Hood Herbalism Course
The next course begins on October 25th, 2021. Apply below.
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.
What to expect:
Our Hood Herbalism classes are an engaging experience filled with different activities that encourage you to be curious with plants and their wisdom. Our space invites you to first be present with yourself as you learn the class material and also be present with others in our virtual space. There are always opportunities 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.
Deadline to apply is Friday September 24, 2021!
WHEN: 6 Weekly sessions 5-7:30 pm PST *
DATES: Mondays October 25th, Nov 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, & Dec 6th
OFFERING: $350 Due when accepted to the course. Estimated acceptance emails will go out by October 1
*We have a payment plan option and a small pool of scholarships available for folks that need them. Please see the application for more information.
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 of understanding themselves. After Teaching at the High School, I transitioned into district wide Mediation, Restorative, and Transformative Justice work and then went on to launch my passion project Hood Herbalism in 2016. I've been following the energy of Hood Herbalism since. Currently, I am in Midwifery School at Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery (CCSM). CCSM was founded by the esteemed Jennie Joseph and it is the first Black and privately owned MEAC Accredited School of Midwifery in the Country.
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.
Yes, Hood Herbalism is 100% online at this time. Given everything happening with the pandemic, 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.
The class is very flexible. Show up as you are with the capacity that you have to engage with our online learning community. 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. Again, if you do not identify as a BIPOC, please do not apply and cause extra labor in the application process on our end. 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.