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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Spiritual Properties of Herbs

with Judy Lieblein, Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Thursday, September 8th from 6:30-8:30pm

What does it mean to use an herb spiritually? Honestly, there is no way not to! There are many ways to work with plants without ingesting them. All of which are Plant Spirit Medicine. For this experiential class, we will explore using herbs on a subtle level to affect change in different areas of our lives. From bathing, to anointing, to wearing, to smudging, to spirit dosing and more we will cover karmic contract breaking, opening doors of perception, dreamtime work and clearing, cleansing and protection. Personal responsibility while working in integrity with the plants and natural law will be the underlying foundation for this class. Join us for an interesting, intriguing and thought provoking evening.

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

COST: $40 if pre-registered, otherwise $45 at the door.

WHEN: Thursday, September 8th from 6:30-8:30pm

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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Fall/Winter Plant Journey Classes

with Judy Lieblein, Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Saturdays from 2-4pm. Intro to Journeying Begins at 1pm.

This Fall and Winter we will be exploring, experiencing and cultivating relationships with the Trees of Marin County. We are blessed to have many native trees growing around us that have a rich and deep history of use for medicine, food and ceremony. Come join us for a Journey into the world of Tree magic, healing and lore. Our minds, hearts and senses will open to new worlds and possibilities through each Tree. This is Plant Spirit Medicine!

In each class, we will explore the different ways the trees weave their magic through the telling of their story. The plants speak to us through their ethnobotany, mythology, growing habits, energetic make-up and chemical soul. After being introduced to the plant and its story we will Journey with a spirit dose of tincture, flower essence, tea or food. A personal plant attunement will further foster the connection. There will be time for the integration of the wisdom attained by the sharing of our experiences and/or journaling.

Join us for an empowering, fun and enlightening way to access your own inherent wisdom and deepen your connection to yourself and the world around you. No experience is necessary. Class size is limited. Please bring a journal!

Sept. 17- Elder (Sambucus nigra) - Elder has been revered, adored and cherished through out time for its magical and medicinal qualities. The “Great Opener” has a strong association with the fey and is found growing along our creeks in Marin County. The beautiful green leaves, the scented white-creamy flowers and the dark berries all have their place in the home medicine chest. Come join us for an exploration of Elder’s transformational properties of resilience and renewal.

Oct. 22- Oak ( Quercus spp.) - Marin County is home to a variety of Oaks .. White, Red, Tan, Golden and Scrub. Identifying species can be challenging as they often hybridize yet no one can mistake the solidity and strength that emanates form them. They provide food, shelter and medicine for humans and animals alike. Come sit, experience and Journey with one of natures oldest teachers.

Nov 19 - Bay (California Bay Laurel- Umbellularia californica) - One of my favorite trees of all time and one that we are still learning so much about. A lot has been written about the Bay spp. from its appearance in temple gardens of Egypt, to the mythology in Greek Culture and to Culpeper’s writings in the 17th century. Piercing, penetrating and moving Bay will alter your perception. Come Journey with Bay and enjoy one of Marin’s most loved guardian trees.

“How to Journey” Class
A ‘How to Journey Primer’ is available for those new to Journeying or for those who have questions. The class takes place an hour before each Journeying class from 1:00 - 1:45. 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. Different techniques will be shared with an opportunity for hands on experience to get a taste of what Plant Journeying is all about and how to distill the information received.

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

COST: Pre-registered Prices: Plant Journey Class: $40. How to Journey Class: $15. Both Classes: $50. There is an additional $5 fee for each class for walk-ins.

WHEN: Sept. 17 (Elder), Oct. 22 (Oak), Nov. 19 (Bay)

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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Cacao

Ceremonial Solstice/Equinox Cacao Plant Journey Classes

with Judy Lieblein, Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Sundays 12:30 - 4:00pm

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. Many indigenous cultures in Central and South America have used Cacao for food and medicine dating back to 1900-900BC. Cacao’s medicine is rich, deep, clarifying, blissful and has been called “truth serum” for the heart.

For this Journey, we will drink a traditional ceremonial dose of Cacao. 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 ethnobotany and growing habits of Cacao, a plant attunement, an hour long meditation, ceremony and time for sharing and/or journaling to integrate and catalyze the experience. The Cacao Flower Essence will be available as well for those who desire another level of experience. All of 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 with the energies 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, class size will be limited. Additional information and instructions will be sent out 5 days prior to class for those who have registered.

Sept. 25 - 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 Sept. 21st.

Dec. 18- 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. 14th.

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

COST: $85 per class. Pre-registration is essential.

WHEN: September 25th, December 18th

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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David Mowa

Traditional Hopi Herbs & Healing

A Talk by Hopi medicine Man, David Nakyahongva Mowa

Friday, August 19th from 6:30 to 8pm

David will share his knowledge and relationship to the medicinal plants of his people and bio-region, the high desert plateaus of Hopi and the Arizona desert. He will talk about his practices, case studies, relationships to Western medical doctors, and more.

The herbs he uses will be available to touch, smell, and taste, and will be available for purchase. Some you may recognize!

David Nakyahongva Mowa is the son of Augustine Mowa Sr. and Tessie Mowa, and belongs to the Sun Clan. He was the Chief of Da-daw-kiva for 16 years. David Nakyahongva and his family make teas, ointments, and capsules from plants that are gathered traditionally in Hopi and its surrounding bio-region. His father is the eldest Hopi medicine man, and now in his 90's, continues to work on the people of his village of Shungopavi, other tribes from neighboring areas, and non-natives from afar. David travels to Six Nations in Canada four times a year to work on people at a clinic space established for him. This is his second visit to Northern California. He resides in Shungopavi, 2nd Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Private Appointments. To book an appointment for a healing consultation with David Nakyahongva in Woodacre on Monday, August 22nd or Tuesday, August 23rd, please call Gabrielle at (415)244-9739. If you would like to book an appointment in Guerneville at the Center for Sacred Studies on Saturday, August 20th or Sunday, August 21st, please call Valerie at (707)604-7362. The appointments run from half an hour to one hour, depending upon the person he is seeing, and are $150 per session. All proceeds go to Nakyahongva to support his work, family, and community.

COST: $25 if pre-registered or $30 at the door.

WHEN: Friday, August 19th from 6:30 to 8pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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What is Inflammation, Really?

with Dr. Jennea Wood

Thursday, September 22nd from 7-8pm

Come for a deeper look that goes beyond the buzzwords and examines what inflammation really is, what it means for your health, and what to do about it. This information is particularly pertinent for anyone struggling with heart disease, asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, arthritis or cancer.

What we’ll cover:

  • The origins of inflammation in the body
  • When is it good and when is it bad?
  • How does it cause or exacerbate chronic diseases?
  • The gut-inflammation connection
  • How to keep inflammation in check with diet, lifestyle and herbs
  • Get your questions answered by a doctor trained in both conventional and holistic medicine.

Dr. Jennea Wood is a board licensed naturopathic doctor in Oregon and California. She lives and practices in Portland, Oregon as well as traveling to the Bay Area to practice in San Rafael for several days each month. She strives to provide the kind of medical care that she herself would want: 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. She provides a unique fusion of conventional medical testing and diagnosis, attention to modern research, and safe, effective natural therapeutics to help her patients feel vibrantly healthy.

Dr. Wood’s areas of specialty include gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and respiratory disease as well as the therapeutic use of nutrition, herbal medicine and constitutional homeopathy. For more information about Dr. Wood, please visit: AraliaMedicine.com

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

WHEN: Thursday, September 22nd from 7-8pm

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

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

with Dr. Jennea Wood

Saturday, October 29nd from 3-4:30pm

Millions of people in the US struggle with frustrating and uncomfortable symptoms of the digestive tract. Come learn about what is likely going wrong and some simple, safe techniques that can help you feel better, and improve your overall health at the same time.

What we’ll cover:

  • What is naturopathic medicine and what does it have to offer for this condition?
  • What are the root causes of digestive upset?
  • The connection between gut and brain
  • Why it’s important to address each person individually
  • When is testing necessary and what tests?
  • Dr. Wood’s most successful herbal, nutritional, and lifestyle strategies for healing the digestion.
  • Get your questions answered by a doctor trained in both conventional and holistic medicine.

Dr. Jennea Wood is a board licensed naturopathic doctor in Oregon and California. She lives and practices in Portland, Oregon as well as traveling to the Bay Area to practice in San Rafael for several days each month. She strives to provide the kind of medical care that she herself would want: 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. She provides a unique fusion of conventional medical testing and diagnosis, attention to modern research, and safe, effective natural therapeutics to help her patients feel vibrantly healthy.

Dr. Wood’s areas of specialty include gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and respiratory disease as well as the therapeutic use of nutrition, herbal medicine and constitutional homeopathy. For more information about Dr. Wood, please visit: AraliaMedicine.com

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

WHEN: Saturday, October 29nd from 3-4:30pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Vibrant Health Through Cold and Flu Season

with Dr. Jennea Wood

Sunday November 20th from 2:00-3:30pm

By November, autumn is moving closer to winter. This means shorter, cooler days with the same work and school responsibilities and deadlines. No rest for the weary in our fast paced culture. Not to mention the onset of cold and flu season and possibly leftover Halloween candy… : ) All of these factors combine to challenge your immune system. This is a great class for adults, teens and older children who want to learn how to stay healthy through the darkest days of the year.

What we’ll cover:

  • Expert tips and tricks to help you and your family thrive through the fall and winter.
  • Fire Cider Demo: Fire cider is a wonderful traditional home remedy and one of my most effective tools for preventing colds and flus.
  • You will leave with my favorite Fire Cider and Elderberry Syrup recipes.
  • Get your questions answered.

Dr. Jennea Wood is a board licensed naturopathic doctor in Oregon and California. She lives and practices in Portland, Oregon as well as traveling to the Bay Area to practice in San Rafael for several days each month. She strives to provide the kind of medical care that she herself would want: 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. She provides a unique fusion of conventional medical testing and diagnosis, attention to modern research, and safe, effective natural therapeutics to help her patients feel vibrantly healthy.

Dr. Wood’s areas of specialty include gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and respiratory disease as well as the therapeutic use of nutrition, herbal medicine and constitutional homeopathy. For more information about Dr. Wood, please visit: AraliaMedicine.com

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

WHEN: Sunday November 20th from 2:00-3:30pm

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

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

Learn How to Dowse and Use Dowsing in Your Everyday Life

with Heidi Irgens

Saturday, August 20th from 10-12pm

Dowsing is intuition in motion: like a readout device of your intuition. It’s an ancient art practiced throughout the world, by communicating with the Universe with the use of mind, body and tools. In this class we will use pendulums and L-rods to get answers to questions beyond our three-dimensional senses. You’ll learn how to dowse the aura, how to dowse about your health, how to dowse to locate things and more.

Anyone, with a little practice, can find answers to all kinds of questions, locate water veins, lost items, pathways to healing, or just general help with decision-making. There will be some discussion of how it works, a little history of dowsing, important protocols to make your dowsing more accurate, programming your dowsing system, and LOTS of practice!!! Bring your own pendulum if you have one, or you can use one of mine or purchase one that calls to you at Gathering Thyme.

Heidi Irgens is a member of the West Coast Dowsing Conference has been dowsing for over 10 years. She has been interviewing old time dowsers and master dowsers for several years and has created a website www.justdowse.info, to highlight short videos about dowsing. Heidi is also a certified Acutonics Practitioner and combines her work with Reiki, Aromatherapy, and Dowsing in her Sound Healing Practice. For more information about Heidi, plesae visit: www.energease.com.

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

WHEN: Saturday, August 20th from 10-12pm

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

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

The Herbal Spa: Facial Steams and Masks

with Cheryl Fromholzer

Sunday, August 21st from 10am to 12:30pm

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Enjoy a spa-quality facial steam and customized exfoliating, rejuvenating facial mask while learning about the properties of various botanicals, essential oils, hydrosols, clays and other natural ingredients that can benefit your own particular skin-type. Cheryl will discuss appropriate ways to treat various skin problems like acne, scars and rosacea. We’ll also discuss how using steams and masks can help keep your skin youthful and supple.

Bonus! In addition to its health benefits for our skin, a facial steam provides amazing aromatherapy benefits for our emotional well-being! What a great way to start the day! Enjoy an herbal spa at a fraction of the price!

Participants will enjoy a facial steam and customized facial mask in class, and will take home comprehensive handouts with instructions as well as the facial mask they’ve made in class.

In addition to being the Founder and Clinical Herbalist at Gathering Thyme, Cheryl Fromholzer is the creative force behind North Rose Botanicals, a pure vegan skincare line specializing in sensitive, dry, damaged and mature skin. North Rose Botanicals can be found at Gathering Thyme and Good Earth Natural Foods.

Please bring your own medium-sized bowl, a small bath towel and hand towel or wash cloth to class. A hair tie or shower cap is also recommended.

COST: $40 plus a $15 materials fee due at class.

WHEN: Sunday, August 21st from 10am to 12:30pm

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

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

All Natura Deodorants… and Magnesium Oil!

with Cheryl Fromholzer

Sunday, August 21st from 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Learn how to make all natural deodorants for effective odor control! Cheryl will discuss the properties of various botanicals, essential oils, minerals, hydrosols and clays and we’ll make both a solid and a spray deodorant as part of the class.

Bonus! Learn to make your own magnesium oil! Magnesium oil will be part of our spray deodorant and we’ll make this from scratch as part of class. We’ll discuss the different types of magnesium and why one may be beneficial over another.

Participants will take home comprehensive handouts with instructions as well as one solid and one spray deodorant made in class.

In addition to being the Founder and Clinical Herbalist at Gathering Thyme, Cheryl Fromholzer is the creative force behind North Rose Botanicals, a pure vegan skincare line specializing in sensitive, dry, damaged and mature skin. North Rose Botanicals can be found at Gathering Thyme and Good Earth Natural Foods.

COST: $40 plus a $25 materials fee due at class.

WHEN: Sunday, August 21st from 2:00pm to 4:30pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Live Distillation: An Alchemical & Aromatherapy Experience

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, September 18th from 9:30am to 4pm

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!

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

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

WHEN:Sunday, Sept. 18th from 9:30 to 4pm

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

WHERE: Location to be Announced Upon Registration

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The Bee's Medicine Cabinet: Apitherapy for Cosmetic Formulation and Wellbeing

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Saturday, Oct. 1st from 2:30-6pm

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: $65 plus a $7 materials fee due at attendance.

WHEN:Saturday, Oct. 1st from 2:30-6pm

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 Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3 6:30-8:30 & Sunday, Nov. 6 9:00-12:00

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.

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

Oct 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.

Nov 3 - 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.

Nov 6 - 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 Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3 6:30-8:30 & Sunday, Nov. 6 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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Carrier Oils: The Hidden Chemistry of Liquid Gold for Health and Beauty

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Saturday, October 1st from 10-1:30pm

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: $65 plus a $8 materials fee due at attendance.

WHEN:Saturday, October 1st from 10-1:30pm

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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Body Lotions & Creams

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, October 16th 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: $115 plus a $25 materials fee due at attendance.

WHEN:Sunday, October 16th 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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Luxury Facial Creams & Serums

A Weekend Workshop with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Saturday & Sunday, November 12th & 13th from 10am to 5pm

Have you ever dreamed of making your own high quality facial cream or serum? Being able to choose the ingredients that exactly suite your skin type and avoid all the chemicals that are present in most luxury cosmetics on the market?

In this unique two-day workshop, Alice presents methods for creating high-end, natural, luxury facial creams and serums. Students will be introduced to carefully selected quality ingredients such as powerful botanical extracts, precious carrier oils and butters, luxurious emollients and anti-oxidants, hydrosols, emulsifying waxes and gums while discussing their benefits and uses.

During the first day of the workshop, Alice will demonstrate how to make a simple hydrosol-based balancing day cream and a more complex, anti-aging, nourishing night cream. During the afternoon workshop, we will discuss methods of combinations and how to formulate for a particular skin type or skin condition. Alice will demonstrate how to create a proper master formulation spreadsheet. Students will have the opportunity to put their knowledge in practice by creating their own master formula.

During the second day, students will be introduced to the sophisticated realm of luxury serums. On the market, you can find two types of serums: oil serums or gel based Serums, both of them 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 you may create your own gel bases from scratch. She will also discuss various powerful botanical extracts, cosmeceuticals, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, precious carrier oils, natural emollients, hydrosols and many other ingredients that will allow the student to discover the possibilities for creating their own unique recipes. Alice will demonstrate how to make a gel as well as an oil-based luxury serum. In the afternoon, students will be guided in creating their own master formula.

Students will take home a:

  • 1 oz. rejuvenating serum gel
  • 1 oz. custom-blended oil-based serum
  • 1 oz. jar of balancing cream
  • 1 oz. custom scented night cream.

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

COST: $350 plus a $50 materials fee due at attendance.

WHEN:Saturday & Sunday, November 12th & 13th 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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Cleansing Oils & Toners

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Saturday, December 10th 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: $95 plus a $25 materials fee due at attendance.

WHEN:Saturday, December 10th 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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Sterilization & Standard Good Manufacturing Practices: Level 1

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, January 22nd 2017, 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, January 22nd 2017 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

Saturday, January 22nd 2017 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:Saturday, January 22nd 2017 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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Gels for the Aromatherapist, Herbalist & Cosmetologist

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, February 5th 2017 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 2017 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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Reading the Body... Part II

with Margi Flint, author of "The Practicing Herbalist"

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 to necessary to attend this event.

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

COST: $225 if registered by January 1, 2017, otherwise $250.

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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