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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)

DATE CHANGE: Last Weekend is April 4-5 (Easter Weekend)

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: $300

DATES: Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. 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

Limited appointments available. Please email us for more information.

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: Private Sessions - $100

WHEN: Limited appointments available. Please email us for more information.

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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Matthew Wood

Shamanic Herbalism

with Matthew Wood

May 16th & 17th from 10-5pm

Shamanic Herbalism will be taught based on personal experience of almost thirty years practice with the 'inner medical license' granted by Mother Nature. Throughout the weekend, herbal lessons will be interspersed with teachings on the principles of shamanism. Many herbs have 'shamanic' applications or touch our souls and hearts in ways that open us up to Nature and the Old, Old Path of Nature Wisdom and shamanism. We will discuss the doctrine of signature 'spirit signatures' (when a plant looks like or is used by an animal), and the animal medicines in relationship to the plant medicines.

Herbal knowledge interpenetrates with the animal kingdom and with human healthcare. The different functions of human society, the different constitutions and personalities of people, the different medicine gifts, the organs of the body are all represented by the animal powers or medicines, and these in turn relate to plant medicines: bear, deer, badger, panther, catfish, wolf, etc. In this class we will learn to see the inter-connections and to practice a very simple and practical herbal medicine. We will also practice several plant journeys.

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 his most recent book Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation as well as 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: $300.

DATES: Saturday and Sunday, May 16th & 17th from 10am to 5pm.

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

WHERE: A private home in Marin County. Directions provided upon registration.

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viola

Plant Journeying Series

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

Saturdays from 1:30-4pm: April 11, May 9, June 13. Each class may be taken individually

A plant’s story, medicine and magic is available to us at all times and in a variety of ways. This Winter, we will focus on a few of the most powerful, beloved and treasured plants of all time ~ Cacao, Roses and one of my personal allies Yellow Pond Lily. All Bliss Medicines! Winter is the perfect time to explore and experience the deeper states and healing these plants can bring. Come join us for a Winter Journey in Bliss medicine.

In each class, 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 through 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!

April 11 - Violet (Viola odorata) - Violets have long been used as a wild food and medicine. Sweet, delicate and strong Violet is gentle enough to use with children and at the same time is considered a specific for certain types of cancer. Come explore the beautiful sweet medicine of violet with her heart shaped leaves and see what comfort feels like.

May 9 - Chickweed (Stellaria media) - Little Star Lady! Soothing, cooling, dissolving, mending and lightening. Whether physical, emotional or spiritual Chickweed gets the job done. Join us for a journey where we dissolve into the star that is Chickweed.

June 13 - Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) - Fennel has been one of my top 20 herbs for over 20 years. Helping with all matters of digestion and assimilation of food, thoughts, ideas and experiences. Come journey with Fennel and experience a greater sense of grounding and purpose.

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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Pills

Supplement ABC's

Taught by Clinical Nutritionist Kia Sanford MS

Six Thursday Evenings Beginning March 5th

Confused? Are there any miracle herbs or nutrients? Which brands and ingredients are the best options? Join us for this overview series designed to clear up misunderstandings and myths that surround common supplements.

A, E and Other Fat Soluble Nutrients Including CoQ10
March 5th from 7-8pm

B Vitamins: Nerves, Neurons, Energy and Brain Health
March 12th from 7-8pm

C and Other Antioxidants
March 19th from 7-8pm

D3 and Friends: Bone Health and Beyond
March 26th from 7-8pm

Macro Minerals: Mg, Ca, Na, K, Cl, Ph
April 2nd from 7-8pm

Micro Minerals: Mn, Se, Zn, Fe, Cu, I
April 9th from 7-8pm

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 (pre-registered) or $25 at the door.

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, April 4th 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: April 4th 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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Tennessee Valley

Herb Walks through Tennessee Valley

with Catherine Abby Rich, Herbalist and Co-Teacher at Gathering Thyme

Two Saturdays: April 11th & May 9th from 9:30-1pm

Join Catherine Abby Rich, an herbalist of over 40 years and co-teacher at Gathering Thyme, for an informative and fun-filled foray to Tennessee Valley (Mill Valley). "Abby" will introduce you to the many native edible and medicinal plants of the area, sharing her herbal wisdom and folk knowledge of numerous world traditions. Meet some of the most useful plants of our planet -- right here in our neighborhood! The pace is slow and leisurely. We'll meet at the trailhead off the parking lot at 9:30am SHARP. Please bring water, a hat, layered clothing and a notepad and paper.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

COST: $36 per adult. Children and teenagers are $12. Under 8 are free.

WHEN: April 11th or May 9th. We'll meet at the trailhead at 9:30am.

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

WHERE: Tennessee Valley Park, Mill Valley, California


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Elderberry

Beginning Botany/Plant Identification Skills for Herbalists and Nature Lovers

Taught by Ethnobotanist, Jolie Egert Elan

Two Remaining Sundays: April 12th & May 3rd. Each class may be taken individually.

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 three fun field trips we will explore the magnificent flora on some of Marin’s most beautiful trails. 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: $45 per class. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

WHEN: Two Remaining Sundays: April 12th & May 3rd from 10-2pm Each class may be taken individually.

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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Eileen Rose

Introduction to Shamanic Herbalism Series

with Judy Lieblein, Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Three Wednesday Evenings: May 6, 13 and 20 and a field trip Saturday, May 24th

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, May 6th 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, May 13th 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, May 20th 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
Saturday, May 24th 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 Saturday field trip is $60 and pre-registration is required.

WHEN: Wed. evenings: May 6th, 13th & 20th from 7-9pm. Saturday, May 24th 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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Kia Sanford

Eating Your Way to Health

Taught by Clinical Nutritionist Kia Sanford MS

Three Thursday Evenings Beginning April 23rd. Each class can be taken individually

Eating Your Way to Health: a low cost series of classes designed to show participants how to take control over their health and reduce dependency on pharmaceuticals. By learning about how food can be medicine, you will discover how to use your kitchen as a powerful workshop to create health. You have far more control over your current and future health than you might think!

Reducing Systemic Inflammation
Thursday, April 23rd from 7-8:30pm
Systemic, chronic, low-grade inflammation is at the root of most major modern diseases. We will look at how the modern diet, toxic exposures, medications, and lifestyle choices have promoted this serious problem and then look at simple, tasty ways to correct it.

Care and Feeding of the Human Microbiome
Thursday, May 7th from 7-8:30pm
We humans play host to trillions of microorganisms. When our ecosystem is in balance, we have symbiotic relationships with our tenants. When the balance gets thrown off, we become their slaves and/or their food. Learn how to correct and encourage a healthy gut microbiome.

C and Other AntioxidantsSolving the Sweet Mess of Pre-diabetes
Thursday, Mat 21st from 7-8:30pm
Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing health problems in the country, and it is largely avoidable. The vast number of cases of pre-diabetes and early diabetes are reversible if you learn to correct nutrient needs/deficiencies, and take control over your eating and lifestyle.

Kia Sanford MS holds Masters degrees in clinical nutritionist and counseling, and focuses on the interface between food, behavior and health. Based in current and emerging science, Kia helps clients design custom programs to take back control of their health by making conscious, informed decisions about food, supplements 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 if pre-registered, otherwise $25 at the door.

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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Ashley Ross

Five Steps to a Conscious Menopause

with Ashley Ross

Wednesday, April 22nd from 7-9pm

Join us for a new way to look at The Change: ask your questions, share your challenges and get helpful information as we explore how to move through peri-menopause consciously. We'll explore:

  • an inspiring view of menopause that piques our curiosity about this transformative rite of passage
  • why women are afraid of menopause and how we can change that
  • the key elements of a Conscious Menopause
  • what to tend to in your daily life to have an easeful, nourishing and meaningful Change of Life
  • ways of tend to common symptoms and to listen to what they might be telling us

Ashley is a holistic reproductive health practitioner, professional fertility awareness educator, somatic counselor, teacher and author of Cycles of Life: Understanding the physical, emotional and spiritual influences of our hormones. Ashley is in private practice in San Rafael where she consults with women who want holistic, natural support balancing their hormones - at any stage of their life cycle. She teaches fertility awareness for natural conception or birth control as well as how to move through menopause making informed wellness decisions. For more about Ashley and her work, please visit: ashleyjeanneross.com

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

CONTACT: For more information, contact Ashley at 415.454.7237.

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

Herbal Camping Trip to the Sierras

...for Novices and Seasoned Herbalists

July 9-12, 2015

Join us for our 2nd Annual Herbal Camping Trip! Learn to open your mind, heart and senses to the natural world and deepen your connection to nature and yourself. We will again have the great fortune to be guided by Bill and Nancy Harnach, who live in the Sierra Valley and have studied and collected the plants of this region for over 25 years. (That's Bill pictured in the photo at left!). They have authored the Sierra Valley and Butterfly Valley sections of the California Native Plant Society book “California’s Wild Gardens, A Living Legacy” and led numerous field trips for both the California Native Plant Society and the Nevada Native Plant Society throughout the region. In addition, your teachers on this trip will be Owner/Director of Gathering Thyme's Herb School, Cheryl Fromholzer and her cohort in all ventures herbal and otherwise, Catherine Abby Rich, owner of Combining Forces with over 40 years experience as an herbalist and educator.

On this camping trip, we will:

  • Learn the basics of wildcrafting ethically and with reverence for all of Mother Earth
  • Discover the medicinal and edible uses of many of our native plants
  • Create medicine from fresh plants we've harvested including glycerites, alcohol extracts, oils, syrups and flower essences
  • Connect deeper with Nature and ourselves through meditation and plant journeys

We'll swim, hike, forage, wildcraft, make medicine, share comraderie, food, stories and song. Novices and experienced herbalists welcome. Must be 21 or over to attend. For more information, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme 415-524-8693 or email info-at-gatheringthyme-dot-com.

COST: Gathering Thyme Herb Students: $250. General Public: $300.

WHERE: Lakes Basin region of the Sierra Nevada. Preliminary meeting and further information provided upon registration.

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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