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Gift Certificates are now available!

Give the unique gift of herbal education this holiday season. Gift certificates can be used at our school in Berkeley or in Pleasant Hill, where we offer a wide variety of classes and programs throughout the year. Certificates can also be used on our community clinic with our first-year students who work under the supervision of highly-qualified herbal practitioners.

Certificates can be emailed or sent to the payee via postal service.

Any denomination can be made available. If you do not see your preferred amount here, please contact us at info@ohlonecenter.org.

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$25 Certificate
25 USD
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$50 Certificate
50 USD
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$100 Certificate
100 USD
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$200 Certificate
200 USD

Held at our Berkeley campus

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

The Wildfire Herbalist’s Toolkit:

Cultivating Lung and Full-Body Health in Fire Season

– taught by Alexandra Hudson

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

This class is full. Thank you for your interest. 

Cost: This class is full. Thank you for your interest. 

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: October 21st, November 18th, February 17th, May 19th

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:

AUTUMN       This class is full. Thank you for your interest. 

WINTERTIME       This class is full. Thank you for your interest. 

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

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Spring Food
75 USD
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Summer Food
75 USD

 

Held at our Pleasant Hill campus

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

Do-It-Yourself Fire Cider

– taught by Dana Aronson

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Gear up for the cold and flu season with your own homemade batch of Fire Cider! Fire Cider is a brew commonly made in the fall season to ward off sickness in the household. With its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory effects, this is a must-have for the medicine cabinet. In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits of each herb going into the brew, the history of this recipe, the “tradition not trademark” argument, and everyone will be walking away with their own batch!

Cost: $10.00

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Pleasant Hill Fire Cider
10 USD

 

Held at our Berkeley campus

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

Mushroom Identification 

– taught by Autumn Summers

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Learn to identify and harvest edible and medicinal mushrooms from the local wild area. Class will begin with the basics of mushroom identification, including terminology, identification features, spore prints, family groups, and more. In the afternoon, we’ll head into nearby woods to examine varieties of wild mushrooms. We will also be looking for medicinal and edible species.

Cost: $125.00

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Mushroom ID
125 USD

 

Held at our Berkeley campus

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

Create Space: Learning Our Edges With Boundary Plants 

– taught by Dana Aronson

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 – 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Living in a world with constant overstimulation, demands and opportunities, our physical and spiritual self can become fatigued overtime. How can we build in our awareness of self and where we are giving our energy? Setting boundaries is not about cutting off or detachment, it is about learning our edges, our self respect and power. It is about opening up while protecting the perimeter. This is where we begin to feel more content, fulfilled, and vitalized. This will help us so we can relish in life to the highest degree in our full power.

Plants are powerful teachers when it comes to applying boundaries. We see plants stake their ground and claim it as their own. Some will invite other plants to live together harmoniously, and other will not be welcome. Plants teach us boundaries through poisons, thorns, stings, smell and root structures. We call on these plants when we are in need of a little extra support. Each plant offers a unique story, medicine and armor. In this class we will discuss 6 plants and their medicinal properties, energetics, and stories. We will taste, sit, and commune with these plants as a way to deepen our relationship and connection.

Cost: $60.00

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Create Space
60 USD

 

Held at our Pleasant Hill campus

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

Healthy Herbal Holiday Cooking

– taught by Denise Koroslev

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Cooking with herbs is an excellent way to not only make your holiday meals more tasty, but more healthy too! Join us to learn how to incorporate immune and digestive strengthening herbs into your traditional meals. Taste a familiar winter soup infused with different herbs and spices, make a winter pesto, and create an herbal cooking wreath to take home and use. Fun recipes for holiday gatherings and culinary gift ideas will be provided.

Please let us know of any dietary restrictions.

Cost: $35.00

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PH Holiday Cooking
35 USD

Held at our Berkeley campus

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

The Magic and Science of Medicinal Mushrooms

– taught by Karen Aguiar

Sunday, January 6th, 2019: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

This course focuses on understanding the uses of medicinal mushrooms and distinguishing between different species, such as reishi, chaga, turkey tails, maitake, and beyond, for the apothecary or home use. This class will cover the theory and practice of using mushrooms in medicine and in the kitchen, and how to prepare mushrooms for the most potent, effective medicine.

Cost: $125.00

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Mushroom Magic
125 USD

 

Held at our Berkeley campus

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

Compassionate Harm Reduction: Herbal Allies for Addiction 

– taught by Dana Aronson

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 – 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

In our society, we are having an opiate epidemic that is soaring at an all time high. As overdoses become the norm, many of us feel powerless in these types of situations. Whether you are a friend, family member, practitioner or a person using, this class can help offer avenues of empowerment around these issues. We will look at how to address substance abuse through compassionate eyes, how to understand addiction, the physiological reaction one has when using, and herbs that can support the community of the user, and the user themselves (if they choose so). We will discuss herbal tools for: recovery, harm reduction, and sobriety. Lastly, we will cover overdose response with the use of Narcan.

Cost: $60.00

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Harm Reduction
60 USD

Held at our Berkeley campus

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

Traditional Health Beliefs: Native Hawaiian Values 

– taught by Leslie Susan (Suzi) Ko

Friday, January 11th, 2019 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

There are vast differences in the healing techniques between Euro-Western doctors and Indigenous healers. This short program looks at the beliefs and values of the Traditional Native Hawaiian Healer and how those beliefs and values can be blended with Euro-Western medicine techniques to promote “wellness”. This concept of “Wellness” will carry over into Saturday’s long program where energy healing for personal wellness will be discussed and a Hawaiian gourd rattle (‘uli’uli) constructed.

Cost: $20.00

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Hawaiian Values
20 USD

Held at our Berkeley campus

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

Exploring Hawaiian Wellness 

– taught by Leslie Susan (Suzi) Ko

Saturday, January 12th, 2019 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

This day-long program looks at the Hawaiian concept of “Wellness” and how energies and energy-work plays a role in overall health. Every attendee will have the opportunity to construct their own Hawaiian gourd rattle (‘uli’uli) to their personal specifications to make this powerful energetic clearing tool uniquely theirs. Six NCBTMB continuing education hours available upon request from the instructor.

About the Teacher

Leslie Susan [Kawaioni‘okekai Kaiona‘okaláni] Ko (Suzi) currently serves as the Executive Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors and lead instructor of the Lomilomi, Level One, Level Two, Palliative Care and Canine Services programs for the Holistic Honu Wellness Center, winning national and international awards in the area of cultural health literacy and cultural competency as the author and facilitator of these programs. She carries forward the healing traditions of her Native Hawaiian grandfather as a traditional Native Hawaiian healer and practitioner, going through the tradition of ‘uniki (ritual graduation) as Kumu Lomilomi (specialist in Native Hawaiian touch therapies) in 2004 and Kumu Ho’ola (specialist in Native Hawaiian traditional healing arts) in 2010. A National Board Certified and licensed California, Florida and Colorado Certified Massage Therapist; she holds certificates as a California Certified private postsecondary school Native Hawaiian Healing Arts Instructor and a National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) Continuing Education Approved Provider. She served as the Chairman of the NCBTMB Approved Provider Continuing Education Committee for more than ten years before being appointed as the Chairman of the NCBTMB Nominations & Elections Task Force in 2014. She was named the position of Lomilomi and Cultural Practices Commissioner on this same board in 2008. She currently serves as a Section Counselor of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices Section and was the Chair-Elect of the APHA American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus in 2014. She continues to develop healing techniques under the instruction of Kahuna Nui (Grand Master), Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and serves as the lead contact and direct liaison between the wellness center and the kupuna/elders in Hawaii.

Cost: $125.00 + 25.00 materials fee

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Hawaiian Wellness
150 USD

 

Held at our Berkeley campus

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

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 $400.00 — Sign up before December 1st and receive $200.00 off!

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.

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Medical Astrology
400 USD

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”
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Diagnostics Deposit
500 USD
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Diagnostics Balance
900 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 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

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Nourishing Nervous System
60 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