Hood Herbalism Course

The next course begins on October 25th, 2021. Apply below.

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.

Hood Herbalism is a humble space where we create a community to support you in deepening you relationship with your own ancestral traditions related to plant medicine.

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:

  • Opening and closing check-ins
  • Medicine making technique & demonstration
  • Shared exploration of the day's topic
  • Plant Play- After class, you will have the week to practice making medicine and engaging with class material. The following week with your reflections about your experience.
  • Access to an extensive collection of books and resources along with a list of supplies for each week. Note: our supply list is optional. We keep access and limitations to supplies in mind.

The details:

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. 

IMPORTANT:

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.

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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.

Jess Angelica

Jessica Angélica (she, her, hers)

Jess was born and raised on Tongva land. She has roots in El Salvador, Guatemala, & Northern Mexico. Jessica is a queer tía, dog mom and proud Scorpio sun. She is called to herbalism by teachings, knowledge and medicine sent by her grandmothers. Jessica is particularly passionate about expanding her relationship with plants in order to support cycles of intergenerational healing and peace in her family and communities.

Jessica's lived and work experience is grounded in abolition and reproductive justice frameworks. She has worked for reintegration programs for formerly incarcerated folks in LA and as a family planning health worker with LA youth. She came to the Hood Herbalism family 4 years ago and began facilitating intro classes in the summer of 2019. As a facilitator, Jess supports students in building relationships with plants and herbal medicine making.

John Jairo
John Jairo

with John Jairo (they/he)

John is a community worker and mixed-media artist. They were born and raised on Tongva lands in the neighborhoods of Bassett and Boyle Heights. John has roots from the Chihuahuan Desert (West Texas/Chihuahua), Central Mexico (Aguascalientes), and the Colombian Andes (Antioquia). They were first called to herbalism as a child, playing with dirt and dried leaves to make "potions," then by reading the book Bless Me, Ultima by Rodulfo Anaya that was gifted to them by their tía at 12 years old. This book gently nudged them on this path. Living in the Bay Area, as a student at UC Berkeley, their herbalism journey became solidified as they began to learn from different teachers and workshops at the Multicultural Community Center and other spaces.

Coming back to Los Angeles, John Jairo was part of the first Hood Herbalism cohort and is now honored to be able to support new participants in their journeys. This learning journey has inspired lots of remembering in their family and themself. John Jairo acknowledges that building a relationship with plants is a lifelong journey and they are grateful to the plants for teaching them patience and how to move slowly.

Marquishia
Marquishia

with Marquishia (they/their)

Marquishia is a queer African diasporic person. They were born on Métis, Anishinabewaki, Sisseton, and Očhéthi Šakówin lands (Grand Forks AFB, ND). Their ancestors and guides have placed them on the path of building and cultivating a relationship with our plantcestors. Through their connection with plants Marquishia has re-connected with their ancestral lineages. Marquishia is passionate about healing queer, trans, and BIPOC bodies through the gifts and wisdom of plants. They took their first Hood Herbalism class in 2019 and in 2021, Marquishia joined the facilitation team. Marquishia feels honored to help guide the community in building relationships with plants.

Hood Herbalism Course Overview

1: Arriving and Centering

THEME

The Energetics, Metaphysics, and Vibrational Magic of Herbal Medicine

MEDICINE MAKING TECHNIQUE:

Learn how to make flower essences. 

2: Connecting

THEME:

Herbal Connections and Categorization

MEDICINE MAKING TECHNIQUE:

Learn the art of making medicinal teas. 

3: Nourishing + Sustaining

THEME:

Herbal Potions for Immunity.

MEDICINE MAKING TECHNIQUE:

Learn how to make herbal syrups.

4: Feeling

THEME:

Topical Herbal Medicine

MEDICINE MAKING TECHNIQUE:

Learn how to make liniments, compresses, poultices, oils, salves, and balms.

5: Integrating

THEME:

Review and final project preparation

SEASONAL TOPIC:

Class topic will fluctuate given what is happening in the world or what people taking the classes need. 

6: Visioning

THEME: 

Final Reflections and Presentations

Hood Herbalism Course Overview

1: Arriving and Centering

THEME

The Energetics, Metaphysics, and Vibrational Magic of Herbal Medicine

MEDICINE MAKING TECHNIQUE:

Learn how to make flower essences. 

2: Connecting

THEME:

Herbal Connections and Categorization

MEDICINE MAKING TECHNIQUE:

Learn the art of making medicinal teas. 

3: Nourishing + Sustaining

THEME:

Herbal Potions for Immunity.

MEDICINE MAKING TECHNIQUE:

Learn how to make herbal syrups.

4: Feeling

THEME:

Topical Herbal Medicine

MEDICINE MAKING TECHNIQUE:

Learn how to make liniments, compresses, poultices, oils, salves, and balms.

5: Integrating

THEME:

Review and final project preparation

SEASONAL TOPIC:

Class topic will fluctuate given what is happening in the world or what people taking the classes need. 

6: Visioning

THEME: 

Final Reflections and Presentations

frequently asked questions

Are the classes all online? Will you teach them in person again?

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.

Is this a training or certification program?

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.

How much time do I need to devote to the course?

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.

Are the classes only open to Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color?

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.

Do you offer a payment plan or scholarships?

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.

What is your refund policy?

Refunds for class are available 72 hours before the first day of class.

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