– Free!! COVID-19 HERBAL CARE Lecture

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Classes & Curandero Clients by Arrangement


Hi! Checkout our Spring 2020 CLASSES!

    ! In Person Classes Postponed due to CA quarantines !

lavender plant ©2015 by Roane
chicken matazh ball soup ©2020 by Roane

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 above!
– **New** video lectures!

   !! Advanced Disaster Herbalism - 5 weeks

     Start Date Postponed

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!

Classes Offered

!! Advanced Disaster Herbalism

kitchen labeled bottles

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. We will cover the use of local and common herbs found in the San Francisco Bay area.

Students will also create their own survival tins!

Discussion will include support for the homeless, disadvantaged populations, the Spanish Flu of 1918-19 and the current novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

Students wil be instructed in serious hygiene, the mixing and use of essential oils to avoid secondary infection, saging tents with white sage smoke, found to be effective against other viruses that are airborne.

In-Person Classes Postponed due to California Quarantine

Starting: Start TBA -Thursday evenings
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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