Native Bees

California Native Bees in Herbal Gardens

with Jaime Pawelek

Saturday, May 20th from 11-1pm

Did you know that California is home to roughly 1,600 species of native bees?! While most people can recognize a honey bee and perhaps bumble bee, few are aware that so many other types are pollinating our native, ornamental, and agricultural lands. Jaime Pawelek, a native bee expert and garden designer, will speak about the importance of these pollinators, then give a brief overview of their biology and ecology, including info on their life-cycle and nesting needs.  You will learn about the most common native bees visiting herbal gardens during each season, as well as their very favorite plants.  Jaime will also provide info on how to start your own bee garden to encourage these valuable pollinators to visit your own home habitat.

Jaime Pawelek, owner of Wild Bee Garden Design, has been studying native bees for over 10 years.  She worked in the Urban Bee Lab at UC Berkeley for several years where she learned about the close relationships of bees and plants.  She now has her own garden design company where she helps homeowners and businesses create valuable pollinator habitats, full of native and drought tolerant plants.  She also continues native bee studies with the San Francisco Bee Cause and other native bee researchers, where she assists them with bee identification. Studying Western herbalism at Gathering Thyme, Jaime now has new appreciation for many of her favorite plants…not only are they beautiful, providing food for bees and other pollinators, but they can help heal us as well. For more information about Jaime, please visit: Wild Bee Garden Design

COST: $35 pre-registered or $40 at the door.

WHEN:Saturday, May 20th from 11-1pm

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

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

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Allergies, Eczema and Asthma: The Answers Lie in the Gut

with Dr. Jennea Wood

Saturday, June 10th from 2-3:30pm

Please join Dr. Jennea Wood for a 90-minute class on naturopathic approaches to understanding the root causes of allergies, eczema and asthma; three diseases with shared roots.

What we’ll cover:

  • What do these diseases have in common?
  • What is going on with the immune system?
  • How is the digestive tract involved?
  • How is your environment involved?
  • The importance of addressing each person individually
  • How to proceed safely and involve your primary care doctor
  • Get your questions answered

Dr. Jennea Wood, ND is a board licensed naturopathic doctor in Oregon and California. She lives and practices in Portland, Oregon and travels to the Bay Area to practice in her home county of Marin for several days each month. Her areas of focus include gastrointestinal, endocrine and autoimmune disease and insomnia. She strives to provide the kind of medical care that she would want for her family and herself: namely, compassionate, respectful, supportive, thorough and always aiming to identify and treat the underlying causes of disease and help her patients establish the foundations of health. In addition to working with patients one-on-one, she regularly teaches on topics related to natural healing. She particularly loves to teach about nutrition, herbal medicine, gut health, cleansing and the innate healing capacity of the human body.

COST: $20 pre-registered. $25 at the door.

WHEN:Saturday, June 10th from 2-3:30pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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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 Gathering Thyme at 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 Gathering Thyme at 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Botanical Extracts for Skincare Formulation

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: $85 due upon registration with $30 materials fee due at class.

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

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

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