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Fall Plant Journey Series - Visionary and Transformational Allies!

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

Saturdays from 1:30-4pm: September 12, October 24, November 21
Each class may be taken individually

This Fall we are working with plants that call us deeper. Deeper into ourselves and the world we live in. Opening pathways that lead us to …. Parts that lay behind the veil of our waking consciousness. Gifts that have been hidden. Visions waiting to be born. Dreams calling to be birthed. Identities no longer of use to us. Parts of ourselves that we need to come forward become available now. Come Journey with us and experience the magic and wonder of these extraordinary plant allies. The Dreamtime is calling!

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.

We will open our minds, hearts and senses to new worlds and possibilities through one plant in each class. Join us for a fun and empowering way to access your own inherent wisdom while deepen your connection to yourself and the world around you. This is Plant Spirit Medicine! All levels welcome. For those new to Plant Journeying a ‘How to Journey’ class is offered 30 min before each class. Class size is limited to eight. Please bring a journal!

Sept. 12 - Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) - A stunning and provocative plant that is indigenous to the deserts of the Southwest. Growing up to 20ft high, thorns covering the long branches/stems and stunning red flowers she can’t be missed. Ocotillo speaks of times forgotten and parts of ourselves we have left behind. Fierce, radiant and passionate Ocotillo calls us home. Come Journey with Ocotillo and see what has been left behind.

Oct. 24 - Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) - Aromatic, light and filled with the essence of the Moon Mugwort is one of my favorite plants to come upon hiking. She speaks of coolness with a fiery nature. Green leaves with a silvery underbelly and yellow flowers that glow in the light of the Moon. Warming, expansive and stimulating Mugwort moves blocked and stagnant energy within our bodies and psyches. Come Journey with Mugwort and experience the unification of the lunar and solar forces within you.

Nov. 21 - Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa_ - Black Cohosh’s innate ability to untangle and unwed us from past relationships, unconscious contracts and commitments is just one of the many gifts she shares so freely. From her dark and tangled root to her dainty snake-like white flower head she can be found growing wild in the Eastern Woodlands of the U.S. Come Journey with Black Cohosh and experience her ability to move through the shadows of time cleansing and liberating our Soul essence into the light of awareness.

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.

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

COST: Pre-Registered Prices: $40 for each class including the "How to Journey Class". $35 otherwise. Walk-ins: $45 including "How to Journey." Otherwise $40.

WHEN: Saturdays indicated above from 2-4pm. "How to" class begins at 1:30.

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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Tennessee Valley

Herb Walk in Tennessee Valley

with Catherine Abby Rich

Sunday, September 20th from 1-4pm

Join veteran Herbalist, Catherine Abby Rich, for an informative and humor-filled foray to one of Marin's most delightful walks through Tennessee Valley. "Abby" weaves materia medica, herbal lore and folk tales in story and song as we meet our wild neighbors along the trail. This walk is suitable for adults and children alike. The pace is slow and leisurely. We'll meet at the trailhead at 1pm. Please bring water, a hat, layered clothing and a notepad and paper.

COST: $35

WHEN: Sunday, September 20th from 1-4pm

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

WHERE: Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley California

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Catherine Abby Rich

Food As Medicine - Enhancing Health & Vitality using Herbs

with Catherine Abby Rich

Sunday, October 18th from 10-4pm

Everyone knows soup is medicine. In this class, Catherine Abby will teach you the benefits of using herbs, seaweeds, produce, mushrooms and more to create delicious soups (really, delicious!) with tangible health benefits. In addition, we'll learn to make herbal vinegars, delicious medicine "balls", herbed salts and gomasios and more. Food as Medicine! All recipes are gluten-free. This class is both demonstration and hands-on. You'll go away with lots of recipes and samples of some of the items we've made in class. We'll break for lunch to enjoy our medicine soup. You are welcome to bring other snacks to share.

COST: $85 includes lunch and handouts with recipes. Pre-registration is required.

WHEN: Sunday, October 18th from 10-4pm

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

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

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Mushroom Foray

Wild Mushroom Foray

to Salt Point State Park with Autumn Summers

Sunday, November 8th from 10am to 4pm

Join us on our excursion into the woods at Salt Point State Park as we learn to accurately identify and ethically gather wild mushrooms for food and medicine. Autumn will teach us the about the mushrooms we find and gather which may include Oysters, Chanterelles, Boletes, Candy Caps, Turkey Tails and more. We will meet at Salt Point State Park, north of Fort Ross in Mendocino at 10am. Directions and details will be provided upon registration. This educational and fun-filled class will happen rain or shine.

Autumn Summers is an herbalist and ethnobotanist who has been teaching about the benefits of wild mushrooms for many years.

COST: $65. Pre-registration is required as we limit the number of attendees.

WHEN: Sunday, November 8th from 10am to 4pm

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

WHERE: Salt Point State Park
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Cacao

Cacao Ceremonial Plant Journeys

with Judy Lieblein, Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Sunday August 23rd or Saturday December 5th from 12:30 to 4pm. AUGUST IS FULL. Registration is open for December.

Cacao (Theobroma cacao) - Cacao has long been considered a “Food of the Gods” and even its Latin name Theobroma translates to exactly that! To this day, the Cacao spirit is considered one of the most powerful deities in Mayan cosmology as well as in many indigenous cultures in Central and South America with its use is dating back to 1900-900BC. Cacao’s medicine is rich, deep, blissful and has been called “truth serum” for the heart.

For our Journey, we will be drinking a traditional ceremonial dose of Cacao. The Cacao Flower Essence will be available as well for those who desire another level of experience. The format of this class will be a little different as we will be ingesting the Cacao first off as there is a 30-45 min ramp up. The class will include a brief introduction to the Cacao plant, a plant attunement, hour long meditation, ceremony and time for sharing and or journaling to integrate and catalyze the experience. All this, will be followed by a potluck to help us ground before we leave class. Each Cacao class will have a specific theme that will connect us more fully into the natural cycle of the season. Join us for a heart-enriching Journey!

Registration for this class through Gathering Thyme IS essential. Due to the nature of this class and the prior preparation of the Cacao beverage we will be ingesting, class size will be limited to 10. Further information and instructions will be sent out prior to class for those who have registered.

Aug. 23 - Give-A-Way. We will set up a group altar that will be the focal point of our Journey. Please bring 1 or 2 items that represent or reflect who you are and what you would like to release or give-a-way during this ceremony. Registration closes Aug. 19.

Dec. 5 - Calling In. We will set up a group altar that will be the focal point of our Journey. Please bring 1 or 2 items that represent or reflect what you would like to call in for the upcoming year. Registration closes Dec. 9.

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

COST: $75 per class. Pre-registration is essential by the dates noted above to do preparation instructions.

WHEN: Sunday, August 23th (CLASS IS FULL) and Saturday, December 5th (registration closes December 1st).

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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Eileen Rose

Introduction to Shamanic Herbalism Series

with Judy Lieblein, Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Three Wednesday Evenings: October 7, 14 and 21 and a field trip Sunday, October 25th

Image by Eileen Rose

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 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 and magical place this is a great place to start!

Introduction to Herbal Energetics
Wednesday, October 7th from 7-9pm
Learning and understanding the language of Herbal Energetics is an exciting and empowering way to work with Herbs. Herbal Energetics is a system that has been used for thousands of years in India, China, Tibet and in the Americas by Indigenous Native Tribes. The Energetic system is a method to understand how a plant moves through the body, mind and senses. How it affects the different organs, body systems and tissue states. In this class, we will be exploring the 6 tastes and the 20 attributes by tasting a variety of herbs to acquaint our body, mind and spirit with Herbal Energetics. Please bring a journal. No previous experience is necessary.

Introduction to Plant Journeying
Wednesday, October 14th from 7-9pm
A plant’s story, medicine and magic is available to us at all times and in a variety of ways. In this class, you will learn different techniques to connect to the plants, basic Herbal Energetics, states to enhance the connection and the benefits of Journeying. A direct experience of Journeying with a plant through meditation and ingesting a small dose of tincture and/or a flower essence will follow. A plant attunement will further foster the connection. There will be time for integration of the experience through journaling and/or sharing our experiences. Please bring a journal. No previous experience necessary.

Tools of the Shamanic Herbalist
Wednesday, October 21st from 7-9pm
In this class, we will go over the How’s and Why’s of some of the most important tools available to us. We will be delving into the subjects of offerings, ethics, wildcrafting, connecting to the land, choosing an herbal ally & personal and social responsibility and more. These tools will help us connect and deepen our relationship to ourselves, the plants and the world around us.

Connecting to the Land - Field Trip
Sunday, October 25th from 9-12pm. Devil's Gulch Trailhead, Samuel P. Taylor State Park
We will meet out in Nature to apply and experience what we have learned. Focus will be on connecting to and exploring our relationship to the land, plants and animals around us. There will be group meditations as well as time for private exploration and meditation. The hike in will be easy to moderate and mostly shaded. It can get cool or hot so layering of clothing is a good idea. Please bring a journal, pen or pencil, water and a snack. Pre-registration is required for this class. Prerequisite - At least one class in this series or prior approval from instructor.

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

COST: $150 for the entire series. Each Wednesday evening class can be taken separately for $40 (pre-registered) or $45 at the door. The Sunday field trip is $60 and pre-registration is required.

WHEN: Wed. evenings: October 7, 14 and 21 from 7-9pm. Sunday, October 25th from 9-12pm.

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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Reiki as Path

A Nine-Month Reiki Master/Teacher Intensive with Mia Runanin, Somatic Counselor & Reiki Master/Teacher

One Sunday a Month from September 2015 through May 2016

For some, reiki is more than a practice, it is a path of awakening to the truth of what we are. While many might be drawn to this healing resource as an adjunct to their work or as a means of self care, more and more students understand and take reiki in as a teacher and guide. Developing a relationship with this work means having a ground of being that remains true no matter how the circumstances of our lives may shift around us.

I have been a reiki master/teacher for 25 years. In addition to sharing what I have learned, we will also have guest teachers and field trips to broaden our experiential understanding. We’ll study physical and energy anatomy, self-care and boundaries, somatic awareness, ethics and professionalism, and more. We will also cover the nuts and bolts of what it means to start a reiki practice: how to discuss reiki with prospective clients, how to begin developing a practice while you’re still in training, how to offer continuing education credits, make your own certificates, and more.

Over the course of the nine months, we will cycle through each of the three levels of reiki three times, spiraling deeper with each pass and unlocking greater understanding of how reiki moves through us as body, mind and spirit. Each month, students will be reattuned to the level where we’re working in a private attunement/check-in appointment with me, and then we will all meet as a group for a full-day workshop. Between our meetings we will create community by setting up reiki practices and exchanges, and students will be given assignments every week to keep them on track and immersed in the work.

Combining down-to-earth advice with the most esoteric aspects of the work, students will graduate with a solid body of knowledge, many hours of hands-on experience, a circle of support, a personal practice of self care, and the ability to offer and teach all three levels of reiki. Whether you are new to reiki or have been practicing for years, this in-depth intensive will deepen your skill and understanding, and set you firmly on the path.

Curriculum and Dates

First Cycle:

Reiki One: Sunday, September 13, 2015
  • Private Session - First Level Attunement
  • Boundaries and Self Care
  • Creating Safety
  • Preparing to Work and Hand Placement
  • Japanese Reiki Techniques
  • Receiving Guidance: Interfacing With the Body’s Wisdom

Reiki Two: Sunday, October 11, 2015
  • Private Session - Second Level Attunement
  • Boundaries and Self Care
  • The Symbols and Their Uses
  • Receiving Guidance: Intuition vs. Ego
  • Distance Healing

Reiki Master/Teacher: Sunday, November 15, 2015
  • Private Session - Third Level Attunement
  • Boundaries and Self Care
  • Receiving Guidance: Designing Your Own Web of Support
  • DNA/Karmic Healing
  • Meditation/Stillness

Second Cycle:

Reiki One: Sunday, December 13, 2015
  • Private Session - First Level Attunement
  • Physical Anatomy
  • Energy Anatomy: The Chrakra System ~ Traditional Chinese Medicine ~ Chi Gung

Reiki Two: Sunday, January 10, 2016
  • Private Session - Second Level Attunement
  • Feeling With Your Heart
  • Deepening With the Symbols: Embodying the Symbols ~ Movement, Art ~ Dreaming with the Symbols

Reiki Master/Teacher: Sunday, February 7, 2016
  • Private Session - Third Level Attunement
  • Feeling From the Karmic Level
  • Morphic Resonance Exercises
  • Dreaming With the Master Symbol

Third Cycle:

Reiki One: Sunday, March 13, 2016
  • Private Session - First Level Attunement
  • Feeling With Your Hands
  • Foundations of Cranialsacral Therapy
  • The Body as Dream
  • Reiki Two: Sunday, April 17, 2016
    • Private Session - Second Level Attunement
    • The Shamanic Use of Reiki
    • Working with the Natural Intelligence: Animals ~ Plant Spirit ~ Field Trip Into Nature

    Reiki Master/Teacher: Sunday, May 15, 2016
    • Private Session - Third Level Attunement
    • Attuning Others
    • Responsibility and Ethics
    • Creating Your Own Certificates and Manuals
    • Graduation Ritual

    COST: $1215 if paid by September 1, 2015 or $150 per month thereafter ~ $1350

    REGISTER: This class will be held in Fairfax. Pre-registration is required to hold your space as class size is small. For more information and to register, please email Mia at: mia@miarunanin.com


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    Herbal Pharmacy

    The History of Western Herbalism

    with Matthew Wood

    Saturday, October 3rd from 10am to 5pm

    Register early!

    Before the age of pharmaceutical drugs, there were plants. Plant medicine is the oldest form of healing we know of. Plants have graced this Earth far before humankind. If it wasn't for the flora on this plant, humans could not exist! Using plants as medicine goes back as far as mankind. In fact, where traditional cultures still exist, herbal medicine prevails as the current form of healing. In this class, Matthew Wood will paint a picture of the history of herbal medicine from the ancient Greeks to the resurgence of herbalism in modern society. You'll learn about the history and principles of Thomsonian, Physiomedicalist, Eclectic, and Homeopathic schools of healing as well as the introduction of Flower Essences by Dr. Edward Bach.

    Matthew Wood has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism for over 30 years. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew 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. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).

    For more information about Matthew Wood, please visit: matthewwoodherbs.com

    COST: $75 if pre-registered by September 15th. $90 thereafter. Pre-registration is required.

    WHEN: Saturday, October 3rd from 10am to 5pm

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

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

    Herbal Energetics: The Six Tissue States of Western Herbalism

    with Matthew Wood

    Sunday, October 4th from 10am to 5pm

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    Aristotle broke the natural world up into four basic qualities: hot, cold, damp, and dry. These were used in Greek medicine to define the basic patterns of imbalance and the properties of plants. Thus, by hot to cold, or damp to dry, the Greeks envisioned the treatment of disease. For instance, cayenne is warming and stimulating, increasing the circulation of the blood when it is tending to coagulate and the action of the heart to push it. For the sake of completion, we also include two basic conditions: tension and relaxation. Putting them altogether we have a system of six types, which corresponds to the system of six “tissue states” introduced by the physiomedicalists in the early twentieth century. Matthew will teach us about the six tissue states and how they can be helpful in choosing appropriate herbs for treating the individual.

    Matthew Wood has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism for over 30 years. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew 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. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).

    For more information about Matthew Wood, please visit: matthewwoodherbs.com

    COST: $75 if pre-registered by September 15th. $90 thereafter. Pre-registration is required.

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

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

    WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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    Medicine Making

    Advanced Herbal Medicine Making

    with Cheryl Fromholzer, Owner & Educational Director

    Saturday, November 14th

    In this daylong course, Cheryl will cover more advanced medicine making techniques including dried & solid herbal extracts, boluses/suppositories, nasal irrigation, herbal pills (the Chinese method and encapsulation) and herbal steams. A firm understanding of basic Western herbal medicine making is required.

    COST: $85 if registered before November 1st, otherwise $95. Includes instructional handouts and take-home samples.

    WHEN: Saturday, November 14th

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

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

    Introduction to Therapeutic Aromatherapy

    with Julia Fischer, Aromatherapist and Lab Manager at Eden Botanicals

    Sunday, November 15th from 10am to 5pm

    Essential oils are often used for immune support, relaxation and sleep, stress relief, emotional balance, skin care, respiratory health, green cleaning, and even muscle tension and pain. You will learn how essential oils are produced, safety considerations, dilution percentages and blending principles. This class focuses on the therapeutic uses of essential oils and is geared toward herbalists and other holistic healthcare practitioners, although anyone with an interest in aromatherapy is welcome to attend.

    Julia Fischer is a professional aromatherapist and lab manager at Eden Botanicals, an essential oil company in Petaluma.

    COST: TBD

    WHEN: Sunday, November 15th from 10am to 5pm.

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

    WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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    Herbal Holiday Gift Making

    with Catherine Abby Rich

    Sunday, December 6th from 1-5pm

    Learn to create your own heartfelt, herbal-inspired holiday gifts and wreaths that are beautiful, one-of-a kind, easy to make and budget friendly! These are the gifts your loved ones will cherish… and may ask you to make year after year! Some of the gifts we'll learn to make include: herbal wreaths, after-bath aromatherapy body oils, herbal honeys, a fantastic holiday spice mix, potpourri and aromatherapy misters.

    COST: $75 includes extensive handouts with easy to follow directions and recipes, and some samples of what we've made in class. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

    WHEN: Sunday, December 6th from 1-5pm

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

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

    Pharmacognosy/Pharmacology/Pharma what???

    The Emergent Science of Herbalism... with David Hoffmann

    Saturday & Sunday, December 12-13 from 10-5pm

    In this two-day course, we'll take a look at the emergent science of herbalism. David will speak to how herbs "work" from the perspective of various modalities - "chinese" and "western" herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy, flower essences, and prescription medications. David will discuss important herbal constituents such as alkaloids, polyphenols, terpenes and starches. We'll look at how science can (potentially) enhance our understanding of the actions and uses of herbs, contributing to the practice of herbal medicine and illuminating our understanding of herbalism and the beautiful and complex relationship of plants and people. You'll develop a greater understanding of our co-evolutionary relationship, showing herbalism as an expression of ecology and the profound interactivity of Gaia. Herbal safety, toxicity and risk will also be explored.

    David Hoffmann is a medical herbalist from Britain where he was a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and faculty member of the School of Herbal Medicine. David has been a phytotherapist for 32 years. He is the author of 17 books, including the Holistic Herbal and Medical Herbalism. He is on the advisory board of the American Botanical Council, a founding member and past president of the American Herbalist Guild and is active in the environmental & peace movements.

    COST: $225 if registered by December 1st, otherwise $250.

    WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, December 12-13 from 10-5pm

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

    WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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    Herbal First Aid

    …or How to Use Herbs To Treat Common Problems with Cheryl Fromholzer

    Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 from 10-4pm

    This course will cover a number of common first aid situations and how to treat them using herbs and other natural remedies (with a focus on easily grown garden plants and bioregional natives). Topics covered include: cuts and scrapes, minor infections, bruises, burns, bug bites, rashes including poison oak rashes, diarrhea (including traveler’s diarrhea and parasites), constipation, muscle aches, strains and sprains, and so much more. Cheryl will discuss how to put together an herbal first aid kit based on your particular needs. The focus on the hands-on medicine making component of the class will be on using dried herbs and herbal waters topically. We will learn how to properly prepare and apply herbal compresses, poultices, eye washes, nasal rinses, sitz & foot baths.

    Students will leave with a comprehensive instructional first-aid handout. Bring a large dishpan to class, suitable for soaking your feet in and a small hand and bath towel.

    COST: $65 if registered by December 15th, $75 thereafter.

    WHEN: Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 from 10-4pm

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

    WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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    Advanced Herbal Medicine Making Techniques

    with Karen Aguiar and Terri Jensen

    Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24, 2016 from 10-5pm

    In this two-day course, we will learn to make herbal extracts from dried plant material using the percolation method. The percolation method yields strong alcohol extracts that can be made in just a couple of days as opposed to the more lengthy maceration process of 2-4 weeks. We will also discuss how to draw out particular plant constituents to create the strongest medicines, which solvents are the most appropriate for particular plants, and how to test our results. This class is geared toward those who have basic herbal medicine making skills and knowledge.

    Karen Aguiar and Terri Jensen make herbal medicine for practitioners around the country in addition to a busy teaching schedule and organizing the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium conferences (how do they find time?). Join us this weekend and benefit from their expertise and joy in this process.

    COST: $225 if registered by January 1st, otherwise $250. Pre-registration is required.

    WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24, 2016 from 10-5pm

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

    WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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    Herbal Cosmetics

    Spa-Quality Skin Toners, Exfoliating Masks and Botanical Face Creams

    Sunday, February 7th from 10-4pm

    Learn about phyto-nutrients, carrier oils, floral waters and essential oils as well as other natural ingredients that support each skin type, provide antioxidants, aid in healing problem skin and help reverse the effects of aging. We’ll demonstrate how to make spa-quality, nutrient-rich face creams and individually create our own skin toners and face masks using all organic, natural ingredients. You'll take home handouts and the products we've made in class.

    COST: $95 includes take-home products and instructional handouts. Pre-registration required as space is very limited.

    WHEN: Sunday, June 14th from 10-4pm

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

    WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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    Margi Flint

    Reading the Body

    with Margi Flint

    February 13th & 14th 2016 from 10am to 5pm

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    What do wrinkles, blemishes and thinning eyebrows mean? Why is there a crease in your earlobe? Will those lines go away? Each color, line and marking on the face, tongue and nails holds meaning of your internal health. Margi will explain facial indications and their correlations to organ health.

    This class is invaluable for any clinician interested in holistic health.

    Margi Flint AHG Herbal Mentor, owns and operates EarthSong Herbals, a busy family practice and herb school on the East Coast. Her most revered teachers are the plants and her clients. Flint sees clients for consultations, continues to teach, and is the author of a textbook for herbalists, The Practicing Herbalist, meeting with clients, reading the body.

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

    COST: $250 if pre-registered by January 1st, 2016. $300 thereafter. Pre-registration is required.

    WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, February 13th & 14th 2016

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

    WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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    Samuel P Taylor

    Wild Foods and Medicines of Marin... A Plant Walk

    with Ethnobotanist and Ecologist, Jolie Egert

    Samuel P. Taylor Park -- Sunday, March 6th from 1-4pm

    Wild foods and medicines abound in Marin. Join us for this fun-filled educational walk and connect deeper to nature. 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. Come immerse yourself in the myths, medicine and magic of the wild plants at Samuel P. Taylor Park. The walk will be friendly and slow paced. Kids over 12 are welcome.

    Directions: From US 101 in Marin County, exit San Anselmo/Sir Francis Drake. Drive about 15 miles west on Sir Francis Drake to the park entrance on the left side of the road.

    COST: $35. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

    WHEN: Sunday, March 6th from 1-4pm

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

    WHERE: Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Lagunitas, CA
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    Matthew Wood

    Pulse and Tongue Evaluation in Traditional Western Herbalism

    with Matthew Wood MSc (Herbal Medicine), Registered Herbalist (AHG)

    Saturday & Sunday, March 19th & 20th 2016 from 10-5pm

    Pulse and Tongue diagnosis dates back several thousand years and has been used by practitioners of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a diagnostic tool to help determine the condition of disease or health of an individual. The tongue and pulse can indicate a person's state of health and provide vital cues on the degree of imbalance. Matthew has been practicing herbalism for thirty years and pulse and tongue diagnosis for 25 years. He has studied and used Galenic, Eclectic, and Chinese pulse diagnosis to find specific indications for Western herbal formulas and remedies.

    This class is both lecture and hands-on, and is limited to 10 people. Matthew Wood is a very popular teacher, so be sure to sign-up early to ensure your spot. This class is geared toward intermediate and advanced students. Basic knowledge of herbal medicine is advised.

    Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982 and is a renowned inspirational lecturer and author of several herb books including his newly released book called "Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation" co-written by Francis Bonaldo and Phyllis Light. 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: $250 if pre-registered by February 1st, 2016. $300 thereafter. Pre-registration is required.

    DATES: Saturday and Sunday, March 19th & 20th 2016 from 10am to 5pm

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

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

    Beginning Botany/Plant Identification Skills for Herbalists and Nature Lovers

    Taught by Ethnobotanist, Jolie Egert Elan

    Sunday, April 3rd from 10am-4pm

    Do you want to know the plants growing around you this spring? Then come join Jolie Egert Elan and learn to see the world through the eyes of a botanist. We will slow down to look at the intricate details of flowers and plants and immerse ourselves in the spring bloom. Botanists categorize plants into families based on the structure of their flowers. Plants belonging to the same botanical family often have similar nutritional, medicinal or poisonous qualities. This class is designed to introduce students to the necessary skills and knowledge to positively identify and use wild medicinal and edible plants.

    Students will learn to recognize major plant families of California and build a foundation necessary to identify plants on their own. The basics of ethical wildcrafting will be discussed. During this fun-field trip we will explore the magnificent flora of Marin County. Please bring a magnifying glass or loupe if you have one. Topics covered include:

    • Understanding plant parts and descriptions.
    • Overview of botanical classification and groupings such as the families and genera.
    • Distinguishing characteristics of important medicinal plant families.
    • Botanical guides and keys.
    • Ethical wildcrafting.

    COST: $65. Pre-registration is required.

    WHEN: Sunday, April 3rd from 10am-4pm.

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

    WHERE: Location of the walks with vary depending on the spring bloom. Meeting place will be emailed to you after registration.


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    Analyzing Scientific Studies

    with Donna Odierna, DrPH, MS, RH(AHG)

    Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 10-5pm

    Reports of new research findings seem to get a lot of media coverage, especially when it comes to healthcare. But are the conclusions or the methods used in those studies valid? What constitutes a good scientific study? In this class, we will learn to critically review and evaluate scientific research. This class is geared toward herbalists and other holistic healthcare professionals.

    Dr. Odierna's research focuses on social exclusion and health equity. She has particular interest in how research itself can function as a social determinant of health by virtue of the questions we ask, the populations we include or leave out, and the way we use the findings to develop practice guidelines and health policy.

    COST: $65 if registered by April 1st, $75 thereafter.

    WHEN: Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 10-5pm

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

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

    Flower Essences: The Sacred Art of Plant Spirit Healing

    with Catherine Abby Rich

    Sunday, May 1st 2016 from 10-4pm.

    Flower essences are vibrational herbal remedies that promote energetic shifts on mental, emotional and spiritual levels. They promote balance, mind, body and spirit and are subtle yet powerful adjuncts to any wellness program. Join our medicine circle as Catherine Abby shares her wisdom and healing tales of flower essences with you. We will meet in a beautiful sanctuary in Marin County and learn of the healing virtues of the plants in flower in the garden. A flower essence will be made collectively and each participant will take their individual essence home along with an instructional handout.

    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: $75 includes your individual flower essence and instructional handouts

    WHERE: A beautiful sanctuary in Marin County. Directions provided upon registration.

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



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    Seaweed Harvest

    Seaweed Harvesting Trip

    with Trish Gallagher and Catherine Abby Rich

    Friday thru Sunday, May 20th to 22nd, 2016

    Seaweed is a true superfood loaded with more vitamins, minerals and trace elements than any land plant. The finest chefs know that when the tide is out the table is set! Seaweed is used in cooking, in herbal supplements, and in skin and bath care products. In addition to its nutritional value, seaweed excels at pulling toxins from our bodies, including heavy metals.

    In this weekend camping trip, Trish will discuss how to identify sea vegetables (botany) and the health benefits of the many seaweeds we find growing on the California coastline along with the ethics of wildcrafting. We will harvest sea vegetables as a group at low tide in an unpolluted area off the Mendocino coast. We'll incorporate seaweed cuisine into many of the dishes we'll enjoy over the weekend. You’ll come away with seaweed you’ve harvested as well as recipes for creating your own seaweed delights.

    Trish Gallagher is the owner of Wild Devocean and has been consciously harvesting seaweed for over a decade. She wildcrafts fresh Northern California sea vegetation to incorporate into delicious and highly nutritive snacks and culinary dishes in addition to her own custom-blended superfood supplements. Trish also offers wellness consultations through Middletown Massage and Acupuncture Collective in Middletown, California. For more about Trish, visit: middletownmassage.net.

    Assisting on this trip is Catherine Abby Rich. In addition to her role as core faculty member at Gathering Thyme's School of Western Herbalism, she is the creator of "Combining Forces," an herbal line of flower essences, face and body care products as well as a Quantum Biofeedback educator. For more about "Abby," visit catherineabbyrich.com.

    COST: $250. Registration ends on May 1st. A group meeting will precede the trip to work out trip details including carpooling, cooking arrangements and more.

    WHEN: Friday thru Sunday, May 20th to 22nd, 2016

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

    WHERE: Campsites Reserved at MacKerricher State Park, 3 miles North of Fort Bragg in Mendocino
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    Deepening Our Connection to Mother Earth

    with Judy Lieblein

    Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 10-4pm. Devil's Gulch Trailhead, Samuel P. Taylor State Park

    On this herb walk to Devil’s Gulch, our focus will be on connecting with and exploring our relationship to the land, plants and animals around us. There will be group meditations as well as time for private exploration and meditation. The hike in will be easy to moderate and mostly shaded. It can get cool or hot so layering of clothing is a good idea. Please bring a journal, pen or pencil, water and a bag lunch. Pre-registration is required for this class.

    Judy Lieblein is a Shamanic Practitioner, Herbalist, Reiki Master, Counselor and Intuitive working as a transformational facilitator since 1994. Bringing a varied and diverse background to her work Judy is able to weave together the sacred and profane & the practical and intuitive to facilitate understanding, growth and healing at all levels.

    COST: $65

    WHEN: Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 10-4pm

    CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme "info @ gatheringthyme.com" or call us at 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, August 22nd 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: August 22nd from 12-4pm

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

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