Hood Herbalism Course
The next course begins in Spring 2022. 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 5-7:30pm 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.
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 Ancestors are from Michoacan, El Valle de Toluca, and Guanajuato in Mexico. Plants have been part of my life for many years. My mother was my first herbal teacher. She raised my two sisters and I with herbal medicine and remedios caceros (home remedies). The classes are informed by my mother's teachings, wisdom that many teachers have shared with me along the way, and the relationship I've had with plants since I was a kid.
I've been facilitating learning spaces for 16 years now. After High School, I went the academic rout and got both a B.A. and M.A. Once I finished my M.A., I worked as a High School Teacher in East Oakland, CA. Being in the classroom with young people changed my life. They challenged me and taught me that teaching was not about teaching at all but rather, it was about supporting people through a process and journey. After Teaching at the High School, I transitioned into district wide Mediation, Restorative, and Transformative Justice work. Eventually, I launched my passion project Hood Herbalism in 2016 which has now become my life path. I've been following the energy of Hood Herbalism since. Currently, I am also in midwifery school.
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. Thank you for visiting our site and for being interested in the classes.