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Held at our Berkeley Campus 

The Illustrated Herbiary — A book reading and sensory exploration with Author, Maia Toll 

Tuesday, September 18th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Rosemary is for remembrance; sage is for wisdom. The symbolism of plants — whether in the ancient Greek doctrine of signatures or the Victorian secret language of flowers — has fascinated us for centuries.
Please join us for a free evening with contemporary herbalist, Maia Toll, for a sensory introduction to medicinal plants, intuition, and her beautiful new book, The Illustrated HerbiaryWe’ll sniff, taste, and dream, learning the plants from a whole new perspective. Beginners will love this interactive introduction and experienced herbalists will say “Hey, this isn’t just for beginners!” So bring your love of plants and sense of curiosity to this unique herbal event.
In The Illustrated Herbiary, Toll adds her distinctive spin to herbal traditions with profiles of the mysterious personalities of 36 herbs, fruits, and flowers. Combining a passion for plants with imagery reminiscent of tarot, her enticing text offers reflections and rituals to tap into each plant’s power for healing, self-reflection, and everyday guidance. Smaller versions of the illustrations are featured on 36 cards to help guide your thoughts and meditations.
To RSVP for this event, please email
Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts bookstore has generously offered to carry additional copies of The Illustrated Herbiary. They are located at 2904 College Avenue, between Ashby Avenue and Russell Street. See for more information. Additionally, books will be available for purchase at the event, or you can order a copy here

Held at our Berkeley campus

Seaweed as Food, Cosmetics, and Medicine

– taught by Julie Drucker

Fridays, October 5th, 19th, 26th, and November 2nd from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Explore the uses of multiple seaweeds and how to incorporate them into your daily life. This class offers simple recipes, ideas, and inspiration to get you started on eating, bathing, and making medicine from Sea Vegetables.

Class 1: Julie will speak about nutritional benefits, good storage practices, ocean health, and show a sampling of 6 varieties of red and brown seaweeds.

Class 2: In this class, Julie will focus specifically on Wakame and Kombu. You’ll make a simple dish together using both and discuss the pros and cons of each. There will be recipes to take home.

Class 3: Bladderwrack (fucus) will be the primary focus, and Julie will be going over the culinary, medicinal and skin benefits.

Class 4: Nori and Sea Palm are delicious-tasting sea vegetables. Julie will provide simple Nori and Sea Palm snacks that you can make easily in your own kitchen.

Cost: $120.00 + $40.00 supply fee paid directly to the teacher.

Item Name:
Seaweed as Food
160 USD

Held at our Berkeley campus

Herbs for Colds and Flu—Plantas para combater el resfriado y la gripe

– taught by Carmen Cortéz

Friday, October 26th – 7:00 pm to 9:30 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.

Venga a aprender cómo cuidarse a sí mismo y a sus serés queridos usando hierbas durante el invierno. Discutiremos formas de prevención, hierbas que soportan al sistema inmunológico, las etapas del resfriado y la gripe, y cómo preparar remedios caseros para usted, su familia y amistades. Prepararemos y probarémos tes para que mantenga su salud naturalmente durante los tiempos de resfriados y la gripe.

Cost: $25.00

Item Name:
Herbs for Colds and Flu
25 USD

Held at our Berkeley Campus 

It’s Back! The Annual Student Herbal Medicine Show! 

Friday, October 12th, 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Entry into this event is FREE! Please bring extra cash if you’d like to purchase products from the students (cash only).
Come celebrate the 2018 Ohlone Herbal Apprenticeship students as they wrap up their school year. This show is free to attend and will feature herbal medicines, potions, and elixirs for sale. We will also provide complementary food and drinks, live music and herb walks. All proceeds to toward helping the students jumpstart their herbal careers.

Held at our Berkeley campus  

Level 1 Medical Astrology with Dr. William Morris

– taught by Dr. William Morris

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 through Thursday, January 17, 2019—10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: $600.00

This three-day program begins with fundamental principles of planetary connections to health and plant life. The learning objectives for the program include traditional astrological techniques in addition to original techniques that have been derived from clinical practice with more than 30,000 patient visits.

Learners will build a working knowledge of medical astrology from the ground up based on the application of the following:

  1. Identify and discuss basic symbols of astrology as they relate to medicine: planets, signs, houses, and aspects.
  2. Discuss basic astronomical factors relevant to practice.
  3. Discuss and apply astrological charts based on the nativity for the constitution.
  4. Explore Nicolas Culpeper’s and Rudolph Steiner’s approaches to planetary rulership over plants.
  5. Address concepts of sympathy and antipathy in planetary medicine.
  6. Use cycle analysis to understand the constitution of the client.
  7. Discuss and analyze astrological charts using the draconic method.
  8. Explore the topical application of herbs and physical agents based on astrological concepts.
  9. Prescribe herbs and dietary measures based on the consultation chart.
  10. Use planetary hours and days for assessment and preparation of medicinals.
  11. Discuss medical research that demonstrates the efficacy and relevancy of medical astrology.


Charts from the participants will be used for the work.

About Dr. Morris: 

Will Morris began his professional astrological life in 1977. He worked as an itinerant astrologer in whatever café would allow it in the bohemian environs of Venice, CA.

In the 1980s, he earned a doctorate in Chinese medicine, furthering his interest in medical astrology. Seeing the need to delimit astrological research from the conventional evidence-based practice, he pursued a PhD in qualitative research and developed three ethics review boards for doctoral programs.

Will has provided more than 30,000 astrologically informed treatments since 1980. He has published on herbal medicine, medical astrology qualitative research, case-based method, politics of evidence and the development of professions.

Item Name:
Medical Astrology
600 USD

Held at our Berkeley campus

Pulse Diagnosis—Mentorship with Dr. William Morris

– taught by Dr. William Morris

This single mentorship course is broken into two 3-day sessions. Both sessions take place at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA.

Weekend 1: Friday, January 18, 2019 through Sunday, January 20, 2019—10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Weekend 2: Friday, March 29, 2019 through Sunday, March 31, 2019—10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: $1400.00

Deposit due by 1/10/2019. Deposits are non-refundable. Full payment due by the 1st day of instruction. 

Diagnostic training is essential in devising and evaluating treatment strategies for our clients. In this in-depth mentorship, William Morris brings 35 years-worth of focus on pulse diagnosis to Ohlone Center. As a practitioner, William believes that teaching requires a basis in both theory and practice. In this mentorship, we will gain multiple diagnostic skill for our toolbox, including pulse, tongue, and abdominal diagnosis, as well as astro-diagnosis, and preparation of medicinals.

When we coalesce diagnostic clues with our understanding of pathology, we can use Western herbs with acute skillfulness. The discipline that William employs has roots within the Ding Family lineage, circa 17th century. William has taken the depths of Chinese family and classical traditions and converted them into a Western herbal practice. From this dynamic perspective, we will investigate disease.

Conversion of TCM patterns to Western herbal practice:

  • Diagnostics focus, using pulse and tongue diagnosis
  • Treatment of infectious diseases and stages of health conditions
  • Treatment of cardiovascular conditions
  • Treatment of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Emergent curriculum identified by learners in the program
  • “3 Treasures”
Item Name:
Diagnostics Deposit
500 USD
Item Name:
Diagnostics Balance
900 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