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

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


Body Systems & Herbal Wellness 2019
(9 month weekend course) March 23 - November 17, 2019

One Day and Shorterm Classes 2018

Herbal Holiday Gift Making Saturday, December 8
Wild Edible Mushroom ID & Foray #2 Friday Evening, Dec. 14 & Sat., Dec. 15
FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list

One Day and Shorterm Classes 2019 ~ More to come

Intermediate Herbal Medicine Making Intensive March 23 & 24, 2019
Growing Medicinal Plants for Beginners Saturday, April 6
Treating Chronic Illness with Herbal Medicine Thursday evening, April 25
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2
Seaweed for Food and Medicine Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8
Natural Perfumery with Essential Oils Sunday, June 9
Herbal Medicine Making for Beginners Saturday, June 22 & Sunday, June 23
Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar Thursday, June 27
Herbal Kids Summer Camp Session 1 Monday - Thursday, Session 1 - July 1 - 4
Herbal Kids Summer Camp Session 2 Monday - Friday, Session 2 - July 8 - 12
Herbal Kids Summer Camp Session 3 Monday - Friday, Session 3 - July 9 - August 2
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century - Fall Saturday, Sept. 28 & Sunday, Sept. 29 Harvesting Medicinal Roots Saturday, November 25

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

    Refund Policy
    1. The $295.00 deposit is non-refundable upon acceptance into the program.
    2. A full refund of tuition (less the $295.00 deposit) will be paid to the student if she/he withdraws (in writing) before February 1, 2019 at 5pm Pacific Time.
    3. If a student cancels after February 1, 2019, 5pm Pacific Time, but before February 14, 2019, 5pm Pacific Time, an additional $1000.00 fee will be retained. Cancellations after 5pm, February 14, 2019 will follow the dates below to determine appropriate refund. These refunds will be calculated using percentages of the post-deposit tuition, $6600.00.
    4. If a student withdraws from Roots of Herbalism & Foundations of Health, a refund calculation will be performed which will comply with the following:
    (based on 103 days of class)
    <10% of course completed (on or before April 8) = 50% refund
    > 10 % < 25% of course completed (on or before May 7) = 25% refund
    >25% < 50% of course completed (on or before July 23) = 10% refund
    > 50% of course completed (after 5pm July 23) = 0% refund


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

    Graduation Requirements

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

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

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    Intermediate - Community Herbalist Training 2019

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

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

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

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

    The goal of this intermediate course is to give the student the skills necessary to better support self, family, friends and community with herbal medicine. This is the next step on the path to become a community or clinical herbalist. You will gain an understanding of how to apply herbs for self-care and build confidence in recommending herbs for friends and community. There is a large self study component to this course and students should expect to spend one day outside of class per week on their studies.

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

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

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


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

    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)
    • 2019 Dates - March 9-10, April 6-7, May 4-5, June 8-9, July 13-14, August 10-11,
    September 7-8, October 5-6 and November 2-3.
    • Tuition : $1695-$1495 sliding scale

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

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

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

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

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

    Plant identification & medicinal plant growing
    Learn the empowering act of medicinal plant cultivation developing hands on skills including propagation, soil building and seed saving. Emphasis will be placed on herbs that are easily grown in the greater Bay Area.

    Sliding Scale Policy
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    Body Systems & Herbal Wellness 2019

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

    • 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday - one weekend a month for 9 months (90 hours class time)
    • 2019 Dates - March 30-31, April 27-28, May 18-19, June 15-16, July 27-28,
    August 24-25, September 21-22, October 19-20 and November 16-17.
    • Tuition : $1695-$1495 sliding scale
    This class is approved for continuing education credits
    under the Board of Registered Nursing, through EduCare, Provider No. 7359.

    Teachers: Bryan Bowen, Jen Bredesen, Courtney Fischer, Kate August, Trinity Ava, Cynthia Belew, Amy Charnay and guest teachers.

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

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

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

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    One Day and Shorterm Classes 2018

    Wild Edible Mushroom ID and Foray

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

    Sliding Scale Policy

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    Herbal Holiday Gift Making

    with Trinity Ava & Autumn Summers
    Saturday, December 8, 10am - 3pm
    $95 - $80 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 honey's 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 #2

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    with Autumn Summers
    Friday, December 14, 6:30-9pm (class) & Saturday, December 15, 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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    One Day and Shorterm Classes 2019

    Intermediate Herbal Medicine Making Intensive

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

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    Growing Medicinal Herbs for Beginners

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Saturday, April 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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    Treating Chronic Illness with Herbal Medicine-Useful Plants and Formulas for the Practicing Herbalist

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

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

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    Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 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

    with Autumn Summers
    Friday, June 7, 6:30-9pm (class) & Saturday, June 8, 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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    Herbal Medicine Making for Beginners

    with Terri Jensen
    Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 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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    Natural Perfumery with Essential Oils

    with Robin Lander
    Saturday, June 9, 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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    Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar

    Brought to you by the students of CSHS
    Thursday, June 27, 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 - Monday - Thursday

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

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

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

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    2019 Herbal Kids Summer Camp Session 1
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    Herbal Kids Summer Camp for Ages 7-10 Session 2

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

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

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

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    2019 Herbal Kids Summer Camp Session 2
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    Herbal Kids Summer Camp for Ages 7-10 Session 3

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

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

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

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    2019 Herbal Kids Summer Camp Session 3
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    Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century - Fall Session

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, September 28 & 29, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $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 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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    2019 Fall Herbal Skin Care for 21st Century April
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    Harvesting Medicinal Roots

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Saturday, November 25, 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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    2019 Harvesting Medicinal Roots
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