ZOOM Classes!

ZOOM Classes Now! February 2021

Classes for March 2021

2021 Sierra Herbfest!



Classes offered online via ZOOM during the pandemic.

COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations

**FREE!** COVID-19 Video Lecture

Curandero Clients, Limpias, Special Classes by Arrangement

Classes Starting February 2021

** Classes on ZOOM! **

Black Nightshade
Black Nightshade


 The Poison Path: Poison Plants that Heal

Sometimes morbid, sometimes scary, and always interesting, the Poison Path was once the sobriquet of herbal teachings for centuries.

In two classes students will learn the history of toxic plants from ages past and how they were used to cure, deal with pain, improve beauty (for the time), and eliminate political rivals (a skill still used in some nations).

These plants were also used in religious ceremonies to heal the psyche and the soul.

Classes will start Tuesday February 16th at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. The afternoon hour is for those on the east coast who might join us.

Due to the breadth of the topic a third class might be added for free!

Cost of the course is $75 ($95 Canadian) Please contact Charles Garcia curandero50@gmail to register. Payment is through paypal.me/curandero50 

This class may be recorded.

Starting:  Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
Time:   4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Location:  ZOOM! online
Duration:  Two-to-Three (2-3) Sessions

Cost: $75 ($95 Canadian)

Advance registration is required.
Prepayment: paypal.me/curandero50
Register via e-mail: curandero50@gmail.com


Moutain Yarrow
Mountain Yarrow

Mountain Man Protocols with Herbs

For a little more than a generation the mountain man of legend were the true survivors of the wilderness. Men like Hugh Glass, Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Jeremiah Johnston (yes he was real) opened paths to the west. How they lived are still studied by historians and bushcraft enthusiasts. Using these protocols for survival a new way to study herbs has been developed.

Fire, water, food, shelter were the primary rules for survival. What herbs can be used to match these necessities? What can bring you warmth? What can help your thirst? What will sustain you for long periods of time?

This type of course has NEVER been taught before. Be the first class to enjoy this novel way of learning basic and advanced herbs.

Starting Thursday February 18th 4 p.m. Pacific Time. This will be three classes.

Cost if the course is $85.

Payment will be through paypal.me/curandero50

This class may be recorded.

Starting:  Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Time:   4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Location:  ZOOM! online
Duration:  Three (3) Sessions

Cost: $85

Advance registration is required.
Prepayment: paypal.me/curandero50
Register via e-mail: curandero50@gmail.com

Classes Starting March 2021

** Classes on ZOOM! **

 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 $110.

Please contact Charles Garcia curandero50@gmail to register. Payment is through paypal.me/curandero50 

This class may be recorded.

Starting:  March 2021
Location:  ZOOM! online
Duration:  Four-to-Five (4-5) Sessions

** Classes on ZOOM! **

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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This class may be recorded.

Starting:  March 2021
Location:  ZOOM! online
Duration:  Three (3) Sessions

** Classes on ZOOM! **

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.

If you want to enjoy novels of the post Urban War period read the "Eve Dallas" police procedurals. Great mysteries.

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 paypal.me/curandero50

This class may be recorded.

Starting:  March 2021
Location:  ZOOM! online
Duration:  Four (4) Sessions

Sierra Herbfest 2021

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.

  • 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.
  • Currently our hopes is to have it during the new moon time of June or July. (Reason, star gazing.)
  • I'll be bringing my 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.)

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. I taught  herbs and Lynn taught first aid for adults and kids. 

I 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. 

We will feature natural dyes, spinning, cast iron cooking, knife sharpening, herbal knowledge, the making of salves, wilderness first aid, fire making, survival tins, and how to make a decent cup of cowboy coffee. If you have a skill you would like to share let us know. 

COVID-19 Information

lavender plant ©2015 by Roane
 lavender in bloom - antiseptic!
chicken matazh ball soup ©2020 by Roane
 chicken soup w/ garlic - antiviral

    ! COVID-19 PREVENTION Recommendations !

We recommend:

– Wash your hands frequently (lavender oil is antiseptic!)
– Stay hydrated (drink lots of water.)
– Avoid close contact with others.
– Take it easy (catch up on your reading.)
– Sleep a lot!

– Keep your energy up (see our recipes!)
– Immune system support (rosehip tea, mustard greens.)
– Chicken soup (garlic, ginger, rosemary, sage, thyme.)
 These herbs are addressed in the COVID-19 video!

– Free!! COVID-19 HERBAL CARE Lecture

Chuck is speaking quietly –
we recommend clicking the CC button or using headphones.

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


  e-mail: curandero50@gmail.com
  phone: (510) 672 7849

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