2017 FOOD AS MEDICINE SERIES

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. -Hippocrates

Food as Medicine is a monthly series hosted by Gathering Thyme and led by top nutrition leaders in the Bay Area that focuses on nutrition education and hands-on workshops. Learn how to get the most from your meals to improve your health and well-being. Remember - you ARE what you eat!

10% of all profits will be donated to our non-profit educational foundation to provide scholarships for low income persons in underserved communities.

June 6    The Healing Power of Fermented Foods and Beverages (Theory) - CLASS IS FULL
June 13    The Healing Power of Fermented Foods and Beverages (Practicum) - CLASS IS FULL
July 11    Strategies for Healthy Digestion with Dr. Jennea Wood
August 1    Healing Fats and Cholesterol... and How to Make Ghee
September 16    Healing with Medicine Soup
October 3    Building Immunity Against Colds and Flus with a Master Tonic
October 17    Tree Medicine and Food - Acorns and Bay Nuts
November 7    The Healing Power of Bone Broth
November 14    Food, Inflammation & Chronic Diseases



Sushama Gokhale

The Healing Power of Fermented Foods and Beverages (Theory)

with Sushama Gokhale

Tuesday, June 6th from 7-9pm

CLASS IS NOW FULL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

This session will focus on fermented foods, their healing properties and how to prepare them. You will sample some easy to make ferments and there will be a discussion of the theory of fermented foods. Your microbiome has the metabolic capacity of a liver. It’s very powerful when it’s your friend. Why should you avoid antibiotics, cleaners, cleansers, IV feeds, drugs/medications, colonics, colonoscopies, xrays (mouth or gut), MRIs, vaccines, pollutants if you want to keep and enrich your gut biota? How do you shoot for 1,400 different bacterial species in your colon? How do you you own your own body, and not give it up to hospitals? What to do if you ever go to hospitals? What are waivers and releases? What are 'biologicals'? How do you prepare for a hospital stay? How do you feel the good cheer from your friendly microbes? This will be an interactive class and discussion format session. Sushama will offer practical tips along with the deep science for HEALING as opposed to symptom suppression.

Sushama Gokhale has taken Hippocrates’ words ‘food is medicine’ to heart and makes, writes about, and advocates for traditional healing foods. The kind your grandmother prescribed for you when you were sick. She studied Biochemistry, Immunology and the Life-Sciences as an undergraduate, and explains traditional, nutrient dense foods in the context of science and your health. Her aim is to solve our health problems the Hippocratic way, by letting food be our medicine. She favors fermented foods such as yogurts, vinegars, kefirs, kombuchas, sauerkrauts, kimchis, cheeses, kanjis, pickles, naturally leavened breads, . She contributes articles and book reviews to the Weston A. Price Foundation Journal for Wise Traditions in Food Farming and the Healing Arts.

COST: $35, pre-registered. $40 at the door.

WHEN:Tuesday, June 6th from 7-9pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Sushama Gokhale

The Healing Power of Fermented Foods and Beverages (Practicum)

with Sushama Gokhale

Tuesday, June 13th from 7-9pm

CLASS IS NOW FULL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

In this class you will make and go home with saurkraut as well as an a fil Mjolk culture which you can use to make yogurt or creme fraische. The focus will be on a variety of fermented foods, their healing properties and how to prepare them. Your microbiome has the metabolic capacity of a liver. It’s very powerful when it’s your friend. Why should you avoid antibiotics, cleaners, cleansers, IV feeds, drugs/medications, colonics, colonoscopies, xrays (mouth or gut), MRIs, vaccines, pollutants if you want to keep and enrich your gut biota? How do you shoot for 1,400 different bacterial species in your colon? How do you you own your own body, and not give it up to hospitals? What to do if you ever go to hospitals? What are waivers and releases? What are 'biologicals'? How do you prepare for a hospital stay? How do you feel the good cheer from your friendly microbes? This will be an interactive class and discussion format session. Sushama will offer practical tips along with the deep science for HEALING as opposed to symptom suppression.

Sushama Gokhale has taken Hippocrates’ words ‘food is medicine’ to heart and makes, writes about, and advocates for traditional healing foods. The kind your grandmother prescribed for you when you were sick. She studied Biochemistry, Immunology and the Life-Sciences as an undergraduate, and explains traditional, nutrient dense foods in the context of science and your health. Her aim is to solve our health problems the Hippocratic way, by letting food be our medicine. She favors fermented foods such as yogurts, vinegars, kefirs, kombuchas, sauerkrauts, kimchis, cheeses, kanjis, pickles, naturally leavened breads, . She contributes articles and book reviews to the Weston A. Price Foundation Journal for Wise Traditions in Food Farming and the Healing Arts.

COST: $35, pre-registered. $40 at the door. There is also a $7 materials fee due at the event. Please bring a 16 oz mason jar and a 4 oz jar.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 13th from 7-9pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Judy at Gathering Thyme judy-at-gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Dr. Jennea Wood

Strategies for Healthy Digestion

with Dr. Jennea Wood

Tuesday, July 11th from 7-9pm

You've probably heard the adage “You are what you eat”? It's true, but with a caveat. It would be more accurate to say that you are what you digest and absorb. Unfortunately many of us aren't absorbing our food optimally, even when making very healthy food choices. Heartburn, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort or diarrhea are signs that you may not be optimally absorbing the foods you eat.

This class will focus on how to optimize your digestion and assimilation of nutrients, so you can more effectively use food as medicine. We will discuss dietary and lifestyle aspects of proper digestion, proper use of bitters and use of other foods and herbs to enhance digestion and absorption.

We will be making an herbal Tummy Tamer Chew and all participants will leave with the recipe and small jar of this yummy after-meal treat to take home.

Dr. Jennea Wood is a board licensed naturopathic doctor in Oregon and California. She lives and practices in Portland, Oregon as well as traveling to the Bay Area to practice in San Rafael for several days each month. She strives to provide the kind of medical care that she herself would want: compassionate, respectful, supportive, thorough and always aiming to identify and treat the underlying causes of disease and help her patients establish the foundations of health. She provides a unique fusion of conventional medical testing and diagnosis, attention to modern research, and safe, effective natural therapeutics to help her patients feel vibrantly healthy. Dr. Wood’s areas of specialty include gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and respiratory disease as well as the therapeutic use of nutrition, herbal medicine and constitutional homeopathy.

COST: $35, pre-registered. $40 at the door. A $5 materials fee will be collected at class.

WHEN:Tuesday, July 11th from 7-9pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Sushama Gokhale

Healing Fats and Cholesterol... and How to Make Ghee

with Sushama Gokhale

Tuesday, August 1st from 7-9pm

Sushama will demonstrate how easy it is to make your own ghee and this session will focus on healing fats and cholesterol. Fats are a contentious topic. People connote fats with fatness or even worse, obesity. Many folks associate fats and cholesterol with heart attacks, clogged arteries, liver disease. Nothing could be further from truth. We will see why fats nourish and nurture our bodies and fuel our mind. Why fats are the reason we are fertile. Why fats prevent infectious disease. Why fats are good for your heart. Why fats and cholesterol make us brainy. Why fats make us happy. Why fats calm down ADHD kids. Why fats are the underpinning of the accelerated advancement of the human brain. Be prepared to be surprised and delighted with the food choices that now open up in your life. This will be an interactive class and discussion format session. Sushama offers practical tips along with the deep science for HEALING as opposed to symptom suppression.

Sushama Gokhale has taken Hippocrates’ words ‘food is medicine’ to heart and makes, writes about, and advocates for traditional healing foods. The kind your grandmother prescribed for you when you were sick. She studied Biochemistry, Immunology and the Life-Sciences as an undergraduate, and explains traditional, nutrient dense foods in the context of science and your health. Her aim is to solve our health problems the Hippocratic way, by letting food be our medicine. She favors fermented foods such as yogurts, vinegars, kefirs, kombuchas, sauerkrauts, kimchis, cheeses, kanjis, pickles, naturally leavened breads, . She contributes articles and book reviews to the Weston A. Price Foundation Journal for Wise Traditions in Food Farming and the Healing Arts.

COST: $35, pre-registered. $40 at the door.

WHEN:Tuesday, August 1st from 7-9pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Catherine Abby Rich

Healing with Medicine Soup

with Catherine Abby Rich, Folk Herbalist & Herbal Educator

Saturday, September 16th from 10am to 2pm

Each culture and ethnic tradition have their versions of medicine soup. As an herbalist, world traveler (and foodie), Abby invites you to come make medicine soup with her! Let her introduce you to obscure and familiar foods, medicinal mushrooms, herbs and seaweeds, all of which have innate abilities for supporting health. As an herbalist/ wild gatherer, she can share her seaweed and medicinal mushroom collection and how these life forms help detoxify, add flavor and build strength. Stir the pot! You will use fresh stinging nettle from Star Route Farms. You can freeze it and have bright, tasty Nettle to toss in soup or stir fry. Nettles are anti-allergen, blood cleansing, antiviral, easing arthritic joint pain and more. Much more. In this class you will learn what foods are especially beneficial for which ailments or systems. Soup for insomnia? OK. Soup to ease inflammation and body pain? Mmmmmm. You will make and be nourished by a medicine soup chock full of easy to find, powerful ingredients to build vitality and a healthy immune system. Cooking, learning and laughing together is a lovely way to spend a day. Each of you will take a jar of our medicine soup home.

Catherine Abby Rich was a founding member of the Civic Center Farmers Market and resident herbalist for its first 25 years. Throughout that time she led seasonal "Food as Medicine" tours of the market. Her appreciation and knowledge of the extraordinary bounty of foods and plants available here continues to inspire her. Teaching herb studies to all ages is her true love and talent. Generations of Marinites have enjoyed her field trips learning how to recognize medicinal herbs, gather them and create remedies. In recent years, Catherine Abby has been co-teacher at Gathering Thyme School of Western Herbalism and her "Combining Forces" herbal/flower essence products are sold at the shop. She is our herbal elder, a practicing herbalist for 45 years!

COST: $65 plus a $15 materials fee due at the event. Pre-registration is required as this event is held off-site.

WHEN:Saturday, September 16th from 10am to 2pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415-524-8693.

WHERE: A private home in Larkspur. Directions provided upon registration.

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Sushama Gokhale

Building Immunity Against Colds and Flus with a Master Tonic

with Sushama Gokhale

Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:30 to 9:30pm

In this class you will make and go home with a mineral rich Master Tonic which will light up your favorite foods, build immunity, zap pathogens, halt cancers, warts and cherry angiomas, lure good bacteria into your body and get more omega 3s into your diet. This session will focus on foods and herbs for preventing colds and flus, building real immunity and how to respond if you do start coming down with a respiratory illness. It will be an interactive discussion format session. Sushama will offer practical tips along with the deep immunological science for HEALING as opposed to symptom suppression.

Sushama Gokhale has taken Hippocrates’ words ‘food is medicine’ to heart and makes, writes about, and advocates for traditional healing foods. The kind your grandmother prescribed for you when you were sick. She studied Biochemistry, Immunology and the Life-Sciences as an undergraduate, and explains traditional, nutrient dense foods in the context of science and your health. Her aim is to solve our health problems the Hippocratic way, by letting food be our medicine. She favors fermented foods such as yogurts, vinegars, kefirs, kombuchas, sauerkrauts, kimchis, cheeses, kanjis, pickles, naturally leavened breads, . She contributes articles and book reviews to the Weston A. Price Foundation Journal for Wise Traditions in Food Farming and the Healing Arts.

COST: $45 pre-registered. $50 at the door. A $10 materials fee is due at the event. Please bring a 16 oz mason jar.

WHEN:Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:30 to 9:30pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Autumn Summers

Tree Medicine and Food -- Acorns and Bay Nuts

with Autumn Summers, Ethnobotanist & Herbal Educator

Tuesday, October 17th from 7-9pm

Come learn how to identify, harvest and use our local oaks and bay trees including making yummy acorn “hummus" and Bay Nut Buzzy Balls. Class includes hands on demonstrations and tastings. There is a bounty of local wild edibles and medicinals if you know what to look for. From first aid to magic to nourishing food - oaks offer an abundance of healing for humans.

Autumn Summers, Herbalist & Educator. Inspired by the plants since childhood , Autumn has been involved in the herbal medicine field for over 25 years. Besides a degree in anthropology specializing in ethnobotany she trained with Christopher Hobbs and at the California School of Herbal Studies. She has been core faculty at the California School of Herbal Studies for more than 15 years and has also taught at Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, Gathering Thyme School of Western Herbalism and at numerous herbal conferences. With a kinship for the plants, seaweeds and mushrooms of Northern California. She currently teaches edible and medicinal plant classes at the California School of Herbal Studies.

"Photosynthesis is a transmutation of love. It is an energetic magic that suffuses the world with a vibrant emerald energy, vibrating first within the cells of the plants, and continuing to vibrate within the cells of the beings that eat them." Annie McCleary.

COST: $35, pre-registered. $40 at the door.

WHEN:Tuesday, October 17th from 7-9pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Sushama Gokhale

The Healing Power of Bone Broth

with Sushama Gokhale

Tuesday, November 7th from 7-9pm

Bone broth has long been prized by traditional cultures for it's remarkable healing ability and there is good science behind this. This session will focus on the healing power of bone broths, to prevent and treat illness from arthritis to cancer and you will sample some home-made bone broths. Sushama will offer practical tips for making different kinds of meat and bone broths along with the deep science and research for HEALING as opposed to symptom suppression. Good bone broths are also what separates good soups from great soups!

Sushama Gokhale has taken Hippocrates’ words ‘food is medicine’ to heart and makes, writes about, and advocates for traditional healing foods. The kind your grandmother prescribed for you when you were sick. She studied Biochemistry, Immunology and the Life-Sciences as an undergraduate, and explains traditional, nutrient dense foods in the context of science and your health. Her aim is to solve our health problems the Hippocratic way, by letting food be our medicine. She favors fermented foods such as yogurts, vinegars, kefirs, kombuchas, sauerkrauts, kimchis, cheeses, kanjis, pickles, naturally leavened breads, . She contributes articles and book reviews to the Weston A. Price Foundation Journal for Wise Traditions in Food Farming and the Healing Arts.

COST: $35, pre-registered. $40 at the door. A $5 materials fee is due at the event.

WHEN: Saturday, March 18th from 1-3pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Sushama Gokhale

Food, Inflammation & Chronic Diseases

with Sushama Gokhale

Tuesday, November 14th from 7-9pm

This session will focus on foods that inflame vs. foods that heal. Research is finding that inflammation is at the root of all chronic disease and this is mediated and ameliorated with food. In fact, food is the only antidote to ‘chronic’ dis-ease. This will be an informative and interactive class and Sushama will offer the deep science along with practical tips along for HEALING as opposed to symptom suppression.

Sushama Gokhale has taken Hippocrates’ words ‘food is medicine’ to heart and makes, writes about, and advocates for traditional healing foods. The kind your grandmother prescribed for you when you were sick. She studied Biochemistry, Immunology and the Life-Sciences as an undergraduate, and explains traditional, nutrient dense foods in the context of science and your health. Her aim is to solve our health problems the Hippocratic way, by letting food be our medicine. She favors fermented foods such as yogurts, vinegars, kefirs, kombuchas, sauerkrauts, kimchis, cheeses, kanjis, pickles, naturally leavened breads, . She contributes articles and book reviews to the Weston A. Price Foundation Journal for Wise Traditions in Food Farming and the Healing Arts.

COST: $35, pre-registered. $40 at the door.

WHEN:Tuesday, November 14th from 7-9pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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