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Herbs Walk in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Marin 11:00-2:30 Saturday March 22

Herb Walk in Samuel P. Taylor State Park  Saturday March 22  11:00-2:3o   Come join u…

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Advanced Hispanic Herbalism

  Advanced Hispanic Herbalism 1  (with Tracking and Visual Diagnosis)   A hands-on he…

table with flowers and herbs text reads Standrad Course for Hispanic Herbalism
Standard Course For Hispanic Herbalism

February 16, 6:30 to 9:00 PM An eight week course with one Saturday morning class (weather permittin…

A Summer Tale of Yerba Mansa

I was born and raised in a time when neighbors did not lock their doors at night, when summer nights…


About the Academy

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.


Due to COVID restrictions all classes are hosted online using Zoom videoconferencing software.

All class times are Pacific time zone.


Hispanic & California Native Herbs

A unique course focusing primarily on the herbs and herbal methods used by early Hispanic settlers and Native Californians.


Cough & Cold Remedios

Learn to make effective cough and cold syrups using commonly acquired herbs, fruits, and honey.

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