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Feb
21
Thu
2019
Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, for a journey in the world of wood, carving and spirit.

In 1981, Zoshi took a journey from Los Angeles to New York on foot as a part of the peace march working for nuclear disarmament. And although finishing the march is historically significant (only about seven people finished), what happened between the beginning and end changed his life. One evening in Kansas, his bonito knife (a Japanese knife used for shaving dried fish) transformed into his carving knife and a broken piece of walnut wood became his first Buddha.

Since then, Zoshi has become one of the most well known woodcarvers in the Buddhist tradition, although much of his carving goes beyond the realm of traditional buddhist carvings and includes folk and modern contemporary western art. He’s taught in the United States and Africa, and is often referred to as the Spirit Carver for his ability to merge moving spirit into the wood.

Registration:
This six week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advance. The six week session costs $210. One time attendees are welcome, individual sessions are $45, and this also includes all materials used in class. Pre-registration is required. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Takayuki, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop. To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Details For Class:
In each session, you will receive instruction on how to hold your knife, as well as familiarizing yourself with different woods and how to use them. Japanese snacks and tea will be served and folks will crave in circle, receiving instruction and support as you go, moving through the stages of your project. Samples of wood carving projects will be available to observe and be inspired by.

To learn more about Zoshi, please visit his website zoshicarver.woodpress.com

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Beading as Medicine & Conversations On Cultural Appropriation
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


In this class we will explore the healing and meditative properties that can be found through beadwork as well as creating a safe space for conversation and questions around cultural appropriation. During this four hour course you will be provided with supplies and one on one help to create a pair of beaded earrings which will be finished during the class. Please come ready with an open heart, mind, a willingness to listen more than being heard, and glasses if you need them (the beads are small). This class is open to all genders and gender non conforming beings.

Maybell Eequay is a Saginaw Band Anishinaabe artist who has found deep healing through beadwork. Growing up with silversmiths for parents she spent much of her childhood on the pow wow trail adorned in the elements of her culture. Maybell credits any and all of her skills to her mentor and mother, Robyn, who has been teaching her subtle methods of decolonization since she was a child. In addition to art and beadwork, Maybell has spent a significant amount of time traveling around Turtle Island doing frontline activism defending the land (aki), water (nibi), and Indigenous Rights.

Cost of Class: $60 per participant
To register, please call (707) 874-9567, or visit us in person. We are open Thursday through Monday from 11am to 5pm, and sometimes closed for a quick lunch break. 🙂
Please sign up in advance as there is limited space in this offering! *This class is best suited for adults, Maybell will be offering a workshop for youth, dates TBA!

Feb
28
Thu
2019
Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, for a journey in the world of wood, carving and spirit.

In 1981, Zoshi took a journey from Los Angeles to New York on foot as a part of the peace march working for nuclear disarmament. And although finishing the march is historically significant (only about seven people finished), what happened between the beginning and end changed his life. One evening in Kansas, his bonito knife (a Japanese knife used for shaving dried fish) transformed into his carving knife and a broken piece of walnut wood became his first Buddha.

Since then, Zoshi has become one of the most well known woodcarvers in the Buddhist tradition, although much of his carving goes beyond the realm of traditional buddhist carvings and includes folk and modern contemporary western art. He’s taught in the United States and Africa, and is often referred to as the Spirit Carver for his ability to merge moving spirit into the wood.

Registration:
This six week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advance. The six week session costs $210. One time attendees are welcome, individual sessions are $45, and this also includes all materials used in class. Pre-registration is required. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Takayuki, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop. To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Details For Class:
In each session, you will receive instruction on how to hold your knife, as well as familiarizing yourself with different woods and how to use them. Japanese snacks and tea will be served and folks will crave in circle, receiving instruction and support as you go, moving through the stages of your project. Samples of wood carving projects will be available to observe and be inspired by.

To learn more about Zoshi, please visit his website zoshicarver.woodpress.com

Mar
6
Wed
2019
Practical Medicine Making
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Four Part Series
Through this series of herbal medicine making classes, we shall delve into the rich role Western herbal medicine making has played in the evolution of creating health for ourselves, our families and our communities. We will cover the four main solvents used for most herbal preparations; water, alcohol, glycerin and vegetable oil and then apply what we’ve learned with Hands-on herbal medicine making covering the practical skills needed to make teas, tinctures, glycerites, infused oils and more.

General flow for Medicine Making:
Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m. March 6, 13, 20, 27 (4 part series, $225, materials included)
6 :00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company during business hours.

Karen Aguiar, a professional medicine maker, has over 20 years experience making, teaching, and foraging for medicinal mushrooms. She is the Head Hag (lead organizer) for the Fall Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium and is a long time teacher at the California School Of Herbal Studies in Forestville and the Ohlone Herbal School in Berkeley. Her classes draw all levels of experience as she weaves clinical, medicinal, identification, cultivation and folklore wisdom into her offerings. She loves to cook, extract, hang out, and dye natural fibers with magical, magnificent fungi and herbs.

Mar
7
Thu
2019
Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, for a journey in the world of wood, carving and spirit.

In 1981, Zoshi took a journey from Los Angeles to New York on foot as a part of the peace march working for nuclear disarmament. And although finishing the march is historically significant (only about seven people finished), what happened between the beginning and end changed his life. One evening in Kansas, his bonito knife (a Japanese knife used for shaving dried fish) transformed into his carving knife and a broken piece of walnut wood became his first Buddha.

Since then, Zoshi has become one of the most well known woodcarvers in the Buddhist tradition, although much of his carving goes beyond the realm of traditional buddhist carvings and includes folk and modern contemporary western art. He’s taught in the United States and Africa, and is often referred to as the Spirit Carver for his ability to merge moving spirit into the wood.

Registration:
This six week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advance. The six week session costs $210. One time attendees are welcome, individual sessions are $45, and this also includes all materials used in class. Pre-registration is required. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Takayuki, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop. To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Details For Class:
In each session, you will receive instruction on how to hold your knife, as well as familiarizing yourself with different woods and how to use them. Japanese snacks and tea will be served and folks will crave in circle, receiving instruction and support as you go, moving through the stages of your project. Samples of wood carving projects will be available to observe and be inspired by.

To learn more about Zoshi, please visit his website zoshicarver.woodpress.com

Mar
14
Thu
2019
Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, for a journey in the world of wood, carving and spirit.

In 1981, Zoshi took a journey from Los Angeles to New York on foot as a part of the peace march working for nuclear disarmament. And although finishing the march is historically significant (only about seven people finished), what happened between the beginning and end changed his life. One evening in Kansas, his bonito knife (a Japanese knife used for shaving dried fish) transformed into his carving knife and a broken piece of walnut wood became his first Buddha.

Since then, Zoshi has become one of the most well known woodcarvers in the Buddhist tradition, although much of his carving goes beyond the realm of traditional buddhist carvings and includes folk and modern contemporary western art. He’s taught in the United States and Africa, and is often referred to as the Spirit Carver for his ability to merge moving spirit into the wood.

Registration:
This six week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advance. The six week session costs $210. One time attendees are welcome, individual sessions are $45, and this also includes all materials used in class. Pre-registration is required. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Takayuki, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop. To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Details For Class:
In each session, you will receive instruction on how to hold your knife, as well as familiarizing yourself with different woods and how to use them. Japanese snacks and tea will be served and folks will crave in circle, receiving instruction and support as you go, moving through the stages of your project. Samples of wood carving projects will be available to observe and be inspired by.

To learn more about Zoshi, please visit his website zoshicarver.woodpress.com

Mar
21
Thu
2019
Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, for a journey in the world of wood, carving and spirit.

In 1981, Zoshi took a journey from Los Angeles to New York on foot as a part of the peace march working for nuclear disarmament. And although finishing the march is historically significant (only about seven people finished), what happened between the beginning and end changed his life. One evening in Kansas, his bonito knife (a Japanese knife used for shaving dried fish) transformed into his carving knife and a broken piece of walnut wood became his first Buddha.

Since then, Zoshi has become one of the most well known woodcarvers in the Buddhist tradition, although much of his carving goes beyond the realm of traditional buddhist carvings and includes folk and modern contemporary western art. He’s taught in the United States and Africa, and is often referred to as the Spirit Carver for his ability to merge moving spirit into the wood.

Registration:
This six week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advance. The six week session costs $210. One time attendees are welcome, individual sessions are $45, and this also includes all materials used in class. Pre-registration is required. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Takayuki, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop. To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Details For Class:
In each session, you will receive instruction on how to hold your knife, as well as familiarizing yourself with different woods and how to use them. Japanese snacks and tea will be served and folks will crave in circle, receiving instruction and support as you go, moving through the stages of your project. Samples of wood carving projects will be available to observe and be inspired by.

To learn more about Zoshi, please visit his website zoshicarver.woodpress.com

Apr
2
Tue
2019
The Art Of Broom Craft
Apr 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Brooms are used around the world for daily and ritual cleansing of spaces. A broom is an important part of making a safe and sacred space. In this industrial modern world handcrafts of all kinds are being replaced by machine made goods. The broom is no exception. Handcrafted brooms are on the brink of extinction. In this four hour class you will learn the basics of Broom Craft. We will each make a turkey wing broom like in the picture to take home and use in our own daily cleansing rituals.

Cost of class is $90 and you can register by visiting the shop or calling us during business hours.

Bethany is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. For as long as they can remember they have turned to the trees and animals in the forest for council… They believe strongly in the healing powers of nature, believing that strengthening our connection with the natural world can improve our interpersonal relationships and emotional well being. In their own path they have found that working with their hands with elements of nature brings her and others some of the deepest healing. They feel like it is their path to do what they can to help bridge the gap between humans and nature and bring to light how that relationship can help heal trauma.

Bethany has worked with many different natural elements with a strong emphasis on different ways of processing skins (e.g making and using Brain-tan, Bark-tan, rawhide, and furs), earth pigments; and has fallen in love with Broom making.

Apr
3
Wed
2019
Crafting The Witch’s Broom
Apr 3 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm


In this workshop we will learn some of the basic skills of broom making and each participant will make a classic Witch’s Broom to take home and use in their own magical rituals.

Brooms are used around the world for daily and ritual cleansing of spaces. A broom is an important part of making a safe and sacred space. In this industrial modern world handcrafts of all kinds are being replaced by machine made goods. The broom is no exception. Handcrafted brooms are on the brink of extinction. Come learn this craft and sink into the old ways at West County Herb Co..

Cost of class is $108 and tickets can be purchased by calling or visting West County Herb Company during business hours.

Bethany (they/them) is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. For as long as they can remember they’ve turned to the trees and animals in the forest for council. Bethany believes strongly in the healing powers of nature, believing that strengthening our connection with the natural world can improve our interpersonal relationships and emotional wellbeing. Bethany has found that working the hands with elements of nature brings some of the deepest healing and feels like it is their path to help bridge the gap between humans and nature, bringing to light how that relationship can help heal trauma. Bethany has worked with many different natural elements with a strong emphasis on different ways of processing skins (e.g making and using Brain-tan, Bark-tan, rawhide, and furs), earth pigments; and is a professional Broom Maker.

Apr
10
Wed
2019
Practical Alchemy
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“It was a large room, heavily outfitted with the usual badly ventilated furnaces, rows of bubbling crucibles, and one stuffed alligator. Things floated in jars. The air smelled of a limited life expectancy.”
― Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms

“Many have said of Alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim, but to consider only what virtue and power may lie in medicines.” – Paracelsus

“As Above, So Below, As they Universe, So the Soul, As without, so Within”. The Emerald Tablet

Alchimia –the “Embodiment of Alchemy”
from the ancient Greek meaning, “a mingling, juice, sap”. Khemia – “black earth”

And so we welcome you to Practical Alchemy, A Class On Spagyric Medicine Making…

Join us as we begin our journey into making herbal tinctures using the Spagyric process. Spagyrics is a way to make tinctures using plant alchemy.

There are many understandings of this esoteric and mystical practice and we’ll go over the basic concepts important to Plant Alchemy; the Three Essentials – Mercury, Sulphur and Salt. The Four Elements – Fire, Water, Air, Earth. What is the “Prima Materia” or the “Heart of the Sun” or the “Spittle of the Moon”?
We’ll get our hands dirty applying these concepts using a Soxhlet apparatus, Crucibles, Mortars & Pestles, and few more modern appliances.

Bring a notebook, and/or an apron. Wands are optional.

4 part series, $225, materials included
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., April 10, 24, May 1, 8
To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.
Please note, THIS IS A FOUR PART SERIES!