To view a full list of our certification courses, please click here.

Held at Our Berkeley campus

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

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
Item Name:
Full Tuition
1400 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

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

Calm, Cool, and Collective: Nourishing the Nervous System 

– taught by Dana Aronson

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The nervous system is an electrical system that works within our body. Chronic stress, anxiety, exhaustion, and depression are some of the ways that the nervous system becomes taxed. With the demands of family life, school, career and personal time, we must take the time to support ourselves so we are able to meet the world and show up as our best. How can we best combat these stressors? Plants! In this beginner’s exploratory class we will break down the different parts of the nervous system, common pathologies and triggers of the nervous system, medicinal plants and their actions, flower essences, self care practices, and how + when to use these plants.

Cost: $60.00

Item Name:
Nourishing Nervous System
60 USD


Held at Our Berkeley campus

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

Open House 

– with Ohlone Herbal Center Staff

Wednesday, February 6th, 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 Pleasant Hill campus

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

Medicine and Magic of the Heart: Igniting Love, Passion, and Connection With Herbal Rituals

– taught by Francisca Santibanez

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 — 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Come join us for an evening of delicious exploration and celebration of the magic, power and beauty of our hearts. We’ll discuss ways to connect with the medicine of our love and passion to heal ourselves and our lives. We’ll learn about some beloved herbal companions that can nourish, inspire, strengthen, and support the wellness of our hearts. We’ll also dive into self-care practices for a “heart led/ heart healthy” lifestyle as well as make luscious potions for love, healing and connection.

Cost: $40.00

Item Name:
Heart Magic
40 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

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

Understanding the Thyroid — A 3-Part Series

– taught by Dr. Marcey Shapiro

Tuesday, February 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2019 — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Understanding the Thyroid

A class designed for the practitioner, advanced student or individual with thyroid disease.

This three-part class will cover what the thyroid gland is, what it does, and how it controls body function. Dr. Shapiro will dive deep into the physiology to unveil the inner working of this sensitive gland. After a thorough review in the initial class of how a healthy thyroid gland functions, she will dive into diseases of the thyroid. In this second class, she will be reviewing the causes of thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism and spend some time guiding the class in how to read thyroid tests and what they can tell about us about the underlying condition. In the final class, Dr. Shapiro will review various treatment strategies, herbs, lifestyle, diet and supplements and go over commonly asked questions such as when to refer to a physician for drug therapy, what medications are available, and how effective they are when treating thyroid conditions.

About Dr. Shapiro

Marcey Shapiro, MD is a family physician. She also has extensive training and experience in many areas of natural medicine including Western and Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, mind body techniques, flower essences, homeopathy, breathing techniques, nutritional therapies, Scenar® and hands on modalities including Ortho-bionomy® and Biodynamic Osteopathy.  Her approach to care is patient centered and participatory.

She has personally utilized herbal medicines for over 35 years, and has taught herbal and natural health for over 25 years in a variety of settings.  She continues as a student as well as a teacher, always eagerly discovering new information in partnership with the natural world. She loves to listen to plants, rocks, animals, insects, trees and the wisdom of her heart to find the pearls of wisdom each of these has to offer her.

Nutritionally she’s generally a Weston A Price Foundation (WAPF) enthusiast; she feels the WAPF model provides a humane, healthy, and sustainable life for all beings involved; human, plant, insect and animal. But she understands that each person is unique and tailors her dietary recommendations to what is best and realistic for each person. Marcey also promotes eating consciously, understanding that we eat not only foods but our thoughts and beliefs about them. She reminds people frequently to remember eat in a calm and harmonious setting, savor the flavors of their foods, and if dining with others to have pleasant, uplifting conversation.

Dr Shapiro has many other interests that she also pursues.  She loves gardening, writing, painting, exercising, astronomy, travel, time with her pets and loved ones, and time in nature. She keeps bees, more for ecological considerations than for the honey, but she does like honey too.

She is writing a number of books, on health philosophy and individual health topics. The first two have been published by North Atlantic Books – Transforming the Nature ofHealth A Holistic Vision of Healing That Honors Our Connection to the Earth, Others, and Ourselves. was released in 2012, and the second one Freedom From Anxiety was released in 2014.

Cost: $150.00

Item Name:
150 USD

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

Sundays 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm: February 17th, 2019, May 19th, 2019

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.

Seasonal breakdown of material is as follows:

SPRINGTIME Ah! The brilliant vibrancy of springtime; this potent time of rebirth, flowering, and pollination. Now that we are properly nourished on many levels from our wintertime nutrifying, let us work with herbal allies to help us arise from slumber and step into the majestic force of the springtime. In this time, liver-supporting plants are our best allies! Together we will explore patterns of imbalance that present in the spring and herbs allies to help remedy this and keep us on track. Recipes explored include vinegar infusion, herbal pesto, spring green salads, herbal seed sprinkles, and springtime beer.

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:
Spring Food
75 USD
Item Name:
Summer Food
75 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

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

The Wisdom of Tobacco Medicine: The Nature of Right Relationships

– taught by Francisca Santibanez

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

In this class, we will be exploring the nature of a healthy relationship and the fundamental ideals that are critical in maintaining an embodied willful relationship. Incorporating the sacred plant of Tobacco as a potent plant teacher can offer us much in learning about listening, respect, attachment, consent, praise, healthy boundaries, gratitude, and sacred reciprocity. All these will be discussed as functional tools for sustaining a fruitful reciprocal connection with Tobacco and beyond with all your relationships.

Cost: $60.00

Item Name:
Tobacco Medicine
60 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

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

Demystifying the “C” Word

– taught by Geronima Cortese and Sarah Bearden

Tuesdays, March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and April 2 — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Trying to understand cancer can be a daunting and isolating endeavor. This five-week workshop series is designed to provide a space of support and holistic knowledge to help navigate the challenges of going through or caring for a loved one living with cancer.

In the series we will explore:

  • What is cancer?
  • Understanding the different types of cancer
  • How to read a pathology report
  • Understanding risk factors
  • Understanding treatment options
  • Nutrition as prevention and support
  • Herbs to support, strengthen, and empower


March 5: Prevention, lifestyle, and herbal supports

March 12: Preventative nutrition

March 19: Protocol for working with treatments

March 26: Nutrition during conventional treatments

April 2: Post-treatment therapies to prevent secondary disease and promote to health and wellness

This workshop is open to patients, family members, loved ones, and caregivers

Taught by Geronima Cortese, Oncology Nurse, and Sarah Bearden, Nutritionist, Herbalist, and Aromatherapist

Cost: $200.00

Item Name:
The C Word
200 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

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

Herbs for Women – A 3-Part Series

– taught by Ohlone Herbal Center Staff

Tuesdays, 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

Item Name:
Herbs for Women Series
190 USD
Item Name:
Women's Health
70 USD
Item Name:
70 USD
Item Name:
70 USD

Held at Our Berkeley campus

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

Indigenous Lecture Series: Himalayan Bon Tradition

– taught by Bon Lama

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 Tradition
25 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

– Lead 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).

Cost: $30.00

Item Name:
Tilden Seaview
30 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

– Lead 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).

Cost: $30.00

Item Name:
30 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 (, 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)

Item Name:
Botanical Beauty
225 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

– Lead 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).

Cost: $30.00

Item Name:
Joaquin Park
30 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)

Item Name:
Spiritual Hygiene
200 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