Introduction to Shamanic Herbalism
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Introduction to Shamanic Herbalism

Five Thursday Evenings from 6:30-9:30 Beginning Sept. 26
Saturday Morning from 10-1 - Oct. 26
Sunday Morning from 9-12 - Oct. 27

In this 6-part series we will learn, explore and implement the skills that will support, nourish and foster a deep, more intimate connection with the spirit of everything that surrounds us. We will go over the hows, whys, whats and importance of:

  • Herbal Energetics

  • Plant Journeying

  • Connecting to the land

  • Right relationship with Nature

  • Ethical Wildcrafting

  • Offerings

  • Personal Responsibility

  • Choosing an Herbal Ally

  • Plant Spirit Medicine

Shamanic Herbalism is a path of personal empowerment. It is a way of consciously choosing to engage with oneself, the land, plants, animals and the world around us in a sacred way. Following the thread of observation and self discovery we will learn a variety of techniques to specifically enhance our connection to the seen and unseen world. Attuning and fine-tuning our natural intuitive gifts. If you have ever wanted to learn to work with plants from an organic, informed and magical place this is a great place to start! No previous experience is necessary.

INTRO TO HERBAL ENERGETICS - 4 PARTS
Learning and understanding the language of Herbal Energetics is a natural, easy, exciting and empowering way to work with herbs. Herbal Energetics has been used in India, China, Tibet and in the Americas by indigenous native tribes for thousands of years. The energetic system is a method to understand how a plant moves through the body, mind and senses affecting the different organs, body systems and tissue states. In these 3 classes we will be exploring the 6 tastes, the 20 attributes, the 5 elements and 6 tissue states by tasting a variety of herbs to acquaint our body, mind and spirit with Herbal Energetics. Please bring a journal.

HERBAL ENERGETICS: 

Sept. 26: Part 1 — Sweet, salty and astringent tastes & various attributes.

Oct. 3: Part 2 — Bitter, pungent, sour and acrid tastes & various attributes.

Oct. 10: Part 3 — The 5 elements and 6 tissue states.

Oct. 17: Part 4 — The 5 elements and 6 tissue states.

Oct. 24: INTRODUCTION TO PLANT JOURNEYING
A plant’s story, medicine and magic is available to us at all times and in a variety of ways. In this experiential class, we will work with one plant to learn a variety of techniques to connect to the spirit of the plant including states to enhance the connection, the benefits of journeying and the many ways the plants communicate to us. There will be a direct experience of Journeying with this plant through a meditation by ingesting a small dose of tincture and/or flower essence. A plant attunement will further foster the connection. There will be time for integration through writing, journaling and/or sharing our experiences. Please bring a journal. No previous experience necessary.

Sat. Oct. 26: TOOLS OF THE SHAMANIC HERBALIST
In this class, we will sit in conversation over the hows and whys of some of the most important tools available to us as shamanic herbalists. We will delve into the subjects of offerings, ethics, wildcrafting, connecting to the land, choosing an herbal ally & personal and social responsibility and what it means to be a shamanic herbalist. All these tools will help us connect and deepen our relationship to ourselves, the plants, each other and the world around us.

Sun. Oct. 27: CONNECTING TO THE LAND - FIELD TRIP TBD - WEST MARIN COUNTY.
**Prerequisite - At least one class in this series or prior approval from instructor.
We will meet out in Nature to apply and experience what we have learned over the last 5 weeks. Focus will be on connecting to and exploring our relationship to the land, plants and animals around us. There will be a group meditation as well as time for private exploration and meditation. The hike in will be easy to moderate and mostly shaded. Temperature is variable so layering of clothing is a good idea. Please bring a journal, pen or pencil, sunblock, hat water and a snack. Pre-registration is required for this class. Heavy rain cancels.

COST: $380. Pre-registration required.

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Rebirthing thru Menopause
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

Rebirthing thru Menopause

Join us for an inspiring afternoon as we reframe what it means to go through menopause. No longer is menopause something to be terrified of or ashamed of. It is a time of rebirth, liberation and empowerment! This is a time where you decide who you are, what you want and where you want to go.

In this class we will explore:

  • What it is like to experience menopause on all levels

  • How to work with symptoms of hot flashes, changes in libido, weight, mood, sleep patterns and more

  • Herbs and Flower Essences that can be helpful during this time

  • Sexuality - personal vs cultural

  • Different archetypes to empower you

No matter where you are on your journey of being a woman - maiden, mother or crone this class will offer insights, practical tips and solid information that will strengthen, inform and shift everything you have ever thought about menopause.

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Introduction to Broom Making
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Broom Making

Brooms are used around the world for daily and ritual cleansing of spaces. A broom is an important part of making a safe and sacred space. In this industrial modern world handcrafts of all kinds are being replaced by machine made goods. The broom is no exception. Handcrafted brooms are on the brink of extinction. In this four hour class you will learn the basics of Broom Craft. We will each make a turkey wing broom like in the picture to take home and use in our own daily cleansing rituals. The lore and magic of brooms is legendary, magical and ordinary at the same time. As we begin to craft our brooms, we will learn broom lore, and discover stories about witches, plant healing, flying, weaving realities, and many other magical old ways, and discover why brooms are so powerful in our own heritages and mythologies.

Class Cost: $125 (includes materials). Participants will bring home the brooms they make in class. Pre-registration required.

Bethany Ridenour (they/them) is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. For as long as they can remember they’ve turned to the trees and animals in the forest for council. Bethany believes strongly in the healing powers of nature, believing that strengthening our connection with the natural world can improve our interpersonal relationships and emotional wellbeing. Bethany has found that working the hands with elements of nature brings some of the deepest healing and feels like it is their path to help bridge the gap between humans and nature, bringing to light how that relationship can help heal trauma. Bethany has worked with many different natural elements with a strong emphasis on different ways of processing animal skins (e.g making and using Brain-tan, Bark-tan, rawhide, and furs), earth pigments; and is a professional Broom Maker.

Milla Prince grew up in the endless boreal forests of Eastern Finland, about two hundred miles from the Arctic Circle, and a hundred miles from the Russian border.  Her work as a writer and folk herbalist is grounded in her people’s ancestral folk medicine and that culture’s surviving land-based practices. Milla is also a student of my paternal side’s Palestinian medicine, and loves exploring both the striking differences and surprising similarities of the two cultures.

Among her many passions are connecting people with their own ancestral folk lineage with plants and writing about the intersections of old ways, ancient practices and the modern world. Through her work, I hope to share plant medicine, ancestral herbalism, community resilience, reciprocity, land-based healing, animism and folk magic for the wild and wooly times we live in.

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Feed Your Gut + Boost Your Mood with Fermented Vegetables
Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

Feed Your Gut + Boost Your Mood with Fermented Vegetables

Get started fermenting vegetables in your home kitchen in this hands-on workshop. You’ll learn the basics of lacto-fermentation and make your own sauerkraut and fermented veggies to take home. We will discuss the connection between good gut health and mental well-being, as well as the benefits of fermented foods and recommended supplies.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to sample a variety of gourmet ferments with recipes to make at home.

Jessica Ross is a Therapeutic Chef and owner of Mission Nourish, a meal delivery service for postpartum mothers, illness recovery, and dietary challenges. After managing her own recurring hormonal health challenges and supporting her sister through a major health crisis with healing foods, she was inspired to empower other people to take ownership of their health through cultivating supportive eating habits. She loves exploring new fermentation recipes, and always has a rotating collection of bubbling jars in her kitchen.

COST: $40. A $15 materials fee (cash only please) will be collected by the instructor at class.

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

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Flower Essences For You & Your Pets
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Flower Essences For You & Your Pets

Pets bring such joy to our lives and homes, but modern life can be as challenging for them as it is for you. Living in noisy urban environments and spending long days alone at home can create stresses that result in behavioral problems. This class is designed to help you support your pet with the safe, gentle, natural healing of Flower Essences.

The natural sensitivity of animals offers us an opportunity to watch how quickly energies and patterns can shift, and can help us connect to our own natures as well. Our pets will often mirror us, and quite often flower essences that benefit our animals will be indicated for us as well.

Topics will include:

  • What does stress look like in an animal?

  • Learning to spot signs of emotional discomfort before they turn in to problems

  • Supporting the sensitive animal

  • Improving communication and the relationship between you and your pet

  • Flower essences to relieve stress and help you both feel better

  • Ways to easily integrate flower essences into your life, and your pet’s life

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Holy Smokes. Plant/resins for Cleansing, Clearing & Protection
Dec
14
1:00 PM13:00

Holy Smokes. Plant/resins for Cleansing, Clearing & Protection

In this class we will focus on and experience a few of the plants and resins that have been traditionally used to clear, cleanse and offer protection of personal space. These plants can delineate and maintain integrity of space - boundaries! The herbs and resins naturally establish a presence that can ward off negativity. Ways to use this type of medicine beyond smudging/burning will be covered such as steaming, hydrosols, washes and incense. At the end of class, everyone will make their own incense blend to take home with them.

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Cold Process Soap Making
Jan
12
10:00 AM10:00

Cold Process Soap Making

This beginners course will focus on Cold Process soap making, using sodium hydroxide (lye), blended with water, and organic oils to make soap! This demonstration course is really the best and safest way to begin your journey as a soap maker, as working with caustic substances like lye can be intimidating (and dangerous) for the novice.

We will explore the basics of preparing your work area, creating a formula and the step-by-step process of blending your ingredients - plus we will discuss online tools for getting the best results! If time permits, we will also discuss the process for making liquid hand soaps scented with essential oils. Each student will have an opportunity to get creative with some herbal garnishes & colorants, play with essential oil blending and leave with a small amount of soap to cure, cut and enjoy.

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Marin-friendly Gardening with Natives
Feb
29
10:00 AM10:00

Marin-friendly Gardening with Natives

Gardeners in Marin County are blessed with wonderful weather, diverse habitats, and a plethora of native plants (1800 species) that will make your gardens buzz.  The benefits of gardening with native plants are many:  they are easy to manage and maintain, they are drought tolerant, they benefit wildlife and pollinators, and many native plants are medicinal too!  Come learn about some easy to grow natives that perform well in Marin gardens and the benefits of inviting them into your space.

Image courtesy of California Native Plant Society

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Reading the Body with Margi Flint • Weekend Workshop
Mar
7
to Mar 8

Reading the Body with Margi Flint • Weekend Workshop

2 Day Workshop

Sat Mar 7th from 9am - 4pm
and Sun Mar 8th 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

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California Native Bees in Herbal Gardens
Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

California Native Bees in Herbal Gardens

Did you know that California is home to roughly 1,600 species of native bees?!  While most people can recognize a honey bee and perhaps a bumble bee, few are aware that so many other types are pollinating our native, ornamental, and agricultural plants.  Come learn about the importance of these pollinators, their biology and ecology, including info on their lifecycle and nesting needs.  You will learn about the most common native bees visiting medicinal herb gardens during each season, as well as their very favorite plants.  Jaime will provide info on how to start your own bee garden to encourage these valuable pollinators to visit your own home habitat.  After the lecture, students will participate in making their own bee condo’s to take home!

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Grow Your Own Outdoor Cannabis
Apr
25
10:00 AM10:00

Grow Your Own Outdoor Cannabis

Are you curious to grow your own cannabis, but feel a little intimidated?  This is the class for you then!  Now that cannabis is legal in CA we can freely grow our own medicine and benefit from the many uses of this great plant.  This class will introduce you to outdoor cannabis cultivation and give you a timeline of growth, flower production, harvest and curing.  This class is perfect for home gardeners that want to grow up to the legal limit of plants, either in the ground or in containers.  This class will not cover hydroponics or indoor growing, but will focus on outdoor cultivation as well as how to manage potential pests and diseases.  We will also discuss some of the types of medicine that can be made with cannabis and how they can be used.

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Garden Plants to Dye For
May
2
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Plants to Dye For

Your garden provides so many resources for fun activities and one of them is for naturally dyeing fabric!  There are endless color combinations, fabric choices, and plants to play around with.  Come learn how to coax different colors from a myriad of native and ornamental plants.  Some plants don’t require additional substances to make the dye bond with the fabric, while others do.  We will discuss the process for bonding dye with fabric and what materials you need to do so.  We will play around with some different plant dyes and participants will get to dye their own silk scarf to take home with them. 

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Garden-Grown Stove-Top Hydrosols and Hand Salves
Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

Garden-Grown Stove-Top Hydrosols and Hand Salves

YIt’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor!  This class will teach you how to make a fragrant stovetop hydrosol (floral distillate) as well as a healing gardener’s hand salve utilizing plants right from your garden.  During the hot summer months it’s so refreshing to spray a lemon verbena or mint hydrosol all over your face after working outside in the garden.  Hydrosols not only smell amazing, but they have healing properties as well, and are used in many different ways.  And, your tired hands could use some love with a healing salve made with plants grown in your garden and infused into oils.  We will demo and learn how to make both of these items, which everyone will also get to take home!

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Welcoming Fall with Flower Essences
Sep
14
1:00 PM13:00

Welcoming Fall with Flower Essences

Learn how Nature can help support you as the season shifts from the expansive energy of summertime towards the quiet reflection of winter. Fall is the midpoint as the energies change course, flow inward, and create an opportunity to review the growth of the year.

In Chinese Medicine, Autumn is the season of the Lung, and the affiliated emotion is grief. Fall can stimulate an emotional reckoning of the losses that take place in all lives, whether you have lost a loved one, or have lost an old way of life by graduating, moving or changing jobs. Every change is a type of loss, and flower essences can help you heal on deep levels so you can integrate your experience into a wiser self.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding the seasons through the lens of Chinese Medicine

  • Recognizing the shifts in our bodies and spirits as the seasons change

  • Flower essences specific to the season - essences for grief, loss and change

  • Acupressure points to support healthy flow of qi and benefit the Lung

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Introduction to Traditional Western Herbalism
Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

Introduction to Traditional Western Herbalism

What does it mean to be an herbalist in the Western tradition? It means developing a deep relationship with the plants found growing in our meadows and forests, along streambanks and front yards, even in the cracks of sidewalks! It means learning to grow your own herbs to support your community and take the strain off our wild stands of plant medicines. It means finding your voice as a community herbalist to support the health of your community.

This class is an introduction to our Explorations in Traditional Western Herbalism 9-month course and provides a peek at some of the robust material we’ll cover in that course.

Cheryl will discuss several herbs including mushrooms found in our bio-region that have tremendous value in supporting our health and wellbeing. We’ll sample teas and tinctures and learn to view health and healing through the eyes of an herbalist.

Students who register for this class will receive a $50 discount off the deposit of the 9-month program that begins September 18th.

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Botanical Skincare: Make Your Own Hydrosols, Toners & Creams
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Botanical Skincare: Make Your Own Hydrosols, Toners & Creams

Discover the art and magic of making your own aromatic floral waters (hydrosols) using the stove-top method.  Hydrosols are the basis for many high-end skin toners and we’ll incorporate the hydrosols we’ll make in class with other botanical ingredients to customize our own skin tonics.   In addition, Cheryl will discuss the skin-healing and regenerative properties of many different vegetal oils and butters, as well as different emulsifiers, essential oils and antioxidant-rich botanicals while demonstrating how to make a wonderfully rich anti-aging lavender-frankincense moisturizer.  Participants will take home all products we’ve made in class with ample handouts and recipes for further exploration.

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Herb Walk / Learn to Grow Your Own Herbs
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Herb Walk / Learn to Grow Your Own Herbs

We'll begin the day with an herb walk (location TBD) and then head over to one of our herb gardens for some hands-on experience with our native medicinals and wild weeds. We'll cover plant identification, the importance of growing your own medicine (it's easy!), what and when to harvest, growing techniques and more.  Everyone will bring home a plant to tend in their own gardens, deck or windowsill!  This class will be taught by Jaime Pawelek, an awesome herbalist, bee biologist and gardener.

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Introduction to Traditional Western Herbalism
Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

Introduction to Traditional Western Herbalism

What does it mean to be an herbalist in the Western tradition? It means developing a deep relationship with the plants found growing in our meadows and forests, along streambanks and front yards, even in the cracks of sidewalks! It means learning to grow your own herbs to support your community and take the strain off our wild stands of plant medicines. It means finding your voice as a community herbalist to support the health of your community.

This class is an introduction to our Explorations in Traditional Western Herbalism 9-month course and provides a peek at some of the robust material we’ll cover in that course.

Cheryl will discuss several herbs including mushrooms found in our bio-region that have tremendous value in supporting our health and wellbeing. We’ll sample teas and tinctures and learn to view health and healing through the eyes of an herbalist.

Students who register for this class will receive a $50 discount off the deposit of the 9-month program that begins September 18th.

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Botanical Camping Trip to Los Padres National Forest • 3 Day Adventure
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Botanical Camping Trip to Los Padres National Forest • 3 Day Adventure

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.

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The Art of Percolation with Karen Aguiar • 2 Day Workshop
Dec
1
to Dec 2

The Art of Percolation with Karen Aguiar • 2 Day Workshop

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

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415.524.8693
Send Email: info@gatheringthyme.com

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