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"The Pacific School of Herbal Medicine is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our student's future clients."
Adam Seller
School Director

Footprints of Spring

Footprints of Spring


Please pre-register for indoor classes by filling out the registration form (Adobe Acrobat required) and sending a deposit totaling a third of the amount for the classes. Payment in full is appreciated on the first class, but payment in three parts is fine. The sliding scale has limited spaces for the high, middle and low ranges. If you need to take the low end, register early, as these spaces fill quickly. Some full, partial and workstudy scholarships are available, please inquire. Refund policy will be sent with your registration confirmation. Please pay by check made out to Adam Seller.

You may also pay by creditcard or debit card using PayPal. Please inquire.

Mail to:

Pacific School of Herbal Medicine
POB 3151 Oakland, CA 94609

You may also register by phone at (510) 845-4028, provided you send your deposit.

Working the Sliding Scale

Low End:
If you have to worry about the price of food.
If you have to worry about the price of a haircut or having your car cleaned.
High end:
If your vacations include international air travel.

Sliding Scale: the Pacific School has a sliding scale to make studies available to those in serious need. The low end of the scale is usually set around $5 per classroom hour, the high end is usually set near $12.00 per classroom hour. The low range is reserved for those in serious need. If you have a trust fund, choose to work part time, have money for recreational drugs (frequent alcohol use included), tattoos, are paying or have recently paid $10 per hour (the going minimum rate for holistic-alternative health classes around the Bay) or more for other classes, you do not qualify for the low or mid-range and should place yourself near the high end. If you've been paying $10 per classroom hour or more elsewhere you should take the high end of the scale.

A Few Words About Money Policies at the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine

While we prefer to be paid in full at the first class meeting, payment over time is okay also. Please pay half by the first day of class. You must be finished paying by the second to last class meeting. Talk to the director to make payment arrangements.

Deposits: You can reserve space in a class by sending a deposit. If you live in Alameda County or an adjacent county please send a deposit of at least a third of the class cost. If you are registering for a class that meets weekly and you live more than one county away from Oakland please send in a deposit of at least the low end of the class's sliding scale.

If you decide not to take a class for which you have sent in a deposit, your deposit will be refunded if:

Dropping: Payment in full is expected even if you drop out of class part way through. We keep class size small and therefore do not have the financial flexibility to support people dropping class. You may, however, pick up the class you dropped in another semester within a year.

Field trips and Clinical intensives must be paid in full a month before the trip or intensive. Refunds from cancellations are the same here as with classes (as stated above).

Work-trade: Must be begun before class starts, and completed before the end of class. Terms of work-trade vary; please inquire. The School sometimes needs office work and equipment, computer stuff, construction and carpentry. Botanical illustration is a favorite trade.

Scholarships: The School has some full and partial scholarships available. We usually offer one full scholarship per class. Sometimes we offer extra spaces at the low end of the sliding scale instead of the full scholarship. You can apply for scholarships through an interview preceded by a written request. Your written request need not be a literary masterpiece; the spelling can even be terrible. Some requests have been creative: art, paintings, collages, cake, etc. Go for it!

Preference is given to scholarship applicants who do community work or work in public health.