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 2020
Now Accepting Applications
2020 Roots of Herbailsm course (8 month intensive). March 17 - November 12, 2020.

Intermediate-Community Herbalist Training 2020
 2020 Dates - 9 month course -
March 2 to November 23, 2020
Mondays (9:30am to 4:00pm) and Tuesday evenings 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Handcrafted Herbalism 2020
(9 month weekend course) March 14 - November 8, 2020

Body Systems & Herbal Wellness 2020
(9 month weekend course) March 21 - November 15, 2020

One Day and Shorterm Classes 2019

Herbal Fair and Market with the 2019 Intermediate Community Herbalist Students Tuesday, November 19
Herbal Holiday Gift Making Saturday, December 7
Wild Edible Mushroom ID & Foray Friday Evening, Dec. 13 & Sat., Dec. 14
FULL- email to be placed on wait list

One Day and Shorterm Classes 2020 ~ More to come

Herbal Medicine Making for Beginners March 28 & 29
The Magic of Creating a Kosmic Kitchen April 25
Spring Herbal Essentials(five Monday afternoons) May 4 - June 8

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Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health 2020

• 8 month herbal intensive (550 hrs class time) $6995.00
• March 17 - November 12, 2020
This class is approved for continuing education credits
under the Board of Registered Nursing, through EduCare, Provider No. 7359.

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

Core Staff Includes: Autumn Summers, Bryan Bowen, Courtney Fischer, David Hoffmann, Jen Bredesen, Karen Aguiar, Kate August, and Trinity Ava Wool.

Supporting Staff and Guest Teachers From 2019 Include: Cris Amarillas, Madalyn Berg, Cynthia Belew, Tim Blakley, Susan Blanc, Amy Charnay, Lizanne Deliz, Erin Forrest, Jim Hall, Kathleen Harrison, Abi Huff, Isa DeCredico, Sage LePena, Rebecca Maxfield, Larkin Morgan, 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
15 Hours
15 Hours
10 Hours
  Natural cosmetics and crafts..................................
10 Hours
  Western Constitutional Herbalism..........................
15 Hours
  Green politics, history and mythology......................
5 Hours
  Plant Chemistry......................................................
10 Hours
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
There are many extra activities that extend outside of theses hours:
• weekly lunch time classes in the garden • student-led herb walks
• before-school harvesting opportunities both off-site and at the CSHS garden
• after-school guided activities, such as herbal movies, potlucks, and student-led classes

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

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

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

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

To Apply For Admission for Roots of Herbalism

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

If you have questions, please write, call, or e-mail us, and be sure to include your address and phone number. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please answer the following questions as thoroughly as possible:

1. On page one of your application please provide:

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

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

    Acceptance Standards

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

    Tuition Information
    Tuition is due by February 1, 2020. If cleared in advance with us, it is possible to make arrangements to finance $3000.00 of your tuition. In this case, $3700.00 is due on February 1, 2020 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, 2020 at 5pm Pacific Time.
    3. If a student cancels after February 1, 2020, 5pm Pacific Time, but before February 14, 2020, 5pm Pacific Time, an additional $1000.00 fee will be retained. Cancellations after 5pm, February 14, 2020 will follow the dates below to determine appropriate refund. These refunds will be calculated using percentages of the post-deposit tuition, $6700.00.
    4. If a student withdraws from Roots of Herbalism & Foundations of Health, a refund calculation will be performed which will comply with the following:
    (based on 103 days of class)
    <10% of course completed (on or before April 8) = 50% refund
    > 10 % < 25% of course completed (on or before May 7) = 25% refund
    >25% < 50% of course completed (on or before July 23) = 10% refund
    > 50% of course completed (after 5pm July 23) = 0% refund

    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.

    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.

    2020 Roots Intensive

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    Intermediate - Community Herbalist Training 2020

    • 9 month course -March 2 to November 23, 2020
    Mondays (9:30 to 4:00) and Tuesday evenings 5:30-8:00pm

    • Two five-day camping trips (dates to be announced)
    • Two clinic shadow days (Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 8am-1pm)
    • Student Lectures four Monday nights (dates to be announced)
    • 322 lecture hours

    Tuition : $4495 total
    $295 deposit due by September 15, 2019. Non-refundable upon acceptance into program. Balance due by February 1, 2020; payment plans available.

    Faculty: Bryan Bowen, Jen Bredesen, Karen Aguiar, Lily Mazzarella, Christa Sinadinos, DeAnna Batdorf, 7song, Kara Sigler, Robin Lander, Laura Ash, and more.

    To Apply: Call or email to request an application. Interviews are required for this course.

    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 can expect to spend one day a 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
    • Learn to make, formulate and recommend herbal recommendations
    • Differentiate, formulate and apply herbs for body systems and constitutions
    • Discuss, evaluate and present research on materia medica (both scientific and traditional)
    • Create and evaluate herbal medicines with intermediate level pharmacy classes
    • Teach a public class
    • Learn to make herbal remedies and identify herbs in the field on two camping field trips (required for certificate).
    • The clinical component of this course includes observation at Forestville Wellness Center and client interviews done outside of school.

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

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

    Quotes from Students:
    “I love this program overall and am learning so much. The program has made me feel more comfortable in my knowledge and ready to begin clinical work in the community”
    “Feel like I am getting a full week’s program all in one day”
    “I am really grateful to be here. The course and people who make it are like family and a second home.”
    “Love it. It’s been amazing. Staff is great. Program is organized. Thorough curriculum.”
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    Handcrafted Herbalism 2020

    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)
    • 2020 Dates - March 14-15, April 4-5, May 2-3, June 6-7, July 18-19, August 15-16,
    September 12-13, October 10-11 and November 7-8
    • Tuition : $1795

    Teachers: Terri Jensen, Jen Bredesen, Colleen Bingham Solis, Trinity Ava,
    Autumn Summers and guest teachers

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

    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.

    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 2020

    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)
    • 2020 Dates - March 21-22, April 18-19, May 16-17, June 13-14, July 25-26,
    August 22-23, September 19-20, October 17-18, and November 14-15.
    • Tuition : $1795
    This class is approved for continuing education credits
    under the Board of Registered Nursing, through EduCare, Provider No. 7359.

    Teachers: Jen Bredesen, Kate August, Trinity Ava, Cynthia Belew, Amy Charnay, Madalyn Berg, 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:

    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.

    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

    Herbal Fair and Market

    Brought to you by 2019 Intermediate Community Herbalist Students
    Tuesday, November 19, 1pm-5pm
    373 N. Main Street, Sebastopol

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

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

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

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

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    Herbal Holiday Gift Making 2019

    with Trinity Ava & Autumn Summers
    Saturday, December 7, 10am - 3pm
    $100 - $85 sliding scale
    (includes materials fee)
    Handmade holiday gifts are a valued treasure! Create holiday magic with unique and inspiring hand crafted herbally based gifts. Learn how to create decadent and cost effective gifts for the entire family that will have them begging you to make more year after year! You will learn how to make: Infused oils, healing salve and lip balm, nourishing skin cream, bath salts, herbal honeys and more. Each student will receive recipes and samples of what we make during class.

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    Wild Edible Mushroom ID and Foray 2019

    FULL- email to be placed on wait list
    with Autumn Summers
    Friday, December 13, 6:30-9pm (class) & Saturday, December 14, 10:00 am - 3:00pm(field trip)
    $80 - $70 sliding scale

    During the Friday evening lecture you will learn the basics of mushroom identification and guidelines for selecting and harvesting local fungi. On our excursion into the woods the next day we will put into practice how to accurately identify and ethically gather the delicious edible and medicinal mushrooms that flourish on the Sonoma Coast and the greater Bay Area. Depending on weather conditions these may include Chanterelles, Russula, Turkey Tails and more... Location of field trip to be decided depending on weather conditions the week before the class.

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    Herbal Medicine Making for Beginners 2020

    with Terri Jensen
    Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $210
    (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.

    2020 Herbal Medicine Making
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    The Magic of Creating a Kosmic Kitchen 2020

    How to transform your kitchen into a healing sanctuary, and create tasty everyday rituals to restore the nervous system and support overall health.

    with Sarah Kate Benjamin & Summer Ashley Singletary
    Saturday, April 25, 11am - 4 pm
    $110 includes meal + supplies

    The kitchen has long been the heart of the home and a sanctuary for herbalists and cooks alike. It is a space to feel nourished, connected and inspired by the magic of healing foods and herbs. Though most of us have busy and full lives, having a foundation of everyday herbs and rituals helps us to feel less overwhelmed about nourishing ourselves and our loved ones.
    Through this workshop, Sarah and Summer will share with you the foundations for creating a healing kitchen, or what they like to call, a kosmic kitchen. Together, with our hearts and hands, we’ll create an herbal infused meal as well as learn about: Key tools to create a kosmic kitchen Feeling confident using restorative herbs + herbal actions Key herbal preparations that save time and reduce stress The four qualities and how they show up in our body The power of the six tastes and their actions Self care + nourishing food recipes for the spring season

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    Spring Herbal Essentials 2020

    with Colleen Bingham Solis and Kate August
    Five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. May 4, 11, 18 and June 1 and 8, 2020
    tuition: $350

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

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

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