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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)

Remainining Weekends: Nov. 15-16. 2015 dates: Jan. 24-25, Feb. 7-8, Mar. 7-8 & Apr. 4-5
Each weekend can be taken individually

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-at-gatheringthyme.com or 415-524-8693.

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

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Matt Wood

Private Health Consultations

with Matthew Wood

Mondays: 10:45-11:45 on 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: Monday: October 6th from 10:45-11:45, November 17th between 10:45am and 4:00pm

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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Catherine Abby Rich

Flower Essence Practitioner Training

with Catherine Abby Rich

Every Other Friday Morning from 10-1pm. Oct. 10th & 24th, Nov. 7th & 21st, Dec. 5th & 19th Plus One Day-long Flower Essence Making Class TBD

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.

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CONTACT: For more information about this event, please email "Abby" at medicinewoman2006-at-gmail.com.

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Catherine Abby Rich

Food as Medicine

with Catherine Abby Rich

Each event can be taken individually. Sign up for them all and save $25.

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.

A Tour of the Thursday Farmers Market
Thursday, October 9th from 9am to noon
Our Farmers Markets are a great resource for local, organic herbs, foods & products that fulfill specific healing roles, balms for what ails us. Your Tour Guide through the market is Catherine Abby Rich, a founding member of the San Rafael Farmers Market and resident herbalist for the first 24 years. Do you want to know which foods are anti-inflammatory? Would you like some simple Nettle recipes to diminish joint pain? Meet the medicinal mushrooms, the digestive herbs, the fruit that can help high glucose levels. This market is a treasure trove for our health if you know where to look and what to look for.

COST: COST: $36. Pre-registration (below) is required as I limit the number of people in this tour.

WHERE: We’ll meet at the Thursday Marin Civic Center Farmers Market in San Rafael at the Info Tent at 9am.

Medicinal Soups
Saturday, October 11th from 10am-1:30pm
Everyone knows soup is medicine. I make a MEAN matzoh ball /chicken soup that's a legendary Jewish Penicillin. I will teach you the benefits of using herbs, seaweeds, vegetables, mushrooms and more to create delicious soups (really, delicious!) with tangible health benefits. I even have a secret Ayurvedic recipe for a Sleepy Time Soup. All recipes are gluten-free. Bring a glass mason jar to take home soups we’ve made in class.

COST: $60. Pre-registration required.

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

Seaweed Cuisine / Seaweed Medicine with Special Guest, Trish Gallagher
Saturday, October 25th from 10am-2:30pm
Enjoy the duet of two Seawitchy Herbal Sisters, Catherine Abby Rich and the Mighty Miss Trish Galllagher, gatherers of the herbs of the sea. We consider the Brown Kelps extraordinarily important medicine for our times. They have been traditionally used as powerful detoxifying agents from radiation, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, as well as helping to dissolve cysts and tumors. Culinary fun is promised as we make Medicine Soup, a Chilean Seaweed entrée, an agar-agar delectable dessert and more. There will be food to take home for your freezer and other gifts from the sea.

Trish Gallagher runs a local seaweed business, Wild Devocean, using sustainable and ethical harvesting practices. “Ocean Goddess” Trish wildcrafts fresh Northern California sea vegetation into delicious and highly nutritive snacks, custom blended supplements and harvests high quality culinary sea vegetables for cooking and baking.

COST: $80. Pre-registration required.

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

Herbal Vinegars and Fabulous Ferments with Special Guest, Mary Sheila Gonnella
Wednesday, November 5th from 6:30-9:00pm
This class is a hands-on foodie delight. Grab your knife & chopping board and let's make flavorful herbal extractions into vinegar. These enhanced vinegars can be used for a variety of purposes, from salad dressings to flavoring your favorite dishes. Learn the medicinal benefits of the herbs we’ll use. Next on the agenda is “Fabulous Ferments” with Mary Sheila. Learn about the health-enhancing benefits of beneficial bacteria created during the fermentation process and make Kim Chee. It’s easy and fun!

Mary Sheila studied at California’s state-certified Bauman College for Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, where she received certificates as a Nutrition Educator and Consultant, and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.

COST: $75 includes take-home goodies made in class. Pre-registration required.

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

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Click the sign up button to register. Your credit card will be charged a few days prior to the event. Refunds are provided for cancellations made at least three (3) days in advance. No refunds are provided for "no-shows". For more information about any of these events, please contact “Abby” at 415-847-951 or email medicinewoman2006-at-gmail.com.

aralia

Plant Journeying Series

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

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.

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: Nov. 1 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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Kia Sanford

Eating Your Way to Health

with Kia Sanford MS

Three Separate Classes: Dates TBD Early in 2015

This series of very low cost classes is designed to introduce participants to techniques to use to take control over your health, take in optimal nutrition, and reduce dependency on pharmaceuticals. By learning about how food can be medicine, you will discover how to use your kitchen as a powerful pharmacy.

Eat Your Greens, Change Your Genes
A Evening in Early 2015 from 7-8:30pm
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.

Go With Your Gut
A Evening in Early 2015 from 7-8:30pm
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.

The 80/20 Rule ~ Where the Rubber Meets the Road
A Evening in Early 2015 from 7-8:30pm
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 clinical nutritionist and family counselor with Masters degrees in both areas who focuses on the interface between food and health. Prevention is key, but if disease sets in, there are hundreds of things that can be done by way of eating patterns and lifestyle habits that can often reverse or slow a disease process. Based in current and emerging science, and with a focus on the individual, Kia helps clients design custom programs to take back control of their health by making conscious informed decisions about food and lifestyle choices. For more information about Kia please go to wwwKailoCounseling.com. To schedule an appointment please call Kia directly at 415.813.6183

COST: Each individual class can be taken for $20, or $50 for the series.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Kia Sanford by email: kia-at-gatheringthyme.com or phone: 415-813-6183.

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, November 15th 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: November 15th 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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Catherine Abby Rich

True Tales of Quantum Healing

with Catherine Abby Rich

Tuesday, October 28th from 7-8:30pm

What is Quantum Healing? The Quantum/SCIO, now known as Indigo, is a computerized system that seeks to balance body, mind and spirit at the subtle energy level. This state-of-the-art, interactive biofeedback device manages both stress and pain, utilizing Galvanic Skin response (GSR), analogous to a lie detector. Catherine Abby has been a Quantum therapist & teacher for 14 years. Come hear stories of client experiences and learn what Quantum can do for you. To learn more about Quantum, visit: catherineabbyrich.com.

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: Free. Private 2-hour Quantum sessions are $150.00./p>

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA
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CONTACT: For more information about this event, please contact “Abby” at 415-847-6951 or email medicinewoman2006-at-gmail.com

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Catherine Abby Rich

Make Bavarian-Style Cough Syrup

…Where Art Meets Medicine with Catherine Abby Rich

Sunday, November 16th from 12:30-4pm

Enjoy meeting the medicinal herbs and foods that will be ingredients in my famous Bavarian-Style Cough Syrup. The syrup is traditionally used for easing coughs, enhancing the immune & respiratory systems, as well as fighting colds and flu. We supply the glass container and fresh herbs. You’ll bring your own chopping board and knife, organic brown sugar, lemons and fresh ginger, as well as your delight in learning, hands-on, with others! Watch the extraction in action. Your medicinal masterpiece, finished in time for winter with enough syrup to make many valuable holiday gifts for family and friends.

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: $65 includes a materials fee

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

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

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Five Elements

Eating with the Elements

Class 4: The Metal Element / Autumn

Sunday, November 23rd from 1:30 to 4:30pm. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 19th. Each class 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, Certified Aromatherapist 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 Metal Element / Autumn is all about “Letting Go” and the Lungs and the Colon. For this class we will be focusing on the upcoming cold and flu season. We will be discussing foods and herbs and remedies that may help to support the immune system as the days get shorter and the nights longer. There are many remedies and recipes we can turn to support our health during the late autumn months. In this class, we will:

  • Discuss nutritional and herbal strategies to support the immune system.
  • Discuss flower remedies that address the emotion of grief which is the emotion associated with the Metal Element.
  • Learn to make an immune-enhancing herbal cough syrup to help with colds and flus.
  • Make a classic immune supporting chicken soup (also affectionately called “Jewish Penicillin”) but this time with a Chinese twist: incorporating immune supportive Chinese herbs into this classic recipe.
  • Learn about a traditional oriental rice recipe that is nourishing and is a real “comfort food” for those who have become ill, and we will discuss the “food as medicine” condiments we can add to it.
  • Make a delicious seasonal gourmet autumn squash soup with an optional crispy bacon and / or crispy sage leaf garnish.
  • NEW! To introduce our upcoming series of Aromatherapy classes coming in the new year: We will learn about essential oils that are used to be supportive during cold and flu season and we will make an aromatherapy inhaler to take home and use when traveling or out and about!

COST: $75 includes handouts, recipes and take-home goodies

WHEN:Sunday, November 23rd from 1:30 to 4:30pm

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

WHERE: At a private home in Kentfield. Directions emailed upon registration.

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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: Dates to be determined beginning in January

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: Dates to be determined beginning in January.

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