LOCATED TWO MILES WEST OF FORESTVILLE, IN BEAUTIFUL SONOMA COUNTY, THE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF HERBAL STUDIES IS ONE OF NORTH AMERICA’S OLDEST CENTERS FOR HERBAL EDUCATION. FOUNDED IN 1978 BY ROSEMARY GLADSTAR, AND LED TODAY BY SCHOOL DIRECTOR REBECCA MAXFIELD ALONG WITH A SKILLED AND DEDICATED STAFF OF TEACHERS, CSHS CONTINUES IN THE SPIRIT IN WHICH IT WAS CREATED.

OUR MISSION IS TO HELP CREATE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING EARTH CENTERED, COMMUNITY BASED HERBAL EDUCATION. CSHS WORKS TO EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS WITH THE SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND CONFIDENCE NEEDED BY THE COMMUNITY HERBALIST. OUR SCHOOL TEACHES FROM THE TRADITION OF WESTERN HERBALISM, WITH A MATERIA MEDICA PRIMARILY MADE UP OF NORTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN HERBS. AYURVEDIC AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE PERSPECTIVES AND HERBS ARE USED TO COMPLEMENT THE WESTERN TRADITION.

OUR FULL-TIME, ROOTS OF HERBALISM INTENSIVE OFFERS STUDENTS A BROAD-BASED FOUNDATION IN HERBAL MEDICINE. FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T MAKE A FULL TIME COMMITMENT WE ALSO OFFER A BROAD RANGE OF WEEKEND SERIES COURSES AND ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS. SUCCESSFUL GRADUATES OF OUR INTENSIVE PROGRAM GO ON TO THE SECOND YEAR COMMUNITY HERBALIST INTENSIVE PROGRAM AND LEAVE HERE WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THEY NEED TO ENTER AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE FIELD OF HERBALISM. UPON GRADUATION STUDENTS RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION THAT ARE HIGHLY REGARDED BY THE HERBAL COMMUNITY.
CSHS IS LOCATED ON A LOVELY, RUSTIC 80 ACRE SANCTUARY KNOWN AS EMERALD VALLEY. OUR CAMPUS INCLUDES A CLASSROOM WITH AN ADJACENT KITCHEN, A ONE-HALF ACRE GARDEN WITH OVER 400 HERB SPECIES, A COMPLETE HERBAL LAB AND APOTHECARY, AND FORESTED HIKING TRAILS. FORESTVILLE IS AN HOUR AND A HALF DRIVE NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO.

WE WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH EACH INTERESTED STUDENT. WE RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO FIND THE RIGHT FIT WHEN SEEKING AN HERBAL EDUCATION. THERE ARE MANY CONSIDERATIONS, INCLUDING LOCATION, PRICE, HOURS OF STUDY, PROGRAM EMPHASIS, AND FACULTY BUT THERE ARE MANY OTHER MORE SUBTLE FACTORS AS WELL. WE BELIEVE THAT EACH INTERESTED STUDENT DESERVES AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THEIR OWN BEST DECISION. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A TOUR AND THE CHANCE TO ASK YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL QUESTIONS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU AND SHARING FRIENDSHIP AND HERBAL EXPERIENCES.