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Long Term classes

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


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


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

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


2015 One Day and Shorterm Classes

Growing Medicinal Plants April 25
Herbal Medicine MakingMay 2 & 3
Traditional Native American Herbalism of CaliforniaMay 9 & 10
Spring Herbal Essentials(Five Monday afternoons) May 11 - June 15
Seaweed as Food and Medicine June 5 and 6
Natural Dyeing with Plants and Mushrooms June 27
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century - 1 day Hands-on class June 28
Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar Thursday, July 2
Fall Herbal Essentials(Five Monday afternoons) Sept. 21 - October 19
Beyond Basic Medicine MakingSeptember 26 & 27
Natural, Holistic Support for Treating Depression October 3 & 4
Medicinal Mushrooms October 24
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century - 1 day Hands-on class October 25
Wild Mushroom Walk November 21
Native American Energetic Herbalism—(Saturday) and Healing from Trauma from a Native American Perspective (Sunday) November 21 & 22
Herbal Holiday Gift Making December 5

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Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important dates for 2014

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

  • Important dates for 2015 (Subject to change)

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

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

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

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

    Please answer the following questions as thoroughly as possible:

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

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

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

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

    acceptance standards

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

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

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


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

    graduation requirements

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

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

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    Intermediate - Community Herbalist Training 2015

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

    teachers: Bryan Bowen, Jen Bredesen, Karen Aguiar, Trinity Ava, and guest teachers Ben Zappin, Larkin Bunce, Lily Mazzarella, Christa Sinadinos & Autumn Summers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Body Systems & Herbal Wellness 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    2015 One Day and Shorterm Classes



    Growing Medicinal Herbs - Beginners

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Saturday, April 25, 10am-3pm
    $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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    Herbal Medicine Making

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

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

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    California Ethnobotany - Traditional Native American Herbalism of California

    with Sage LePena
    Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $215 - $195 sliding scale

    All Herbalism is rooted in the earth from where a People have lived for many generations. For thousands of years, California has been inhabited by many different tribes with different values based on a diverse landscape. The diversity of the land has always shaped a culture and this is also true of the peoples medicine. In this class we will learn some of the similarities between different traditional herbal protocols and how some California Tribal Herbalism is distinct from other tribal areas across Turtle Island. The weekend will also include an ethnobotanical walk through beautiful woods at CSHS to see, touch and smell some of the wonderful treasures of Western Sonoma County, get to know them better by sight to bring a more rounded knowledge from the outdoor classroom back to our herbal practice. We will explore the Traditional Native uses of some of our local flora. Many of our native plants have a long history of use by the local Pomo and Coast Miwok peoples.

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    Spring Herbal Essentials


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

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


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

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    Natural Dyeing with Plants and Mushrooms


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

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

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

    with Trinity Ava
    Sunday, June 28, 9:30am-4pm
    $90 - $80 sliding scale
    Includes $10 materials fee
    Luxuriate and nourish your skin and body in Emerald Valley! Join us for a day of creating your own custom designed skin care products. We will create a home spa experience making luxurious and nourishing skin care products for the whole family. Learn advanced formulation strategies for natural preservation systems for creams, lotions, toners, masks and more to treat common skin issues from eczema, psoriasis, acne, scars and helping to slow the signs of aging. This class is geared towards all levels of students, including those moving towards the clinical setting, or already in practice. All participants will leave with abundant samples and formulation strategies for creating incredible skin care products at home for clients, friends and family.

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

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

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

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    Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar

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

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

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    Fall Herbal Essentials

    with Trinity Ava and Bryan Bowen and guest teachers
    five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. September 21, 28 & October 5, 12 &19
    tuition: $325 - $275 sliding scale

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

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

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    Beyond the Basics: Making Potent Medicine - Using Solvents and Techniques Effectively

    with Karen Aguiar and Terri Jensen
    Saturday & Sunday, September 26 & 27, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $225 - $215 sliding scale
    includes materials fees
    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.
    Karen Aguiar and Terri Jensen make herbal medicine for practitioners around
    the country. Join us this weekend and benefit from their expertise and joy
    in this process. Completion of our basic medicine making weekend or more is
    required for this course.

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    Natural, Holistic Support for Treating Depression

    with Christa Sinadinos
    Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $215 - $195 sliding scale

    While depression affects nearly 10% of Americans and antidepressant medications are the most commonly prescribed drugs for individuals ages 18-44, there are many non-invasive, natural therapies that support individuals with this condition. This two-day workshop addresses herbal treatments for mild to moderate depression, as well as anxiety and grief. Christa will review individual herbs, formulas, and strategies that elevate the mood and support the nervous system. She will discuss how gluten sensitivity, hypoglycemia, and common nutrient deficiencies contribute to depression. She will also review the influence of thyroid and adrenal hormones on mood disorders. Within herbalists’ scope of practice, Christa will discuss antidepressant titration protocols, how and when to introduce herbal and nutritional support, as well as supportive therapies. Please note that this class is designed for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose mental disorders or to prescribe medications or protocols for attendees and their clients.

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    The Magic and Science of Medicinal Mushrooms

    with Karen Aguiar & Terri Jensen
    Saturday, October 24, 10am - 4pm
    $85 - $70 sliding scale

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

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

    with Trinity Ava
    Sunday, October 25, 9:30am-4pm
    $90 - $80 sliding scale
    Includes $10 materials fee
    Luxuriate and nourish your skin and body in Emerald Valley! Join us for a day of creating your own custom designed skin care products. We will create a home spa experience making luxurious and nourishing skin care products for the whole family. Learn advanced formulation strategies for natural preservation systems for creams, lotions, toners, masks and more to treat common skin issues from eczema, psoriasis, acne, scars and helping to slow the signs of aging. This class is geared towards all levels of students, including those moving towards the clinical setting, or already in practice. All participants will leave with abundant samples and formulation strategies for creating incredible skin care products at home for clients, friends and family.

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    Wild Mushroom Walk


    with Autumn Summers
    Saturday, November 21, 10am - 3pm
    $45 - $30 sliding scale

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

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    Native American Energetic Herbalism—(Saturday) and Healing from Trauma from a Native American Perspective (Sunday)

    with Karyn Sanders
    Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $215 - $195 sliding scale

    Join us this for this rare opportunity to study with Karyn Sanders of the Blue Otter School as we study the energetics of herbs and herbal medicine from a Native American perspective. Saturday we will learn what energetic herbalism is and how does it differ from western herbalism. Explore what is energy in the physical, emotional and spiritual parts of ourselves and discuss how lifestyle plays a huge part in our energetic balance. We will also look at the energetics of individual disease and the energy of the herbs and how they interact with each other. This wil lead to learning how to find the core/root issue of the individual in order to fully bring someone back into balance. Includes some hands on energetic techniques and tasting herbs. On Sunday we will delve deeper and explore what trauma and pain are and how they are held in the body. Karyn will share ways to come back into balance, change patterns and un-healthly thoughts and emotions and how to heal trauma and pain using energetic techniques and specific herbal formulas.

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    Herbal Holiday Gift Making

    with Trinity Ava & Autumn Summers
    Saturday, December 5, 10am - 3pm
    $85 - $70 sliding scale

    Handmade holiday gifts5are a valued treasure! Create holiday magic with unique and inspiring hand crafted herbally inspired gifts. Learn how to create decadent and cost effective gifts for the entire family that will have them begging you to make more year after year! You will learn how to make: luscious lip balm, healing salve, skin nourishing cream, anti-oxidant packed facial serum, bath salts, herbal honey's and more. Recipes, samples and packaging examples will be provided to each student.
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