2018 New Classes!

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New Courses for 2018

Beginning Hands-On Class

Students will learn the history of California Hispanic Herbalism will making traditional teas/decoctions, tinctures, pastilles, foods for invalids, plasters, and salves.

7:30 pm to 9:00pm

January 23rd, 30th, February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, March 6th. 
(Final class is a potluck.)

Price: $260

Register: curandero50@gmail.com

Use Of Local Plants in Long Term Emergencies

Students will learn about local plants and their uses in case of long term emergencies and crises, including disasters, toxic events, dirty bomb explosions, and urban meltdowns. This course advocates pre-event prepping. One Saturday morning walk about will be scheduled.

7:30 to 9:00 pm

January 25th, February 8th, 15th 22nd, March 1st, 8th.
(*and one Saturday.)

Price: $300 (two payments)

Register: curandero50@gmail.com

Brujas, Brujos, and Brujeria

A short history of witchcraft in California and its effect on the religiosity of the Hispanic populace. Students will learn simple traditional rituals used for protection, including smudging, salting, and the rosary.

7:30 to 9:30 pm

March 21st and 28th.

Price: $150

Register: curandero50@gmail.com

Grandma Garcia’s Healing Foods

A long-time favorite of students, this course will present foods prepared by the late Martha Garcia for the sick and invalid. Students may be asked to find various wild foods such as dandelion, stinging nettle, or wild onions if possible. Be prepared to cook, eat, and enjoy.

7:00 to 9pm

April 3rd, 10th, 17th.


Register: curandero50@gmail.com

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Six Ways to Catch a Class!

The California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism offers classes six ways:

1.  Evenings:
In-home lecture-discussion classes, held on a set night of the week for several weeks.
2.  Online:
Delivered via internet, with assignments due every week.
3.  Special Topics:
Topics requested by the organizer, for a gathering created for the class/es.
4.  Community:
At establishments in the area, such as libraries or herberias.
5.  Herb Fests:
As a lecturer at an herbal fair, festival, or conference.
6.  Guest Lectures:
As an invited speaker during the course of college and university classes.

On request, students for classes in Richmond can be picked up at the Richmond BART 20 minutes before the scheduled start time for evening or Saturday classes.

choosing a class

the right class

  • Beginning Classes are designed for people interested in learning about Traditional California Hispanic Herbalism. While consistent with them, this is not the same approach as new-age herbalism, or herblism as practiced in the Eastern U.S.
  • Advanced classes require a LOT of prior knowledge and experience in Traditional Hispanic Herbalism and healing.
  • CHECK WITH THE INSTRUCTOR before registering.
  • Quick classes include both beginning and advanced topics.
  • Quick Clases are great for a quick look into Traditional Hispanic Herbalism.


Ask the Instructor to find the classes that suit you.

image: advanced class 2-13-2014

Our Purpose

image of Lori and Chuck march 2012 from Alejandra Palos
 Lori and Charles March 2012

The California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism officially opened its doors in January of 1998 in the San Francisco East Bay city of Richmond, California, to teach and preserve the healing traditions of the Hispanic curanderos and curanderas (folk healers) of California. Many of these classes had been informally taught for two years prior to the creation of the school.

Primarily offering classes in herbalism, the school also stresses an understanding of Curanderismo, the healing techniques and philosophies of Native-Hispanic California.  The cross-cultural influences of European and Asian herbs, along with the use of native plants, made California Curanderismo a unique and potent healing medium.  These practices also include the use of intuitive diagnosis skills, psychoactive plants, ritual and magic.


Contact Us

School & Classes: curandero50@gmail.com
         (510) 672 7849

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