Catherine Abby Rich

Edible & Medicinal Herb Walk & Flower Essence Foray

with Catherine Abby Rich

New Dates To Be Announced

Come join us on an easy stroll through the lush vegetation and wild weeds of Tennessee Valley. "Abby" will introduce you to your wild neighbors, the edible and medicinal plants of Marin. Learn identification clues, folklore, and the ailments each plant addresses. Botanical treasures abound! Abby will also share the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of various plants as flower essence remedies.

We'll meet at the Tennessee Valley trailhead at 9:30 sharp. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

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. She has been teaching about and creating local flower essences for many years. Come learn from one of our treasured herbal elders!

COST: $35. Pre-registration required.

WHEN:New Dates To Be Announced

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

WHERE: Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley
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Kia Sanford

ReSolution ReSet: Ready? Go!

with Kia Sanford MS, Functional Clinical Nutritionist and Counselor

Four Thursday Evenings in February from 7-8:30pm

There’s only One You... Are you taking care of your Self??? This three week series will help you rewire your thoughts and your habits around self care. In addition to a gentle dietary re-set (some might call it a Cleanse, but we’ll discuss why I don’t), we will also work to redesign key lifestyle choices and thought habits that hinder your forward progress on your path to gain and maintain health. Each week of the series we focus on a different topic essential to your well being.

Preliminary Session: Reclaiming Your Self
Thursday, February 2nd from 7:00-8:00pm
In this first session we will cover the things you will need to do to prepare for the full three week course including foods to gradually eliminate, organize supplies for your daily meal replacement smoothies, and discuss lifestyle habits to begin working on. Attendance is mandatory to participate in the full program.

Week One: Rebuilding Your Foundations and Resetting Your Gut
Thursday, February 9th from 7:00-8:30pm
Learn why the foundation of your health begins in the gut and what you might be doing without even knowing it to throw your health off track. We’ll discuss antibiotics, probiotics, prebiotics, NSAIDs, fermented foods, hydration, leaky gut syndrome, IBS, SIBO, and more.

Week Two: Genes, Environment, and Stress
Thursday, February 16th from 7:00-8:30pm
We’ll look at how our genes interact with the environment -- both internal and external -- to create health or disease. One of the main ways genes get information about what’s going on in the world is through the language of food. Learn how you can speak a language your body understands and help it get on track for optimal health.

Week Three: Now what? How to Claim Self-ish
Thursday, February 23rd from 7:00-8:30pm
If optimal health and weight were only about knowing “what” to eat most of us wouldn’t have any problems. The trouble starts for most of us in the “why” and the “how” -- why do we eat what we do, and how do we make the changes we know we need to make to reclaim and maintain health? Let’s talk!

Kia Sanford MS is a Functional Clinical Nutritionist and Counselor with Masters degrees in both areas who focuses on the interface between food and health. For more information about Kia, please visit: Kia Sanford

COST: $195 for the series (does not include meal replacement supplies or supplements). Pre-registration is required to hold your space.

WHEN:Thursday evenings in February beginning at 7:00pm

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

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

with Matthew Wood MS, RH

One Saturday a Month from 10-5pm: Feb. 4th, Mar. 11th and April 8th

This clinic class will give herbal students with a clinical interest an excellent opportunity to learn and expand clinical skills and knowledge. Classes are suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. (Beginners should have some background in energetics and evaluation methods). We will see 2-4 clients, analyze them from an energetic standpoint, practice pulse and tongue, facial, complexion, and skin evaluation. Time permitting, we will study each other's pulse and tongue indications.

Students may sign up for an individual class for $90 (pre-registered) or for the entire series at $250.

Matthew Wood is an internationally-known clinical herbalist, author and teacher. He has taught herbal clinics with Margi Flint for over a decade and taught several clinical classes for Gathering Thyme's intermediate/advanced herbal program. Matthew also teaches clinical skills in Seattle and San Francisco with Tim Dymond ND. For more information about Matthew, please visit: matthewwoodherbs.com

COST: $90 per class if pre-registered, otherwise $100 at the door. $250 for the entire series. Pre-registration STRONGLY recommended too hold your space.

WHEN:One Saturday a Month from 10-5pm: Feb. 4th, Mar. 11th and April 8th

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Gels for the Aromatherapist, Herbalist & Cosmetologist

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, February 5th from 10am to 5pm

Have you ever wanted to make your own high-end face and body gels? In this demo and hands-on oriented class students will experience and discover a range of gums extracted from algae, shrubs, foods and bio-ferments. These gums, once emulsified in aqueous solutions, offer versatile gel bases for the aromatherapist, cosmetologist and herbalist. They may be used in recipes for skin care, massage therapy, skin condition relief and more. Students will be introduced to the understanding of the emulsification process, oil-in-water blending and essential oil dilution. Alice will demonstrate how to create a base gel emulsion while discussing the properties of the many precious natural ingredients for creating unique formulas: healing carrier oils, hydrosols, botanical extracts, essential oils, minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants and preservatives.

In the second part of the class students will be guided through a true hands-on experience by creating their own gel base. Each student will participate and cooperate in the design of a unique formula. Recipes will include an aromatherapy gel, an oil-in-gel emulsion for face and body, and a botanical extract based gel; all designed for a defined healing or cosmetic purpose. Every student will bring home a sample of each created formula:

  • a 2 oz aroma-therapy body gel,
  • a 1 oz facial hydrating gel,
  • and a 2 oz skin condition topical gel
  • Students are welcome to bring their own botanical extracts and essential oils, as they will have the opportunity to use them on site. Moreover, if they wish, students can bring tablets with the downloaded excel program, as Excel worksheets are practical for noting formulas.

    For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

    COST: $125 plus a $30 materials fee due at attendance.

    WHEN:Sunday, February 5th from 10am to 5pm

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

    WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Matthew Wood and Cheryl Schwartz

Herbal Medicine for People and Animals

with Matthew Wood MSc, RH and Cheryl Schwartz DVM

One Monday Evening a Month: Feb 6th, Mar 13th, Apr 10th

The Dog and Pony - and People - Show
This is the third time that Matthew Wood and Cheryl Schwartz have taught herbal medicine together. They bring a combined experience of 70+ years of practice with humans and animals. In their practices they use many of the same herbs and provide a "stereo" vision that is unique and invaluable, crossing "kingdoms." Matthew and Cheryl love to teach together because they constantly learn from one another and have taught together over a period of more than two decades.

Cheryl and Matthew both studied with the late Tis Mal Crow, a Native American of Cherokee and Hitchiti descent. This is an opportunity to gain some of his teachings. Last year's teachings were on "Fire, Wind and Water" (circulation, lymph, kidneys, muscular and skeletal - tapes available). This year's teachings will be on "Wind, Metal and Earth."

Whether your interest is in using herbs with humans or animals - or both - this unique event is not to be missed! Each class can be taken individually for $65 or the series for $180 (pre-registered).

Nervous System (Wind)
Monday, February 6th from 6:30 to 9pm
This session will focus on herbs for the nervous system including behavioral problems of both animals and humans.

Respiratory and Acute Diseases (Metal)
Monday, March 13th from 6:30 to 9pm
We'll look at upper respiratory issues (allergies, sinusitis, ears, glands and throat) as well as lung health.

The Gastrointestinal Tract (Earth)
Monday, April 10th from 6:30 to 9pm
This session focuses on digestive health - that great thorn-patch of difficulties.

Matthew Wood MSc, RH is an internationally-known herbal practitioner, author and teacher with 35 years of experience. He is the author of The Book of Herbal Wisdom, The Earthwise Herbal, and The Earthwise Herbal Repertory. Matthew will be available for book signings after class. For more information about Matthew, please visit: matthewwoodherbs.com

Cheryl Schwartz, DVM is a well-known practitioner of holistic veterinary medicine in the Bay Area with an office in Alameda. She has practiced and taught herbal veterinary care longer than anyone in the US and is internationally-known as the author of Four Paws, Five Directions. For more information about Cheryl, please visit: drcherylschwartz.com

COST: $65 per session (pre-registered) or $75 at the door. $180 for the series (pre-registered). Pre-registration is HIGHLY recommended as space is limited.

WHEN:Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9pm: Feb 6, Mar 13, Apr 10

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Rose Plant Journey Class

with Judy Lieblein, Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Saturday, February 11th from 12-3pm

In honor of Valentine’s Day we will immerse ourselves into the world of Roses! In this experiential class, we will work with Rose to learn a variety of techniques to connect and experience the spirit of the plant. Our bodies, minds and souls will be the translator as we open to the healing power of “plant spirit medicine”.

In this class you will learn and experience:

  • Different techniques to listen to the language of the plant
  • States to enhance your connection to nature, yourself and the world around you
  • Benefits of journeying
  • Journeying with a spirit dose of tincture and/or flower essence
  • Introduction to Northern California’s native Roses
  • Traditional uses of Roses as medicine

There will be time for integration through writing, journaling and/or sharing our experiences. Please bring a journal. No previous experience necessary.

For more information on Judy Lieblein, please visit: Judy Lieblein

COST: Pre-registered price is $60. $70 at the door.

WHEN: Saturday, February 11th from 12-3pm

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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Reading the Body... Part II

with Margi Flint, author of "The Practicing Herbalist"

...and special guest, Matthew Wood

Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19 from 9am to 4pm

What does a tone of voice mean? What does the location of your headache mean? In this seminar, you’ll learn the physical characteristics, verbal and emotional expressions that indicate an organ out of balance. Information covered in detail will include endocrine markers, lack of intrinsic factor and food intolerances along with indications of the face, fingernails and hands. Margi will touch on vitamin and mineral deficiencies, headaches and herbs for head trauma.

By knowing what the body has to say, we can learn how to prevent illness before it arrives as well as effectively treating what is present. This seminar will consist of both lecture and hands-on learning with ample opportunity for questions to better understand what your body is saying to you.

Margi will continue where she left off during her visit here last February. Participation in the first workshop is NOT necessary to attend this event. A very special guest will also be in attendance at this event... Matthew Wood!

For more information about Margi, please visit: earthsongherbals.com

COST: $250, pre-registration is required. This class sold out quickly last year!

WHEN:Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19 from 9am to 4pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Sterilization & Standard Good Manufacturing Practices: Level 1

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, Feb. 26th, 9am to 12pm

A GMP (good manufacturing process) is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. It is designed to minimize the risks involved in any herbal or cosmeceutical production that cannot be eliminated through testing the final product.

GMP’s cover all aspects of production from the starting materials, sterilization processes, preparation of premises and equipment to the training and personal hygiene of staff. Detailed, written procedures are essential for each process that could affect the quality of the finished product. These methods are important to put in practice in any business that involves products that are internally taken, topically applied or even sprayed in the air or on surfaces. This “standardization” of your procedures gives great tools to protect your customers and your business, but also have a great value in the situation of an FDA audit. The teacher will share a database system and sample sheets in a organized binder to provide documented templates that will allow correct procedures to be documented, showing that they are consistently followed at each step in the manufacturing process - every time a product is made.

A great class for anyone thinking of creating a business around medicinal extracts, food products, cosmetics, but also the business owner that would like to put in place a GMP practice in their growing company.

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: $65 plus a $10 materials fee due at attendance.

WHEN:Sunday, Feb. 26th from 9am to 12pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Dilutions, Incorporations & Solubilization of Essential Oils in Cosmetic Formulas: Ratios & Dilution Techniques

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, Feb. 26th from 2-5pm

Essential oils are powerful concentrates of the defense and hormonal mechanism of a plant; therefore their potency is incredible. Essential oils can fight bacteria, fungus, viruses, but also have the capacity to affect your mood, helping support emotional balance. Other essential oils are so powerful that they have an effect of the neuropathways to pain and inflammation. Nowadays, they are slowly being introduced in hospitals and clinics to prevent staff infections, cross-contaminations and stress. Nevertheless, essential oils can also be dangerous, taken internally, inhaled or applied on the skin. Essential oils can be dermo-toxic, phototoxic but also interact with health conditions and medication.

In this unique class students will be introduced to the basics of essential oil dilutions, resulting in safe but potent aromatherapy formulations. We will focus on the several properties and benefits of certain extremely potent essential oils and what ratios are effective and non-threatening to the maintenance of the body function. Alice will emphasis the importance of studying the possible interactions with medication or health conditions and the dilutions that should be used accordingly. In the second part of the class, students will be introduced to different ways of incorporating essential oils into bases, water solutions and gels. Alice will demonstrate the different capacities of these solubilizers in accordance to their ratios.

This class was designed for the aromatherapist, massage therapist, cosmetic designer and healer.

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: $70

WHEN:Sunday, Feb. 26th from 2-5pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Body Lotions & Creams

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Saturday, March 4th from 10am to 5pm

In this introductory, hands on and demo-centered class, students will discover the basic skills and tools needed to make beautiful and effective creams and lotions. Key ingredients will be passed around such as precious carrier oils, waxes, butters, essential oils, anti-oxidants and preservatives. Students will learn about the shelf life of carrier oils and their properties, the good manufacturing processes, the sterilization processes, essential oil ratios, labeling and the challenge testing of products. Alice will demonstrate, by making two recipes: a light and hydrating body lotion and a rich and nourishing cream.

In the second part of the class, students will be guided to making their own formulas. With a glossary in hand, they will be working on their own recipes with the help of the teacher. Students will then group up and collaborate in making one of the selected recipes and produce it themselves with the available raw ingredients presented to them.

Students will take home:

  • Two 2 oz. bottles of body lotion
  • Two 1.7 oz. jars of cream

Two products will be personally custom scented with natural aromatic essential oils. (You are welcome to bring your own essential oils or essential oil blends).

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: $130 due upon registration with $35 materials fee due at class.

WHEN:Saturday, March 4th from 10am to 5pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Formulating for Skin Conditions

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, March 5th from 10am to 4pm

Skin conditions can be caused by a variety of factors including stress, diet, chemical reactions, genetics and so on. In this unique one-day workshop students will be introduced to a wealth of key ingredients, nutritional foods, minerals, supplements, herbs and aromatherapy to soothe problematic skin conditions. The following skin conditions and their possible remedies will be analyzed: acne, eczema, psoriasis, chronic dry skin, stretch marks, scars and rosacea (varicose veins). Alice will also address the subject of foods and products to be avoided, in order to clear up or reduce symptoms of chronic skin conditions.

During the class the teacher will create, from scratch, three different base recipes, that can be personalized, to be adapted, by the student to their particular skin type and needs. Students will take home:

  • 1/3 oz of aromatherapy skin problem buster
  • 1 oz dry skin solid lotion bar
  • 2 oz aromatherapy custom formulated topical gel
  • Students will have the opportunity to talk about the skin condition they are intending to formulate for and what medium would be the best to treat one condition or the other. Students are welcome to bring raw ingredients, essential oil blends and any question about topicals for skin conditions.

    For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

    COST: $125 due upon registration with $25 materials fee due at class.

    WHEN:Sunday, March 5th from 10am to 4pm

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

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

with Judy Lieblein, Clinical Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Saturday, March 18th from 1-3pm

Come join us for an inspiring evening as we reframe what it means to go though 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
  • 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.

For more information on Judy Lieblein, please visit: Judy Lieblein

COST: Pre-registered price is $40. $50 at the door.

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

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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Face Serums: Level 1

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Saturday, April 1st from 1-4:30pm

In this demo-centered class, students will be introduced to the sophisticated realm of luxury serums. Oil or gel based Serums are comparable to natural supplements, in that, they can boost, heal, hydrate and rejuvenate the epidermis. Alice will introduce the group to raw materials and gums, from which, to create their own gel bases, from scratch. She will also present the class to various powerful botanical extracts, anti-oxidants, precious carrier oils, natural emollients, hydrosols and many other ingredients that will allow the student to discover the possibilities for creating their own master formulas. Alice will demonstrate how to make a gel, as well as, an oil based luxury serum.

Students will take home the following products suited to your own skin type:

  • 1 oz. rejuvenating serum gel
  • 1 oz. custom-blended oil-based serum

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: $125 due upon registration with $25 materials fee due at class.

WHEN:Saturday, April 1st from 1-4:30pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Carrier Oils: The Hidden Chemistry of Liquid Gold for Health and Beauty

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, April 2nd from 9:30-1pm

In this lecture class, students will discover the world of bio-chemistry behind various precious, healing carrier oils: the different types of fatty acids, the vitamin and omega content of these cold pressed oils, and how they can benefit beauty and health from both within the body and out.

Other topics will be covered such as natural SPF (sun protection) in carrier oils, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, shelf life in relation to their chemical composition and potential comedogenics and allergens. Alice will give insight on the importance of balanced formulas that containing a panel of complementary carrier oils for best results. She will feature 10 of her top healing, beautifying oils and their properties.

Students will customize and take home:

  • a 2 oz. customized scented massage oil made from organic selected cold pressed oils and custom scented with essential oils.

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: $85 due upon registration with $12 materials fee due at class.

WHEN:Sunday, April 2nd from 9:30-1pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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The Bee's Medicine Cabinet: Apitherapy for Cosmetic Formulation and Wellbeing

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, April 2nd from 2-5:30pm

In this class, the emphasis is put on the basic functioning of the hive and how bees are an intricate and necessary part of our ecosystem. Using bee-products sustainably is a way to support bee keeping and the maintenance and the equilibrium of the earth’s bio-system.

In this unique seminar, students will discover the extraordinary properties of royal jelly, propolis, pollen, honey and beeswax. These raw materials are not only an untapped source for beauty, good health, and a strong immune system, they are also powerful ingredients to add to cosmetic and medicinal formulation for their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, remineralizing and rejuvenating properties. You will be introduced to the many ways of using these precious raw ingredients, dosages for internal use, extracting methods and incorporation into topical formulations.

Students will take home a 6 oz. herbal infused honey, along with thoroughly explained handouts on the way bee products can be properly introduced into formulation.

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: $85 due upon registration with $15 materials fee due at class.

WHEN:Sunday, April 2nd from 2-5:30pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Introduction to the Roots of Shamanic Herbalism

with Judy Lieblein, Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Thursdays April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 from 6:30-8:30 & Sunday, May 7 from 9:00-12:00

EACH CLASS AN BE TAKEN SEPARATELY

Fall is the perfect time to delve deeper into our inherent rooted connectedness with ourselves, the land, the plants and the animals. 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

Be prepared to open your heart, mind, body and soul! 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 - 3 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.

  • April 6 - (Part 1)- Sweet, salty and astringent tastes & various attributes.
  • April 13 - (Part 2) - Bitter, pungent, sour and acrid tastes & various attributes.
  • April 20 - (Part 3) - The 5 elements and 6 tissue states.

April 27 - 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.

May 4 - 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.

May 7 - 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.

For more information on Judy Lieblein, please visit: Judy Lieblein

COST: $220 for the series or Each Thursday evening class can be taken separately for $40 in advance or $45 at the door. The Saturday field trip is $60 and pre-registration is required.

WHEN: Thursdays April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 from 6:30-8:30 & Sunday, May 7 from 9:00-12:00

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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Distillation

Live Distillation: An Aromatherapy and Alchemical Experience

with Alice Duvernell

Sunday, May 28th from 10-5pm

Have you always dreamed of making your own hydrosols and essential oils? Have you ever wanted to understand how to use the natural gifts of your garden and your environment to create unique, high quality cosmetic and healing products? Well this class is for you! 

In this full day demonstration/workshop you will discover the very special and unique experience of steam and hydro-distillation in a traditional copper still. Alice will share her passion and knowledge about the science and alchemy around the distillation process. You will learn the A to Z of how to:

  • sterilize your environment and material for optimal shelf life and preservation
  • collect and prepare plants for distillation
  • the alchemy of distilling plant material
  • separate essential oils from hydrosol

Alice will introduce you to many botanicals suitable for distillation, and will talk about the virtues of hydrosols and essential oils for beauty, health and culinary usage.

During the second part of the day, once the still is lit and going, you will enjoy hands-on workshops by creating your own aromatherapy inhaler and pulse point roll-ons. These products will be taken home in addition to an 8 oz bottle of freshly made hydrosol. You will also take home a comprehensive hand-out packed with useful information for your own distilling adventures!

Note: Please bring drinking water, a bag lunch, notepad and sun-hat.

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: $125 due upon registration with $35 materials fee due at class.

WHEN:Sunday, May 28th from 10-5pm

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

WHERE: At a beautiful community garden. Directions given upon registration.

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Hydrosols and Essential Waters Made From Your Kitchen

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, June 11th from 9:30-1pm

In this introduction to the medicinal and cosmetic virtues of hydrosols, students will learn how to make 100% pure hydrosols from scratch with easily accessible plant material and kitchen tools. Hydrosols are considered to be the future of aromatherapy. The reason why is that their pH is very balanced, and easy on the skin; they are much safer to use than essential oils. They can be used safely on elders, children and babies and people with fragrance intolerance. Hydrosols can be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, rejuvenating, toning, and can help in the treatment of hair loss, depression and anxiety, digestion, teeth and gum problems, insomnia and skin problems. Most hydrosols can be used externally and internally.

Students will also experience and learn about the properties and uses of 6 different hydrosols for the skin, the body and the mind. They will be introduced to many exceptional samples of more rare and exotic hydrosols. The teacher will discuss about how and when to pick plants, what plant parts are the most aromatic, the good manufacturing and sterilization process, pH levels, as well as, blends and bonus recipes.

Participants will take home a:

  • 4 oz. bottle of freshly made hydrosol
  • 1 oz custom made, hydrosol based, facial mask
  • This class is designed for the herbalist, gardener, cosmetic crafter, healer and cook! Hydrosols are an amazing product to enhance one's life. Feel free to bring hydrosols that you love and small cuttings of your most aromatic plants to show the rest of the class.

    For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

    COST: $85 due upon registration with $15 materials fee due at class.

    WHEN:Sunday, June 11th from 9:30-1pm

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

    WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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PsychoAromaterapy: the Hidden Power of Smell for Emotional Balance & Empowered Life Purpose

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, June 11th from 2-5:30pm

In this hands on class students will be introduced to 22 different therapeutic grade essential oils. They will explore through games and hands on experiences their own body language and reactions, memories and emotional responses to each aroma. In the second part of the class students will design their own piece of art. A blend that will support who they are and open their hearts, bodies and minds to their true essence!

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: $95 due upon registration with $25 materials fee due at class.

WHEN:Sunday, June 11th from 2-5:30pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Cleansing Oils & Toners

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Saturday, September 9th from 10am to 4pm

This class is an introduction to alternative ways of deeply cleansing the skin with oil formulas and hydro-based cleansers. This ancient, greatly prized, but forgotten method is an excellent substitute to replace overly abrasive and soap-based facial cleansers. These modern methods of cleansing the skin often result in outbreaks or excessive dryness. Alice will explain the process of how to make efficient recipes based on a choice of ingredients specifically chosen for each skin type. Many precious raw ingredients will be presented and discussed for their properties and benefits. The emphasis will also be put on pH levels (acid and alkaline toners), cleansing protocols, preservation systems and anti-oxidant systems.

In the second part of the class, students will be initiated into the art of making natural, high-quality hydro-tonic toners with botanical ingredients, cosmeceuticals, hydrosols, and hydroxy-acids from fruits and natural acids. These toners will procure in-depth cleansing, which refines and tones the skin and reduces open pores. Students will create their own master recipe spreadsheet and blend a water-based toner and an oil cleanser, based on their own particular skin types. This recipe will also be custom scented with organic essential oil blends.

Students will take home:

  • a 1 oz cleansing oil
  • a 2 oz facial toner

Students are welcome to bring their own botanical extracts, essential oils or favorite toner to use in their recipe or share with the class.

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: $125 due upon registration with $30 materials fee due at class.

WHEN:Saturday, September 9th from 10am to 4pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Botanical Extracts and Preservation

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, September 10th from 1-5pm

In this demo and hands on class, students will learn the mathematical ratios to make quality botanical extractions in alcohol, glycerin and oil. The goal of this class is to enable students to work from the raw materials through to the finished product. These botanical extracts are a perfect base for making quality medicinal and cosmetic products. A range of cosmetically prized plants will be presented; giving the students the opportunity of a hands-on experience, for making their customized botanical extracts themselves.

Students will take home:

  • a customized glycerin extract
  • an oil extract
  • and a 1oz, previously infused, botanical tincture.

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: TBD

WHEN:Sunday, September 10th from 1-5pm

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

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

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Saturday, October 21st from 10-4pm

Save the Date!! More information forthcoming!

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: TBD

WHEN:Saturday, October 21st from 10-4pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Treating Acne Naturally: 4 Steps to Success

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Saturday, November 4th from 1-5pm

Save the Date!! More information forthcoming!

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: TBD

WHEN:Saturday, October 21st from 10-4pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Body Butters & Solid Lotion Bars

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, November 5th from 1-5pm

Body butters, solid lotion bars and massage oils an excellent and effective relief for dry, cracked or aging skin and the reduction of scar tissue. One of their great advantages is that they are preservative free and easy to make even for the beginner. In this demo-centered class, students will be introduced to the healing properties of butters and carrier oils, and learn how to make a variety of butters and lotion bars.

Students will take home:

  • a 1 oz. custom scented shimmering body butter
  • a ½ oz. solid massage butter bar
  • and a 2 oz. chocolate whipped body butter

So good, you could almost eat them!

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: TBD

WHEN:Sunday, November 5th from 1-5pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Cleansing Gels and Milks

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, December 3rd from 10-4pm

Save the Date!! More information forthcoming!

For more information about Alice, please visit: Alice Encinas-Duvernell

COST: TBD

WHEN:Sunday, December 3rd from 10-4pm

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

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