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Recent Public Lectures

speaking engagements
the healing techniques of Juana Briones
Healing Herbs and Techniques of Juana Briones, the "First Lady of San Francisco"

A special lecture by Charles Garcia, developed for the California Historical Society as it honors 'Founding Mother Of San Francisco' Juana Briones with a Six-Month Exhibition, beginning January 26th, 2014.

Date: Wednesday April 23, 2014juana briones lectureLocation: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Time: 6:00 pmCost: $5 general admission
(Free for California Historical Society members)

fresno county library
Fresno Library logo leaves The Curandero and Holistic Health
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013Location: Woodward Park Regional Library
Description:  Curanderos (traditional healers) discuss their approach to herbal medicines and holistic health.

Special Weekend Classes

topics on request
citizen-saved park!
Herb Walk at Samuel P. Taylor State Park

A gentle easy walk thru the redwoods near Point Reyes in Marin County. Just off Sir Francis Drake Drive this park was scheduled to close but was saved by concerned citizens and the US Park Service.

Be prepared for a narrow path but lots of shade. A lecture will be held in a natural redwood grove.

Date:
Time:
Saturday, July 12th
10:30 a.m.
Location: Samuel P. Taylor State Park -map-
Marin County, CA
Meet-up: Meet in the rear parking area. Look for the guy in the blue-jean jacket with many patches, and a hat.Cost: $25 donation
Children under twelve are free.
(No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.)
Supplies: Bring a walking stick, camera, notebook, water, and lunch.
Chuck blue jacket black hat
Photo courtesy of Charles R Garcia
Chuck at Clark Fork Campground
Photo courtesy of Karen Hellmuth

Outsiders in Ventura
Special Weekend in Southern California
Dates: August 3-4, 2013Location:  342 Bard Lane, Ventura, CA
Times: 10am to 6pm, 10am to 3pm
Hosts: Karen Hellmuth
Darlene Fernandez
Register:  by Invitation, via Events on FB
Description:  Sat. 10am - 1:30pm    GRANDMA GARCIAS HEALING FOOD AND RECIPES
Sat. 6pm - 9:15pm      CURANDERISMO, PRAYER, RITUAL, AND HAUNTINGS
Sun. 10am - 1:15pm   SHELTERING IN PLACE - THE MINI HERBAL GARDENinvisible (white) text inserted here resolves the section-width problem and also adds an extra line to provide a border for the image below
darlene and friend on log


Harmony Hut Healing in Tucson
Curanderismo, Ritual, Prayer and Hauntings - and a Limpia
Hosts: The Harmony Hut Healing Arts CooperativeLocation: 2004 E. Spring St., Tucson, AZ
Dates: July 20-21, 2013
Contact: Darcey Blue
Description:  The study of cultural uses of prayer and ritual for healing purposes within the Hispanic culture, as used by curanderos and curanderas. A medicine bag and medicine pouch will be shown and a limpia (healing/soul retrieval) will be performed. Not for the faint of heart or the unbelieving.

harmony hut limpia drawing

how to think about it

Sheltering in Place---The Mini Herbal Garden

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2013Location: Richmond, California
Description:   A class on the most important herbs IMHO to have in a disaster. Tips on making tinctures, compresses, and poultices will be shown. 3 student minimum.

Recent Broadcasts

TalkRadio Zombie Radio July 12, 2013

Jackie Chin's Zombiepalooza Radio: Dead Again July 12, 2013 11pm

Zombiepalooza Radio Friday nights on www.ztalkradio.com with host Jackie Chin

Charles Garcia photo

Charles (Doc) Garcia...third generation herbalist and curandero...a folk healer. The family is native to California since 1792 on one side and 10,000 BCE on the other.

Founder and director of the California School of Hispanic Herbalism. Street herbalist for the homeless in the San Francisco east bay. Former newspaper columnist and novelist of post apocalyptic fantasy.

Talking about herbs during an apocalypse scenario, and his book, "Forever Faire" about a post-apocalyptic Northern California.


Recent Classes

five flavors dinner–lecture series
Evening 1. Traditional Herbs for Diabetes
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013  7 PMFive Flavors Herbs logo Location: Held at Five Flavors Herbs
Includes a Light Dinner Next Session: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Description:  Simple and esoteric herbs for the control of diabetes as used by California Hispanics and some southwest native peoples.

Evening 2. Curanderismo, Prayer, Ritual & Hauntings
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013  7 PM  Five Flavors Herbs logo Location: Held at Five Flavors Herbs
Includes a Light Dinner Next Session: Wednesday, July 10
Description:  The study of cultural uses of prayer and ritual for healing purposes within the Hispanic culture, as used by curanderos and curanderas. A medicine bag and medicine pouch will be shown and a limpia (healing/soul retrieval) will be demonstrated. Not for the faint of heart or the unbelieving.

Evening 3. Ten Herbs - Part 1
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013  7 PM  Five Flavors Herbs logo Location: Held at Five Flavors Herbs
Includes a Light Dinner Next Session: Wednesday, July 24
Description:  Ten herbs, some well known, some a bit more esoteric, discussed in detail with an occasional companion herb. This lecture will focus on multipurpose herbs and their use in various types of healing; physical, psychological, and spiritual when appropriate.

Evening 4. Ten Herbs - Part 2
Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013  7 PM  Five Flavors Herbs logo Location: Held at Five Flavors Herbs
Includes a Light Dinner Next Session: Wednesday, July 31
Description:  Ten herbs, some well known, some a bit more esoteric, discussed in detail with an occasional companion herb. This lecture will focus on multipurpose herbs and their use in various types of healing; physical, psychological, and spiritual when appropriate.

Evening 5. The Poison Path, The Healing Trail
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2013  7 PM  Five Flavors Herbs logo Location: Held at Five Flavors Herbs
Includes a Light Dinner Next Session: Wednesday, August 14
Description:  Many herbs and minerals which are poisonous were used for healing. Did they work? And if so, should they still be used? Enjoy a lecture from someone who knows. (No samples will be given.)

Evening 6. Grandma Garcia’s Healing Foods & Recipes
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2013  7 PM  Five Flavors Herbs logo Location: Held at Five Flavors Herbs
Includes a Light Dinner Next Session:All Sessions Complete.
Description:  A fun and gentle class delving into the healing foods and recipes of the late Martha Navarro Garcia, a California curandera and partera. In her last years she shared many of these recipes with her son who presents them now for the first time.

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Grandma Garcia's at 5 flavors 8-14-2013

Recent Festivals

resurgence reimagined
Herbal Resurgence logo  2014 HerbFolk Gathering herb folk gathering image and link
Dates: September 18 to 21, 2014
Location: Mormon Lake, Coconino Forest, Arizona
More Info: http://www.planthealer.org/herbfolk.html
“The Enchanted Forest” is the theme for ’14, a folkloric gathering expected to be utterly magical in the sense of a mysterious as well as purposeful natural world that informs and inspires, as well as helps to heal our wounds. Some of the most important ways that it is communicated are through awakened physical senses, through its mythic dimensions and well told stories.

the medicine woman's roots
Herbal Resurgence logo 2013 Herbal Resurgence Rendezvous formerly The Traditions In Western Herbalism Conference
Dates: September 19 to 22, 2013Location: Mormon Lake
Registration Opens: 9:00 AMCoconino Forest
Rendezvous Begins: 3:00 PMN. Arizona
Registration: Weekend or Day Passes, Adult and Youth

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