Join us for a day of color and hue with Karen Aguiar. We will explore extracting gradations of color from Turmeric, Madder root, Dyer’s Polypore and Old Man’s Beard using mordants and modifiers. As a part of class, we will prepare plants to add to our dye pots to create samples swatches using wool yarn. We will also have a silk scarf for you to dye as well. Bring an apron or wear clothes you don’t mind getting splashed with a new color.
This class will take place at a private residence amongst the redwood tress in the Occidental area. A simple but divine lunch of bread, soup and salad will be served. Feel free to bring snacks for yourself or to share. The address and directions will be sent out to participants one week prior to class, so please provide an email and phone number that we can reach you on.
*** Please note that class will need a minimum of six participants to run. In the unlikely event that the class does not fill, we will inform you by email a week prior.
Holistic Childbirth Prep workshops are designed to empower, explore and celebrate the many ways families choose to give birth and create family. This essential workshop is designed to demystify birth while guiding class participants to discover personal beliefs around pregnancy, partnership, birth, and parenthood, which will allow for a truly holistic childbirth experience. Class is designed to meet the needs of families birthing at birth centers, in their homes, at the hospital, or those who haven’t decided yet. This class is relevant to parents having their first, second or third child, depending on the needs of the family.
We will practice and review the following techniques and information:
• Love and Relaxation: Guided relaxation and the hormones of labor
• Spinning Baby: The role of the baby, optimal fetal positioning, and troubleshooting through birth
• Moaning and Moving: Evidence based healthy birth practices, from vocalizations to opening the pelvic floor
• The Landscape of Labor: Understanding the emotional and physiological process of birthing your baby
• The Role of the Partner: Creating Safety and Trust, Nonverbal Communication Skills
• Being in Birth: Massage, Acupressure, Positions, Vocalizations, and Breathing Techniques
• Advocacy and Collaboration: Positive Communication Skills with Providers
• Understanding Interventions and the difference between Necessary and Unnecessary
• Watching, Hearing, Knowing: Empowered Birth Videos
• After-Birth; The Sacred Hour and the Microbiome
Each class is kept to seven couples or less, as this allows for individual and hands-on attention from the instructor while allowing for community building with other expanding families. We encourage participants to bring a birth ball, meals, pillows, snacks and other items that will allow them to get comfortable and relax.
Check back in April for more details!
A limpia is an ancient practice, a ceremony of cleansing body-spirit with herbs and other elements. It is a sacred ceremony, with the support of herbs offering the body-spirit a way to release emotions, spiritual imbalances, and even physical illness. Cleansings are deep; they heal wounds that have become part of the unconscious. The limpia may take us into our underworld/unconscious to start the healing process/releasing of trauma, Ancestral wounds, childhood disconnection, colonial wounds, toxic relationships with self and the collective. Limpias help us release the Aires/wind/energies that have gotten stuck in the body. Join us for an evening to learn more about GuateMayan and Mexican Curanderismo principals for releasing, prayer, and increasing of psychic and energetic boundaries.
This class will cover:
-Understanding/practice of altar making
-Sparking on plant relationships
-Deep connection to our physical and spiritual
-You will get to do a Self-limpia ceremony
*Please do your best to prepare by hydrating your body and by taking time to clarify your intention for your self-limpia.*
About the instructors:
Pablo Rodriguez is a Queer GuateMayan yerbero/Herbalist, based in the Bay Area CA. Pablo has been trained in GuateMayan Curanderismo (Indigenous Healing) Modalities from birth. Pablo trained under family’s lineage, teachings of Berenice Dimas, Atava Garcia and the main teachers: The plants. He is currently attending Ancestral Apothecary’s Herbalism Program. Pablo is a Sexual Health Educator and soon to Graduate in Biology.
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.
“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.
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.