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Creating Successful Herbal Practitioners for Clinical Practice

By Pam Fischer
Executive Director, OHC
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The Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies is a unique place.

We are a small school run by clinical herbalists.  Our desire is to mentor powerful budding herbalists and send them into their community with the tools they will need to navigate the various challenges that face their careers.  After students graduate, Ohlone continues to play a supportive role as in helping students actualize their dreams.  

We are proud of the successes our studen…

Hardly Strictly Herbal: Local Medicine Series

A fundraiser for the Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic, a free clinic for low-income women with cancer …

The Ohlone Herbal Center and The Scarlet Sage Herb Co. are proud to announce Hardly Strictly Herbal: a Local Medicine Series, a new teaching salon in San Francisco. This DIY self-care series of herbal topics will be taught at the San Francisco Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic space at 2601 Mission St, Suite 201, at the corner of 22nd St. This five month-long lecture series

Women’s Wisdom Workshop Series

We are excited to announce our guest lecture series for 2012: Women’s Wisdom Workshop Series!

This collection of women herbalists have been movers and shakers who have powerfully transformed herbalism in our Northern California communities. Tap into this resource by joining Ohlone as we take an adventure into the divine feminine and honor the wisdom of our women.

All Women’s Wisdom Workshops are $100 a day, advanced registration is required. To read full class description…

Free Herb Walk in San Francisco

The incredible Alemany Farm ( is hosting an urban herb walk by Katie Delwiche, a former student at Ohlone, this coming Sunday morning Sept. 18th, 2011 from 10:00-11:30, with a potluck to follow.  Learn remedies to stay healthy through autumn and winter.  This is a free and kid-friendly event.  More info on Katie’s blog:

Herbal Medicine Show

Come celebrate the culmination of the herbal Intensive Program, with the apprentices, faculty and friends! We will be hosting an herbal craft fair consisting of our herbal potions, lotions, and elixirs. The student’s homemade medicines and other herbal goods will be available for purchase.

There will be food and drink available for purchase, as well as musical entertainment for all to enjoy! We will also provide free student guided herb walks through the neighborhood.

The Me…

City Schools: Reflections from an Urban Herbalist

Reflections from an Urban Herbalist


By Pam Fischer, August 2nd, 2011


Many herb schools are located in the sacred temple of the woods.  In these places there is more immediate access to the mindfulness of the plant spirits.  There the pace of life slows and we are reminded by the breeze and the buzzing of bees about the present moment.  In these temples we find   teachers who have created these sanctuaries from the very depth of their hearts.  They magnify their love for …

Atava Garcia Swiecicki: Love Potion No. 9

Ohlone teacher Atava Garcia Swiecicki is featured in the article “Love Potion No. 9: It Only Works If You Intend It To” by Rheba Estante. She discusses love potions, herbalism and one of her workshops.

Likewise, the intention we hold when making a love potion has a strong influence on the power and quality of the product. When we make our potion with the intention of attracting love, each time we take it we can reaffirm this intention. In this way, the power of the p…

Indigenous Lecture Series

This monthly lecture series by leading herbalists starts January 2011 through June 2011. Each guest lecturer will also lead a workshop on the following Saturday (and some on Sunday as well) on the same subject.


Friday Night Lectures are 7-9 pm and Saturday and Sunday workshops are 10-5 pm. To sign up, please visit the “Classes & Registration” page under the “School” tab. Sign up for lecture at least 24 hours in advance (by Thursday 7 pm day before) f…

Marion Souyoultzis’ Passing

It is with great sadness that I inform you of Marion’s passing.  Marion passed away on April 6th, 2010. She was 61.


She was a dear friend, a beloved teacher, a supportive colleague and a companion for the mission of Ohlone Herbal Center. We all will deeply miss the presence of her generous open-hearted soul as well as her continuous dedication to learning more, understanding all aspects of health and healing and the passion she brought to her teaching.

In addition to being a m…

Herbal Non-Profit and School, Programs, Clinics and Accomplishments for 2009

  • Non-profit status
  • New Location
  • Program changes
  • Clinic
  • Herb Rooms
  • Projects
  • National status


The last two years have been a very exciting time for the Center. With a lot of thought and hard work, we have made some substantial changes.


Non-profit Status
In June of 2006, we began working on our transition to non-profit status. After many hours of paperwork and much waiting, we finally received our official non-profit status on June 9, 2009.


The Big Move
This June, we move…

Herbalism Career Path Strong in Today’s Weak Economy

This statement might sound counter-intuitive to an aspiring herbal student or seasoned practitioner. However, given our current ongoing economic downturn and the difficult, controversial efforts surrounding healthcare reform, the reality is that the time couldn’t be better for herbal students and practitioners to actively involve themselves in their communities. The high cost of an emergency room visit, office visits that last 10-15 minutes and isolate health issu…