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Thank you for visiting the  California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism.


Our Purpose

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.


Summer Classes

Summer Classes

Evening Classes

Introduction to California Hispanic Herbalism
 Beginning Wednesday, June 18th 7:30 pm.
 5 Weeks $250

Intermediate California Hispanic Herbalism
 Beginning Monday, July 21st 7:00 pm.
 10 Weeks $325

Weekend Classes

Kitchen Remedies
 Sunday, August 10, 2014
 10:30am to 1:00pm  $50

Herbalism for the "Prepper" and the "Survivalist"
 Saturday, August 23, 2014
 10:30am to 1:00pm  $75


Herb Gatherings

2014 HerbFolk Gathering, Mormon Lake, AZ
 Sept 18-21, 2014

2015 High Sierra Radical Herbfest & Primitive Skills Gathering, Stanislaus National Forest, CA
 August tbd, 2015

Thank you for visiting the  California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism.


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 for you

  • Beginning Classes are designed for people interested in learning more about Traditional Hispanic Herbalism.
  • Advanced classes require a LOT of prior knowledge and experience in Traditional Hispanic Herbalism and healing.
  • CHECK WITH THE INSTRUCTOR before registering.
  • Short Clases are great for a quick look into Traditional Hispanic Herbalism.
  • Short classes include both beginning and advanced topics

Ask the Instructor if you would like help deciding what classes are right for you.

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Curandero articles
The California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism is pleased to present...
the Curandero on Plants!    the Curandero Articles!    Charles Garcia's Recipes!



Contact Us

school e-mail: hispanicherbs@gmail.com

curandero:   curandero50@gmail.com
        (510) 672 7849

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