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Long Term Classes 2017

Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health
(8 month intensive) March 14 - November 9, 2017

Intermediate-Community Herbalist Training
 2017 Dates - 9 month course - Mondays (9:30 to 4:30) - March 6 to November 20, 2017


Body Systems & Herbal Wellness
(9 month weekend course) March 25 - November 19, 2017

Handcrafted Herbalism (9 month weekend course) March 18 - November 12, 2017


2016 One Day and Shorterm Classes

Medicinal Mushrooms Saturday, October 1
Cultivating Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms Sunday, October 2
The Art of Formulating and Compounding Herbal Medicine Sat., Oct. 8 & Sun., Oct. 9
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century Saturday, Nov. 5 & Sunday, Nov. 6
Harvesting Medicinal Roots Sunday, November 13
Wild Mushroom ID and Walk Friday Evening, Nov 18 & Saturday, Nov. 19
Living In Harmony With The Seasons - Winter Class Saturday, Nov. 19
Herbal Holiday Gift Making Saturday, December 3
Herbal Wreath Making Saturday, December 10

2017 One Day and Shorterm Classes ~ more to come

Intermediate Herbal Medicine Making Intensive February 25, 26 & 27
Herbal Medicine Making for Beginners Saturday, April 1 & Sunday April 2
Natural Perfumery with Essential Oils Sunday, April 23
Growing Medicinal Plants for Beginners Saturday, April 29
Spring Herbal Essentials(five Monday afternoons) May 1 - June 5
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7
Essential Oils for Supporting Libido and Restful Sleep Thursday, May 18
Pomo Canyon Herb Walk Saturday, May 20
Making Sun Prints With Medicinal Herbs Saturday, June 3
Treating Lyme Disease and Chronic Infections Sunday, June 4
Seaweed for Food and Medicine Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10
Advanced Medicine Making Saturday, June 24 & Sunday June 25
Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar Thursday, June 29
Herbal Kids Summer Camp Monday through Friday, August 7- 11

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Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health

• 8 month herbal intensive (550 hrs class time) $6795.00
• Dates - March 14 - November 9, 2017
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, Terri Jensen, and Trinity Ava Wool.

Guest Teachers From Recent Years Include: Cynthia Belew, Jane Bell, Tim Blakley,
Susan Blanc, Candis Cantin, Jim Hall, Kathleen Harrison,
Kami McBride, Larkin Morgan, Shad Reinstein, Kara Sigler, Christa Sinadinos,
Dr. Lauren Spieler, Mitcho Thompson, Tamara Wilder, Merrilee Wisewoman, 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.......................................................................
15 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 2017

  • March 14 - Class begins
  • April 17 - 21 - Spring Camping Trip
  • June 29 - Medicine Show and End of First Semester
  • June 30- July 17 - Semester Break
  • July 18 - 2nd semester begins
  • August 7 - 11 - Summer Camping Trip
  • November 9 - 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. Deadline to apply for 2017 is November 1, 2016. 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
    Applications for 2017 will be accepted between April 18, 2016 and September 15, 2016. If you want to apply after that date please inquire. We highly recommend that you apply as early in that window as possible. Students chosen for the program will be notified by September 30, 2016. All others, and any applications received after September 15, 2016 will be placed on the waitlist. Incoming students do periodically withdraw from the program before it begins and students from the waitlist are notified of a space for them in the program.

    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, 2017. 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, 2017 and a time payment schedule is
    arranged for the balance. Students must complete financial agreements in order to receive certificates. Required books and medicine making supplies amount to about $250.00 however we recommend that you budget $750.00 for these and other items that you may wish to purchase during your time here.

    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, 2017 at 5pm Pacific Time.
    3. If a student cancels after February 1, 2017, 5pm Pacific Time, but before February 15, 2017, 5pm Pacific Time, an additional $1000.00 fee will be retained. Cancellations after 5pm, February 15, 2017 will follow the dates below to determine appropriate refund. These refunds will be calculated using percentages of the post-deposit tuition, $6500.00.
    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 4) = 50% refund
    > 10 % < 25% of course completed (on or before May 3) = 25% refund
    > 25% < 50% of course completed (on or before June 29) = 10% refund
    > 50% of course completed (after 5pm June 30) = 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 2017

    • 9 month course - Mondays (9:30 to 4:30) - March 6 to November 20
    (No class on May 29, July 3 and 10, and September 4)
    Two four-day camping trips, dates to be announced.
    Two clinic shadow days (Thursdays 8-1)
    Occasional one-on-one mentorship meetings and other activities
    Approximately 240 lecture hours

    • Tuition : $3795 total
    $295 deposit due by October 1, 2016. Non-refundable upon acceptance into program. Balance due by February 1, 2017; 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 no later than October 1, 2016. Call or email to request. Interviews are required for this course. Interviews will completed no later than September 30, 2016

    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
    • 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)
    • Learn to make, formulate and recommend herbal remedies
    • 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: If you have not attended the Roots of Herbalism course you may be required to take an herbal pharmacy intensive before school starts to bring you up to the level of other students.
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    Handcrafted Herbalism 2017

    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)
    • 2017 Dates - March 18-19, April 8-9, May 13-14, June 10-11, July 22-23, August 19-20,
    September 16-17, October 14-15 and November 11-12.
    • Tuition : $1695-$1495

    Teachers: Bryan Bowen, 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 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.

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    Body Systems & Herbal Wellness 2017

    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)
    • 2017 Dates - March 25-26, April 29-30, May 20-21, June 17-18, July 29-30,
    August 26-27, September 23-24, October 21-22 and November 18-19.
    • Tuition : $1695-$1495
    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, Trinity Ava and guests.

    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 2016

    Fall Herbal Essentials

    with Trinity Ava and Bryan Bowen and guest teachers
    Five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. September 12, 19, 26 & October 3 &10
    tuition: $335 - $285 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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    The World of Medicinal Mushrooms

    with Karen Aguiar & Terri Jensen
    Saturday, October 1, 10am - 4pm
    $95 - $75 sliding scale

    Join us as we explore the remarkable world of mushrooms through lecture and fungi specimens brought to class. All over the globe, mushrooms have been revered for their extraordinary abilities to heal. We will begin with a general look at mushrooms and how they live in and interact with their environment. This class will cover historical uses and the most current research and findings. We will discuss potent extraction methods, and sample a few extracts.

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    Cultivating Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms

    with Karen Aguiar & Terri Jensen
    Sunday, October 2, 10am - 4pm
    $105 - $85 sliding scale

    We will spend the day exploring how to cultivate edible and medicinal
    mushrooms. We'll go through the process step by step and discuss what could
    go right and what could go wrong. Growing your own mushrooms is incredibly rewarding and we will share the species that are easiest to cultivate as well as which ones are more challenging. And then we will get our hands in it and make oyster mushroom kits to take home and grow out. Price includes materials fee.

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    The Art of Formulating and Compounding Herbal Medicine

    with Christa Sinadinos
    Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $215 - $195 sliding scale

    Compounding herbal medicine begins with a solid foundation in materia medica and a deep understanding of individual herbs and their medicinal properties. It advances into the complex art of formulating, knowing your individual patient, the condition/s being treated, and the actions and energetics of herbs.

    Are you intimidated by compounding tinctures or tea blends? Do you want to feel more confident in determining the proportions for your formulas? Do you ever find yourself considering numerous herbs for a patient, but have difficulty narrowing them down? Are you overwhelmed when you look at your materia medica notes, but have no idea how to select the right combination of herbs for your patient? Would you like to know how to create palatable tea blends and increase patient compliance? If so, this class is for you!

    Christa brings more than 20 years of clinical expertise in consulting, formulating, teaching, and operating an herbal extract business. She is enthusiastic about sharing the methods she’s developed in formulating tea and tincture compounds. On Saturday, she will discuss the art of blending harmonious, delightful tasting infusions and decoctions, as well as the five flavors and their actions, herbal flavoring, and harmonizing agents. Sunday, she will discuss techniques and strategies for compounding herbal extracts for acute and chronic conditions. Students will learn a step-by-step process for creating harmonious tincture blends regarding dosages, proportions, and herbal actions, as well as effective and ineffective combinations (alkaloids and tannins).

    Students should have a solid foundation in materia medica and herbal actions. If you have them, please bring Herbal Materia Medica booklets by Michael Moore.

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    Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $225 - $205 sliding scale

    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.

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    Harvesting Medicinal Roots

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Sunday, November 13, 9:30am - 2:30pm
    $75 - $55 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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    Wild Mushroom ID and Walk

    with Autumn Summers
    Friday, November 18, 6:30-9pm (class) & Saturday, November 19, 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 and Marin Coast and the greater Bay Area. Depending on weather conditions these may include Chanterelles, Boletes, Turkey Tails and more... Location of field trip to be decided depending on weather conditions the week before the class.

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    Living In Harmony With The Seasons

    with Shad Reinstein
    5 seasonal classes - 10-1pm each Saturday

    SPRING -- Saturday - April 16
    SUMMER --Saturday -June 4
    LATE SUMMER -- Saturday - August 6
    AUTUMN --Saturday - September 10
    WINTER --Saturday - November 19
    $225 - $200 sliding scale for the series; students may also register for individual classes for $55 each


    Seasonal wellness can be an important piece of our health care. Experience the seasons in the incredible CSHS garden! In this course you will learn to align your diet and herbal medicines with where we are seasonally. Each season of the year has its own unique energy as it transforms the world around us. The spring is a time of new growth and planning. The summer is the time of activity, warmth, and movement. Late summer is a time of harvesting the plenty we have worked to create. In autumn, like the trees release this leaves, we need to let go of those things that no longer serve us. The year ends in the winter, a time of rest and hibernation, when nature retreats to build up its reserves for its next cycle of seasons. This is a quieter, more reflective time of year, and we store what we need deep in our bodies. To be healthy, we need to live in harmony with the energy of the season we are in. Each class will discuss the season we are in, which organs and emotions are associated with it, what foods we should be eating, and which herbs we should be taking. This course teaches from a Chinese perspective but will work largely with Western herbs. When we last did this course it filled very quickly, don’t wait!

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    Herbal Holiday Gift Making

    with Trinity Ava & Autumn Summers
    Saturday, December 3, 10am - 3pm
    $90 - $75 sliding scale

    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: 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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    Herbal Wreath Making

    with Hedda Brorstrom of Full Bloom Flower Farm
    Saturday, December 10, 10am - 1pm
    $50 - $40 sliding scale

    Learn how to create a beautiful and unique evergreen holiday wreathes. Join Hedda Brorstrom of Full Bloom Flower Farm for a fun, educational, and creative experience. We will focus on the mechanics of wreath making and learn about local, seasonal ingredients as students fashion lichens, succulents, berries, eucalyptus and evergreens into wonderful wreaths. Crafting is an important part of our collective history and wreath making lets us see the beauty of the Winter season as we begin to forage and collect and preserve our year's harvests. Class will be held in the warm and cozy barn at the California School of Herbal Studies.

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    One Day and Shorterm Classes 2017


    Intermediate Herbal Medicine Making Intensive 2017

    with Karen Aguiar
    Saturday, Sunday & Monday - February 25,26 & 27, 10am - 5 pm
    3 day course, $375 - $325 sliding scale

    This three day intensive is geared towards those who have some 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, like snuffs and boluses. Taught by Karen Aguiar, a professional medicine maker with decades of experience, this thorough course promises to be both educational and very fun! 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, constituents, as well as the value of old historical medicine making texts such as Remington’s. This is a recommended course for students entering the 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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    Herbal Medicine Making for Beginners 2017

    with Terri Jensen
    Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $210 - $190 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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    Natural Perfumery with Essential Oils 2017

    with Robin Lander
    Sunday, April 23, 10am - 2 pm
    $75 - $55 sliding scale

    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.

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    Growing Medicinal Herbs for Beginners

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Saturday, April 29, 10am-4pm
    $85 - $70 sliding scale

    Come learn how to grow medicinal plants from seed, cuttings, and divisions. 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 plus 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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    Spring Herbal Essentials 2017

    with Trinity Ava and guest teachers
    Five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. May 1, 8, 15 & 22, June 5
    tuition: $335 - $285 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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    Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century 2017

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $225 - $205 sliding scale

    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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    Essential Oils for Supporting Libido and Restful Sleep

    with Robin Lander
    Thursday evening, May 18, 6-9pm
    $50 - $40 sliding scale

    The aroma of certain plants and flowers can excite us, lower inhibitions, and enhance sensuality and creativity. Others can help calm us, encourage relaxation, and lull us into tranquility. In this evening of aromatic exploration we will learn how to use essential oils to support two of the biggest concerns of our time – libido and restful sleep! We will cover popular methods of use, dilution ratios, specific recipes and more. Everyone will make a customized blend to take home.

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    Pomo Canyon Herb Walk

    with Autumn Summers
    Saturday, May 20, 10am-3pm
    $40 - $35 sliding scale. Does NOT include parking fee at Pomo Canyon trainhead parking lot.

    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 California bay, mugwort, yerba buena, turkey tails and much more. Map will be sent along with confirmation.

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    Making Sun Prints With Medicinal Herbs

    with Suzun Lamaina
    Saturday, June 3, 10am-4pm
    $95 - $75 sliding scale.

    Plants have been used not only medicinally but creatively for thousands of years. This course promises to inspire both the experienced and the novice artist using a simple and beautiful artistic medium. This one day hands-on workshop will introduce you to the magic of making Sun Prints with medicinal herbs. The CSHS garden contains over 400 species of medicinal plants. We will explore this rich oasis, gathering stems, leaves, and flowers to make beautiful, one of a kind, Persian blue photographs. Exposing the herbs to non-hazardous photo chemistry, sun light and water on cotton cloth and water-color paper, you will have the opportunity to experiment and discover different ways of working with and combining medicinal herbs. At the end of the workshop you’ll leave with gorgeous impressions of your favorite plants which can make wonderful gifts as well as the knowledge to do it yourself! Due to the very hands-on nature of this course we are limiting the class size. Please register early!

    2017 Making Sun Prints With Medicinal Herbs
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    Treating Lyme Disease and Chronic Infections

    with Dr Curtis Turchin and Amy Charnay, MS, CNS
    Sunday, June 4, 10:30am-2:30pm
    $75 - $65 sliding scale.

    This course is for students with all levels of herbal education. Professionals, patients, and anyone interested in self-treatment of Lyme disease and co-infections, will find this advanced level class informative. You will be taught the advantages of herbs versus antibiotics, medical support, important lab tests, and common symptoms for Lyme and all the major co-infections. You will learn about research on more than 50 herbs, when to use them, and how to combine them. In addition, we will discuss theories of basic formula making for tinctures, capsules and teas. Diet, nutrition, important supplements, and other self-help approaches will be discussed. Quality herb sources will help students decide where to purchase these important medicines. Mixing tinctures, how to fill capsules, and how to make teas will be explained. Lastly, we will discuss how to decide when a patient is “cured” of this chronic infection.

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    Seaweed for Food and Medicine

    with Autumn Summers
    Friday, June 9, 6:30-9pm (class) & Saturday, June 10, 6;30am - 8:30am (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 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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    Advanced Medicine Making - Using Solvents and Techniques Effectively

    with Terri Jensen
    Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $210 - $190 sliding scale

    This class is geared for the herbal student and practitioner who has basic medicine making skills and knowledge. In this two day course we will cover the percolation method, which can yield very potent liquid extracts in just 24 - 48 hours, instead of the usual two weeks. We will also discuss how to draw out particular plant constituents to create the strongest medicines. Which menstruums to use for particular plants and how to test your results. Completion of our basic medicine making weekend or more is required for this course.

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    Herbal Kids Summer Camp for Ages 7-10

    with Jackie Davey and Kara Davey
    Monday through Friday, August 7-11, 9am-1pm daily
    235-195 sliding scale - Limited to 12 children

    After years of requests the California School of Herbal Studies is happily offering its first Herbs Camp for Kids! This will be 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!

    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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    Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar

    Brought to you by the students of CSHS
    Thursday, June 29, 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!
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