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
We are accepting Applications for the 2019 Roots of Herbailsm course (8 month intensive). March 19 - November 14, 2019.

Intermediate-Community Herbalist Training
 2018 Dates - 9 month course - Mondays (9:30 to 4:00)
and Alternate Tuesday evenings 6-8:30- March 5 to November 19, 2018


Handcrafted Herbalism FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
(9 month weekend course) March 10 - November 11, 2018


Body Systems & Herbal WellnessFULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
(9 month weekend course) March 24 - November 18, 2018

One Day and Shorterm Classes 2018 - more to come

Intermediate Herbal Medicine Making Intensive February 24 & 25
FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list

Delectable Wild Spring Edibles Thursday evening, April 12
Herbal Medicine Making for Beginners Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29
FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
Growing Medicinal Plants for Beginners Sunday, May 6
FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
Spring Herbal Essentials(five Monday afternoons) May 7 - June 11
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
Seaweed for Food and Medicine Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
Intermediate Growing Medicinal Plants Sunday, June 3
Herbal Shrubs and Syrups 101 Saturday, June 9
Natural Perfumery with Essential Oils Sunday, June 10
DIY Essential Oil Weekend Intensive Saturday, June 23 & Sunday, June 24
Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar Thursday, June 28
Herbal Kids Summer Camp Session 1 Monday - Friday, Session 1 - July 9 - 13
FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list

Herbal Kids Summer Camp Session 2 Monday - Friday, Session 2 - July 30 - Aug. 3FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
Herbal First Aid for the Home Thursday evening, August 30
Fall Herbal Essentials(five Monday afternoons) September 10 - October 8
Advanced Medicine Making Saturday, September 15 & Sunday, September 16
Delectable Wild Fall Foods Saturday, September 22
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century - Fall Saturday, Sept. 29 & Sunday, Sept. 30
Natural Dyeing with Plants and Mushrooms Saturday, October 13
Herbal Soap Making Sunday, October 14
Amazing World of Mushrooms Saturday, October 27
Traditional Shamanic Herbalism Sunday, October 28
Harvesting Medicinal Roots Saturday, November 17
Wild Edible Mushroom ID & Foray Friday Evening, November 30 & Sat., December 1
Energetics in Western Herbalism Sat., December 1 & Sun., December 2
Herbal Holiday Gift Making Saturday, December 8

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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
• We are accepting Applications for the 2019 Roots of Herbailsm course (8 month intensive).
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, 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 2018

  • March 13 - Class begins
  • April 16 - 20 - Spring Camping Trip
  • June 28 - Medicine Show and End of First Semester
  • June 29- July 16 - Semester Break
  • July 17 - 2nd semester begins
  • July 30 - August 3- Summer Camping Trip
  • November 8 - Graduation

  • 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
    Currently Accepting Applications for March 2019 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, 2018. 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, 2018 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, 2018 at 5pm Pacific Time.
    3. If a student cancels after February 1, 2018, 5pm Pacific Time, but before February 15, 2018, 5pm Pacific Time, an additional $1000.00 fee will be retained. Cancellations after 5pm, February 15, 2018 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 3) = 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

    • 9 month course - Mondays (9:30am to 4:00pm) - March 5 to November 19
    (No class on May 28, July 3 and 10, and September 3)
    • Alternate Tuesday evenings 6-8:30pm
    • Two four-day camping trips, dates to be announced.
    • Two clinic shadow days (Thursdays 8am-1pm)
    • Four student taught public lecture evenings (dates to be announced)
    • Occasional one-on-one mentorship meetings and other activities
    • Approximately 260 lecture hours

    • Tuition : $3950 total
    $350 deposit due by September 15, 2017. Non-refundable upon acceptance into program. Balance due by February 1, 2018; 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: Please contact Rebecca Maxfield at cshs@cshs.com and request detailed information and an application

    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 full 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)
    • 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

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

    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)
    • 2018 Dates - March 10-11, April 7-8, May 5-6, June 2-3, July 14-15, August 11-12,
    September 8-9, October 6-7 and November 10-11.
    • Tuition : $1695-$1495 sliding scale

    Teachers: Bryan Bowen, Terri Jensen, Jen Bredesen, Colleen Bingham, 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

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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)
    • 2018 Dates - March 24-25, April 21-22, May 19-20, June 16-17, July 21-22,
    August 25-26, September 22-23, October 20-21 and November 17-18.
    • 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 2018

    Intermediate Herbal Medicine Making Intensive

    FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
    with Karen Aguiar
    Saturday & Sunday - February 24 & 25, 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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    Delectable Wild Spring Edibles

    Autumn Summers
    Thursday, April 12, 6pm - 9pm
    $55 - $45 sliding scale

    Come learn about the abundant wild spring foods of Sonoma County. We will look at fresh plant samples, cook and taste the local bounty. Learn how to to make nourishing nettle pesto, how to cook milk thistle leaves, enjoy cattail and common mallow leaves and more.
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    Herbal Medicine Making for Beginners

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    with Terri Jensen
    Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29, 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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    Growing Medicinal Herbs for Beginners

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    with Bryan Bowen
    Sunday, May 6, 10am-4pm
    $85 - $75 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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    Spring Herbal Essentials

    with Colleen Bingham and Kate August
    Five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. May 7, 14, 21 and June 4 and 11
    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 in on self-care with herbs, diet and lifestyle to support the body in the spring season and daily well-being. We will discuss and create herbal remedies to support allergy prevention and relief and digestive support with herbal bitters. We 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 & tinctures.
    • 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

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    with Trinity Ava

    Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $225 - $205 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

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    with Autumn Summers
    Friday, June 1, 6:30-9pm (class) & Saturday, June 2, 7:30am - 9:30am (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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    Intermediate Growing Medicinal Herbs

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Sunday, June 3, 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!

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    Herbal Shrubs and Syrups 101

    with Kate August
    Saturday, June 9, 10am - 1 pm
    $55 - $45 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    Vinegar based shrubs & herb infused syrups are a great way to preserve the bounty of summer. Shrubs are one of the oldest methods of preserving fruits and medicinal and culinary herbs are easily combined with syrups to transform any drink. Delight your children with a delicious alternative to soda and impress your friends with these cocktail additions. Whatever your audience, you will benefit from the simple joys of preserving at home with these common kitchen ingredients. In this class you will learn about the healing benefits of vinegar and alternatives to sugar and how these benefit the body. Together we will explore methods, taste some samples and go home with recipes and the confidence to experiment. Students will leave with delicious and medicinal beverages such as: Cherry Molasses syrup, Strawberry Verbena Shrub, and Chocolate Fennel Syrup.

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    Natural Perfumery with Essential Oils

    with Robin Lander
    Sunday, June 10, 10am - 4 pm
    $95 - $85 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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    DIY Essential Oil Weekend Intensive -
    Practical uses for the aroma enthusiast

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 , 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $225 - $205 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    The world of essential oils and "aromatherapy" are an often misunderstood aspect of herbalism. In this two day intensive, we will deepen our understanding of how essential oils and aromatic plants work as medicine and how to better integrate these aromatic tools into our DIY toolkit for self, home,family and clinical care.

    Highlights of the weekend include:

  • LIVE distillation of local aromatic favorites such as lavender and hydrosol use 101
  • Deliciously inspired culinary aromatic treats
  • Essential oil safety practices for home and family
  • Merging essential oils into your topical herbal salves, creams, sprays and more
  • Safe use with children
  • When not to use essential oils
  • Materia Medica of 5 primary essential oils for home, family and clinical care
  • You will leave with live samples of herbal products made in class


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    Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar

    Brought to you by the students of CSHS
    Thursday, June 28, 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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    Herbal Kids Summer Camp for Ages 7-10 Session 1

    FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
    with Jackie Davey and Kara Davey
    Monday through Friday, July 9-13, 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 2

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    with Jackie Davey and Kara Davey
    Monday through Friday, July 30 - August 3, 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 First Aid for the Home

    with 7song
    Thursday evening, August 30, 6-9pm
    $55 - $45 sliding scale

    This class will focus on learning to set up and use a practical home first aid kit. It will cover some of the useful plant medicines to have around the house and how to treat common home first aid situations such as colds and flus, cuts, injuries, insect bites and pain. We will cover some common medicinal plants such a Chaparral, Yarrow, Echinacea and Willow, as well as different ways to prepare and use them. The goal of the class is for participants to be able to treat some of the first aid circumstances that come their way.

    7Song has been involved in herbal first aid at various events for many years. He has worked as a street medic and as an herbalist at clinics and first aid stations. He has helped run the first aid station at the Rainbow Gathering for over 20 years, which is an off-the-grid health care area that sees up to 150 people a day with a wide range of health conditions. He is director of holistic medicine and a clinical herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic. He is also the director of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY. One of his goals in teaching is showing how herbal medicine offers useful primary and adjunct therapies in first aid situations, especially when working alongside a diversity of health care practitioners.

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    Fall Herbal Essentials

    with Colleen Bingham and Kate August
    Five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. September 10, 17, 24, October 1 & 8
    tuition: $350 - $315 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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    Advanced Medicine Making - Using Solvents and Techniques Effectively

    with Terri Jensen
    Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $210 - $190 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    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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    Delectable Wild Fall Foods

    Autumn Summers
    Saturday, September 22, 10am - 4pm
    $95 - $75 sliding scale

    Come learn about the abundant foods of the forest through lecture, slides and exploring the CSHS garden and back valley. In the afternoon we will taste the local bounty. Learn how to process acorns into tasty food - including a savory dip, roast bay nuts, cook with cattail pollen and more.

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    Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century - Fall Session

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $225 - $205 sliding scale
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    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 prese rvation 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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    Natural Dyeing with Plants and Mushrooms

    with Terri Jensen
    Saturday, October 13, 10am - 4 pm
    $105 - $90 sliding scale
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    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 Soap Making

    with Colleen Bingham
    Sunday, October 14, 10am - 4 pm
    $100 - $85 sliding scale
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    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! 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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    The Amazing World of Mushrooms

    with Terri Jensen
    Saturday, October 27, 10am - 4pm
    $95 - $75 sliding scale

    Join us as we delve into the amazing world of mushrooms. We will start by exploring mushrooms in general, looking at growth behavior, environmental relationships, and clues to proper identification. There will be many interesting samples on hand to help us learn to ID. We will turn our focus to some of the common medicinal mushrooms discussing both traditional uses and contemporary research on each. Mushroom tincturing is a specific process and we will talk about the most effective extraction methods for each. This will be a wonderful day to get you ready for the upcoming mushroom season!

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    Traditional Shamanic Herbalism

    with Brittany Jade
    Sunday, October 28, 10am - 4pm
    $115 - $100 sliding scale

    Brittany Jade will share practical and accessible ways of preparing and administering plant medicines based on knowledge she has gleaned from living as a Midwife and Herbalist within various Indigenous cultures of the Americas. These traditional treatments are used for treating acute issues, healing past traumas as well as for increasing vitality and longevity. During this day long workshop we will identify and learn about many medicinal plant allies from the Amazonian and Andean regions along with their North American counterparts. We will learn traditional ways of preparing and administering plant medicine and will have a hands on medicine making session towards the end of class.
    By attending this class you will take away:

  • Step by step information on how to prepare and administer at least 4 very relevant (yet largely unrecognized by western herbalism) plant treatments
  • Profiles of plant allies local to your area that can be substituted in any of the traditional treatments we cover
  • Theoretical and experiential knowledge of how to make your own Pusanga (traditional Shipibo preparation used during Ayahuasca diets). You will get to take your Pusanga home with you at the end of the day – One exercise for strengthening your personal connection to the Plant Nations every day.
  • An educated overview of Ethnobotany within the Americas over the past 500 years.

  • *** When we share specific traditional Indigenous practices of certain Nations we always do so only with the permission and blessing of that community
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    Harvesting Medicinal Roots

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Saturday, November 17, 9:30am - 2:30pm
    $75 - $65 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 Edible Mushroom ID and Foray

    with Autumn Summers
    Friday, November 30, 6:30-9pm (class) & Saturday, December 1, 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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    Energetics in Western Herbalism

    with Jim Mcdonald
    Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 10am - 5pm
    2 day course, $275 - $255 sliding scale

    Join Michigan herbalist Jim McDonald for a weekend intensive on the application of energetics in Western herbalism. In a highly understandable style Jim will cover western energetic principles including tissue states (hot, cold, damp, dry, tense and lax) and energetic patterns present in various body systems (e.g. Digestive, Nervous, Endocrine). You will leave with a clearer understanding of herbal actions in the context of energetics (e.g. what type of person is this adaptogen good for?). Case studies, herb tasting and example remedies will help to convey how to more effectively match a particular person with particular plants. Last year’s class with Jim on temperaments was very popular, don’t miss out! We hope you can join us for this opportunity to gain a much deeper grasp of the possibilities of the western energetic model for your personal and professional herbal practices.
    Jim Mcdonald has been practicing the art of herbcraft for over sixteen years, and offers a knowledge of herbalism that blends western folk and indigenous views of healing with the Vitalist traditions of 19th century western herbalism. He has taught classes and workshops throughout Great Lakes bioregion and the US, hosts the website www.herbcraft.org & has written for Plant Healer Magazine, the Journal of the Ontario Herbalists Association and Llewelyn's Herbal Almanac. He is currently writing (alternately) "A Great Lakes Herbal" and "Foundational Herbcraft". Jim is a community herbalist, a manic wildcrafter and medicine maker, an occasional email mangler, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herbcraft... the plants themselves.


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    Herbal Holiday Gift Making

    with Trinity Ava & Autumn Summers
    Saturday, December 8, 10am - 3pm
    $95 - $80 sliding scale
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    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 honey's and more. Each student will receive recipes and samples of what we make during class.

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