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Long Term classes 2016

Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health
(8 month intensive) March 15 - November 10, 2016

Intermediate-Community Herbalist Training
 2016 Dates - 9 month course - Mondays (9:30 to 4:30) - March 7 to November 21, 2016


Body Systems & Herbal Wellness
(9 month weekend course) March 19 - November 20, 2016

Handcrafted Herbalism (9 month weekend course) March 12 - November 13, 2016


2016 One Day and Shorterm Classes ~ more to come

Herbal Medicine Making Saturday, April 2 & Sunday April 3FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list
Living In Harmony With The Seasons (five Saturdays) April 16 - November 19
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century Saturday, April 23 & Sunday, April 24
Delectable Wild Spring Edibles Saturday, April 30
Herbal Mixology 101 Saturday, May 7
Herb Day - Plant Sale and Garden Tours Saturday, May 7
Spring Herbal Essentials(five Monday afternoons) May 9 - June 13
Beginners Growing Medicinal Plants Sunday, May 15
Advanced Growing Medicinal Plants Sunday, May 22
A Midwives' Medicine Cabinet (for Herbalists) Thursday, June 2
Essential Oils as Medicine Saturday, June 11 & Sunday, June 12
Natural Dyeing with Plants and Mushrooms Saturday, June 18
Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar Thursday, June 30
Herbal Medicine for Internal and External Infections Thursday, August 25
Fall Herbal Essentials(five Monday afternoons) Sept. 12 - October 10
Delectable Wild Fall Foods Saturday, September 24
Medicinal Mushrooms Saturday, October 1
Cultivating Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms Sunday, October 2
The Art of Formulating and Compounding Herbal Medicine Sat., Oct. 8 & Sun., Oct. 9
Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century Saturday, Nov. 5 & Sunday, Nov. 6
Harvesting Medicinal Roots Sunday, November 13
Wild Mushroom ID and Walk Friday Evening, Nov 18 & Saturday, Nov. 19
Herbal Holiday Gift Making Saturday, December 3
Herbal Wreath Making Sunday, December 4

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Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health

• 8 month herbal intensive (550 hrs class time) $6695.00
• Dates - March 15 - November 10, 2016
This class is approved for continuing education credits
under the Board of Registered Nursing, through EduCare, Provider No. 7359.

  curriculum to apply for admission  
  class schedule tuition information  
  gardening apprenticeship housing  

Core Staff Includes: Autumn Summers, Bryan Bowen, Courtney Fischer, David Hoffmann, Jen Bredesen, Karen Aguiar, Terri Jensen, and Trinity Ava Wool.

Guest Teachers From Recent Years Include: Cynthia Belew, Jane Bell, Tim Blakley,
Susan Blanc, Candis Cantin, Jolie Egert Elan, Jim Hall, Kathleen Harrison,
Kami McBride, Larkin Morgan, Susan Parker, Shad Reinstein, Kara Sigler, Christa Sinadinos,
Dr. Lauren Spieler, Mitcho Thompson, Tamara Wilder, Merrilee Wisewoman, 7Song, and more

This intensive follows the seasons from early spring through late autumn. The curriculum is designed to immerse the beginning or intermediate student in the world of herbalism. The special strengths of this program are rooted in its thoroughness and breadth of scope. It covers every aspect of working with herbs themselves (plant identification, wildcrafting and cultivation, drying, and medicine making), while providing a foundation of knowledge for using them as medicines (human physiology, materia medica, therapeutics and first aid).

In addition to covering this core material, the course expands to include many diverse ways of working with plants (cosmetics, crafts, and plant-spirit communication) as well as other approaches to healing that can complement herbalism (nutrition, aromatherapy, and standard practice medicine). Our ultimate goal is to provide a well-rounded understanding of Western herbalism designed to bring herbs back into the home and community where they have traditionally been used.

Although much of our focus is academic, students will also learn the art of herbalism directly from the plants. This knowledge is imparted to us through the heart and senses, as well as through words and ideas. To help students experience this, the course includes two five-day field camping trips to wilderness areas as well as time in the medicinal plant garden at CSHS. Students are encouraged to cultivate a grounded perception of themselves and the plants through guided meditations. Students study hard, but just as importantly they have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the plant world in wild and cultivated natural spaces.

The Curriculum
The two semesters span the yearly cycle of the garden from new growth through root harvesting and seed saving. We begin in March as spring wildflowers and the school gardens come to life. This is the perfect time for hands-on interaction with plants and much time is spent on plant identification, wildcrafting, growing plant medicine, medicine making and herbal crafts. In the classroom, students begin their studies with body systems and herbal therapeutics, along with human physiology and materia medica. The focus is on understanding the vitality of the human body, what creates health imbalances, and how to maintain wellness in each body system. The first semester ends with "The Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar"; a day when students display and share their medicines with the staff, friends, and members of the local community.

The second semester starts in July with students continuing to refine their skills in the garden, natural plant communities and the herbal lab. More intense focus is spent on herbal therapeutics. We will move beyond the concept of "this herb for this disease" and teach students to support and treat each individual. We teach a model of herbalism that empowers students to employ plants creatively, in contrast to memorizing standardized procedures and formulas.

  Core Curriculum
Estimated Hours
  Therapeutic Herbalism...........................................
125 Hours
  Materia Medica......................................................
90 Hours
  Medicine making & lab...........................................
45 Hours
  Anatomy, physiology & body systems.....................
25 Hours
  Herbal Actions /Formulations.................................
40 Hours
  Western Herbs for Tonification & Acute Conditions...
45 Hours
  Plant Identification & Herb Walks...........................
45 Hours
  Growing Plant Medicine - Gardening, harvesting, etc.
35 Hours
  Nutrition...............................................................
15 Hours
  Aromatherapy.......................................................
15 Hours
  Ethnobotany.........................................................
10 Hours
  Natural cosmetics and crafts..................................
10 Hours
  Western Constitutional Herbalism..........................
15 Hours
  Green politics, history and mythology......................
5 Hours
  Plant Chemistry......................................................
10 Hours
  Misc.......................................................................
15 Hours
     

Class schedule for Roots of Herbalism / Foundations of Health

Classes meet every week Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm.
Two camping trips in April and August which are Monday – Friday

Important dates for 2016

  • March 15 - Class begins
  • April 18 - 22 - Spring Camping Trip
  • June 30 - Medicine Show and End of First Semester
  • July 1 - July 18 - Semester Break
  • July 19 - 2nd semester begins
  • August 8 - 12 - Summer Camping Trip
  • November 10 - Graduation


  • There are many extra activities that extend outside of theses hours:
    • weekly lunch time classes in the garden • student-led herb walks
    • before-school harvesting opportunities both off-site and at the CSHS garden
    • after-school guided activities, such as herbal movies, potlucks, and student-led classes

    Students should also expect to spend an additional 10-15 hours each week on their own projects, reading assignments, and homework.

    Gardening Apprenticeship
    Each year CSHS accepts a small number of students into the garden apprenticeship program. These are students who are in the Roots of Herbalism program who apply for, and commit to, an additional 6-8 hours a week. These students work closely with the staff to care take the school gardens. Garden apprentices work from 4pm - 6pm on Wednesdays after school, and Friday mornings from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

    This program provides an excellent and intimate opportunity to emphasize the growing and community involved aspects of herbalism while working closely with our garden staff. Being a garden apprentice is both hard work and very rewarding.



    Applications for the Garden Apprentice program will be automatically sent to all students accepted into the Roots of Herbalism Intensive. Deadline to apply for 2017 is November 1, 2016. To apply for this program you will need to submit two letters of recommendation and have a separate interview with the gardening staff.


    To Apply For Admission for Roots of Herbalism
    Applications for 2017 will be accepted between April 18, 2016 and August 31, 2016. If you want to apply after that date please inquire. We highly recommend that you apply as early in that window as possible. Students chosen for the program will be notified by September 30, 2016. All others, and any applications received after August 31, 2016, will be placed on the waitlist. Incoming students do periodically withdraw from the program before it begins and students from the waitlist are notified of a space for them in the program.

    Send your application via email attachment to CSHS@CSHS.COM attn: Rebecca

    If you have questions, please write, call, or e-mail us, and be sure to include your address and phone number. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Please answer the following questions as thoroughly as possible:

    1. On page one of your application please provide:

  • A one paragraph introduction to you
  • Current photo
  • Name
  • Email address
  • Cell and home phone numbers
  • Mailing address
  • Current occupation
  • Date of birth
  • Emergency contact name and number
  • Permanent address and phone number

  • Please answer #2-7 on a different sheet(s) of paper than the above:
    2. List all education, work experience, self-study, hobbies and passions relating to the healing arts and sciences, botany and herbalism. Include any degrees or licenses held.
    3. How did you become interested in herbalism?
    4. Is there a particular goal you are working towards that will be complemented by your herbal studies?
    5. Have you visited us or taken any classes here in the past?
    6. How did you hear of The California School of Herbal Studies?
    7. Date and sign your name at the end of your application.
    8. Submit your deposit of $250 with a check or via the website. Your application is not complete without the deposit. This deposit will be non-refundable upon acceptance into the program and will either be applied to your tuition or refunded to you if you are not accepted.
    9. If you have not done so already, please schedule a tour and interview at our campus. As well, if possible, you can sit-in on a class for the day. If it is impossible to visit us we can schedule a Skype or phone interview, however it is highly recommended that you visit in person if possible.



    Acceptance Standards

    We do not have an educational background requirement. We are looking for committed, motivated, and hardworking students who are eager to learn. Students must be at least 18 years old.

    Tuition Information
    Tuition is due by February 1, 2016. If cleared in advance with us, it is possible to make arrangements to finance up to 50% of your tuition. In this case, 50% is due on February 1, 2016 and a time payment schedule is arranged for the balance. Students must complete financial agreements in order to receive certificates. Required books and medicine making supplies amount to about $250.00 however we recommend that you budget $750.00 for these and other items that you may wish to purchase during your time here.

    Refund Policy
    1. The $250 deposit is non-refundable upon acceptance into the program.
    2. A full refund of tuition (less the $250.00 deposit) will be paid to the student if she/he withdraws (in writing) before February 1, 2016 at 5pm Pacific Time.
    3. If a student cancels after February 1, 2016, 5pm Pacific Time, but before February 15, 2016, 5pm Pacific Time, an additional $1000 fee will be retained. Cancellations after 5pm, February 15, 2016 will follow the dates below to determine appropriate refund. These refunds will be calculated using percentages of the post-deposit tuition, $6445.00.
    4. If a student withdraws from Roots of Herbalism & Foundations of Health, a refund calculation will be performed which will comply with the following: (based on 103 days of class)
    <10% of course completed (on or before April 5) = 50% refund
    > 10 % < 25% of course completed (on or before May 4) = 25% refund
    > 25% < 50% of course completed (on or before June 30) = 10% refund
    > 50% of course completed (after 5pm July 1) = 0% refund


    Housing
    CSHS does not provide nor secure housing for our students. However, we do send out a list of possible rentals in the area about 4-6 weeks before classes begin. It is strongly recommended that students check with other rental sources as well and allow themselves time to find a home. More information on housing will be sent along with acceptance packages.

    Graduation Requirements

    1. Satisfactory completion of all assignments, including materia medica reports, medicine
    making, first-aid kits, botany assignment and many more.
    2. Maintain at least an 85% attendance record within each semester.
    3. Attend and participate in both camping trips and medicine show.
    4. Pay tuition in full.

    Placement
    At CSHS we emphasize the skilled use of herbalism in the home and community, and this is the perspective from which we teach. We do not seek or guarantee placement of our graduates. However, throughout the year CSHS receives notices of apprenticeship and employment opportunities, which are posted at the school. Many of our students go on to find employment in the herbal world in a variety of areas including: herbal medicine making, education, and managing herbal businesses. Our students who are health care providers have successfully incorporated herbalism into their practices. Many of our graduates have gone on to create their own herbal businesses.

    2016 and 2017 Roots Intensive

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    Intermediate - Community Herbalist Training

    • 9 month course - Mondays (9:30 to 4:30) - March 7 to November 21
    (No class on May 30th, July 4th, 11th, and September 5th)
    Two four-day camping trips, dates to be announced.
    Two clinic shadow days (Thursdays 8-1)
    Occasional one-on-one mentorship meetings and other activities
    Approximately 240 lecture hours

    • Tuition : $3295 total
    $295 deposit due by September 1, 2015. Non-refundable upon acceptance into program. Balance due by February 1, 2016; limited number of payment plans available

    Teachers: Bryan Bowen, Jen Bredesen, Karen Aguiar
    2015 guest teachers Ben Zappin, Lily Mazzarella, Christa Sinadinos, Larken Bunce, Donna Odierna and more.

    To Apply: Applications due no later than September 1, 2015. Call or email to request. Interviews are required for this course. Interviews will completed no later than September 30, 2015

    The goal of this intermediate course is to give the student the skills necessary to better support self, family, friends and community with herbal medicine. This is the next step on the path to become a community or clinical herbalist. You will gain an understanding of how to apply herbs for self-care and build confidence in recommending herbs for friends and community.

    In this course you will:
    • Learn to write, analyze and present case studies
    • Discuss, evaluate and present research on materia medica (both scientific and traditional)
    • Learn to assess physiological health states and constitutions
    • Differentiate, formulate and apply herbs for body systems and constitutions
    • Learn to make, formulate and recommend herbal remedies
    • Create and evaluate herbal medicines with intermediate level pharmacy classes
    • Learn to make medicine in the field on two camping field trips (required for certificate).
    • • The clinical component of this course includes observation at Forestville Wellness Center and client interviews done outside of school.

    PREREQUISITES: Roots of Herbalism, or both Handcrafted and Body Systems courses, or equivalent study elsewhere. Interviews will be required for selection into this course. Deposits will be refunded if applicant is not offered a space in the course.
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    Handcrafted Herbalism

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    Identifying, growing, harvesting, and making herbal medicine from the medicinal plants growing in Sonoma County.

    • 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, one weekend a month for 9 months (90 hours class time)
    • 2016 Dates - March 12-13, April 9-10, May 14-15, June 4-5, July 23-24, August 20-21,
    September 17-18, October 15-16 and November 12-13.
    • Tuition : $1595-$1395

    Teachers: Bryan Bowen, Karen Aguiar, Terri Jensen, Autumn Summers, Jen Bredesen and guest teachers

    This beginning course teaches the skills necessary to become confident in basic herbal practices. Our time together will be split between the classroom, garden, and lab learning how make and use a wide variety of herbs and herbal preparations. Learn how to identify and gather medicinal plants during garden walks and the off-site seaweed harvest and coast excursion. At the end of the course, students will have the beginnings of an herbal medicine chest as well as the knowledge to expand it on their own. The curriculum will focus on the following areas:

    Medicine-making
    Correct methods for drying and storing herbs as well as 'hands on' classes in preparing tinctures, oils, glycerites, infusions, salves, and more.

    Materia-medica
    A study of the medicinal uses of plants we have seen in the wild and in the garden. We will discuss the ways specific herbs affect the body and the role of herbs in preventing and treating illness. Each month students will be given herbs to take home and experience directly.

    Plant identification & medicinal plant growing
    Learn the basic skills of how to use the local plant identification books and develop sensory awareness in order to identify plants independently. Basic cultivation skills for medicinal plants will be discussed and demonstrated. Emphasis will be placed on herbs that are easily grown in the greater Bay Area.
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    Body Systems & Herbal Wellness

    An introductory course on the function of the human body including the actions of herbs specific to each body system, preventive care, and basic herbal therapeutics.

    • 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday - one weekend a month for 9 months (90 hours class time)
    • 2016 Dates - March 19-20, April 16-17, May 21-22, June 25-26, July 30-31,
    August 27-28, September 24-25, October 22-23 and November 19-20.
    • Tuition : $1595-$1395
    This class is approved for continuing education credits
    under the Board of Registered Nursing, through EduCare, Provider No. 7359.

    Teachers: Bryan Bowen, Jen Bredesen, Kara Sigler, Trinity Ava and guests.

    An introductory course on herbal support for the human body. This class will cover how to nourish each body system with preventative care, and medicinal plants. Each month we will study a different organ system, followed by a discussion of primary herbs and relevant therapeutic approaches for that system. At the end of nine months you will have a basic understanding of the possibilities offered by herbal medicine for maintaining health of the various body systems. The curriculum consists of two main fields of study:

    Materia-medica
    A beginning study of the properties and actions of specific herbs and how they are used to maintain and restore health. Each month students will be given homework assignments and samples of herbs to take home to experience directly.

    Therapeutics
    We will cover basic treatment approaches for specific conditions. After learning how the body works and how individual herbs affect the body, we will bring the knowledge together to view how herbs can be used to re-establish balance in conditions such as colds and flu, indigestion and chronic stress. Approaches to preventing disease by maintaining health will be discussed.

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    One Day and Shorterm Classes


    Herbal Medicine Making

    FULL- email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list

    with Karen Aguiar and Terri Jensen
    Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $210 - $190 sliding scale

    Why buy herbal products when it’s so simple and empowering to make your own? This hands-on class includes instruction on harvesting, drying, preserving and preparing medicinal plants. Learn how to make medicinal teas, infused oils, salves, tinctures, vinegars, glycerites and more. We’ll also discuss the principles of ethical harvesting. Includes samples of tinctures and medicines made in class.

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    Living In Harmony With The Seasons

    with Shad Reinstein
    5 seasonal classes - 10-1pm each Saturday

    SPRING -- Saturday - April 16
    SUMMER --Saturday -June 4
    LATE SUMMER -- Saturday - August 6
    AUTUMN --Saturday - September 10
    WINTER --Saturday - November 19
    $225 - $200 sliding scale for the series; students may also register for individual classes for $55 each


    Seasonal wellness can be an important piece of our health care. Experience the seasons in the incredible CSHS garden! In this course you will learn to align your diet and herbal medicines with where we are seasonally. Each season of the year has its own unique energy as it transforms the world around us. The spring is a time of new growth and planning. The summer is the time of activity, warmth, and movement. Late summer is a time of harvesting the plenty we have worked to create. In autumn, like the trees release this leaves, we need to let go of those things that no longer serve us. The year ends in the winter, a time of rest and hibernation, when nature retreats to build up its reserves for its next cycle of seasons. This is a quieter, more reflective time of year, and we store what we need deep in our bodies. To be healthy, we need to live in harmony with the energy of the season we are in. Each class will discuss the season we are in, which organs and emotions are associated with it, what foods we should be eating, and which herbs we should be taking. This course teaches from a Chinese perspective but will work largely with Western herbs. When we last did this course it filled very quickly, don’t wait!

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    Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century

    FULL-
    Space available in the Nov. 5 & 6 Skin Care class
    or email CSHS@cshs.com to be placed on wait list for this class

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $225 - $205 sliding scale

    Join us for a weekend creating your own custom designed herbal skin care products. We will create a home spa experience making luxurious and nourishing skin care products for the whole family. Learn advanced formulation strategies for natural preservation systems of creams, lotions, toners, masks and more. We will address common skin issues from dandruff, eczema, acne, scars, and aging. This class is geared towards all levels of students, including those moving towards the clinical setting, or already in practice. All participants will leave with abundant samples and formulation strategies for creating incredible skin care products at home for clients, friends, and family.

    Each day we will divide our time between lecture and hands on creation of our herbal products.

    21st Century Herbal Skin Care is intended to offer an exploration of time tested herbal wisdom merged with modern knowledge of essential oils, hydrosols, infused oils, and globally renowned oils such as Tamanu and Neem oil. We will demystify some current skin care trends; learn about beneficial herbal skin food, and the benefits of feeding the skin. We will discuss simple and effective topical protocols for occasional acne, dandruff, lice, and scar tissue with essential oils and infused oils.

    We will spend part of our time together creating delicious and skin nourishing herbal treats. We will make and apply a variety of skin food during class including; clay facial masks with hydrosol, cooling herbal body paste, soothing facial serums, decadent facial and body creams,enlightening hair oils and more.

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    Delectable Wild Spring Edibles

    Autumn Summers
    Saturday, April 30, 10am - 4pm
    $95 - $75 sliding scale

    Come learn about the abundant wild spring foods of Sonoma County through lecture, slides and exploring the CSHS garden and back valley. In the afternoon we will cook and taste the local bounty. Learn how to to make nourishing nettle pesto, how to cook milk thistle leaves, enjoy cattail greens and more.
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    Herbal Mixology 101

    with Kate August
    Saturday, May 7, 10am - 2 pm
    $55 - $45 sliding scale

    Have you ever enjoyed a shot of Fernet after dinner? Ordered an espresso with dessert? Wondered what makes vermouth so special? In this class we will discuss the rich history of botanicals in alcoholic beverages and investigate the intertwining relationship of how medicinal bitters kept some distilleries alive during prohibition. We will dive into the physiology defining why bitters support good digestive health and you will walk away wanting to drink your medicine. Hosted by herbalist and bartender, Kate August, you will get first hand experience making your own bitter blend using aromatic roots, barks & herbs. You will take home your bitter blend along with some crafty cocktail recipes to spice up your home bar!

    Kate August is an herbalist & bartender native to the Bay Area. She teaches workshops in Oakland and spent many years working with plants and infusions to create a unique cocktail program at a leading Bay Area restaurant. She enjoys stimulating the palate and turning people on to new ways to bring herbs into the kitchen & home bar!

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    Herb Day - Plant Sale and Garden Tours

    Saturday, May 7, 2:30pm - 6:30pm
    tuition: FREE!

    Come celebrate the national Herb Day with us. Saunter through the garden on your own or on one of our guided tours and bring some medicinal plants home with you. We will have medicinal plants for sale grown here at CSHS and garden tours at 3:30 and 5. Parking is limited. Please register early!
    To Register email CSHS@cshs.com

    Spring Herbal Essentials

    with Trinity Ava and Bryan Bowen and guest teachers
    Five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. May 9, 16 & 23, June 6 & 13
    tuition: $335 - $285 sliding scale

    Come join us in the vibrant springtime garden at CSHS! What is growing in the garden will guide each class as we focus on the medicinal plants that are ready to harvest and utilize this season. Our exploration will span from the medicinal to the magical, and the cultural to the culinary. Each session is a blend of lecture and hands-on time in the garden and lab. We will also discuss growing medicinal plants by cuttings and seed. This class is designed for the beginning student, though all levels are welcome.



    • Empower yourself with the knowledge to make herbal teas, flower essences, tinctures and medicinal oils.
    • Learn to identify, harvest and use spring medicinal plants
    • Hands on demonstration and introduction to basic medicine making.
    • Recipes, samples and lots of tastings!

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    Beginners Growing Medicinal Herbs

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Sunday, May 15, 10am-3pm
    $85 - $70 sliding scale

    Come learn how to grow medicinal plants from seed, cuttings, and divisions. This class is designed for the beginning gardener. We will talk about how to be successful propagating medicinal herbs in the Bay Area. We will use the 350 plus plants in the CSHS garden as our teachers, seeing where they thrive and what we can do to grow them successfully. You will go home with cuttings and seeds to grow in your own garden.

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    Advanced Growing Medicinal Herbs

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Sunday, May 22, 10am-3pm
    $85 - $70 sliding scale

    For the practiced gardener or those who have taken our beginners growing class. We will build on the basics of growing medicinal plants by digging deeper into the cultivation needs of the herbs that do well in our region, including harvesting guidelines. The garden will be our classroom. We will share what has thrived here at CSHS and what plants have been more challenging. Bring your questions!

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    A Midwives' Medicine Cabinet (for Herbalists)

    with Brittany Jade
    Thursday, June 2, 6-9pmpm
    $50 - $40 sliding scale

    You are invited to take a peek into a Midwife's medicine cabinet and see for yourself what some of our strongest herbal allies are when working within the realms of birth and well woman care. You are sure to walk away from this workshop with an immense amount of highly practical yet age old knowledge of how to apply your herbalism skill set to the childbirth and fertility process. During our time together we will:

    * Identify and discuss the notable constituents of numerous medicinal plants which ease and assist during pregnancy, birth and postpartum as well as plant allies that lend themselves to human fertility and sterility. We will also cover the specific instances for which these herbal allies are best applied.

    * Gain invaluable knowledge on longevity and self-care practices. Whether it be Herbalism or Midwifery, when we choose to dedicate our lives to a profession that so intensely serves others it is key to continually widen our tool belt of endurance and immune building medicinal plants and wellness techniques.

    * Explore ways in which herbal medicines have been (and still are being) administered throughout the birth process in an ancient and non-westernized manner. We will discuss traditional Indigenous ceremonies surrounding the birth spectrum.

    Brittany Jade began formally studying herbalism in 2005 at the North Carolina School of Holistic Herbalism where she completed the immersion herbalism program. From there she branched out into completing programs in the Bach flower essences, medical homeopathy and wild crafting for food and Medicine. After moving to South America in 2006 Brittany continued to nurture her love of the plant kingdom through forming new relationships with local plants of that region. Most recently, Brittany has been living in the Amazon where she prepares medicinal plant diets for locals, foreigners and her family. Following her graduation from Midwifery School Brittany moved to the Andean region of Peru where she has assisted at numerous births in home settings, with clientele ranging from Quechuan and Shipibo families to intercultural marriages. In 2012 Brittany produced a 28 day long comprehensive holistic Midwifery training course which included full classes during the day and clinical shifts at night.At this training she taught alongside Elder midwives and Doctors from three continents. Since then she has taught at various smaller Midwifery and Doula trainings on her own and in collaboration with colleagues.

    2016 A Midwives' Medicine Cabinet (for Herbalists)
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    Essential Oils as Medicine for the Aroma Enthusiast and Herbalist

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $225 - $205 sliding scale
    includes materials fee
    The world of essential oils and “aromatherapy” are an often misunderstood aspect of herbalism. In this two day intensive, we will deepen our understanding of how essential oils and plants work as medicine and how to better integrate these aromatic tools into our self and clinical care toolkit.

    Highlights of the weekend include:

  • LIVE distillation of local aromatic favorites such as lavender
  • Deliciously inspired culinary aromatic treats
  • How to utilize essential oils based on their functional groups (chemistry): Aldehydes, Esters, Ketones, etc.
  • Essential oil safety practices
  • Topical applications
  • Safe use with children
  • When not to use essential oils
  • Materia Medica of 11 primary essential oils for home, family and clinical care
  • Self care applications of essential oils to address common challenges such as; colds and the flu, fungal challenges, herpes, lice dandruff, minor first aid
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    Natural Dyeing with Plants and Mushrooms

    with Karen Aguiar and Terri Jensen
    Saturday, June 18, 10am - 4 pm
    $95 - $75 sliding scale

    Many plants, lichens, and mushrooms will yield amazingly beautiful colors for fiber. Join us for a fun and full day of natural dyeing. We will discuss how to extract different pigments and the use of mordants, then we will roll up our sleeves, fire up the dye baths, and see what colors we can get. We will make and go home with a sample book of all the colors from the day.

    2016 Natural Dyes
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    Medicine Show and Herbal Bazaar

    Brought to you by the students of CSHS
    Thursday, June 30, 4pm -7pm
    tuition: FREE!

    This gala event presents the culmination of a semesters worth of medicine making and herbal endeavors by our full-time students. Come and taste herbal teas, tinctures, elixirs and foods. Meet the staff and students and learn about what we do here. Parking is limited. Please register early!
    To Register email CSHS@cshs.com

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    Herbal Medicine for Internal and External Infections


    with 7song, Director of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine
    Thursday, Aug 25, 6 - 9pm
    $45 - $35 sliding scale

    Infection - The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, and other parasites) that are not normally present within the body. This class will focus on practical herbal strategies and treatments for internal and external infections. We will cover – respiratory, gastrointestinal, internal and external skin and staph infections, and more. Participants will learn which herbal medicines are best to always have on hand, what herbs to use for different infections, and how best to gather and prepare them as medicines. Plants that will be covered include - Yarrow, Echinacea, Baptisia, Oregon graperoot, Garlic and others. This class is open to all levels of students.

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    Fall Herbal Essentials

    with Trinity Ava and Bryan Bowen and guest teachers
    Five Monday afternoons from 1 - 5pm. September 12, 19, 26 & October 3 &10
    tuition: $335 - $285 sliding scale

    This class, a continuation of Spring Essentials, will take a deeper look into the herbalism from an approach of Fall and Winter seasons. From the perspective of the Western constitutional model of health-care and aromatic medicine, we will discuss the physiological function, and patterns of imbalance, of the respiratory and immune systems. We will dig fall herbs, make seasonal appropriate medicines and study basic herbal actions, therapeutic strategies and what must be included in your essential herbal medicine chest for fall and winter. This course is appropriate for those who have already taken the Spring Essentials courses, and for those new to herbalism.

    • Empower yourself with the knowledge seasonal western herbalism.
    • Herbal teas and tinctures for cold and flu season and delicious nourishing tonics for prevention and protection.
    • Learn to identify, harvest and make medicine with fall medicinal plants.
    • Hands on demonstration and introduction to basic medicine making and cooking with medicinal herbs that boost immunity.

    2016 Fall Herbal Essentials
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    Delectable Wild Fall Foods

    Autumn Summers
    Saturday, September 24, 10am - 4pm
    $95 - $75 sliding scale

    Come learn about the abundant foods of the forest through lecture, slides and exploring the CSHS garden and back valley. In the afternoon we will taste the local bounty. Learn how to process acorns into tasty food - including a savory dip, roast bay nuts, cook with cattail pollen and more.

    2016 Fall Wild Foods
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    The World of Medicinal Mushrooms

    with Karen Aguiar & Terri Jensen
    Saturday, October 1, 10am - 4pm
    $95 - $75 sliding scale

    Join us as we explore the remarkable world of mushrooms through lecture and fungi specimens brought to class. All over the globe, mushrooms have been revered for their extraordinary abilities to heal. We will begin with a general look at mushrooms and how they live in and interact with their environment. This class will cover historical uses and the most current research and findings. We will discuss potent extraction methods, and sample a few extracts.

    2016 Medicinal Mushrooms
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    Cultivating Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms

    with Karen Aguiar & Terri Jensen
    Sunday, October 2, 10am - 4pm
    $105 - $85 sliding scale

    We will spend the day exploring how to cultivate edible and medicinal
    mushrooms. We'll go through the process step by step and discuss what could
    go right and what could go wrong. Growing your own mushrooms is incredibly rewarding and we will share the species that are easiest to cultivate as well as which ones are more challenging. And then we will get our hands in it and make oyster mushroom kits to take home and grow out. Price includes materials fee.

    2016 Cultivating Mushrooms
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    The Art of Formulating and Compounding Herbal Medicine

    with Christa Sinadinos
    Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $215 - $195 sliding scale

    Compounding herbal medicine begins with a solid foundation in materia medica and a deep understanding of individual herbs and their medicinal properties. It advances into the complex art of formulating, knowing your individual patient, the condition/s being treated, and the actions and energetics of herbs.

    Are you intimidated by compounding tinctures or tea blends? Do you want to feel more confident in determining the proportions for your formulas? Do you ever find yourself considering numerous herbs for a patient, but have difficulty narrowing them down? Are you overwhelmed when you look at your materia medica notes, but have no idea how to select the right combination of herbs for your patient? Would you like to know how to create palatable tea blends and increase patient compliance? If so, this class is for you!

    Christa brings more than 20 years of clinical expertise in consulting, formulating, teaching, and operating an herbal extract business. She is enthusiastic about sharing the methods she’s developed in formulating tea and tincture compounds. On Saturday, she will discuss the art of blending harmonious, delightful tasting infusions and decoctions, as well as the five flavors and their actions, herbal flavoring, and harmonizing agents. Sunday, she will discuss techniques and strategies for compounding herbal extracts for acute and chronic conditions. Students will learn a step-by-step process for creating harmonious tincture blends regarding dosages, proportions, and herbal actions, as well as effective and ineffective combinations (alkaloids and tannins).

    Students should have a solid foundation in materia medica and herbal actions. If you have them, please bring Herbal Materia Medica booklets by Michael Moore.

    2016 Art of Formulating and Compounding Herbal Medicine
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    Herbal Skin Care for the 21st Century

    with Trinity Ava
    Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 10am - 4 pm
    2 day course, $225 - $205 sliding scale

    Join us for a weekend creating your own custom designed herbal skin care products. We will create a home spa experience making luxurious and nourishing skin care products for the whole family. Learn advanced formulation strategies for natural preservation systems of creams, lotions, toners, masks and more. We will address common skin issues from dandruff, eczema, acne, scars, and aging. This class is geared towards all levels of students, including those moving towards the clinical setting, or already in practice. All participants will leave with abundant samples and formulation strategies for creating incredible skin care products at home for clients, friends, and family.

    Each day we will divide our time between lecture and hands on creation of our herbal products.

    21st Century Herbal Skin Care is intended to offer an exploration of time tested herbal wisdom merged with modern knowledge of essential oils, hydrosols, infused oils, and globally renowned oils such as Tamanu and Neem oil. We will demystify some current skin care trends; learn about beneficial herbal skin food, and the benefits of feeding the skin. We will discuss simple and effective topical protocols for occasional acne, dandruff, lice, and scar tissue with essential oils and infused oils.

    We will spend part of our time together creating delicious and skin nourishing herbal treats. We will make and apply a variety of skin food during class including; clay facial masks with hydrosol, cooling herbal body paste, soothing facial serums, decadent facial and body creams,enlightening hair oils and more.

    2016 Herbal Skin Care for 21st Century November
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    Harvesting Medicinal Roots

    with Bryan Bowen and Autumn Summers
    Sunday, November 13, 9:30am - 2:30pm
    $75 - $55 sliding scale

    Fall is one of the best times to harvest the roots of medicinal plants. Come to the CSHS Garden and learn how to properly harvest and process herbal roots for the optimal medicinal properties. Class includes hands harvesting of Echinacea, Comfrey, Elecampane, Burdock and more. After harvesting we will discuss some of the ways to utilize these fresh roots for medicinal preparations.

    2016 Harvesting Medicinal Roots
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    Wild Mushroom ID and Walk

    with Autumn Summers
    Friday, November 18, 6:30-9pm (class) & Saturday, November 19, 10:00 am - 3:00pm(field trip)
    $80 - $70 sliding scale

    During the Friday evening lecture you will learn the basics of mushroom identification and guidelines for selecting and harvesting local fungi. On our excursion into the woods the next day we will put into practice how to accurately identify and ethically gather the delicious edible and medicinal mushrooms that flourish on the Sonoma and Marin Coast and the greater Bay Area. Depending on weather conditions these may include Chanterelles, Boletes, Turkey Tails and more... Location of field trip to be decided depending on weather conditions the week before the class.

    2016 Wild Mushroom Walk
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    Herbal Holiday Gift Making

    with Trinity Ava & Autumn Summers
    Saturday, December 3, 10am - 3pm
    $90 - $75 sliding scale

    Handmade holiday gifts are a valued treasure! Create holiday magic with unique and inspiring hand crafted herbally based gifts. Learn how to create decadent and cost effective gifts for the entire family that will have them begging you to make more year after year! You will learn how to make: luscious lip balm, healing salve, skin nourishing cream, anti-oxidant packed facial serum, bath salts, herbal honey's and more. Recipes, samples and packaging examples will be provided to each student.

    2016 Herbal Holiday Gift Making
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    Herbal Wreath Making

    with Hedda Brorstrom of Full Bloom Flower Farm
    Sunday, December 4, 10am - 1pm
    $50 - $40 sliding scale

    Learn how to create a beautiful and unique evergreen holiday wreathes. Join Hedda Brorstrom of Full Bloom Flower Farm for a fun, educational, and creative experience. We will focus on the mechanics of wreath making and learn about local, seasonal ingredients as students fashion lichens, succulents, berries, eucalyptus and evergreens into wonderful wreaths. Crafting is an important part of our collective history and wreath making lets us see the beauty of the Winter season as we begin to forage and collect and preserve our year's harvests. Class will be held in the warm and cozy barn at the California School of Herbal Studies.

    2016 Wreath Making
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