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Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Herbs for Women – A 3-Part Series

– taught by Pamela Fischer and Whitney Staeb

Wednesdays, March 6th, 13th, 20th — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

An intensive class focusing on a woman’s life from puberty through menopause. In different phases of life women are challenged with a variety of discomforts and diseases. Women have unique issues to contend with, from menstrual irregularity to PMS, pregnancy, and childbirth to menopause. In this class, we will explain herbal strategies that can help with each phase of life. We will discuss how to make medicine for toning the reproductive system, improving fertility, and dealing with common menstrual and menopausal issues.

March 6th: Menses, PMS, and Women’s Health

March 13th: Pregnancy and Childbirth

March 20th: Menopause and the Wisdom Years

Cost: $70.00 each or $190.00 for the series

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Herbs for Women Series
190 USD
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Women's Health
70 USD
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Pregnancy
70 USD
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Menopause
70 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Indigenous Lecture Series: Himalayan Bon Tradition

– with Bonpo, Dhan B. Lama (Gyaba)

Friday, March 8th, 2019 — 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Himalayan Bon Healing has been practiced in the Himalayas from the beginning of time. Until the 1960s, When the Western medical system was first introduced in Nepal, the Himalayan Bon healing had been the only healthcare system in the Himalayas. Still today, the majority of the native Himalayan peoples prefer Bon Healing to modern medical system, especially among the older population. Time tested for thousands of years and directly connected to the invisible force of the universe, there is no spiritual force more powerful than the Bonpo’s healing.
The healers of the Himalayas are known as Bonpo, a revered and honorary title in the native Tamang language for a healer who is endowed with an ability to see life-force beyond the physical body, and who strengthens this force to its optimum by cleansing impurities and empowering it with celestial energies. Renowned for their extraordinary healing power, the Bonpo healers are the avatars, the spiritual doctors, endowed with pure, untainted and infallible spiritual forces who, out of compassion, take birth as ordinary humans to heal the world.
This presentation will take you back to the beginning of time, the origin of Bonpos and their healing, and to a new insight into life and health.

Cost:$25.00 (all proceeds for this lecture will go toward our scholarship fund)

Item Name:
Bon Lecture
25 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Himalayan Bon Group Healing Workshop

– with Bonpo, Dhan B. Lama (Gyaba)

Saturday, March 9th, 2019 — 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Bonpo, Dhan B. Lama (Gyaba) will guide a group healing session and demonstration of empowerment. For those people who need empowerment and healing, for example, those suffering from misfortune for unknown reasons, those who feel confused or have deep constant fear in life, we will arrange this ceremony as a demonstration and a learning experience. The ceremony takes time, and needs quite a bit of preparation of material. One to two volunteers in the group will be selected to receive healing. This is a rare and unique opportunity to witness a master at work. Bonpo, Dhan B Lama (Gyaba) will be available for private sessions on Sunday, and during the next few months, before returning to his home in the Himalayas.

Cost:$125.00 

Item Name:
Bon Workshop
125 USD

Held at Tilden Park, Seaview Trail

Address: Grizzly Peak Blvd and Lomas Cantadas, Orinda, CA  94563 (at overflow parking)

Herb Walk: Tilden Park, Seaview Trail

– Led by Dana Aronson

Sunday, March 10th, 2019 — 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Please join us for a stroll on the Seaview Trail in Tilden Park! We will be identifying plants along the trail and discussing their medicinal properties and ways to ID each plant. If you’re interested in learning about the plants growing around you, we welcome you to join. This trail is moderate. Please bring comfortable shoes, a light jacket, a snack, water, and a pen and paper (optional).

Plants we will potentially see along the way: Mugwort, Cow Parsnip, Blackberry, Thistle, Dock, Elder, Bay, Oak, and Morel.

Cost: $25.00

Item Name:
Tilden Seaview
25 USD

Held at Our Pleasant Hill campus

Address: Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center, 315 Cortsen Rd., Pleasant Hill, CA

Herbs for Women – A 3-Part Series

– taught by Pamela Fischer and Whitney Staeb

Tuesdays, March 19th, 26th and April 2nd — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

An intensive class focusing on a woman’s life from puberty through menopause. In different phases of life women are challenged with a variety of discomforts and diseases. Women have unique issues to contend with, from menstrual irregularity to PMS, pregnancy, and childbirth to menopause. In this class, we will explain herbal strategies that can help with each phase of life. We will discuss how to make medicine for toning the reproductive system, improving fertility, and dealing with common menstrual and menopausal issues.

March 19th: Menses, PMS, and Women’s Health

March 26th: Pregnancy and Childbirth

April 2nd: Menopause and the Wisdom Years

Cost: $70.00 each or $190.00 for the series

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PH: Herbs for Women
190 USD
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PH: Women's Health
70 USD
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PH: Pregnancy
70 USD
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PH: Menopause
70 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Empowerment Through the Menstrual Cycle

– Taught by Veronica Ricksen

Thursdays, March 28th and April 25th — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Just as there are four seasons in a year, women experience four “seasons,” or menstrual phases—menstruation, pre-ovulation, ovulation, pre-menstruation—throughout a menstrual cycle. The menstrual phases are brought on by changing levels of hormones and each phase gives women access to different strengths and abilities.
We’ll discuss how our “inner seasons” effect us physically, emotionally and mentally and how to use this knowledge as a tool to optimize and plan our personal and professional lives. We’ll also cover charting basics for cycle awareness, pregnancy achievement or avoidance, and herbal remedies for a healthy cycle.
You’ll receive your copy of the “Menstrual Calendar Journal: Track your cycle, change your life” workbook during the first class (see www.kapu.community/track). In the second class, we’ll review your month-long tracking experience and answer remaining questions.
 
*This class is intended for women who are not on hormonal birth control or who are considering stopping hormonal birth control.

Cost: $120.00 (includes the Menstrual Calendar Journal: Track your cycle, change your life workbook

Item Name:
Empowerment
120 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Introduction to Flower Essences: A 4-Part Series

– taught by Amanda Narin, Clinical Herbalist

Sundays, March 31st, April 28th, May 26th, June 30th — 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This 4-part series will introduce students to the wonderful world of flower essences.  Flower essences are accessible medicine that can support and heal our mind, body, heart and soul. Each session will focus on a particular aspect of wholism, and students will learn how to inhabit their bodies, direct their minds, open their hearts,  and discover their creative forces.

About Amanda:

Herbs have been a portal for Amanda, a gateway to healing and transforming outdated views to ones that better suit her life’s path. Learning and being around plants and flowers put her in the timeless state she remembers as a 4-year old playing outside, smelling the grass, and feeling the gentle spring breeze—all while experiencing an intense vitality and excitement for life. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University Hayward, where she studied factors that contribute to a person’s elemental temperament and world view. She has a keen interest in hearing others’ stories and understanding how their current perspectives have been shaped by past experiences.

Amanda is a lifelong student of esoteric and spiritual subjects, ranging from astrology to A Course in Miracles. A common thread in her studies is that people are already whole and healed, and one’s life journey is a process of remembering this truth. Flower essences are her specialty, as she finds they help unearth subtle, but profound changes that are waiting to be brought forward in a person’s life.  She is comfortable holding a space for those going through—or wanting to go through—a transformative part of their journeys. Amanda feels her role as a clinical western herbalist and flower essence practitioner is to offer suggestions and support, whether physical, emotional, and/or spiritual assistance is needed.

Cost for the series: $90.00

Item Name:
Flower Essences
90 USD

Held at Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve

Address: 7087 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA  94611

Herb Walk: Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve

– Led by Dana Aronson

Sunday, April 7th, 2019 — 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Please join us for a stroll through Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve! We will be identifying plants along the trail and discussing their medicinal properties and ways to ID each plant. If you’re interested in learning about the plants growing around you, we welcome you to join. This trail is moderate. Please bring comfortable shoes, a light jacket, a snack, water, and a pen and paper (optional).

Plants we will potentially see along the way: Chickweed, Plantain, Figwort, Nettle, Mugwort, Manzanita, Uva Ursi, and more.

Cost: $25.00

Item Name:
Huckleberry
25 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Botanical Beauty: Illuminate Your Skin from the Inside Out — A 4-Part Series

– taught by Patty Liu, Clinical Herbalist; Owner of Free Flow Botanicals

Tuesdays, April 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

In this four-part workshop series, students will learn holistic ways in which herbs, food ingredients, and self-care practices can support healthy, vibrant skin. We’ll explore different forms of herbal preparations and their numerous benefits to the skin, both internally and externally. Discover which natural ingredients are best suited for your skin type, and use them to create your own custom blended face and body care products. Together we’ll make a variety of beauty products and herbal remedies, including facial steams, cleansers, toners, masks, scrubs, salves, teas, vinegars, and bath salts. You will leave with an assortment of products and simple do-it-yourself (DIY) recipes to share with family and friends. We’ll wrap up the series with a spa night, pampering ourselves with luxurious facial treatments.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Become familiar with natural ingredients that are used in common skincare products
  • Learn how diet, lifestyle, and self-care practices can support skin health and beauty
  • Select ingredients best suited to their skin type
  • Make their own custom blends of face and body care products

 

About Patty:

Patty Liu is a Clinical Western Herbalist and Reiki Practitioner with a passion for creating plant-based products that balance inner and outer beauty. In 2017, she started Free Flow Botanicals (www.freeflowbotanicals.com), a modern herbal apothecary which offers holistic health consultations, Reiki healing treatments, and plant-based beauty and wellness products. Patty is a graduate of the Ohlone Herbal Center, where she is currently an instructor. When she is not seeing clients or making products, Patty enjoys baking, hiking, perusing bookstores, and taking trips to her favorite Korean day spa.

Cost for the series: $225.00 (Includes $25.00 materials fee)

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Botanical Beauty
225 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, Suite G, Berkeley, CA

Garden to Pharmacy: DIY Medicines — A 3-Part Series

– taught by Dana Aronson

Thursdays, April 11th, 18th, and 25th — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Plant Extractions: Uses of Alcohol, Water, Vinegars and Glycerites
Join us for a class all about plant extraction. Extractions are a great way to preserve a plants life. With dried plants, the shelf life tends to be a year or so, but with extractions, it can enhance the shelf life by 10+ years! We will be covering how to make extractions of water, alcohol, vinegar and glycerites with medicinal plants. We will be discussing the pros and cons of each extraction and which plants are best suited for each extraction. Fresh plants, dried plants and powdered plants are most common and we will be using these throughout this class. At the end of this class, we will be making a glycerite and an infused vinegar.Botanical Blends: Fire Cider, GI Bitters and Syrups
Come learn about common herbal blends that have been used in herbalism for centuries. In this class we will learn how to make bitters, and syrups. What is Fire Cider you ask? Fire Cider is a concoction used to fight off colds and flu during the winter months. Compiled with ingredients that are easy to find anywhere, it is smart to have this in the cupboard ready for when sickness strikes! What are bitters? Bursting with bitter flavor, when consumed, these plants instincitvely stimulate the production of gastric juices, bile and saliva for complete digestion. Lastly, syrups are a tasty way to incorporate herbs into your daily practice, especially if the herbs aren’t as palatable. Delicious by the spoonful, they also add an herbal boost to teas, recipes, desserts or added to your favorite bubbly beverage. At the end of this class, we will make a syrup and fire cider
Topicals: Medicinal Oils, Liniments, Salves and Lotions
Our skin is the biggest organ on our body and it can do some pretty amazing things. Our skin absorbs most of what we put on it, and with topicals, this is another way to get herbal medicines into the body. Infusing oils is the first step to making topical herbal products. Oils can be used for the body, for the hair, even to put into the ear! In this class, you can expect discussion on how to preserve plants through oil extraction. We will be covering different methods of oil infusions, plants best suited for these types of extractions. Liniments, salves and lotions can be used for a wide variety of things like rashes, sprains, bruising, tension, hydration, pain and more. This class will discuss how to make liniments, salves and lotions and the differences between the three.  With this, we will also be discussing which herbs are commonly used in these different methods. At the end of class, we will make a salve and lotion.

Cost for each class: $50.00 + $15.00 materials fee)

Cost for the series: $140.00 + $45.00 materials fee)

Item Name:
Garden to Pharmacy
185 USD
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Plant Extractions
65 USD
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Botanical Blends
65 USD
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Topicals
65 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Indigenous Lecture Series: Planting the Seeds for Humanity

– with Grandmother Flordemayo, Mayan, From the Highlands of Central America

Friday, April 12, 2019 — 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Grandmother will discuss her guiding vision in creating the seed temple and explain why this work is crucial in these times. To learn more about Grandmother Flordemayo’s work please visit her website.
Co-sponsored by The Society for the study of Indigenous Wisdom, Healing and Transformation

Cost:$30.00 (all proceeds for this lecture will go toward our scholarship fund)

Item Name:
Flordemayo Lecture
30 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Indigenous Lecture Workshop: Awaken Into the New Dawn

– with Grandmother Flordemayo, Mayan, From the Highlands of Central America

Saturday, April 13, 2019 — 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

7 K’at on the Mayan Calendar is an ideal day for balancing energies for future generations. This day long workshop will include a group healing ceremony and guided meditation aligned with
this vision. Grandmother Flordemayo will be available for private sessions on Sunday, 4/14. In preparation for the day long workshop and individual sessions, Grandmother Flordemayo will
attune to the collective energy of those present and draw inspiration and guidance from Spirit. Grandmother Flordemayo will teach as they feel guided, sharing exactly what’s needed.
To learn more about Grandmother Flordemayo’s work please visit her website.
Co-sponsored by The Society for the study of Indigenous Wisdom, Healing and Transformation

Cost:$150.00 

Item Name:
Flordemayo Workshop
150 USD

Held at Joaquin Miller Park

Address: 3300 Joaquin Miller Rd., Oakland, CA  94602 (at the intersection of Joaquin Miller Road and Skyline)

Herb Walk: Joaquin Miller Park, Dunn Trailhead

– Led by Dana Aronson

Sunday, May 5th, 2019 — 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Please join us for a stroll through Joaquin Miller Park! We will be identifying plants along the trail and discussing their medicinal properties and ways to ID each plant. If you’re interested in learning about the plants growing around you, we welcome you to join. This trail is moderate. Please bring comfortable shoes, a light jacket, a snack, water, and a pen and paper (optional).

Plants we will potentially see along the way: Milky Oats, Lemon Balm, Elder, California Poppy, Yarrow, Sticky Monkey Flower, and more.

This link will show you our exact meeting site: https://goo.gl/maps/f1Pvff6brLs

Cost: $25.00

Item Name:
Joaquin Park
25 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

An Introduction to Herbalism

– taught by Staff

Fridays, May 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st; Herb walk Sunday, May 26th — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

This 4-part class is for the beginner who wants to bring herbs into their everyday life. We will explore the many facets of herbs and herbal medicine. Class will cover basic human physiology and common herbal remedies for each body system. Students will learn to prepare a number of herbal products, including herbal extracts, salves, lotions, syrups and teas. This class includes an herb walk to a local natural area.

Cost for the series: $450.00 (Includes all materials)

Item Name:
May Intro to Herbs
450 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Open House 

– with Ohlone Herbal Center Staff

Thursday, May 16th, 2019 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Please join us for an evening of presentations to learn about our classes and programs. Meet our directors, instructors, medicine makers, and students who will share about their studies and work in the field.

Ohlone Center offers a wide array of short-term classes from a number professional herbalists and teachers throughout the country. We also offer a clinical training program in a 2- or 3-year format that consists of over 1,000 hours of direct teacher contact. Students who complete the program graduate with a profound understanding of how to create, promote, and manage a successful practice.

Ohlone’s programs focus on experiential learning. Our intent is to give students personal experience with the effects of plants using their own senses. They are educated on the use of plants across the spectrum of physical, mental, and spiritual healing. Programs are carefully designed to be exciting, intellectually stimulating, and fun.

This event is free and open to the public.

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Kitchen Alchemy — Working with Medicinal Herbs as Food

– taught by Alexandra Hudson, Clinical Herbalist

Sunday, May 19th, 2019: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Since antiquity people have cooked with medicinal herbs to help their bodies run at an optimal level and be immune to the diseases of the time. This seasonally-based series will focus on herbs that can help bodies tonify, adapt, and feel deeply nourished throughout the year.

We will develop culinary skills to nourish self, friends, and family as we explore basic extraction techniques and methods of incorporating medicinal herbs into our daily foods. Recipes explored will appeal to children, adults wishing to perform at their best, and discerning foodies ready to elevate the flavors and medicinal potency of their kitchen game.

The class starts with the Autumn session and meets quarterly through the seasons. It is heavy on the learning-by-doing. Students will walk away with liquid-infusions in the process, a few samplers of the food items we make in class, and a solid launch point from which to continue the exploration of integrating with the seasons via food and herbal medicine.

SUMMER Harvest season is underway and nourishing the heart is key in this time of making hay while the sun is out. This is the time when the fields and our projects flower and come into fruit, and is a powerful time to work with plants to help us maintain dynamic balance in this most outward of seasons. We sing the song of summer with aphrodisiac honey-infusions, food dehydration techniques, fermented seed bread, fermented hot sauces, and wine/spirit infusions. It’s a lot to cover, but that’s summer!

Cost per class: $65.00 + $10.00 materials fee

Item Name:
Summer Food
75 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Herbal Allies for Energetic Hygiene — A 3-Part Series

– taught by Francisca Santibanez

Tuesday, May 21st, 28th and June 4th, 2019 — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Maintaining a practice of managing the cleanliness and clutter of our energetic and spiritual spaces, can not only increase clarity and efficiency, but also open up space for fresh experiences to enter our lives, boost our ability to reach our goals, and possibly be just the ingredient needed in our healing journey.

In this class, we’ll be going over daily practices, rituals and herbal companions to implement as a supportive structure to allow more effectiveness and easeful flow throughout our day. You will learn about tools to protect, cleanse and release, ground & align and ultimately manifest a life grounded in wellness, ease and joy.

Cost: $200 (includes $20 materials fee)

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Spiritual Hygiene
200 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

An Introduction to Herbalism

– taught by Staff

Thursdays, August 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th; Herb walk Sunday, August 25th — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

This 4-part class is for the beginner who wants to bring herbs into their everyday life. We will explore the many facets of herbs and herbal medicine. Class will cover basic human physiology and common herbal remedies for each body system. Students will learn to prepare a number of herbal products, including herbal extracts, salves, lotions, syrups and teas. This class includes an herb walk to a local natural area.

Cost for the series: $450.00 (Includes all materials)

Item Name:
August Intro to Herbs
450 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

Address: 1250 Addison Street, #113, Berkeley, CA

Herbs for Colds and Flu

– taught by Staff

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 — 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Learn how to care for yourself and loved ones with herbs during the cold season. We will discuss preventative care, natural and effective immune system support, the stages for common seasonal illnesses, and how to prepare your own home remedies for your family, friends, and community. Come drink warm tea, make some medicine with us, and prepare for a naturally healthy cold and flu season.

Cost for the series: $25.00

Item Name:
Colds and Flu
25 USD

Consider Donating

Ohlone Herbal Center is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible. Tax ID #14-1975183

If you would like to donate by check or cash, please send an envelope addressed to:

Ohlone Herbal Center
1250 Addison St. #113
Berkeley, CA 94702