– Classes & Curandero Clients by Arrangement


Hi! Checkout our Spring 2020 CLASSES!

    ! Basic Medicine Making for Beginners ! - 1 Saturday

   !! Advanced Disaster Herbalism¬†- 5 weeks

  Register:  curandero50@gmail.com

Online Offerings (Herbs 'R Us!)

Keep busy and challenged enjoying our online content, which offers a free introduction to Hispanic Herbalism.

Charles Garcia 21feb2013

  • Read about our fun and fascinating Director, Charles R Garcia, a 3rd-generation curandero in the California Hispanic tradition.
  • Explore herbalism in practice reading the Articles collection.
  • Learn more or test your knowledge by reading about Plants, both common and some less-familiar species and their herbal benefits.
  • Find some powerful and delicious healing Recipes in these pages, too!

Spring 2020 Classes

! Basic Medicine Making for

One Saturday.  Topics include how to make a proper medicinal tea, a traditional¬†mustard plaster, tinctures and poultices. This class has been taught in the past and drew high praise from students. Hands on - easy to understand and easy to do.

Monkshood 1

Everything needed will be provided by the School.

Date:   March 14th Saturday
Times:  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:  2801 Lincoln Ave, Richmond, CA
Duration:  One Session

Cost: $175 ($50 Kids under 12)
Advance registration is required.
Prepayment: Paypal.curandero50@gmail.com
Register via e-mail: curandero50@gmail.com

!! Advanced Disaster Herbalism

Five Sessions. A five-week course continuing on the use of herbal medicine in long term disaster situations, such as earthquakes, social upheaval, wildfires, power outages, and perhaps a zombie apocalypse. (Not really.)

Heavy on practical hands on training.

kitchen labeled bottles

Starting: March 26th Thursday evening
Times:   7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:  2801 Lincoln Ave, Richmond, CA
Duration:  Five (5) Sessions

Cost: $175.25   
Advance registration is required.
Prepayment: Paypal.curandero50@gmail.com
Register via e-mail: curandero50@gmail.com

More Classes

From your suggestions, courses on request. For example:

Native Plants!

An experimental course focusing only on the plants used by California Natives, with less input from European herbs. This will be more hands on.

California Poppy at Shell Beach by Dixie Green Sharp Feb 2016

Survivalists? Preppers!

Especially for the Prepper and Survivalist Community, because you can only stock up so much medicine for so long until it goes bad! From Co-Director Lori Pino, this course will be an Intensive based on the survival techniques in Forever Faire and the sequel Return to Faire.

Chuck's Early Morning Garden 5-27-2014

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.

Contact Us


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

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