Behind the Scenes
"Curandero, herbalist, rebel, and street medic, Charles Garcia,
who also happens to be a close personal friend and one of my very first teachers. Teaching at the 2015 Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference with Lori Pino"
- Kiva Rose 9-22-2015
Director, Traditions in Western
Editor, Plant Healer Magazine
At Herbal Gatherings
My first class with you, Doc....unforgettable. I told a friend that you can judge the legend of an herbalist, not by just how full the room is, but by how many other teachers are in the room. There is no doubt, you are legendary! And very entertaining lol
- Cyndi Hughs 9-21-2015
at Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, Cloudcroft, NM"
- Paul Manski 9-20-2015
The Core Team
Charles 'doc' Garcia, Director & Curandero,
Lori Pino, Curandera & past Apprentice,
Ash Ritter, Apprentice
If you're smiling and nodding at The Kermit, you will enjoy California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism!
- Pagan Humor Because We Get It
View from Inside
"Just returned from yet another inspiring weekend of herbal learning at the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference. Many thanks go out to Wolf and Kiva Rose for all the hard work involved with organizing this event. This year's conference was another round of agonizing over what classes to take and which to miss. The highlight of the weekend for me was attending Charles Garcia's unbelievable class on Poisonous Plants. The session began with him ingesting toxic Monkshood (which he can do because he is a trained professional!), leaving us all dramatically clinging to the edges of our seats. It was akin to watching a magic show! The class continued with doc Garcia's powerful storytelling. He related tales of people unknowingly ingesting or misusing these potent plants, which directed my emotional experience all over the spectrum enabling us to experience the true nature of these plants. I laughed uproariously as he described unsuspecting dinner guests reduced to hallucinogenic chicken impersonations and I cried as I imagined his mother's severe arthritic pain treated by being packed in Nettles for days. Thank you Doc Charles Garcia for a powerful lesson in the magic of herbs, human ignorance, and the compassion of dedicated healers. — with MaryLou Singleton, Kiva Rose, Jessi T Walsh and Jenn Atkins."
- Dara Saville 9-22-2015
Instructor, Albuquerque Herbalism