Hood Herbalism Course
The next course begins in July 2021. Click below to be notified when applications open.
ONLINE herbal education for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
Our goal is to help you feel supported, grounded, and equipped with basic herbal knowledge to help you take care of yourself and your loved ones in these times.
Why Hood Herbalism?
Hood Herbalism is an autonomous and community based herbal education project. We gather to unlearn and decentralize colonial ways of understanding plant knowledge.
We offer an online space in which you can be curious, explore, deepen, and engage in conversations about and with the plants.
Hood Herbalism: what to expect
Hood Herbalism is an engaging experience where you feel connected to a community of folks virtually. This is an opportunity for you to first be present with yourself as you learn the class material and also be present with others. There will always be a space to share, speak your truth, ask questions, and contribute to the learning.
Online Class Structure
Hood Herbalism offers a blend of community conversation, self-reflection, teaching and medicine making demonstrations. Each class includes:
The course is offered via Zoom live stream for full participation. In addition, a recorded option with closed captioning is uploaded each week.
WHEN: 6 Weekly sessions 6pm-8:30pm PST
*Payment plans and accommodations/support are definitely available for folks that need it.
This is a Queer and Trans friendly space. We use gender neutral language when addressing the entire class. We are also super thoughtful with people's pronouns. We ask, we remember, and we respect the pronouns people use.
About your facilitators
Hi, my name is Berenice. I am a queer herbalist who was born in Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) and grew up on Tongva lands (El Monte, CA) since I was 3 years old. My mother was my first herbal teacher. She raised my two sisters and I with herbal medicine. The classes are informed by my mother's teachings and the long relationship I've had with plants.
In class, my facilitation style is very hands on, collective, and engaging. I share what I know and I am also invested in providing a mutual learning experience where people are encouraged to share their own knowledge and contribute what they know.
Yes, Hood Herbalism is 100% online at this time. Given everything happening with covid, we decided to only host online classes this year. Maybe next year we will reconsider going back to in-person.
Hood Herbalism is a community based herbal education project. You are not necessarily "attending herb school" and we are not "training you to be herbalists." You do not get a certificate of any sorts, but you do embark on a deep transformational journey with yourself, each other, and with the plants.
Every reading, resource and reflection is optional. There is no such thing as being “behind” in class. You are always on your own path within it.
Our work is specifically intended to support Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC). Most herbal schools and programs are predominantly white (both staff and students) so we wanted to create a space just for us. If you do not identify as BIPOC, this program is not for you. Luckily, there are many other herbal programs out there. We hope you find a space that resonates with you. Thank you for respecting how we choose to support our community.
Payment plans and accommodations/support are definitely available for folks that need it. There are also scholarships available. Priority will be give to Black folks. In the application, there is a tab where you can either request a payment plan or a scholarship.
Refunds for class are available 72 hours before the first day of class.