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Spring Plant Journey Series - Exotic Tonics!

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

Saturdays from 1:30-4pm: May 28
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 and Spring we will be exploring the most common of the “Exotic Tonics”. Growing in environments that are considered stressful or extreme these plants have the innate ability to help us cope with the extremes in our own life. Working to assist and regulate our body systems to adapt effectively to the stresses in our environment. Join us as we Journey with these restorative tonics and experience the nurturing support of these common “Exotics”.

For each class, we will open our hearts, minds and senses to new worlds and possibilities through the telling of one plant’s story. We will delve into the different ways plants weave their magic through ethnobotany, plant signatures, mythology, current uses and energetic make-up. A direct experience of journeying with the plant thru meditation enhanced by ingesting a spirit dose of tincture, flower essence and/or tea. combined with 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!

Join us for a fun, empowering, enlightening adventure in accessing our own inherent wisdom while deepening our connection to ourselves and the world around us. No experience is necessary. Class size is limited to ten. Please bring a journal!

May 28: Rhodolia (Rhodolia rosea) - Rhodolia or rose root loves to grow in the colder regions of the world and has been used for thousands of years in Europe and Asia. In some places, growing at elevation of 10,000 feet Rhodolia’s floral scented root was considered a good luck charm for couples getting married. Join us as we Journey with Rhodolia and discover your innate hardiness.

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: $40 for each class including the "How to Journey Class". $35 otherwise. Pre-Registration required to hold your space.

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

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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Catherine Abby Rich

Edible & Medicinal Herb Walk & Flower Essence Foray

with Catherine Abby Rich

Saturday, June 4th from 9:30 to 1pm

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:Saturday, June 4th from 9:30 to 1pm

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

WHERE: Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley
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Cacao

Cacao Ceremonial Plant Journeys

with Judy Lieblein, Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Sunday June 12th from 12:30 to 4pm.

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

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

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

June 12 - Abundance. We will set up a group altar that will be the focal point of our Journey. Please bring one or two items that represent or reflect what abundance means to you. We will also work on expanding our own personal container to hold and allow for more abundance in our life. Registration closes on June 8.

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

COST: $75 per class. Pre-registration is essential.

WHEN: Sunday, June 12th (registration closes on June 8th).

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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Mary

Women's Meditation

with Mary St. Pierre

Free Intro Class: Tuesday, June 28th. 4 Class Series Begins July 12th from 6:30 to 7:30pm

Come explore your female energy as wellness. What does this energy feel like in your body? How do you create sovereignty by utilizing your female energy? Mary St. Pierre has been inspiring women for 20 years. Through her experience as a midwife, clairvoyant teacher and healer she shares the idea that there is an untapped resource when you connect with yourself.

COST: $25 per class (intro class is free). Pre-registration for both the intro class and the series is required to hold your space.

WHEN:Intro Class: Tuesday, June 28th. 4-Week Series: Tuesday, July 12th from 6:30 to 7:30pm

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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Eileen Rose

Introduction to Shamanic Herbalism Series

with Judy Lieblein, Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

Begins April 6th. Each Class Can Be Taken Individually.

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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
April 6th, 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
April 13th, 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
April 20th, 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
April 24th, 9-12pm
We will meet out in Nature to apply and experience what we have learned. Focus will be on connecting to and exploring our relationship to the land, plants and animals around us. There will be group meditations as well as time for private exploration and meditation. The hike in will be easy to moderate and mostly shaded. It can get cool or hot so layering of clothing is a good idea. Please bring a journal, pen or pencil, water and a snack. Pre-registration is required for this class. Prerequisite - At least one class in this series or prior approval from instructor.

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

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

WHEN: Wednesday evenings beginning April 6th (7-9pm) and Sunday, April 24th (9-12pm)

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

with Jennea Wood, ND

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 from 3-4:30pm.

Please join Dr. Jennea Wood for a 75-minute class on naturopathic approaches to treating allergies, eczema and asthma. Topics covered:

  • What is naturopathic medicine and what does it have to offer for these conditions?
  • What do these diseases have in common?
  • What is going on with the immune system?
  • How is the digestive tract involved?
  • The importance of addressing each person individually
  • Herbal and nutritional strategies to begin the healing process
  • How to proceed safely and involve your primary care doctor
  • 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.

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

WHEN: Saturday, May 21st, 2016 from 3-4:30pm

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Deepening Our Connection to Mother Earth

with Judy Lieblein

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

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

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

COST: $65

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

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

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Herbal, Nutritional, and Lifestyle Strategies to Start Healing and Feeling Better
with Jennea Wood, ND

Saturday, June 18th from 1-2:30pm.

IBS is a general term for a large collection of non-life-threatening symptoms and disorders of the intestinal tract. Though IBS isn’t dangerous, it’s not fun either and can seriously impact people’s lives. Join Dr. Jennea Wood, ND for a 90-minute class on irritable bowel syndrome. What we’ll cover:

  • What is naturopathic medicine and what does it have to offer for this condition?
  • What is IBS and what are the root causes?
  • 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 from this condition
  • 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.

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

WHEN: Saturday, June 18th from 1-2:30pm

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme "info @ gatheringthyme.com" or call us 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, July 10th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

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 plus a $30 materials fee due at attendance.

WHEN:Sunday, July 10th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

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

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

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Formulating for Skin Conditions: Level 1

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, August 7th from 10am to 4pm

Skin conditions can be caused by a variety of factors including stress, diet, chemical reactions, genetics and so on. In this unique one-day workshop students will be introduced to a wealth of key ingredients, nutritional foods, minerals, supplements, herbs and aromatherapy to soothe problematic skin conditions. The following skin conditions and their possible remedies will be analyzed: acne, eczema, psoriasis, chronic dry skin, stretch marks, scars and rosacea (varicose veins). Alice will also address the subject of foods and products to be avoided, in order to clear up or reduce symptoms of chronic skin conditions.

During the class the teacher will create, from scratch, three different base recipes, that can be personalized, to be adapted, by the student to their particular skin type and needs. Students will take home:

  • 1/3 oz of aromatherapy skin problem buster
  • 1 oz dry skin solid lotion bar
  • 2 oz aromatherapy custom formulated topical gel
  • Students will have the opportunity to talk about the skin condition they are intending to formulate for and what medium would be the best to treat one condition or the other. Students are welcome to bring raw ingredients, essential oil blends and any question about topicals for skin conditions.

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

    COST: $105 plus a $20 materials fee due at attendance.

    WHEN: Sunday, August 7th from 10am to 4pm

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

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, September 18th from 1-5pm

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:Sunday, September 18th from 1-5pm

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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Carrier Oils: The Hidden Chemistry of Liquid Gold for Health and Beauty

with Alice Encinas-Duvernell, Natural Cosmetic Designer & Consultant

Sunday, October 16th from 1-5pm

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:Sunday, October 16th from 1-5pm

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 5th & 6th 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 5th & 6th 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 3rd 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 3rd 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 15th 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 15th 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 15th 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 15th 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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