide (lye), blended with water, and organic oils to make soap! This hands-on course is really the best and safest way to begin your journey as a soap maker, as working with caustic substances like lye can be intimidating (and dangerous) for the novice. We will explore the basics of preparing your work area, creating a formula and the step-by-step process of blending your ingredients - plus we will discuss online tools for getting the best results! If time permits, we will also discuss the process for making liquid hand soaps scented with essential oils. Each student will have an opportunity to get creative with some herbal garnishes & colorants, play with essential oil blending and leave with a small amount of soap to cure, cut and enjoy.

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    Intermediate Growing Medicinal Herbs

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Sunday, June 23, 10am-3pm
    $85 - $75 sliding scale

    For the practiced gardener or those who have taken our beginner's growing class. We will build on the basics of growing medicinal plants by digging deeper into the cultivation needs of the herbs that do well in our region, including harvesting guidelines. The garden will be our classroom. We will share what has thrived here at CSHS and what plants have been more challenging. Bring your questions!

    2019 Intermediate Growing Medicinal Plants
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    Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar

    Brought to you by the 2019 Roots of Herbalsim students of CSHS
    Thursday, June 27, 4pm -7pm
    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!
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    Herbal Kids Summer Camp for Ages 7-10 Session 1 - Monday - Thursday


    FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list

    with Jackie Davey and Kara Davey
    Monday through Thursday, July 1- 4, 9am-1pm daily
    $235-$215 sliding scale - Limited to 16 children

    This is a week-long camp for kids ages 7-10 interested in learning about and interacting with medicinal plants. Each day the kids will have the opportunity to make a craft project based on different medicinal herbs. Together with CSHS herbalist, Jackie Davey, and local artist, Kara Davey, we will make medicines, cook yummy snacks, and get our hands dirty in the spectacular CSHS herb garden. Some of the fun will include: herbal eye pillows, salves, syrups, salts, lavender popsicles, herbal lollipops, harvesting, garlands, and each kid will go home with their very own potted medicinal plant! Don’t miss this opportunity! These camps had a long wait list last year- sign up early to secure a space.

    Jackie Davey has over a decade of experience working with children. Jackie has a busy postpartum doula practice, Birth Realm and more recently is an educator for Doula Trainings International. She graduated from the California School of Herbal Studies in 2009 and continues to explore her love of plants co teaching in the CSHS school garden.
    Kara Davey brings with her a background in early childhood education with a focus in the creative arts. She recently moved from Venice, CA where she taught both group and private art classes to kids. Currently, Kara is teaching at Wigwam Preschool in Sebastopol, and Cast Away & Folk, in Santa Rosa.

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    Herbal Kids Summer Camp for Ages 7-10 Session 2

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    with Jackie Davey and Kara Davey
    Monday through Friday, July 8 - July 12, 9am-1pm daily
    $295-$275 sliding scale - Limited to 16 children

    This is a week-long camp for kids ages 7-10 interested in learning about and interacting with medicinal plants. Each day the kids will have the opportunity to make a craft project based on different medicinal herbs. Together with CSHS herbalist, Jackie Davey, and local artist, Kara Davey, we will make medicines, cook yummy snacks, and get our hands dirty in the spectacular CSHS herb garden. Some of the fun will include: herbal eye pillows, salves, syrups, salts, lavender popsicles, herbal lollipops, harvesting, garlands, and each kid will go home with their very own potted medicinal plant! Don’t miss this opportunity! These camps had a long wait list last year- sign up early to secure a space.

    Jackie Davey has over a decade of experience working with children. Jackie has a busy postpartum doula practice, Birth Realm and more recently is an educator for Doula Trainings International. She graduated from the California School of Herbal Studies in 2009 and continues to explore her love of plants co teaching in the CSHS school garden.
    Kara Davey brings with her a background in early childhood education with a focus in the creative arts. She recently moved from Venice, CA where she taught both group and private art classes to kids. Currently, Kara is teaching at Wigwam Preschool in Sebastopol, and Cast Away & Folk, in Santa Rosa.

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    Herbal Kids Summer Camp for Ages 7-10 Session 3

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    with Jackie Davey and Kara Davey
    Monday through Friday, July 29 - August 2, 9am-1pm daily
    $295-$275 sliding scale - Limited to 16 children

    This is a week-long camp for kids ages 7-10 interested in learning about and interacting with medicinal plants. Each day the kids will have the opportunity to make a craft project based on different medicinal herbs. Together with CSHS herbalist, Jackie Davey, and local artist, Kara Davey, we will make medicines, cook yummy snacks, and get our hands dirty in the spectacular CSHS herb garden. Some of the fun will include: herbal eye pillows, salves, syrups, salts, lavender popsicles, herbal lollipops, harvesting, garlands, and each kid will go home with their very own potted medicinal plant! Don’t miss this opportunity! These camps had a long wait list last year- sign up early to secure a space.

    Jackie Davey has over a decade of experience working with children. Jackie has a busy postpartum doula practice, Birth Realm and more recently is an educator for Doula Trainings International. She graduated from the California School of Herbal Studies in 2009 and continues to explore her love of plants co teaching in the CSHS school garden.
    Kara Davey brings with her a background in early childhood education with a focus in the creative arts. She recently moved from Venice, CA where she taught both group and private art classes to kids. Currently, Kara is teaching at Wigwam Preschool in Sebastopol, and Cast Away & Folk, in Santa Rosa.

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    Herbal Medicine Making for Beginners

    with Terri Jensen
    Saturday & Sunday, September 14 & 15, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $210 - $190 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    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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    Fall Herbal Essentials

    with Colleen Bingham Solis and Kate August
    Five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. September 16,23, 30, October 7 & 14
    tuition: $350 - $315 sliding scale

    Fall Essentials will focus on herbal approaches to health for the 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 seasonally 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 of 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.
    • Demonstration of hydrosol and essential oil distillation.

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    Delectable Wild Fall Foods

    Autumn Summers
    Thursday Evening, September 19, 6- 9pm
    $55 - 45 sliding scale

    Come learn about the abundant foods of the fall. We will explore the CSHS garden for edibles. Learn how to process acorns into tasty food - including a savory dip, roast bay nuts, cook with cattail pollen and more.

    2019 Fall Wild Foods
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    Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century - Fall Session

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, September 28 & 29, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $230 - $210 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    Join us for a weekend creating your own custom designed herbal 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 of creams, lotions, toners, masks and more. We will address common skin issues from dandruff, eczema, acne, scars, and 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.

    Each day we will divide our time between lecture and hands on creation of our herbal products.

    21st Century Herbal Skin Care is intended to offer an exploration of time tested herbal wisdom merged with modern knowledge of essential oils, hydrosols, infused oils, and globally renowned oils such as Tamanu and Neem oil. We will demystify some current skin care trends; learn about beneficial herbal skin food, and the benefits of feeding the skin. We will discuss simple and effective topical protocols for occasional acne, dandruff, lice, and scar tissue with essential oils and infused oils.

    We will spend part of our time together creating delicious and skin nourishing herbal treats. We will make and apply a variety of skin food during class including; clay facial masks with hydrosol, cooling herbal body paste, soothing facial serums, decadent facial and body creams,enlightening hair oils and more. This has become our most popular course, don’t wait to register!

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    Traditional Herbal Allies for Women ~ For All Phases of our lives

    with Brittany Jade Gelinas
    Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $235 - $215 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    Join us for an unforgettable weekend of expanding your knowledge base and skill set of traditional and ceremonial plant medicine preparations for women throughout all phases of life, particularly menses, conception and menopause. We will also explore medicinal plant allies for use in lifelong self- care and particularly for recovering from abuse. We hope you can join us for this special weekend.

    *** All traditional Indigenous plant medicine preparations which are shared through Brittany's teaching in this workshop are common to many cultures on all habitable continents and have not been appropriated from specific communities of people. Any medicine songs shared during this workshop have either been written by Brittany or are gladly offered as medicine for the people by the originator.

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    Harvesting Medicinal Roots

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Saturday, November 2, 9:30am - 2:30pm
    $80 - $70 sliding scale

    Fall is one of the best times to harvest the roots of medicinal plants. Come to the CSHS Garden and learn how to properly harvest and process herbal roots for the optimal medicinal properties. Class includes hands harvesting of Echinacea, Comfrey, Elecampane, Burdock and more. After harvesting we will discuss some of the ways to utilize these fresh roots for medicinal preparations.
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    Build Your Herbal Dopp Kit:
    Essential products for your bathroom cabinet and travel bag

    with Colleen Bingham Solis
    Saturday, November 9, 10am - 4 pm
    $100 - $90 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    This class will cover the basics of herbal hair care, tooth care and deodorants, including concepts on how these different areas of our body function, individual product goals for best functionality and herbal allies best suited for the job. Everyone will leave with helpful tips, recipes to replicate at home and travel sized samples of everything we make! Products to be discussed and demonstrated: hair shampoos, conditioners and rinses, toothpaste and mouthwash, and simple, effective deodorants with lovely natural scents!

    2019 Build Your Herbal Dopp Kit
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    The Magic and Science of Medicinal Mushrooms

    with Karen Aguiar
    Sunday, November 10, 10am - 4pm
    $95 - $75 sliding scale

    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.

    2019 The Magic and Science of Medicinal Mushrooms
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    Herbal Fair and Market

    Brought to you by 2019 Intermediate Community Herbalist Students
    Tuesday, November 19, 1pm-5pm
    LOCATION -
    SEBASTOPOL MASONIC CENTER
    373 N. Main Street, Sebastopol
    FREE!

    This fair and market is the culmination of two years of study at The California School of Herbal Studies for our Intermediate Community Herbalist students.

    Come experience herbal medicine--teas, tinctures, vinegars, skin care, bath and beauty, food as medicine, ferments and herbal medicines for all people. Many of these products will be for sale.

    Come learn something--each of our students will present their final projects from the year. These subjects range from self care, zines, community projects, herbal businesses, clinical work and more.

    Each student brings a unique focus to their path of herbalism. Come support these students, get inspired, learn something and invest in high quality products.



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    Herbal Holiday Gift Making

    with Trinity Ava & Autumn Summers
    Saturday, December 7, 10am - 3pm
    $100 - $85 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    Handmade holiday gifts are a valued treasure! Create holiday magic with unique and inspiring hand crafted herbally based 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: Infused oils, healing salve and lip balm, nourishing skin cream, bath salts, herbal honeys and more. Each student will receive recipes and samples of what we make during class.

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    Wild Edible Mushroom ID and Foray

    with Autumn Summers
    Friday, December 13, 6:30-9pm (class) & Saturday, December 14, 10:00 am - 3:00pm(field trip)
    $80 - $70 sliding scale

    During the Friday evening lecture you will learn the basics of mushroom identification and guidelines for selecting and harvesting local fungi. On our excursion into the woods the next day we will put into practice 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, Russula, Turkey Tails and more... Location of field trip to be decided depending on weather conditions the week before the class.

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