The Art Of Tracking; Learning To See Beautifully
For more than 20 years, Meghan Walla-Murphy has been practicing the art of wildlife tracking. Though Meghan has an academic background, her greatest teachers have been the animals, their habitats, and the waters. She has had the privilege of tracking across the U.S. and internationally with indigenous cultures who continue to live close to the land. This academic and practical training has given Meghan the ability to meet and unravel some of our most pressing environmental, social, and political challenges from many diverse perspectives. Come join us to learn more about tracking, wildlife and what it has to teach us.
Donation at the Door: $10-$15
No one turned away for lack of funds.
The setting sun marks the end of another day. As we ease into our rituals preceding slumber the nocturnal shift begins. Welcome to the world of Moths. A mystical occasion in our own backyards in which the peak of commotion arises as we dream. Join Meghan Peterman as she explores the evolution of Moths into what they have become today. Learn how to interact and steward these very underestimated Ecological heroes and perhaps curve your opinion on butterflies of the night.
Born and raised in California, Meghan Peterman has been an avid lover of nature all her life. She is a Naturalist and mother with an inordinate fondness and a strong belief in self initiated education. In 2012 Meghan begun pinning insects in a pursuit to study and explore their fascinating world.
Enjoying this delicate task she continued to manage collections for an entomologist in Petaluma as well as an entomology collection and citizen science class at Paxton Gate in SF. Interested in exploring exhibit fabrication, Meghan later found herself working with the California Academy Of Sciences on a sperm whale necropsy and the articulation of two cetacean skeletons. She spent two years as a Fabricator for Weldon Exhibit’s design firm. There she enjoyed working in sculpture, mural and scale model departments while redesigning entire museum exhibitions.
Meghan and her family of three reside at Hallberg Butterfly Gardens, where she has been able to pursue her creative passions as project manager and Curator Of Living Collections. By tracking, observing, and rearing various species of Lepidoptera, Meghan hopes to learn from nature and inspire others.
“Protecting the source, inspiring the future”
The framework of Apis Arborea is one of preserving the life and resiliency of honeybees through rewilding and through the restoration of habitat and natural hives. This allows for the development of a comprehensive and wholesome paradigm of apiculture. In this class, Michael will share various aspects of this bee-centric approach, among them current rewilding projects, the craft of traditional tree-apiculture, bee-centric strategies for apiculture and an introduction into the intricate nature of honeybees. Open to all levels of beekeeping and bee-lovers.
About The Instructor
Founder Michael Joshin Thiele is leading an innovative approach within the biodynamic apiculture movement and teaches in the United States and abroad. Gaia Bees is engaged into the research of Apis Mellifera, rewilding programs and new dimensions of apiculture in a sociocultural, agricultural and spiritual context. Michael has been involved with the creation of Honeybee sanctuaries and refuges since 2007. One of the more recent projects is the Honeybee Sanctuary & Refuge at Green Gulch Farm. In 2013, he worked as a biodynamic consultant for the USDA in the Dominican Republic, and more recently he presented his work at Harvard University. His approach to apiculture is documented in various national and international magazines, books and film documentaries (“Queen of the Sun”). In 2017 he created Apis Arborea, which is dedicated towards rewilding honeybees and an innovative, holistic apian paradigm. For one of the more recent interviews go to Made Local Magazine , or read his latest essay, published by Demeter USA here. Michael is available for consultations, seminars/workshops and set up of sustainable apiaries. He lives with his family in CA.
Sunday July 29th through Friday August 3rd 2018
10am – 3pm
Have you been looking for a way for your daughter to learn about the different cycles of her body, learn the importance of consent, set goals and make new friends? Or has your daughter been wanting a deeper connection with friends, family or herself?
This is a very special program designed to mentor girls into womanhood, and if you have a daughter between 9-12, this might just be the special summer “camp” of their dreams. In six days they will:
* Learn About The Cycles Of Their Body
* Build Confidence & Set Goals In A Safe Space
* Make Symbolic Crafts & New Friends
* Learn The Importance Of Self-Care & Consent
This series will span six days from July 29th to August 3rd, include yummy and nourishing snacks, and weave in yoga, henna and mentorship. To register or read more about the curriculum or the fabulous creator of the Sister Moon Series, click on the link in ticket sales.
Karen Vogel, Co-creator of Motherpeace Tarot, will be holding a Tarot Reading Pop-Up at West County Herb Shop on May 5th. Each reading will last about an hour. The cards are a useful tool for self-reflection and self-knowledge. They help to bring information from the intuitive and creative parts of ourselves and create a dialogue between different parts of our lives.
There will be 5 readings throughout the day. You must purchase tickets for a one hour time slot either in-house at West County Herb Co. or over the phone, we are going old-school for this one! Time slots will be 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. We will do our best to accomidate time prefences, but this will be first purchase, first serve.
Karen Vogel is a renowned intuitive who is widely known as co-creator of the Motherpeace Tarot deck and as a tarot reader, teacher and writer as well as an extraordinary artist.
The worldwide success of the Motherpeace Deck (currently over 200,000 in print) afforded her the time to develop as an artist and sculptor of wood and stone as well as continue her exploration of the intermountain and far west. Karen’s creative voice expresses her deep sense of animation and spirit in nature.
Karen is a rogue scholar — known for her innovative thinking in the field of anthropology and natural history. She has a degree in anthropology and a background in women’s studies, art and shamanism. She grew up in New York City but fell in love with the wild places of the western North America as a teenager. She’s lived there ever since and explored many places in the intermountain and far west. She lives in rural west Sonoma County, California
Karen’s art has appeared prominently in a number of well-known performances and public rituals in the Bay Area of California. She was the altar sculptor and designer for Jennifer Berezan’s concerts Praises and ReTurning to the Mother of Us All.
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.
Bethany is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. For as long as she can remember she has turned to the trees and animals in the forest for council.. She believes 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 her own path she has found that working with her hands with elements of nature brings her and others some of the deepest healing. She feels like it is her path to do what she 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.
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 altar wisk broom (like in the picture) to take home and use in our own daily cleansing rituals.
Bethany is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. For as long as she can remember she has turned to the trees and animals in the forest for council. She believes 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 her own path she has found that working with her hands with elements of nature brings her and others some of the deepest healing. She feels like it is her path to do what she 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 most recently has fallen in love with Broom making.
Meghan Peterman, aka Pearl Darwin, is hosting a three part class series that is a “Citizen Science” inspired course for many levels of participation, a true journey through the insects. By teaching students how to pin and display Arthropods for collections this series provides a space to indulge a range of interest. The focus ranges from the insects themselves to gratifying a fulfillment in exploration of color, design, form and simply the curiosity of being curious!
These classes create an environment catering to the nature of human questioning in a way that is inviting to everyone.
These classes are separated in a three part series entailing a Beginners (Larvae), Novice (Pupa) and Advanced (Imago). Advancing your skills and developing through your metamorphosis as an amateur entomologist. Each class is roughly 3hrs with a short intermission.
On August 11th we will begin our journey as Larvae with an introduction to Arthropods and ask ourselves what makes an insect an insect? The beginners course is a great to way open a new door of investigation or refresh your knowledge of Entomology. Everyone will learn the full process of pinning a beetle and a butterfly. All supplies needed will be provided.
Second Class (dates TBA):
As a pupa (novice class) students will dive into “Exo- skeletal Color theory”, we will explore how iridescence and pigments work on brightly colored insects. Students will be taught an introduction to displaying beetles with wings out and pin the delicate wings of a blue morpho butterfly. Specimens provided.
Third Class (dates TBA):
Finishing with the Advanced class students will be taught interesting facts about insect behavior and explore examples of adaptations innumerable physical forms. Insects to be pinned in this class are currently undetermined as previous class participants will be asked to vote on specimens of interest!
What you will need day of class:
• Mindful Presence
• Deep, slow breathing
• Long hair tied back
• No loose hanging clothes or jewelry that might get caught on specimens
• All tools and specimens are provided
Tickets are available by following the link or contacting West County Herb Co. Thursday through Monday from 11am to 5pm.
Check back for details in April!
Join Bethany Gurrola, owner of Henna by B, in Occidental for a 3 day intensive workshop for artists who are serious about improving their henna skill or really wanting to find passion in the ancient art of henna. During our 3 days together we will take a journey through history and learn where henna came from, how it started, the different traditions its helped create and how it has evolved. We will also go through and learn the steps to making your own natural and organic henna paste with my favorite recipe. We will learn to roll and fill henna cones and seal them properly so there is no mess when you’re creating! Each day we will practice drills to help improve speed and accuracy with your designs, you will learn different styles and ways to make a design flow and we will also do a lot of drawing and practicing on each other. You will get to meet other artist who are passionate about similar things and hopefully find a new friend and take away a lot of wonderful knowledge.
Please click on link for all your ticket info!
Practicing as a Clinical Herbalist in a Free Clinic
This talk will discuss what it is like to help start and practice as an herbalist in a free clinic. It will include clinical and counseling skills, patient compliance, logistics, donations, working with other practitioners, and all of the other tidbits I have learned working at an integrative free clinic for 12 years. The goal is to help inspire other herbalists to do similar work while also discussing some of the details and difficulties to help prepare them.
Tickets will be sold at 3 levels; Budding Herbalist Level ($20), Community Member Level ($25), and Clinical Herbalist/Organization Representative Level ($30). Please pay what you can and pick the level that feels right for your pocket book. Please visit or call the shop at (707)874-9567 to purchase your ticket. Shop hours are Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm through April. In May we switch to Thursday-Sunday from 11am-5pm.
7Song is a clinical herbalist, teacher, botanist and naturalist. He is the director and main instructor of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. He is the Director of Holistic Medicine and a practicing herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic, an integrative clinic providing free consultations and herbal medicine for the larger community.
7Song has been active in herbal first aid for many years working at clinics, first aid stations and as a street medic in many situations.
One of his teaching goals is demonstrating how herbal medicine can offer primary and adjunct treatments for acute and chronic health conditions. He practices an integrative approach working alongside conventional and holistic practitioners. He endeavors to make herbal medicine accessible, affordable and within reach for everyone.