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Plant Journeying Series

with Judy Lieblein, Shamanic Practitioner, Herbalist, Animal Communicator and Reiki Master

September 13th, October 11th and November 1st from 1:30 to 4pm

A plant’s story, medicine and magic is available to us at all times and in a variety of ways.

In this series, we will explore the different ways plants weave their magic through the telling of their story in relation to their cultural uses, appearance, habitat and energetic make-up. A direct experience of journeying with the plant thru meditation, ingesting a small dose of tincture, flower essence and/or tea and a plant attunement will further foster the connection. There will be time for the integration of this knowledge through the sharing of our experiences and/or journaling. This is plant spirit medicine!

For each class we will open our minds, hearts and senses to new worlds and possibilities through one plant. Join us for an empowering, fun and enlightening way to access our own inherent wisdom and deepen our connection to ourselves and the world around us. No experience is necessary. Class size is limited to ten. Please bring a journal.

September 13th - Elder (Sambucus nigra) - The Elder tree has been revered and cherished through out time for it’s magical and medicinal qualities. The beautiful green leaves, white-creamish flowers and dark berries all have their place in the home medicine chest and kitchen. One of the oldest, most respected trees of our times is at home here in Marin County. Come join us for a journey and exploration of Elder’s transformational properties of resilience, recovery and renewal.

October 11th - Angelica (Angelica archangelica/californica) - Angelica is believed to be one of the few medicinal herbs originating in the Northern Hemisphere that survived the Ice Age 8-10 thousand years ago. Still thriving today, Angelica’s uses as a food and medicine are broadly used. One of the most intoxicating beautiful scented flowers to come across Angelica’s message is hard to miss. Come journey with Angelica and see where this long-time star child wants to lead you.

November 1st - California Spikenard/Ginseng (Aralia californica) - Aralia loves to have it’s feet wet! And, if you have ever hiked in West Marin County near any of the numerous shaded creeks you have most certainly seen this outrageously magnificent plant that grows up to 9 feet tall. The large broad leaves almost 3 feet long and the spectacular clusters of star shaped flowers lure one into a magical and peaceful world where stress doesn’t exist. Come journey with Aralia and reconnect with your strong, natural flow.

How to Journey Class.
This is a quick primer for those with no prior journeying experience and for those who would like additional support or have questions regarding journeying . This class is offered 30 min before the Plant Journey class.

Judy Lieblein is a life-long student of old and new medicine ways working as a Shamanic Practitioner, Herbalist, Animal Communicator and Reiki Master for over 20 years. Bringing a varied and diverse background to her work Judy is able to weave together the sacred and profane combining the practical and the intuitive to facilitate understanding, growth and healing. She is dedicated to assisting and empowering all beings to align to their truth enabling a deepening of their ability and capacity to relate to themselves and the world around them in a more conscious, loving and compassionate way.

COST: $40 for each class including the "How to Journey Class". $35 otherwise.

WHEN: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 1 from 2-4pm. "How to" class begins at 1:30.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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Dr. Linda Berry

Want to be Safe in our Toxic World?

Antioxidant Scanning with Dr. Linda Berry

Saturday September 20th & October 18th from 12-4pm

Did you know that antioxidants are your best defense against developing cancer? And they also prevent cardiovascular disease (strokes and heart attacks), diabetes, obesity and pain problems. Dr. Linda Berry will be here at Gathering Thyme offering you a chance to find out your antioxidant score. It takes just 90 seconds and the cost is only $20. Find out if you can celebrate a great win, if your score is already in the good zone, or if you need to make simple changes to protect yourself. This is an interactive event. You'll have fun learning simple ways to figure out the best way for you to enjoy a happy and healthy life.

COST: $20 for a 20 minute appointment

WHEN: Saturday September 20th & October 18th from 12-4pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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Five Element Theory

Eating with the Elements

Class 3: The Earth Element/Late Summer

Sunday, August 31st from 1:30-4:30pm. Each class in the series can be taken independent of the others.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are five seasons, rather than the four that we know of in the West. By observing Nature, the Chinese determined which foods and herbs have a “food as medicine” quality associated with each of these seasons.

Join professional Western Herbalist, Cheryl Fromholzer, and Nutritionist and Gourmet Chef, Sarah Bearden, as we present a class for each season throughout the year. In each of our five classes, we will blend the best of East and West as we present local seasonal food and herbs with a Five Element twist. Our classes include lecture, cooking demos, tastings (and take-home goodies) of all the recipes made in class and a folder including all the recipes and notes for the class.

The Earth Element is all about Digestion. We will be discussing foods and herbs that assist our ability to digest our food. Our food focus will be on the foods of late summer and on making cultured or fermented vegetables to enhance our digestion. If you have digestive issues or have been curious about making sauerkraut or other fermented foods, this is the class for you!

In this class we will:
  • Learn about the “4 R’s” for healthy digestion: a program you can follow if you want to improve your digestion.
  • Learn the roles that herbs (carminatives and bitters) play in creating and maintaining healthy digestion and put together your own bitters formula based on the lecture.
  • Learn the difference between “pre-biotics” and “pro-biotics” and why both assist us in digesting our foods.
  • Learn about cultured or fermented foods and why these probiotic-rich foods are becoming very popular.
  • Make our own cultured vegetable sauerkraut using a culture-starter (the easy peasy way).
  • Discuss other methods of culturing vegetables.
  • Make a roasted red pepper and tomato bisque which can be served hot or chilled.
  • Taste coconut kefir (a fermented drink) and learn how to make it.

COST: $75 includes materials and take-home goodies.

WHEN: Sunday, August 31st from 1:30-4:30pm.

WHERE: Class will be held in a beautiful private home in Kentfield. Directions provided upon registration.

CONTACT: For more information about this event, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.


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David Crow

Fukushima & Beyond: Research on Herbs for Protection from Radiation

with David Crow of Floracopeia

Saturday, September 6th from 10am until 12:30pm

This class examines botanical species that are being studied for their protective effects against radiation.

The first section will review the radioactive elements and types of radiation, where they are coming from, how they accumulate in the environment and the body, and how they threaten health. The second section will examine the various radio-protective mechanisms through which plant-based medicines may work, including activation of antioxidant defenses, prevention of hepatotoxicity, anti-inflammatory processes, detoxification pathways, anti-mutagenic and immune-modulatory actions. The third section will review radio-protective properties of common herbs such as ginger, turmeric, aloe, neem and milk thistle, as well as lesser-known species being researched such as Adhatoda vasica, Piper longum, and Boerhaavia diffusa.

A brief review of relevant literature on the increasing levels of environmental radiation reveals ample reason for developing and implementing a comprehensive regimen of botanical preparations for supporting health; for clinicians, this knowledge can also be applied to patients who are going through medical radiotherapy.

Bulk herbs and herbal formulas will be available for purchase at the event and at Gathering Thyme.

David Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with over thirty years experience. He is the author of “In Search of the Medicine Buddha,” a book about his studies of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas. He is the founder of Floracopeia, Inc., a company that supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils and aromatic treasures, and Medicinecrow.com, an online botanical community dedicated to sharing the knowledge and wisdom of plant-based medicine. Through writing, teaching, and activism, he is promoting the creation of a grassroots healthcare system. For more information about his work, please visit: www.floracopeia.com and www.medicinecrow.com

COST: $35 - pre-registration required as class is held off-site.

WHEN: Saturday, September 6th from 10am until 12:30pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Location to be provided upon registration

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David Crow

Dental Health: Natural Approaches

with David Crow of Floracopeia

Saturday, September 6th from 2:00pm until 4:30pm

This lecture will present an overview of dental pathologies frequently encountered but often overlooked in holistic clinical practice and their prevention and treatment with natural methods. The first section will be devoted to common sources of dental xenobiotics such as mercury, plastics, implants and adhesives and their long-term effects on the immune system and inflammatory processes. The second section will review the underlying physiology of dental pathologies and their treatment such as salivary health, formation of biofilms, chronic infection, and the effect of diet and medications. The third section will review traditional and contemporary natural methods for treatment, prevention and complementary therapies, focusing specifically on herbal remedies and essential oils.

Floracopeia essential oils and herbal remedies will be available for purchase at the event and at Gathering Thyme.

David Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with over thirty years experience. He is the author of “In Search of the Medicine Buddha,” a book about his studies of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas. He is the founder of Floracopeia, Inc., a company that supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils and aromatic treasures, and Medicinecrow.com, an online botanical community dedicated to sharing the knowledge and wisdom of plant-based medicine. Through writing, teaching, and activism, he is promoting the creation of a grassroots healthcare system. For more information about his work, please visit: www.floracopeia.com and www.medicinecrow.com

COST: $35 - pre-registration required as class is held off-site.

WHEN: Saturday, September 6th from 2:00pm until 4:30pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Location to be provided upon registration

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David Crow

Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils *and* Opening to Flowers

with David Crow of Floracopeia and Sara Crow of Pure Body Synergy

Sunday, September 7th from 10:00am until 6:00pm

Explore the basics of aromatherapy, the biology of flowers and the science of fragrance. Topics include:

  • How essential oils work–their absorption and effects on the glandular, respiratory, nervous and circulatory systems
  • How to use them safely and effectively
  • How to create a home pharmacy of important essential oils and how to use them to calm the mind and body and enhance meditation

Learn about:

  • Sacred scents such as frankincense and palo santo
  • Floral relaxants such as lavender and geranium
  • Medicinal florals such as helichrysum and chamomile
  • Antimicrobials such as tea tree
  • Respiratory/immune enhancing oils such as conifers and eucalyptus
  • Medicinal grasses such as lemongrass
  • Attars and exotic flower preparations such as rose and jasmine

Participants will have the opportunity to sample and purchase Floracopeia essential oils.

Sara Crow

Opening to Flowers

A Flower Essence Class with Sara Crow L.Ac. from 5-6pm

Flower essences are one of the most overlooked botanical preparations with profound healing implications for our world. Flower essences are an energetic preparation of flowers primarily used to address issues related to the emotions, mind and soul. They work on the various energy pathways such as the acupuncture meridians to create health and well-being on multiple levels. One of the most important aspects of flower essences is that they are a gentle, safe, efficacious and versatile remedy for the whole family at every stage of life.

Flower essences can be easily combined and integrated into every healthcare modality. In this class you will learn:

  • Why flower essences are an efficacious healing modality
  • How they differ from other botanicals
  • Energetics of various flowers
  • FlorAlchemy's Flower Essence Tinctures
  • Different methods of application

These two classes are being offered as a package and are not available separately.

David Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with over thirty years experience. He is the author of “In Search of the Medicine Buddha,” a book about his studies of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas. He is the founder of Floracopeia, Inc., a company that supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils and aromatic treasures, and Medicinecrow.com, an online botanical community dedicated to sharing the knowledge and wisdom of plant-based medicine. Through writing, teaching, and activism, he is promoting the creation of a grassroots healthcare system. To learn more about his work, please visit: www.floracopeia.com and www.medicinecrow.com

Sara Crow is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She specializes in using Flower Essences and is the creator of Floracopeia’s FlorAlchemy products. She is uniquely gifted as an intuitive and subtle energy healer. To learn more about Sara's work, please visit: purebodysynergy.com

COST: $80 in advance, $95 at the door.

DATES: Sunday, September 7th from 10am to 6pm

CONTACT: For more information about this event, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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David Crow

Emerald Rivers: An Evening of Poetry and Alchemy

with David Crow of Floracopeia and MedicineCrow

Monday Evening, September 8th from 6:30pm until 9:30pm

An evening of enchanted stories, poetic magic and an intoxicating feast Floracopeia fragrances and uplifting floral elixirs.

Join author, poet, healer and ecological visionary David Crow for an extraordinary evening of stunning images, beautiful poetry, and intoxicating aromatic treasures from his travels. David will also be signing copies of his new book, Sacred Smoke: The Magic and Medicine of Palo Santo. To round off the evening and continue to set the mood, Sara Crow L.Ac. will be serving of FlorAlchemy Flower Essence Elixirs.

David Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with over thirty years experience. He is the author of “In Search of the Medicine Buddha,” a book about his studies of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas. He is the founder of Floracopeia, Inc., a company that supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils and aromatic treasures, and Medicinecrow.com, an online botanical community dedicated to sharing the knowledge and wisdom of plant-based medicine. Through writing, teaching, and activism, he is promoting the creation of a grassroots healthcare system. To learn more about his work, please visit: www.floracopeia.com and www.medicinecrow.com

COST: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

DATES: Monday, September 8th from 6:30 to 9:30pm

CONTACT: For more information about this event, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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Happy Belly

A Happy Belly

Insights into Diet and Digestion from the Ayurvedic Perspective with Simone deWinter of Marin Ayurveda

A Four Part Series: Tuesday Nights from 7-9 on Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14 & 21

Ayurveda has a very nuanced way of relating to foods, different from the modern nutritionist's approach. Instead of relating to food groups and vitamin and mineral content, it considers the taste and energy of a food, and emphasizes the ability to digest and assimilate its nutrients. How does the quality of each considered taste affect us chemically? Does a food heat us up or cool us down? What is the post-digestive effect of a food?

In this class series, we will create an intimacy with our digestive systems, and a basic understanding of the quality of different foods, herbs and spices, and what they do in our bodies. Each class will focus on visualization, guided meditation, and lecture. You will receive many practical tips and recipes, so that Ayurveda becomes a familiar daily choice.

Simone de Winter has studied yoga and Ayurveda for over twenty years, both in India and the United States. For the last eleven years she has practiced Ayurveda in Marin County. Her website is: marinayurveda.com

COST: $120 for the series or $35 for each individual class

WHEN: Tuesdays from 7-9pm: Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14 & 21

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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Catherine Abby Rich

Flower Essence Practitioner Training

with Catherine Abby Rich

Dates TBD. Please email info-at-gatheringthyme-dot-com to be contacted when new dates are finalized.

Join our medicine circle and let me share the wisdom and healing tales of flower essences with you. Accrue a kit of 25 essences as the course progresses. Learn counseling skills necessary to make remedies for yourself, friends, family or clients. Begin to translate the language of the flowers to emotional, spiritual and somatic issues. This class is particularly helpful for practitioners of the healing arts to expand your knowledge base and potentiate a new income stream. Perfect for moms... and lovers of others.

Catherine Abby Rich has been an herbalist and educator for over 40 years. She trained as a folk medicine maker in the Bavarian Alps, Mexico, the U.S. and in India, where she apprenticed with the well known Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Vasant Lad. Catherine Abby was a founding member of the Marin County Farmers Market and for 23 years was their resident herbalist. Her "Combining Forces” products are wildcrafted, organic and enhanced with flower essences she personally creates. In addition, teaching local plant medicine to all ages is one of her most cherished talents, her lifetime assignment and delight.

COST: $600. $100 deposit to hold your space. (Self-styled payment plans are possible).

WHERE: A beautiful Victorian home in Larkspur. Directions provided upon registration.

CONTACT: For more information about this event, please email info-at-gatheringthyme-dot-com.


Matthew Wood

HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP WITH MATTHEW WOOD!
Forgotten Energetics of Traditional Western Herbalism:
The Six Tissue States in Relation to the Organ Systems

A Six Weekend Intensive for Intermediate and Advanced Students
with Matthew Wood MSc (Herbal Medicine), Registered Herbalist (AHG)

In this class we will learn to understand the 'personality' and specific uses of herbal remedies. Every plant has a central, unifying intelligence which expresses through it's chemistry, uses, appearance, and taste. The Six Tissue States, an energetic system of Western Herbalism was largely forgotten by the late twentieth century. It is eminently useful and provides the logic behind so much that we do in modern herbal medicine. Matthew will be teaching specific indications for herbal application, the energetics of Greek medicine and nineteenth century botanical physicians, in relationship to the major organ systems. He will discuss this method and system over six weekends, giving plants, cases, and diagnostic tips for illustrations. A basic knowledge of western herbalism is recommended as this class will be geared toward intermediate and advanced students.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn from an internationally-known teacher of herbalism.

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982 and is a renowned inspirational lecturer and author of several herb books including The Book of Herbal Wisdom and The Earthwise Herbal. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine. Matthew lives in Wisconsin and we are so delighted and honored to have him teach here at Gathering Thyme. For more information about Matthew, visit his website: www.matthewwoodherbs.com

COST: $1,500. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space with the remainder due prior to the event. If necessary, payment plans are available on a limited basis and must be discussed prior to enrollment. (NOTE: Each individual weekend is also available at $300/weekend. Call Cheryl at 415-524-8693 for more information).

DATES: Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm: October 4-5, November 15-16. 2015 Dates: January 24-25, February 7-8, March 7-8 and April 4-5.

CONTACT: For more information about this event, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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Matt Wood

Private Health Consultations

with Matthew Wood

Mondays: October 6th, November 17th

Matthew Wood is available for private therapeutic consultations here at Gathering Thyme. Sessions are one-hour in length. Herbs suggested in each session can be purchased at Gathering Thyme or elsewhere at your discretion. Use the sign-up button below to book your appointment. Cheryl will contact you with available times to complete your appointment.

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982 and is a renowned inspirational lecturer and author of several herb books including The Book of Herbal Wisdom and The Earthwise Herbal. While he believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage.

COST: $100

WHEN: Mondays: October 6th, November 17th between 10:45am and 4:00pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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Deer Park

Wild Medicines and Foods of Devil's Gulch... A Plant Walk

Taught By Ethnobotanist Jolie Egert Elan of Go Wild Institute

Sunday, October 12th from 10am to 2pm

Wild foods and medicines abound in Marin. Join Ethnobotanist Jolie Egert Elan for this fun-filled educational walk and connect deeper to nature and yourself. We’ll discuss how to identify common plants and use them for food and medicine. Learn how to distinguish useful plants from their poisonous cousins. We will discuss the cycles and seasons of nature as we root into the autumn. Come immerse yourself in the myths, medicine and magic of nature’s bounty at Devil’s Gulch. The walk will be friendly and slow paced. Bring a lunch, water and comfortable walking shoes. You might also want to bring a notebook, a magnifying glass (or loupe) and camera. We'll meet at the Devil’s Gulch turn off at 10 AM sharp. Click here for directions:

The park is 15 miles / 30 minutes west of San Rafael on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Lagunitas, CA. Devil's Gulch is 1 mile west of the 'Camp Taylor' entrance. Park in the large pull-out before walking across the street.

COST: $45

WHEN: Sunday, October 12th from 10am to 2pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme info@gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.



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Kia Sanford

Expert Supplement Advice Every Tuesday from 3:30-6:30pm

Swimming in a sea of supplements and not sure what you really should be taking, if anything? Confused about nutrients and the latest internet advertising craze? Clinical Nutritionist Kia Sanford will be available for drop-in mini-consults in the store on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 to 7:00pm. She is also available by appointment for more in-depth individual consultations in the clinic.

For More Information on Kia and other clinic practitioners, click here: Gathering Thyme Integrative Health Clinic