Sierra Herbfest Deadman's Creek
Sierra Herbfest Deadman's Creek

Coming to California July 2021!

The Sierra Herbfest

Reserve your space now!

Cooling off in the Stream
Cooling Off in the Stream



We are excited about Sierra Herbfest 2021. Join us!

Classes offered online via ZOOM in the Fall season.

Curandero Clients, Limpias, Special Classes by Arrangement

Sierra Herbfest 2021 July!

Sierra Herbfest Creek
Sierra Herbfest Creek

Sierra Herbfest Attendees
Sierra Herbfest Attendees

The California School of Hispanic Herbalism is happy to announce the return of the biennial High Sierra Herbfest and Primitive Skills Meet!

Set your calendar for July 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th! Set up is Thursday the 8th and we could use help. We hope folks will show up on Friday or early Saturday.

For those interested in the 2021 Last Annual High Sierra Herbfest and Primitive Skills Meet:

We are asking a donation of $50 USD for our hard work and supplies we will have to purchase for this event.

Reserve your space now!

  • If you camp in our group site your camping fees are covered. (Yah!) If you want more privacy you must pay your own camp fees.
  • Scheduled to coincide with the new moon in July - for stargazing!
  • Charles will be bringing a telescope. If you have one bring it.
  • If it crosses your mind, bring something to trade. Dear friend Joe Schilling will be in charge of the trade blanket.
  • Also if he is up to it Joe will show you how to make a capote with a large spare blanket. (The one he sent me saved my #@%$ on a cold windy day here in Richmond.)
  • Some of the planned activities will be making a capote (a coat sewn from a wool blanket) taught by Joe Schilling. Purchase a surplus blanket online and bring it up with you.
  • Wilderness First Aid taught by LVN, EMT, and First Aid instructor Linda Garcia. Take notes. This can save your life.
  • Knife knowledge and sharpening. 
  • If our good friend Mark Steele is able to join us, prepare for a fascinating lecture on water purification.
  • A cooking lesson or two on the use of cast iron pots. Meat, breads, veggies.
  • Herb lectures on the use of Native American herbs, introduced European herbs, and medicine making. Bring some pint bottles, wax, and olive oil.
  • Spinning and natural dyes taught by Ruth McConnell, Kristy Schilling, and Iris Weaver. 
  • Perhaps a dramatic reading of a chapter from FOREVER FAIRE one evening. 
  • A community sing. (Don't be embarrassed. It's fun to sing.) 
  • A lecture on trepanning. Volunteers might be needed. (Just joking.)
  • A short herb walk and perhaps a bit of harvesting. This depends on the amount of plants available. Currently it appears Mullein will be in great supply.
  •  A possible lecture on knife self defense for women by Sarah Garcia.
  • Fire making by Joe Schilling.
  • Spoon making with hot embers.
  • How to make great coffee.
  • Preserving meat with spices.
  • Pickling. (Bring vinegar and quart jars.)
  • If there is time and interest...jamming.

More info soon!

from the Director:

The Herbfest was inspired by the Mid Atlantic Primitive Skills gattherings in Virginia and Maryland where Lynn and I taught off and on for several years. Charles taught herbs and Lynn taught First Aid for adults and kids. 

Charles started the Herbfest 20 years ago making it a semi annual event. Over the years the event took in many different ways skills....some primitive, some survival (like picking locks and handcuffs) and some esoteric like sun cooking, hands-on healing, and drum meditation. 

This year's event will be dedicated to Ross Cox and all others we have said goodbye to in the past several years.

Classes Starting Fall 2021

** Classes on ZOOM! **  Classes may be recorded.

 Hispanic and California Native Herbs

A unique course focusing primarily on the herbs and herbal methods used by Hispanic settlers and Native Californians. This will briefly cover our Asian brethren who added their knowledge and wisdom to the Hispanic lexicon of herbs. This story has seldom if ever been addressed. Estimated to be a 4-to-5 week course.

Anticipated cost $125

Please contact Charles Garcia curandero50@gmail to register.

Starting:  Tuesday April 27th, 2021
Time:   4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Location:  ZOOM! online
Duration:  Four-to-Five (4-5) Sessions

Cost: $110

Advance registration is required.
Register via e-mail:

Payment is through

** Classes on ZOOM! **  Classes may be recorded.

To Lighten Your Heart

Hispanic herbalism has long recognized that depression can be helped by herbs, talk, sunshine, ritual, color, and even food. Furthermore we do not believe in depression.

We believe in DEPRESSIONS, each one needing a specific treatment and plant. All of us have the blues sometimes. But when the blues prevent us from daily tasks, enjoyments, and interfere with your thinking now it becomes something serious.

Therapy and medications can do wonders. I know this to be true. Yet sometimes you need something else!

Learn how lemon balm, tilia, orange blossom, bleeding heart, anemone, rose, and others can lighten your heart. Learn how to prepare each plant, and which individuals or comibinations to use in different situations.

This is estimated to be a three-week course.

Anticipated cost $75

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Starting:  Thursday April 29th, 2021
Time:   4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Location:  ZOOM! online
Duration:  Three (3) Sessions

Cost: $100

Advance registration is required.
Register via e-mail:

** Classes on ZOOM! **  Classes may be recorded.

The Urban Wars

In several works of fiction 2021 is the start of the Urban Wars. These wars begin due to the widening gap of rich and poor. Of course this can never happen. (???)

I have long wondered what herbs would have been used by the insurrectionists from America to Ireland to South America. I’m going to allow my imagination to explore that question by using experiences from people who actually lived through war and collapsing societies.

Can it happen here?

Anticipated cost $125

Payment will be through

Starting:  Sunday May 16th, 2021
Time:   1:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Location:  ZOOM! online
Duration:  Three (3) Sessions (1hour plus)

Cost: $125

Advance registration is required.
Register via e-mail:

Our Purpose

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

The California School of 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.

Charles and Lori will also perform ritual healings based on the folklore rites of curanderismo, for those unfortunates who feel their illness is of a spiritual nature. They also investigate some paranormal activities, and may attempt a "limpia" (cleansing) of a person or place if absolutely necessary. We do not video tape our rituals or limpias for the privacy of our clients and their family. We do not use psychics or mediums in our cases again for reasons of privacy. We do use scientific equipment to help us determine if any paranormal activity is present.

Contact Us


  phone: (510) 672 7849

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