Charles R. Garcia, Director
Keep busy and challenged enjoying our online content, which offers a free introduction to Hispanic Herbalism.
From your requests and suggestions, courses will soon provide new focuses. For example:
An experimental course focusing only on the plants used by California Natives, with less input from European herbs. This will be more hands on.
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.
Weekend classes in disaster preparedness, teach students how to create Go-Bags, Get Home Bags, and Stay At Home Bags. Learn how to make these life-saving items from scratch, using handy items from a spare backpack or book bag to something as small as carry cases for eye glasses. Compared to commercially available Go-Bags, students can can create their own for less and tailored to their own requirements.
What was wrong with Tiny Tim? (from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol)
There are couple of scholarly papers on the topic. Some researchers believe Tiny Tim was based on Dickens' brother Arthur who did at a young age from a possible kidney ailment. Others suggest rickets: A survey of London children at the time was 60% had rickets. 40% of the adults had it. A Gresham College lecturer says tuberculosis. Which was it?
The students in this class will review the symptoms and come to a diagnoses. They will need to save Tiny Tim, because Tim did NOT die. Scrooge manages to save him with medicines, herbs, etc of that time period.
This course will be offered with Charles in Victorian costume. Charles will stand in for the artist Walter Richard Sickert who suffered terrible health problems from botched surgeries as a child but lived into old age.
Here again the students will need to heal the artist if possible, as they are from the future. Then after being "healed" the artist will ask, "are my paintings still honored in the 21st century?" "Do people know me by my nome de guerre?"
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.
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