In this hands-on class we shall render lard, clarify butter to make ghee and use duck fat or beef tallow to make salves and a cream and demonstrate how to make suppositories.
Join Ethnobotanist Autumn Summers and Gathering Thyme as we explore the abundant flora of the Los Padres National Forest. We will journey through grasslands, chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms to learn the basics of botanical identification and the edible and medicinal properties of the abundance of plant life we will encounter during the season of wildflower bloom.
On this car camping trip we will take leisurely day hikes from our base camp to discover some of California's most beautiful plants and best herbal medicines. Afternoon programs will also include connecting with plants through flower essence and herbal medicine making. There will be ample free time where participants are encouraged to relax, reconnect to nature and soak in the gorgeous wild.
Logistics: We will be car camping at a rustic campground in an area of Los Padres National Forest called “the Indians”. Students will need to supply their own camping gear. We will have a group kitchen and participants will be paired up to create one community meal. We will have a group meeting prior to the trip to figure out meal planning, carpooling, and other logistics.
This year promises to be a super-bloom. Space is limited so register early! Our camping trips always sell out.
Learn the basics of how to set up an herb garden including: choosing the best location for your space, designing the best look and function of your garden, how to select herbs that will grow best in your area, seasonal care and maintenance of plants, and how and when to harvest your medicine.
Tibetan Medicine: Working with Allergies and Food Intolerances
Fri Apr 5th 6:30-8:30pm
In this two day class, we will consider the many available solvents to use and the best techniques to make the most potent medicine we can.
Introduction to Tibetan Medicine
Fri Feb 1 6:30-8:30pm
2 Day Workshop
Sat Feb 23rd from 9am - 4pm
and Sun Feb 24th from 9am - 4pm
Reading the Body
What do your thinning eyebrows mean? Why is there a crease in your earlobe? Each color, line and marking on the face, tongue and nails holds meaning of your internal health. Guest teacher Margi Flint will be explaining and demonstrating diagnostic techniques taught to her by the late William Le Sassier.
This two day seminar will focus on various diagnostic techniques including facial signs, tissue color, elimination analysis, signs of hot, cold, damp and dry conditions. In knowing what the body has to say, we can learn how to prevent illness before it arrives as well as treating what is here. This seminar will consist of both lecture and hands on learning with ample opportunity for questions to understand what your body is saying to you.
Margi is a delightful teacher with over 30 years of experience behind her. Her most revered teachers are the plants and her clients. She is also author of The Practicing Herbalist: Meeting with Clients – Reading the Body and will have copies available for purchase. Margi teaches nationally and internationally and is adjunct Professor at NSCC, Pacific Rim College BC, the School of Traditional Western Herbalism, Bastyr U., Tufts Medical School, & MCOP as well as running her family practice and clinic in Marblehead, MA.
Margi Flint will have the 3rd edition of her book, The Practicing Herbalist, available at the event for an additional $135. Please let us know when registering if you would like to receive a copy of this book, payable at the event.
For more information on Margi, please visit: Margi Flint
Curious about using cannabis for yourself, your family and friends or your clients? In this two-day workshop, Mitcho will cover all the various forms of cannabis medicine and how to make them.
2 Day Workshop • Sat Dec 1st 10-4 & Sun Dec 2nd 10-4
Learn the Art of Percolation in which herbs can be extracted within 24-48 hours. This elegant method of making medicine was considered a true test of the skill of the pharmacist's apprentice. In this class each student will percolate an herb and end up with a potent tincture. Activities include cutting “perc” cones, grinding and sifting herbs, packing our cones, percolating herbs to end up with a beautiful tincture each student will take home.
What to Bring: An empty large “Perrier” bottle with a screw cap.
For more information about Karen, please visit Karen Aguiar
COST: $195. Pre-registration required. A $25 materials fee will be collected at the event.
WHERE: Gathering Thyme, 1447 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901