– Classes & Curandero Clients by Arrangement


Hi! Checkout our Winter 2020 CLASSES!

    ! Central Valley Hispanic Herbalism - 7 weeks

   !! Disaster Herbalism¬†- 4 weeks

   !! Healing Foods - 1 Saturday

   !! Hispanic Treatments for Depression - 1 Sunday

  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!

Winter 2020 Classes

! Central Valley Hispanic Herbalism

Seven Sessions. A seven week course focusing on the herb healing methods of California's Central Valley. This was a focal point for the Mexican Diaspora after the 1910 Mexican revolution. Immigrants brought herbal knowledge from the old country and adopted the use of herbs already in use by native Americans, Chinese, and established white settlers.

There will be several hands on projects from salves, poultices, teas, and foods.

Comfrey Salve

Starting: January 28 Tuesday evening
Times:   7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location:  2801 Lincoln Ave, Richmond, CA
Duration:  Seven Sessions

$250   Advance registration is required.
Register via e-mail: curandero50@gmail.com

!! Disaster Herbalism

Four Sessions. A four week course focusing 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: January 30 Thursday evening
Times:   7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:  2801 Lincoln Ave, Richmond, CA
Duration:  Four Sessions

$175   Advance registration is required.
Register via e-mail: curandero50@gmail.com


Class in a Day

!! Healing Foods

One Session. A popular course based on Grandma Garcia's recipes for coping with illness. This will include beverages for increasing appetite, foods for diabetes, and an easy method for making fresh cheese (queso fresco). This course will begin on time.

Three students minimum.

healing foods

Date:    February 08 Saturday Morning
Times:   10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location:  2801 Lincoln Ave, Richmond, CA
Duration:  One Session

$150   Advance registration is required.
Register via e-mail: curandero50@gmail.com

!! Hispanic Treatments for Depression

One Session. This course has not been taught for several years and has been requested by many former students. This goes beyond just the use of herbal medicines but also includes cultural aspects of depression, the use of aromas, color, prayer, and ritual.

raspgerry by Roane

Date:    February 16 Sunday Morning
Times:   10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:  2801 Lincoln Ave, Richmond, CA
Duration:  One Session

$100   Advance registration is required.
Register via e-mail: curandero50@gmail.com

More Classes

From your requests and suggestions, courses may provide new focuses, 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

Disaster Preparedness for Everyone!

Lori Harvesting Stinging Nettle

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.

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

  Please leave clear phone messages. Do not rush through.
  Your call will be returned in time.